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  • The voters’ clear choice

    The editorial ‘Drop in governing standards’ (November 21) finds it interesting that “despite all the concern over the corruption claims, Labour still leads at the polls”. And then wonders whether “Labour has managed to manipulate the people’s...

  • Same game, all over again

    When it comes to civil rights, the Labour Party has a curious history. It won kudos at the 2011 referendum on divorce, even though it did not even take a stand. The Nationalist Party did and paid a heavy price for it. Its middle class liberal...

  • Child poverty is expensive

    Unfortunately, for a very long time we have been witnessing the obstinacy of sub-replacement fertility in Malta. Fortunately, the majority of our children are being showered by huge emotional support and financial investment from their parents and...

  • The spin about post-truth

    The spin about post-truth

    Why do good people suffer while evil flourishes like the old bay tree? This ancient question has reappeared with renewed force in our post-Brexit, post-President-elect Trump world. Only this time it’s vexing professionals who pride themselves on...

  • MP for three parties

    MP for three parties

    On November 20, 1916, Albert Victor Hyzler was born in Valletta to a distinguished household of artists and parliamentarians. “Bertu”, as he was affectionately known, was one of the most prominent politicians of Malta of the post-World War II...

  • FTS chairman

    I write on behalf of architect Samuel Formosa in connection with the article entitled ‘Philip Rizzo “did not resign” as FTS CEO but is on long sick leave, lawyer says’ (November 16). In the article, my client was referred to as the chairman of the...

  • Voting patterns

    I couldn’t believe that Simon Busuttil is so politically naive when I read what he said on Radio 101 about the election of Donald Trump as President-Elect of the United States. The leader of the Opposition appealed to Maltese and Gozitan voters to...

  • State-of-the-art hospital facilities

    I refer to the article ‘New hospital owners still without licence’ (November 22). As stated in replies sent to the Times of Malta, Vitals Global Healthcare and its hospitals are in fact covered by necessary licences as required by law. Licences...

  • It’s not going to happen!

    It’s not going to happen!

    I refer to the promised improvement in the Public Transport Service. On Tuesday, the 8.50am scheduled trip on route 54, from Attard to Valletta, was missed altogether, and the next scheduled trip after that, at 9.20am, was 15 minutes late. People...

  • Hail to Mr Minority President

    Hail to Mr Minority President

    As at the point of writing Hilary Clinton has 1.75 million votes more than President elect Donald Trump; and that big gap is bound to increase! At the point of writing only 12 states have published certified results. By December 13 almost all...

  • Shaping the future of retail

    The retail industry in Malta has traditionally been one of the more important economic sectors, even if in the last years it may have declined in importance as technology has revolutionised the way people shop. Today there are more than 18,000...

  • Build today, think tomorrow

    With the eight-week public consultation on the Pace-ville master plan near its end, the Planning Authority has only now deemed it appropriate to face the residents it is proposing to render homeless. This is a pitiful attempt to tick another box...

  • A case of ‘whitelash’

    A case of ‘whitelash’

    How on earth, we all thought, could someone who is so cavalier with the truth, so scornful of policy detail, so sexist, brazen and shameless a huckster as Donald Trump even presume to hold the presidency of the United States? President-elect Trump...

  • Bittersweet nostalgia

    Bittersweet nostalgia

    I remember the house where I was born… The haunting verses of Thomas Hood imprinted for posterity from an early age except it wasn’t so much a house as a cramped and overcrowded apartment. The bittersweet nature of nostalgia brings back good and...

  • Sustainability of the euro

    I was disappointed in Peter Apap Bologna’s ‘Commitment of an ideal’ (November 11), in suggesting that I “present some of the usual rants of the English Eurosceptic”. Firstly, I would like him to know that I voted “remain” in the referendum in...

  • University’s role

    The University’s role should be to teach or entice students to think critically. So students who attend the University and do not learn to think critically, reason, argue logically, try to see all the viewpoints, consider all the opinions, are...

  • Mobile phone safety

    Mobile phone safety

    Last May, the National Toxicology Programme of the US issued a preliminary report about a study that produced unexpected results on the issue of mobile phone safety. The study, conducted over a number of years, on the exposure of rodents to...

  • Anti-flu jab

    How come health officials never promote the various proven ways to avoid the flu when autumn approaches rather than encourage us to get vaccinated? What puzzles you is that pharmaceutical companies have to guess which strain will be going around...

  • Help to missions

    On behalf of my diocese, I would like to express my thanks to the Mission Fund and to all those who contribute to this fund that helps the missions. I will be using their donation to further my social work and the formation of the clergy in the...

  • Secondary-door tactics becoming norm

    The Prime Minister and his Cabinet colleagues may run away from waiting journalists but they cannot hide. Admittedly, having journalists breathing down your neck and monitoring your every move is not exactly something to look forward to. However,...

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