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  • Albatross hanging round PN’s neck

    Marlene Farrugia, the leader of the Democratic Party is the legacy bequeathed to the Nationalist Party by Simon Busuttil. Unless Dr Busuttil’s successor is strong enough to reject this legacy, rest assured that Dr Farrugia will hang like an...

  • Father’s Day

    Who is the Father? Faithful; able; tender; helpful; energetic, enthusiastic; reliable; religious. In my opinion this is the father. I wish all blessings from heaven above and best wishes to all fathers. To the departed ones, I join St Augustine: I...

  • McSweeney’s road to sainthood?

    McSweeney’s road to sainthood?

    I refer to the very interesting and informative article written by Fabian Mangion entitled ‘The fate of a young, polite, fair-haired man’, (The Sunday Times of Malta, June 4). The author rightly mentions how the local people at Vittoriosa still...

  • Voters have sanctioned corruption

    When the Prime Minister called a snap election it was hoped that the majority of people would use their vote to send a clear message that there was no place for corruption in our society. Individuals not affilia­ted to the Nationalist Party stood...

  • Treatment for autism

    I wonder whether the local Autism Parents Association is aware of recent good news about this previously not understood and untreatable brain function abnormality. A small American trial on boys with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has found that a...

  • Politics take different guises in different countries

    I refer to Frank Owen’s letter entitled ‘Think carefully about the UK election’, (The Sunday Times of Malta, June 4). I’m now seriously wondering whether this person, taking advantage of Maltese hospitality, tax breaks and a cheap way of life and...

  • Forty years of Father’s Day

    Forty years of Father’s Day

    Celebrating Father’s Day in mainland Europe dates back to at least the Middle Ages and was observed on March 19, the feast day of St Joseph. It was a feast in honour of the ‘father’ of Jesus. This celebration was taken to the Ameri­cas by the...

  • Two Labour victories and the politics of modesty

    Two Labour victories and the politics of modesty

    Now that the British general elections are sealed by leafy Kensington turning to Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, one might start to make some sense of what could be said about last week, which, between Malta and Britain, saw two Labour victories...

  • A ‘strong’ leader wobbles

    When Theresa May called the election for June 8, she assumed she would garner an unassailable majority in Westminster. All polls had pointed in that direction. Logic dictated that, barring some massive catastrophe, there was no way the...

  • Border control

    I met with a good friend of ours the other day at the Royal Malta Yacht Club and as we discussed the terrorist threat facing Europe, he mentioned a recent experience with the coast guard. He had been trained to register himself with the ports...

  • Implementation phase

    What perhaps could have been one of the most divisive political campaigns in our history, surrounded with passionate politics, has come to an end and the government is fully focused on ensuring national unity. It is the government’s...

  • Best-dressed man

    Best-dressed man

    Since a year or so ago, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has acquired a leaner look. This is evident in a photograph that appeared in the supplement on the Labour Party victory (June 6). In this excellent photo, not only does he look lean and trim but...

  • The people’s verdict

    The people’s verdict

    The sovereign people have delivered their verdict loudly and clearly. Joseph Muscat has played his cards well and managed to win another five-year mandate as Malta’s Prime Minister, with a similarly big majority as that with which Labour was...

  • Fight against corruption

    For over a decade, Malta features high in corruption ranking in West Europe. It is also considered as a hub for human trafficking, including children, and a hub for illicit financial flows. To successfully combat and prevent corruption, focus must...

  • Starting on the wrong foot

    Joseph Muscat starts a new legislature on the wrong foot. In his first full-scale interview, the Prime Minister said that looking ahead he was keen to show the electorate that certain mistakes committed during his first term would not be repeated.

  • Editorial: Hate speech in l-Orizzont

    Editorial: Hate speech in l-Orizzont

    Both President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca and Prime Minister Joseph Muscat appealed for unity after the gruelling, intense electoral campaign. “I would like to see the people returning to reason and dialogue as soon as possible since these are the...

  • New priorities for Labour

    Now that the election is thankfully behind us, it is time for the new government to set its eyes firmly on its priorities and start tackling the major problems that still remain. To do this, it needs to have the Maltese people united behind it. As...

  • Restoration

    Restoration

    A marble plaque in Valletta, dated 1864, needs restoration. It could also do with some more space – free from any obstruction - so tourists can have better access to it and, therefore, be able to read the inscription. It is situated just outside...

  • Rediscovering national identity

    Rediscovering national identity

    It is unprecedented for a Maltese head of state to address the nation at the very moment when polls close. It was courageous of President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca to do so on Saturday. She was reflecting what many of us had been feeling from...

  • The facts must come out

    I am sad that so many people have to go begging for a government job because our educational system is still producing people with no skills at all. Good luck to them because this is part of their struggle to survive. The English people are...

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