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Editorial

  • Wanted: more Hans Jochams

    A tourist from Munich is putting people to shame whenever he turns up at beaches, cleaning up the litter left over by locals and, maybe, by other tourists too. No matter how much people are told to keep the beaches (and other public places) clean,...

  • Funds for primary healthcare

    With both main political parties committing themselves to keeping the national health service free of charge at the point of delivery, a sound business and financial model must underpin the operations of every sector offered. With an aging...

  • A blinkered Minister of Justice

    The Ministry of Justice, Culture and Local Government has somehow concluded that, for The Sunday Times of Malta, “matters relating to the increased accountability of members of the judiciary are unimportant”. In a reply to the newspaper, it said...

  • A view from the Azure Window

    Dwejra is an area of outstanding natural beauty, rich in history, topography, geology and ecology. It includes the massive Fungus Rock and the fishermen’s harbour known as the Inland Sea. Just a short walk away is the iconic rock formation known...

  • Institution that sets example

    During last December’s all-night debate in Parliament about the transfer of properties to the Sadeen Group for the setting up of a new university in the south, rebel MP Marlene Farrugia rightly questioned why negotiations with the Jordanian...

  • The Central Bank’s dark vaults

    It should never have been left up to the deputy governor of the Central Bank, Alfred Mifsud, to say he is not interested in the post of governor, which is now filled by Mario Vella. It should have been the Prime Minister or the Finance Minister,...

  • Short on contingency details

    As the implications of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union stare that country in the face, many of those who voted against continued membership are already feeling guilty of having believed every word of those steering the Leave...

  • Maltese language standards

    Our language is one of the most powerful forces uniting and identifying us as a nation. Its survival is probably our largest claim to a distinctly Maltese identity. Why is it then that successive reports, and our own daily experience of the use of...

  • Editorial: The public’s right to know

    Editorial: The public’s right to know

    Politicians tend to court journalists when it suits their needs but when it is them in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons what the media faces is a brick wall. When the politicians involved are members of the Cabinet, this attitude is not...

  • Dedicated to police tourist zones

    Tourism police are a common sight in countries that are still building a tourism industry and where the sudden influx of foreign visitors might disturb the lifestyle of residents. They are also engaged in countries, such as Thailand, Bali and...

  • High-rises: fears over infrastructure

    As reports of plans by developers and hoteliers for the development of high-rise buildings appear to be suddenly proliferating, many are seriously wondering if the country is losing its sense of proportion. True, land is scarce and high-rise...

  • Wake-up call for Europe

    The decision by British voters to leave the European Union is extremely disappointing and is likely to have long-term negative economic and political consequences for the future of both the UK and Europe. We can expect a lot of uncertainty over...

  • The whirlwind after Brexit

    After a tumultuous 43-year relationship, the British have voted to exit the European project they joined in 1973. The word ‘project’ is not incidental, since the Common Market of just nine countries the UK joined back then has transformed into a...

  • Let’s not plunder the countryside

    When people talk about the progressive loss of the countryside over the last 10 years following the ill-judged and uncalled for expansion of the development areas in 2006, they have in mind the plundering of outside development zone, or ODZ, land...

  • Britain is great in Europe

    Today’s crucial EU referendum in Britain will determine what type of country the UK wants to be. Voters will decide on an issue of huge importance and with profound consequences for Britain, Europe and the world. The debate during the referendum...

  • What’s good for the goose

    Nationalist MP Toni Bezzina has lost two libel cases he had filed following press reports that he had ordered government employees to carry out work on the Żurrieq PN club. The stories in l-Orizzont and KullĦadd broke in 2012, just before local...

  • Doing one’s bit for the country

    Any drive aimed at encouraging people to do their bit to help make Malta look better and cleaner deserves all the support it can get for the plain truth is that, despite repeated campaigns over the years to inculcate greater civic pride, the...

  • Been there, done it, got the T-shirt

    It’s been done before and will happen again. Marlene Farrugia has left the Labour Party (and the Nationalist Party before that) and is now setting up her own political party. It will unoriginally be called Democratic Party and will presumably be...

  • Brexit: too much at stake

    Thursday’s EU referendum in the UK will determine whether Britain remains a member of the EU – and the result will have far-reaching consequences not only for the UK but for Europe and the whole world. Unfortunately, most of the opinion polls of...

  • A capital city that is more liveable

    In the run up to celebrating its status as European Capital of Culture, Valletta is experiencing an exciting regeneration. Public monuments have been restored, new residents are renovating vacant buildings, and private investment is ensuring the...

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