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  • Decisions of the judiciary

    I would like to refer to what purport to be reports in the Times of Malta of what I said during the swearing in of new members of the judiciary recently. These reports tended to be very summary and not always faithful to what I said, probably as a...

  • Noisy bikes

    Noisy bikes

    In your Editorial “Drive against antisocial behaviour” (November 26) you chose to dedicate no less than two paragraphs to the behaviour of motorcyclists, emphasising the noise they make. However, you ignored completely the loutish, even murderous,...

  • Muscat on Brexit

    My family and I visit Malta on a regular basis and have done so for the past 20 years. We were horrified to read on the UK edition of the Daily Mail  the comments of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat with regard to Brexit. On each of our visits, we...

  • Entry to university

    With reference to the front page item on entry to university (28 November) it would be unfair not to remark that the University of Malta has not ignored issues relating to access to tertiary education for would-be students with special needs, who...

  • Charitable

    It seems John Azzopardi has described John Guillaumier’s writing in this newspaper as scholarly. I know Azzopardi to be an exceptionally charitable Catholic.

  • Malta Budget ‘broadly compliant’

    Like so many other governments everywhere, Joseph Muscat’s administration does not hold back from inflating successes and downplaying unfavourable trends, criticism or, even, cautionary remarks or observations. Judging by the government’s reaction...

  • The taxman is a cynic

    Many, many years ago, I remember my late father telling me (then just an adolescent) over the breakfast table that ‘someone’ had come up with a brilliant idea about a new form of taxation, through which income tax would be abolished and replaced...

  • Non-partisan objectivity

    Non-partisan objectivity

    I have been credited by some who are blinded by partisan prejudice with putting the current Labour administration into power. When I write an article which criticises one or other aspect of current governance or maladministration, they whine: “But...

  • Malta’s ‘Establishment’

    The ‘Establishment’ is a word which has become familiar to us due to its use during the United States presidential campaign. It is a word which stands for those dominant social groups and structures which wield power or heavily influence it in a...

  • Open to international business

    Today is the 20th day that I have held office as the 689th Lord of Mayor of the City of London. As ambassador for all the UK’s financial, professional and business services, I have a busy year ahead; travelling around the UK and also across the...

  • Badly folded

    The November 21 edition of this newspaper was particularly interesting and pertinent: so many good articles and an excellent editorial. I have, however, a couple of niggles about this largely excellent and informative paper. Since I finally...

  • Reason to go

    According to the Times of Malta (‘Whip blasts Medicines Authority’, November 16), government Whip Godfrey Farrugia, quoting a 2011 scientific paper, stated that the Ella One pill was abortifacient. He accused the regulator of forgetting that...

  • Drawing a line on noise levels

    Drawing a line on noise levels

    I took my seven-year-old grandson to the Esplora Interactive Science Centre. He and I were absolutely enthralled by the experience and were there for five hours, when we had to reluctantly drag ourselves away. My congratulations to all who were...

  • The financial year

    At the recent general meeting of the Malta Community Chest Fund it was announced that its financial accounts would be based on the calendar year (January to December). Allow me to state that, some years ago, the MCCF’s previous accountants had...

  • Proof

    John Guillaumier (November 25) in his answer to John Azzopardi, inter alia said: “The same epithets could be hurled back at them for believing in a ‘being’ for which there is no evidence whatsoever.” Perhaps Guillaumier should take some time off...

  • Mixed signals in Fitch’s bank rating

    Rating agencies like Fitch have an important role of guiding investors on the financial strength of companies listed on the world’s stock exchanges. Although in the last few years they lost some of their prestige when they failed to recognise the...

  • Exerting power over others

    I once spent three wonderful months in New York about 10 years ago. The people were really friendly, and the city itself was incredibly exciting. However, there was one moment that was not all too pleasant. I had gone to the local store to buy...

  • Forgive, forget, remember

    Forgive, forget, remember

    John F. Kennedy, the iconic American President once advised his people: “Forgive your enemies but never forget their names.”   I would humbly tweak this quote a little bit by suggesting to forgive the names of our enemies, to forget their names,...

  • A polarising leader

    A polarising leader

    The reactions to the news of the death of Fidel Castro were mixed. In Havana, the Cuban government declared nine days of national mourning. In the days leading up to his funeral, the Cuban flag flies at half-mast, public performances and...

  • Education system

    I have the feeling that this is how changes are made to our educational system: we go in circles and adopt past practices that were discarded. I had this feeling when I heard that vocational subjects are being introduced at secondary level. This...

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