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  • Euro-fudge, Greek moussaka

    Euro-fudge, Greek moussaka

    As the eurozone’s fudge to keep the new government of Greece on life-support reached its climax, a comedian tweeted: “Just left a Greek restaurant without paying. I think it’s what they would have wanted”. To the Greek government which was elected...

  • Is truth just on one side?

    Is truth just on one side?

    Mario de Marco’s article titled ‘We must stand for truth’ is a welcome break from the platitudes that one finds in other articles and sectors of the media regarding IS, their presence in neighbouring Libya and the threat they supposedly...

  • ANOTHER CUP OF COFFEE

    In, I believe, the Eighties, Mike & The Mechanics brought out a single with this title. It opened with the image of a waitress in a sleazy bar contemplating another stain across the wall and closes with the words "Don't look back, don't give up,...

  • Maltese at their best

    During our holiday on Malta last week, I had occasion to seek medical attention. Although I was only at the Saint James’s clinic for a few hours the care I received from the medical and nursing staff was highly professional, kind and...

  • One renewable gone with the wind

    The Mepa Board has rejected an application – submitted six years ago by the former government – to construct a wind farm on Is-Sikka l-Bajda. The application was turned down on environmental grounds because of the impact the project would have on...

  • Deaf treated like pariahs

    A couple of days ago, I was helping out our profoundly deaf daughter to renew her car insurance, in the light of her obtaining a new (to her) vehicle. Since a change in insurance agencies was recommended by the brokers, she was asked to provide a...

  • ODZ, the buzzword

    ODZ, the buzzword

    I hold no brief for Patrick Dalli, whom I only know slightly as a budding artist, but I do not think that his case is made any worse by the fact that his controversial farmhouse is Outside Development Zone. Actually farmhouses cannot be built in a...

  • A new and unfair tax

    I recently received a text message from my phone service provider to tell me that as from March 1, a four per cent tax was to be reintroduced on pay-as-you-go top-ups. This same tax was ridiculed by the Labour Party as unfair when they were in...

  • Sale of garages and leases

    The recent announcement of the sale of about 2,000 government-owned garages is a step in the right direction. Isn’t it opportune to also sell the so-called perpetual but revisable leases which were inherited from Church properties? The vast...

  • Catching up

    Go has a service called appropriately ‘Catch Up’. This service provides the possibility to watch TV programmes you might have missed. Recently Go decided, without any clarification to its customers, to reduce considerably the number of channels...

  • Anonymous Nationalist

    Anonymous Nationalist

    The revelation that two former Nationalist Cabinet members had stacks of money hidden away in secret Swiss accounts that go back to the Golden Years of Labour was a slap in the face for any Nationalist, who took part in the struggle for freedom in...

  • Language or ‘hotchpotch’?

    Language or ‘hotchpotch’?

    Taking issue with Prof. Joe Friggieri and somewhat misinterpreting his argument, Andrew Saliba says that “English loanwords should be spelt in Maltese”. They should not be written in italics or in inverted commas. Unbelievably, he then concludes...

  • Road ‘craters’ pose hazard

    Birżebbuġa Road, in Safi is in a disastrous condition. There are potholes all over the road, including a trench dug up by a farmer to collect rain water. This trench has been transformed into a ‘crater’ owing to the rain and cars running over...

  • That pertinent question for MPs

    As the date of the abrogative referendum on spring hunting draws near, there is a question that each politician should be made to answer in public: will he or she be voting in favour or against the retention of spring hunting? MEPs David Casa and...

  • What Swiss Leaks show...

    The recent Swiss Leaks, which have demonstrated that a number of prominent individuals were not declaring all their assets and, therefore, were evading tax, was the cloud. However, even this cloud has its silver lining. In fact, we can now confirm...

  • A bishop must respect his priests

    A bishop must respect his priests

    Like the rest of the island, I received the news of Bishop Charles Scicluna being appointed Archbishop of Malta – leaked in the press – with respect. In principle, he has the qualities needed for such a noble mission. However, I would like to make...

  • Dedication of a portrait  

    This is the third letter that we are writing concerning the forthcoming dedication of the portrait of Giovanna Bascetta. We thank all the pupils who have sent in donations towards the portrait, which was beautifully done by Mary de Piro. In order...

  • An alarmist campaign

    The ‘No’ campaign for the spring hunting referendum, which will be held on April 11, is focusing on everything but the two species of birds that can be caught under capping through the derogation. The actual referendum question is not being...

  • Threat from Libya crisis

    The great historian H.A.L. Fisher in his monumental work History of Europe states that “The Mediterranean had ceased to be a Roman lake. From one end of Europe to the other Christian states found themselves confronted with the challenge of a new...

  • Elections in a democracy

    Afghanistan, Syria, Bahrain, Mozambique and Egypt had the worst elections last year. In contrast, the best elections that took place in 2014 were those in Lithuania, Costa Rica, Sweden, Slovenia and Uruguay. This results from a global survey among...

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