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Editorial

  • Accountability of public boards

    The conduct of the chairman of the Environment and Resources Authority, Victor Axiak, and his colleague on the board of the Planning Authority, marine archaeologist Timmy Gambin, in the controversial Townsquare high-rise development decision...

  • Vigilance to avoid fiscal slippage

    Edward Scicluna’s comment that it gets harder to cut the deficit towards the latter half of the legislature is probably true for every finance minister. He was making the point to the social partners as he unveiled the pre-Budget document. It was...

  • Rise of profiteering in tourism

    One thing that most people would agree on is that the tourism industry is doing well and that it needs to be protected from racketeers who try to exploit tourists by making a fast buck. The recent uproar on the way that visitors to Comino were...

  • Boycott the cause, not the symptom

    Promoting the idea of boycotting the developers of the towers in Mrieħel and Qui-Si-Sana to underscore the gravity of the matter may have some effect but striving for it to actually happen would be politically naïve and unworkable. Most of all, it...

  • ‘Stability of prices’ as an excuse

    It is not just business and industry but consumers, too, that ought to benefit more from the dramatic fall in the price of oil on the international market. The call for the lowering of energy rates was made by the president of the Malta Chamber of...

  • Economy: strong but fragile

    It is natural that Prime Minister Joseph Muscat should take credit for the country’s upbeat economic and financial figures. The economy grew by 6.3 per cent last year and the rating agency Fitch, in its latest assessment, expects 3.6 per cent...

  • The Church’s very modest budget

    The annual report on the Church’s finances shows that, last year, income declined by €1.5 million to €6.4 million. This was mainly due to a drop in revenue from interest. The figures also showed that an increase in revenue from donations of about...

  • Malta’s burgeoning rental market

    Malta’s property market is often described as non-transparent by international financial investors. The main reason is that both the movements in prices in the sale of property and the cost of renting are based on defective indexes. A recent...

  • Glowing indicators vs concerns

    Few may have an appetite to go through a pre-Budget document in the sizzling heat of August, more so when the Prime Minister does not let a week go by without trumpeting the progress the country is making on the economic front. Adding to the...

  • Planning and environmental blight

    The Environment and Resources Authority’s mission is “to safeguard the environment for a sustainable quality of life”. The Planning Authority’s is that of “making Malta and Gozo a more pleasant and desirable place to live in”. Both regulators,...

  • Most definitely in the public interest

    The disclosure of information in the public interest has been the subject of a number of European Court of Human Rights judgments.“The public interest relates to matters which affect the public to such an extent that it may legitimately take an...

  • Prime Minister’s middle class noose

    It is very disconcerting to hear the Prime Minister speak of a “new middle class”. It is not the first time he has done so, having used this incomprehensible term already when in Opposition. It is an odd term at best, not least because middle...

  • High-rise marks new low

    Last week’s approval by the Planning Authority of the 38-storey Townsquare tower in Tigné, Sliema, was not particularly surprising. One only has to look at the way Malta has been ‘uglified’ over the years as the authority has bowed down, time and...

  • Panama Papers probe update

    The Prime Minister has admitted the Panama Papers issue has not been his best political experience since being elected in 2013. At best, this is an understatement about the consequence of this saga not just for the government but for Malta’s...

  • Time to ‘modernise’ the police

    For most serving police officers, donning the uniform is an honour, a commitment to serve and protect society through crime prevention and prosecution. Indeed, the police force should be proud of its 202-year long history. The big majority of...

  • Banking: better safe than sorry

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has lately hit out at commercial banks, accusing them of acting as glorified money boxes. Briefly, the banks stand charged with adopting restrictive practices in their lending policies. He has gone so far as saying the...

  • PBS has democratic function

    Anton Attard’s appointment as CEO at the national broadcaster six years ago was not without its criticism. Mr Attard, who had directed the Nationalist Party’s election campaign two years earlier, was viewed by the Labour Party in Opposition as...

  • Weak start for Police Commissioner

    Whichever way you look at it, it was a weak start for the fifth police commissioner under the present Labour administration. Laurence Cutajar succeeds Michael Cassar, who left after serving just a year, citing health reasons. The Nationalist...

  • Illegalities that persist at Delimara

    The Delimara peninsula, comprising one of Malta’s few unspoilt remaining scenic coastlines, has long been notorious for being part of the trappers’ and hunters’ Wild West. There is now blatant evidence that it is rapidly being taken over by...

  • Economy banks on prudence

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has undoubtedly every right to express his opinion about pretty much everything under the sun. But he is the Prime Minister and his words carry far more weight than those of the normal man or woman on the street. This...

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