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Editorial

  • When roads lead to a standstill

    All the king’s horses and all the king’s men could not make traffic flow freely again. Change the word king to the government and it no longer remains a famous nursery rhyme but a reality that motorists face every day. If the powers-that-be...

  • Fuel market should be probed

    Fuel station owner Mario Camilleri took a bold step in January last year when he decided to lower the price of diesel by 2c. He had been offered a higher profit margin on diesel by fuel supplier San Lucian (a subsidiary of the Falzon Group) and,...

  • Essence of university education

    In most countries, university students are often the most vociferous protagonists in stimulating change in society. To do this, one must have a vision about the future. To convince other about our vision we need to communicate our ideas in an...

  • Key ethical values in free fall

    By all accounts it would seem the government is fast losing all sense of ethical values. Hard to believe but the Prime Minister sees no wrong in having with him at Castille a top aide whose personal business stands to benefit from a manufacturing...

  • Science for economic prosperity

    The Maltese economy is passing through a phase of growth that is encouraging. Whether this growth is sustainable is much less certain. It would be wiser for economic policymakers to dig deep in the foundations of our economy rather than repeat the...

  • Never-ending Syrian tragedy

    The suffering in Syria is heart-breaking, with the images of bloodied children being dug out of the rubble in the hell-hole of Aleppo putting our own petty worries into perspective. The situation there is a stain on our collective conscience as it...

  • Fielding questions is no concession

    In court, Minister Without Portfolio Konrad Mizzi was finally available to answer questions. He’s become a rare sight, strutting off to Europe playing energy minister, when he is not, or to Singapore to witness the launch of an LNG tanker for a...

  • Answer to the language question

    Malta’s varied colonial past has often raised the question of what language should prevail in the education sector. Almost a century ago, the battle between the use of Italian and English in public administration, the law courts and even in...

  • PN leader spells out his political vision

    Perhaps the strongest line in Simon Busuttil’s speech at the meeting on the Granaries marking the 52nd Independence anniversary was his stress on the need for the country to win back “independence” from corruption, abuse, injustice and...

  • Added protection for suspects

    In 2011, the European Commissioner for Justice unveiled proposals to strengthen the rights of criminal suspects across all the European Union. These provided, inter alia, that all suspects, whether EU citizens or not, should be assured of the...

  • Improved competitiveness ranking

    With its back to the wall trying to fend off relentless attacks on its impropriety and low governance standards, it is not surprising the government misses no opportunity to make the most of any favourable report that comes its way. It is not...

  • When the noose gets tighter

    When the Office of the Prime Minister still has to make so much effort to shield Minister Without Portfolio Konrad Mizzi from media questions, it is clear that the Panama Papers scandal is bearing its weight on the government. He is kept ‘hidden’...

  • They just don’t get it

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s casual dismissal of any potential conflict of interest involving his chief of staff Keith Schembri and the $100 million investment by Crane Currency is shocking... but not particularly surprising. Bad governance has...

  • An action plan for children

    A draft version of a comprehensive, eight-year national children’s policy was launched by the Family Minister in conjunction with the Children’s Commissioner. Its vision is for “Children [to be] respected, protected and have their rights...

  • The regeneration of Paceville

    The heart of Paceville is only about a quarter of a mile square. It is smaller than Soho, in London, but probably packs as many entertainment, restaurant, shopping and residential facilities as that other ‘mecca of fun’. The pressure on residents...

  • Debate on voting age picks up again

    Times are changing fast, in some areas faster than expected or what would seem correct. Changing things just for the sake of winning a name for being progressive is not good enough and could even be dangerous. The proposal to bring down the voting...

  • Millennials’ addiction to substance abuse

    In today’s society young people face challenges that their parents and grandparents never had to face. We may be living in a more affluent society but it seems that being a young person today is not easy. Understanding why this apparent...

  • Sadeen’s feet must be kept to the fire

    Twelve weeks ago, the National Commission for Further and Higher Education offered the Sadeen Group a licence to operate a university in Malta on the proviso that they adhered to 16 stringent conditions. The Commission made it plain that the...

  • Heritage awareness and protection

    On Good Friday 2001, Malta woke up to the shocking news that about 60 megaliths at the 5,000-year-old temples ofMnajdra had been toppled in an act of vandalism. The only silver lining to emerge from that catastrophic act was that it galvanised the...

  • Needed: transport master plan

    Transport Minister Joe Mizzi’s announcement that the government will shortly be selecting the best offer for a study on the options and costs of a tram service is to be welcomed. Asked about a previous commitment to conduct a feasibility study on...

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