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  • Editorial: Sai Mizzi has nothing to cry about

    Editorial: Sai Mizzi has nothing to cry about

    “I have something like €3,000 a month,” Malta’s special envoy to China told the Times of Malta last week. As Sai Mizzi Liang did so, she broke down in tears. It appears this was not the only breakdown in this communication. At best she was being...

  • Elderly deserve decent living facilities

    It is a sad reality that most societies are losing the respect they once had for the elderly. Many older people who can no longer support themselves end up living the last years of their lives in an institution. The least that a public institution...

  • Energy source gone with the wind

    In the run-up to the last general election, the Labour Party had committed itself to adhere to the European Union’s targets on renewable energy but also to reconsider the ‘mix’ of energy sources to achieve them. It now appears clear that in...

  • The Chinese connection

    Everyone seems to be doing it. Angela Merkel and David Cameron have talked up the benefits of doing business with a prosperous China while US Secretary of State John Kerry attended the annual China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue. Joseph Muscat...

  • Truancy prevention in action

    Truancy is one of the most serious blights that affects the well-being of our society. It is identified as an educational, social and juvenile justice issue that calls for immediate action by policymakers if social cohesion is to flourish. The...

  • Time to clean up city entrance

    As Renzo Piano’s controversial project takes shape, with the open-air theatre and the majestic steps on each side of the entrance, already in use, a question mark hangs over the entrance’s future. Will the government have the courage to clean up...

  • Unconvincing explanations for Skolasajf

    The Education Ministry has just published a number of strategic studies that are aimed at addressing the daunting long-term challenges faced by the educational sector. Well-written glitzy documents outlined the way that educational achievements...

  • Infrastructure minister gets the flak

    It was to be expected that Transport and Infrastructure Minister Joe Mizzi would get some flak following the announcement by an oil company that it had plugged and abandoned an exploratory oil well it had been drilling south of Malta. The reason...

  • Is industry losing its competitive edge?

    Even though the country’s economy as a whole is doing well and prospects remain good, the manufacturing industry is getting increasingly worried over the impact of rising costs. Although there are some contrasting assessments, industrial...

  • Political consensus on migration

    Political parties rarely win elections by adopting pro-migration and integration policies. On the contrary, as evidenced by the recent European Parliament elections, it is right-wing groups that shun integration that are nowadays capitalising on...

  • Changing of the guards

    The removal of Peter Paul Zammit from Police Commissioner may have surprised a lot of people but those in the know were expecting it. There were slip-ups on his side and he overstepped the mark when making certain statements. His resignation came...

  • Right to speak in secularised society

    Archbishop Paul Cremona made a powerful comment when, at an event to mark the World Day for Social Communications, he expressed frustration that the Church did not always feel truly free to express itself. “In a secularised world, and in a...

  • Right to speak in secularised society

    Archbishop Paul Cremona made a powerful comment when, at an event to mark the World Day for Social Communications, he expressed frustration that the Church did not always feel truly free to express itself. “In a secularised world, and in a...

  • Party financing law: will it work?

    Justice Minister Owen Bonnici is already describing a Bill aimed at regulating party financing as a milestone in the island’s political history, even though it has not been made law and put to the test yet. It will be a milestone on paper but it...

  • Building more, building higher

    The publication of the planning authority’s new policy for high-rise building was strongly criticised by environment groups. The underlying suspicion is that the new policy is intended to placate the building lobby with the result that it appears...

  • Clamping down on benefit abusers

    Remember the public outrage some time ago over the case of a boxer who had managed to defraud the taxpayer of €21,465 in pension which he had claimed for allegedly being visually impaired when he was still practising the sport? Well, apparently,...

  • Strategy to combat early school leaving

    Malta’s poor record in the educational achievement of a significant proportion of students completing their compulsory education is a threat to the country’s economic prospects. The European Commission has set tough targets by insisting that...

  • Drug addiction is evil, but...

    The biggest problem with the debate on whether the personal use of drugs should be illegal is that it is completely stereotyped. In the blue corner you have the arch-opposers who think any form of tolerance will be the death of us, while in the...

  • Quest for autonomous Parliament

    As Parliament prepares to migrate to a new building at City Gate, Valletta, Speaker Anġlu Farrugia has tabled a report aimed to assure the administrative autonomy of Malta’s highest institution. Drawn up by an internal commission, it builds upon...

  • Mediterranean drowning season

    The European Union summit in Brussels will, undoubtedly, be dominated by the decision over who should be the new president of the European Commission. But there is one more issue that will be brought into the political mix. Young, dynamic Italian...

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