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Editorial

  • Questions hang over Gozo

    To say that this has been a difficult week for the Nationalist Party in Gozo is an understatement. It has been tumultuous, with Giovanna Debono – so long portrayed as the party’s heroine on the sister island – resigning from the PN (after a...

  • Cameron’s surprise majority in UK election

    Opinion polls got it spectacularly wrong: the UK election was no close-run thing but an overwhelming victory for the Conservative Party and a hugely damaging defeat for Labour and the Liberal Democrats. Even though the Conservative majority is...

  • Safeguarding Malta’s beauty

    Towards the end of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry, the fox tells the protagonist: “Here is my secret, it is very simple. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.” These words of...

  • Fuel price case is high priority

    The reaction from the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority to a Times of Malta editorial on the case of the Rabat petrol station owner, who had to reverse a decision to lower the price of diesel following pressure from the supplier, is...

  • Trade in dangerous wild animals

    Malta’s first-ever Parliamentary Secretary for Animal Rights, Roderick Galdes, (more well-known so far, perhaps, for his concessions to hunters), has just published regulations for public discussion on the importation of dangerous animals into...

  • Balanced mix of economic activity

    When terrorists attacked the national museum in Tunis last March, cruise lines quickly suspended calls to Tunisia, dealing a severe blow to that country’s efforts to revive the cruise liner business there after the Arab Spring. Tourism is among...

  • The woes facing Mater Dei Hospital

    Mater Dei Hospital was opened with great fanfare in 2007. The 250,000 square metre complex at Tal-Qroqq is an acute general teaching facility offering hospital and general services for 1,000 beds and has 25 operating theatres. The hospital has...

  • Editorial: What’s special about Joe Grima?

    Editorial: What’s special about Joe Grima?

    It’s wonderful that someone like Joe Grima, the government’s so-called special envoy to the World Tourism Organisation, feels he is able to express himself as he sees fit. Especially because he actively formed part of a regime in Malta’s dark days...

  • Action plan to curb air pollution

    A study by the World Health Organisation has concluded that air pollution in Malta leads to the death of about 230 people each year and costs the Maltese economy an annual €550 million (over five per cent of GDP) in consequent disease and...

  • Solid foundation for President’s charity

    The multiplicity of local organisations that promote various charity objectives shows how committed the Maltese are to help those in society who need that extra bit of support to get by in life. The Malta Community Chest Fund is one of the oldest...

  • Roads paved with good intentions

    Few can deny that many of Malta’s roads are in a terrible state and need urgent attention to make them safer and more driver friendly. So an extensive programme of road resurfacing around Malta should be good news for drivers and commuters. But...

  • Commission guardians resign

    Four years ago, Alternattiva Demokratika had reminded the then parliamentary secretary for the environment, Mario de Marco, of an imaginative initiative which his father, the late Guido de Marco, had put forward at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit on...

  • Editorial - Spring hunting: We told you so

    Editorial - Spring hunting: We told you so

    It just had to happen. Joseph Muscat gave hunters the push they needed in a spring hunting referendum that should have been all about migrating birds and nothing to do with local politics, and then took it away to deny them three days of blooded...

  • The new force to reckon with

    Joseph Muscat and Simon Busuttil have let the country down over a matter that strikes at the heart of the country’s national interest – the environment. Instead of considering what is best for the country, they first thought about what was best...

  • Editorial: Silence of migrant screams

    Editorial: Silence of migrant screams

    The image of two black migrants looking dazed as a procession of unnamed coffins filed solemnly by at Mater Dei’s morgue last Thursday spoke louder than a thousand words. “See their silent faces, they scream so loud,” Sting had written in the song...

  • Teachers key to student success

    Another set of educational statistics from Eurostat confirms that despite some improvement in recent years Malta still lags behind most other EU countries in the level of achievement of its students. “Malta has the third-lowest number of tertiary...

  • Who exactly is defending the consumer?

    Over two months ago, a petrol station in Rabat put down the price of diesel in what consumers hoped signalled the rebirth of a competitive fuel price market. But it was not to be. No sooner had the owner decided to pass on to the consumer the...

  • Building near heritage sites

    A burial complex dating from the Roman period, discovered years ago during excavation works in Manikata, will be surrounded by a block of over 20 apartments and seven penthouses. The walled-up site contains the already despoiled ancient burial...

  • Overbuilt and over-administered

    Malta is not only overbuilt but it is also over-administered. Considering that it has a population of less than half a million, its administrative structure is a heavyweight by any standard but Joseph Muscat’s government does not appear at all...

  • Improving the lot of older employees

    During their working life, most people dream of the day when they would be able to retire so that they would have all the time in the world to indulge in their pastimes. Some do exactly that but many others change their mind in no time after...

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