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Editorial

  • Quest for constitutional reform

    Just before the last election, Labour Party leader Joseph Muscat said he wanted to give birth to a Second Republic should he be elected to government. He won the election handsomely but the promised constitutional reform, or the constitutional...

  • A monumental judicial blunder

    It started off innocently enough on Wednesday morning when the Justice Ministry announced that the Cabinet had approved the appointment of two new magistrates, both women. The statement went on to give a statis­tical gender breakdown of judicial...

  • A service that the public deserves

    The public service suffers serious prejudice. It conjures up images of a bureaucratic nine-to-five mentality, overstaffed ministries operating in isolation and constant, almost secretive, filing. In recent years, the public service embarked on...

  • Editorial: He should have been stopped

    Editorial: He should have been stopped

    When Prime Minister Joseph Muscat called in the press to announce the ‘resignation’ of Michael Falzon as parliamentary secretary, following a damning report by the National Audit Office on the Gaffarena scandal, an unrepentant Dr Falzon said some...

  • Public perceptions and prison blues

    Corradino Correctional Facility is the Cinderella of the public service. It has been left by successive government administrations to bump along the bottom. Home affairs ministers have occasionally taken an initiative to make an improvement in,...

  • A helping hand for a helpline

    They are the helpers whose voice one hears but whose face one never sees. They are the first port of call for troubled souls, alleviating loneliness for a few moments, directing the depressed to professional help, raising the alarm on child abuse,...

  • Maybe just another brick in the wall

    The White Paper containing proposals to regulate those who sell properties is a step in the right direction but this move alone is unlikely to solve the problems in a sector that is so overheated. The document, spurred by real estate agents...

  • Bus service change needed at all levels

    Is it possible that Malta is back to square one with regard to the efficiency of the public transport system? Going by the regular loud and bitter complaints that have been aired by commuters in this newspaper and elsewhere, it looks like Arriva...

  • A rector shouldn’t lead his shadow

    The choice of a rector for the University of Malta should not be a subject of controversy, nor should it make headlines. However, when the government uses its political clout – and majority in the University Council which elects the new rector –...

  • In the good times and in the bad

    Joseph Muscat and his men and women in government are increasingly showing they do not like the heat. The first advice that comes to mind would, of course, be: if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. However, given Dr Muscat’s choice...

  • Is it back to square one in Libya?

    The official rejection of Libya’s UN-backed national unity government by the country’s internationally-recognised Parliament in Tobruk is disappointing but not particularly surprising. Two days before a peace accord was signed last month in...

  • Beauty of the sleeping kind

    From the seed of an idea to its final shape, any form of art carries a lifetime of subjectivity. The spark of an idea is lit by the artist’s imagination. A painting, book, sculpture is formed by the artist’s own hands. Art is necessarily and by...

  • The quality of University leadership

    The time is fast approaching when the University has to choose the new rector who will lead this educational institution in the coming years. Like many universities in Europe, the University of Malta is funded by the State. But the University is...

  • Three, four is not a coincidence

    Last October, a man arrested in connection with an 11-kilo drug haul committed suicide at the police headquarters lock-up in Floriana. The 39-year-old man from Żejtun was due to be arraigned. A few weeks later, in December, a 36-year-old German...

  • Nationalist Party’s green agenda

    In the closing stages of the 2008 general election, the Nationalist Party, then under the leadership of Lawrence Gonzi, promised that, if re-elected, it would faithfully take steps to reduce what it termed “the environmental deficit”. This...

  • To name or not to name…

    Who or what is a journalist? It may seem like an obvious question, with an even more obvious answer, but in the modern age this question has become ever more pressing since journalists ‘benefit’ from limited forms of protection that allows them to...

  • Internet use at the workplace

    Rather than being seen as giving employers the right to snoop on their employee’s private correspondence, a recent judgment by the European Court of Human Rights should be considered as an eye-opener. A Romanian engineer was fired after he used...

  • Charade at taxpayer’s expense

    There appears to be no end to the abuses taking place today, some,apparently, even with the blessing ofthe administration. It is a first-class scandal if, as it has been reported, the staff employed on a position-of-trust basis in the private...

  • Where the buck should stop

    Michael Falzon did the honourable thing last night when he resigned as parliamentary secretary for planning and simplification of administrative processes. He did so right after the Auditor General’s report on the expropriation of part of a...

  • Another positive economic outlook

    There are two sharply contrasting sides of the situation in Malta as it stands today. On the economic front, the country is doing well but, in terms of governance, the record is far from satisfactory and, judging by the shortcomings that keep...

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