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Editorial

  • Police, politicians and the public

    It would be naive to think that politicians do not, or at least try to, interfere in or influence the work of the police. Whether they succeed and to what extent depends very much on how brazen a politician is and on a police commissioner’s...

  • The battle to keep a lid on waste

    Early in his papacy, Pope Francis I, who has made a more modest lifestyle one of the key-stones of his tenure, said in one of his weekly addresses: “Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of those who are poor and hungry”. In Catholic...

  • Three big errors in less than a year

    It will not be long now before people start getting weary of the government’s habit of blaming the previous Nationalist administration for every bad thing that comes up or whenever it finds itself in a muddle. New governments everywhere tend to do...

  • Action or stumble under the lard

    Food stalls dotting Valletta’s streets during carnival thrived as whole families hungrily queued for kebabs, sweets or burgers and chips. The fast food outlets too burgeoned while healthy food options were nowhere in sight. This clearly explains...

  • Populism is speeding well ahead

    If there is one area where this country could do with more discipline, it is on our roads. The careless, selfish, irresponsible and dangerous driving standards of what is unfortunately a large number of drivers, combined with growing traffic...

  • Malta’s new President

    The government has decided to nominate Social Solidarity Minister Marie Louise Coleiro Preca as the next President of Malta. She will replace George Abela whose term of office expires on April 4. The decision to propose Ms Coleiro Preca as head of...

  • Editorial: The problems with detention

    The incidents we witnessed at a migrants’ detention centre last Tuesday were not new, but they have once again raised pertinent questions the government will almost certainly choose to ignore. Detained migrants interrupted a planned visit by MPs...

  • Pay-on-collection proposal makes sense

    What made good, logical sense 18 years ago ought to remain so today but not, apparently, in politics. In 1996, Alfred Sant’s short-lived Labour government had proposed a €1.16 nominal charge on each prescription for medicine from the State hospital.

  • Positive forecast for the economy

    Finance Minister Edward Scicluna has good reason to be satisfied with the European Commission’s winter economic forecast, although it will be ill-advised either for him or his government to be euphoric. Set against the recovery which, according to...

  • Management of an educational crisis

    Education Minister Evarist Bartolo has told members of the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development that “the education system is in crisis and needs to be made more relevant to contemporary society”. Those who follow the educational...

  • Concern over rising jobless figure

    When, some time ago, the Nationalist Party accused the government that it was not doing enough to generate new jobs, it retorted with arguments meant to prove the opposite. The point the Opposition has been making is that the rate of job creation...

  • A sure way to make crime pay

    The government says it is not interested in the small fry because it is the spider spinning the web of corruption it wants to catch. Well done, we should say, had it not also decided at the same time to absolve those who bribed public officers to...

  • A paradigm shift in water management

    A dangerously popular misconception is that water, just like the air we breathe, is free and that we only pay for the cost of having it delivered to our homes. This fallacy is possibly one of the biggest economic and social threats that we will be...

  • The smart meter scam

    The action taken by the government to put an end to the theft of electricity from Enemalta is to be welcomed. The claim that the debt-stricken State-owned corporation was losing €30 million a year in lost revenue as a result of the smart meter...

  • Way forward in public healthcare

    What is particularly striking in the latest report on the healthcare service, published just days ago, is the fact that more people are seeking private treatment, confirming the dissatisfaction over the public health service. According to the...

  • Sharing the spoils of government

    The revelation made by The Sunday Times of Malta that veteran Labour MP Joe Debono Grech has been employed as a consultant to the Gozo Ministry was just the latest in a string of public sector appointments awarded to government backbenchers. The...

  • The cape sorrel versus man’s greed

    As storms battered Britain and most northern European countries shivered in the cold, Malta basked in spectacular sunshine, heralding the early days of spring. It is the kind of weather the island usually gets in March and came right after a spell...

  • An improved local enforcement system?

    Malta and Gozo’s 68 local councils are divided into five regional committees for the purposes of enforcement services in connection with traffic and parking offences in their areas. The five regional committees have the legal power to employ...

  • Preventing abuse and neglect of elderly

    The moral strength of any society can be measured by the quality of care it gives to children and the elderly. Maltese society has traditionally treasured family values, and the concept of the extended family that often includes parents and...

  • Sick roots beneath educational failure

    Politicians often like to project themselves as the champions of education. Tony Blair had said he had three priorities for his government: education, education, education. His predecessor Winston Churchill was probably more pragmatic when he said...

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