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  • Towards a higher standard

    The perennial debate on the level of English used in Malta and Gozo is in full swing. It is indeed useful for the authorities and society in general to focus from time to time on the standard of English in Malta, given both its status as an...

  • If Greece makes an exit

    The upcoming snap election in Greece has put Syriza in the spotlight, given that the party is leading the polls. Questions are being raised whether a Syriza victory will result in Greece’s exit from the eurozone. Syriza (an acronym for Coalition...

  • A first for agriculture

    A first for agriculture

    Malta’s accession to the European Union 10 years ago was a culture shock to the agricultural sector. From a protected industry, largely dependant on import quotas, prohibitive levies and an outright ban on the importation of competing products,...

  • Labour’s grand illusion

    In the very first speech of the 2013 electoral campaign, on January 7 of that year, Joseph Muscat fired his parting shot: “Malta belongs to us all. This is the rallying call which will be uniting us. Uniting the Maltese and Gozitan people. Uniting...

  • Cartoon of the day

    Cartoon of the day

    The wonderful wizard of Rome

  • Bicycle contra-flows

    The Bicycle Advocacy Group recently published a press release calling on councils and Transport Malta to make bicycle commuting in their localities one of their New Year’s resolutions. One of the methods suggested was to use bicycle contra-flows...

  • Europe on high alert

    Europe is on high alert for more jihadist terrorist attacks in the aftermath of the Paris killings. Last Thursday, Belgian police killed two suspected terrorists in a firefight and arrested a third man. According to prosecutors the extremists...

  • Repeating untruths

    For reasons known only to himself, Mark Anthony Falzon in his commentary in The Sunday Times of Malta on January 11, repeated once more an untruth he occasionally writes about me. It is not true that in 2004 or in any other year, I took the...

  • Destination death in Malta

    The report on the recent horrendous tragedy on the sea front in Tower Road, Sliema, attracted 173 comments on timesofmalta.com at the time of writing. It is worrying that there were virtually no expressions of outrage at this obscene event. We...

  • MPs’ honoraria

    While reviewing the defunct newspaper Il-Berqa, (December 18, 1947), published for a very long time by Allied Newspapers Ltd, I came across the editor’s comment on the salary of ministers and MPs, approved by the then Legislative Assembly The...

  • Peppi’s puppets

    I never watch the television programme Xarabank but a friend who does told me that last Friday’s programme was, as always when a sensitive issue is discussed, a one-sided panel show. It seems Peppi Azzopardi makes sure the panel members hold his...

  • A warranted declaration by Maltese clergy

    The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, with priests from America, Britain, Australia and Ireland, met in Rome between January 5 and 9 and discussed issues relating to the forthcoming Synod on the Family in response to the Holy Father’s call for...

  • Freedom of expression, but at what cost?

    The atrocities and killing of innocent people in France have shocked the free world and put into question one of the fundamental rights of democracy – freedom of expression. Living in a democratic country and being one who relishes the value of...

  • Marsa golf course is an asset

    Marsa golf course is an asset

    Being an environmentalist, I admire the tenacity of Alan Deidun in defending the diminishing Maltese countryside (The Sunday Times of Malta, January 11). However, the Marsa golf course is now bereft of the mosquito-ridden marsh that spanned an...

  • Artistic monuments should be shifted

    Recently we were regaled by TVM with beautiful images of the statues of Maltese patriots, historians, statesmen, philanthropists and artists lining The Mall in Floriana. These monuments, mostly by famous Maltese sculptors such as the Sciortino...

  • Gridlock and confusion

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank the person (I assume from Transport Malta) who planned the major diversion as part of the Salina Coast Road project on January 9. Firstly, for the great idea of making the changes during the Friday...

  • Protecting minorities

    I would like to ask – since some show disgust at the hunting of birds – what is the general feeling about fish suffocating to death after being caught in a net or pulled out of the water once hooked? Are meat eaters conscious of the fact that all...

  • Pino Daniele

    Italian television stations recently paid tribute to the late Neapolitan singer Pino Daniele. Personally, I have not heard much of his songs and so I was intrigued by his massive popularity. In one of the programmes it was pointed out that 200,000...

  • After the Paris attacks

    After the Paris attacks

    Last Sunday’s turnout of almost four million people at a number of rallies in France to protest against the terror attacks in Paris sent out a clear message: France is united and will not budge in its defence of freedom of expression, which is a...

  • Ched Evans and extra time

    The reason I go back to the Ched Evans story has nothing to do with football. It has everything to do with the whole argument of role models and impressionable minds, which I find unbearably sanctimonious and nannying. For whatever it’s worth, my...

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