Advert

Comment

  • Psychology and Teflon - Ranier Fsadni

    Psychology and Teflon - Ranier Fsadni

    Joseph Muscat’s government today has the same aura of inevitability and of being electorally unassailable that Ronald Reagan had throughout his presidency (1981-89) and that, in the UK, was enjoyed, for a period, by Margaret Thatcher (1983-1989)...

  • Courting in the 1950s

    When I was a boy in the early 1950s, I used to act as a ‘chaperone’ to my cousin when she went out with her boyfriend. One evening, we went to the ‘talkies’ at a cinema in Valletta. After the show, we went for a walk in the dark and ended up at...

  • Back to old-time tactics - Denis Tanti

    Back to old-time tactics - Denis Tanti

    Trade unionism in Malta is currently passing through turbulent times. With the exception of the General Workers’ Union, unions have expressed their concern about the fact that they were kept in the dark by the government on the deal concerning the...

  • Minimum wage

    In my contribution titled ‘Pensioners and the minimum wage’ (February 1), I stated that the minimum wage has been increased only by €1.75 a week in line with COLA. My attention was drawn by the director general at the Social Security Department to...

  • We all pay

    I feel it is time we change the term government expenditure to nation’s expenditure or citizens’ expenditure. Perhaps this would bring home who is actually paying the millions of euros each and every Maltese is having to fork out in redundant...

  • Influenza in the home

    The home is the place where influenza can spread: using the same cutlery or maybe the same plates when eating or tasting food from the cooking pot. Drinking from the same bottles. Kissing and handshaking. Interchanging clothing. Using cloth...

  • Investigations

    I read in the Times of Malta last Monday that, while speaking at Marsaxlokk, Joseph Muscat said that “Simon Busuttil, should investigate his leader”. May I ask: since when has the Commissioner of Police given up his job as investigator? If the...

  • Neighbours

    Could we learn a lesson from little Victoria to visit any new neighbours in our street and if we notice anything untoward to refer to the parish priest or the diaconia group of the parish?

  • Żepp and Grezz

    Readers will probably be interested in viewing a photograph, taken around 1910, showing my late father, Emmanuel Xuereb, and his younger sister, Mary Xuereb later Audibert, in carnival costume as Żepp and Grezz, stereotypical village man and his...

  • The Musumeci syndrome

    Among Malta’s many problems insularity ranks high. Even if it can be a boon sometimes, on the whole our smallness causes problems: the Maltese are all too closely linked and related. So, when it comes to politicians’ friends or people who give...

  • Watch: 'It's normal for us hunters to feel like the victims'

    Watch: 'It's normal for us hunters to feel like the victims'

    Hunters may have reported catching just 128 quails during last year's spring hunting season, but according to their lobby group's CEO, respect for the rules is at an all-time high.  In this Times Talk interview, FKNK CEO Lino Farrugia says it's...

  • The writing on the wall

    The recent protest outside the Prime Minister’s Office by activist group Kenniesa, supported by Occupy Justice, was possibly one of the most significant in years. They projected on the majestic Auberge de Castille the words “House of impunity” and...

  • Flawed PANA report - Martin Scicluna

    Flawed PANA report - Martin Scicluna

    Although it formed the subject of a debate in the European Parliament recently, the first thing to be said about the “mission report” by the joint ad-hoc seven-man delegation to Malta drawn from the LIBE and PANA committees – ostensibly “based on...

  • Value of human dignity - André DeBattista

    States and governments can commit atrocious injustices. The past century reminds us that, if power is not restrained, governments become perpetrators of the most heinous crimes. The Shoah, planned and executed by Nazi Germany, was responsible for...

  • National minimum wage - Claudia Cuschieri

    Reference is being made to an article by Carmel Mallia, President of the Alliance of Pensioners Organisations, entitled ‘Pensioners and the minimum wage’ (February 1). Regrettably, Mallia’s article contains several inaccuracies, despite the fact...

  • Save Maltese archaeology

    Malta Arch is asking members of the public to e-mail the Planning Authority at [email protected] by Friday and object to the destruction of the Tal-Wej area, in Naxxar. (The e-mail must have the subject heading PA/09387/17.) Tal-Wej is a...

  • Train monument

    I refer to the letter by Thomas Zerafa entitled ‘Railway in Valletta’ (February 5). A few years ago, I had discussed with the Floriana local council the possibility of having such a train monument near Portes des Bombes, on the bridge there. If I...

  • Valletta ‘invasion’

    Valletta ‘invasion’

    Some years ago, I started a residents page for Valletta on social media not quite certain of the outcome. Today, it stands at over 200 members who access the site every day. Many Valletta residents are feeling encroached upon by continuous...

  • Watch: Hunters' lobby fights its corner on Times Talk

    Watch: Hunters' lobby fights its corner on Times Talk

    Hunters and trappers are among the most divisive special interest groups on the island, but few lobbies can boast of the sort of political support the FKNK enjoys.  In a Times Talk interview to be uploaded on Wednesday morning, hunters' federation...

  • Pragmatism meets extremism

    In this world of double-talk and economic progress built on high buildings and peddled passports, sometimes a voice of reason stands out. The Malta Employers’ Association has one interest, to protect its members. The world has changed since Labour...