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Editorial

  • An invitation to provocation

    There is no doubt that Archbishop Charles Scicluna speaks his mind and does so vociferously and with the immediacy that today’s news media demands. He had no problem taking a stand against hunting in spring, against buildings outside the...

  • Action in the fight against burglary

    A recent spate of burglaries in Sliema has left residents, especially the elderly, extremely worried about the security of their homes. They are concerned about the inadequate level of police response. According to police sources, thieves using...

  • Finance Minister has a lot to think about

    If, as The Business Observer rightly said, the Finance Minister had much to smile about when he launched the pre-Budget document, he has a lot to think about too. For starters, the minister may perhaps need to update his global economic growth...

  • Major security concerns

    The government’s silence in the aftermath of the arraignment of the Labour Party’s former treasurer, Joe Sammut, who has been charged with fraud and money laundering after he allegedly set up bogus companies to facilitate the granting of residence...

  • Domestic violence concerns all

    “I feel victimised over and over again, this time by the system.” This is the experience of a victim of domestic abuse submitted to the Social Affairs Committee and reproduced in Domestic Violence, Victims and Services. The report documents and...

  • The Sliema-Gżira bus lane says it all

    The Maltese have many admirable qualities, such as enterprise, flexibility and adaptability. Planning is certainly not one of them. It is rare to come across a major project which runs to time or budget, or a major event which does not succeed by...

  • Petrol at pump ought to be cheaper

    As the price of oil keeps tumbling, now standing at well below $50 a barrel, consumers are rightly expecting that the price of fuel at the pump ought to reflect the dramatic changes taking place in the world’s oil market. As is to be expected, a...

  • Żonqor decision still unacceptable

    Joseph Muscat’s government is laying the foundation stone for what could eventually lead to the destruction of one of the few remaining stretches of virgin coastal areas. In deciding to allow the building of part of a new university at Żonqor, the...

  • Sharing credit for economic progress

    When will the Finance Minister stop treating the pre-budget document as a propaganda tool for his party in government? Some of the statements and remarks Edward Scicluna makes would give the distinct impression to anyone unaware of the Malta...

  • Better structures for better governance?

    It must have taken a great deal of political courage for the Justice Minister to make the kind of statements about governance, responsibility and transparency he made in an article in The Sunday Times of Malta on August 16. Either that or he must...

  • A more inclusive Church

    Gozo Bishop Mario Grech’s Santa Marija pastoral letter on opening up the Church to divorced Catholics who are in a second relationship is a welcome attempt to make the Church more inclusive. Mgr Grech made it clear that removing the barriers...

  • Eddie Fenech Adami was proved right

    The feature carried by The Sunday Times of Malta that declassified UK Foreign Office reports had expressed scepticism over Eddie Fenech Adami’s description of Malta’s political situation in 1983 goes to show how diplomats can sometimes be detached...

  • Guidelines on use of social media

    It has happened again. A senior government official, this time the Employment and Training Corporation’s CEO, has drawn severe criticism over his inappropriate use of social media. Philip Rizzo posted what he later admitted were “facetious”...

  • Project fired by political expediency

    When all the fluff is taken out of the controversy over the State guarantee for a bridging loan to a consortium entrusted with the building of a new gas-fired power station, what remains is the government’s political urgency to meet an electoral...

  • Party financing, good but not enough

    This summer, we have been regaled with the political parties’ scramble to distance themselves from the Gaffarena family while accusing the other side of cosying up to it. The saga highlighted a very worrying state of affairs in Maltese political...

  • Visible justice and trustworthiness

    Following an inquiry by retired judge Michael Mallia, a former police inspector, Daniel Zammit, was found to have acted unethically in a heavily “compromised” murder investigation involving a relative of the Gaffarena family, which saw the crime...

  • Fight against social benefit fraud

    So many cases of sleaze, misappropriation, corruption and fraud are being reported nowadays that people appear to believe, quite wrongly, that abuses are part and parcel of our national identity – not worth worrying about. Abuses occur everywhere...

  • Energy loans and power cuts

    The energy sector has once again dominated the headlines with news of a massive €360 million State guarantee to build a new gas power station as well as the frustrating and most unwelcome cuts in electricity supply which have unfortunately become...

  • Noise, dust and rubbish abound

    Aren’t trucks carrying construction material from building sites supposed to be adequately covered when they are on the road? Aren’t stone-cutting machines at building sites supposed to be equipped with dust-control equipment? Shouldn’t quarry...

  • Mater Dei management still in crisis mode

    Like most countries that provide free medical services at the point of delivery, Malta’s general hospital is suffering from chronic overcrowding. Up to some time ago this problem was most acute in the winter months when flu epidemics...

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