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Editorial

  • Debate on voting age picks up again

    Times are changing fast, in some areas faster than expected or what would seem correct. Changing things just for the sake of winning a name for being progressive is not good enough and could even be dangerous. The proposal to bring down the voting...

  • Millennials’ addiction to substance abuse

    In today’s society young people face challenges that their parents and grandparents never had to face. We may be living in a more affluent society but it seems that being a young person today is not easy. Understanding why this apparent...

  • Sadeen’s feet must be kept to the fire

    Twelve weeks ago, the National Commission for Further and Higher Education offered the Sadeen Group a licence to operate a university in Malta on the proviso that they adhered to 16 stringent conditions. The Commission made it plain that the...

  • Heritage awareness and protection

    On Good Friday 2001, Malta woke up to the shocking news that about 60 megaliths at the 5,000-year-old temples ofMnajdra had been toppled in an act of vandalism. The only silver lining to emerge from that catastrophic act was that it galvanised the...

  • Needed: transport master plan

    Transport Minister Joe Mizzi’s announcement that the government will shortly be selecting the best offer for a study on the options and costs of a tram service is to be welcomed. Asked about a previous commitment to conduct a feasibility study on...

  • Four values for good governance

    Archbishop Charles Scicluna is anything but a passive pastor. He comes to the Church as a beacon of light and reason, well equipped with high intellect, a well-rounded formation and a highly attuned sense of perspicacity. When he speaks...

  • How many a Salvu is there?

    The Nationalist Party has recruited popular television presenter Salvu Mallia and others like him are likely to follow. Mr Mallia said last week why he opted to stand for elections on the PN ticket: he wants Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to go. He...

  • Twists in Panama Papers story

    The evidence available so far suggests the Prime Minister is getting increasingly prone to making the wrong decisions in matters concerning his government in one of the biggest scandals to hit the international scene in recent times: the...

  • Prime Minister aloof and smiling

    With a 36,000 majority in the 2013 election, the Labour Party was perfectly poised to implement a quality leap in local politics. Yet, Joseph Muscat’s government did nothing of the sort. The promise of meritocracy was first to go, with the...

  • Let the common good prevail, always

    There is a widespread mood of revulsion at the course being steered by this government in its assault on Malta’s architecture and environment. The public reaction to the transfer of public land at Żonqor Point and the formation of yet another mass...

  • Traffic on the way to school

    Road users must be dreading the opening of the new scholastic year as thousands of students, pupils and their parents take to the roads to arrive for lessons on time. Traffic congestion has become one of the most serious worries of most people as...

  • Who can offer new politics?

    The European Parliament’s rejection of Leo Brincat for a post on the European Court of Auditors, with its echoes of the Panama scandal, sets the tone for the new political season traditionally kicked off by Independence celebrations, which take...

  • Updated tourism model for Gozo

    The news coming from the Gozo tourism sector is quite mixed. The Gozo market is dominated by self-catering units that seem to be doing well but the collective accommodation sector experienced double figure falls in the months of May and June...

  • Back to school and to the future

    Students everywhere are already mourning the end of summer and feeling the twinge of excitement – spiked with dread – of a new scholastic year. Everything has a bright sheen to it, from the unopened books to the squeaky tread of new shoes and the...

  • Cleanliness at the very top

    Has anyone ever carried out a survey of what tourists think of Malta after taking a ride on a sightseeing coach, particularly in summer? While many may find the topography interesting, with dome and spires dominating (at least up to now) the...

  • Slap in the face for obstinacy

    A second sacrificial lamb bit the dust in Strasbourg yesterday as the European Parliament resoundingly rejected the nomination of former environment minister Leo Brincat to the European Court of Auditors. Mr Brincat had just managed to scrape...

  • Manifestly unfair compensation

    The two major political parties have, for decades, used the requisition of property owned by private individuals for infrastructural and social causes (occasionally, especially in the 1970s and early 1980s, in a blatantly illegal manner too).

  • Right time to claw back the land

    The Marsascala local council was recently faced with an ingenious proposal to consider: what if the government bought the land occupied by the derelict Jerma Hotel and gave it back to the public as an open space to enjoy? Nationalist councillor...

  • Restore trust in the police

    If there is one institution in a democracy in which it is vital for the public to have full confidence, it is the police. Instead, there has been a series of unsettling developments which have seriously eroded the unquestioning trust we should...

  • Mechanics of judicial appointments

    The appointment of judges and magistrates has for decades been viewed as a political process because of the way it was handled. This should no longer be the case if the proposed criteria compiled by a Committee on Judicial Appointments are...

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