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  • Public sector employees

    I refer to the editorial ‘The power of incumbency’ (May 14). It is thoroughly incorrect to say that the Principal Permanent Secretary “refused to provide” information “about the number of people on a definite work contract in the public sector...

  • Fort St Elmo carving

    According to Michael Ellul’s book on Fort St Elmo, the carving illustrated in the picture was brought to Malta by the Order of St John from Rhodes. For a long time, it was placed in the chapel of St Anne at Fort St Elmo but when the church...

  • Reliable bus service

    As a frequent visitor to Malta over the past 20 years, like many I have experienced a love-hate relationship with the buses. The quaint vehicles, with their distinctive colours and styles, were frequent and cheap to use. More recently, we survived...

  • Meghan in Malta

    The letter about Meghan Markle’s link to Malta (May 9) is not correct at all. Jessica Huie worked with Kruger Cowne briefly as a PR consultant at that time. She was not a friend of Meghan but assisted Cowne with organising the trip to Malta for...

  • Watch: Environment Minister on Times Talk

    Watch: Environment Minister on Times Talk

    For years, Malta's environment has been little more than a footnote in local society's book of public priorities.  But with waste piling up, fish farm sludge lapping at our beaches and urban sprawl gobbling up the countryside, it's becoming harder...

  • Gas supply price conundrum

    Putting Enemalta on a sound financial footing ought to have been and, to a great extent, is a feather in the Labour government’s cap. However, the project has unfortunately been mired in great controversy from the start. True, the country now has...

  • Here we go again - Fr David Muscat

    Here we go again - Fr David Muscat

    On May 5 the Archbishop’s Curia issued a circular letter reminding parish priests of a pre-existing policy prohibiting letting off fireworks from any church property. This sudden harking back to an obsolete policy that many a parish priest has...

  • Suspicious deals - Denis Tanti

    Suspicious deals - Denis Tanti

    The news came as no surprise that Malta Enterprise has persisted in its refusal to a request made over a year ago by the Times of Malta to be furnished with a copy of a memorandum of understanding that was secretly signed on October 10, 2014...

  • Failing our finance students? - John Consiglio

    Failing our finance students? - John Consiglio

    An observation which I keep making to myself regarding the recruiting practices of finance services organisations abroad, particularly asset management companies, is that they often appear to be engaged in a big scramble to hire mathematicians and...

  • Gaming licences

    The Malta Gaming Authority refers to media articles published by the Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI), La Repubblica and the Times of Malta. The MGA objects to the articles in question that contain factual inaccuracies, speculation,...

  • Ferry tales can come true...

    Ferry tales can come true...

    It is a fact so obvious that (you’d like to think) even a Maltese politician could see it: the ferries are fast approaching their best-before date and will need replacing (or rebuilding). Everybody – even people who never cross the channel – knows...

  • The power of incumbency

    Most democracies are characterised by the use of the power of incumbency, directly or indirectly, by elected politicians and their trusted public servants. Using elected office for political gain is, therefore, a reality that this country, like...

  • The painting on the wall - Frank Salt

    There are three things that really bother me. They bother me to the extent of really getting under my skin. First: I hate motorists who just cannot wait in line. Everybody else is waiting patiently, then, from behind, some clown decides to...

  • Passing the buck - Michael Briguglio

    If there ever was a case of putting party before country, this was when Joseph Muscat disallowed Konrad Mizzi from being Labour deputy leader but deemed him fit to remain a minister despite the Panama Papers scandal. The Maltese citizen had to...

  • Amoral familism - André DeBattista

    Amoral familism - André DeBattista

    Sixty years ago, Edward Banfield published a book which sheds some light on politics, society and the dynamic between the political class and citizens in Mediterranean and Levantine societies. The Moral Basis of a Backward Society was the product...

  • Corruption and protests

    In the Times of Malta of May 9, Martin Scicluna wrote that he is tired of the “whingsing and political stunts” of “a small unrepresentative body of activists”. Dear, oh dear. How sad. Unfortunately it is time for Scicluna to realise that peaceful...

  • Go curtailing basic internet access

    While enquiring on an unrelated matter, I was informed that Go is in the process of decommissioning its e-mail service for residential customers. I find it appalling that such a basic service will not be provided anymore. There has been no public...

  • Repeat visit

    Repeat visit

    Time seemed to stand still as the Montenegro sail training ship Jadran (Serbo-Croat for ‘Adriatic Sea’) left Grand Harbour on May 10 after a short visit. The ship first visited Malta in 1937. She berthed in Dockyard Creek with Senglea parish...

  • Burlò

    Burlò

    This aggression will not stand, man.

  • Becoming comfortably numb

    Forty years ago Roger Waters was writing the lyrics of Comfortably Numb from Pink Floyd’s cult album The Wall. There are many versions of what inspired the lyrics, from childhood illness to the effects of medication. But it has now become the...