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Editorial

  • Luciano Busuttil triple whammy

    Last week should have been a bad week for Labour MP Luciano Busuttil, possibly the worst in his political career. An appeals court ordered an investigation into “serious allegations” of conflict of interest involving him and advice he gave...

  • Budget with some good intentions?

    The most positive aspect of Budget 2015 is the government’s intention to tackle social benefit fraud, which has undoubtedly weighed down the country. The initiative to coax the young people – who have displayed a reluctance to work – into...

  • Patrick Spiteri case: what now?

    Just two days after he was arrested by Surrey police on the strength of a European Arrest Warrant, fraudster Patrick Spiteri was granted bail by the Westminster Magistrate’s Court in London on Monday. He spent another 48 hours at a custodial...

  • Concrete coastline in the south

    The government’s privatisation unit at the behest of the government’s Consultative Council for the South has proposed that a strip of land about five kilometres long between Smart City and Żonqor Point in Marsascala should be designated for the...

  • Energy: way forward is still unclear

    It is somewhat strange that as the government is presenting the Budget for 2015 it is at the same time unable to announce the new target date for the building of a new power station, an important part of what is by far one of the biggest projects...

  • Specific areas reserved for hunters

    The revelation that, in 1986, the then Labour Prime Minister had given the hunters’ federation exclusive use over public land in Miżieb and l-Aħrax tal-Mellieħa – an agreement which was subsequently endorsed in 1989 by the Nationalist Party then...

  • Appointments to positions of trust

    When, on being elected with a landslide majority, the Labour government appointed a staunch Labour supporter as head of the civil service, it sent out the wrong message right from the start. In rushing headlong to appoint former General Workers’...

  • Safety in open, public places

    The recent accident in Pembroke involving the terrible experience of a 66-year-old man who spent almost 24 hours chin-deep in water in a dark well holding onto the dog he had gone to rescue has drawn attention to some of the public safety hazards...

  • From laggard to top performer

    There is a huge difference between the amount of value added tax lost to evasion, as quoted in a European Commission report for 2012, and the sum which, according to the Maltese finance ministry, was actually lost. According to the Commission’s...

  • Organ transplants: giving life after death

    In prosperous countries demand for organ transplants is growing as ageing populations, hypertension, diabetes and obesity take their toll. The gap between donors and recipients of human organs continues to increase. According to Health...

  • New EU mission inadequate

    Immigration is one of the key political issues facing the European Union. But the problems of immigration mean different things across the Union. For some, such as the United Kingdom, Germany and other northern European countries, there is concern...

  • Rating agency outlines challenges

    Credit rating agencies and the European Commission are giving Malta good marks on the performance of the economy but, as is the case with practically any assessment, there are also some underlying concerns in their reports. While, obviously, the...

  • Let women drive up the numbers

    The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report has just been published. It shows that Malta’s position has slipped 15 places to 99th out of the 142 nations examined – Malta’s worst performance in five years. The rankings are based on a range...

  • Plea on state of the environment

    Din l-Art Ħelwa was founded half a century ago. Its objectives have been to promote the preservation of historic buildings and monuments, to protect the natural environment, to stimulate enforcement of existing laws and the enactment of new ones...

  • To name or not to name MPs

    Speaker Anġlu Farrugia ought to withdraw the ruling he gave on Monday ordering the editor of l-Orizzont to carry “a clarification and a correction” within two days. Also, the ruling should be struck off the official records of the House as if it...

  • Holding government to account

    A government that prides itself on being transparent in administration ought to act in a transparent manner all the time when it suits it. The Labour government pays lip service to transparency and accountability but the number of instances in...

  • No respite for road-weary drivers

    For the past year, the patience of motorists has been severely tested by the hazardous challenges of driving on roads that are generally inadequate for the over 332,000 vehicles licensed to use them and also by disruptive improvement projects that...

  • Challenges facing the PN

    Simon Busuttil made an attempt last Sunday to offer hope that the Nationalist Party will be able to emerge from the electoral wilderness after its crushing defeat last year. Addressing the party’s first General Convention, he vowed not to allow...

  • Challenges for the Juncker Commission

    The challenges facing the new European Commission led by its new president, Jean-Claude Juncker, which takes office today, are many. Over the next five years, Mr Juncker and his team must focus on boosting the sluggish eurozone economy, preventing...

  • Ebola virus and the politics of fear

    Health experts in Western countries insist that the odds of contracting Ebola are remote and that many other scourges, such as traffic deaths, accidental shootings and suicides, pose a much bigger danger to the public. But fear is irrational and...

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