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Editorial

  • Answer to the language question

    Malta’s varied colonial past has often raised the question of what language should prevail in the education sector. Almost a century ago, the battle between the use of Italian and English in public administration, the law courts and even in...

  • PN leader spells out his political vision

    Perhaps the strongest line in Simon Busuttil’s speech at the meeting on the Granaries marking the 52nd Independence anniversary was his stress on the need for the country to win back “independence” from corruption, abuse, injustice and...

  • Added protection for suspects

    In 2011, the European Commissioner for Justice unveiled proposals to strengthen the rights of criminal suspects across all the European Union. These provided, inter alia, that all suspects, whether EU citizens or not, should be assured of the...

  • Improved competitiveness ranking

    With its back to the wall trying to fend off relentless attacks on its impropriety and low governance standards, it is not surprising the government misses no opportunity to make the most of any favourable report that comes its way. It is not...

  • When the noose gets tighter

    When the Office of the Prime Minister still has to make so much effort to shield Minister Without Portfolio Konrad Mizzi from media questions, it is clear that the Panama Papers scandal is bearing its weight on the government. He is kept ‘hidden’...

  • They just don’t get it

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s casual dismissal of any potential conflict of interest involving his chief of staff Keith Schembri and the $100 million investment by Crane Currency is shocking... but not particularly surprising. Bad governance has...

  • An action plan for children

    A draft version of a comprehensive, eight-year national children’s policy was launched by the Family Minister in conjunction with the Children’s Commissioner. Its vision is for “Children [to be] respected, protected and have their rights...

  • The regeneration of Paceville

    The heart of Paceville is only about a quarter of a mile square. It is smaller than Soho, in London, but probably packs as many entertainment, restaurant, shopping and residential facilities as that other ‘mecca of fun’. The pressure on residents...

  • Debate on voting age picks up again

    Times are changing fast, in some areas faster than expected or what would seem correct. Changing things just for the sake of winning a name for being progressive is not good enough and could even be dangerous. The proposal to bring down the voting...

  • Millennials’ addiction to substance abuse

    In today’s society young people face challenges that their parents and grandparents never had to face. We may be living in a more affluent society but it seems that being a young person today is not easy. Understanding why this apparent...

  • Sadeen’s feet must be kept to the fire

    Twelve weeks ago, the National Commission for Further and Higher Education offered the Sadeen Group a licence to operate a university in Malta on the proviso that they adhered to 16 stringent conditions. The Commission made it plain that the...

  • Heritage awareness and protection

    On Good Friday 2001, Malta woke up to the shocking news that about 60 megaliths at the 5,000-year-old temples ofMnajdra had been toppled in an act of vandalism. The only silver lining to emerge from that catastrophic act was that it galvanised the...

  • Needed: transport master plan

    Transport Minister Joe Mizzi’s announcement that the government will shortly be selecting the best offer for a study on the options and costs of a tram service is to be welcomed. Asked about a previous commitment to conduct a feasibility study on...

  • Four values for good governance

    Archbishop Charles Scicluna is anything but a passive pastor. He comes to the Church as a beacon of light and reason, well equipped with high intellect, a well-rounded formation and a highly attuned sense of perspicacity. When he speaks...

  • How many a Salvu is there?

    The Nationalist Party has recruited popular television presenter Salvu Mallia and others like him are likely to follow. Mr Mallia said last week why he opted to stand for elections on the PN ticket: he wants Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to go. He...

  • Twists in Panama Papers story

    The evidence available so far suggests the Prime Minister is getting increasingly prone to making the wrong decisions in matters concerning his government in one of the biggest scandals to hit the international scene in recent times: the...

  • Prime Minister aloof and smiling

    With a 36,000 majority in the 2013 election, the Labour Party was perfectly poised to implement a quality leap in local politics. Yet, Joseph Muscat’s government did nothing of the sort. The promise of meritocracy was first to go, with the...

  • Let the common good prevail, always

    There is a widespread mood of revulsion at the course being steered by this government in its assault on Malta’s architecture and environment. The public reaction to the transfer of public land at Żonqor Point and the formation of yet another mass...

  • Traffic on the way to school

    Road users must be dreading the opening of the new scholastic year as thousands of students, pupils and their parents take to the roads to arrive for lessons on time. Traffic congestion has become one of the most serious worries of most people as...

  • Who can offer new politics?

    The European Parliament’s rejection of Leo Brincat for a post on the European Court of Auditors, with its echoes of the Panama scandal, sets the tone for the new political season traditionally kicked off by Independence celebrations, which take...

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