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Opinion

  • Marriage is a covenant

    In a 2015 pastoral letter on the same-sex marriage debate, themed ‘Don’t mess with marriage’, the Catholic Bishops of Australia observed that “At this time in history, there is much discussion about the meaning of marriage”. In Malta, although...

  • Gay marriage on principle

    Gay marriage on principle

    Eighty-two years ago this month, Jesuit scientist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin spoke at the marriage of Hervé de la Goublaye de Ménorval and a fellow palaeontologist, Éliane Basse. Let’s revisit that sermon to see why Archbishop Charles Scicluna is...

  • Death of a political giant

    Death of a political giant

    Political life is a paradox. Politicians seek to achieve results in the short run because electoral success depends on this. However, they are often concerned about how ‘history’ will ‘judge’ them. The nature of their work binds them to act in the...

  • A nightmare in Swieqi

    It takes 20 minutes for a whole street of law-abiding citizens to have their lives turned upside down, and the same amount of time for an iconic viewof a major landmark to be stolen from the public gaze forever. This is what happens when an...

  • Agenda 2022: Muscat’s legacy

    Agenda 2022: Muscat’s legacy

    Eddie Fenech Adami’s great legacy was Malta’s accession to the European Union. Ġorġ Borg Olivier’s, the attainment of independence. Dom Mintoff’s lay in the transformation of Maltese society through sweeping social improvements. The sovereign...

  • EU should be ambitious

    EU should be ambitious

    British voters have delivered the most unexpected election result in decades. Everyone expected Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party to be either significantly damaged or totally crushed. Yet, it was Theresa May that ended up humiliated and her political...

  • A smooth and efficient Brexit

    Last week Michel Barnier and I sat down for the first time, to begin negotiating the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. I have been clear that our first priority is to provide certainty to EU citizens living in the UK and to UK...

  • Coalitions and democracy

    Coalitions and democracy

    The very first provision of the Constitution proclaims Malta to be “a democratic republic”. Other provisions in the Constitution enshrine the principle of democracy such as when they refer to popular suffrage during general elections, the role of...

  • The ICC and Libya

    The International Criminal Court has demanded that Libya hand over former leader Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif after his release by an armed militia, but it is the court, not Saif, which should be on trial. One word tells you all you need to know...

  • The new deputy PM

    A well-known proverb goes: “Measure 100 times before cutting the drape.” This proverb comes to mind when considering the coming election for a deputy prime minister. The Labour government had only four years in the previous legislature. During...

  • Not enough exercise in school

    Not enough exercise in school

    A recent editorial in the Times of Malta highlighted the fact that Malta ranks in first place as the most obese nation among all EU states. At a national level, various initiatives have already been introduced to tackle this issue, which have...

  • The Labour hegemony

    The Labour hegemony

    What is a hegemony? In politics, this refers to a relatively stable force which is characterised by a unity of different parts. Here, power is durable and enjoys wide consent, especially as its leadership manages to unite different values,...

  • EU security and defence

    EU security and defence

    It seems attractive at a time when the EU apparently needs new policy frontiers on which it can show growth and cohesion, to claim that moving towards a common security and defence policy makes sense. So the Commission is proceeding with plans to...

  • 57 men, 10 women

    57 men, 10 women

    And so it is that we have 67 MPs to represent us in Parliament in this legislature. Out of those 67, 57 are men. Which, of course, means only 10 are women, which means that Members of Parliament are not really representing a snapshot of...

  • The politicians’ prime calling

    The First Reading from the Book of Proverbs highlights a number of traits and blessings that have always been held in high esteem by civilisations both ancient and modern: loyalty, faithfulness, good repute, understanding, long life, riches,...

  • Construction chaos update

    Here’s an update on the Construction Chaos currently taking place while people are suffering from election and news fatigue. A permit for the construction of four villas was granted in an ODZ area in Kalkara. A hotel behemoth with 104 bedrooms...

  • Wanted: a self-led PN leader

    Life has a funny way of coming full circle and proving us wrong. In 2012, when the two-man PN deputy leadership race was on, I clearly remember rooting for Simon Busuttil over Tonio Fenech. I believe I was even quoted as saying that I preferred...

  • The politics of universal love

    I find myself in full agreement with the Prime Minister. Like him, I too think that if David Casa and Roberta Metsola can’t stand the heat, they might wish to get out of the kitchen. What’s stoking this particular fire is Tony Zarb’s reaction to...

  • Surplus and deceit

    Surplus and deceit

    The article by Piero Ugolini, Richard Nun and Larry Chilton (Surplus and Reward, June 8) regarding the National Bank of Malta takeover by Act of Parliament XLV 1973 on December 12, 1973, is a fabrication put forward by the government to justify...

  • What should the new PN leader be like?

    What should the new  PN leader be like?

    We are searching for a new leader for the PN. In no particular order and without determining the gender of the new-found leader by opting for the femi­nine pronoun, here are some of the qualities she may need to qualify for the position: She must...

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