Articles by Colm Regan
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Colm Regan

  • The growing abuse of language and meaning

    The growing abuse of language and meaning

    Our words, language and meanings are being stolen and then used against us. In an era when evidence, facts, analysis and science are being actively undermined, language becomes an important battleground. This is to been seen, for example, on a...

  • Eat less meat – the debate hots up

    Eat less meat – the debate hots up

    A couple of months ago, I wrote a blog simply reporting research on the need to reduce our consumption of meat significantly.  The response from ToM commentators was sadly predictable in both tone and content.  I was ‘obviously’ part of a vegan...

  • In praise of Gozo Channel

    In praise of Gozo Channel

    Despite all the obstacles it faces, the political interference it continues to endure and the litany of criticism it is (unfairly) subjected to, Gozo Channel Ferries steadily continues to do what it is supposed to do – transport people, cars and...

  • Wave goodbye to dinosaurs

    Wave goodbye to dinosaurs

    One of the most significant events in my lifetime to date has been the Belfast Agreement of 1998 and the underlying process that brought it about. Pride of place in the publicity around it has gone primarily to a group of men – Clinton, Mitchell,...

  • The curious but sad case of the Maltese ‘buts’

    The curious but sad case of the Maltese ‘buts’

    The response emerges in nano seconds… BUT… When faced with our daily ration of widespread and now deeply ingrained corruption as pursued by Malta’s economic and political ‘elite’, the standard, knee-jerk response is BUT…THEY did it too. When the...

  • Meat consumption and our future: the ‘no-brainer’

    Meat consumption and our future: the ‘no-brainer’

    The main conclusions of recent research are clear - the ‘average world citizen’ needs to eat up to 75% less beef, 90% less pork and 50% less eggs. Correspondingly, we need to significantly increase consumption of vegetables and fruits, beans and...

  • A 2019 wish list

    A 2019 wish list

    As we look towards another year, two important lenses come to the fore. That of the years immediately before alongside that of our hopes (or fears) for the year ahead. Such hopes or fears are most often personal related to family, well-being and...

  • Gozo: open to the world

    Gozo: open to the world

    ‘Diversity will not prove to be a barrier but rather a reason for our future success’ – this was the key conclusion of competition winner, 16-year-old Chloe Cauchi when she addressed the motion ‘A diverse society is a sustainable society’. The...

  • Human Rights – a literacy ‘must

    Human Rights – a literacy ‘must

    The Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas once wrote: ‘A good poem helps to change the shape and significance of the universe, helps to extend everyone’s knowledge of himself and the world around him’. The Czech lawyer and activist Milada Horáková wrote ‘Man...

  • Who elected NGOs?

    Who elected NGOs?

    Who needs NGOs or civil society organisations? And, in whose name do they speak? When government does its job well, responds effectively to citizens’ rights and needs, delivers quality services, a secure and sustainable environment and an economy...