Some blogs ago I spoke about a trip to Gozo that took me 5 hours 30 minutes for a 50 minute meeting. This is a reaction by a Gozitan on the issue:
Thanks for your solidarity. We need people like you who not only understand our great drawback, but immediately decided to do something about it in writing this article. Unfortunately, if you’re from Gozo it means you are conditioned to accept this as a fact of life. And if you live in Malta you are meant to think in terms of Gozo as being another island distinct from Malta in many ways only to visit occasionally. The “gozitans” are robbed from their rights of full citizenship by the illusion they are special and subsidizing their ferry fares, and the “maltese” are duped into believing that Gozo somehow belongs to the “gozitans”.
We are all Maltese, a “gozitan” is simply a Maltese who was born and lives in Gozo, just like a Karkariz is a Maltese born and/or living in B’kara. Nothing is more offensive than referring to the people of Malta as Maltese and gozitans. You already mentioned the gozitans when you said Maltese and you should stop there, especially if you happen to be a personality of high standing in Malta.
Yet, surprisingly this mentality will only be changed gradually by a physical thing and that is a fixed link not between Malta and Gozo but within Malta itself, from Mgarr to Cirkewwa. Unless we think in these terms there will always be us and them. Us feeling like second class citizens with nothing to do about it, and them feeling that Malta is so huge that they can let Gozo sink or suffer eternally, and that it is not there for their taking because there is nothing to take!