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  • Poor Maltese

    Students are doing badly in their Maltese exams because they don’t read in their mother tongue. There’s no excuse because there is plenty of good Maltese literature. For the past 15 years I’ve been writing specifically for Maltese teenagers and...

  • Illogical reasoning

    The item ‘Illegal storage facility “set for sanctioning”’ (July 8) makes some distressing reading. My question is: how many people must one employ to have an illegality legalised? Using the same argument, all the enforcement notices issued to the...

  • Unanswered

    So much for a government that listens. I sent a registered letter to the Ministry of Education back in April regarding a childcare service issue but I never even received an acknowledgement.

  • New high-rise city

    New high-rise city

    Some 400 years after the Knights of St John erected 30 watch towers to protect our islands from invading forces, our nation is about to embark on another exercise of tower building but this time each tower will be about 20 times higher or should I...

  • More of the same

    James Walker’s letter (‘Let them fly’, July 12), epitomises ignorance on the subject matter and goes well beyond the ridiculous. With 800,000 ‘bird killers’ in the UK, an estimated 23,000,000 birds shot each year and a year-long period to shoot...

  • Hands off Gozo ministry

    Speaking in Parliament on June 6, Franco Mercieca, a Labour MP elected for the first time in the last general election from Gozo, bluntly stated that “While Gozo will remain a single region on the regional committee, the tunnel will remove the...

  • Cartoon of the day

    Cartoon of the day

    No distance too short

  • Plain language

    Henry Frendo (July 7) again chose to misinterpret my words. On matters relating to language, I generally describe what occursin some common everyday situations of our contemporary society. I don’t dictate or impose anything. (Who said that we are...

  • A spotlight on maladministration

    The Office of the Ombudsman is independent of the government and is an officer of Parliament. More importantly, the Ombudsman is the citizen’s defender. He is there to strengthen the accountability of the public service and to give citizens a...

  • The Man Fridge

    The Man Fridge

    Every time I watch something depressing on the news – which is relatively all the time these days – I head to the kitchen and by way of comfort I open the fridge door. I peek inside, then close the door. I open again, and close again. Then I open...

  • Theresa May’s huge challenges

    Theresa May’s huge challenges

    Theresa May has become Britain’s second female Prime Minister and, like Margaret Thatcher, she enters Number 10 Downing Street with massive challenges ahead of her, most notably how to negotiate the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, how to...

  • Bowling for Columba

    I consider my experiences of and with rats to have been fairly average. The one exception involved the Karni Mata temple in Rajasthan, India, where I once joined Hindu pilgrims as they paid their devotional respects to the great many thousands of...

  • Castille still running the show

    Last week, Parliament debated the draft law establishing a new Land Authority. The government has tried its best to present the case that the Gaffarena and Café Premier scandals could have been avoided had there been such a structure in...

  • Clowning on the world stage

    The back room deals and shenanigans of forming a post-referendum UK Cabinet are gripping. Like a soap opera, the fortunes and misfortunes of a cast of familiar characters has unfolded through a series of intrigues, twists and short-lived...

  • The dangerous politics of war

    We live in extremely dangerous and troubled times whenever the Laws of War are subverted by the politics of war and the Rule of Law by the Rule of Force. The UN charter is extremely clear in stating that international disputes are to be referred...

  • We never have enough

    Iceland is having a moment right now. Maybe it was the football team’s plucky showing in the Euro 2016 games, or their invigorating Viking war chant, or the madly enthusiastic television commentator/fan or just the general sense of posi­tivity...

  • Thank you; but no thank you

    Those of you who during the past 15 days devoted your time to watching football, or lazing by the sea or cursing the English for Brexit, would have probably missed the stirring of the ecclesiastical pot as a result of the address given by Cardinal...

  • Reaching downwards for the stars…

    Life in a Tigné high-rise apartment: Avarice Towers is surely the most prestigious new high-rise block in the Maltese islands. So… we – that is, the family and I – just had to have an apartment there. And here we are, happily, if precariously,...

  • Vilification of religion as a criminal act

    In my unsolicited but democratic opinion, our parliamentarians in general really have no shame. The law against vilification (articles 163-165 of our ‘new’ Criminal Code) was never “first introduced in 1933” as our MPs have had reported in various...

  • No planning for Brexit

    I believe Brexit was the result of three main issues: immigration, the north/south divide in England and the protests of the elderly who have to exist on a basic State pension of £150 (€178) per week. One Labour MP canvassing for a Remain vote...

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