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Opinion

  • Keeping all our assets - Frank Salt

    Let us look at Malta and Gozo very objectively, and see what we have that makes us rather special. We have an ideal location, beautiful weather, a friendly and English-speaking population, culture, history and a race of inhabitants that have a...

  • Mind your language - Michael Briguglio

    In the crossfire of debates within the public sphere, it is common practice to indulge in aggressive remarks against the political adversary without being reflexive or careful about the quality of one’s own discourse. There are obvious examples of...

  • On weddings... - Kristina Chetcuti

    On weddings... - Kristina Chetcuti

      Would you want to be a princess? Before you go misty-eyed at the thought of sparkly tiaras and swirly ball gowns; and having designers at your beck and call; and never having to brave a changing-room mirror; and having a hairdresser by your side...

  • We need to stop the rot - Simon Busuttil

    It’s been one month already since the damning ‘17 Black’ evidence was exposed by the international media working on the Daphne Project. So it begs the question, why has no action been taken? Let us recall just how damning these revelations...

  • Time to get rent laws right - Claire Bonello

    There’s a social time bomb ticking away in the national background. And it’s called ‘Housing affordability’. In a couple of years – if not months – property prices will have become so expensive that there is ab­solutely no way even a couple of...

  • Hit-back at the hit-and-run - Michela Spiteri

    I am sure most of us would agree that police officers, in the line of duty, should never be subjected to what police officer Simon Schembri had to deal with earlier this month. He and officers like him exchange, on a daily basis, the security and...

  • The freedom to hate - Mark Anthony Falzon

    What happened to police officer Simon Schembri was absolutely horrendous. I wish him well, which in this case means a full physical and mental recovery. That does not mean, however, that I ever considered joining the thousands of people who...

  • Misunderstanding the Constitution – 17: Why Malta’s three squalid records in the Strasbourg court? - Giovanni Bonello

    Misunderstanding the Constitution – 17: Why Malta’s three squalid records in the Strasbourg court? - Giovanni Bonello

    Malta tops many records in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Should we mention which records, or should we gloss over with a charitable L-aqwa f’kollox? Sadly, Malta is truly l-aqwa in Strasbourg, but only in infamy. We have stood...

  • Turning tables - Manuel Delia

    Turning tables - Manuel Delia

    John Vassallo last week wrote here about Mussolini’s political philosophy, such as it is, that a chicken will not realise it is being plucked if you remove its feathers one at a time. That is quite obviously a metaphor for the gradual dismantling...

  • Plucking the chicken (2) - John Vassallo

    Mussolini was once quoted as saying that if one plucks a live chicken one feather at a time, it will not notice that it has become naked before it is too late. Last week I described the fate of the Maltese labour force being plucked and reduced to...

  • No to violence against children - President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca

    Corporal punishment, or physical punishment, is intended to cause pain to a person. It has, historically, been most often practiced on children, especially within the home or in a school setting. Such acts of violence are not only a violation of a...

  • Sitting on the fence is safest (unfortunately) - Alan Deidun

    Sitting on the fence is safest (unfortunately) - Alan Deidun

    The President’s recent appeal to academics to speak their mind and to contribute to public debate is sacrosanct, to say the least, given the conspicuously absent public participation of the academic body over the years. In a day and age where we...

  • Proof in the living room - David Casa

    Proof in the living room - David Casa

    In the morning after news broke that the former Pilatus Bank chairman Sayed Ali Sadr Hasheminejad had been taken into custody in the United States on charges that he funnelled over $115 million from Venezuela to Iran, journalists naturally turned...

  • Question time: Free ride to school

    Mirana Agius Silvio, LEAD participant Free public transport for children attending both State and non-State schools is an electoral proposal pledged by the government which will be introduced as of next scholastic year. This proposal has created...

  • Eight unique cells - Louisa Mifsud Houlton

    Eight unique cells - Louisa Mifsud Houlton

    I write about the law on embryo freezing being discussed in Parliament, on social media and in every corner of the island at this time. Before now, I could not put words to paper as I feared being criticised for attempting to impose my opinion and...

  • The future. Now - Francis Zammit Dimech

    Throughout my years in the Nationalist Party I have seen it re-examine its own precepts, cementing its immutable values and renewing its vision and policy. For decades we were ahead of the times. The PN prides itself on being on the right side of...

  • No symbol of equality - Tonio Fenech

    No symbol of equality - Tonio Fenech

    Regrettably, the article ‘IVF and human rights’ (May 17), penned by Silvan Agius and Gabi Calleja as government appointees, was loaded with unfounded assertions presented as human rights or scientific certainties. The authors choose to completely...

  • A step away from victory - Richard Galustian

    A step away from victory - Richard Galustian

    As was predicted, when Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar returned from his supposed brief – two weeks departure from the Libyan scene, allegedly in hospital – he launched a major operation to take control of the last main bastion of ‘Islamists’ in the...

  • Principles remain unchanged - Ċensu Galea

    The contribution by the Parliamentary Secretary for Reforms, Citizenship and Simplification, Julia Farrugia Portelli, entitled ‘Monsters, mothers and politicians’ (May 4), made me think and reflect. The following attracted my attention in...

  • Monument to Konrad - Ranier Fsadni

    Monument to Konrad - Ranier Fsadni

    I am well aware that the regular readers of my articles  are divided about the merits of this column. For every one who sings the praises of the supple reasoning and concentrated focus, there is another who deplores the contortions and blinkered...