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  • Corrupt duopoly

    The front-page item titled 'ITS developer paying wages of PN officials' (March 6) underlines the fact that both the major parties in Malta are totally corrupt. One side accusing the other of corruption while itself claim-ing to be whiter than...

  • Gozo carnival

    Can the Gozo carnival committee explain the reason why its activities in Victoria are being gradually transferred from their traditional venue of Independence Square to a particular area of Republic Street? I am afraid that when the Victoria...

  • Ireland on the brink

    Ireland used to be "more Catholic than the Pope". Not anymore. In a BBC documentary entitled 'Mission in reverse: Ireland on the brink', the editor of an Irish Catholic newspaper said that the Catholic faith in Ireland "is in a rapid...

  • EU defence cooperation

    Long treated as a marginal aspect of the European Un-ion’s wider Common and Security Policy, defence has emerged as a top priority on the European agenda. Successive EU and member states initiatives last year have catapulted defence to centre...

  • One-armed drivers

    Drivers caught using their mobile phones while at the wheel should not be shown any sympathy. In fact, new stiff laws should be introduced for the ever-increasing number of offenders who constantly break the law and get away with...

  • Roads to efficiency

    Since the very first days, the Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure immediately realised that works not meeting deadlines or other obligations had been the order of the day for many years. The situation was costing the country millions of euros.

  • Lights still out

    Over two and a half months ago (December 15), I wrote in this newspaper about the lights in Pantar Road where it meets Valletta Road, Mosta, being out of action. To date, even though apparently there is no reason for them to remain...

  • Parrots and free marketeers

    “Teach a parrot to say ‘supply and demand’ and you’ve made an ‘economist’ out of him.” The famous dictum by Thomas Carlyle (former rector of Edinburgh University, among so many other attributes) sprung so easily to mind when I read Chris Grech (of...

  • Battle sword

    Battle sword

    The news that on the occasion of Malta’s EU presidency, Grand Master de Valette’s bejewelled dagger will be brought to Malta from the Louvre and will be on display at Valletta is most welcome. The French authorities are to be thanked for this...

  • Professional journalism vs fake news

    The historic events of 2016: Syria, Yemen, Trump, Brexit, the Brussels bombings, the Italian earthquake in Umbria, to name but a few, are proof that, more than ever, we need high-quality, professional journalism to help us navigate the jungle of...

  • Whither Walt Disney?

    I must say I was quite taken aback when I read a news item about Walt Disney. Walt Disney, which I have always admired for its childlike films, suitable for children, has decided to make a film with transgender inclination. Why? And why advertise...

  • Medal chances up in smoke

    No Maltese shooter will take part in double trap shoot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics because the world ruling body has opted for a mixed-gender competition. The decision left this country with practically no hope of medal glory at the next...

  • Too classical for Konrad Mizzi

    Updated at 4pm with government statement The Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister, Konrad Mizzi, took exception to an article in this newspaper titled ‘€1.4bn in state aid for power station company’ (February 27). He insists the...

  • Those who want more do more

    This week the European Council discussed the future of Europe at 27, on the basis of the Commission’s white paper. And, at the same time, it marked a remarkable decision. Seventeen EU member states will go forward and establish – for the first...

  • Reprimand a politician

    Reprimand a politician

    I refer to the comments made by Polish parliamentarian Janusz Korwin-Mikke in the European Parliament (March 2). My initial reaction was one of utter amazement. However, on reflection I am not surprised. Having lived on this earth for decades and...

  • WEF equality reality check

    This week we celebrated Women’s Day. During home visits a few days ago, someone asked me why we need to celebrate this day. We have in recent decades improved women’s rights, work and educational opportunities; we have enacted a constitutional ban...

  • Corruption attested daily

    Malta is facing an existential choice. What kind of country do we want to be? A country governed by men and women of integrity who want to serve the people, think long term, and try to do what is right, or a country where mediocre people who are...

  • An obligation, not an option

    Sustainable development is one of those phrases which are regularly used, and abused, in local political jargon.  ‘Everyone’ agrees to the concept and principles of sustainable development. Everyone promises sustainability in practice as was the...

  • Commendable gesture

    Last Saturday’s collection at the Gozo Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary, during Holy Mass presided over by Bishop Mario Grech, was in aid of the restoration of Valletta’s iconic belfry of St Paul Anglican Pro-Cathedral. It was a very noble gesture from the tiny...

  • Wise advice

    A year or so ago I predicted that Malta’s economic performance would be the main platform to be used by the government in its attempts to stay in harness for yet another term, which some/many (like me) believe the country needs. Today, I am simply...

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