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Editorial

  • Strategies that combat poverty

    Poverty is not inevitable. While the poor will always be with us, blaming poorpeople for their own predicament is a fallacious mindset that demonstrates a defeatist attitude to the eternal challenge of combatting poverty. Figures tabled in...

  • Taming of a Valletta shrew

    For anyone on the lookout for the eccentric or the flamboyant, the theatre scene is probably one of the best bets. But while kookiness is all fine in the creative world, it is out of place at the Valletta 2018 Foundation. What started out as a...

  • Improved industrial relations law

    Sound industrial relations are a key success factor for a thriving society. The climate of confrontation between employers and employees that existed a few decades ago is a thing of the past. But the need to safeguard the rights of both is...

  • Xemxija and other acts of uglification

    A controversial planning authority decision allowing a modern four-storey apartment block to be built in an old area of Xemxija has highlighted, yet again, the capricious way in which planning laws are applied and the accelerating urban...

  • Keeping Britain inside the EU

    The British people will vote in a referendum this June to decide whether they want to remain part of the European Union. The decision will determine not only what type of country Britain wants to be but could have a crucial bearing on the future...

  • EDITORIAL: How free is the free press?

    EDITORIAL: How free is the free press?

    One would hope that the average person can recognise the differences that exist between an established media house and a social media channel such as Facebook. But before going there it might be useful to point out what they have in common: both...

  • Snubbing Malta for Panama secrecy

    Something is quite amiss when a minister gets elected as party deputy leader with a stunning majority only to then get quizzed by the press not about his plans for the party but about his company in Panama. Konrad Mizzi won 96.5 per cent of the...

  • Steps needed to sustain future growth

    Labour veteran Joe Debono Grech’s occasional outbursts are sometimes amusing but they can also be derisory as when he said over the weekend that his party inherited a broken country when it took over three years ago. Labour has no magic powers and...

  • True amateurism in the House

    There must be something wrong when a Labour MP stands up in Parliament to object to being called by this newspaper exactly what he is, a Labour MP. Joseph Sammut has taken exception to an article in this newspaper titled ‘Gaffarena calls Labour MP...

  • Audit office is alive and kicking

    Malta’s guardian of the public purse, the National Audit Office, is alive and kicking, throwing the spotlight on matters that fall short of what is generally expected to ensure good governance. It seems busier than ever, which in a way shows that...

  • Corporate responsibility in the dock

    Corporate social responsibility, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development says in its publication Making good business sense, is the continuing commitment by business to behave ethically and contribute to economic development while...

  • Public accountability is a must

    A foreign prisoner held at the forensic wing of the CCF at Mount Carmel Hospital committed suicide there on January 9. An inquiry was launched into the circumstances of his death and of the suicide watch regime in place. The incident followed two...

  • Guns drawn at high tea

    David Cameron said yesterday that he would campaign “heart and soul” for Britain to remain in the EU. Yet Edward Heath and Geoffrey Howe, two departed Conservative Party grandees, are probably still turning in their graves. As if they didn’t have...

  • Dark side of the fireworks boom

    Village feasts are part of our social fabric. However, they can also tear the social fabric at the seams because feasts are increasingly looking less like the celebrations they are meant to be and morelike open-air concerts and parties. The...

  • In defence of VAT concessions

    When Malta negotiated membership of the EU more than a decade ago, it managed to obtain a very significant concession from Brussels allowing it not to charge VAT on foodstuffs and medicinal products. By so doing, it joined the UK and Ireland in...

  • Policies that change with the wind

    The European Commission report on Malta’s failure to reach renewable energy targets highlights the problem of setting policies in a small country. To be fair, Brussels has taken that into account and, whereas other member states have to derive 20...

  • Give social workers their due

    It’s not for nothing that social work has been called a ‘noble’ profession. If one can talk of a battle against the suffering brought about by life circumstances, social workers are in the trenches. They are at the frontlines on the margins of...

  • Loss of faith in persons of trust

    The announcement by civil service head Mario Cutajar that new regulations are to be drafted by the end of the year on the employment of persons of trust in government employ is very welcome news. There are over 500 people employed on a trust basis...

  • Keeping beaches clean and populism

    Malta’s limited land mass has its advantages, at least on paper. Commuting is contained and the infrastructure is more manageable. Moreover, the country’s size also contributes to a better quality of life and a greater sense of security. However,...

  • Leave politics out of court

    The government – as the system stands today – has few responsibilities greater than appointing members of the judiciary, who are supposed to be learned, upstanding and respected by the public at large. Since coming to power almost three years ago,...

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