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  • Woes Jeremy Corbyn faces

    Jeremy Corbyn holds one of the most unenviable positions on the planet. As leader of Her Majesty’s Most Loyal Opposition, his term has been characterised by several successive blunders, which have prevented him from mounting a credible opposition.

  • Losing its attraction

    The citadel in Gozo has been given a real facelift. The result is simply magnificent. Why couldn’t the authorities see this before they placed a horrendous door in front of the cathedral square? Not only did it cover all the work that was done and...

  • Well-treated

    I recently underwent a total hip replacement operation at Mater Dei Hospital and feel compelled to praise all concerned with my treatment. From the surgeon to the tea lady, all duties were completed with care and consideration. The nursing staff...

  • Public finance

    I often ask myself why is it that the performance of Malta’s economy, at least at macro level, is very hard to criticise. The answer has stayed constant with me for several years now: when public finance is well managed (government excessive...

  • Two ID cards

    A law report in the Times of Malta about a man having two identity cards is interesting. It seems that a very good shake up at Identity Malta has now become a must.

  • Shameless people

    Shameless people

    I am an Italian trainee currently in Malta. On August 15, I went to Comino and it was reallya shame to see such a beautiful place invaded by uncouth people who are only interestedin everything (taking selfies and swimming included) except...

  • Nautical studies

    The nautical risk assessment, carried out by Maritime Research Institute of the Netherlands (Marin), forms part of the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) permitting process and has been given to all the regulatory bodies, namely,...

  • Boycott the cause, not the symptom

    Promoting the idea of boycotting the developers of the towers in Mrieħel and Qui-Si-Sana to underscore the gravity of the matter may have some effect but striving for it to actually happen would be politically naïve and unworkable. Most of all, it...

  • Fiscal conservatives and a dormant opposition

    Bar a few hasty comments here and there, the PM’s recent interview with Il Foglio did not exactly arouse much excitement. While this is not surprising, it is a pity because here Joseph Muscat is making a case for a government that is presented as...

  • Jesus, Mohammed and Buddha walk into a bar…

    Jesus, Mohammed and Buddha walk into a bar…

    Look, I get it. Some people take offence when others joke about their beliefs. After all, religion is a very personal thing. For many it is a cornerstone of how they live their lives. This is why it seems logical that even when it comes to...

  • ‘Stability of prices’ as an excuse

    It is not just business and industry but consumers, too, that ought to benefit more from the dramatic fall in the price of oil on the international market. The call for the lowering of energy rates was made by the president of the Malta Chamber of...

  • A better urban landscape

    Sliema has been at the forefront of the environmentalist agenda for quite some time now, with many singling it out as the epitome of bad planning, over­development, poor architecture and outright ugliness. The heated debate has now culminated with...

  • Where is the consultation?

    Some old Labour nostalgics argue that Joseph Muscat is very different from Dom Mintoff. Their narrative states that Mintoff looked to the political left while Muscat looks to the right. Mintoff gave primacy to social justice, Muscat is in the...

  • A touch of absurdity

    A touch of absurdity

    If, when you get up in the morning, you watch the news and peruse the headlines of newspapers and think you are feeling the effects of ‘the night before’ and that the sun is going the wrong way… you could be on the right track. And it would take...

  • Who controls one’s life? (1)

    Who controls one’s life? (1)

    Martin Scicluna’s article ‘Last human right’ (August 10) is based on the assumption that we are the sole arbitrators of our lives. As a Christian, one cannot leave out the most important factor on which one’s life is based.  I, for one,...

  • Who controls one’s life? (2)

    In his article ‘Last human right’ (August 10), Martin Scicluna makes his case for mercy killing, or euthanasia. He says that: “Patients have the right to life. But they also have the right to personal autonomy and dignity”. Which is a highly...

  • Fixation or realism?

    I refer to the letter by Kevin Hodson titled ‘Realist not a racist’ (August 13). He seems to believe I think he is a racist. In my previous correspondence, I was careful not to use that epithet. However, I do believe he has a fixation about...

  • Cartoon of the day

    Cartoon of the day

    Where is this wally?

  • Belligerent drivers

    While driving through Żebbuġ towards Mdina I was in the right lane as my intention was to go around the roundabout at the entrance to Żebbuġ (after the Toyota garage). There were cars behind me and to my left, the lane to go into Żebbuġ. I left...

  • Assassins of memory

    So much has been said in defence of keeping what is left of Sliema’s Maltese architectural character and Mediterranean skyline and so much has been disregarded by the authorities, who seem to have other priorities. In the name of a false notion of...

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