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  • The rediscovery of joy

    The rediscovery of joy

    I happened to be in Rome last weekend when the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy came to an end. This jubilee was called by Pope Francis to mark “a special time for the Church, a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more...

  • A future for the EU

    The European Union is still shaken by the result of the Brexit vote. The recent summit held in Bratislava aimed to map out a possible way forward for the EU. Perhaps, rather than producing a road map, the summit served to assuage many of the fears...

  • Slogans and clichés stand out

    The ‘most social budget’ of the ‘most pro-business government’ ever at a time when the Maltese economy is supposedly at its best has been presented.  Slogans and clichés are what stand out most in this government’s populist rhetoric.  Few days...

  • Being black and doomed

    The recent news about the imminent deportation of migrants from Mali and Ethiopia who have been in Malta for many years is very disturbing. More disturbing is the news that by October next year no migrants will be offered temporary humanitarian...

  • Emotionally charged

    John Azzopardi was reluc­tant to “take on” my “scholarly treatise” (October  27). He feels unqualified to do so – or else he’s afraid to accept the evidence of Europe’s intellectual history questioning God’s existence. In the recent past, he...

  • Time for a bath

    Time for a bath

    I write on behalf of the pigeons. After a couple of days of rainy weather, the water gutter, in front of Block 5A, Bastion Street, Senglea, is overflowing again! It has been over three years now that this gutter has been blocked, and endless...

  • 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...

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