The water gushing from our pipes
The water gushing out of water pipes in our arterial roads is symptomatic
of a disorganised and uncoordinated government service.
For years, contractors have been asked to carry out works and have consistently
not been provided with details of electrical cables, water pipes and
other relevant details.
This has led to a spate of incidents in which major water pipes have
been damaged and the resultant impact has been the loss of water - plenty
The same has happened with electricity cables.
We may not know it, but Maltese water production costs are among the
highest when compared to other countries.
The reason for this is the use of desalination plants which are completely
dependent on the powers stations at Marsa and Delimara.
Time and time again, the public, local councils and others have lamented
over this poor coordination, but nothing has happened.
When are government ministers going to realise that the people of this
country want action now and fast?
By George, a hoarding tax
One brave comment two weeks ago by a gentleman from Din l-Art Helwa
talked of the need for a hoarding tax. The implication of imposing a
hoarding tax on unused property would have a rollerball effect on many
It would undoubtedly raise more revenue for government. That is not
a primary concern or motivation for many people, in fact it would release
thousands of empty properties in our town, adding to the glut that exists.
But it would inject more dynamism into a market that has growth potential.
It would help revive many of our historical centres and it would give
some solace to our countryside.
The time to introduce a hoarding tax is soon, perhaps not this year
but definitely in the near future, although it might be a good idea
to change the name from hoarding tax to something more user-friendly!
Our stock brokers
The markets abroad are changing and moving in a positive way. All of
them are responding to the good news that there is light on the horizon
in the US. All the markets have reacted, from the CAC to the Nikkei.
And in Malta? Well not really. Our stockbrokers are one of a kind, living
in a world of their own with very little respect for the workings of
the world economy.
What a pity!