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  • No room for celebration

    We shall soon be celebrating Independence Day. But what, exactly, are we celebrating? One celebrates an event that should, normally, bring about unity, good and honest governance and well-being to all. Has this been achieved since 1964? I do not...

  • Respect is earned

    In his letter ‘Help wardens’ (September 8), Victor Spiteri argues that wardens should be respected for their work. Writing as he did, I suspect he is a warden himself. Firstly, I will not respect a warden more than I would respect any other worker...

  • The political elite

    Joseph Muscat has of late started to label Simon Busuttil and the Nationalist Party as the “political elite”. Now I know very well what ‘elite’ means but to be sure I googled it and this is the Oxford Dictionary’s definition of elite: “A select...

  • Time(s) to Talk

    Time(s) to Talk

    First and foremost let me just say that I’m the last person who should be writing about this. After all, I’ve forgotten the last time I actually watched TVM, or any of the local stations for that matter. This leaves me in a strange position where...

  • Cleanliness at the very top

    Has anyone ever carried out a survey of what tourists think of Malta after taking a ride on a sightseeing coach, particularly in summer? While many may find the topography interesting, with dome and spires dominating (at least up to now) the...

  • Need for ‘eternal vigilance’

    The term ‘progress’ is a double-edged sword for me and, frankly, it frightens me. In the country I hail from, Australia, progress means exploiting the environment to develop an open cut coal mine potentially the size of England or a national park...

  • Universe cheers Malta on

    Universe cheers Malta on

    Another Independence celebration is around the corner and it is time once more to brace ourselves for the self-congratulatory speeches. What passes for gravitas demands that the self-adulation (how far we’ve come!) is balanced by a furrowed brow...

  • Much talk, little action

    Much talk, little action

    One in four of the population is said to be poor or at risk of poverty – these are predominantly pensioners and single mothers. When these statistics were first published some years ago, many doubted the figures. The previous administration...

  • Quarry parties

    The recent furore over a loud rave party held in the middle of Buskett – a nature reserve - during peak bird migration season highlighted in a more general way the problem of noise in Malta. There are numerous sources of noise but I’d like to...

  • A new President

    I had a dream (quite strange) about the selection of a candidate for the post of President of Malta. At a rectangular table were Tony Zarb, Toni Abela and Ronnie Pellegrini on one side, Ian Refalo, Leo Brincat and Eddy Privitera opposite. At one...

  • The French connection

    The source of Charles Xuereb’s obsession with the removal or transfer of all that reminds us of our British connection can be traced to 1798 or the French period. Of course, then, it was how to remove the memory of the Order of St John. On June...

  • Right of passage

    Right of passage

    Far from taking credit on Manoel Island’s latest developments, thanks to all those concerned for giving us back this precious beach place I had grown up in since childhood. Since last April, I had started proceedings with the Land Department and...

  • Heart of gold

    Local newspapers should have carried on their front pages the news broken by esteemed cardiothoracic surgeon Alex Manchè (September 8). He made known that 88 per cent of heart transplants carried out by our heart surgeons and their team of heart...

  • Not in the national interest

    Not in the national interest

    One of the most important decades for people my age was surely the 1960s. There was a great awakening as well as a desire for freedom and self-determination.   On the international scene it was the decade of student protests and demonstrations...

  • My country, always? Not so.

    The rejection of the government's (second) nominee to the EU's Court of Auditors has brought the Premier Joe's Trolls and Minions out in force. This was always going to happen, because they had already made it ultra-clear that it was expected that...

  • My country, always? Not so.

    My country, always? Not so.

    The rejection of the government's (second) nominee to the EU's Court of Auditors has brought the Premier Joe's Trolls and Minions out in force. This was always going to happen, because they had already made it ultra-clear that it was expected that...

  • Political talk

    The leader of the Opposition keeps inventing new ways to try and undermine the people’s trust in our Prime Minister and his government. His latest one was his description of the Labour Party as “ the party of the rich” while the Nationalist Party,...

  • Another Buskett onslaught

    Buskett is one of the few remaining rich ecological areas. It is a tree protection area. It is also a bird protection area: birds of prey migrating in both spring and autumn and for other migrating, wintering and resident species. Buskett supports...

  • Slap in the face for obstinacy

    A second sacrificial lamb bit the dust in Strasbourg yesterday as the European Parliament resoundingly rejected the nomination of former environment minister Leo Brincat to the European Court of Auditors. Mr Brincat had just managed to scrape...

  • ‘Stone Age islands’

    Apart from his 60 years’ experience in and deep knowledge of Malta’s archaeology, David Trump of Cambridge will be remembered for his unassuming and very approachable and expert human qualities. His writings are direct and candid, not lacking in...

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