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Editorial

  • A capital city that is more liveable

    In the run up to celebrating its status as European Capital of Culture, Valletta is experiencing an exciting regeneration. Public monuments have been restored, new residents are renovating vacant buildings, and private investment is ensuring the...

  • Concerns on financial crime prevention

    Most people would agree that the best way to prevent crime is to have proper legislation and effective enforcement by the relevant authorities. Financial crime prevention is no exception. Malta has some of the best laws aimed at preventing money...

  • Fitting showcase to Maltese crafts

    The Ta’ Qali crafts village has been promised a makeover a number of times over the last decade. Commitments by the government that the place, as well as that at Ta’ Dbiegi, in Gozo, would be regenerated to make them more attractive for tourists...

  • In the land of gods and animals

    Michael Falzon lost his job as parliamentary secretary in the wake of a report by the National Audit Office on the Gaffarena land deal scandal. Six months later, the Labour MP does not return to his guaranteed job at Bank of Valletta but, instead,...

  • All eyes must be on the public interest

    The sudden proliferation of property development projects has numerous implications but there is one aspect that should not be overlooked: the rights of the taxpayer. Many of the projects are being built by the private sector on public land, which...

  • An image Malta does not deserve

    Isn’t Malta lucky? In terms of natural disasters, it is one of the safest places to live in. Its economy is doing well and it ranks 30th out of 157 countries in the world’s happiness report. It is also one of the safest holiday destinations. No...

  • Health of parliamentary democracy

    In a speech commemorating Sette Giugno, the Speaker of the House last week made a refreshing proposal for some kind of think tank to be set up within Parliament, something he called a “committee on thought” which, in the search for solutions,...

  • Editorial: That thriving culture of illegality

    Editorial: That thriving culture of illegality

    When Enemalta started installing smart electricity meters at illegal boathouses in what used to be one of the most picturesque beaches on the islands – Armier Bay – the government justified the move by saying the aim was to clamp down on...

  • A language pearl without price

    It is a popular conception that standards of spoken and written English in Malta have been deteriorating since at least the mid-1970s. Successive ministers of education have failed to stop the rot and, in some cases, by their action – or,...

  • A serious economic issue

    One issue that everyone understands is the importance of food in our lives. Many take it for granted they can help themselves to food whenever they want to. For others, though, finding food on the table every day will always be a struggle. The...

  • Court experts must be beyond reproach

    The entire law courts system is dependent on the trust of the people, a trust built on tangible elements. An effective legal system needs more than a whiff of ‘Caesar’s wife’ about it, as do all the officers that form part of it. The phrase ‘sober...

  • Time to take stock at Projects Malta

    When Projects Malta was conceived by the government, it seemed like an idea meant to shortcut the public sector’s bureaucracy and get things done. The aim of the company, registered in April 2014 and formally inaugurated in February last year, was...

  • Good policy but bad implementation

    The introduction of a maternity leave fund in July 2015 was a good policy aimed at ending gender discrimination in the workforce. Employers pay 0.3 per cent of the basic pay for every employee to build up a fund from which the 14-week maternity...

  • Raising the minimum wage

    The request made by Caritas for a rise in the minimum wage should be discussed in earnest between the government and the social partners. Despite Malta enjoying a booming economy, it is more than evident that a section of the population – and this...

  • Mental hospital needs attention

    When one patient requiring constant supervision escapes from a State mental hospital, the likelihood is that few would give the incident more than passing attention, even if it happens to be a very serious matter. However, when four escape within...

  • Telenovelas do not make politics

    Former prime minister Alfred Sant compares local politics to telenovelas. He does not see much policy differences between the two main parties and so, he says, one way for them to differentiate themselves is through a tribal system. It is a...

  • Powerlessness and lack of enforcement

    What do you do when your garden disappears and the door leading to it suddenly becomes the opening to a large hole in the ground? This is not fiction and the answer to that question is as quixotic as the question itself. When an elderly Sliema...

  • Dangers of rampant development

    The area around St George’s Bay, up to Paceville, is set to witness an unprecedented level of development in the coming years. One can hardly oppose development because it is a motor of the economy, however, it should never be unbridled. Malta has...

  • Buy a passport, get your vote free

    The government calls it an individual investment programme intended to attract to Malta people with talent and money to invest. The more down to earth deem it a sale of Maltese/European passports and information tabled in Parliament indicates that...

  • Mini-State with a super-size Cabinet

    Winning a general election with a huge majority appears to have given Joseph Muscat a sense of superiority that allows him to think he can get away with anything he does wrong, even if it is clear to all, or practically all, that he is going over...

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