The government just launched a public consultation document for a new strategy on Gozo. A lot of it is about how to tap into EU money to fund ‘projects’ ‘development’. This is typical of a vaguely modernist obsession with progress projects, as opposed to preserving what is there. It’s also nauseating but never mind. I’m interested the language of the document what it us about islands, geography culture. the well-trodden term ‘double insularity’. It is usually summoned to make arguments for improved access. Even as the machines are busy extracting core samples for the geological side of the tunnel feasibility study, there is talk of a fourth ferry even air to destinations other than Malta. There is nothing particularly mad about the last. Lampedusa is less than a third the size of Gozo it has an airport which it to a of places in Italy. Some of them are as far distant from that as Malta is from Athens or Algiers. Technically, Gozo could be said to have a triple insularity. It is, after , an island off an island (Malta) off an island […]

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