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Editorial

  • Differences over sick leave proposal

    Malta is never short of controversies. Never mind long-standing ones, such as those on hunting, overdevelopment, fireworks factories, wardens, and irregular immigrants, new ones seem to crop up all the time. The controversy over the...

  • Hard task for tourism zone committee

    It is difficult to understand why it has been deemed necessary to set up what is being called a national tourism zone committee to improve the tourist pro-duct when the country has so many local councils, far more than it should have, considering...

  • Real significance of charity contributions

    The festive season is over. The most significant interpretation of the record contributions made by the public to various charities goes beyond the heart-warming consideration that our society still has a soft spot for those who are marginalised...

  • Property debts: writing on the wall

    How a person interprets the news that almost half of banks’ non-performing loans come from the construction and real estate sectors depends on whether they are an optimist or a pessimist. The pessimist will undoubtedly derive great pleasure in...

  • Public transport at crossroads

    For some time it has seemed almost inevitable that the route bus service by Arriva would come to an end. Given the expectations and hype when the company came to Malta, this is a sad occurrence especially because public transport is so important...

  • First reality check for government

    Nine months after its resounding success at the polls, the Labour Party in government has received a reality check that should make it stand up and listen. The sharp decline in trust in the government, just revealed in a Eurobarometer survey, may...

  • Looking to point the finger of blame

    When something upsets the apple cart, the knee jerk reaction is to point the finger of blame. So it was with the judgment handed down by Mr Justice Joseph Azzopardi about chicken producers Valle del Miele trying to sue auditors Deloitte and Touche...

  • Government not listening enough

    Joseph Muscat is wrong if he thinks he can fool people all the time. After his government was forced to redraw the sale-for-citizenship scheme following widespread criticism to it both in Malta and in the international press, he came out...

  • 2014: another chance to get it right

    A very apt, down-to-earth quote at the start of the new year is one by media leader and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey: “Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” Many will get it right but there will be those, particularly...

  • Choosing right candidate for presidency

    With only four months to go before the current President of the Republic relinquishes his post, time is pressing for the selection of his successor. The worst thing that can happen is to have the post filled by a person considered to be divisive...

  • What is of news value?

    It is not at all surprising that the Broadcasting Authority has found that PBS erred when it failed to immediately report what Finance Minister Edward Scicluna said when he replied to criticism of the cash-for-passport scheme in Brussels earlier...

  • The year of the changeover

    On Tuesday night we will bid farewell to a politically-charged year, which saw the Labour Party win a landslide victorty after 15 years in Opposition. The transition has been smooth... to a certain extent. The most important pillar – the economy –...

  • What it means to be rich

    Ask five persons what it would mean for them to be rich and you would probably get five very different answers. They would probably agree that being rich means having more money than they really need, but it is more than likely that they would...

  • Fair society treats disabled with dignity

    The American author and journalist David Simon recently delivered a speech in the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney. He said: “The ultimate tragedy of capitalism in our time, is that it has achieved economic dominance without regard to a...

  • The real meaning of Christmas

    So this is Christmas. And, just like in John Lennon’s immortal song, we can all ask ourselves: what have we done? More importantly: what can we do to live and transmit the real spirit of Christmas? How can we reconcile the religious and...

  • Attempt to shoot down rights

    Just when you thought the hunters’ federation could not sink to new lows, last Monday we were treated to its latest shameful demand. In a desperate attempt to stop a referendum on spring hunting from going ahead, the FKNK told reporters it would...

  • Editorial: Don’t demand respect, earn it

    If there was one scene which sums up the Carol Peralta debacle last Thursday, it was the sight of the magistrate puffing away right under a ‘no smoking’ sign in the Law Court corridors as he ordered the police to arrest a reporter for doing his...

  • May I have a glass of ‘mild’ wine?

    A restaurant in Republic Street, Valletta, was advertising ‘mild wine’ on a board outside its main door these past few days. Tourists passing by found it amusing but Education Minister Evarist Bartolo would despair at such a blatant corruption of...

  • Magistrate Peralta must go

    Magistrate Carol Peralta was absolutely wrong when he allowed a party to be held in his courtroom. Should he decide to hold such receptions, then he has every right to hold them in a hall attached to the Chamber of Advocates, within the court...

  • New ways to combat social exclusion

    The terms ‘social exclusion’ and ‘poverty’ are often used interchangeably to refer to a ‘state of deep deprivation’ of certain groups in society. These groups are characterised by ‘persistently low income and heavy reliance on social...

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