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Editorial

  • Lessons from Abela’s rejection

    The rejection of Toni Abela’s nomination as a member of the European Court of Auditors by MEPs from the European Parliament’s Budget Committee should serve as a wakeup call to the government to change the way it appoints people to important public...

  • Does country need a third party?

    As claims of scandals grow by the day and libel suits fly, the country is awash with speculation as to how long the Prime Minister can possibly withstand the pressures that are building up within the political system. Joseph Muscat has dismissed...

  • Sheer lack of good governance

    Widespread concern over corruption claims, sheer maladministration and lack of good governance are seriously threatening to shift the country’s focus away from matters that need urgent attention. Regardless of the national concern over the...

  • Service pensioners’ lost battle

    A pension law introduced by Dom Mintoff’s Labour government in 1979, providing for the deduction of foreign pensions paid to former Maltese servicemen serving in the British armed forces from the old age pension paid by the Maltese government, has...

  • A complicated, collusive knot

    The latest claims in a sworn statement by a former executive at the Land Department on the Gaffarena scandal have reopened a festering wound and drew a police investigation. The former director of estate management, Charles Camilleri said in an...

  • Botched start to new tourism tax

    Most people would readily accept that public services need to be financed through contributions to the coffers of the State. However, a fundamental principle of good taxation is that a tax should be perceived to be fair on all those who are...

  • It’s good news, according to PBS

    The latest audience assessment study by the Broadcasting Authority confirmed that the State broadcaster’s TVM remains the most popular station followed by the Labour Party’s One TV and Net TV, owned by the Nationalist Party. The data also shows...

  • Editorial - The truth, the whole truth

    Editorial - The truth, the whole truth

    This is the leading article no editor ever wants to write. But the Times of Malta has shown throughout its 80-year history that it will not shy away from issues even when they cause pain or are close to the bone. Nor will it wilt in the face of...

  • ‘Intelligent’ traffic management

    Works are under way for the introduction of an ‘intelligent’ traffic management system, co-financed by the European Union at a cost of €700,000, that will provide motorists with real-time information and regular updates on traffic through the use...

  • Chasing a burning bendy bus

    Transport Minister Joe Mizzi wants everyone to believe that the bus service in Malta is improving, although he readily admits there is still a way to go. Twice in Parliament in less than a month, he used an adjournment speech to lay out his plans...

  • Why women are still held back

    Western societies are changing at a fast rate. The 21st century family is very different from that of four or five decades ago. A political effort to recognise gender equality in legislation has helped pull apart gender-role divisions. Put simply,...

  • No more blows to environment

    It is not without good reason that policies and rules meant to regulate or control building development are sometimes taken with a pinch of salt. So much damage has been done to the environment over the years and so many attempts are made today to...

  • Conversion therapy Bill fine-tuning

    Conversion therapy is opposed on grounds that it implies homosexuality is a mental disorder or a perversion at best, that the practice is steeped in pseudoscience and that sexual orientation can actually be changed. The fact that it tends to be...

  • A retail value for our sports venues

    The launch of the White Paper on the commercialisation of sports facilities has been generally welcomed as the proposed legislation addresses the long-felt need to explore new revenue streams for sports associations and clubs. It is no secret that...

  • Pa Pa Pa, Pa-Pan-ama

    When does a political controversy become a crisis? When news first hits the headlines? Perhaps. When the Opposition starts calling for heads to roll? Maybe. When Joe Demicoli starts singing about it? Most definitely. For the uninitiated, Mr...

  • Where the buck ultimately stops

    Right-minded people, including Labour supporters, especially the more genuine ones, must certainly be worried with the Panama saga. Involved in the controversy is a senior Cabinet minister, a deputy leader to boot, and the Prime Minister’s closest...

  • Strategies that combat poverty

    Poverty is not inevitable. While the poor will always be with us, blaming poorpeople for their own predicament is a fallacious mindset that demonstrates a defeatist attitude to the eternal challenge of combatting poverty. Figures tabled in...

  • Taming of a Valletta shrew

    For anyone on the lookout for the eccentric or the flamboyant, the theatre scene is probably one of the best bets. But while kookiness is all fine in the creative world, it is out of place at the Valletta 2018 Foundation. What started out as a...

  • Improved industrial relations law

    Sound industrial relations are a key success factor for a thriving society. The climate of confrontation between employers and employees that existed a few decades ago is a thing of the past. But the need to safeguard the rights of both is...

  • Xemxija and other acts of uglification

    A controversial planning authority decision allowing a modern four-storey apartment block to be built in an old area of Xemxija has highlighted, yet again, the capricious way in which planning laws are applied and the accelerating urban...

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