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Editorial

  • A stronger Customs Department

    It is somewhat strange but not altogether surprising that a key revenue collection department, Customs, does not have the human resources it needs to do its job properly. The same problem arises in other parts of the public service every now and...

  • Mallia: an asset or liability?

    Salvu Mallia has created something of a dilemma for the Nationalist Party and its leader, Simon Busuttil. On the one hand Mallia, a PN candidate, is one of the harshest critics there is of Joseph Muscat’s government. He fits right in with...

  • No Sunday trading restrictions

    Over the years, Sunday trading has had as many opponents as supporters but those against have been losing ground fast not only because of changing work exigencies but also because many believe it is about time consumers are given the freedom to...

  • Passing the dunce cap around

    No one likes to be mocked, to be treated as an imbecile or to be made to wait for replies to legitimate questions concerning the governance of the country. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has made an art of treating people like they were simpletons.

  • So it may continue to soar

    It is not just hoteliers that may be wondering whether Air Malta is giving up its role as a national carrier. Also doubting the airline’s future are businessmen and industrialists as well as people who have, for years, preferred using the national...

  • Managing financial risks

    Financial service operators are often perceived to be in a dominant position when it comes to providing services to their consumers, especially the smaller ones who have little experience in dealing with financial products. In the last few years,...

  • Journalism for the common good

    The press is often referred to as the Fourth Estate. It may be debatable who coined the phrase, whether British historian and politician Thomas Macaulay or Edmund Burke, an Irish statesman and author. What matters is, what was said: “There are...

  • A Catholic out in the wilderness

    Nationalist MP Edwin Vassallo has a problem, he’s Catholic.  He says that anyone standing up for his faith today runs the risk of becoming “ostracised” from the political scene. Politicians, he says, are more interested in running after the...

  • Malta at the helm of the EU

    The Maltese presidency of the European Union is a proud moment for Malta and one that should unite the whole country. It deserves the support of the entire population and we hope it will be a successful six-month stint that manages to address a...

  • Disturbingly inventive cruelty

    India Knight, a columnist of The Sunday Times of London, has written a very perceptive book, The Goodness of Dogs. It is not simply a guide to raising, feeding and training dogs, rather, its focus is on dog ownership and how, like any other...

  • When politicians cut a poor figure

    Most people are not impressed when the politicians they elect to represent them in Parliament misbehave, sometimes badly, in the House. Some politicians even dare doing it to the point of earning a warning of eviction from the House. When...

  • A threat to consumers’ rights

    One thing the European Commission is determined to do effectively is protect consumers’ rights. This was confirmed when Brussels expressed concern about the ineffectiveness of the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority to protect...

  • Just shoot the Auditor General

    Former parliamentary secretary Michael Falzon has a colourful way of expressing himself, even during an adjournment speech in Parliament just before Christmas. That does not excuse him for what he said, or, more precisely, for attacking yet again...

  • Casting shadows on persons of trust

    Practically every administration relies on the role of political appointees to implement electoral promises during its term of office. In theory, such appointees, who are often described as ‘persons of trust’, should at least have the right...

  • When history does not repeat itself

    The bloopers made by students who sat for their history O-level last May made for fascinating and hilarious reading but the matter cannot and should not be taken lightly. Some of the replies given were outright comical, such as that Napoleon...

  • Editorial: It’s not politics as usual 

    Malta starts 2017 with a bang today, assuming the rotating six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union at a testing time for both the bloc and the government. Britain is about to embark on its Brexit misadventure. EU Member...

  • Editorial: People’s hopes and expectations for 2017

    Editorial: People’s hopes and expectations for 2017

    As hopes and expectations flood the mind of most at the beginning of the year, the island braces itself for what promises to be another eventful 12 months. Those doing well will invariably hope for even better times ahead and the rest,...

  • Going from pushback to fallback

    When the President speaks, when NGOs get worried, when petitions start getting drafted it is an indication that something is amiss. This time around, it concerns 33 failed Malian asylum seekers who went to the police headquarters for their regular...

  • Somebody must carry the can

    The Nationalist Party does not seem to have learnt much from the internal turmoil it had to deal with in the last  months of its last legislature. Its leader at the time increasingly appeared weak and the number of disgruntled supporters kept...

  • Medicine procurement processes

    Free public healthcare at the point of delivery often comes under scrutiny when it fails to render the service the public rightly or wrongly expects it to. The shortage of medicine is often attributed to the ‘out of stock’ phenomenon. The recent...

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