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Editorial

  • The public service going private

    The current debate on the General Workers’ Union jobless scheme – the union will manage a community work scheme through a government concession – has raised numerous questions, not only on the scheme itself but also on the wider scope and mission...

  • Bridging students’ achievement gap

    Decades of educational reform have left Malta in the unenviable position of ranking among the countries with the lowest achievement levels for students who leave compulsory education at the age of 16. Although Malta spends relatively as much on...

  • Malta Budget ‘broadly compliant’

    Like so many other governments everywhere, Joseph Muscat’s administration does not hold back from inflating successes and downplaying unfavourable trends, criticism or, even, cautionary remarks or observations. Judging by the government’s reaction...

  • Mixed signals in Fitch’s bank rating

    Rating agencies like Fitch have an important role of guiding investors on the financial strength of companies listed on the world’s stock exchanges. Although in the last few years they lost some of their prestige when they failed to recognise the...

  • Important aspect of national life

    Our language is one of the most powerful forces uniting and identifying us as a nation. The survival of the Maltese language is probably our largest claim to a distinctly Maltese identity. Still, this country appears to have an existential problem...

  • Expropriation: a just approach

    Last February the Magistrate’s Court ordered the Land Commissioner to pay €2.6 million in compensation for land expropriated in 1974. The compensation covered two parcels of land measuring nearly 8,000 square metres that were expropriated in Wied...

  • Drive against antisocial behaviour

    Maltese friendliness and the willingness to help others is a trait that, for decades, served as a tag-line for the tourism industry, feeding on St Luke’s documentation – in chapters 27 and 28 of the Acts of the Apostles – of St Paul’s coming to...

  • Patient’s charter is a step forward

    A patient’s charter, just launched by Health Minister Chris Fearne, takes the island’s health service yet another step forward if it is rigorously followed. If not, it will be yet another useless exercise. Indeed, this is not the first time a...

  • Same game, all over again

    When it comes to civil rights, the Labour Party has a curious history. It won kudos at the 2011 referendum on divorce, even though it did not even take a stand. The Nationalist Party did and paid a heavy price for it. Its middle class liberal...

  • Shaping the future of retail

    The retail industry in Malta has traditionally been one of the more important economic sectors, even if in the last years it may have declined in importance as technology has revolutionised the way people shop. Today there are more than 18,000...

  • Secondary-door tactics becoming norm

    The Prime Minister and his Cabinet colleagues may run away from waiting journalists but they cannot hide. Admittedly, having journalists breathing down your neck and monitoring your every move is not exactly something to look forward to. However,...

  • Drop in governing standards

    Despite the long string of claims over corruption, sleaze, maladministration and rampant cronyism, Labour still leads in the polls. Although cynics may hold that the situation is not as bad as it is made out to be by the government’s opponents or,...

  • When truth is hard to find

    Truth is always elusive: difficult to define, hard to arrive at, rarely agreed on. It lately appears to have become even more slippery: it is said that we now live in a “post-truth” world, especially when it comes to politics. Oxford...

  • Hospital use of expired medicine

    The use of expired medicine is often shrouded in controversy, misinformation and occasional political spin. The last thing patients in intensive care and their families need is to go through a bout of anxiety as they discover that expired drugs...

  • Reforming public procurement

    The European Union promotes a strategy of transparent, fair and competitive public procurement across the Single Market as it generates business opportunities, drives economic growth and creates jobs. The tactics it uses to achieve this strategic...

  • All eyes on the police… again

    Much has been said about the arrest of footballer Daniel Bogdanovich and his purported release from police custody to be able to play for his club. According to the story that broke on MaltaToday, the footballer was released by the Gozo police...

  • EU forecasts a ‘soft-landing’

    If all the applications for the construction of high-rise buildings go through, Malta’s economy is likely to continue growing at a rate that will keep it among the front runners in the European Union for quite some time. These projects are not...

  • Health and safety at the workplace

    Few would disagree that the preservation of the health and safety of workers should be the primary objective of employers, employees, trade unions and policymakers. Yet, very often ‘action’ goes no more than paying lip-service. The management of...

  • No peace with the Paceville plan

    When the Planning Authority organises a ‘public consultation’ meeting on the Paceville master plan and its officials get jeered and booed at by the crowd then something is definitely amiss. The non-government organisations are very clear of what...

  • The secret government

    Information is the lubricant of democracy. On it depends the smooth running of the democratic process, in which citizens make informed choices about who should govern on their behalf, whether their representatives are truly serving the interests...

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