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Editorial

  • Endemic flouting of land use law

    The Land Department has been in the news recently for all the wrong reasons. The sorry case of the still unapprehended perpetrator of an illegally-built road at Comino rumbles on. But in a near-farcical gesture of buck-passing, Mepa, whose...

  • Consumers deserve protection

    Consumer protection is an important cornerstone of EU legislation especially now that economic growth seems to have stalled in most member states. In small economies there are some ‘natural monopolies’ that unless properly regulated can cause...

  • Not simply their own views

    V-18 chairman Jason Micallef has taken umbrage at the decision to shift the Eurosong festival to November. Mr Micallef, who is also chairman of the Labour Party’s One TV, took his rant onto Facebook, claiming the move was a unilateral decision...

  • The ghost of electoral pledges past

    Some insist that Joseph Muscat and his Labour Party are distributing the candy they had promised before the election which secured them such a huge electoral victory. He would deny this, but it is an undeniable fact that decisions have and are...

  • The ugly face of local bureaucracy

    Excessive bureaucracy still plagues the public service despite the promises and commitments made by politicians, including Joseph Muscat, before the last general election that a Labour government would make the cutting of red tape one of its...

  • Helipad: health, safety, security

    A number of crucial issues have been raised by the recent incident in which an AFM emergency helicopter, which had been called out urgently to evacuate a patient from Gozo to Mater Dei, was unable to use the helipad at St Luke’s Hospital as it had...

  • Plunged into darkness

    Last Tuesday’s nationwide blackout has once again highlighted the vulnerability of our energy sector and the failure of successive governments to tackle this problem over the years. Malta has suffered power cuts on a too regular basis for the past...

  • Losing the plot in education area

    More educational news has hit the headlines and again there is not much reason to celebrate. While education is not a subject that stirs most people’s emotions, it remains the single most important critical success factor that will determine our...

  • Sliema and St Julian’s crime rates

    The seaside towns of Sliema and St Julian’s have probably the largest proportion of elderly residents. It is fair to say as a generalisation that they also have some of the best appointed homes with some very well-off people living in them. It is...

  • Counting cost of the power cut

    Those involved in restoring power had the work cut out after a fault at the Delimara power station and an explosion at the Marsa distribution centre plunged the country into darkness. With few hard facts to hand, it is pointless indulging in...

  • Lawlessness and destruction

    The level of lawlessness in Malta is extraordinary. It is a uniquely Maltese feature because everybody is aware of it, yet nobody in authority seems to have the will to do anything about it. Worse, such is the national acceptance of this state of...

  • No need to raise temperature further

    When the Malta Employers’ Association drew up disputable proposals to be incorporated in amendments to the industrial relations law, it must have surely known the kind of reaction it would get from trade unions. The proposals were not only shot...

  • Rapid revolution in retail industry

    There was a time when Malta, like Britain, could have easily been labelled as an ‘island of shopkeepers’. The time when every town and village had its own ironmonger, a few grocery shops, a tailor, a butcher and a greengrocer are slowly fading...

  • The ‘anything goes’ culture

    Vans and cars, including those used by ministers and government officials, are regularly seen parked illegally in the upper part of Valletta’s Merchants Street, a beautiful pedestrianised zone, the July 28 edition of Times of Malta...

  • Industry’s role in economic set-up

    When The Business Observer asked stakeholders whether they thought there was a long-term future for manufacturing in Malta, the answer was sharp and clear: yes, there is, but Malta must remain competitive. Two other questions were a bit more...

  • Smarter ways to upgrade education

    Hardly a week goes by without some educational issue hitting the headlines. The most recent items are the replacement of the students’ Smart Card with a grant and the approval by the planning authority of an extension of the University campus. The...

  • Impact of Libya conflict on trade

    Interest in foreign affairs is not generally high, even among politicians, unless political trouble abroad affects people’s daily lives. Conflicts that make international headlines and that never seem to go away often take second place in domestic...

  • Lessons learnt from the war

    On Monday, in commemorations across western Europe, from Britain to Belgium to France and Russia, people gathered to mark the centenary of the start of World War I with simple ceremonies and grand gestures. The war that was supposed to end all...

  • Multiculturalism at St Paul’s Bay

    The many millions around the world who watched the World Cup in Brazil last month could not have failed to notice the wonderful “rainbow nation” that makes up Brazil. For hundreds of years, the Brazilian nation has relied on the principle of free...

  • Taking better care of the country

    There is no question that there has been an improvement in the island’s upkeep in recent years, but there is as yet a very long way to go before Malta reaches the standard that would classify it as a clean country. So many clean-up campaigns have...

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