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Editorial

  • Twists and turns in hospitals saga

    Would it not have been more in the national interest had the government been more open and transparent over its dealings with the company entrusted with the running of three hospitals? Had it done so, the company, Vitals Global Healthcare, would...

  • So lonely under the mistletoe

    As we approach the festive season of Christmas the issue of loneliness in society becomes even more poignant. It should force those of us who have close family and friends around us to examine what we can do as individuals to help those afflicted...

  • What’s truly essential in life

    Seemingly determined to sweep his detractors aside, Archbishop Charles Scicluna gallops back to the spotlight with a thought-provoking theme – the pursuit of material gain at all costs. He could not have chosen a better time for it than the...

  • Reform strays from curriculum

    Education Minister Evarist Bartolo is in the media glare over corruption allegations concerning a person of trust he appointed to the Foundation of Tomorrow’s Schools. Also deserving of scrutiny though is his recent launch of ‘My Journey’, a...

  • Active sportsmen short-changed

    With Maltese adults and children ranking among the most obese or overweight in Europe, any incentive to persuade people to change their lifestyle and dedicate more time to exercise is most welcome. In last year’s Budget, the government announced a...

  • Steps towards equity in education

    While the latest public debate on the educational system is focused on the quality of political governance, emerging information on the effectiveness of schools should give rise to some serious soul searching by policymakers. Education has a key...

  • When a rebel lost his cause

    Education Minister Evarist Bartolo knows how to make the right noises, sometimes, like when the Panama Papers scandal erupted and he distanced himself from his Cabinet colleague, Konrad Mizzi. It was around the same time that he began to get...

  • A process of recalibration

    As Malta takes over the presidency of the Council of the European Union next month, it would be wise to brace ourselves for what lies ahead. If you thought 2016 provided a rough ride for the European Union’s prospects, just wait for the 2017...

  • Lack of control in childcare scheme

    Never mind just for a moment the scandals that have rocked and plagued this administration since it took office and that have kept surfacing, almost regularly, since the oil procurement scandal revealed in the dying days of the previous...

  • A scheme riddled with questions

    Is the General Workers’ Union making a profit – directly or indirectly – out of the community work scheme or not? Why was the scheme kept under wraps? Why was this newspaper refused a copy of the contract entered into by the government’s Jobs Plus...

  • Minister must step aside

    The tempest that has been unleashed around the Foundation for Tomorrow’s Schools (FTS) and the Ministry of Education by the sudden resignation of FTS CEO Phillip Rizzo is yet another example of government’s chickens coming home to roost. Since the...

  • When a poppy goes potty

    When 22 men lined up for their World Cup qualifier match in Wembley stadium on Armistice Day, they had much more in common that their love for football. They each wore a poppy on their arm, in defiance of a Fifa directive banning “political,...

  • 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...

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