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  • More claims

    I write with reference to the article ‘Using different yardsticks’ by Denis Tanti (August 18). The Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity would like to clarify that in this article he is repeating what he already asserted in a press...

  • Clampdown on offenders

    Clampdown on offenders

    I write in connection with the report ‘Subject all drivers to penalties’ (August 20) and to views expressed by Adrian Galea, the director general of the Malta Insurance Association. While I agree in principle with the suggestions made by the...

  • To boycott or not to

    To boycott or not to

    Unphased by the deafening chorus of "are you nuts?" that greeted his notion that a boycott of the Gasan and Fenech commercial empires was on the cards as popular revenge for their monstrous constructions (I was going to use a different word, but...

  • Two weights, two measures

    After some six months since the Panama data dump, the long knives in Malta are still out, and endlessly sharpened, in an unrelenting quest to claim as trophies the scalps of Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri. One tends to overlook that Malta has an...

  • To live on a crazy island

    Ijust cannot understand the mentality of the people of this tiny island of ours. According to a 2015 UN report, Malta remains by far the most densely populated European Union member state, with an average of 1,364 persons per square kilometre,...

  • Rise of profiteering in tourism

    One thing that most people would agree on is that the tourism industry is doing well and that it needs to be protected from racketeers who try to exploit tourists by making a fast buck. The recent uproar on the way that visitors to Comino were...

  • The Żonqor method

    ■ The photomontage of the Townsquare tower (August 16) gives me the feeling that the effect of distance on perspective may have been somewhat overestimated. As a result, the Tower appears in this montage to be lower than it would actually look...

  • Boycott the developers

    Boycott the developers

    I was encouraged by the public reaction to my article last week on high-rise towers (‘Barbarians at the gate’) from Maltese people utterly dismayed by the greed displayed by construction developers and their architects, who give not a damn about...

  • Salt pans walkway

    Salt pans walkway

    It is about time that a study is conducted into building a walkway to link Salini to Qawra via the retaining four-metre wide wall of the salt pans, thereby extending the Qawra promenade and other facilities for the benefit of Salini residents and...

  • Labour’s track record

    In the realm of politics nothing is ever very easy to predict. A few hours, a few votes, even a missing receipt can make all the difference in the political sphere. But one thing you can always count on Labour for is that they are consistent:...

  • In search of an old workmate

    ■ I am trying to trace a long lost friend, Joe A. Buttigieg, who worked for Ralph M. Parsons in Brenford, London between 1970 and 1990. I worked there too. He was a project manager in the petrochemical industry and I worked for him on an Iranian...

  • Public pathways at Simblija

    I write to exercise a right of reply to the piece ‘Farmers unite to allow access to Simblija’ (July 7). As a private person, I reject any attempt to a trial by the media and to any interference in my privacy and fundamental rights. Since I engage...

  • The pragmatic approach

    Months of speculation about which strategic partner Air Malta would end up discussing a partnership with eventually brought Alitalia to the negotiating table. With 49 per cent of Alitalia itself being owned by Etihad of the UAE, few analysts doubt...

  • A tall order indeed

    A tall order indeed

    Portomaso is 22 floors high. Townsquare, the project approved just days ago will be 38 storeys high. Seen in conjunction with the soon-to-be-decided 40-storey Cambridge Hotel we will have the equivalent of almost four Portomaso towers on the tiny...

  • The silly season ‘wailers’

    The other day, some correspondents, including those on social media, took Simon Busuttil and the Nationalist Party to task for acting as if they don’t have a calendar in their office, hence ignoring the fact that we are in this summer heat.

  • Woes Jeremy Corbyn faces

    Jeremy Corbyn holds one of the most unenviable positions on the planet. As leader of Her Majesty’s Most Loyal Opposition, his term has been characterised by several successive blunders, which have prevented him from mounting a credible opposition.

  • Losing its attraction

    The citadel in Gozo has been given a real facelift. The result is simply magnificent. Why couldn’t the authorities see this before they placed a horrendous door in front of the cathedral square? Not only did it cover all the work that was done and...

  • Well-treated

    I recently underwent a total hip replacement operation at Mater Dei Hospital and feel compelled to praise all concerned with my treatment. From the surgeon to the tea lady, all duties were completed with care and consideration. The nursing staff...

  • Public finance

    I often ask myself why is it that the performance of Malta’s economy, at least at macro level, is very hard to criticise. The answer has stayed constant with me for several years now: when public finance is well managed (government excessive...

  • Two ID cards

    A law report in the Times of Malta about a man having two identity cards is interesting. It seems that a very good shake up at Identity Malta has now become a must.

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