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  • Re-traditionalisation - Tony ­Mifsud

    Re-traditionalisation - Tony ­Mifsud

    When lately Prime Minister Joseph Muscat was addressing a conference on business attractiveness he said: “We will definitely not close our doors to our foreign friends. We actually need to be a cosmopolitan society and see what our priorities are.

  • Conspicuous characteristics

    A contributor marvels at the Maltese for being “nasty and poisonous towards each other and also towards foreigners”. I think he is quite right. As with every other country, the first characteristic they trumpet is perversely the characteristic...

  • The Lord’s prayer

    Referring to Jesmond Grech’s letter (November 20) about the proposal by the Italian synod to change the clause “do not lead us into temptation” in the Lord’s prayer to “do not abandon us in temptation” and, in the event that a similar procedure is...

  • Lights out again?

    Will this year be another year in which the Sliema local council refrains from putting up Christmas lighting on the main roads? It did it in 2017. Never knew why.

  • Louvain memorial

    Louvain memorial

    I have just spent a wonderfully warm week in Malta but was very disappointed in one respect. My late husband was one of only 27 survivors of the sinking of the Louvain (above) in 1918 in which all the Maltese aboard were drowned and, in this...

  • Nationalists unable to lead

    The most significant words said by any speaker during the Nationalist Party’s general council meeting recently were those by deputy leader Robert Arrigo when he declared: “Whoever is not capable of running his own home cannot run a government.” He...

  • Lack of hygiene hampers education

    One cannot have a quality learning environment without basic hygiene facilities in schools. At a time when public finances are healthy, spending money to ensure that children have adequate sanitary facilities in all State and private schools seems...

  • A new institutionalised mindset - Justin Schembri

    In Malta, exams are seen as the key to our educational system and personal success. The removal of mid-year exams in the coming months is being considered a crucial change for the better. However, this will not necessarily lead to the desired...

  • Pushing back homelessness - John Consiglio

    Pushing back homelessness - John Consiglio

    Things happen and move fast in Malta. The Rent Reform White Paper came, was discussed in the media for a brief spell, and then soon vanished from the public radar even as several NGOs and individuals (this writer included) submitted to the...

  • Making ends meet - Claudia Cuschieri

    In your report ‘One in three adults can’t make ends meet – study’ (November 23), the journalist chose only to emphasise a few negative aspects of an otherwise interesting and positive study, the first of its kind in Malta and based on parameters...

  • Peace process dies in Palermo - Richard Galustian

    “Resounding flop” was the verdict of Italy’s former prime minister Matteo Renzi on the recent Libya peace conference held in Palermo. He’s not wrong. The conference hosted by Italy’s new government achieved the remarkable feat of making Libya’s...

  • The radiant island?

    Malta: the radiant island? When Le Corbusier famously proposed levelling the right bank in Paris to build mass habitation consisting of 18 skyscrapers, each 60 storeys high, including offices blocks and freeways connecting the buildings, it was a...

  • Unaccountable

    Reading the report about the security flaw at the Lands Authority, I wondered why the chairman and CEO of this set-up are being paid. One does not know what is happening and the other is afraid to answer calls.

  • Seamanship test

    Seamanship test

    I was fiddling with the television remote control to find an interesting programme on Sunday and, by sheer luck, on BBC they were showing the Rolex Middle Sea Race. The feature is called The spirit of yachting. Being the 50th anniversary of the...

  • Working in the mid-day sun

    Regular readers will doubtless recall repeated suggestions in these columns that waste collections might best be made at night. Cynical commentators on the online forum usually quickly dismissed the idea as being “far too obvious an idea to be...

  • Far too many boards

    Is not Malta getting to be over-administered and over-regulated? So many new boards and committees are being set up it is difficult to see how they will all be financially sustained over the years. It would seem no one at the top of the...

  • Dangerous driving - Paul Azzopardi

    I would like to thank Gordon Caruana Dingli for bringing the dangerous driving on our roads to the fore (‘Carnage on our Roads’, November 26). Every day, on our roads, people are killed, injured, maimed, rendered dependants for life, and utterly...

  • Is Malta a Mafia state? - Ranier Fsadni

    Is Malta a Mafia state? - Ranier Fsadni

    What makes a Mafia state? Is it the relative scale of Mafia funds flowing through the economy? Is it the presence of one or more of the international Mafias, whether Sicilian, Calabrian, Russian, Japanese, Chinese or whatever? Is it systemic...

  • From Vietnam to Watergate - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    From Vietnam to Watergate - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    The Watergate saga is both fascinating and intriguing, because it raises the question of whether a person occupying the highest political office in the US could be removed or forced to resign specifically for juridical reasons, rather than at the...

  • Stand against Hungary

    Perhaps out of some misplaced sense of respect for the man that Martin Scicluna once purported to be, I have, to date, refrained from ever answering one of his many outbursts. I (and a surprising number of his contemporaries who reached out to me)...