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Opinion

  • Voting for people of integrity

    Our bishops, as they always do before a general election, shared their thoughts and guidance through their pastoral letter. Some think that this is a Malta-based custom which has passed its time. They are wrong. A simple Google search clearly...

  • Blind to the blog in their eyes

    When Glenn Bedingfield set up his blog, I wasn’t impressed. Even if I understood the “necessary evil” argument (let’s try making life as uncomfortable for them as they’ve made it for us), I disagreed on principle and felt that Bedingfield, as the...

  • I choose good governance

    On Saturday I will vote Nationalist. Here’s why. But first, a couple of things that my choice is not about. It is certainly not about my love for Malta. I have never loved Malta and never will, and I am also resolved never to die, kill or do...

  • The battle for the fringe

    This election belongs to the fringe. Of course, the bulk of voters remain loyal to one of the two main parties, an allegiance by pedigree or ideology. But the erstwhile incremental growth of floating voters has been boosted this time round by...

  • This one is for you

    What comes to mind when you hear ‘gay rights’? A good guess would be the scene in Valletta when the Civil Unions Bill passed through Parliament. You might even think of a ceremony that you’ve attended in recent times or a story of someone close to...

  • Muscat needs to go

    Muscat needs to go

    Kellyanne Conway gave us “alternate facts” to justify her boss and his slavering thirst for power. The most powerful man in the post-truth world embraces lying as the means to his ends. Locally, Premier Muscat, even before achieving high office,...

  • An end to bad-faith governance

    Various reasons have been ascribed to the Partit Demo­kratiku’s decision to join forces with the Nationalist Party in the Forza Nazzjonali coalition. Some are predictably cynical in nature. The Prime Minister’s self-centred assertion that the only...

  • A historic green step

    A historic green step

    Last Monday, in commemoration of World Biodiversity Day, history was written when all 23 local environmental NGOs coalesced in a single coalition to present 10 key environmental proposals to political parties. Despite the palpable tension and...

  • Drugalyser tests

    Drugalyser tests were introduced in the United Kingdom in March 2015. There, breathalyser tests were first used in 1967 with the Road Safety Act of the same year, while in Malta it was introduced in 1998. Will it take us till 2046 to introduce...

  • Corruption, a key factor

    The European Union’s smallest member country, Malta, heads for a snap election in a few days’ time, nine months ahead of its due date, with corruption featuring high on the electoral agenda. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat claims he made the decision...

  • A case of obfuscation

    The Good Book tells us that the Almighty took seven days to fashion this world we know. Ever since, numbers and dates have fascinated. Authors have used numbers like Around the world in 80 days when the book was published in the 19th century. I...

  • Another historic election

    I have never believed in learning lessons from history. Not that I never believed past events but I have always believed you should look ahead as life is a constantly changing phenomenon. I believed that the thuggery of Labour back in the 1980s is...

  • Right side of history

    The greatest desire of any people is to be ruled by those they consider to be their own kind. In a democracy, this means management of the country by elected representatives who have to answer for their actions when they ask people to approve or...

  • People back in politics

    It all started at the tender age of 15. During my adolescent years, I was constantly probing the existential question: what is the purpose of my life? The most convincing answer was that life is worth living only when it is aimed at making the...

  • An act of justice

    An act of justice

    Writing about something of interest to readers while trying to steer clear of political controversy is no easy task particularly as we enter the final week of the electoral campaign. I am, therefore, grateful to whoever was behind the full page...

  • Other side of the picture

    We are continually reminded that the economy is doing well and that the government’s finances are in balance. But the Labour speakers never remind us that this is all thanks to previous Nationalist administrations who, following Malta’s accession...

  • My choice is Malta

    Elections are all about choices.  Choices on issues, programmes, principles, proposals.  Choices on people.  Choices on the future and how this will shape one’s life and the life of one’s children. All elections are important, but some present...

  • A stronger economy

    We are just days away from a general election, and politics is in the air. Actually, it feels as if the 2013 election were held last year, and a snap election only helped to make it feel even closer. As everyone knows, the top three topics for...

  • A beacon of hope

    The war effort and resistance by the Maltese people during World War II earned the admiration of the 32nd president of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt.  In a scroll, today etched on the façade of the Grand Master’s Palace in Valletta for...

  • Revealing the rule of truth

    In a research study on What is truth? Pilate’s question in its biblical context (Andreas J. Kostenberger, JETS 48/1, March 2005, 33-62), I came across a summary of an essay written in the late 1970s by Vaclav Havel, “writer, dissident and, more...

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