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Editorial

  • Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday

    Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and Northern Ireland today celebrates her 90th birthday with a series of events and the lighting of a beacon. President Barack Obama will be lunching with her at Windsor Castle. Prime Minister David Cameron will...

  • How to love more, by the Pope

    The Pope’s genuine compassion and love for humanity shines through bright and clear in his Apostolic exhortation ‘Joy of Love’, Amoris Laetitia, which is the fruit of the last Synod of Bishops. Pope Francis sets the tone early on in the document,...

  • Patient’s charter – right way forward

    It is most admirable for Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Chris Fearne, to come out with a consultation document on a patient’s charter, the absence of which has been felt for long now. It is fine to have first-class hospitals and clinics, but...

  • A round about way to avoid trouble

    Malta has had its fair share of major roadworks over the past decades, but it is fair to say that never has any pre-planning been as slick as that prepared for Kappara Junction. It is also fair to say that never has any pre-planning been as...

  • No-confidence motion is right one

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told party delegates last weekend that his was a united government, one that would win strong and unequivocal backing in Parliament tomorrow. Tomorrow is when the House will debate a motion of no confidence in Dr...

  • Twice too many as children pay

    Recent news of a second incident involving the animals that are being kept illegally at Montekristo Estates left Malta shocked. Not only because, once again, it was a child paying the price, but also because authorities have taken little to no...

  • When the President speaks….

    The message appeared oblique, but the timing of an opinion piece in this newspaper by President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca was very significant. As the government reels in the aftermath of the Panama Papers, and as the Opposition takes full...

  • Discredited Dublin regulations

    At the EU summit on migration a month ago, a controversial agreement was struck with Turkey whereby all migrants travelling from Turkey to the Greek Islands would be detained in Greece and deported back to Turkey within weeks. But the plan –...

  • Learning words we’d like to hear

    It is said that all’s well that ends well. A group of female prisoners at Corradino Correctional Facility have finally been paid for “almost” all the work they did for the Love, Faith, Forgiveness project endorsed by the Prime Minister’s wife,...

  • Misallocation of NGO funds in Gozo

    Malta is passing through a full-blown crisis of lack of good governance and accountability. Hardly a week goes by without a new case cropping up. Scandals, wrongdoing and maladministration are denting the country’s moral fibre, raising deep...

  • Contamination of the airwaves

    The collapse of good governance has now moved from the corridors ofpower to the airwaves, as the latest decision by the Broadcasting Authority clearly indicates. Late last month, the Broadcasting Authority found there was no political imbalance...

  • Malta’s reputation is on the line

    Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi’s inclusion in a global list of politicians (many of them authoritarian leaders) holding secret offshore finances has strengthened the widely held view that his position is completely untenable. It is something the...

  • Good beginning to a bad start

    It may not have been the most appropriate medium to announce a constitutional post but it was through a tweet from the Prime Minister that the country learnt of the appointment of the new Parliamentary Ombudsman, following agreement reached...

  • Positive gender discrimination

    Three of Malta’s six members of the European Parliament – Roberta Metsola, Therese Comodini Cachia and Miriam Dalli – have just been given awards in recognition of various achievements in different categories, which included justice and civil...

  • The necessity of a free press

    When journalists from the independent media attend a public event where they can ask questions to the Prime Minister but, instead, end up being filmed and recorded by the government’s communications officers, it is clear things are not quite...

  • One-star review for tourism

    L’Atelier Joel Robuchon at the Hotel du Pont Royal, in Paris, has an average four stars on Trip Advisor. One reviewer said his dinner there was “very disappointing” and another wrote that the restaurant was “too much of a show off” and had a lot...

  • Claims of lending malpractice at BoV

    Small shareholders of Bank of Valletta deserve to be given an update of the action being taken over claims that bank officials have been pressured to authorise loans to individuals or companies whose creditworthiness may be in doubt. Obtaining...

  • Issuing those letters to prosecute

    In early March, Health and Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi, who is now also the Labour Party’s deputy leader, admitted on State TV that a New Zealand trust he set up was not registered with the Commissioner of Inland Revenue as required by law. To...

  • A fourth political party?

    A new centre-left political party, spearheaded by independent MP Marlene Farrugia, is expected to be launched sometime this month, focusing on the need for good governance and the protection of the environment, two areas that certainly need...

  • Warning bell on slow-burning family issues

    Thomas Malthus, who was born 250 years ago, wrote extensively on the harmful effects of population growth on incomes. He influenced many economists in their risk assessment of high fertility and growing populations that threatened the world’s food...

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