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Opinion

  • MPs the people deserve

    Discerning voters who wish to make the best use of their democratic rights should examine: objectively and exhaustively the state of the nation; the prospects of the country in the international sphere; the performance of the last government; the...

  • Stopping burglars at the door

    It was already hard to keep up with the government’s corruption scandals a year ago, and it’s become nigh-on impossible now. Stories like the Valletta property deal which saw Marco Gaffarena multiply an investment of some €160,000 tenfold in a few...

  • For the common good

    Ken Mifsud Bonnici, an international constitutional and institutional lawyer with ties to the European Commission, when commenting on the state of our democracy (The Sunday Times of Malta, May 7) declared: “A deeply-flawed Constitution has left...

  • Men in politics

    In any election campaign I invest much in observation and listening. Gradually hidden issues about the Maltese themselves and their political leaders are perceived. Something I have noticed is the barren feminist-critical voice in this whole...

  • Protest votes

    Naturally we all fret to understand if the polling oracles know which party will win the absolute majority of the votes which should translate in the absolute majority of the seats. Yet not many know that under the present constitutional system a...

  • Why I choose Malta

    I am writing this opinion piece a few hours after the presentation of the electoral programme by Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil and a little over a week to the general election. The presentation of the electoral programme is an important...

  • The one who believed

    Four years ago, the Nationalist Party was a shambles. The party had just been dealt the worst defeat in Maltese political history. Despite several reasons being given for the result, it all boiled down to one major issue – the party was in an...

  • Appeal to the undecided

    Malta is my home and the home of my family. Your vote affects me. From the opinion polls, it seems the outcome of the election will be decided by the undecided. The right to vote is a sacrosanct right. In normal circumstances, I would argue that...

  • I'm leftist... Muscat must go

    I'm leftist... Muscat must go

    I chose to write this piece, in reaction to a blog post written by John Baldacchino who said he refuses to jump onto the bandwagon criticising Joseph Muscat, given that so far the Egrant issue is still an unproven allegation. Like Prof.

  • Hobson’s choice

    Hobson’s choice

    Edmund Burke, the great 18th century Irish political philosopher, warned of the dangers of politicians becoming “bidders at an auction of popularity… flatterers instead of legislators… the instruments, not the guides, of the people”. As Malta...

  • Living a dream

    Living a dream

    Choices have consequences. On Saturday we all have a choice to make. A choice between electing Simon Busuttil who pledged to clean up politics once and for all or electing Joseph Muscat under whose watch corruption has become...

  • Vibrant, unique vision

    Malta is at the crossroads. A few days away from a general election, a good number of readers may have made up their minds on how they will cast their vote. Yet, all opinion polls are showing that a significant number of voters are still...

  • Stopping the rot

    In virtually every speech he gives, Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil touches on the bad effects that will result if Joseph Muscat is voted back into office, but he has not hammered home the effects on our daily lives. I question the extent...

  • Malta’s Watergate?

    In 1972, in his quest for global peace and stability, US President Richard Nixon did the unthinkable. He visited Moscow and Beijing and succeeded in reducing tensions with them both. Working with Leonid Brezhnev, the premier of the USSR, he drew...

  • Real opinion on Malta

    Real opinion on Malta

    The Nationalist Party has carried out a negative campaign claiming that Malta has become a hotbed of corruption. We have been told that foreigners believe that Malta is no longer a place to do business and that going forward, we face economic...

  • Our Dear Joseph

    In my first open letter to Joseph Muscat, he was still aspiring to become prime minister (October 23, 2009), I had written: “You might take the gold for raising false hopes but your not-so-progressive party’s ‘confused’ propaganda reveals an...

  • An economy on steroids

    In the run-up to this election, I have been asked to comment on Malta’s economic success on several occasions. My answer has been to confirm that, yes, the economy grew, yes, there is considerable cash in hand and yes business is doing well. But...

  • The real issue at stake

    In my opinion, the online article on Der Spiegel titled Malta Files enttarnen Steuervermeider, Drei deutsche Konzerne, ein Klingelknopf’ (May 21) shed an important light why the Malta Files leak has occurred. After going through details of tax...

  • Now, fifty years later

    Now, fifty years later

    These are slogans which have reverberated across the political spectrum over the last 40 years, out of 50 years of independence: Malta l-ewwel u qabel kollox (Malta first); Is-sewwa jirbaħ żgur (Truth prevails); Malta tagħna lkoll (Our Malta);...

  • Malta’s emergency exit

    Desperate times call for desperate measures. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat raised the spectre of Russian election meddling. And he said it with a straight face. It’s tragic. Hilarious were it not sad. Next: the Panama Papers were a scam; Konrad...

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