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Editorial

  • Opposition is right in asking for contracts

    With Enemalta’s debt running at over €800 million, which is a veritable millstone around the country’s neck, the government’s decision to work out a salvage plan involving foreign and local capital in a revamped energy set-up was a right move. The...

  • Annus horribilis awaits road users

    Few people would deny that traffic congestion is one of the major problems in Malta today. Despite the minuscule size of our islands it can take well over an hour to travel just a few kilometres whether to get to and from work or to complete...

  • Making local councils more effective

    Did Sannat’s mayor have a conflict of interest when his mother worked for a private company on the filming of Angelina Jolie’s film By the Sea in Gozo? People in top positions and politicians do their best to avoid conflict-of-interest issues...

  • Editorial: Bomb scares should not be reported

    Editorial: Bomb scares should not be reported

    Last Saturday Times of Malta’s newsroom received several phone calls and e-mails from readers saying passengers had been evacuated from the Gozo ferries. Our journalists immediately made calls to find out the nature of the problem and were...

  • A tendency to legalise the illegal

    The alarm bells raised by Birdlife that the authorities may be planning yet another amnesty for hunters in possession of illegally-stuffed birds shows a worrying trend in the government’s approach to enforcing the law, especially when large...

  • The ups and downs of 2014

    The shooting episode involving Manuel Mallia’s driver, Paul Sheehan, was undoubtedly the biggest political event of 2014. It was also unusual in several senses, not least because the minister had to be sacked by the Prime Minister when he...

  • Trust needs to be reciprocated

    On the 40th anniversary of the republic, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat made some interesting observations in this newspaper that deserve consideration. He picked up on a theme chosen by Irish President Michael Higgins “on a new form of trust built...

  • The impact of climate change

    It is not too dramatic to state that if global warming continues on its upward path, and if climate change is not mitigated by reducing global greenhouse gas emissions, within the next 30 years Malta could be very different to how we know it today...

  • The stuff dreams are made of

    The overload of strident political bickering that is reported in the local media can easily wear people down. Many want to get on with their lives without being constantly told by their political leaders that the country is either a Garden of Eden...

  • Prosperity index vs ‘risk of poverty’ data

    Is it not ironic that at the same time that one report classifies Malta high in a prosperity index, figures released by the European Union’s statistical agency show that almost a quarter of the island’s population is at risk of poverty or social...

  • Editorial: Can we start talking now?

    Editorial: Can we start talking now?

    Human rights NGOs had every reason to cheer when they saw the back of Manuel Mallia as Home Affairs Minister. For 22 months, Dr Mallia refused to engage with them to discuss an inconvenient reality which is not going to go away  irregular...

  • New system to monitor health service

    Judging by what the man at the helm of the island’s health service has written about the need to get the best of the system, he appears to have all his bearings right. He has no easy job, as all his predecessors had found out for themselves. Far...

  • Real cost of a bottle of wine

    The imposition of a 20c per litre excise duty on wine in the last Budget seems to have ruffled the feathers of local wine producers who have complained about the uncompetitive impact of the tax. With the government striving to make both ends meet...

  • Gender Identity Bill red flags

    A Church position paper on the Gender Identity Bill awaiting to be debated in Parliament has raised serious concerns on the potential impact of the proposed law. The seven moral experts who drew up the paper have concluded that the Bill ran the...

  • Thank God it’s Christmas

    There can hardly be anyone who does not welcome the Christmas break from politics. The political discourse has been so intense these past few days, so acerbic and downright challenging that most are looking forward to the few days of political...

  • The generosity of organ donors

    The noble story of Josette Agius, who decided to leave her body to university research on her death, has touched the hearts of thousands. When the funeral cortege left the parish church of Santa Venera after her funeral service, it headed not for...

  • Bird trapping: a high price to pay

    When six former or serving executive presidents of the leading cultural heritage and environmental NGO, Din l-Art Ħelwa, feel impelled to write a joint letter to the Prime Minister expressing their deep concern about the Maltese environment, it is...

  • No way to score political points

    The damning inquiry into the suspicious death of two migrants released on Wednesday night is shocking on two counts. The so-called ‘Valenzia report’ provided a scathing commentary on the way Malta treats migrant men, women and children who are...

  • Elusive ministerial code of ethics

    Justice Minister Owen Bonnici should get a calendar for Christmas and maybe a dictionary too. For over a year, the government to which he belongs has been promising to publish a new ministerial code of ethics, however,it appears to be nowhere in...

  • Goodbye to four fantastic men

    In a span of a few weeks, Malta lost no fewer than four personalities who made an impact on society through their contribution in public life: Manni Spiteri, John Manduca, Lino Spiteri and Maurice Tanti Burlò. In varying degrees, all four were...

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