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Editorial

  • Getting tough on drink-driving abuse

    Yet another campaign to discourage drink-driving has been launched. However welcome such campaigns may be, many are right to ask whether initiatives that lack biting tactics to curb drink-driving are really effective. According to Transport...

  • It’s not plain sailing for Gozo Channel

    When the Malta - Gozo ferry service has such a huge patronage and when the running of the trips is normally efficient, most will be justified in believing that things should be going swimmingly for Gozo Channel. But the situation is not exactly as...

  • PN shows strong signs of revival

    The Nationalist Party is showing strong signs of revival following its disastrous defeat in the 2013 general election. It is on the ball on most issues and is also coming up with prompt, well-reasoned reactions to the government’s wrong and...

  • Time to debate oil, gas exploration

    Why does information on Malta’s oil exploration efforts always have to come in a dribble? It is unquestionably a sensitive subject but every now and then the public deserves a review of what is happening in an area that up to now has only thrown...

  • Prosecute and be damned

    Protection given to accomplices in crime to nail big fish is a useful tool to prepare a robust prosecution and secure conviction. It is therefore imperative that those proposing a presidential pardon or whistleblower protection ensure they have...

  • Kick Blatter into touch

    The sight of FIFA president Sepp Blatter cele­brating his fifth successive election victory for the post on Friday made many stomachs churn. Whatever positive contribution he made since taking the helm of world football’s governing body in 1998...

  • Trust needed in adjudication process

    The way in which a government conducts itself in its business transactions has an immediate impact on public opinion and the public’s trust in good government. With the considerable size and scope of government business transactions it is...

  • Visa guidelines for students

    Educational tourism is one of the most reliable sources of income for this industry. Increasingly English language schools are aiming to attract foreign students including older ones to spend time in Malta learning English. Some long-term courses...

  • Minimum standards for care homes

    As the government boasts of its efforts to raise the standard of services for the elderly in hospitals and homes, in many cases the situation on the ground is pathetic and deplorable. A correspondent writing on the horrors of ageing in this...

  • Pausing for a moment of sanity

    The decision taken by Parliament’s Environment and Development Planning Committee to request a moratorium on new planning policies and decisions is the sanest way to address the current public outcry over the Marsascala university project and put...

  • Corinthia injects zest for excellence

    Malta’s premier hotel group, Corinthia, is on the threshold of breaking into a new class of hoteliering with plans to develop what it is describing as a mega resort that will include the island’s first six-star hotel. Group chairman Alfred Pisani,...

  • Muscat puts himself in straitjacket

    For a time, Joseph Muscat wanted the country to bail him out of a problem he had unnecessarily created when his government agreed to sacrifice precious virgin land at Żonqor Point in Marsascala for a private university. When he realised that his...

  • Editorial: Building momentum

    Editorial: Building momentum

    Many who voted in favour of banning spring hunting in last month’s referendum did not do so merely to stop a cruel and outdated practice. They were determined to finally elevate environmental awareness to the top of the national agenda. The...

  • Funds that Maltese authors need

    The National Book Council is in the process of issuing a minimum of eight grants totalling €40,000 for use by Maltese publications of cultural, educational, academic and literary value. Each project is being allocated a maximum of €5,000. As...

  • Time to redefine wardens’ duties

    Malta’s warden system is regarded by many people as a joke. A local enforcement system originally meant to ‘safeguard the best interests of the public’ has been turned into what many believe is nothing more than a revenue generating scheme. It is...

  • A quantum leap takes more than that

    It has been a long, bumpy ride but Malta has, for the first time, its own parliamentary building in the form of an architectural landmark at City Gate, in Valletta. The controversy over the design choice for the new Parliament has died out and...

  • Time to decide on Air Malta

    Even if Air Malta does return to profit by March next year, the target date set for its recovery, it would make sense if the company takes a long-term view and negotiates a strategic alliance with another airline if it feels it will be difficult...

  • Mixing English and Maltese is good

    According to a report prepared by a Council of Europe expert, Elidir King, embracing the concept of code-switching – the much maligned practice of mixing English and Maltese – and turning it into an asset could be the way forward for language...

  • Strong performance masks inefficiencies

    European Commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovkis drew some flak for his warning that Malta needs to move on in its work to ensure the long-term sustainability of pension and healthcare systems. Some took offence, believing perhaps that, in...

  • Editorial: Selling Malta against all ODZ

    Editorial: Selling Malta against all ODZ

    The government’s decision to push the so-called American University of Malta, earmarked for Marsascala, is symptomatic of much that is wrong with Joseph Muscat’s administration. For the past two years, Malta has been run by a government with a...

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