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  • We need to create a ‘cult’

    Youths, education, employment, and opportunities – four buzzwords that ought to stop being such and become part and parcel of the European political agenda. For the last weeks Brussels was a hub of activity, not that it usually isn’t, but during...

  • Joseph Muscat, my kind of hero

    Yes you did read the title properly. He is a super one in fact. I had other heroes in my life but they all seem to have come a sad cropper. Dom Mintoff went wonky and voted against his own Socialist party so I crossed him out of my heroic league...

  • Budget for a fair market

    As Budget day looms, some reflection on what one should expect would seem timely from the point of view of a company synonymous with Maltese-led investment in the manufacturing industry. With the risk of sounding overly simplistic, one should...

  • Right to back down on councils

    Opposition to the government’s plan to postpone council elections to 2019 “to save money”, ease “election fatigue” and improve election turnout, has forced it to back down half way. In what the government is describing as a “compromise” solution,...

  • Is there a Muslim threat?

    Is there a Muslim threat?

    I have been taken aback by the views expressed by some cultured and intelligent friends about the supposed threat posed to Europe (and specifically Malta) from having Muslims living in our midst. While I can fully understand the fears engendered...

  • ‘Political blackmail’

    Referring to hunting as a “problem”, Frans Said, in his letter ‘Political blackmail’ (October 8) states: “If both major political parties were to unite to seek what is best for these islands, this type of blackmail will lose its impact.” Just to...

  • Parking on level playing field

    Parking on level playing field

    The recent increased use of parking facilities on the outskirts of heavily urbanised zones has brought to light an acute inability to responsibly manage such areas. A lack of organisation based on piecemeal policy-making has resulted in a...

  • Chemtrails

    John Ivens (October 8) is the latest in a long list of uninformed people paranoid about a perfectly normal phenomenon – water vapour contrails left by aircraft. These trails have been a regular feature in the skies ever since World War I, when...

  • Yobs by any other name

    I was recently in Malta, staying on the eastern side of Rabat. I read the Times of Malta and was shocked by the actions of some 30 yobs – they do not deserve to be called ‘hunters’ – and one hopes their actions against innocent bird watchers...

  • Save our old trees at It-Tokk

    Save our old trees at It-Tokk

    The work of refurbishment in the very heart of Victoria is progressing speedily. After Sabina Square it will soon be the turn of Independence Square (It-Tokk). I asked and asked about the fate of the old trees that adorn this square but no one...

  • Synod Watch 3

    Last weekend Cardinal Peter Erdo and his staff could not enjoy the good Italian food and wine that Roman restaurants are renowned for. They burned their candles throughout the night to prepare for yesterday’s meeting of the Synod the document...

  • Storm hazard at Marsaxlokk

    The bad weather of October 6 caused one of the ships berthed at the Freeport to cut its moorings and drift away from the jetty. This confirms what many experts have been saying: the gas storage tanker permanently moored within Marsaxlokk Bay poses...

  • Lessons from Car Free Day

    September’s ‘Car Free Day’ was viewed by several commentators as a dismal failure, but was it? One of the problems with the day is that it’s a concept we as a nation have not yet grasped, as has the rest of Europe. Firstly there isn’t a choice of...

  • Crossed wires

    Crossed wires

    It’s such a great pity that so many balconies in the modern town of Pembroke have wires and cables hanging just above people’s heads. They look dangerous and are so ghastly and unsightly. Is it possible that our town planner never thought of...

  • Cars in the city

    The appearance of parked cars in St George’s Square, Valletta was noted in On The Dot (October 6). Anyone walking the pedestrian area of Merchants Street in the evenings will have noticed that both parked and moving cars are on the increase. This...

  • New approach to remarriage

    In the light of the contributions which have been made during the Synod of Bishops, and as specifically indicated in my contribution which I delivered last Wednesday, I believe that in the coming months the Catholic Church will be seeking a “new...

  • Respect for Valletta’s fortifications

    A short time ago I researched the Piano project in Valletta for a major story I have written for Asia’s premier travel and lifestyle magazine, which will be published at the beginning of next year. I note with great dismay that the garden that...

  • Time to show greater earnestness

    When the speeches given at the EY conference on foreign investment are stripped of all the rhetoric, bare facts expose some worrying signs. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat went overboard in his drive to project Malta as a successful country and as an...

  • A beacon of failure

    A beacon of failure

    Our Prime Minister can be a real spoilsport sometimes; I’m beginning not to like him. There he was in London last week selling EU passports for Henley & Partners (or is it the other way around?) and he won’t tell us what he said. The Department of...

  • A visitor’s views on the bus service

    After a visit to Malta, both my friend and I agree with the article written by Frank Salt. What he said about the buses was very good, however, why is overcrowding allowed? We were often subjected to overcrowding, pushing, shoving and bad manners...

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