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  • Vikings, pork and pillage

    Denmark doesn’t often make the news. Of late, however, it has, and not necessarily for the right reasons. In an astonishing homage to institutionalised mugging, refugees will now have their valuables and cash confiscated at the gates. In Denmark...

  • Typo in Book of Proverbs

    Today’s quotation from the Book of Proverbs, namely “The memory of the righteous one is due for a blessing, but the name of the wicked will not rot”, contains a glaringly obvious typo. It seems that the word “not” has inadvertently slipped...

  • Labour government in free fall?

    For the past two-and-a-half years, this country has witnessed the fastest degeneration of standards exhibited by the governing class since Independence. Of course, the days of Dom Mintoff were notorious; people died – literally. However, Mintoff...

  • Transport Malta inefficiency

    I do not think there has ever been an authority such as Transport Malta that has been criticised so much, and understandably so. Last October I had written to Transport Malta to clarify a problem I had encountered. What happened is that when we...

  • Changing spaces in Valletta

    I have some questions on current plans for public spaces in Valletta and Floriana. My first question is this: should the vacated Café Premier site be used by the Bibliotheca or by the Valletta local council? The upper floor of this beautiful...

  • Outpatients’ parking area at Mater Dei Hospital

    The outpatients’ parking area at the hospital is set aside almost entirely for ‘disabled’ badge holders – quite rightly, since many people, like myself, are unable to walk long distances. Because of the limited number of spaces available, I have...

  • Commitment to the film industry

    Malta hosted a number of international film productions in past years such as Troy, Munich, World War Z, Captain Phillips, Midnight Express, Gladiator and many more. In view of this huge potential the Tourism Ministry, toget­her with film...

  • Disregard for rules on the road

    Disregard for rules on the road

    The new penalties announced recently by the government for using a mobile phone while driving are an absolute farce. Last weekend, while travelling round the now famous Kappara roundabout, I saw no fewer than four motorists using their phones.

  • Fifty shades of green

    Some years back I watched a Drew Barrymore – Adam Sandler film called Fifty First Dates. It was one of those easy viewing, light romantic comedies with Barrymore cast in the usual ditzy blonde role. She suffered from a form of amnesia where she...

  • Islanders

  • Discrimination against Maltese citizens

    Two 18-year-olds go to a casino in Malta; the foreigner is accepted, the other is rejected and told to come back seven years later – he is European, Maltese and discriminated against in his own country. According to Maltese law, Maltese citizens...

  • The name of God is mercy

    In Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited – that great Catholic novel on life, death, the fall from grace and the possibility of redemption – Julia Flyte says these words: “I’ve always been bad. Probably I shall be bad again, punished again. But the...

  • Burlò

    Burlò

    From Bunga-Bunga to here

  • Avoiding the issues

    Recently one evening a Labour politician knocked on my door. I invited him into my residence and he sat down. He said: “I’m here to get to know you and to hear your views on our record in government.” He went on: “What do you think of our record...

  • Appointments diary of Malta’s ‘second lady’…

    Every now and then, Sylvanus gets a scoop. And I think you’ll agree that what follows is certainly that. It is… (Pause for drum roll) the unexpurgated contents of a week in the life of Malta’s second lady – (Well, she can’t be the ‘first’, that’s...

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  • Picking on the small fish

    We tend to make all sorts of little mistakes at one point. Leaving my car with the hazard lights on at the airport drop-off/pick-up zone for approximately five minutes outside a very quiet terminal at 11.15pm on October 27, 2015 cost me €23. At...

  • A rector shouldn’t lead his shadow

    The choice of a rector for the University of Malta should not be a subject of controversy, nor should it make headlines. However, when the government uses its political clout – and majority in the University Council which elects the new rector –...

  • Should terminally-ill prisoners be shown clemency? Does parole work?

    Should terminally-ill prisoners be shown clemency? Does parole work?

    The family of a terminally-ill prison was stunned to learn that a parole request has been turned down. The controversy has prompted discussion over whether clemency should be shown towards prisoners with fading health. Should the parole law be...

  • Media power and responsibility

    The current discussion on the protection of journalistic sources has opened ample opportunities for reflection. This protection prohibits the authorities, including the courts, from compelling a journalist to reveal the identity of an anonymous...

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