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  • No tunnel vision for Gozo

    From the very first days after independence from Britain, Gozo has always been geopolitically and socio-economically integrated with Malta. Consecutive governments have all strived to initiate public policy measures which, it was hoped, would...

  • Opinion: Is Simon Busuttil a weak leader?

    Opinion: Is Simon Busuttil a weak leader?

    Sometimes Simon Busuttil is criticised for being a weak leader. I disagree, and I will say why.  Let’s go back some years. In the early years leading to the run-up to Malta’s EU accession, I was active in left-wing group Moviment Graffitti. We...

  • The Libyan quagmire

    The Libyan quagmire

    Let us not mince words. The situation in Libya is surrealistically complex and extremely fraught with danger. The aspirations of the Libyan people to democracy and the establishment of a modern, civil state seem far from realisation in the...

  • Tax rebates

    Giving details about Labour’s promised tax refunds, the Prime Minister reportedly said that those on a low income who do not pay tax will also benefit from this scheme and those on the least income will receive the biggest amounts. Now I’m all for...

  • Poorly-equipped politicians

    There was a time in the past when the British Parliament would draw admiration and respect for the manner, content and depth of knowledge available in its debate. If, judging by what the Times of Malta reported on May 9, that same Commons has now...

  • Save Portomaso garden

    A few days ago, I walked past the beautiful, thriving public garden in front of the Wembley taxi service and Portomaso. The gates of the garden were closed. It seems the garden will be demolished to be replaced by another high-rise. If this is...

  • Dangerous grids

    Dangerous grids

    A few weeks ago, I called [email protected] and drew the attention of Transport Malta about the dangerous state of some grids in Eucharistic Congress Road in Mosta. They are exactly near Bus Stop No 1142, where any commuter boarding a bus or reaching...

  • Burlò

    Burlò

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  • Malta is no Panama

    Malta’s tax regime is again under the scrutiny of international institutions and certain politicians in the European Union and the US. The economic success of this country has wrongly been attributed to a lax taxation regime, seen as helping...

  • Fear fear itself

    Fear fear itself

    You know how every time there is an election, people start talking about the party machines switching on and stuff like that. I always wondered what this mysterious “magna tal-partit” was like; to my mind it always evoked images of a huge, Willy...

  • Islanders

    Islanders

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  • ZTV - Election

    ZTV - Election

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  • This is why I choose Malta

    We are now half-way through an election campaign, a campaign we should not be having in the first place. You will ask, like many have been asking me this week, why it is that I am talking all the time about the corruption of the Prime Minister and...

  • Party-proofing our democracy

    Everybody seems to be clamouring for our very own version of the Italian Mani pulite sweep. The time when we wash clean the country, wrongs are righted, prosecutions get going and we start anew – a shining beacon of hope and good governance.

  • Peanuts, lollipops and methylated spirit 

    Raphael Vassallo’s article (‘The real scandal is our failure to heal the divide’) should be required reading for all Maltese. The young should definitely read it and His Excellency the Archbishop might consider reading extracts from the pulpit or...

  • Muscat’s indecent proposal

    On one occasion in 2002, Dom Mintoff – who was then campaigning to keep Malta out of the EU – was asked why he had brought down the Labour government. His answer was that he had done nothing of the sort. It was, he said, Alfred Sant’s...

  • At the edge of a precipice

    I am sure that you have all had one occasion when, through no fault of yours, you felt the world was crumbling around you and you had no control over it. You feel betrayed and lost. It is a place you don’t want to be in. Above all, it makes you...

  • Some are more equal than others

    A friend of mine says that in Malta everything is upside down. I think he is right. I know a man who always upheld the law, respected his wife and did much to educate his children. Another person, not even a neighbour, with money to throw about,...

  • Digital Europe: Investing in the future

    The Digital Assembly is the European Commission’s annual flagship policy event. It brings together the key digital policy stakeholders. This year’s main theme is: ‘Digital Europe: Investing in the Future’. The 2017 edition is scheduled for June 15...

  • This election is a referendum

    This election is a referendum

    They say that a week is a long time in politics, and this adage will be proven over and over again in Maltese politics over the next weeks, before and after the election. Calling an election is still a throw of the dice, even though it has been...

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