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Editorial

  • The day the sun set on Dwejra

    The country was yesterday morning stunned by the news that the Azure Window in Dwejra had collapsed. Practically everyone has been to that landmark site, a major attraction on the sister island that has decorated numerous tourist brochures and books.

  • It’s up the hill, backwards

    It has possibly been the worst week for the Nationalist Party since the stunning electoral loss of 2013. Over the last months, it has been gearing up, putting hope and energy in its supporters, successfully organising a national protest against...

  • The teachers’ duty of care

    A Ministry of Education inquiry will establish whether school transport boarding arrangements are adequately supervised. This follows the case of a seven-year-old Eritrean boy who went missing from the state primary school in Marsascala some days...

  • Tackling corruption in sports

    The days of a football match being sold off by players to their opponents through a financial transaction at the bar have long gone by. And, yet, the existing legislative set-up dealing with sports corruption, a relic of the 1970s, still looks at...

  • ‘Once I’ve been appointed, I’ve been appointed’

    ‘Once I’ve been appointed, I’ve been appointed’

    The surprise appointment of Elizabeth Ebejer as CEO of the Manoel Theatre drew criticism and prompted the resignation of a member of the theatre’s board. Philip Leone-Ganado asks her whether she’s up to the job. Elizabeth Ebejer was largely...

  • A multi-speed Europe beckons

    European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has launched a White Paper offering five options for the European Union’s future direction after Brexit. The EU’s 27 leaders, without Britain, will discuss the proposals at their summit in Rome on...

  • Return of de Valette’s dagger

    Heritage Malta has announced that the ornamental dagger which had been presented to Grand Master Jean de Valette by a grateful King Philip II of Spain shortly after the heroic Great Siege of 1565 in recognition of the victory by the Sovereign...

  • Warning about national concerns

    Clearly eager to contradict a remark made by Anton Borg, president of the Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, about the impact lack of transparency could have on the economy, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat pointed out that businesses do...

  • Firm and fair immigration policy

    Malta’s three independent newspapers – including Times of Malta – last month took a principled stand jointly calling on the government to review the arbitrary system of temporary humanitarian protection. More than 1,000 migrants holding the...

  • Steep slide towards low standards

    When a serial fraudster who creamed off more than €75,000 in unearned social benefits manages to get off lightly, with nary a national whisper of protest, the underlying message of indifference this conveys ought to be one of deep national...

  • Flogging corpses in the House

    It was like a bad joke and the Opposition leader tore it up in Parliament. The cynical and mocking ‘publication’ of contracts the government signed in the energy sector has turned out to be another offensive stunt, just like the censored...

  • Incidents that become expensive crises

    From time to time major incidents on our roads occur and, very often, the ensuing chaos/inconvenience leaves no doubt whatsoever that collateral damage needs to be managed effectively to prevent such instances turning into expensive crises. The...

  • Affirmation of free speech

    Freedom of expression is a democratic ideal. The standard philosophical authority for free speech is John Stuart Mill, who warned of the dangers of intellectual repression and the discouragement of received opinion. But he also accepted that a...

  • Regulating informal street vendors

    Retailers in Valletta and Sliema, but also those in other localities, are upset by the mushrooming of street vendors, many of whom may not even be licensed to carry out their activities in what many consider as ‘mismanaged informality’. Local...

  • Resources for the safety of citizens

    The recent spate of killings and mutilations as a result of bomb explosions on Malta’s streets has inevitably raised public concern. There were three such explosions in 2016 alone. This year ushered in a car bomb that went off as a man was driving...

  • True picture of building industry

    The Malta Developers’ Association, an aggressive and influential lobby group on behalf of construction development in Malta, launched a survey of the building industry during an event held at the Prime Minister’s Office. Apart from giving a...

  • Wrong bomb, Mr Prime Minister

    When, on Monday, the Prime Minister stood up in Parliament to say he had passed through Msida only minutes before a car bomb exploded there, a few hundred metres away inside Valletta, a different bomb was being ignited: the Panama committee was...

  • A game of cat and mouse

    During his brief stint, a year ago, as deputy leader of the Labour Party, the Minister at the Office of the Prime Minister, Konrad Mizzi, had said his wife would not seek another term as Malta Enterprise envoy in China once her term expired in...

  • Why not just abolish all ministries?

    At a Nationalist Party convention in Gozo, a University lecturer suggested that the Gozo Ministry should be abolished. Guest speaker George Vital Zammit said: “People have to succeed under their own steam and not kept at the mercy of a minister.

  • The Maltese expect answers

    There is a sense that the country will be holding its breath tomorrow as a sizeable delegation of MEPs is in Valletta for a day-long series of meetings with top government officials, politicians, journalists and representatives of private entities...

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