Let’s not abort all discussion...
To banish all discussion is therefore also to banish ways in which existing legislation can be made more effective
Is the Gozo tunnel a fait accompli?
This raises the question: is the Gozo tunnel already a fait accompli? Are these studies simply being conducted as a cosmetic exercise, without any real implication on the...
Public roles should not serve private interests

Even if their motives are honest, it is unacceptable that a serving government...

Even if their motives are honest, it is unacceptable that a...

Sorry is the hardest word

Even though the interdett’s most violent expression – the denial of a consecrated burial to people who were otherwise at peace with their faith...

Even though the interdett’s most violent expression...

Rumbles of discontent at Qala decision
Of meritocracy and public appointments

Even if politicians come clean about this system, and admit once and for all - without the pretence of autonomy - that top public posts have to be based on...

Even if politicians come clean about this system, and admit...

Hate speech limits freedom of expression

Verbal violence – often in the form of ‘ad hominem’ attacks on people with differing views – has, in fact, long characterised the tone...

Verbal violence – often in the form of ‘ad...

An explosive powder-keg that must be defused

Sunday’s riot may therefore be a stark reminder that the social realities...

Sunday’s riot may therefore be a stark reminder that...

Placing the national interest last

Only one option can now rid us of this uncertainty and restore public faith in a parliament which no longer seems to deserve any. The prime minister knows well...

Only one option can now rid us of this uncertainty and...

A nightmare before Christmas?

When Parliament convenes, it will certainly not be House business as usual.

When Parliament convenes, it will certainly not be House...

The wages of spin

Gonzi seems to be alienating the very people whose support he once took for granted… while gaining little or nothing to compensate for this potential loss.

Gonzi seems to be alienating the very people whose support...

The great white hope

If the Labour leader wishes to dispel the last remaining doubts about his party’s identity and its intentions, he will have to produce a good deal more than...

If the Labour leader wishes to dispel the last remaining...

Manifestly absurd

One may well ask why Labour does not lift the lid by clarifying its ‘roadmap’ – Muscat’s choice of word, incidentally – ahead of an election in which...

One may well ask why Labour does not lift the lid by...

The other side of history

Which side is really the right side of history with regard to Libya? That is a question only time can really answer.

Which side is really the right side of history with regard...

Forward to the past

While both parties seem hell-bent on dragging us backwards towards the past, both insist that their intention is to pave the way to a better future.

While both parties seem hell-bent on dragging us backwards...

Economies of spin

Our appeal: government must assure us it will retain a firm grip on the tiller of the economy. As for the opposition, it ought to at least concede that...

Our appeal: government must assure us it will retain a firm...

After the flood… the irony

How is it possible that no serious thought is ever given to availing ourselves of a natural bonanza of water delivered directly to our door?

How is it possible that no serious thought is ever given to...

Falling between two stools

If the Nationalist government has no stomach to regulate such matters in a way equitable to all parties concerned then perhaps it were better if it did not...

If the Nationalist government has no stomach to regulate...

The death of social responsibility

According to the various ‘obituaries’ that would follow, Mintoff was either a superhuman idol who could absolutely no wrong whatsoever… or else a monster...

According to the various ‘obituaries’ that would...

The Mintoff metamorphosis

“The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.”

“The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft...