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Editorial

  • The impact of foreign workers

    Malta’s labour landscape is changing faster than anyone could have possibly imagined up to only a few years ago. The influx of foreigners working here legally and illegally is making a significant impact on the social and economic life in the...

  • Football nurseries and transfer fees

    There is no doubt that football nurseries play an important part in the formation of thousands of children. As much as they can provide a place for children to mix in a fun and safe atmosphere, nurseries can also be a powerful educational tool. If...

  • Some straight talk on Air Malta

    The national airline saga drags on much to the distress of many, especially those who in some way depend on Air Malta’s continued existence as a viable business entity. Hopes were raised some months ago when the government, which is the majority...

  • Come clean on energy deal

    Energy has proved to be a controversial political issue in Malta, with plenty of mud-slinging and accusations emerging from the rival political camps. This is unfortunate, as most people don’t have a clear picture about the energy situation in our...

  • Closing the barn door in Paceville

    The recently-published Paceville master plan can be considered as a classic text book example of how a metropolis should be designed. It pulls together various regulatory bodies to ensure the right balances are struck between environment and...

  • Before the gas starts to flow

    What started as an electoral ace card for the Labour Party at the 2013 election is slowly becoming an albatross around its neck. A new gas-powered plant was promised to be delivered in two years. Assurances that all was on track were given along...

  • A case of institutionalised paranoia

    So, finally, after months of delay, the government fulfilled its promise to publish the contracts it signed with Vitals on the running of three hospitals in Malta and Gozo. Or so the government wants the country to believe. When, last week, Health...

  • Future depends on fiscal responsibility

    Tax evasion comes in different shapes and sizes. People in certain positions can use their resources to whisk away their money far from the eyes of the inland revenue authorities to offshore tax havens with a little help from accountants and...

  • Capping public sector numbers

    In the Nationalist Party’s pre-Budget document there is page titled ‘Public spending’, which focuses on the public sector. The 10 proposals listed include, among others, an independent HR audit, a roll-back of the number of positions of trust,...

  • Trust is bedrock of fiduciary services

    Trust is, or should, be the bedrock of any fiduciary service. Regrettably, every so often, stories emerge that give rise to concern and even suspicion, especially in the case of politicians. The latest controversy involves Nationalist Party deputy...

  • Too safe for comfort

    There is a certain enjoyment that people derive from the intrigue and spin that form part of the Budget process. Budget day is also followed intensely by every interest and lobby group that have put pressure on the government to deliver whatever...

  • The challenge of sustainability

    The most recent hotel survey prepared by consultancy firm Deloitte for the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association confirmed the anecdotal evidence that the tourism season had another very good quarter with tourist arrivals and guest nights...

  • Looking at the broader picture

    Joseph Muscat likes using catchwords to drive points home but he may come to rue the one he used with great relish after credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s raised Malta’s long-term credit rating. Knowing full well that, besides the family and...

  • Need for review of amnesties

    Speaking at the opening of the new forensic year, Chief Justice Silvio Camilleri drew attention to what he regarded as the invidious practice of giving amnesties to lawbreakers. He said it “frustrated citizens and detracted from the public’s...

  • Worrying drop in stability, transparency

    When Malta weathered one of the most severe recessions in the wake of the financial crisis, then prime minister Lawrence Gonzi used to say, quite justifiably in the circumstances, that the country’s success in doing so did not come by...

  • A Budget that targets social justice

    The Budget for 2017, presented yesterday, was based on the advice: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The Budget needs to be seen within the context of the previous ones presented by the Labour government, which had been aimed at stabilising the...

  • Salesman, promoter… and broker?

    It is not unusual for presidents or prime ministers to try and attract foreign investment for their country when on official visits abroad. It is part of their job, which is why they often take trade and investment missions with them. Prime...

  • Budget needs to look ahead

    While annual government budgets are short-term business plans for the administration of the country, they are also a link in a strategic plan that should cater for the country’s long-term prosperity. The scenario behind this year’s Budget is one...

  • Work ethics must begin at home

    Employer complaints that the education system is churning out students with certificates but no employment skills barely make the headlines any more. Finding the right recruits gets more difficult when unemployment is low, making it an employee...

  • When roads lead to a standstill

    All the king’s horses and all the king’s men could not make traffic flow freely again. Change the word king to the government and it no longer remains a famous nursery rhyme but a reality that motorists face every day. If the powers-that-be...

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