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Will the government please ban that hideous and useless Monti?

The tacky and garish parade of Valletta, also known locally as il-Monti, has been causing this government a great deal of problems. Instead of allowing it to die a natural death, the government promised to move it next to the new Renzo Piano Parliament. It quickly backtracked after a public outcry, and as from next Monday it will be moved to Merchant Street where it will effectively sabotage legitimate businesses in that street.

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Traditional neon coloured belts sold at the tacky and garish parade of Valletta (Photo credit: TimesofMalta)

The tacky and garish parade of Valletta has to go. There I said it. The Valletta Monti has no cultural or economical significance to add to Valletta, tourists or even Malta. It was relevant at a time before Maltese people started buying products from China directly from the internet, but stalls filled with cheap clothes and accessories, and silver plated jewellery have no business in a beautiful capital city such as Valletta.

It is funny how Malta approaches the concept of markets; a brilliant market such as Patches Market is held sporadically throughout the year in different locations, and features genuine products that are sold by a wide variety of people. Then we have the Monti hawkers who sell Euro branded underwear in a prominent street  in Valletta in which most big name brands have opened shop.

As far as I am concerned there is a simple solution; kick the Monti out of Valletta once and for all. And since I am sure that these hawkers will play the “this is my only source of income” card, I have one response for you: Diversification. Either move ahead with the times and sell decent products, change your business model, or just go and find a job like the rest of us. Ignorance cannot be used as an excuse to the detriment of legitimate business owners in Merchant Street.

Side Note: Meanwhile, in major European cities such as Brussels, Bern, London, Vienna, Berlin, Amsterdam, etc etc., Christmas markets open to the delight of tourists and residents alike, and these generally provide a boost to economically deprived areas in such cities. How about substituting the tacky and garish parade of Valletta with a proper Christmas Market? One ponders, we know that votes are worth much more than gold in Malta.

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