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Editorial

  • Sick roots beneath educational failure

    Politicians often like to project themselves as the champions of education. Tony Blair had said he had three priorities for his government: education, education, education. His predecessor Winston Churchill was probably more pragmatic when he said...

  • Malta European; how global?

    Concluding the Labour Party’s annual general conference last Sunday, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat gave an upbeat, passionate speech as he laid out his vision of the country as “Maltese, European and global”. Dr Muscat said he wanted to turn Malta...

  • Taking people out of risk of poverty

    To many living in rich and affluent countries, poverty is something found only in poor and developing countries – people living in huts in places in Africa or in the favelas of Brazil. Or, if they happen to be in some of the big cities, they may...

  • Green NGOs up in arms

    It is the duty of the government to safeguard the environment. The ‘environment’ consists of our physical surroundings: the air we breathe, the water we drink, the land space we inhabit, the noise levels to which we are subjected, the sea around...

  • Nailing the Mosta tormentor

    Regrettably, Malta is no stranger to animal cruelty. Although more people than ever before now have family pets and are careful and loving owners, there are still far too many individuals for whom animals and other living species are an expendable...

  • Government that listens... after it slips

    It is all very well for Joseph Muscat to argue in The Sunday Times of Malta that “the past is not our future” and that in this special year in which four important anniversaries will be marked the country ought to seek greater national...

  • Natura 2000 sites must be protected

    Just before the last election, the then Minister for the Environment had announced imaginative plans for the creation of a Nature Agency tasked with managing Malta’s 34 Natura 2000 sites. The areas designated for protection represent a significant...

  • Financing of political parties

    The government’s White Paper on the financing of political parties is a step in the right direction and offers a good basis for the enactment of a law to regulate this area. Malta is one of the very few Western industrialised democracies not to...

  • Anger over political interference

    An insidious and dangerous form of unwarranted political interference everywhere is when it is done to prevent or subvert the enforcement of laws or regulations. However much political parties promise clean and transparent policies, people...

  • Is a Cabinet reshuffle in the offing?

    If, as is being rumoured, Joseph Muscat plans to pick a Cabinet member for the presidency, he would have a perfect opportunity to undertake a reshuffle. Even if he does not choose a minister for the as yet largely ceremonial post, the indications...

  • Ħal-Farruġ’s further destruction

    If anyone doubted the lawlessness and wanton carelessness with which the countryside is treated, the latest episodes of environmental destruction to emerge at Ħal-Farruġ — home to the headquarters and other (illegal) structures of construction...

  • Efficient waste management

    Almost two years ago, the European Commission issued a report, based on the waste management efforts of European Union members in 2010, in which the actions of the various states were compared. Malta did badly, coming third from the bottom of the...

  • The bomb threats at our law courts

    On January 21, a bomb warning was received threatening to blow up the law courts. This is not an uncommon occurrence. The law courts have over the years been the subject of many bomb threats. Thankfully, up to now, these have proved to be hoax...

  • Nurses facing workload pressure

    When will Malta get to grips with the problems facing the national health service? More to the point, when are the health authorities going to draw up a holistic plan to tackle what has become to be considered by many as an intractable...

  • Close this citizenship chapter

    News that the government and the European Commission have struck a deal on Malta’s controversial citizenship scheme has been probably greeted by a collective sigh of relief by the whole country. The issue took far too long to be resolved, it...

  • Fraud knows no political boundaries

    It is scandalous that a boxer managed to defraud the taxpayer of €21,465 in pension he claimed for allegedly being visually impaired when he was still practising the sport. His effrontery knew no bounds for he also provided security services. The...

  • Arrogance will get you nowhere

    In three short months, the Labour government has managed to turn its cash-for-citizenship scheme into a veritable public relations disaster. Last November, the government was forced to retract the confidentiality clause from the so-called...

  • Is Ukraine back from the brink?

    The decision by Ukraine’s parliament to repeal the country’s notorious anti-protest law is hopefully a step in the right direction. The vote came shortly after Prime Minister Mykola Azarov submitted his resignation “with the aim of creating extra...

  • What a difference 10 months make

    Before the last general election, Joseph Muscat was so convincing when he said he wanted to bring about a change in the way we do politics that his party won a landslide majority. People believed him and the very fact that they did showed a thirst...

  • Making food outlets safer and cleaner

    Food selling outlets have become a permanent feature in our high streets. The hectic pace of life for most of us means that we often resort to buying convenience food from takeaways, restaurants, pastizzerias and bars in the various towns and...

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