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Editorial

  • The secret government

    Information is the lubricant of democracy. On it depends the smooth running of the democratic process, in which citizens make informed choices about who should govern on their behalf, whether their representatives are truly serving the interests...

  • Real-life drama in high places

    Every government appoints certain people to positions it considers sensitive. There is nothing wrong with this in theory though in practice it could cause considerable problems. Unfortunately for itself and for the country, this government has...

  • Fighting the market you feed

    Lost inside the many pages that made up the last Budget is a proposal to set up an entity called Property Malta. The Finance Minister said it would participate in international events to promote and advertise Malta to attract “investors and...

  • Donald Trump’s upset victory

    Donald Trump has defied the odds and been elected President of the United States, beating Hillary Clinton in a surprise victory. The Republican candidate not only won most of the so-called “battleground states” but also a number of states which...

  • A regeneration at the MFA

    Only four months ago, the Malta Football Association elected its top officials and, still, the largest sports organisation on the island is again passing through a phase of renewal. The changes have been forced onto the MFA after two officials –...

  • Court ban on names can be unfair

    Magistrates normally withhold the name of an accused person when this could lead to the identification of the victims in sensitive cases, especially of a sexual nature. This is a very strong argument, particularly when the victims are minors or...

  • The road to car and bike sharing

    As the Maltese public confronts the daily struggle to cope with the weight of traffic on congested roads, Transport Malta and individual entrepreneurs have belatedly turned their focus on small but practical initiatives which, taken cumulatively,...

  • Editorial: Clinton is the only choice

    Editorial: Clinton is the only choice

    Tuesday’s presidential election in the United States is without doubt a vote of historic and immense importance. The result will determine what type of country America will be and how it will engage with the world. The choice is between Democrat...

  • How best to deal with bullying

    Alexander Libreri is a bullying victim who is seeking support to set up a voluntary group to help fellow victims put a stop to the abuse. His story was told in The Sunday Times of Malta recently. Mr Libreri, who was bullied in school and at his...

  • Coalition for rise in minimum wage

    Is it not hugely ironic that, only days after the government presented what it enthusiastically called a social Budget, no fewer than 14 organisations joined forces to publicly press for greater social justice for low-income families? A coalition...

  • Property-for-tax swap dangers

    Moral hazard is defined as lack of initiative to guard against risk where one is protected from its consequences. The details given so far about the scheme popularly branded as property-for-tax swap can easily lead to moral hazard as property...

  • The impact of foreign workers

    Malta’s labour landscape is changing faster than anyone could have possibly imagined up to only a few years ago. The influx of foreigners working here legally and illegally is making a significant impact on the social and economic life in the...

  • Football nurseries and transfer fees

    There is no doubt that football nurseries play an important part in the formation of thousands of children. As much as they can provide a place for children to mix in a fun and safe atmosphere, nurseries can also be a powerful educational tool. If...

  • Some straight talk on Air Malta

    The national airline saga drags on much to the distress of many, especially those who in some way depend on Air Malta’s continued existence as a viable business entity. Hopes were raised some months ago when the government, which is the majority...

  • Come clean on energy deal

    Energy has proved to be a controversial political issue in Malta, with plenty of mud-slinging and accusations emerging from the rival political camps. This is unfortunate, as most people don’t have a clear picture about the energy situation in our...

  • Closing the barn door in Paceville

    The recently-published Paceville master plan can be considered as a classic text book example of how a metropolis should be designed. It pulls together various regulatory bodies to ensure the right balances are struck between environment and...

  • Before the gas starts to flow

    What started as an electoral ace card for the Labour Party at the 2013 election is slowly becoming an albatross around its neck. A new gas-powered plant was promised to be delivered in two years. Assurances that all was on track were given along...

  • A case of institutionalised paranoia

    So, finally, after months of delay, the government fulfilled its promise to publish the contracts it signed with Vitals on the running of three hospitals in Malta and Gozo. Or so the government wants the country to believe. When, last week, Health...

  • Future depends on fiscal responsibility

    Tax evasion comes in different shapes and sizes. People in certain positions can use their resources to whisk away their money far from the eyes of the inland revenue authorities to offshore tax havens with a little help from accountants and...

  • Capping public sector numbers

    In the Nationalist Party’s pre-Budget document there is page titled ‘Public spending’, which focuses on the public sector. The 10 proposals listed include, among others, an independent HR audit, a roll-back of the number of positions of trust,...

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