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Opinion

  • To have a clear conscience

    The case of Edwin Vassallo’s stand on same-sex marriage has highlighted the situation in which the Nationalist Party has found itself. I will not go into what happened or in the morality of the entire affair. Rather, I will highlight certain facts...

  • Sabotaging our ambitions

    Sabotaging our ambitions

    One of the main topics people talk about these days is the hot weather, with some longing for the colder autumn and winter months and others making the most of summer. I used to be a ‘winter person’ though in recent years I have come to appreciate...

  • Rebuilding communities

    Our country’s unprecedented economic success has been sustained, but the rise in demand has undoubtedly led to a drop in the supply of affordable housing. Rent levels and sales prices have risen, and this government is determined to do what needs...

  • Delia undercuts himself

    Delia undercuts himself

    Given Daphne Caruana Galizia’s recent revelations, the attention in the Nationalist Party leadership election campaign is being dominated by the question of whether Adrian Delia, one of the favourites, really is as financially exposed, personally,...

  • A mastershaft for Comino

    A mastershaft for Comino

    Like Antoine Attard, (A master plan for Comino, 14th August) I too spent an “exceptionally enjoyable weekend in Comino.” Unlike him, however, I am not a “banker with a personal interest in sustainable growth,” which sounds a bit like a Halal...

  • Lucifer and the fish

    Sea surface temperatures exceeded a staggering 30˚C last week. Such high temperatures are not only affecting people who flock to the sea in the vain hope of cooling off, but are also affecting marine life. From scientific studies, we know that the...

  • Korean war drums

    Korean war drums

    Last year, at the height of the US presidential elections, I wrote about the long-running problems on the Korean peninsula. My article concluded: “Trump’s… threat of blunt coercion is what makes him so uniquely dangerous in the history of American...

  • True face of the PN

    It is times of transition that demonstrate what a political party is truly made of. Although Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil has taken the honourable decision to step down as leader, he is leaving a distinct legacy behind: a passion for...

  • An economy for all

    An economy for all

    How will it benefit the common good? How will it lift the weakest? How will it lead to sustainable growth? How will it strengthen our society as a whole? If I’m elected leader of the Nationalist Party these will be the questions I want the party...

  • The Miseducation of Sandro Chetcuti

    The Miseducation of Sandro Chetcuti

    I rarely write these days; my levels of cynicism have soared higher than the probabilities of Trump going to war with his own shadow. In fact, I find it hard to get even mildly irate about anything that isn't the mistreatment of animals or an oily...

  • A master plan for Comino

    Having spent an exceptionally enjoyable weekend in Comino, I realised the Blue Lagoon’s natural beauty is second to none. Recently, it was reported there are problems there because of the umbrellas. In my opinion, this is just skimming the surface...

  • A maritime sociology

    Some years ago, I encountered the curious world of maritime sociology. It transpired that maritime sociology covers a broad range of topics, fields and issues. These may intersect with other sociological areas such as family, employment and...

  • Oh God, it’s hot inside this church

    Oh God, it’s hot inside this church

    I was thinking the other day, as I stood in the middle of the church of Lija at 10pm, how desperately we need to make our churches more snappy, more 2017. The bearers heaved and hoisted and carried the considerable Salvatur statue inside the...

  • North Korea: what now?

    When I wrote my ‘2017: The year ahead’ article at the beginning of January I said Donald Trump’s handling of the North Korean threat would be a major issue and  asked: “How will he deal with North Korea when it announces that its nuclear missiles...

  • Rule of law – for the record

    Mark Anthony Falzon’s contribution (‘Government by magistrate’, The Sunday Times of Malta, July 30) made interesting reading. Indeed, the courts of law are the bulwark for the protection for our rights and freedoms and the rule of law. On some...

  • Creating order from chaos

    One thing which has not let up in the summer heat is resident protests against development. In an unusual twist to the usual story, the Environment Minister himself has protested in the streets. One snag for him is that he will now be expected to...

  • Atticus is not wrong

    “Atticus, you must be wrong.” “How’s that?” “Well, most folks seem to think they’re right and you’re wrong.” “They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions,” said Atticus, “but before I can live...

  • How to sell islands

    To own an island is a privilege enjoyed by, among others, Richard Branson, the Onassis and Borromeo clans, and George from the Famous Five. The first three also own tracts of mainland that are much larger and more productive than their offshore...

  • PN’s Game of Drones?

    Forty years ago the Nationalist Party was at its lowest ebb since its leader Nerik Mizzi had been exiled in the 1940s. It had just suffered its second defeat in a row at the hands of a resurgent Dom Mintoff. The contest to replace Ġorġ Borg...

  • ‘Editing’ human embryos

    ‘Editing’ human embryos

    Two major recent advances have been responsible for a veritable revolution in medical research, making it possible to change the genetic make-up of the individual. The first one was the elucidation of the human genetic map (the human genome), and...

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