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Editorial

  • Duties when recycling waste

    Waste recycling has been common practice for most of human history as a means not only of saving precious resources but also of maximising their re-use. Beverage bottles in Britain, Ireland and Sweden, for example, have been recycled since at...

  • Flying blind in educational reform

    Few could dispute the fact that our educational system has been underperforming for more than four decades as evidenced by Malta’s very low placing in the EU league of educational achievement for students leaving secondary school. It is therefore...

  • Editorial: PN has chosen the worst option

    The Nationalist Party could have voted against the Civil Unions Bill last night. Or voted in favour. Or given its MPs a free vote. It did none of these things; it instead chose to take the worst possible route: abstention. Let’s take the options...

  • Concern over rising jobless figure

    Malta’s economy may be “gaining credibility”, as Joseph Muscat has said, but there is still one economic indicator, unemployment, that is causing some concern. The government is countering criticism about the rising jobless figure by arguing that...

  • Malta’s next Commissioner

    Two weeks ago, when carrying out his Cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced on Twitter that he intended to nominate Karmenu Vella, then minister for tourism, as Malta’s next European Commissioner. Why this nomination came so...

  • Championing the minors’ cause

    Winds of change are blowing through an important sector falling under the government’s responsibility and which has been crying out to be administered with greater sensitivity. The words ‘crying out’ are apt for this concerns vulnerable children,...

  • Justified concern in twin villages

    Decisions over sensitive issues taken by planning authorities everywhere are bound to raise controversy. But it does seem that Mepa is having more than its fair share of these. Hot on the heels of the controversy over the planned mooring of a gas...

  • Welcome EU roaming charges ban

    The outgoing members of the European Parliament delivered an important gift to EU citizens: they voted 534 to 25 to ban all roaming charges in the EU as of December 15, 2015. This is a significant step in the protection of consumers of telecom...

  • Drug addiction and law reform

    As part of the long overdue justice reform process that was set in hand by the Labour government 12 months ago, the highly-anticipated drug legislation review will be published in a White Paper before the summer recess. It is thought that the...

  • Editorial: Brian May is right on hunting

    Brian May is one of the world’s top guitarists and song writers. He is also an active animal rights campaigner. He runs a group called Save Me which campaigns for the protection of all animals against cruel treatment, with a particular emphasis on...

  • Expanded role for Ombudsman?

    The Ombudsman, Joseph Said Pullicino, was invited by the Deputy Prime Minister to review the tasks of his office and to make proposals for strengthening it. As a result, he recently submitted a comprehensive report making 11 recommendations for...

  • Editorial: Sanctioning illegal development

    The recent publication of two public consultation documents on land use and environment protection have rightly raised eyebrows. The first document, ‘Strategic Plan for Environment and Development’, (Sped) is set to replace the 137-page, detailed...

  • Sleeping on the wrong side of the law

    Should we be worried that as much as 10 per cent of all the guest nights spent in Malta are in unlicensed accommodation? The answer to that depends on a number of factors. First of all, how accurate is that estimate, which was calculated by...

  • Free for all planning process?

    Twelve months after the election of a Labour government, there are increasing signs that the concerns of environmentalists and people of goodwill who care about the rule of law and the manner in which planning decisions are made by Mepa are fully...

  • Tourism: problems that never go away

    Politicians just love rolling out figures to substantiate the progress made in their particular fields. In taking the credit, they also often imply that the figures tell the whole story of success. It usually does not and it is refreshing...

  • Huge challenges in health service

    Though a touch bizarre, it is not difficult to see why Joseph Muscat chose to pass the health portfolio to Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi. He is young and energetic and has so far piloted the government’s energy programme with relative ease, though...

  • Editorial: Let’s (re)write Malta’s history

    It was certainly an eventful weekend for Joseph Muscat. He started it with a more comprehensive reshuffle than he could have contemplated 12 months ago (forcibly brought forward by Godfrey Farrugia’s resignation) and ended it with images of Nelson...

  • The regeneration of Valletta

    Becoming the European Capital of Culture in 2018 has provided Valletta with an opportunity, and a challenge, to derive cultural and economic benefits and to act as a catalyst for regenerating itself. The government has grasped that winning the...

  • Averting a constitutional crisis

    President George Abela’s refusal to sign the Civil Unions Bill into law would have caused a constitutional crisis had this not happened so close to the end of his presidency. This is the first time in the history of the Maltese Republic that a...

  • Curbing the high cost of dying

    While most people fret about the high cost of living, sooner or later most of us have to deal with the often exorbitant cost of burying a loved one. Some persons who recently have had to deal with excessive funeral expenses vented their...

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