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Opinion

  • All their eggs in Egrant 

    The question was never whether the Labour Party would win the election. The only question was by how much. Reliable polls consistently predicted an 18 to 25K majority for the PL, although as the campaign neared its end the gap widened and there...

  • Much ado about no change

    There are two pitfalls to looking at the results of elections. The first is the charge of hindsight (“Why didn’t you say so before?”). I don’t think this need detain us. It would be a dubious pathologist who did a post-mortem before the...

  • Labour’s second chance

    In 2013, the current government was elected on a promise of transparency, meritocracy and an ‘out with the old, in with the new’ style of politics that the electorate truly needed. Bar the ‘traffic’ issues of vehicles, both of the automobile and...

  • Good breast, bad breast

    The country has just emerged from an election campaign that created great divide, tension and animosity within the community, families and among friends. “It’s us against them”… “Min mhux magħna kontra tagħna”… “We are all good; they all evil.”...

  • Labour’s streets war

    Labour’s streets war

    The election result can be dissected in matters of ideology, presentation, language and methods. The ideological question is whether, given the territory occupied by Labour in the civil liberties space and the economic management space, the PN was...

  • In the footsteps of Ecuador

    In the footsteps of Ecuador

    The South American country of Ecuador is an elusive backwater to many since it does not normally hog the global media limelight, other than the fact that it hosts the inspirational Galapagos archipelago. Inspirational because low-profile Ecuador...

  • A ‘strong’ leader wobbles

    When Theresa May called the election for June 8, she assumed she would garner an unassailable majority in Westminster. All polls had pointed in that direction. Logic dictated that, barring some massive catastrophe, there was no way the...

  • Implementation phase

    What perhaps could have been one of the most divisive political campaigns in our history, surrounded with passionate politics, has come to an end and the government is fully focused on ensuring national unity. It is the government’s...

  • The people’s verdict

    The people’s verdict

    The sovereign people have delivered their verdict loudly and clearly. Joseph Muscat has played his cards well and managed to win another five-year mandate as Malta’s Prime Minister, with a similarly big majority as that with which Labour was...

  • New priorities for Labour

    Now that the election is thankfully behind us, it is time for the new government to set its eyes firmly on its priorities and start tackling the major problems that still remain. To do this, it needs to have the Maltese people united behind it. As...

  • Rediscovering national identity

    Rediscovering national identity

    It is unprecedented for a Maltese head of state to address the nation at the very moment when polls close. It was courageous of President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca to do so on Saturday. She was reflecting what many of us had been feeling from...

  • Ailing people and planet

    Ailing people and planet

    When David Attenborough presented his Living Planet BBC series in 1984, the year used for the name of Orwell’s iconic novel on dystopia, people started to awaken to the immense beauty and complexities of our world. Thirty-three years on, this...

  • Let’s refocus and move forward

    With the general election behind us, the business community’s attention now refocuses on promoting economic prosperity and well-being. Like the business community, the newly elected administration must recognise that further consolidation in our...

  • The result and its myths

    The result and its myths

    It’s plain that, although the score is almost the same, this election’s result is different from that of 2013. An electoral result isn’t just the numbers. It’s also the narrative that emerges, among voters and pundits, to make sense of them.  A...

  • Surplus and reward

    Surplus and reward

    Anthony Curmi’s article ‘National Bank and fiscal surplus’ (May 17) is a repetition of misinformation that deserves our reply as international bank resolution experts. The simple facts, based on clear evidence and sound regulatory practices, are...

  • The election aftermath

    After Joseph Muscat’s resounding and historic second election victory last weekend, the Nationalist Party and their traditional allies should not just wallow in grief and disbelief. They must stop blaming others for their defeat. As expected, PN...

  • French boost to the EU

    French boost to the EU

    While Malta was engaged in its general election, in the universe beyond our inverted navel-gazing a genuinely historic election took place in France, the effects of which will be felt by Malta, Europe and, indeed, the whole world. A month ago, the...

  • The Sette Giugno myth

    The Sette Giugno myth

    I have always been fascinated by the Sette Giugno aspect of our history and have also published a detailed study about it. The majority believes that our first Constitution was the result of that tragic event of June 7, 1919. I have a copy of a...

  • Will he or won’t he?

    Simon Busuttil has decided to go. He should take Daphne Caruana Galizia with him, and his team of strategists, if he had one. They have harmed their party when it needed healing. Holy smoke, to see Joseph Muscat’s staggering majority of 2013 rise,...

  • Human rights breach

    Human rights breach

    In the case of Paluda v Slovakia decided by the European Court of Human Rights on May 23, the Strasbourg Court held that by denying Slovak judge Paluda the possibility to challenge his suspension from judicial office, he was denied the right of...

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