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  • Editorial: Principles and misinformation

    Editorial: Principles and misinformation

    It is not unknown for politicians to give up principles to serve their political purposes. But it is never a pleasant sight, as exemplified by the way the Prime Minister and Opposition leader have come together in a rare show of consensus over...

  • Moral rectitude is mark of good leadership

    Hundreds of people offer their services to organisations that aim to promote the activities they believe in. These organisations may have connections to business, philanthropic, sports or other worthy causes that in some way benefit society. The...

  • Yet another meaningless debate

    Very little that is new has come out of the parliamentary debate on the agreement between Enemalta and Shanghai Electric, except that fuel prices are set to drop once hedging agreements come to an end, and that the BWSC plant will be converted to...

  • Soup kitchens in an affluent society

    The latest survey conducted by the National Statistics Office on income and living conditions in Malta has once again underlined a disturbing trend that refuses to go away. In 2013, practically one in four of the population was at-risk-of-poverty...

  • 200 years as guardian of public purse

    Public accounts do not usually attract widespread public attention unless they show a dangerous trend in the country’s finances. Even the Budget can get a cool reception unless any particular measure, such as a tax increase, hits the pocket. Most...

  • No need to mimic other destinations

    Renewed commitments to save Air Malta and the announcement of plans by International Hotels Investments to take over Island Hotels Group come only days after the government launched a draft national tourism policy. The survival of Air Malta is...

  • How best to address child obesity

    Malta, like some other European Union countries, is facing a crisis because of our eating habits. A recent OECD report, entitled ‘Health at a glance: Europe 2014’, placed Malta in the fifth place for “prevalence of obesity among population aged 15...

  • Europe on high alert

    Europe is on high alert for more jihadist terrorist attacks in the aftermath of the Paris killings. Last Thursday, Belgian police killed two suspected terrorists in a firefight and arrested a third man. According to prosecutors the extremists...

  • The hunting referendum challenge

    If one wished to be reassured that democracy and the power of civil society are alive and well in this small island State, the decision by the Constitutional Court to allow the petition signed by over 40,000 Maltese electors to hold an abrogative...

  • Doing nothing in Libya not an option

    The news that one of the sides in the Libyan conflict, the Tripoli-based government, has postponed its decision whether to participate in the UN-backed Geneva peace talks spells more trouble for the North African country. Three years after the...

  • Lessons from Cyprus Airways’ collapse

    As arguments fly over Air Malta’s decision to drop inflight meals for economy class passengers in favour of a snack, people working for the company and thousands others employed in tourism must have winced when they read of the collapse of Cyprus...

  • Decent work is safe work

    According to the International Labour Organisation, every 15 seconds a worker dies from a work-related accident or disease. Workplaces claim more than 2.3 million deaths per year, 350,000 of which are the result of accidents and close to two...

  • Time to revise the State pension

    Sharp social contradictions are getting lost in the crossfire of party politics. Just consider this, for example. Reacting to a report by the European Commission, the government maximised the opportunity to say how well the country is doing:...

  • Simon Busuttil shuffles PN pack

    ‘Bold’ is the most obvious word to describe Simon Busuttil’s root and branch shake-up of his front bench on Thursday. Since he became leader he has been saying that he wants to break with the past and this is his strongest statement of intent to...

  • The carnage in Paris

    The past week’s terrorist attacks in Paris sent shockwaves throughout the civilised world. Last Wednesday, two masked men armed with assault rifles brutally murdered 12 people at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, and the...

  • The English language question

    Being both Maltese- and English-speaking is one of Malta’s fortunate quirks of history. The so-called ‘Language Question’, which wracked Malta’s politics in the 1920s and 1930s – a battle for dominance between Italian, English and Maltese as the...

  • Why are petrol prices still so high?

    As the country picks up from where it left off before the Christmas holidays, the same issues that kept politicians so deeply engaged in debate will pop up again once Parliament starts meeting again. As usually happens year after year, by then...

  • The Paris terrorists are cowards

    The scene of a policeman lying on the ground with his hands in the air as two gunmen approach him is perhaps the most harrowing scene from yesterday’s barbaric attack in Paris, but it is the reverberations of the terrorists’ actions that will have...

  • Promoting smarter ways of working

    The employment market in Malta is often discussed very superficially with politicians extracting those bits of data that suit their purposes. Admittedly, Malta has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the EU. At the same time, it also has one...

  • A new beginning for the police

    The Malta Police could hardly have marked their 200th anniversary in worse circumstances. A change at the top twice in the space of five months, a shooting incident involving an officer doubling as driver to the former home affairs minister and,...

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