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Editorial

  • New bid to bring unions together

    It is not difficult to understand why some people are not all that excited about the setting up of a national trades union forum. The contemporary history of the island’s trade union movement is littered with so much infighting and rivalry that a...

  • Bloodhounds in the courtroom

    The decision by a Magistrate’s Court ordering the police to prosecute Birdlife activists for posing in a photograph showing protected birds that had been shot beggars belief. It was met with incredulity in legal circles and described as “legally...

  • Caveats in rating agency’s assessment

    A credit rating agency, Standard & Poor’s, believes that Malta’s economic growth prospects remain strong, relative to its EU peers, but it put forward two caveats, even though these may be considered somewhat hypothetical. The first is that it...

  • Ambassadors and their reports

    Parts of Foreign Minister George Vella’s recent address to the country’s ambassadors offer food for thought. He said most of them did a good job bar “a few exceptions” and called on those not pulling their weight to put their act together without...

  • Making the best use of EU funds

    Joseph Muscat’s government is displaying a kind of arrogance that suggests its huge backing at the polls has gone to its head. Very often, it is rejecting criticism, even when this is relatively mild, or to the point, with disdain, something that...

  • Worlds apart on ethical issues

    The confrontation between European Commission president Josè Barroso and former commissioner John Dalli at the European Court of Justice could not have brought the two men into sharper contrast with one another. On his part, Mr Barroso made the...

  • Discussion needed on State funding

    With the Nationalist Party passing through a bad financial patch, it is not difficult to see why it is now proposing State funding for political parties. There are many strong arguments both for and against, but rushing headlong to make provisions...

  • Murder in the skies above Ukraine

    The horrific downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board, has created an inter­national crisis and highlighted the seriousness of the ongoing conflict bet­ween...

  • Editorial: ‘Integrity’ is not enough

    Editorial: ‘Integrity’ is not enough

    After little more than a year in office the Prime Minister is already starting to sound like a broken record when it comes to justifying statements/appointments he makes that are seemingly unjustifiable. He merely points out that the same thing...

  • Working towards greater efficiency

    A discussion paper by The Today Public Policy Institute on how 10 years of EU membership have changed the country is not exactly the kind of material one would wish to read on a deckchair on the beach in summer. However, there is enough food for...

  • Smartphone in the driving seat

    When the compulsory use of seat belts in cars was introduced some years ago, the safety measure was soon accepted by most motorists through effective enfrocement. However, several dangerous practices still exist on the road, such as using the...

  • Significant turbulence in SEC results

    The results obtained by students in the core subjects of SEC exams are further confirmation that all is not well with the management of our educational system. This does not bode well for the country’s future socio-economic prospects. Education...

  • Editorial: Sai Mizzi has nothing to cry about

    Editorial: Sai Mizzi has nothing to cry about

    “I have something like €3,000 a month,” Malta’s special envoy to China told the Times of Malta last week. As Sai Mizzi Liang did so, she broke down in tears. It appears this was not the only breakdown in this communication. At best she was being...

  • Elderly deserve decent living facilities

    It is a sad reality that most societies are losing the respect they once had for the elderly. Many older people who can no longer support themselves end up living the last years of their lives in an institution. The least that a public institution...

  • Energy source gone with the wind

    In the run-up to the last general election, the Labour Party had committed itself to adhere to the European Union’s targets on renewable energy but also to reconsider the ‘mix’ of energy sources to achieve them. It now appears clear that in...

  • The Chinese connection

    Everyone seems to be doing it. Angela Merkel and David Cameron have talked up the benefits of doing business with a prosperous China while US Secretary of State John Kerry attended the annual China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue. Joseph Muscat...

  • Truancy prevention in action

    Truancy is one of the most serious blights that affects the well-being of our society. It is identified as an educational, social and juvenile justice issue that calls for immediate action by policymakers if social cohesion is to flourish. The...

  • Time to clean up city entrance

    As Renzo Piano’s controversial project takes shape, with the open-air theatre and the majestic steps on each side of the entrance, already in use, a question mark hangs over the entrance’s future. Will the government have the courage to clean up...

  • Unconvincing explanations for Skolasajf

    The Education Ministry has just published a number of strategic studies that are aimed at addressing the daunting long-term challenges faced by the educational sector. Well-written glitzy documents outlined the way that educational achievements...

  • Infrastructure minister gets the flak

    It was to be expected that Transport and Infrastructure Minister Joe Mizzi would get some flak following the announcement by an oil company that it had plugged and abandoned an exploratory oil well it had been drilling south of Malta. The reason...

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