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Editorial

  • Back to school and to the future

    Students everywhere are already mourning the end of summer and feeling the twinge of excitement – spiked with dread – of a new scholastic year. Everything has a bright sheen to it, from the unopened books to the squeaky tread of new shoes and the...

  • Cleanliness at the very top

    Has anyone ever carried out a survey of what tourists think of Malta after taking a ride on a sightseeing coach, particularly in summer? While many may find the topography interesting, with dome and spires dominating (at least up to now) the...

  • Slap in the face for obstinacy

    A second sacrificial lamb bit the dust in Strasbourg yesterday as the European Parliament resoundingly rejected the nomination of former environment minister Leo Brincat to the European Court of Auditors. Mr Brincat had just managed to scrape...

  • Manifestly unfair compensation

    The two major political parties have, for decades, used the requisition of property owned by private individuals for infrastructural and social causes (occasionally, especially in the 1970s and early 1980s, in a blatantly illegal manner too).

  • Right time to claw back the land

    The Marsascala local council was recently faced with an ingenious proposal to consider: what if the government bought the land occupied by the derelict Jerma Hotel and gave it back to the public as an open space to enjoy? Nationalist councillor...

  • Restore trust in the police

    If there is one institution in a democracy in which it is vital for the public to have full confidence, it is the police. Instead, there has been a series of unsettling developments which have seriously eroded the unquestioning trust we should...

  • Mechanics of judicial appointments

    The appointment of judges and magistrates has for decades been viewed as a political process because of the way it was handled. This should no longer be the case if the proposed criteria compiled by a Committee on Judicial Appointments are...

  • Time to send in the clownfish

    It was with exasperation and disbelief that the country watched the charade of the Planning Authority’s handling of the chaos in the fish farm industry. After months of complaints, it looked like the watchdog was finally going to do something...

  • Resolute action on Panama a must

    If Prime Minister Joseph Muscat had any doubts whether he should instruct his Minister Without Portfolio, Konrad Mizzi, to face the European Parliament’s Panama Papers Committee, what Leo Brincat told MEPs earlier this week should have made him...

  • Success fuels Budget expectations

    When, with a degree of justification, the government is making so much of the island’s economic success and when the Prime Minister keeps saying in his Sunday political messages that the best has yet to come, it is only reasonable to expect that...

  • When it just looks like a duck

    We are at times reminded that if something looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, it probably is a duck. We are also told that if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. The latest case of the alleged medical visas racket has a bit of...

  • A national biodiversity strategy

    Do the Maltese hate trees, as some assert, or is it political and governmental incompetence that has left this country with one of the lowest proportions of forest cover anywhere in Europe? Trees are part of the living system. They propagate and...

  • Crack down on litter louts

    Our sister newspaper, the Times of Malta, last week ran two articles highlighting the shabbi­ness of Valletta and of Sliema and St Julian’s. Both gave prominence to photos showing a similar scene: a skip and a bin at a bring-in site surrounded by...

  • Nothing is thicker than blood

    Every year, in June, the World Health Organisation celebrates World Blood Donor Day with the aim of highlighting the need of ensuring a reliable supply of safe blood for patients whose lives would depend on it. Blood saves lives. It supports...

  • Games with a minister’s wife

    The saga of the appointment of the wife of a Cabinet minister as Malta Enterprise’s special envoy to China started out badly, degenerated with time and looks set to come to an inglorious end. If this is the end. Sai Mizzi Liang, wife of Minister...

  • Good development banking

    Setting up a development bank is a positive move in Malta’s small local financial market. Financing for local projects has, so far, been limited to lending provided by two large and a number of smaller commercial banks. These banks do not normally...

  • New labour market landscape

    When building contractors proceed at breakneck speed, making hay while the sun shines, one would think the number of workers in the construction industry is shooting up by leaps and bounds. Few believe this is not the case but official figures...

  • An opportunity to reward abusers

    It is amazing how the Planning Authority can ever launch what it calls a “one-time opportunity” that invites people who, over the years, have spited it, ignored it or undermined it, to now come forward to cash in on their illegalities. But it was...

  • Unlicensed to kill and cause injury

    That driving – or even walking – on our roads is a bit like playing a game of Russian roulette can hardly be contested. It has been a bad year for Maltese traffic, with some very bad accidents, including fatal ones, taking place regularly,...

  • Assault on national broadcaster

    The happenings at Public Broadcasting Services over the past weeks have given rise to much public concern. PBS is like no other media house. It is funded through taxpayer money and its role is defined by law. It is to ensure “due impartiality” in...

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