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  • The minimum wage revisited

    The latest publication by Caritas Malta, A Minimum Essential Budget for a Decent Living, has resuscitated the issue of the minimum wage. The legal minimum wage is the government’s most direct policy for influencing wage levels, especially for...

  • Signs of the times

    It is no coincidence that in the same issue of the Times of Malta (May 12) we were presented with three leading articles concerning the decline of moral and ethical values in our society. In the editorial it was stressed that we are living “in...

  • Our three musketeers

    The Three Musketeers is a novel penned by Alexander Dumas. It recounts the intrigues, mishaps and comradeship of Athos, Porthos and Aramis. These were three inseparable musketeers of the king. Their inspirational motto was ‘all for one, one for...

  • Corruption allegations

    As previously stated, two officials engaged with FTS were accusing a private contractor, Giovann Vella, of slander and threats, while he was making serious allegations against one of the individuals. Two reports were filed by the FTS officials -...

  • Open marketplace of ideas

    Free speech is under attack. Where we once had the freedom to object, to think for ourselves and have open and honest debate, we now have censors soliciting our conformity and forbidding any deviation from the norm. The window of public discourse...

  • Another blunder

    Works in the upper part of Republic Street, Victoria, protruding into Independence Square, are close to completion. However, it is disgusting to note that a narrow pavement measuring less than one foot and a half is not being  widened,...

  • Democracy down a slippery slope

    When governance is corrupted, a civilised country would be playing with fire. An attack on institutions – notably those meant to ensure that a sound system of checks and balances is always in place – and an attempt to stifle freedom of expression...

  • Destruction of trees

    You would think that with so much emphasis being put on the protection of the environment we would have our minds at rest with regard to trees, those that remain, anyway. But no. We are still seeing orders being carried out to butcher beautiful...

  • Fraudulent practices

    In my banking days, if a ‘successful’ businessman presented annual financial statements showing abnormally hefty losses, I would ask him: where have the profits gone? There are various ‘devious’ ways of creating such a situation, such as ‘phantom’...

  • Getting fed up of Panama? 

    Let’s face it; we’ve heard a lot about Panama. The story itself took a long time to unfold, with new evidence coming in almost on a daily basis, with more and more people finding themselves embroiled in the mess, and now that the web has unfolded...

  • Overdevelopment and overcrowding

    Overdevelopment and overcrowding

    I believe it is time for our political leaders to address the chronic overcrowding that is occurring in Malta. Surely, our economists and politicians can come up with economic growth/value adding policies that don’t rely on the easy option and...

  • A total ethical collapse

    A total ethical collapse

    You may disagree with some ideas in his articles appearing in this paper but you cannot deny that what he says is never dull and most of the times stimulating. I am referring to Martin Scicluna’s regular contributions and will focus on one (May 4)...

  • Let’s protect children

    I would like to draw the attention of the Church’s Safeguarding Commission in their task to safeguard the innocent and vulnerable. It has become common practice to involve children from seven years, even younger, to participate in local soap...

  • Ukraine’s exposure

    The European Broadcasting Union, the organiser of the Eurovision Song Contest, feebly attempts to enforce a ‘no politics’ rule. The EBU sifts through the lyrics of all submitted entries to ensure that no ‘political content’, however subtle, makes...

  • Disservice

    Recently, while walking to catch a bus to take me from Mater Dei Hospital to home I realised we had a new ‘bus service’ running. This is the ‘Not in service’ service. Yes, that is what it must be called because nine, yes, nine, ‘not in service’...

  • Arms for Libyan government

    The decision on Monday in Vienna to provide ‘arms’ to a Libyan government that exists in name only, has taken the international community’s stance from the sublime to the completely ridiculous. Exactly what military kit is being supposed to be...

  • In the dark

    Does it take much to repair a street light? The light at the corner on the steps in St Anthony Street, Valletta was reported faulty on March 30 with a reminder sent on April 18 and another on May 9.  Yet, the area is still blacked out. What do we...

  • Educated guesses on Brexit effect

    Those following the UK debate on the likely effects of the UK’s exit from the EU must feel more confused as the referendum campaign draws to an end than they did at the beginning. Claims and counterclaims range from political scaremongering to...

  • It's their party

    Far be it from me to express any opinion on which of the contenders the members of Premier Muscat’s Labour Party should elect as their Deputy Leader for Party Affairs. After all, it’s their party and they can cry if they want to. It seems that the...

  • Snubbed by a 'commercially sensitive nature'

    Snubbed by a 'commercially sensitive nature'

    A few years back, in 2012 to be precise, when the BBC thought fit to bring out that family heirloom, better known as Englebert Humperdinck, to prove his terpsichorean powers in the Eurovision Song Contest (he returned with a total of 12 points),...

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