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Editorial

  • New system to monitor health service

    Judging by what the man at the helm of the island’s health service has written about the need to get the best of the system, he appears to have all his bearings right. He has no easy job, as all his predecessors had found out for themselves. Far...

  • Real cost of a bottle of wine

    The imposition of a 20c per litre excise duty on wine in the last Budget seems to have ruffled the feathers of local wine producers who have complained about the uncompetitive impact of the tax. With the government striving to make both ends meet...

  • Gender Identity Bill red flags

    A Church position paper on the Gender Identity Bill awaiting to be debated in Parliament has raised serious concerns on the potential impact of the proposed law. The seven moral experts who drew up the paper have concluded that the Bill ran the...

  • Thank God it’s Christmas

    There can hardly be anyone who does not welcome the Christmas break from politics. The political discourse has been so intense these past few days, so acerbic and downright challenging that most are looking forward to the few days of political...

  • The generosity of organ donors

    The noble story of Josette Agius, who decided to leave her body to university research on her death, has touched the hearts of thousands. When the funeral cortege left the parish church of Santa Venera after her funeral service, it headed not for...

  • Bird trapping: a high price to pay

    When six former or serving executive presidents of the leading cultural heritage and environmental NGO, Din l-Art Ħelwa, feel impelled to write a joint letter to the Prime Minister expressing their deep concern about the Maltese environment, it is...

  • No way to score political points

    The damning inquiry into the suspicious death of two migrants released on Wednesday night is shocking on two counts. The so-called ‘Valenzia report’ provided a scathing commentary on the way Malta treats migrant men, women and children who are...

  • Elusive ministerial code of ethics

    Justice Minister Owen Bonnici should get a calendar for Christmas and maybe a dictionary too. For over a year, the government to which he belongs has been promising to publish a new ministerial code of ethics, however,it appears to be nowhere in...

  • Goodbye to four fantastic men

    In a span of a few weeks, Malta lost no fewer than four personalities who made an impact on society through their contribution in public life: Manni Spiteri, John Manduca, Lino Spiteri and Maurice Tanti Burlò. In varying degrees, all four were...

  • Spotlight on country’s institutions

    Malta’s institutions are passing through a difficult moment. Parliament is not enjoying the high esteem it used to have before; the judiciary has not yet recovered from the shocking bribery cases that had also involved the chief justice; the...

  • More questions than answers?

    A question. Perhaps the question: would Manuel Mallia have been forced to depart as minister were it not for the avalanche of pressure from the media and Opposition – not to mention the strength of public feeling this case managed to generate?...

  • Mallia to resign, but what next?

    On Sunday Joseph Muscat struck the humblest tone he has mustered throughout his term as Prime Minister to date (having little choice), acknowledging mistakes have been made in relation to the shooting incident involving Manuel Mallia’s driver. He...

  • Towards a vigilant, creative Church

    Archbishop Emeritus Paul Cremona spoke briefly during a Christ the King Mass in Valletta, but he was succinct: “The Church needs creative people who will lead the country through evangelisation.” His words echoed those of Pope Francis who, in his...

  • The Mallia crisis

    The week could not have started off in worse fashion for the Labour government – which showed that if Manuel Mallia is not being cheered by convicts, he is the object of rapturous applause when someone under his direct responsibility is on the...

  • Are mandatory exercise programmes really fit?

    Health authorities fret about the increasing incidence of obesity especially among our younger generations. Many students are becoming lazy, slow and less motivated as their excess weight leads to increasing low self-esteem and increased...

  • Archaic laws, cutting red tape

    ‘Red tape’ generally refers to excessive bureaucracy: needless regulation and rigid conformity to rules that prevent or hinder action or decision-making. It is a phrase usually applied to governments, but may also afflict large organisations,...

  • Energy project now delayed by 15 months

    Finally, after so much huffing and puffing, the Labout government has come out with a new timeline for its new energy project. Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi announced in Parliament on Tuesday night that Enemalta now expects to start buying...

  • PN showing signs of recovery

    Over 18 months after it lost the election by a landslide, the Nationalist Party is at long last showing signs of recovery. In recent weeks, there have been indications of a party moving in the right direction and being on the ball. Party leader...

  • Snip red tape to boost EU funds take-up

    Less affluent EU countries often find it difficult to take up the structural and cohesion funds allocated to them. This is often not through lack of interest on the part of member states or regions, but because of the red tape that burdens the...

  • An outdated broadcasting watchdog

    The Broadcasting Authority has specific duties assigned to it both under the Constitution and the Broadcasting Act. It must ensure due impartiality when dealing with issues of political or industrial controversy or relating to current public...

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