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Editorial

  • Stop undermining Ombudsman

    When, early in February this year, the government went about setting up what it called grievances units throughout the civil service to consider complaints about injustices which government workers might have suffered over the past seven years,...

  • Pharmacists too must obey the law

    Malta is fortunate to have a long and distinguished tradition of medical training and support. A vital part of the medical service infrastructure is provided by well-trained and professional pharmacists who qualify for their warrant to practice...

  • Dealing with migration movements

    The Middle East and North Africa are in turmoil. Iraq has just joined Syria and Libya among the most destabilised countries within a few hundred kilometres of Malta’s shores. Perhaps the most significant consequence for Malta, and the most...

  • A governance blueprint for Air Malta

    Most economic analysts would agree that Air Malta is of strategic importance to the tourism industry in Malta. When one considers that tourism is one of the biggest creators of employment, it stands to reason that operators in the industry take a...

  • Editorial: The truth behind ‘positive stories’

    Editorial: The truth behind ‘positive stories’

    Though it was months after the fighting had stopped, the Falklands Campaign was still a hot issue and flying the British Prime Minister there was considered a highly dangerous feat. So when a journalist asked Margaret Thatcher’s chief press...

  • The riddle that is public transport

    There can hardly be two more sharply contrasting reports about public transport than those published by Transport Malta and Eurobarometer, the EU’s statistics agency. While, according to Eurobarometer, the Maltese are the most dissatisfied public...

  • A closer look at GDP figure

    George Bernard Shaw once said Malta was the nicest heap of stones he had ever seen. What would he say of the island were he still alive today? With construction fast eating up the little open space in the concrete jungle that has disfigured much...

  • Praying for Middle Eastern peace

    Pope Francis on Sunday prayed for peace at the Vatican with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas, where he urged both leaders to show courage in seeking a peaceful solution to the situation in Middle East. The Pope...

  • New strategies to help Gozo cope

    The geographical distance between Malta and continental Europe creates conditions of exclusion, isolation and dependence in various aspects of modern living, including transport, communications, energy supply, medical care, education and even...

  • Clarify Banif Bank’s future in Malta

    When, in 2013, the European Commission approved a restructuring plan linked to the bailout of the Banif Financial Group by the Portuguese government, a condition was “the disposal of the control participation in (among others) Banif Bank...

  • Wire-tapping regulations

    Vodafone has issued its first Law Enforcement Disclosure Report. This has revealed that government agencies are in a position to listen to live conversations on its entire global network through secret pipelines. In the past year, Vodafone in...

  • Healthy democracy at work

    Any election, local, national or European, is democracy at work. Elections are the direct expression of a people’s choice, a verdict expressed in the most absolute of ways and is the last word on anything. The suggestion by the Prime Minister that...

  • Let’s have debate instead of sermons

    People have long hoped the two main parties would stop their Sunday political sermons, generally seen as no more than a stunt to keep the party troops happy, but which very often also help to add yet another strong dose of politicisation in the...

  • Balance between family and career

    The success of women candidates at the recent European Parliament elections, winning four of the six seats, has been hailed by many as another achievement for the advancement of women in Malta. It was first of all an achievement by every...

  • Editorial: Taking two steps backwards

    Editorial: Taking two steps backwards

    The hunting lobby’s petition containing 104,000 signatures calling on MPs to make it illegal for ‘minority rights’ to be abolished in a referendum is a disservice to democracy. The petition was drawn up by hunters in response to another one...

  • Time to get our priorities right

    Well before the onset of summer, most of the countryside turns yellow, leaving very little, if any, patches of green, except for roundabouts. This does not help to brighten up the island’s image, and makes the environment far less attractive than...

  • Problems of accessibility remain

    There are over 30,000 people who suffer from disability in Malta. They are a sizeable minority in our society, which is swelled each year by many people suffering from disabilities who visit the island as tourists. Under the United Nations...

  • EU’s recommendations for Malta

    As Eurosceptics bask in the success their parties have achieved in the European Parliament elections, new facts and figures from the European Commission show that the measures taken in the countries hit by the financial crisis and recession have...

  • No band-aid solutions for public health

    The public health sector has had three different ministers in less than two years. One change was inevitable while the other was predicted after long-expected improvements in public health services failed to materialise and internal political...

  • Making councils work more efficiently

    In Lija a few weeks ago, a no-entry sign was put up in a very short stretch of street leading to a narrow entry into the road leading to the President’s kitchen garden in Attard.In doing this, the council, whichhad to have the approval of...

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