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Editorial

  • A serious economic issue

    One issue that everyone understands is the importance of food in our lives. Many take it for granted they can help themselves to food whenever they want to. For others, though, finding food on the table every day will always be a struggle. The...

  • Court experts must be beyond reproach

    The entire law courts system is dependent on the trust of the people, a trust built on tangible elements. An effective legal system needs more than a whiff of ‘Caesar’s wife’ about it, as do all the officers that form part of it. The phrase ‘sober...

  • Time to take stock at Projects Malta

    When Projects Malta was conceived by the government, it seemed like an idea meant to shortcut the public sector’s bureaucracy and get things done. The aim of the company, registered in April 2014 and formally inaugurated in February last year, was...

  • Good policy but bad implementation

    The introduction of a maternity leave fund in July 2015 was a good policy aimed at ending gender discrimination in the workforce. Employers pay 0.3 per cent of the basic pay for every employee to build up a fund from which the 14-week maternity...

  • Raising the minimum wage

    The request made by Caritas for a rise in the minimum wage should be discussed in earnest between the government and the social partners. Despite Malta enjoying a booming economy, it is more than evident that a section of the population – and this...

  • Mental hospital needs attention

    When one patient requiring constant supervision escapes from a State mental hospital, the likelihood is that few would give the incident more than passing attention, even if it happens to be a very serious matter. However, when four escape within...

  • Telenovelas do not make politics

    Former prime minister Alfred Sant compares local politics to telenovelas. He does not see much policy differences between the two main parties and so, he says, one way for them to differentiate themselves is through a tribal system. It is a...

  • Powerlessness and lack of enforcement

    What do you do when your garden disappears and the door leading to it suddenly becomes the opening to a large hole in the ground? This is not fiction and the answer to that question is as quixotic as the question itself. When an elderly Sliema...

  • Dangers of rampant development

    The area around St George’s Bay, up to Paceville, is set to witness an unprecedented level of development in the coming years. One can hardly oppose development because it is a motor of the economy, however, it should never be unbridled. Malta has...

  • Buy a passport, get your vote free

    The government calls it an individual investment programme intended to attract to Malta people with talent and money to invest. The more down to earth deem it a sale of Maltese/European passports and information tabled in Parliament indicates that...

  • Mini-State with a super-size Cabinet

    Winning a general election with a huge majority appears to have given Joseph Muscat a sense of superiority that allows him to think he can get away with anything he does wrong, even if it is clear to all, or practically all, that he is going over...

  • No sound of noise pollution control

    Chances are that this morning, you were woken up by the gas vendor blasting his horn at half past six. Then the bread man followed in noisy pursuit. At night, you were kept awake by loud cars revving and racing along the first stretch of smooth...

  • Development with no planning

    In the daily routine of life, we very often tend to overlook certain trespasses, turn a blind eye or even force ourselves to accept the unacceptable, be that traffic violations, building infringements or inadequate consumer affairs. Tolerance can...

  • Lifeline for the poor among us

    The question has arisen again, this time maybe even more forcefully. Caritas has called for an increase in the minimum wage, over and above cost of living increases. The call follows an intensive study carried out by the Church NGO, which found...

  • Dwejra Heritage Park guardians

    Malta’s fast diminishing natural landscape received a welcome boost when, earlier this month, an application for the rehabilitation of a quarry and the building of a retirement home in Wied Għomor was rejected by the Planning Authority. It was...

  • When silence is clearly not an option

    When allegations of impropriety are made against the financial services regulator the red bulb should light up. Some allegations may turn out to be unfounded but a country with a thriving financial services sector that forms a crucial part of the...

  • Risks awaiting early school leavers

    The number of early school leavers has been declining gradually over the past decade. However, Malta still ranks in the penultimate position with the second highest share of early school leavers in the European Union. With almost 20 per cent of...

  • System waiting to collapse

    System waiting to collapse

    This Labour government’s very poor record in accountability, good governance and transparency is now well established, with the Panama scandal being only the latest example (and by far the most serious) of this shocking trend which has...

  • System waiting to collapse

    This Labour government’s very poor record in accountability, good governance and transparency is now well established, with the Panama scandal being only the latest example (and by far the most serious) of this shocking trend which has...

  • Democracy down a slippery slope

    When governance is corrupted, a civilised country would be playing with fire. An attack on institutions – notably those meant to ensure that a sound system of checks and balances is always in place – and an attempt to stifle freedom of expression...

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