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  • Hats off to Voltaire

    The terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo was an attack on the freedom of expression that we in the West cherish very highly. We owe this freedom to the thinkers of the Age of Enlightenment, especially to Voltaire, who waged a lifelong campaign...

  • Much ado about nothing

    Much ado about nothing

    The Malliagate scandal might have been a blessing in disguise for the government because, in less than 48 hours, no one was talking about the Budget that had just been presented in Parliament. Finance Minister Edward Scicluna’s Budget can easily...

  • Competition at petrol stations

    The price of unleaded petrol in the United Kingdom dropped marginally below the price in Malta, according to the European Commission, and continues to drop further. On January 5, the price of unleaded petrol in the UK was €1.419, according to the...

  • A proper Charlie

    I am not Charlie. Not that I do not want to be but because when I try to be Charlie I am made to feel a proper Charlie. It is the censor that one can see amidst the frightened media, who are too scared to offend either by lampooning or by...

  • It is that fund again!

    Not a cauldron of alienation as yet but the possibility does indeed exist. Readers of this letter have probably already guessed which fund I am referring to. It is, of course, Bank of Valletta’s Multi Manager Property Fund I am speaking about. Or,...

  • The right to life versus freedom of speech

    The right to life versus freedom of speech

    In the rush to condemn the attacks in France and defend journalists’ rights, I believe it is worth pausing to reflect that, in a situation of war, restrictions have to be imposed on people’s freedom of movement and freedom of speech (“careless...

  • Wrong date

    I have paid another visit to the ‘100 Objects’ exhibition at the Museum of Archaeology, in Valletta. It is a chronicle of our history, beautifully set up and very informative. On my first visit in May, I noticed an error about St Ġorġ Preca.

  • A good beating, and a whitewash

    A good beating, and a whitewash

    I was on my way to work 10 years ago to date when I got a phone call to alert me that detained migrants at Safi were holding a protest. When I reached a dusty football ground, adjacent to the detention centre, I saw a group of migrants chanting...

  • I have a big nose

    Anyone is free to laugh at my big nose and draw a caricature of it making it 10 times its size. No one would care. Or no one should care. And, because I am not a crazed numbskull, I would never show anger at this depiction, much less thump...

  • Remuneration and pensions

    The recent debates on whether or not our parliamentarians should be full-time and about the suggested substantial increases in their remuneration omit any reference to their pension system. Service (occupational/second pillar) pensions were...

  • Decent work is safe work

    According to the International Labour Organisation, every 15 seconds a worker dies from a work-related accident or disease. Workplaces claim more than 2.3 million deaths per year, 350,000 of which are the result of accidents and close to two...

  • Hearse on the ferry

    A lot of fuss has been made because a hearse was noticed aboard a Gozo Channel ferry. I for one, who have been crossing the channel regularly for the last 50 years, would consider it an honour to accompany a fellow human being on his or her ...

  • Deterrents needed

    The Malta Police Force has had a chequered history of ups and downs. Ever since its institution in July 1814, many members have merited good conduct certificates. Some received medals for gallantry and acts of bravery. Good organisation...

  • Quick action

    In Birkirkara’s government housing estate about six years ago, this macho truck driver affixed a two-storey-high trestle-like primitive scaffolding to the side of an apartment block and draped it over with canvas material. It served as a...

  • A daily dirty sight

    A daily dirty sight

    This is a daily sight at most of the places where there are these bins. This particular scene is at Żonqor, Marsascala. Is it not about time that local councils instal cameras next to these places and fine theoffenders heavily when caught placing...

  • Islam upholds freedom of speech

    Like every sane and rational person, Muslims around the world are shocked and deeply hurt by the Paris attacks which left so many dead and injured. It is even more painful that this attack was done in the name of Prophet Muhammad – the messenger...

  • Lame duck US President?

    Lame duck US President?

    It is a popular misconception that the US under Barack Obama is a country in decline. But much of the current commentary about it rests on rather loose analysis, on impressions that it has lost its way and that it lacks the will to address the...

  • Tourists we need to lure

    Tourists we need to lure

    The editorial of Times of Malta about moving away from mass tourism (January 5) cannot be more mistaken. It is articles like this that are endangering the tourism industry. Tourism should not be called by different names. It is just that, plainly...

  • SOS. Anyone out there?

    Hats off to Henry Frendo for his article ‘Save Maltese... and English’ (January 8). We are steadily ruining our knowledge of English and slowly but surely destroying our Maltese language. The primary cause is the wretched fact that the practice of...

  • Time to revise the State pension

    Sharp social contradictions are getting lost in the crossfire of party politics. Just consider this, for example. Reacting to a report by the European Commission, the government maximised the opportunity to say how well the country is doing:...

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