Letters to the Editor – August 25, 2022

Aviation fuel tax

The editorial on the aviation fuel tax (August 20) was interesting to read but did not mention that some islands, such as the Canary Islands in Spain, have already been exempted from this aviation fuel tax. The arguments repeatedly made that islands such as the Canary Islands and the Azores are part of the EU states do not hold much water, because the citizens of these islands and Malta have the same difficulties and difficulties in traveling to Continental Europe.

As early as July 2021 the EU commissioned a report on the effects of aviation taxes on the GDP of places like the Canary Islands, Malta, Crete and Ireland and Malta came out the worst off. .

Philip Micallef, former CEO of Air Malta – Attard

Light pollution

Looking out from Nadur or Qala at night, one cannot help but admire the almost magnificent street lighting that has spread over many parts of the island. The soft, pinkish-beige light is directed downwards and very little escapes upwards to create light pollution.

Kudos to whoever is responsible.

Then, unfortunately, there is the garish, vulgar, exaggerated and insensitive extremely bright light coming from the overlit mole in the port of Mġarr which spoils everything.

Something really needs to be done immediately.

Stephen Zerafa – Mosta

Colonization damage

Photo: Times of Malta

While congratulating India on the 75th anniversary of its independence, I could not ignore correspondent Alan Cooke’s letter (August 20) in response to Alin Trigunayat’s report marking the anniversary. Without going into particular detail of the points raised, may I recommend serious research into the past of the British Empire, including India, for the benefit of esteemed readers.

Inglorious Empire, What the British did to India (2017) by Indian author and politician Shashi Tharour is, according to the Irish Times, “a timely response to nostalgia for empire”.

Time’s Monster, History, Conscience and Britain’s Empire (2020) is another work, this time by American historian, Stanford University professor Priya Satia, in which she offers “a hugely important and urgent moral voice” on the history of the British Empire. which for generations has been written by its victors.

Empireland: How Imperialism Shaped Modern Britain (2021) by British journalist and author Sathnam Sanghera is a recent work, which the Financial Times has deemed “a scorching polemic on the legacy of empire”.

Finally, Legacy of Violence: A History of the British Empire (2022) is by Harvard history professor Caroline Elkins. The editor of The Oxford History of the British Empire considers this 900-page volume “an extremely valuable book on the dark side of the British Empire”.

Charles Xuereb – Sliema

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