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  • Malta’s ‘Establishment’

    The ‘Establishment’ is a word which has become familiar to us due to its use during the United States presidential campaign. It is a word which stands for those dominant social groups and structures which wield power or heavily influence it in a...

  • Open to international business

    Today is the 20th day that I have held office as the 689th Lord of Mayor of the City of London. As ambassador for all the UK’s financial, professional and business services, I have a busy year ahead; travelling around the UK and also across the...

  • Badly folded

    The November 21 edition of this newspaper was particularly interesting and pertinent: so many good articles and an excellent editorial. I have, however, a couple of niggles about this largely excellent and informative paper. Since I finally...

  • Reason to go

    According to the Times of Malta (‘Whip blasts Medicines Authority’, November 16), government Whip Godfrey Farrugia, quoting a 2011 scientific paper, stated that the Ella One pill was abortifacient. He accused the regulator of forgetting that...

  • Drawing a line on noise levels

    Drawing a line on noise levels

    I took my seven-year-old grandson to the Esplora Interactive Science Centre. He and I were absolutely enthralled by the experience and were there for five hours, when we had to reluctantly drag ourselves away. My congratulations to all who were...

  • The financial year

    At the recent general meeting of the Malta Community Chest Fund it was announced that its financial accounts would be based on the calendar year (January to December). Allow me to state that, some years ago, the MCCF’s previous accountants had...

  • Proof

    John Guillaumier (November 25) in his answer to John Azzopardi, inter alia said: “The same epithets could be hurled back at them for believing in a ‘being’ for which there is no evidence whatsoever.” Perhaps Guillaumier should take some time off...

  • Mixed signals in Fitch’s bank rating

    Rating agencies like Fitch have an important role of guiding investors on the financial strength of companies listed on the world’s stock exchanges. Although in the last few years they lost some of their prestige when they failed to recognise the...

  • Exerting power over others

    I once spent three wonderful months in New York about 10 years ago. The people were really friendly, and the city itself was incredibly exciting. However, there was one moment that was not all too pleasant. I had gone to the local store to buy...

  • Forgive, forget, remember

    Forgive, forget, remember

    John F. Kennedy, the iconic American President once advised his people: “Forgive your enemies but never forget their names.”   I would humbly tweak this quote a little bit by suggesting to forgive the names of our enemies, to forget their names,...

  • A polarising leader

    A polarising leader

    The reactions to the news of the death of Fidel Castro were mixed. In Havana, the Cuban government declared nine days of national mourning. In the days leading up to his funeral, the Cuban flag flies at half-mast, public performances and...

  • Education system

    I have the feeling that this is how changes are made to our educational system: we go in circles and adopt past practices that were discarded. I had this feeling when I heard that vocational subjects are being introduced at secondary level. This...

  • Keynes and citizenship

    I refer to the letter titled ‘Not a dog whistle’ by Karm Farrugia (November 19) wherein the correspondent stated that, if alive, economist J. M. Keynes “might well have been inclined to apply for Maltese citizenship”. To this one might reply that...

  • Honesty

    I refer to what Andy Walsh had to say about the British way. It is good to hear someone that is gracious in defeat following a democratic vote by the British people. I myself elected for Brexit, however, no one knows for certain whether this was...

  • The inequality issue

    The inequality issue

    Brexit and Donald Trump’s presidency are both about the demand for change. But who wants change? Certainly not those who are comfortable with the status quo. Those who feel they have been left behind by ‘progress and prosperity’ would probably be...

  • Important aspect of national life

    Our language is one of the most powerful forces uniting and identifying us as a nation. The survival of the Maltese language is probably our largest claim to a distinctly Maltese identity. Still, this country appears to have an existential problem...

  • Malta is now on the brink

    It would not be an exaggeration to say that Malta stands on the brink of losing protection of human life from conception to natural death. As never before, Malta’s time-honoured traditions are under assault. These past years, we have seen attempts...

  • Any dreams of Europe?

    As if the European Union is not experiencing its own share of crises, Donald Trump’s election as US President is underlining existential questions which have been troubling the European soul in these past recent years. If Trump stays true to his...

  • English and British

    English and British

    The Brexit referendum has brought about a distinction between a certain group of English people and the rest of the citizens of the United Kingdom, all of whom are as British as the English of course. Andy Welsh (November 21) writes about “the...

  • Better not take risks

    At times, disasters occur against all imaginable odds. A case in point is what happened, seven years ago, to the historical archive of the city of Cologne when it collapsed due to the construction of a new subway line of the Cologne Stadtbahn...

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