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Editorial

  • When a rebel lost his cause

    Education Minister Evarist Bartolo knows how to make the right noises, sometimes, like when the Panama Papers scandal erupted and he distanced himself from his Cabinet colleague, Konrad Mizzi. It was around the same time that he began to get...

  • A process of recalibration

    As Malta takes over the presidency of the Council of the European Union next month, it would be wise to brace ourselves for what lies ahead. If you thought 2016 provided a rough ride for the European Union’s prospects, just wait for the 2017...

  • Lack of control in childcare scheme

    Never mind just for a moment the scandals that have rocked and plagued this administration since it took office and that have kept surfacing, almost regularly, since the oil procurement scandal revealed in the dying days of the previous...

  • A scheme riddled with questions

    Is the General Workers’ Union making a profit – directly or indirectly – out of the community work scheme or not? Why was the scheme kept under wraps? Why was this newspaper refused a copy of the contract entered into by the government’s Jobs Plus...

  • Minister must step aside

    The tempest that has been unleashed around the Foundation for Tomorrow’s Schools (FTS) and the Ministry of Education by the sudden resignation of FTS CEO Phillip Rizzo is yet another example of government’s chickens coming home to roost. Since the...

  • When a poppy goes potty

    When 22 men lined up for their World Cup qualifier match in Wembley stadium on Armistice Day, they had much more in common that their love for football. They each wore a poppy on their arm, in defiance of a Fifa directive banning “political,...

  • The public service going private

    The current debate on the General Workers’ Union jobless scheme – the union will manage a community work scheme through a government concession – has raised numerous questions, not only on the scheme itself but also on the wider scope and mission...

  • Bridging students’ achievement gap

    Decades of educational reform have left Malta in the unenviable position of ranking among the countries with the lowest achievement levels for students who leave compulsory education at the age of 16. Although Malta spends relatively as much on...

  • Malta Budget ‘broadly compliant’

    Like so many other governments everywhere, Joseph Muscat’s administration does not hold back from inflating successes and downplaying unfavourable trends, criticism or, even, cautionary remarks or observations. Judging by the government’s reaction...

  • Mixed signals in Fitch’s bank rating

    Rating agencies like Fitch have an important role of guiding investors on the financial strength of companies listed on the world’s stock exchanges. Although in the last few years they lost some of their prestige when they failed to recognise the...

  • Important aspect of national life

    Our language is one of the most powerful forces uniting and identifying us as a nation. The survival of the Maltese language is probably our largest claim to a distinctly Maltese identity. Still, this country appears to have an existential problem...

  • Expropriation: a just approach

    Last February the Magistrate’s Court ordered the Land Commissioner to pay €2.6 million in compensation for land expropriated in 1974. The compensation covered two parcels of land measuring nearly 8,000 square metres that were expropriated in Wied...

  • Drive against antisocial behaviour

    Maltese friendliness and the willingness to help others is a trait that, for decades, served as a tag-line for the tourism industry, feeding on St Luke’s documentation – in chapters 27 and 28 of the Acts of the Apostles – of St Paul’s coming to...

  • Patient’s charter is a step forward

    A patient’s charter, just launched by Health Minister Chris Fearne, takes the island’s health service yet another step forward if it is rigorously followed. If not, it will be yet another useless exercise. Indeed, this is not the first time a...

  • Same game, all over again

    When it comes to civil rights, the Labour Party has a curious history. It won kudos at the 2011 referendum on divorce, even though it did not even take a stand. The Nationalist Party did and paid a heavy price for it. Its middle class liberal...

  • Shaping the future of retail

    The retail industry in Malta has traditionally been one of the more important economic sectors, even if in the last years it may have declined in importance as technology has revolutionised the way people shop. Today there are more than 18,000...

  • Secondary-door tactics becoming norm

    The Prime Minister and his Cabinet colleagues may run away from waiting journalists but they cannot hide. Admittedly, having journalists breathing down your neck and monitoring your every move is not exactly something to look forward to. However,...

  • Drop in governing standards

    Despite the long string of claims over corruption, sleaze, maladministration and rampant cronyism, Labour still leads in the polls. Although cynics may hold that the situation is not as bad as it is made out to be by the government’s opponents or,...

  • When truth is hard to find

    Truth is always elusive: difficult to define, hard to arrive at, rarely agreed on. It lately appears to have become even more slippery: it is said that we now live in a “post-truth” world, especially when it comes to politics. Oxford...

  • Hospital use of expired medicine

    The use of expired medicine is often shrouded in controversy, misinformation and occasional political spin. The last thing patients in intensive care and their families need is to go through a bout of anxiety as they discover that expired drugs...

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