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Editorial

  • Conduct unbecoming a minister

    It is crystal clear that Home Affairs and National Security Minister Manuel Mallia is uncomfortable committing himself to publish the findings of two inquiries both involving the police force. One is about a decision that was made by former police...

  • Europe’s avoidable tragedies at sea

    Amnesty International has established a well-earned reputation as a fearless campaigner to end grave human rights abuses wherever they occur. In a report entitled ‘An avoidable tragedy’, Amnesty is highly critical of the European Union for failing...

  • Piano, piano grinding to a halt

    The announcement that works on the new Parliament building in Valletta have again fallen behind schedule has come as a disappointment to many who wish to see the back of that building site at City Gate. Still, the announcement did not come as a...

  • How ‘affordable’ will bus service be?

    Before the March 2013 general election, the Labour Party gave a strong impression that it had a plan B to every contingency that might arise. It most certainly did not have one for public transport after Arriva packed up well ahead of the expiry...

  • Campaign to boost court-press relations

    Chief Justice Silvio Camilleri was right to grasp the opportunity presented to him by the opening of the Forensic Year to air concern about what he termed as media campaigns to put pressure on the courts. The courts must be independent and impartial.

  • Safeguarding reputation of voluntary sector

    The passage of the Voluntary Organisations Act six years ago was an important and long overdue step forward for civil society in this country. First, it recognised the crucial role that civil society plays in a thriving democracy. For a long time,...

  • Bus service revamp

    Transport Minister Joe Mizzi has announced that the Spanish company Autobuses Urbanos de León will start operating Malta’s bus service in January and that talks between the government and this company are at an advanced stage. The question is...

  • The number one problem in tourism

    Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis stated the obvious when he wrote in an article titled ‘The quest for quality’ that tourism zones called for improved environmental standards across the board. Equally obvious was his additional remark that it...

  • Bring on that judicial reform

    Justice Minister Owen Bonnici is today expected to appear before a magistrate’s court to face charges of negligent driving and causing involuntary serious injuries to another person following a traffic accident in Santa Venera. Ever since the...

  • Sea pollution from fish farms

    Fish farming in Malta is big business. However, the effects of intensive coastal fish farming on the marine environment are likely to be harmful. There is an undoubted environmental cost to the aquaculture industry that needs to be properly...

  • Towards smoother industrial relations

    Seventy-one years ago, the founding father of the General Workers’ Union, Reggie Miller, ran into a spot of trouble with the then trade union registrar when he found it difficult to compile a proper list of union members as required by...

  • EU platitudes on migration

    With the Italian government threatening to halt its €10 million per month Mare Nostrum mission, the European Union’s border agency, Frontex, is in the process of establishing a new operation, to be known as Triton, possibly made upof assets...

  • Back to open-all-hours for retailers

    There was a time when village shops in Malta were not very different from those depicted in the successful BBC series of the 1970s Open All Hours that saw the amiable Ronnie Barker acting as the middle-aged love struck miser with a knack for selling.

  • Spring hunting referendum

    This newspaper is not anti-hunting. Within the limits of the law, there can be a time and place for everything. We fully acknowledge that while not everyone’s cup of tea, the practice or hobby is weaved into the fabric of Maltese culture and...

  • Twisting long arm of the law

    This newspaper’s report that police in St Julian’s cannot cope with the workload is cause for concern, especially if the situation is symptomatic of what is happening in other districts. The situation on the ground as recounted by sources – one...

  • Monuments to lack of civic sense

    National events, such as Sunday’s celebration of the island’s 50th anniversary of independence, stir emotional feelings. But as the thrill of the festivities wears off, what often remains makes a mockery of the people’s pride in their...

  • Empowering local councils to serve

    Most would argue that local councils have generally had a positive effect on the communities that they serve. A few people dedicate a good part of their free time to identify how they can make their locality a better place where to live by...

  • Statistics: striking a balance

    What is particularly sad in the controversy that has arisen over employment in the public sector and, also, over employment in general, are the aspersions cast on the credibility of the National Statistics Office by people who are always only too...

  • Breaking spiral of truancy, illiteracy

    The best investment that any government can make in young people is to give them the educational tools to enable them to find decent employment and become better people and productive members of society. Despite having one of the most generous...

  • What’s the best route for Air Malta?

    In his first speech as president of the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association, Matthew Pace is reported to have said that if Air Malta were to collapse, the tourism sector would lose its soul and the economy would fail. For the association...

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