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Editorial

  • Heading for EU isolation?

    Joseph Muscat’s defiance of a European Parliament resolution criticising Malta’s citizenship scheme as well as the tone of his response to Opposition leader Simon Busuttil’s speech in Parliament on Monday are cause for concern. Dr Muscat seems...

  • The dumbing down of our culture

    A recent interview in The Sunday Times of Malta with outgoing St James Cavalier general manager Chris Gatt should be obligatory reading  starting with our own Culture Parliamentary Secretary. In a one-page interview, Mr Gatt managed to nail down...

  • Justice must also be understood

    The European Commission has started infringement proceedings against Malta over its failure to introduce new rights for alleged criminals. According to Brussels, Malta had until last October to introduce free interpretation and translation...

  • Risks of inadequate investor protection

    The financial services industry in this country has grown steadily over the past few decades but it still has some serious governance weaknesses. One such weakness is the inadequate protection given to investors who are conned into buying...

  • Tapping new sources of growth

    It is wrong to make a passport scheme, in whatever shape it takes, appear as if it is the next best way to generate economic activity. It may very well be an easy way of getting cash but surely it could well turn out to be counter-productive if it...

  • Reactivating interest in solar power

    The risks of Malta’s dependence on non-renewable energy sources started to be tackled with relative success a few years ago when the government introduced schemes to encourage both businesses and individuals to invest in solar power equipment that...

  • Press confidentiality is a necessity

    It is incredible – if not an outright attack on the freedom of the press – that the police should expect a journalist to divulge his confidential source in a case that has been before the Public Accounts Committee and the court for months on end.

  • Embarrassing for Malta

    The non-binding resolution on EU citizenship approved by the European Parliament last Thursday is embarrassing for the government and shows the extent of European opposition to Malta’s so-called Individual Investor Programme. The resolution,...

  • Justice delayed is justice denied

    It is ridiculous to consider the judgment delivered on January 9 as being any sort of justice for the 247 shareholders of the National Bank of Malta. The case was instituted in 1992 by 49 shareholders – one of three cases in all – and the judge...

  • Let’s not hinder educational reform

    Centuries ago, Plato used to teach boys and girls in the same class, insisting that there was no difference between the intellectual capabilities of the sexes. In Britain, co-educational schools were already quite common in the late 19th century...

  • Unwillingness to enforce the law

    Question: what do the following have in common? Hunting, driving on Maltese roads, littering, behaviour in Paceville, non-payment of VAT and income tax, environmental and planning laws, air and noise pollution, safety rules at fireworks factories,...

  • Is the health service losing direction?

    Rather than improving, the management of the healthcare system appears to be losing direction. That is what the setting up of a reception tent for influenza patients outside what is supposed to be a state-of-the-art hospital suggested. The tent...

  • Checking waste and inefficiencies

    Politicians everywhere just love preaching about good governance, transparency and accountability. Much of what they say makes sense, but when they are in power they very often do not follow up their commitments with the kind of determination...

  • Politics can infect unsolved crime

    It was reported in the press that 50 murders remained unsolved over the past four decades. Among these were the parcel-bomb killing of 15-year-old Karin Grech on December 28, 1977, and that of Raymond Caruana, 26, who died after he was hit by a...

  • Scourge of naked selfies

    Selfie is a relatively new word for a photograph of oneself, taken on a smartphone, tablet or other such device and circulated via the internet. One of the most publicised examples has been the selfie taken by the glamorous Danish Prime Minister,...

  • Upbeat mood over economic performance

    In Parliament, a few days before the House rose for the Christmas recess, Finance Minister Edward Scicluna gave a string of facts and figures showing that things are looking up on the economic front. This is all to the good and should boost...

  • Water preservation is a priority

    Why is it that we tend to take the most important things in life for granted? Most of us take water supply for granted and do not care much about the consequences of one day running out of our vital resource. The World Resource Institute, an...

  • Differences over sick leave proposal

    Malta is never short of controversies. Never mind long-standing ones, such as those on hunting, overdevelopment, fireworks factories, wardens, and irregular immigrants, new ones seem to crop up all the time. The controversy over the...

  • Hard task for tourism zone committee

    It is difficult to understand why it has been deemed necessary to set up what is being called a national tourism zone committee to improve the tourist pro-duct when the country has so many local councils, far more than it should have, considering...

  • Real significance of charity contributions

    The festive season is over. The most significant interpretation of the record contributions made by the public to various charities goes beyond the heart-warming consideration that our society still has a soft spot for those who are marginalised...

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