Author: Wayne Flask

Much fanfare accompanied the Wied Fulija regeneration project, which, besides the sudden drive to ‘inject green spaces’, has also served to kick some life into the environment ministry. Predictably, there will be more such trumpeting as we near the elections, with similar projects in the pipeline. The fanfare was louder than that accompanying one of two reforms for which Aaron Farrugia deserves credit: that which severely restricted the possibility of new fuel pumps being built on ODZ. Sadly, Farrugia would then shoot himself in the foot at very close range when his decision to extend all planning permits by three…

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I take the precious liberty of pinching this headline from my colleague, Matthew Vella, whose piece, written just over 10 years ago, has come of age better than your average Petrus. It was 2011: the conservative lobby hailed fire and brimstone on the pro-divorce movement and, by extension, those who didn’t walk the Catholic line. The conservatives boasted formidable resources (on paper, more than in person) with strategists and spokespeople who were handpicked by Nationalist Castille and the Curia. They gave birth to a scaremongering campaign like no other. Thus came crazy accusations about the introduction of abortion by stealth,…

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The FATF’s greylisting verdict crashed loud and hard into the certainties of Robert Abela and his government. Suddenly, the pink elephant in the room called ‘Money Laundering’ spoke: momentarily wiping away the 48,000 vote advantage of the latest polls, the prospect of a ‘normal’ summer and the speed of the vaccination programme, and seriously putting a damper on the prime minister’s press-confidence. Labour will most probably survive this too, although – unlike the Daphne Caruana Galizia assassination and countless scandals across various ministries – a verdict such as that of last week will seriously dent business confidence, also because getting…

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