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  • Time to tackle the Med.

    It is high time that Europe stands up to be counted. I say this on many seemingly disparate, yet inter-connected fronts. For too long now have the northern neighbours of our Union stuck their nose up at what goes on in the Mediterranean. Northern...

  • Hedge, market and roll

    I fear we might be misinterpreting the true meaning of hedging with the result that we are possibly unnecessarily politicising the national fuel policy. A hedge, when practised by competent and honest professionals, is nothing more than a...

  • Our interest in Greek saga

    On the financial front, Greece took centre stage last week, with an insurmountable problem to solve. The ever-increasing burden of the public debt, now standing at 175 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and its 25 per cent cut in its...

  • Robust growth and inequality

    Joseph Muscat is beginning to sound very much like Harold Macmillan, the British Conservative prime minister best remembered for his 1957 quote that “most of our people have never had it so good”. Britain was going through an economic boom at the...

  • That third wicked sister

    That third wicked sister

    Many years ago, when I lived in a cute but noisy square in Żabbar, there was a problem with the electricity supply to our house: on windy days the wire from the government’s grid got disconnected. Invariably, we’d phone Enemalta, who always sent...

  • Maltese spelling of English words

    As an ex-teacher and author of 40 years standing, I don’t agree at all with what Andrew Saliba wrote in his article ‘A tale of two different languages’, but I do agree with Joe Friggieri that we should retain the English spelling for nouns which...

  • Governing at local level

    It is indeed a pity that the forthcoming local council elections, scheduled for April 11, have been, to a certain extent, overshadowed by the spring hunting referendum. This is certainly important but local council elections are also a crucial...

  • Of principled politicians

    Over the past few years, the local political scene has seen a number of people switching political alliances from one political party to another. While this shows a healthy democracy, allowing people to shift without fearing any repercussions, a...

  • Amnesties galore!

    Amnesties galore!

    About nine years ago, those who tampered with electricity meters and maybe for years had been using the service for free, were pardoned by just calling Enemalta, getting a digital meter installed and paying a meagre Lm100. This story repeated...

  • Obstacles to investment

    I am writing to express my disappointment in the visa services of this country. We have never experienced such unhelpfulpeople and this sort of difficulty in obtaining a visa. My partner holds a South African passport and currently also has...

  • Is clay pigeon shooting next?

    I am a keen target (clay pigeon) shooter, and though I must state at the onset that I am not a member of the hunting fraternity, I must admit that the forthcoming referendum poses a definite uncertainty for the future of my activity. Some Maltese...

  • How convenient

    The current jumping up and down and running about concerning the oodles of cash appertaining to ex-PN Ministers Michael Falzon (who must be kicking himself for spilling his own beans) and Ninu Zammit must be pleasing the PM no end. Many of his own...

  • Provoking the Pope’s punch

    Alfred Gauci (February 17) objected to the Pope’s comment on a violent Muslim reaction to the weekly Paris paper Charlie Hebdo’s repeatedly provocative caricatures of the prophet Muhammad. Something similar happened in Copenhagen a few days ago,...

  • Partnerships with the private sector

    Despite all the efforts made so far, the development of public private partnerships in Malta remains slow but the government is now embarking upon a fresh drive in the hope of striking new deals. Up to now, only two partnerships come readily to...

  • A bit of butter is good for you

    A bit of butter is good for you

    When are the experts going to make up their minds? They used to tell us that margarine is better than butter and now they are saying butter is not that bad after all. How many times have we read we should be careful about the amount of eggs we eat...

  • War does not need religion

    During the Nazi era the thought that if a lie is repeated a thousand times it becomes the truth was successfully implemented. A lie incessantly uttered today is that religion has been and is now the main cause of conflicts inflicted upon...

  • Unannounced power outages

    Areas of Victoria had a very brief power outage last Thursday at 9.05am. Power came back after some 10 seconds. I may be mistaken but I suspect it was an intentional (or predictable) break that was caused for some technical reason. Short though...

  • Busuttil’s blunder

    ​Simon Busuttil, in my opinion, came out with his hunting referendum declaration for no other reason than to win the sympathy of the hunters and, therefore, secure more votes. If this is the case, then his idea really backfired because...

  • Action on ‘vandalised’ postboxes

    I was very happy to notice that the very next day after I alerted this newspaper to a vandalised Maltapost postbox in Msida, this postbox was removed. It is a shame that it took a newspaper report in order to achieve this whereas the...

  • Why they leave school early

    Early school leaving in Malta refers to students between the ages of 18 and 24 leaving compulsory schooling without having at least five SEC passes (at grade 1 to grade 7) or being in education or training. At 20.9 per cent in 2013, Malta’s rate...

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