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Editorial

  • Just ban glyphosate immediately

    Glyphosate has been described as a “toxicity multiplier” because its impact on health can increase when it binds to other chemicals. About four years ago, a survey of products used on crops in Malta by the National Statistics Office showed that...

  • Education system needs support

    If there is one thing that should unite Maltese society it must be the importance of having a high quality public education system that enhances the chances of young people finding suitable employment in a world undergoing vast technological...

  • The US must not isolate itself

    Donald Trump is now the President of the United States and the world needs to come to terms with it. The Trump presidency will be particularly challenging for Europe, which needs to convince the new occupant of the Oval Office of the importance of...

  • Clearly not sitting at the same table

    In 1993, when Parliament approved the Local Councils Act, the context was fitting. The public administration was bureaucratically obese and it was only a long and winding queue that connected the service provider, that is, ministries and...

  • Enter the era of Donald Trump

    Donald Trump takes office today as the 45th President of the United States. His election has certainly been controversial: he received almost three million fewer votes than his opponent, he is a polarising figure, has numerous potential conflicts...

  • When lights coincidentally go out

    Malta had widespread power cuts on Saturday night, just hours, as it happens, after Opposition leader Simon Busuttil forcefully repeated his party’s claim that the new gas-fired plant built by Electrogas with the solid backing of the government...

  • Everybody, anybody and nobody

    It was not the warmest of welcomes and he had only two minutes to speak. Opposition leader Simon Busuttil, who once was the face of the join-the-EU campaign, told the European Commission in Malta at the start of the country’s presidency of the...

  • Fiscal rights and responsibilities

    It is a fundamental principle of EU governance that member states have sole discretion on fiscal strategy. This rule is increasingly being challenged as a result of a perception that certain states are attracting investment not only by offering...

  • A stronger Customs Department

    It is somewhat strange but not altogether surprising that a key revenue collection department, Customs, does not have the human resources it needs to do its job properly. The same problem arises in other parts of the public service every now and...

  • Mallia: an asset or liability?

    Salvu Mallia has created something of a dilemma for the Nationalist Party and its leader, Simon Busuttil. On the one hand Mallia, a PN candidate, is one of the harshest critics there is of Joseph Muscat’s government. He fits right in with...

  • No Sunday trading restrictions

    Over the years, Sunday trading has had as many opponents as supporters but those against have been losing ground fast not only because of changing work exigencies but also because many believe it is about time consumers are given the freedom to...

  • Passing the dunce cap around

    No one likes to be mocked, to be treated as an imbecile or to be made to wait for replies to legitimate questions concerning the governance of the country. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has made an art of treating people like they were simpletons.

  • So it may continue to soar

    It is not just hoteliers that may be wondering whether Air Malta is giving up its role as a national carrier. Also doubting the airline’s future are businessmen and industrialists as well as people who have, for years, preferred using the national...

  • Managing financial risks

    Financial service operators are often perceived to be in a dominant position when it comes to providing services to their consumers, especially the smaller ones who have little experience in dealing with financial products. In the last few years,...

  • Journalism for the common good

    The press is often referred to as the Fourth Estate. It may be debatable who coined the phrase, whether British historian and politician Thomas Macaulay or Edmund Burke, an Irish statesman and author. What matters is, what was said: “There are...

  • A Catholic out in the wilderness

    Nationalist MP Edwin Vassallo has a problem, he’s Catholic.  He says that anyone standing up for his faith today runs the risk of becoming “ostracised” from the political scene. Politicians, he says, are more interested in running after the...

  • Malta at the helm of the EU

    The Maltese presidency of the European Union is a proud moment for Malta and one that should unite the whole country. It deserves the support of the entire population and we hope it will be a successful six-month stint that manages to address a...

  • Disturbingly inventive cruelty

    India Knight, a columnist of The Sunday Times of London, has written a very perceptive book, The Goodness of Dogs. It is not simply a guide to raising, feeding and training dogs, rather, its focus is on dog ownership and how, like any other...

  • When politicians cut a poor figure

    Most people are not impressed when the politicians they elect to represent them in Parliament misbehave, sometimes badly, in the House. Some politicians even dare doing it to the point of earning a warning of eviction from the House. When...

  • A threat to consumers’ rights

    One thing the European Commission is determined to do effectively is protect consumers’ rights. This was confirmed when Brussels expressed concern about the ineffectiveness of the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority to protect...

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