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Editorial

  • Too safe for comfort

    There is a certain enjoyment that people derive from the intrigue and spin that form part of the Budget process. Budget day is also followed intensely by every interest and lobby group that have put pressure on the government to deliver whatever...

  • The challenge of sustainability

    The most recent hotel survey prepared by consultancy firm Deloitte for the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association confirmed the anecdotal evidence that the tourism season had another very good quarter with tourist arrivals and guest nights...

  • Looking at the broader picture

    Joseph Muscat likes using catchwords to drive points home but he may come to rue the one he used with great relish after credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s raised Malta’s long-term credit rating. Knowing full well that, besides the family and...

  • Need for review of amnesties

    Speaking at the opening of the new forensic year, Chief Justice Silvio Camilleri drew attention to what he regarded as the invidious practice of giving amnesties to lawbreakers. He said it “frustrated citizens and detracted from the public’s...

  • Worrying drop in stability, transparency

    When Malta weathered one of the most severe recessions in the wake of the financial crisis, then prime minister Lawrence Gonzi used to say, quite justifiably in the circumstances, that the country’s success in doing so did not come by...

  • A Budget that targets social justice

    The Budget for 2017, presented yesterday, was based on the advice: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The Budget needs to be seen within the context of the previous ones presented by the Labour government, which had been aimed at stabilising the...

  • Salesman, promoter… and broker?

    It is not unusual for presidents or prime ministers to try and attract foreign investment for their country when on official visits abroad. It is part of their job, which is why they often take trade and investment missions with them. Prime...

  • Budget needs to look ahead

    While annual government budgets are short-term business plans for the administration of the country, they are also a link in a strategic plan that should cater for the country’s long-term prosperity. The scenario behind this year’s Budget is one...

  • Work ethics must begin at home

    Employer complaints that the education system is churning out students with certificates but no employment skills barely make the headlines any more. Finding the right recruits gets more difficult when unemployment is low, making it an employee...

  • When roads lead to a standstill

    All the king’s horses and all the king’s men could not make traffic flow freely again. Change the word king to the government and it no longer remains a famous nursery rhyme but a reality that motorists face every day. If the powers-that-be...

  • Fuel market should be probed

    Fuel station owner Mario Camilleri took a bold step in January last year when he decided to lower the price of diesel by 2c. He had been offered a higher profit margin on diesel by fuel supplier San Lucian (a subsidiary of the Falzon Group) and,...

  • Essence of university education

    In most countries, university students are often the most vociferous protagonists in stimulating change in society. To do this, one must have a vision about the future. To convince other about our vision we need to communicate our ideas in an...

  • Key ethical values in free fall

    By all accounts it would seem the government is fast losing all sense of ethical values. Hard to believe but the Prime Minister sees no wrong in having with him at Castille a top aide whose personal business stands to benefit from a manufacturing...

  • Science for economic prosperity

    The Maltese economy is passing through a phase of growth that is encouraging. Whether this growth is sustainable is much less certain. It would be wiser for economic policymakers to dig deep in the foundations of our economy rather than repeat the...

  • Never-ending Syrian tragedy

    The suffering in Syria is heart-breaking, with the images of bloodied children being dug out of the rubble in the hell-hole of Aleppo putting our own petty worries into perspective. The situation there is a stain on our collective conscience as it...

  • Fielding questions is no concession

    In court, Minister Without Portfolio Konrad Mizzi was finally available to answer questions. He’s become a rare sight, strutting off to Europe playing energy minister, when he is not, or to Singapore to witness the launch of an LNG tanker for a...

  • Answer to the language question

    Malta’s varied colonial past has often raised the question of what language should prevail in the education sector. Almost a century ago, the battle between the use of Italian and English in public administration, the law courts and even in...

  • PN leader spells out his political vision

    Perhaps the strongest line in Simon Busuttil’s speech at the meeting on the Granaries marking the 52nd Independence anniversary was his stress on the need for the country to win back “independence” from corruption, abuse, injustice and...

  • Added protection for suspects

    In 2011, the European Commissioner for Justice unveiled proposals to strengthen the rights of criminal suspects across all the European Union. These provided, inter alia, that all suspects, whether EU citizens or not, should be assured of the...

  • Improved competitiveness ranking

    With its back to the wall trying to fend off relentless attacks on its impropriety and low governance standards, it is not surprising the government misses no opportunity to make the most of any favourable report that comes its way. It is not...

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