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  • First-class care

    I am writing to formally thank all the staff and doctors at Mater Dei Hospital’s SW5. Their care and attention during my period of convalescence there following a recent illness were second to none and ensured a stress-free and welcoming...

  • Billboards

    Now that the mayhem of the election campaign is over, how about disposing of the numerous extra billboards used by the political parties? Most of them were put up in an evening so I hope we would not have to wait another couple of years.

  • Taken for a ride

    Taken for a ride

    Several months ago, readers were delighted to see the following heading ‘Wardens to take lenient approach’ on this newspaper. Drivers were informed that, forthwith, wardens would no longer issue fines for some traffic offences, most notably...

  • Once bitten

    May I report three recent cases when I was overcharged by outlets, in one case badly. After the election, I made some purchases at a mini-market and, on paying, I asked for a receipt. The day after I bought a carton of milk from the same mini-market.

  • Small dogs, big dogs and silly laughs

    Small dogs, big dogs and silly laughs

    While Joseph Muscat, his followers and his many admirers gloat and plan more good times for all of us, the PN are seemingly at a low ebb not imaginable even in the worst sadist’s thoughts. The PN did not only lose the election, they were...

  • Throwback to Mintoff myths

    There was nothing to be proud of when the European Parliament saw it fit to discuss the rule of law in Malta. Rule of law in a western democracy should be an automatic assumption. It was a day that Maltese politics went to the European Parliament...

  • TV and the democratic process

    Much has been written about what led to a landslide victory in the recent elections by the Labour Party, despite the fact that the Prime Minister and his team are under magisterial inquiry for alleged corrupt practices. Also, not to be forgotten,...

  • Traitors in our midst

    What a difference nine months make. Nationalist MEPs David Casa and Roberta Metsola are today being branded traitors by the Labour machine for not being ultra-nationalist enough. You may have missed, however, that last year Labour was accusing...

  • Conflict of interest galore

    Conflict of interest galore

    The report ‘PM’s legal advisor, not strictly for legal matters’ (June 14) raises compelling food for thought. Although the main thrust of that piece was that Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has appointed MP Robert Abela as his legal advisor, with the...

  • Permanent secretaries

    Reference is made to the article ‘Permanent secretary removed from the Ministry of Education’ (June 20) and a subsequent item that appeared on timesofmalta.com, which, similar to the previous one, is based on speculation with absolutely no...

  • Playing with fire

    Playing with fire

    I write regarding the dreadful Grenfell tower. From the start, it was clear that some dreadful cladding material allowed the fire to spread. The internal safeguards that had allowed this tower block to evade disaster since 1974 did not work this...

  • Heritage writ in stone

    The only surviving Roman catacombs in Gozo are being threatened by a new construction development. Wirt Għawdex, the small but important cultural heritage NGO in Gozo that has been sounding its concern about the risk posed to this historic site...

  • Correspondent banking restrictions

    The news that Deutsche Bank terminated its correspondent banking relationships with Bank of Valletta has been interpreted by sections of the media, including the Times of Malta, in a way that does not reflect the realties that are evolving in the...

  • PN post-mortem 2017

    PN post-mortem 2017

    The seeds of the Nationalist Party’s second disastrous showing in a general election were sown in 2013. Following those elections, a battered and bruised PN instigated a post-mortem inquiry into why it had lost so abysmally. One of the key...

  • Time for real answers

    Time for real answers

    Managing migration is one of our citizens’ main concerns in Malta as in the rest of Europe. This is clear in the results of the European Parliament’s most recent Eurobarometer survey. This should come as no surprise. For more than a decade now,...

  • A leader for the PN

    I ended my Talking Point of June 5 by asking: “Will he [Simon Busuttil] now take full responsibility and resign? I do not believe so.” What we are seeing, one Nationalist MP or official after another, all exhorting Busuttil to reconsider his...

  • PN should not turn into ‘plasticine’ – Gonzi

    PN should not turn into ‘plasticine’ – Gonzi

      The Nationalist Party should understand the developing social realities but should not turn into "plasticine" formed by external elements, former Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi has warned. “You get into politics to lead and not to be led. The...

  • Interrupted debate

    Relax! It’s not the usual theory, stance or ethnic matter being exposed this time. Certain religion and spiritual concepts are engraved in my heart and soul even unto the grave. In the meantime, we thank the editor for regaling us with John...

  • Job well done

    Please allow me to thank all those who were involved in the rebuilding of Qawra Road, Qawra and for the professional way they went about it. The beneficiaries of this project are not just the drivers but the many pedestrians who risked tripping...

  • No more myths, please

    No more myths, please

    I refer to Albert Cilia-Vincenti’s contribution One National Day (June 15) wherein it was said that on April 28, 1958, British commandos marched “up Paola Hill with fixed bayonets, under a hail of stone throwing” and with Dom Mintoff egging them...

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