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Editorial

  • Police force has been badly led

    In a rare show of unity, Parliament recently unanimously condemned any form of violence on public officials, focusing their remarks specifically on violence against police officers. Opposition home affairs spokesman Jason Azzopardi described the...

  • ‘Watchman’ mentality still alive

    If the school with the smallest student population has to have three watchmen, as is the case at the San Lawrenz School, how many does the largest ones need to have? But, wait, the school in Gozo also has two janitors and a third has had to be...

  • Malta needs clean reputation

    While many international institutions no longer list Malta as a tax haven, there is a danger that the country can develop an image as a place where one can use perfectly legal vehicles for criminal purposes. Money laundering, tax evasion and...

  • Bring order to Swieqi’s lawless streets

    If it’s peak summer, it must be troubled Swieqi and its long-suffering citizens time! Residents of Swieqi are once again bracing themselves for the mayhem, misbehaviour and crime which comes each year with summer. They have just marched in a...

  • Searching for a strategic partner

    Air Malta’s flight path remains a bit hazy as the search for a strategic partner picks up in the wake of what appears to be a frenetic drive to cut costs. As time is now running out fast for the airline to become commercially viable by the end of...

  • The government is trapped

    The government’s plans for the reintroduction of finch trapping after it was phased out six years ago are of grave concern both to the European Commission and environmentalists in Malta and throughout Europe. The first European Commission warning...

  • Is our socio-religious heritage at risk?

    Visitors to our islands have always remarked about the rich religious physical heritage that is spread throughout the country – a heritage closely intertwined with our social history. While many of our churches are proudly well preserved thanks to...

  • Nothing shadowy on shadow group

    When three Rapid Intervention Unit police officers reportedly manhandled a Hungarian man, Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela said no action would be taken against them pending an internal inquiry. Then, when asked why public officials were...

  • Less business friendly than Greece

    It is hard to believe, but even Greece, riven by financial difficulties and wallowing in debt, is better than Malta when it comes to “the ease of doing business”. With the government boasting about the work it is doing to make Malta more...

  • Meddling with the Maltese language

    Malta has survived as one of the world’s smallest minorities with its own distinct language and culture. The survival of our language is probably our biggest claim to a distinctly Maltese identity. Our history shows that, with the passage of time...

  • When an envoy plays hard to get

    For a number of reasons, not least her lucrative package, Sai Mizzi Liang, Malta Enterprise’s woman in the East and now also consul general in Shanghai, is a controversial character. The fact that she happens to be the Energy Minister’s wife and...

  • Bank issues that need clarification

    However cautious Bank of Valletta is in the conduct of its business ­– as every serious bank is expected to be after all – the concern being expressed by its small shareholders over three controversial decisions is justifiable. For reasons of...

  • Editorial: Vindictive attack on us

    Editorial: Vindictive attack on us

    Journalists at this media organisation have faced various occupational hazards over the years: irregular hours, time pressures, mistakes, being on the receiving end of insults or violence… but one thing no member of editorial staff at the Times of...

  • SBS Radio is lifeline for Maltese

    Special Broadcasting Services (SBS) is a hybrid-funded Australian public broadcasting service that was set up in 1975 to provide multilingual and multicultural radio and television services that “inform, educate and entertain all Australians and,...

  • Tribunal law and fair hearing right

    What is the government waiting for to inform the country what it plans to do following a judgment that the law regulating the composition of the industrial tribunal is unconstitutional? Does it plan to amend the law or will it first appeal? In a...

  • The antibiotics sydrome in jail

    In the wake of an international alert about an “antibiotic apocalypse”, it was announced that the Maltese health authorities were working on a national strategy targeting the misuse of such medicinal. According to the European Society of Clinical...

  • Dangers of reckless driving

    A drunken driver who had smashed his car into a wall and then plunged onto the rocks at Baħar-iċ-Ċagħaq in November five years ago, killing his 18-year old girlfriend instantly, was ordered to pay €143,000 in compensation to the girl’s heirs. In...

  • Pension reform now well overdue

    Not a moment too soon, the pensions strategy group has come out with re-commendations for a reform of the pensions system, a matter that has been on the country’s agenda for years. Their report was expected to be published at least nine months ago.

  • Getting too hot in the kitchen

    The report that the Office of the President offered some of its Kitchen Garden employees work contracts that contained precarious work conditions was a cause of embarrassment and irritation to the President, a standard-bearer in the campaign...

  • End of crisis, or start of new one?

    The Greek Parliament’s approval on Friday of its government’s proposals on securing a third bailout was a positive step in the long drawn-out saga over whether Greece will remain in the eurozone. With yesterday’s positive reaction to this latest...

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