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  • Mayday on ship of State

    They say a week in politics is a long time; a few long weeks of letting the country bleed and not function properly because of the Panama scandal is not just too long but a downright scandal. This is a scandal of immense proportions and the only...

  • UK expats: have your say

    One of the most historic decisions the UK will make for a generation is in just a few weeks. On June 23 the British people will vote in a referendum to decide whether the UK should remain in or leave the European Union. I am convinced that we will...

  • Just repeats

    I am writing to complain about Melita. Along with many hundreds of other people, I am paying Melita a lot of money every month so I can watch TV. However, every time I switch on the TV I can guarantee you I will be watching yet another repeat show...

  • Error of judgement

    It is widely accepted – except by Simon Busuttil and the PN – that Konrad Mizzi had committed an error of judgement when deciding to accept his financial advisor’s recommendation to set up a shell company in Panama. Mizzi has admitted as much and,...

  • Modern-day laicism

    This newspaper recently reported Archbishop Charles Scicluna as saying that “Ethics classes are not a replacement for religion” (April 23). The article featured prominently a photo of a handshake between the Archbishop and Education Minister...

  • Road hazards

    Road hazards

    Some of the water grids installed along one side of Eucharistic Congress Road, Mosta, are in dire need of repair. I sent an e-mail to the local council and, within a few minutes, a reply came saying they passed on my complaint to Transport Malta...

  • Não ao Golpe - No to the coup!

    Não ao Golpe - No to the coup!

    If the Panama Papers confirmed the reality of concealed power by showing us the partial face of the Establishment, the coup that is being staged against President Dilma Rousseff in Brazil reminds us of those dark days when democratically elected...

  • Write or wrong?

    Write or wrong?

    The threat was spelt out in no uncertain terms: “If U dont publish my comment I will sew you (sic)”…  The reader, let’s call him Joe Bloggs, took umbrage at Times of Malta’s online moderator for deleting two comments he had posted in reaction to a...

  • Embassies please report back

    Embassies please report back

    I am writing this under its title in the full knowledge that I will be accused of treason and assorted other crimes against the state, including lese majeste'. Frankly, m'dear, I don't give a damn, because it is necessary for the truth to be told,...

  • Traffic control

    It has been reported that there was an increase of some 29 per cent in traffic accidents. So, if I may ask, what are the authorities doing about this? The only warped control is parking but even this is done at random and on an unjustified...

  • Smokers

    People who go to restaurants probably keep twiddling their thumbs till the food comes. Others, like myself, have a smoke while people cower away in case they become passive smokers. Why should us smokers be deprived of doing something we know is...

  • Unsightly antennae

    Unsightly antennae

    We have spent millions on the entrance to our capital city and I think we should be spending a few hundred to remove the ghastly and unneeded antennae atop the government flats.

  • Nationalismis back

    In a globalised era, even countries as big as the US, France and Germany can feel small. And this is why politicians like Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen and Austrian presidential hopeful Norbert Hofer are so in fashion.  In a number of European...

  • Beyond the law and ethics

    Fascinating, isn’t it, how successive governments have been so diligent when it comes to closing loopholes through which common people might be able to pay less taxes, but when it comes to big money they leave gaping chasms large enough to drive...

  • A beacon of hope

    In the midst of our tribulations, life has many marvels that give us considerable comfort and contentment. The talents embodied in the personality of Joseph Ganado were utilised to the best of his ability with the impeccable results of his...

  • Keeping up with yesterday?

    Keeping up with yesterday?

    Last Monday, the public consultation period for the Bill ‘to regularise declared and registered cohabitations’ closed. The Bill was published on March 2 and it will be interesting to see what feedback has been sent in regarding the legislative...

  • Faith and reason

    Faith and reason

    I am a humanist and Catholic. I do not accept any claimed incompatibility between faith and reason. The humanism I profess is more “fully human” than that of the atheists. These actually diminish the power of the human intellect, indeed the...

  • Power to the people, but when?

    On page 50 of the Labour Party’s 2013 electoral programme, the commitment to invest in cleaner energy is – among other initiatives – translated into building a gas-fired power station through a public-private partnership. The gas-fired power...

  • A green valley again

    The committee members of the NGO Wirt San Ġwann would like to thank and congratulate all those who for the past weeks and months had been signing petitions and organising meetings and protests to urge the Planning Authority to reject the...

  • Any integrity around here?

    Are we sure we can find some integrity around here? I am afraid not, and the more time passes, the more it becomes like a search for the Holy Grail. This seems a harsh statement, but the most recent events have left me, and others, flabbergasted...

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