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  • Control the importation of used vehicles

    Lord Strickland is said to have once defined us as “Maltese gemgem”. We moan about everything under the sun, including the sun itself. At the same time, we rarely take a look inwards to see whether we are also at fault. We moan about the traffic...

  • Locksmiths in Malta

    In Malta, locksmiths (key cutters) are not registered in any way and this means anybody can trade as a locksmith without a licence, irrespective of competence or background. With today’s wave of thefts, it is about time that action is taken by the...

  • Frustration of wheelchair users in Malta

    I am Maltese but I live and work overseas. Recently I came to Malta for a holiday, to see a friend of mine who is wheelchair bound. While I was staying with her, I thought it would be a good idea to take her out shopping, as she never leaves the...

  • The need for educational spots

    I am simply mystified. We have innumerable public media stations, yet not one of them deems it fit to broadcast ‘public service clips’ that should hopefully help to educate the Maltese. I do not mean teaching the Maltese the way to hold a fork and...

  • The French occupation (1)

    The French occupation (1)

    I am afraid that the “lie” told by Maltese aristocrats and clerics as a ruse (Charles Xuereb, The Sunday Times of Malta, October 26) regarding the plunder by French soldiers in 1798 has been written in stone. I suggest Xuereb should go to Rabat...

  • The French occupation (2)

    To deny the Holocaust in Germany is a crime punishable by a prison sentence. So how come here in Malta we have someone twisting documented historical facts and gets away with it. Our forefathers had to endure atrocities during the French...

  • The French occupation (3)

    In his letter (The Sunday Times of Malta, November 9), Charles Xuereb claims his research shows that no pillaging was ever officially sanctioned during the French occupation. Yet valuables from convents that were the proceeds and offerings by...

  • The little prince, or nothing

    I’ve never enjoyed other people’s misfortunes quite as much as I did on Friday night. The news that a power outage had hit the Junior Eurovision song contest came as music to my ears – easily the winning entry, in fact. That probably means I need...

  • Concrete coastline in the south

    The government’s privatisation unit at the behest of the government’s Consultative Council for the South has proposed that a strip of land about five kilometres long between Smart City and Żonqor Point in Marsascala should be designated for the...

  • Taxing vacant buildings

    Charles Daly, who correctly wrote (The Sunday Times of Malta, November 8) about the absolute necessity of taxing long vacant buildings in Malta, is unlikely to face the same sort of reaction I did when I ventured the same concept at one of Finance...

  • Why can’t woman be more like man?

    The recent Global Gender Gap Report 2014 documents some outstanding gender differences in 142 countries around the world. It is a voluminous report highlighting various indicators, such as health, wealth, and participation in the economic life of...

  • Goodbye my dear friend Lino

    Lino Spiteri has waved us goodbye. He will be deeply missed by his family and others who were close to him. Many more will feel the great void of his departure. He leaves behind a large testament. His personal qualities may be recited only at the...

  • The moral of the immoral story

    If Labour lose the next election, it will be down to the government’s failure to achieve what it set out to – i.e. on account of real or perceived broken electoral promises. It won’t be because of broken vows or promises between ministers and...

  • All hail Sandro the Great!

    I’m tired of hearing that it’s difficult for third parties to make it to power and that they have to overcome all these obstacles to make it. All that earnest debate about electoral thresholds and whatnot. It must be the lack of positive thinking...

  • The Magna Carta of 26 individuals

    Last Sunday MaltaToday published an open letter to the Prime Minister by a group of people the newspaper des-cribed as “26 left-leaning individuals including academics, former dockyard workers, pensioners and Labour activists”. I will refer to...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    Today is the last day of the National Book Festival. What’s that got to do with pop culture, I hear you ask. Plenty, given my eternally hopeless drive to put the ‘popular’ back in books. If this drive never exactly worked back in my schooldays,...

  • Islanders

  • Rosetta and Kim

    Rosetta and Kim

    What did we talk about last week? Rosetta and Kim. One landed on a comet, the other balanced a champagne glass on her, erm, comet. There have been raging debates on both issues. Rosetta and the European Space Agency mission was lauded by many but...

  • In the eye of the beholder...

    An article in a recent issue of Times of Malta rather grabbed my attention. At first I thought it must be a spoof piece – I even checked the calendar to make sure it was not April 1st. While keeping a completely straight face it informed me that:...

  • Nalizpelra

    Nalizpelra

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