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Editorial

  • Simon Busuttil shuffles PN pack

    ‘Bold’ is the most obvious word to describe Simon Busuttil’s root and branch shake-up of his front bench on Thursday. Since he became leader he has been saying that he wants to break with the past and this is his strongest statement of intent to...

  • The carnage in Paris

    The past week’s terrorist attacks in Paris sent shockwaves throughout the civilised world. Last Wednesday, two masked men armed with assault rifles brutally murdered 12 people at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, and the...

  • The English language question

    Being both Maltese- and English-speaking is one of Malta’s fortunate quirks of history. The so-called ‘Language Question’, which wracked Malta’s politics in the 1920s and 1930s – a battle for dominance between Italian, English and Maltese as the...

  • Why are petrol prices still so high?

    As the country picks up from where it left off before the Christmas holidays, the same issues that kept politicians so deeply engaged in debate will pop up again once Parliament starts meeting again. As usually happens year after year, by then...

  • The Paris terrorists are cowards

    The scene of a policeman lying on the ground with his hands in the air as two gunmen approach him is perhaps the most harrowing scene from yesterday’s barbaric attack in Paris, but it is the reverberations of the terrorists’ actions that will have...

  • Promoting smarter ways of working

    The employment market in Malta is often discussed very superficially with politicians extracting those bits of data that suit their purposes. Admittedly, Malta has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the EU. At the same time, it also has one...

  • A new beginning for the police

    The Malta Police could hardly have marked their 200th anniversary in worse circumstances. A change at the top twice in the space of five months, a shooting incident involving an officer doubling as driver to the former home affairs minister and,...

  • Moving away from mass tourism

    Malta’s hotelier extraordinaire, Alfred Pisani, is right: the island needs to take bold steps to proceed to the next level in tourism by moving away from the mass market and, instead, embrace quality tourism. Some may quickly respond that this is...

  • The Ched Evans turf war

    Why is it that when Malta makes headlines in the world of sport, it is invariably for the wrong reasons? The latest chapter in a scandal-filled scrapbook is that local club Hibernians made a bid to sign a British footballer convicted of rape, Ched...

  • Archaic rent laws that need changing

    Every political administration in the past four decades has taken legal measures to protect groups of people in Maltese society who at some time were perceived to be vulnerable. The rent law of 1979 gave almost absolute protection to tenants of...

  • Opposition is right in asking for contracts

    With Enemalta’s debt running at over €800 million, which is a veritable millstone around the country’s neck, the government’s decision to work out a salvage plan involving foreign and local capital in a revamped energy set-up was a right move. The...

  • Annus horribilis awaits road users

    Few people would deny that traffic congestion is one of the major problems in Malta today. Despite the minuscule size of our islands it can take well over an hour to travel just a few kilometres whether to get to and from work or to complete...

  • Making local councils more effective

    Did Sannat’s mayor have a conflict of interest when his mother worked for a private company on the filming of Angelina Jolie’s film By the Sea in Gozo? People in top positions and politicians do their best to avoid conflict-of-interest issues...

  • Editorial: Bomb scares should not be reported

    Editorial: Bomb scares should not be reported

    Last Saturday Times of Malta’s newsroom received several phone calls and e-mails from readers saying passengers had been evacuated from the Gozo ferries. Our journalists immediately made calls to find out the nature of the problem and were...

  • A tendency to legalise the illegal

    The alarm bells raised by Birdlife that the authorities may be planning yet another amnesty for hunters in possession of illegally-stuffed birds shows a worrying trend in the government’s approach to enforcing the law, especially when large...

  • The ups and downs of 2014

    The shooting episode involving Manuel Mallia’s driver, Paul Sheehan, was undoubtedly the biggest political event of 2014. It was also unusual in several senses, not least because the minister had to be sacked by the Prime Minister when he...

  • Trust needs to be reciprocated

    On the 40th anniversary of the republic, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat made some interesting observations in this newspaper that deserve consideration. He picked up on a theme chosen by Irish President Michael Higgins “on a new form of trust built...

  • The impact of climate change

    It is not too dramatic to state that if global warming continues on its upward path, and if climate change is not mitigated by reducing global greenhouse gas emissions, within the next 30 years Malta could be very different to how we know it today...

  • The stuff dreams are made of

    The overload of strident political bickering that is reported in the local media can easily wear people down. Many want to get on with their lives without being constantly told by their political leaders that the country is either a Garden of Eden...

  • Prosperity index vs ‘risk of poverty’ data

    Is it not ironic that at the same time that one report classifies Malta high in a prosperity index, figures released by the European Union’s statistical agency show that almost a quarter of the island’s population is at risk of poverty or social...

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