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  • Booming economy and inequality

    Local economists, particularly the politically partisan ones, continue to exalt the statistics supporting our booming economy, while ignoring the Eurostat and local Caritas figures indicative of increasing inequality and the risk of poverty. A...

  • Panama Papers scandal

    Panama Papers scandal

    During the year just ended the Labour government con­tinued to dig itself deeper into a culture of institutionalised corruption with persons occupying high government positions and those close to them partaking of the fruits of a corrupt system. A...

  • Ban referenda

    Further to my last letter, I have seen the wise comments of Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico. He mirrors my comments regarding the great dangers referenda pose to the future political stability of the European Union. In short, he calls on the...

  • Children of the 1960s

    Children of the 1960s

    I am aged 77 and completed my national service in Malta between 1958 and 1960. During the last months of that time friends took me sightseeing in, if my memory serves me right, the Mellieħa or Marfa area where we met a local family and I took a...

  • Turn-off

    Allow me to refer to the letter ‘Good publicity’ by Alfred Gauci (December 29) wherein he said that certain articles, similar to the one which appeared in Woman’s Weekly magazine edition of December 13, boost tourism to Malta. Should people know...

  • Thoughts for 2017

    The new year started with Malta assuming the rotating presidency of the Council of Europe. Joseph Muscat now seems to be happy with Malta’s place in the EU and I suppose ‘Made in Brussels’ and ‘Switzerland in the Mediterranean’ slogans are things...

  • A Catholic out in the wilderness

    Nationalist MP Edwin Vassallo has a problem, he’s Catholic.  He says that anyone standing up for his faith today runs the risk of becoming “ostracised” from the political scene. Politicians, he says, are more interested in running after the...

  • Word of 2017: immigration

    We have started a new year. What will be the words that will dominate 2017? I thought I would start with ‘immigration’. Three years ago, I wrote an article titled ‘Will immigration be the EU’s death knell?’ Things have moved on since then, and...

  • Concerns of European citizens

    In our times of turbulence, the European Union faces a myriad of existential and practical challenges. In such a context, it is imperative to understand the concerns of the union’s citizens. One very important tool in this regard is the...

  • The wrong message

    I write to voice my severe dissatisfaction with one of ARMS Ltd’s so-called ‘policies’. Individuals who rent out property and who, therefore, have more than one account registered with ARMS Ltd, are being systematically discouraged from installing...

  • Dangerous signs

    Dangerous signs

    Some weeks ago, ‘no parking’ signs were erected along the narrow pavement in Bishop Buhagiar Street, Paola. Being such a narrow pavement, they are of great inconvenience to pedestrians pushing a pram, a pushchair or using a wheelchair. It is also...

  • Fuel price stability?

    As predicted in one of my online comments on timesofmalta.com, the price of fuel has gone up. This was expected because the exchange rate of the US dollar has gone up against the euro and so did the price of Brent crude. The increase, however,...

  • Condomini affairs

    In reply to Roberta Galea Schembri’s query regarding the role of the condominium administrator (January 4), it is very clear from article 16 of the Condominium Act, Chapter 398 of the Laws of Malta, that where rules have been approved by the...

  • Cartoon of the day

    Cartoon of the day

    Europe’s strong man

  • Glenn Bedingfield is first guest on new Times Talk

    Glenn Bedingfield is first guest on new Times Talk

    The controversial blogger and communications adviser in the Office of the Prime Minister, Glenn Bedingfield, will be the first guest on the online version of Times Talk. Mr Bedingfield, who is also an upcoming Labour Party election candidate, will...

  • Malta at the helm of the EU

    The Maltese presidency of the European Union is a proud moment for Malta and one that should unite the whole country. It deserves the support of the entire population and we hope it will be a successful six-month stint that manages to address a...

  • The tunnel

    Do you remember, 20 years ago, a film called Daylight starring Sylvester Stallone? That’s the one with no ring boxing, no flying spit, no headbands and no M60 machine guns in it – Stallone is this taxi driver called Kit. But therein lies the...

  • It’s about what concerns the people

    It’s here. Malta will on Wednesday formally assume the rotating presidency of Council of the European Union.  For the next six months we will bear responsibility for chairing meetings of the top EU decision-making body, the European Council,...

  • The real magic of Malta

    The road to hell is paved with good intentions. So is the road to nationwide obesity and more couch potatoes. I got to thinking about this when a consultation exercise about commercialising sports facilities was held last year. The idea behind the...

  • Cain, Moses and Gege Gatt

    Cain the murderer. Moses the legislator. Gege, the technology entrepreneur. Three high­ly different personalities hailing from different countries and ages. The story of Cain, the child of the purely aural oral culture, and that of Moses, who...

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