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Editorial

  • Development with no planning

    In the daily routine of life, we very often tend to overlook certain trespasses, turn a blind eye or even force ourselves to accept the unacceptable, be that traffic violations, building infringements or inadequate consumer affairs. Tolerance can...

  • Lifeline for the poor among us

    The question has arisen again, this time maybe even more forcefully. Caritas has called for an increase in the minimum wage, over and above cost of living increases. The call follows an intensive study carried out by the Church NGO, which found...

  • Dwejra Heritage Park guardians

    Malta’s fast diminishing natural landscape received a welcome boost when, earlier this month, an application for the rehabilitation of a quarry and the building of a retirement home in Wied Għomor was rejected by the Planning Authority. It was...

  • When silence is clearly not an option

    When allegations of impropriety are made against the financial services regulator the red bulb should light up. Some allegations may turn out to be unfounded but a country with a thriving financial services sector that forms a crucial part of the...

  • Risks awaiting early school leavers

    The number of early school leavers has been declining gradually over the past decade. However, Malta still ranks in the penultimate position with the second highest share of early school leavers in the European Union. With almost 20 per cent of...

  • System waiting to collapse

    System waiting to collapse

    This Labour government’s very poor record in accountability, good governance and transparency is now well established, with the Panama scandal being only the latest example (and by far the most serious) of this shocking trend which has...

  • System waiting to collapse

    This Labour government’s very poor record in accountability, good governance and transparency is now well established, with the Panama scandal being only the latest example (and by far the most serious) of this shocking trend which has...

  • Democracy down a slippery slope

    When governance is corrupted, a civilised country would be playing with fire. An attack on institutions – notably those meant to ensure that a sound system of checks and balances is always in place – and an attempt to stifle freedom of expression...

  • Educated guesses on Brexit effect

    Those following the UK debate on the likely effects of the UK’s exit from the EU must feel more confused as the referendum campaign draws to an end than they did at the beginning. Claims and counterclaims range from political scaremongering to...

  • Albatross around Prime Minister’s neck

    The Prime Minister’s performance at the Anti-Corruption Summit in London has been met with incredulity and disbelief. Set against the Panama Papers scandal that has rocked Joseph Muscat’s government to the point of immobility, his words on...

  • Height of political impudence

    As Malta sizzles in what must rank as the hottest controversy ever over reports of corruption, impropriety, sleaze and maladministration, the government chooses this particular moment to come out with the news that no fewer than 241 of the 259...

  • Questions on the maritime project

    It always seems slightly ungrateful to question good news, particularly when such good news has been awaited for years. This is about the recent announcement that talks have finally been concluded with Ablecare Oilfield Services about the former...

  • What the incoming rector wants

    Malta’s 400-year-old University will have a new rector on July 1 when Alfred Vella succeeds Juanito Camilleri. The University of Malta has made huge strides under Prof. Camilleri’s leadership. Still, as a recent independent external quality...

  • Battle lines taking shape

    With another 22 months to the next ge-neral election, the political battle lines are being drawn. At this point in the electoral cycle, good governance versus good stewardship of the economy seem implicitly to be the grounds on which the next...

  • Traffic ‘perceptions’ are a reality

    If you want to travel faster, you are being encouraged to use a particular service provider, which is not Malta Public Transport. Vodafone is promoting its service thus: “If only traffic was as fast as our network.” And, focusing purely on the...

  • Power to the people, but when?

    On page 50 of the Labour Party’s 2013 electoral programme, the commitment to invest in cleaner energy is – among other initiatives – translated into building a gas-fired power station through a public-private partnership. The gas-fired power...

  • The two distinct faces of Malta

    Malta today is presenting two faces, sharply distinct from each other. The first is of a country with an economy, which, in spite of restraints in the way of economic operators, is faring well beyond reasonable expectations. The second is of a...

  • The rudderless boys in blue

    It is fascinating how outgoing police commissioner Michael Cassar can manage to speak for over 15 minutes on video about his leaving the corps without ever giving a reason why. Significantly, he began his message saying he will first address his...

  • Bad news from Mater Dei Hospital

    It has been only eight months since Joseph Zarb Adami, acting CEO at Mater Dei Hospital and then health parliamentary secretary Chris Fearne (since promoted to minister) informed us that the waiting list for surgeries at Mater Dei had been...

  • When anxiety hits schoolchildren

    Ask any educator what the learning experience should be for young people and they are likely to tell you that time at school should be about self-discovery, education and self-improvement. Yet, it seems that for many young people school attendance...

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