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  • Tribal maladies

    Tribal maladies

    There are moments when I start doubting whether people really consider themselves to be free individuals before they are Nationalists or Labourites. Have we forgotten the 1960s and 1980s when Malta looked and felt like a tribal battlefield? Many...

  • A round about way to avoid trouble

    Malta has had its fair share of major roadworks over the past decades, but it is fair to say that never has any pre-planning been as slick as that prepared for Kappara Junction. It is also fair to say that never has any pre-planning been as...

  • Trusts, shady offshore centres

    What I write is based on hands-on experience working in a senior executive post with a British international bank in Nassau, Bahamas back in the 1970s. I have since then gained further knowledge on trusts and on setting up companies in offshore...

  • The Panama paradox

    There is so much to say about the global Panama Papers controversy. It is the talk of town everywhere you go around Malta. Really and truly, it seems to be part of the perfect storm of bad governance overshadowing the Labour government. In a way...

  • Frittering away votes

    Frittering away votes

    He won by a landslide historic victory in 2013 securing a majority of no less than 36,000 votes. The colossal majority shook the country to the core either in disbelief or in worship. Analysts predicted he would be firmly rooted for 10 or 15 years.

  • Ideology slanting the truth

    There is a pervasive trend to adopt an ideological lens with which to view and report stories in western media outlets. A quick Google search of ‘feminist lens’ will get you dozens of academic papers and insights from a ‘critical feminist...

  • The PM must act

    It is a pity that our beloved Malta is being led by a government which is the most corrupt since Independence, as described recently by Emmy Bezzina. Malta has an important minister – Konrad Mizzi – in Joseph Muscat’s Labour administration with...

  • Malta’s justice system

    I am sure it took a strong doze of creative effort by the editor of this newspaper to manage to somewhat squeeze out a negative headline ‘Trust in the independence of judiciary at less than half’ (April 12) out of an otherwise positive, factual...

  • Cycling in the Netherlands

    Cycling in the Netherlands

    The recent correspondence on the safety of cycling in Holland (‘Road safety rule’, Jean Karl Soler, April 6) has been brought to our attention. We would like to respond as follows. That “25 per cent of road fatalities in 2011 were cyclists” is not...

  • Cartoon of the day

    Cartoon of the day

    Two sides of the same coin

  • The Irish and British Malta

    I refer to the interesting article ‘The Irish and 19th century British Malta: a rethink of perceptions’, (The Sunday Times of Malta, April 10). I would like to add that through the recommendation of Sir Richard More O’Ferrall, Malta’s first...

  • Churchill and Malta in WWII

    Winston Churchill’s many attributes include “humour, urbanity, and penetrating analysis which moved men on important occasions, and a keen sense of history”. Lord Moran, Churchill’s personal doctor who accompanied him on all his tours outside...

  • Malta, as wonderful as promised

    I have had the pleasure of visiting this beautiful nation, and my uncle, who moved here five years ago, showed me the many sites. One of Malta’s treasures is without doubt the people who live here. I experienced this for myself when I forgot my...

  • Ignored sport

    I recently had the opportunity to watch a handball game for boys under 15 in the handball league at the University Sports Complex. It was a joy to watch these youngsters enjoying themselves in a spirit of fair competition, but unfortunately the...

  • Justice delayed

    It is hard to understand why I had to pay thousands of euros in tax for a property I inherited but which I cannot control. Post-war property is still controlled by the government. I had to pay government tax as well as the fees of the architect...

  • Why hide?

    In general, people who need to hide something, have something to hide.

  • Buses’ sudden braking

    I fully agree with Alfred Conti Borda (‘Public transport prob­­lems’, The Sunday Times of Malta, April 10), about the danger of sudden breaking by route buses, especially for standing passengers. It was because of such a sudden breaking that I was...

  • Is The Jungle Book too scary for children?

    Is The Jungle Book too scary for children?

    I dislike ‘family restaurants’. By which I mean those vast, open planish restaurants with folding menus longer than my arm, where everyone just spoons food in their mouths as they stare at huge television screens and where the din is worthy of a...

  • San Ġwann bus service

    Residents in San Ġwann are very pleased to hear that we will have two more buses going to Valletta, nos 25 and 35, passing along Naxxar Road. All we need now is for the 202 and 203 buses to pass by every half hour instead of every hour. These are...

  • Playing one’s cards well

    I met a well-meaning someone the other day who told me that things were moving very quickly on the Panama matter, and that I should refrain from trying to guess what might happen next. She had in mind my last column, in which I predicted that...

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