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  • A threat to consumers’ rights

    One thing the European Commission is determined to do effectively is protect consumers’ rights. This was confirmed when Brussels expressed concern about the ineffectiveness of the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority to protect...

  • World-class business district

    In everyday political jargon, we have become accustomed to hearing the word “investment” being used in practically every discussion or speech, and rightly so, since investment is the key to economic recovery and sustainability. In a small economy...

  • Memo: It’s 2017 not 2003

    Memo: It’s 2017 not 2003

    The government has been criticised for the way it has advertised Malta’s assumption of the EU presidency. I’ve lost count of the fingers wagged at the billboard stating Malta would now be ‘centre-stage’ and showing ‘what it can do for Europe’. The...

  • Good governance

    When the Deputy Prime Minister, Louis Grech, was introducing a Bill on good governance and transparency he said, among other things, that a commissioner would be appointed, with the approval of at least two-thirds of the House, to ensure...

  • Sweet Sliema

    It is 7am and as the seconds tick away, I accept I will be late for the ethics class at the University once again. The bus to Tal-Qroqq arrives and I get in. A mixture of morning breath, cheap coffee and unwashed hair slaps me right in the face. I...

  • Smoking mothers

    Smoking mothers

    I’m all for stopping parents from smoking in cars when children are present. A €50 fine is not enough to restrain them. They need to learn to be more sensitive and responsible for their children’s health and education. The same law should apply to...

  • Why Manchester?

    As a frequent flyer with Air Malta to and from Manchester over 35 years, I am appalled at the decision by the Maltese air carrier to drop this route. I have flown with them at different times of the year and rarely were there many empty seats, so...

  • Filthy towers

    I wish to continue voicing my concern about the proposed tower developments at Sliema and Mrieħel. In this time of the year we have naturally focused on the Christmas and New Year festivities but this is also the lull before the storm as the...

  • Just shoot the Auditor General

    Former parliamentary secretary Michael Falzon has a colourful way of expressing himself, even during an adjournment speech in Parliament just before Christmas. That does not excuse him for what he said, or, more precisely, for attacking yet again...

  • Contortions for an answer

    The body language spoke volumes. It said it all. Beppe Fenech Adami’s facial contortions in Parliament, in reply to a simple question from the Justice Minister, outdid even Norman Wisdom’s in The Square Peg, when road mender Norman Pitkin was...

  • 2017: the EU in peril

    2017: the EU in peril

    As Malta takes over the presidency of the Council of the European Union, we should brace ourselves for what lies ahead. If you thought 2016 provided a rough ride for the European Union’s prospects, just wait for the 2017 upheavals. Testing times...

  • Walk the talk

    Last year started with the Panama Papers story and ended with the Auditor General’s papers story, which may turn out to be much more serious than the Panama Papers. The reason is a simple one. While the Panama Papers story was built and inflated...

  • Unsightly posters

    Unsightly posters

    From time to time, gigantic posters are put up in front of St George’s church in Qormi to advertise some local group activities. Apart from being an eyesore, I wonder what kind of permission these groups get to put up these posters. What is worst...

  • Condominium problems

    I read an article on this news­paper about the role of the condominium administrator and would like to ask whether resolving issues between apartments is the role of the administrator. At the moment, I am appointed as an administrator for the...

  • Flying high

    I am following up my letter in which I advised the government to forget about forging an alliance with Alitalia, a bankrupt airline with a daily loss of €500,000. Etihad Airlines is reviewing its investment in European airlines, especially Air...

  • Weekly pay

    It is highly ironic that at the time Eddy Privitera was praising the community workers scheme in his letter titled ‘Workers’ scheme’ (December 12), Eurostat statistics showed that 15 out of every 100 Maltese employees earned less than €230 a week...

  • Casting shadows on persons of trust

    Practically every administration relies on the role of political appointees to implement electoral promises during its term of office. In theory, such appointees, who are often described as ‘persons of trust’, should at least have the right...

  • Donald Trump’s Achilles heel

    Donald Trump has considerable assets. He is a billionaire worth (according to Forbes) $4.5 billion. He is the 324th wealthiest man in the world and the 113th in the US. The Trump Organisation has interests in real estate, construction,...

  • Fake news memory hole

    Fake news memory hole

    There seems to be a new-found concern for so-called fake news among major social media and newspaper giants, and given the misinformation on the matter, I thought I should put in my two cents’ worth. 2016 will be marked as a year of political...

  • Audacity of hope

    A new year. A new beginning. New hope. A beautiful dream for 2017 of everlasting peace in the Middle East, of an end to bloodshed in the Syrian civil war, of bringing to an end the intense cruelty to honest civilians, of a strong campaign against...

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