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Editorial

  • Ebola virus and the politics of fear

    Health experts in Western countries insist that the odds of contracting Ebola are remote and that many other scourges, such as traffic deaths, accidental shootings and suicides, pose a much bigger danger to the public. But fear is irrational and...

  • Gearing up for the next budget

    National interest in the Budget only starts building up in the two to three weeks before the presentation of the financial estimates in Parliament. What invariably sparks off discussion or, rather, controversy, is not the pre-Budget document...

  • Is the COLA heading for a fall?

    The announcement by the Prime Minister that the government is prepared to top up the 58c cost-of-living adjustment expected in the next Budget with “other measures” is a clear sign that something is amiss with the COLA mechanism that has been a...

  • What happened to manners?

    There was a time not so long ago when a man used to give up his seat to a woman on a route bus. Or when a man held a door for a lady. In these days of equality, such basic manners have been thrown out of the window. Not only that, but rudeness and...

  • Use of tablets in schools no magic bullet

    The pre-election dizzying hype surrounding the political promise to give a tablet to every child in primary schools has evaporated. We are now in the action phase and the realities of implementing this project are beginning to challenge our...

  • Still in dark over energy plans

    A parliamentary debate meant to shed more light on what is fast becoming an intractable energy project has spawned far more questions than those raised following the government’s admission that the planned building of a new gas-fired power station...

  • Controlling diabetes is healthcare priority

    Healthcare authorities have a formidable challenge to subordinate various pressing priorities in the health sector. A shortage of hospital beds, a long waiting list for surgical interventions and a pressing need for new medical equipment are some...

  • Trust more important than titles

    A proposal for former MPs to retain the title of ‘honourable’ to their names has been turned down by Parliament’s House Business Committee, a move that makes sense in view of the declining trust that is being demonstrated in politicians...

  • More lay boots on the ground

    The Curia’s decision to introduce permanent deacons has been long coming. Vatican Council II restored the permanent diaconate half a century ago paving the way for lay Church members, even if married, to celebrate marriages, baptisms, funerals,...

  • When ‘on track’ means the opposite

    The government may be delivering on its promise to reduce energy tariffs, its most important undertaking in the 2013 general election, but just 19 months into office it is facing a patch of rough weather. One year after the departure of Arriva, it...

  • Impact of gridlock on the economy

    When an economist declares that at present a most serious challenge that the Maltese economy is facing is the cost of traffic congestion on businesses and households, one has good reason to worry. When this economist happens to be the Minister of...

  • Confined space in Air Malta cockpit

    Air Malta chairwoman Maria Micallef told The Sunday Times of Malta “we can save this airline”. It was a bold statement and, unless she is prepared to keep party politics out of the cockpit, a presumptuous one too. For the year ended March 2014,...

  • The Church must look ahead

    Archbishop Paul Cremona’s resignation should not come as a surprise to most observers. Talk about his possible departure has been circulating for months, amid rumours that Mgr Cremona was suffering from ill-health. In a rare press appearance...

  • Not a smart reward for squatters

    The announcement that the government will be supplying electricity to all the squatters at the illegal shanty town in Armier is an affront to anyone who respects the rule of law in this country. Back in August, this newspaper reported that the...

  • Unravel energy deal puzzle now

    Is the government taking the people for a ride over its energy plans, as the Nationalist Party has claimed? Maybe it is a bit too early to say, but what is certain is that, contrary to all the ministerial declarations that the project is right on...

  • Making science attractive to students

    European Commission statistics show that just eight per cent of Maltese students had undertaken some form of post-secondary scientific studies last year, less than half the EU average. This statistic may have worried some people, but it does not...

  • Right to back down on councils

    Opposition to the government’s plan to postpone council elections to 2019 “to save money”, ease “election fatigue” and improve election turnout, has forced it to back down half way. In what the government is describing as a “compromise” solution,...

  • Time to show greater earnestness

    When the speeches given at the EY conference on foreign investment are stripped of all the rhetoric, bare facts expose some worrying signs. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat went overboard in his drive to project Malta as a successful country and as an...

  • Drive to expand maritime trade

    Plans by the government to give out a former shipbuilding site in Marsa to be used in maritime trade appear to be moving forward. According to the Economy Ministry, no fewer than six bids are being evaluated and the tentative date for the...

  • Branding our country

    Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s controversial former communications chief, was spot on when he told an EY conference in Malta on Wednesday that Malta had a good image, but not a powerful one. Mr Campbell said it was clear that Malta was not known...

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