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Editorial

  • Warning against populist pledges

    Taxpayers everywhere love a general election as it is invariably the time when most politicians throw caution to the wind and promise the earth. For instance, hardly a general election goes by that parties do not promise a tax cut. There is no...

  • New financing model

    No organisation can survive for long without a proper financing model to cater for its running costs, capital expenditure and, in the case of a university, funding its research activities. The University of Malta is a non-profit making autonomous...

  • Good step but short of expectations

    It will be wrong to run away with the idea, or even to give the slightest impression, as some did at first, that the “minimum wage agreement” just announced by the social partners would take those on the minimum wage out of their difficult situation.

  • Limitless accountability

    Regulatory bodies have the force of law behind them and are declared independent and autonomous precisely so they may have both the bark and the bite. Otherwise, they would not be watchdogs. The claims about ownership of Panama companies, bank...

  • Editorial - The early election: It’s a recipe for disaster

    Editorial - The early election: It’s a recipe for disaster

    It is possibly the worst decision the Prime Minister could have made, to call an election a year early, when the country is in the midst of an institutional crisis. He says people have told him that business is slowing down, something he...

  • Time for tourism reality check

    With the number of tourists visiting Malta in 2016 reaching record levels, the main risk that the industry runs is being lulled in a sense of false security. The future of tourism remains challenging and complacency could lead to tougher times in...

  • Editorial: Labour must save itself

    Editorial: Labour must save itself

    The Labour Party needs to do some urgent soul-searching as it faces the potential fallout from the political and institutional crises that have overtaken Joseph Muscat’s government. Like deer frozen in headlights, its members need to arouse...

  • An industry to nurture

    The English language teaching sector – which is faced with lacklustre growth in numbers and falling profits - has commissioned consultancy and advisory firm Deloitte to conduct an international analysis of Malta’s competition. The sector – as with...

  • When elections do not matter

    It would be immensely naïve for anyone to imagine that a snap election, one year too early, would make the prevailing political and institutional crisis go away. Inversely. In the aftermath of last week’s allegation by Daphne Caruana Galizia that...

  • All the pieces fall in place

    When politicians start knocking on people’s doors canvassing for votes it is usually a sure sign an election is not far off but there is another strong indication that a party in government gives of an impending election. It is when the...

  • Trust in financial services

    “Do something quickly before it’s too late,” former Central Bank governor Francis Vassallo told this newspaper, expressing fears about the damage recent allegations could do to the island’s financial services industry. The financial services...

  • Power to inquiring magistrate

    What Magistrate Aaron Bugeja is conducting is an inquiry under the Criminal Code, not an inquiry under the Inquiries Act. Apart from the fact that such an inquiry can in practice only commence if the police decide to act – and, in this case, they...

  • Dearth of sports administrators

    Julian Pace Bonello has just been confirmed president of the Malta Olympic Committee for another four-year term. He has been occupying the post since 2013 when he succeeded Judge Lino Farrugia Sacco. Mr Pace Bonello, an avid sportsman with several...

  • Editorial: The Prime Minister’s crises

    Editorial: The Prime Minister’s crises

    Two images will remain seared in people’s minds from the latest crisis of confidence that has engulfed Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. One is of a man and a woman, owner and risk manager, respectively, of a shady bank, leaving the bank’s offices...

  • Institutional meltdown

    Late on Thursday night, the Prime Minister did the right thing, a year too late. Joseph Muscat told the Police Commissioner, through his lawyers, to ask the duty magistrate to investigate the incredibly serious allegations made by Daphne Caruana...

  • Just not good enough

    The news that the president of the Malta Developers Association, Sandro Chetcuti, was asked by both major political parties to run for election on their ticket was as shocking as it was revealing. That Mr Chetcuti has turned down both invitations...

  • Prison management audit

    Those who break the law deserve to be punished and society must be protected. However, the State is also responsible to provide those imprisoned for their misdeeds with an opportunity to rehabilitate themselves and become useful members of society...

  • Being direct on direct orders

    Political parties – whether in government or in opposition and, especially, in the run-up to a general election – continue to chant the same mantra: free healthcare and free education. That has been a rallying cry and a vote-catcher ever since...

  • Mockery of basic values

    Hardly anyone would have been surprised by the Ombudsman’s disappointment over the government’s lack of transparency and accountability. Maladministration and rising corruption have dragged the country’s moral standards down to the lowest level ever.

  • Voting fatigue on campus

    Rather than pulling out altogether of the student council elections, Pulse ought to have done its best to, first, press harder for an agreement over the form of elections best suited to be held at the University, and, second, see how, together...

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