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Editorial

  • Budget overshadowed

    Both party leaders made reasonably good parliamentary speeches on the Budget, but anything they said on the subject was overshadowed by the Prime Minister’s refusal to sack Home Affairs Minister Manuel Mallia over the shooting incident involving...

  • The best way ahead for Gozo

    Gozo survives on tourism and agriculture. Its industrial base is extremely limited. By Maltese standards, unemployment is relatively high and job opportunities limited. If it were more industrialised, the tiny island would probably lose the...

  • The worsening situation in Libya

    The news that the two remaining diplomats at Malta’s Embassy in Tripoli have been recalled home is worrying and shows the extent of the deteriorating situation in Libya. The Foreign Ministry said the diplomats in Tripoli had been subjected to...

  • Editorial: Is Muscat afraid of his minister?

    Editorial: Is Muscat afraid of his minister?

    What’s the difference between Godfrey Farrugia and Manuel Mallia? Both have been ministers in the Muscat government. Both were appointed at the same time. However, one was dropped like a stone over a perceived failure to deliver while the other...

  • Political impropriety growing steadily

    Simon Busuttil was devastating in his criticism of the Budget on Monday. It was not his analysis of the Budget that made an impact, but his account of the ever-growing political impropriety in government. It is this that is causing concern. It is...

  • Downplaying problems in industry

    Finance Minister Edward Scicluna hit the wrong note – not for the first time – when on the latest edition of Times Talk he called a set of export figures issued by the EU statistical agency Eurostat fake (fażul). He argued that, as the survey only...

  • Labour budget from the centre

    Last Monday’s Budget reaffirms the trend adopted by the Labour government in formulating its economic policy, namely that it has rejected the left-wing polices of the past and has moved to the political centre. A cut in income tax, incentives to...

  • Editorial: PM should shoot first this time

    Editorial: PM should shoot first this time

    In the national interest, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat should shoot first and ask questions later if he truly was “angry and disgusted” with Wednesday night’s shooting incident. He should waste no more time in demanding the immediate resignation...

  • Breathing new life into MCESD

    A promising opportunity has arisen for a serious effort to be made to put the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development on a sound footing. It takes the shape of a set of recommendations made by a working group for the restructuring of the...

  • Time to think outside the box

    Budget time is a cycle in the life of a legislature that politicians look forward to with particular enthusiasm to reassert their positions and attempt to gainpolitical mileage. Although the budget ought not to be turned into a political...

  • Air Malta: the way forward

    With 17 months left for Air Malta to reach its restructuring targets, chairwoman Maria Micallef made an important point a few days ago: “We need to get out of restructuring mode and start thinking of long-term sustainability beyond 2016.” Air...

  • Luciano Busuttil triple whammy

    Last week should have been a bad week for Labour MP Luciano Busuttil, possibly the worst in his political career. An appeals court ordered an investigation into “serious allegations” of conflict of interest involving him and advice he gave...

  • Budget with some good intentions?

    The most positive aspect of Budget 2015 is the government’s intention to tackle social benefit fraud, which has undoubtedly weighed down the country. The initiative to coax the young people – who have displayed a reluctance to work – into...

  • Patrick Spiteri case: what now?

    Just two days after he was arrested by Surrey police on the strength of a European Arrest Warrant, fraudster Patrick Spiteri was granted bail by the Westminster Magistrate’s Court in London on Monday. He spent another 48 hours at a custodial...

  • Concrete coastline in the south

    The government’s privatisation unit at the behest of the government’s Consultative Council for the South has proposed that a strip of land about five kilometres long between Smart City and Żonqor Point in Marsascala should be designated for the...

  • Energy: way forward is still unclear

    It is somewhat strange that as the government is presenting the Budget for 2015 it is at the same time unable to announce the new target date for the building of a new power station, an important part of what is by far one of the biggest projects...

  • Specific areas reserved for hunters

    The revelation that, in 1986, the then Labour Prime Minister had given the hunters’ federation exclusive use over public land in Miżieb and l-Aħrax tal-Mellieħa – an agreement which was subsequently endorsed in 1989 by the Nationalist Party then...

  • Appointments to positions of trust

    When, on being elected with a landslide majority, the Labour government appointed a staunch Labour supporter as head of the civil service, it sent out the wrong message right from the start. In rushing headlong to appoint former General Workers’...

  • Safety in open, public places

    The recent accident in Pembroke involving the terrible experience of a 66-year-old man who spent almost 24 hours chin-deep in water in a dark well holding onto the dog he had gone to rescue has drawn attention to some of the public safety hazards...

  • From laggard to top performer

    There is a huge difference between the amount of value added tax lost to evasion, as quoted in a European Commission report for 2012, and the sum which, according to the Maltese finance ministry, was actually lost. According to the Commission’s...

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