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  • Much in common with

    Much in common with

    Our jet-setting Prime Minister (if it’s Monday, it must be Beijing) was in London to talk about the Commonwealth. Just for the education of the more youthful among my readership, the Commonwealth is a remnant of the British Empire, a...

  • Traffic sign alignment

    Will someone from Transport Malta or the Sliema local council ensure that the ‘No access beyond this point’ sign, situated opposite HSBC in High Street, Sliema, to warn drivers that driving beyond that point is illegal (for very obvious reasons),...

  • Let them peal

    May I suggest to Henry Galea (‘The bells of Birkirkara’, July 23) that he buy himself a reliable pair of ear plugs (I use these to prevent infection from chlorine), which I find very efficient, even preventing me from hearing the music of birds...

  • Stop Putin’s bullying

    Stop Putin’s bullying

    In the aftermath of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, Vladimir Putin’s paranoid tactics and policies are leading his country to economic and political isolation although there are divergent opinion within the European Union. The...

  • Inconvenience taken too far

    I understand that most towns and villages need to enjoy their traditional festa and that it is also part of our heritage. I also understand that some people await their local festa with great enthusiasm. Also that most festas require the blocking...

  • Lights out

    We are back to square one: half of the Qbajjar Promenade is in pitch darkness once again. Maybe this is the government’s new energy policy: two days on and months off!

  • Natural law marriage

    The celebration of marriage built in accordance with the law of God (natural law) whereby a man and a woman promise their exclusive love for one another as long as both of them are alive, for their own good and for the good of the children they...

  • Cruelty fines

    The government plans to “provide for” fines of €50,000 and five years imprisonment for cruelty to animals (July 22). To put this in some sort of perspective, can anybody remind me of any recently-imposed penalties for cruelty to children?

  • ‘Even Genghis Khan didn’t do this’

    I have just received this email from an Iraqi friend of mine. Together with his wife and children he lived in Malta in the 1990s. I had employed him with RTK, his profession being a transmitter’s engineer. Today he lives in Canada. His wife’s...

  • Hold the line

    I have, for the past days, been trying to pay my Melita phone and internet bill. There is a login facility on Melita’s website, where one pays online. For whatever reason, this is not working and I am unable to pay through this facility. This is a...

  • Ambassadors and their reports

    Parts of Foreign Minister George Vella’s recent address to the country’s ambassadors offer food for thought. He said most of them did a good job bar “a few exceptions” and called on those not pulling their weight to put their act together without...

  • Ending human trafficking

    In the words of American Secretary of State John F. Kerry, “we find perhaps no greater threat to human dignity, no greater assault on basic freedom, than the evil of human trafficking.” With more than 20 million people estimated to be victimised...

  • What should really matter

    Sai Mizzi Liang should know that the people living on this island are not gullible idiots. It is not about being Chinese. The Chinese are a loving people who are, unfortunately, oppressed by an autocratic communist regime that continues to deny...

  • Not just local elections

    Not just local elections

    The government’s proposal to postpone the next two rounds of local elections, due in 2015 and 2016, to 2019 is based on two arguments: the expense of holding such elections and electoral fatigue. While I do not agree with the proposal as...

  • Grove of stumps

    Grove of stumps

    The road works at Kennedy Grove are, apparently, encroaching on one of the picnic sites. This is one of the few natural wooded areas in St Paul’s Bay in which people can enjoy the open space under the shade of the trees. Sometime last week, the...

  • Police force for our times

    Police force for our times

    This year, we are celebrating our police corps’ 200th anniversary. Sixteen months ago, we found a force that had suffered neglect and was demotivated and demoralised because of lack of decisions by the previous government. We immediately put into...

  • Loud music but no art

    Last weekend, the Sliema Street Art Festival 2014 took over the Sliema promenade until 1am. Though it was called an ‘arts’ festival to obtain a permit, it was actually a rock music festival, short on art, short on melody and very loud on...

  • Bus service then and now

    I have lived in Malta at three different times for several months since 2006. I am living here at the moment and feel that I need to at last speak up about the bus service. I have seen very little difference in the way passengers are treated since...

  • Regular elections matter

    Regular elections matter

    The government has floated the idea – to ‘all stakeholders’ – that all local council elections be postponed to 2019, to coincide with the next European Parliament election. In a democracy, all registered voters are stakeholders. So what should we...

  • Making the best use of EU funds

    Joseph Muscat’s government is displaying a kind of arrogance that suggests its huge backing at the polls has gone to its head. Very often, it is rejecting criticism, even when this is relatively mild, or to the point, with disdain, something that...

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