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Editorial

  • Mallia to resign, but what next?

    On Sunday Joseph Muscat struck the humblest tone he has mustered throughout his term as Prime Minister to date (having little choice), acknowledging mistakes have been made in relation to the shooting incident involving Manuel Mallia’s driver. He...

  • Towards a vigilant, creative Church

    Archbishop Emeritus Paul Cremona spoke briefly during a Christ the King Mass in Valletta, but he was succinct: “The Church needs creative people who will lead the country through evangelisation.” His words echoed those of Pope Francis who, in his...

  • The Mallia crisis

    The week could not have started off in worse fashion for the Labour government – which showed that if Manuel Mallia is not being cheered by convicts, he is the object of rapturous applause when someone under his direct responsibility is on the...

  • Are mandatory exercise programmes really fit?

    Health authorities fret about the increasing incidence of obesity especially among our younger generations. Many students are becoming lazy, slow and less motivated as their excess weight leads to increasing low self-esteem and increased...

  • Archaic laws, cutting red tape

    ‘Red tape’ generally refers to excessive bureaucracy: needless regulation and rigid conformity to rules that prevent or hinder action or decision-making. It is a phrase usually applied to governments, but may also afflict large organisations,...

  • Energy project now delayed by 15 months

    Finally, after so much huffing and puffing, the Labout government has come out with a new timeline for its new energy project. Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi announced in Parliament on Tuesday night that Enemalta now expects to start buying...

  • PN showing signs of recovery

    Over 18 months after it lost the election by a landslide, the Nationalist Party is at long last showing signs of recovery. In recent weeks, there have been indications of a party moving in the right direction and being on the ball. Party leader...

  • Snip red tape to boost EU funds take-up

    Less affluent EU countries often find it difficult to take up the structural and cohesion funds allocated to them. This is often not through lack of interest on the part of member states or regions, but because of the red tape that burdens the...

  • An outdated broadcasting watchdog

    The Broadcasting Authority has specific duties assigned to it both under the Constitution and the Broadcasting Act. It must ensure due impartiality when dealing with issues of political or industrial controversy or relating to current public...

  • Budget overshadowed

    Both party leaders made reasonably good parliamentary speeches on the Budget, but anything they said on the subject was overshadowed by the Prime Minister’s refusal to sack Home Affairs Minister Manuel Mallia over the shooting incident involving...

  • The best way ahead for Gozo

    Gozo survives on tourism and agriculture. Its industrial base is extremely limited. By Maltese standards, unemployment is relatively high and job opportunities limited. If it were more industrialised, the tiny island would probably lose the...

  • The worsening situation in Libya

    The news that the two remaining diplomats at Malta’s Embassy in Tripoli have been recalled home is worrying and shows the extent of the deteriorating situation in Libya. The Foreign Ministry said the diplomats in Tripoli had been subjected to...

  • Editorial: Is Muscat afraid of his minister?

    Editorial: Is Muscat afraid of his minister?

    What’s the difference between Godfrey Farrugia and Manuel Mallia? Both have been ministers in the Muscat government. Both were appointed at the same time. However, one was dropped like a stone over a perceived failure to deliver while the other...

  • Political impropriety growing steadily

    Simon Busuttil was devastating in his criticism of the Budget on Monday. It was not his analysis of the Budget that made an impact, but his account of the ever-growing political impropriety in government. It is this that is causing concern. It is...

  • Downplaying problems in industry

    Finance Minister Edward Scicluna hit the wrong note – not for the first time – when on the latest edition of Times Talk he called a set of export figures issued by the EU statistical agency Eurostat fake (fażul). He argued that, as the survey only...

  • Labour budget from the centre

    Last Monday’s Budget reaffirms the trend adopted by the Labour government in formulating its economic policy, namely that it has rejected the left-wing polices of the past and has moved to the political centre. A cut in income tax, incentives to...

  • Editorial: PM should shoot first this time

    Editorial: PM should shoot first this time

    In the national interest, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat should shoot first and ask questions later if he truly was “angry and disgusted” with Wednesday night’s shooting incident. He should waste no more time in demanding the immediate resignation...

  • Breathing new life into MCESD

    A promising opportunity has arisen for a serious effort to be made to put the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development on a sound footing. It takes the shape of a set of recommendations made by a working group for the restructuring of the...

  • Time to think outside the box

    Budget time is a cycle in the life of a legislature that politicians look forward to with particular enthusiasm to reassert their positions and attempt to gainpolitical mileage. Although the budget ought not to be turned into a political...

  • Air Malta: the way forward

    With 17 months left for Air Malta to reach its restructuring targets, chairwoman Maria Micallef made an important point a few days ago: “We need to get out of restructuring mode and start thinking of long-term sustainability beyond 2016.” Air...

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