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  • Fourth floor deals

    Carmel Zammit, from Naxxar (January 5) is rather optimistic when he says “Din l-Art Ħelwa and others who really have the interest of Malta at heart should be given all the support needed in the upcoming struggle...”. I am sure he has by now...

  • Presidencies and other P-words

    Presidencies and other P-words

    As the long-awaited Malta EU presidency has turned Valletta into a hive of police activity right as I type this – to a ridiculous degree, with many of the few parking areas available cordoned off, traffic jams galore and pedestrians shepherded...

  • Watch: 'I'm no hate blogger' - Glenn Bedingfield

    Watch: 'I'm no hate blogger' - Glenn Bedingfield

    Prime Ministerial aide Glenn Bedingfield has become synonymous with his self-titled blog.  But the former MEP says he and his boss Joseph Muscat rarely discuss what he writes and that he "can't remember" ever being rebuked by the Prime Minister...

  • Managing financial risks

    Financial service operators are often perceived to be in a dominant position when it comes to providing services to their consumers, especially the smaller ones who have little experience in dealing with financial products. In the last few years,...

  • A Europe for all the people

    Malta’s presidency of the Council of the European Union is an opportunity for us to reassert a common vision for Europe. It is a vision of equity, of unity and, most importantly, the inclusive participation of all people to build peace within and...

  • God’s own country

    God’s own country

    I have been visiting Australia for the last 20 years. Physically, at three million square miles, the Australian continent is over 30 times the size of the United Kingdom or Italy, yet with only a third of their population. Distances in Australia...

  • Dump the referendum

    In Malta, as in my own country – the United Kingdom – our democracies rely most heavily on the principle that elected legislatures reign supreme. The election, where every facet of every policy is tested by the electorate, holds sway. In Britain,...

  • Political contradictions

    The leader of the Opposition (there are those who consider him as ‘leader of no opposition’) continues to baffle his own party supporters. I mean those who use their head to think not just to keep a hat on. When they hear him talk about “raising...

  • A sad departure

    A sad departure

    On January 20, the political side of my brain will breathe a sigh of sadness at Barack Obama’s departure from the White House. For a brief period in my life, Obama gave hope and stability to the world. Yes, hope and stability. How could a boy who...

  • Journalism for the common good

    The press is often referred to as the Fourth Estate. It may be debatable who coined the phrase, whether British historian and politician Thomas Macaulay or Edmund Burke, an Irish statesman and author. What matters is, what was said: “There are...

  • Booming economy and inequality

    Local economists, particularly the politically partisan ones, continue to exalt the statistics supporting our booming economy, while ignoring the Eurostat and local Caritas figures indicative of increasing inequality and the risk of poverty. A...

  • Panama Papers scandal

    Panama Papers scandal

    During the year just ended the Labour government con­tinued to dig itself deeper into a culture of institutionalised corruption with persons occupying high government positions and those close to them partaking of the fruits of a corrupt system. A...

  • Ban referenda

    Further to my last letter, I have seen the wise comments of Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico. He mirrors my comments regarding the great dangers referenda pose to the future political stability of the European Union. In short, he calls on the...

  • Children of the 1960s

    Children of the 1960s

    I am aged 77 and completed my national service in Malta between 1958 and 1960. During the last months of that time friends took me sightseeing in, if my memory serves me right, the Mellieħa or Marfa area where we met a local family and I took a...

  • Turn-off

    Allow me to refer to the letter ‘Good publicity’ by Alfred Gauci (December 29) wherein he said that certain articles, similar to the one which appeared in Woman’s Weekly magazine edition of December 13, boost tourism to Malta. Should people know...

  • Thoughts for 2017

    The new year started with Malta assuming the rotating presidency of the Council of Europe. Joseph Muscat now seems to be happy with Malta’s place in the EU and I suppose ‘Made in Brussels’ and ‘Switzerland in the Mediterranean’ slogans are things...

  • A Catholic out in the wilderness

    Nationalist MP Edwin Vassallo has a problem, he’s Catholic.  He says that anyone standing up for his faith today runs the risk of becoming “ostracised” from the political scene. Politicians, he says, are more interested in running after the...

  • Word of 2017: immigration

    We have started a new year. What will be the words that will dominate 2017? I thought I would start with ‘immigration’. Three years ago, I wrote an article titled ‘Will immigration be the EU’s death knell?’ Things have moved on since then, and...

  • Concerns of European citizens

    In our times of turbulence, the European Union faces a myriad of existential and practical challenges. In such a context, it is imperative to understand the concerns of the union’s citizens. One very important tool in this regard is the...

  • The wrong message

    I write to voice my severe dissatisfaction with one of ARMS Ltd’s so-called ‘policies’. Individuals who rent out property and who, therefore, have more than one account registered with ARMS Ltd, are being systematically discouraged from installing...

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