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Editorial

  • Council elections ought be held on time

    Each of the three reasons given by the Prime Minister for his government’s plan to postpone local council elections to make them coincide with the 2019 European Parliament elections can easily be shot down. The first, to save money, is perhaps the...

  • Now that the penny has dropped

    August 22 has come and gone, Judge Lino Farrugia Sacco has retired from the Bench on turning 65 and an impeachment motion against him, first moved by former prime minister Lawrence Gonzi in 2012 and filed again by the government in January, has...

  • Libya on the precipice

    If anyone had the slightest doubt about the gravity of the violence in Libya, it was dispelled by the UN Security Council resolution unanimously approved on Wednesday. It called for an immediate ceasefire amid allegations of secret airstrikes by...

  • Archaeological treasures trove

    Sometimes events combine to send a message. Over the past fortnight, three events in the cultural heritage field have occurred that offer cause for hope and concern. Together, they bring home to all that, lying in the ground that we walk on and in...

  • Law-abiding citizens betrayed

    No sooner did the public learn that the Land Department has virtually ceased to apply the law on the illegal occupation of public land (with only 31 enforcements in 18 months, compared with an average of 170 a year in the previous five years),...

  • Investment: time to look into mirror

    A fall in the stock of foreign direct investment that was recorded following the withdrawal by a German bank of more than €2 billion it held in Malta to put it to better use could have given an unnecessary shock. However, it would have been worse...

  • Business and industry facing challenges

    Business and industry are feeling the pinch of a collection of factors working against their interests. The first is the high cost of energy that is making their operations increasingly uncompetitive. There is then the flak they have received from...

  • Pros, cons of neighbourhood watches

    The recent spate of reports of a high incidence of burglaries and thefts in Sliema and St Julian’s – and now reportedly in Attard as well – has naturally raised concern and some panic. The Acting Police Commissioner, with the Minister for Home...

  • Public service putting on weight

    When other countries are working hard to make their public administration leaner, Malta appears to be heading in the opposite direction. Latest official figures show a sharp rise in the number of workers engaged in the public sector, a matter that...

  • Is local Church in crisis?

    Fr Joe Borg lit a fuse in his The Sunday Times of Malta column last weekend when he questioned Archbishop Paul Cremona’s ability to lead the local Church. He said that while others discussed the issue behind closed doors, he felt as a matter of...

  • Endemic flouting of land use law

    The Land Department has been in the news recently for all the wrong reasons. The sorry case of the still unapprehended perpetrator of an illegally-built road at Comino rumbles on. But in a near-farcical gesture of buck-passing, Mepa, whose...

  • Consumers deserve protection

    Consumer protection is an important cornerstone of EU legislation especially now that economic growth seems to have stalled in most member states. In small economies there are some ‘natural monopolies’ that unless properly regulated can cause...

  • Not simply their own views

    V-18 chairman Jason Micallef has taken umbrage at the decision to shift the Eurosong festival to November. Mr Micallef, who is also chairman of the Labour Party’s One TV, took his rant onto Facebook, claiming the move was a unilateral decision...

  • The ghost of electoral pledges past

    Some insist that Joseph Muscat and his Labour Party are distributing the candy they had promised before the election which secured them such a huge electoral victory. He would deny this, but it is an undeniable fact that decisions have and are...

  • The ugly face of local bureaucracy

    Excessive bureaucracy still plagues the public service despite the promises and commitments made by politicians, including Joseph Muscat, before the last general election that a Labour government would make the cutting of red tape one of its...

  • Helipad: health, safety, security

    A number of crucial issues have been raised by the recent incident in which an AFM emergency helicopter, which had been called out urgently to evacuate a patient from Gozo to Mater Dei, was unable to use the helipad at St Luke’s Hospital as it had...

  • Plunged into darkness

    Last Tuesday’s nationwide blackout has once again highlighted the vulnerability of our energy sector and the failure of successive governments to tackle this problem over the years. Malta has suffered power cuts on a too regular basis for the past...

  • Losing the plot in education area

    More educational news has hit the headlines and again there is not much reason to celebrate. While education is not a subject that stirs most people’s emotions, it remains the single most important critical success factor that will determine our...

  • Sliema and St Julian’s crime rates

    The seaside towns of Sliema and St Julian’s have probably the largest proportion of elderly residents. It is fair to say as a generalisation that they also have some of the best appointed homes with some very well-off people living in them. It is...

  • Counting cost of the power cut

    Those involved in restoring power had the work cut out after a fault at the Delimara power station and an explosion at the Marsa distribution centre plunged the country into darkness. With few hard facts to hand, it is pointless indulging in...

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