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Editorial

  • System waiting to collapse

    This Labour government’s very poor record in accountability, good governance and transparency is now well established, with the Panama scandal being only the latest example (and by far the most serious) of this shocking trend which has...

  • Democracy down a slippery slope

    When governance is corrupted, a civilised country would be playing with fire. An attack on institutions – notably those meant to ensure that a sound system of checks and balances is always in place – and an attempt to stifle freedom of expression...

  • Educated guesses on Brexit effect

    Those following the UK debate on the likely effects of the UK’s exit from the EU must feel more confused as the referendum campaign draws to an end than they did at the beginning. Claims and counterclaims range from political scaremongering to...

  • Albatross around Prime Minister’s neck

    The Prime Minister’s performance at the Anti-Corruption Summit in London has been met with incredulity and disbelief. Set against the Panama Papers scandal that has rocked Joseph Muscat’s government to the point of immobility, his words on...

  • Height of political impudence

    As Malta sizzles in what must rank as the hottest controversy ever over reports of corruption, impropriety, sleaze and maladministration, the government chooses this particular moment to come out with the news that no fewer than 241 of the 259...

  • Questions on the maritime project

    It always seems slightly ungrateful to question good news, particularly when such good news has been awaited for years. This is about the recent announcement that talks have finally been concluded with Ablecare Oilfield Services about the former...

  • What the incoming rector wants

    Malta’s 400-year-old University will have a new rector on July 1 when Alfred Vella succeeds Juanito Camilleri. The University of Malta has made huge strides under Prof. Camilleri’s leadership. Still, as a recent independent external quality...

  • Battle lines taking shape

    With another 22 months to the next ge-neral election, the political battle lines are being drawn. At this point in the electoral cycle, good governance versus good stewardship of the economy seem implicitly to be the grounds on which the next...

  • Traffic ‘perceptions’ are a reality

    If you want to travel faster, you are being encouraged to use a particular service provider, which is not Malta Public Transport. Vodafone is promoting its service thus: “If only traffic was as fast as our network.” And, focusing purely on the...

  • Power to the people, but when?

    On page 50 of the Labour Party’s 2013 electoral programme, the commitment to invest in cleaner energy is – among other initiatives – translated into building a gas-fired power station through a public-private partnership. The gas-fired power...

  • The two distinct faces of Malta

    Malta today is presenting two faces, sharply distinct from each other. The first is of a country with an economy, which, in spite of restraints in the way of economic operators, is faring well beyond reasonable expectations. The second is of a...

  • The rudderless boys in blue

    It is fascinating how outgoing police commissioner Michael Cassar can manage to speak for over 15 minutes on video about his leaving the corps without ever giving a reason why. Significantly, he began his message saying he will first address his...

  • Bad news from Mater Dei Hospital

    It has been only eight months since Joseph Zarb Adami, acting CEO at Mater Dei Hospital and then health parliamentary secretary Chris Fearne (since promoted to minister) informed us that the waiting list for surgeries at Mater Dei had been...

  • When anxiety hits schoolchildren

    Ask any educator what the learning experience should be for young people and they are likely to tell you that time at school should be about self-discovery, education and self-improvement. Yet, it seems that for many young people school attendance...

  • Panama won’t go away

    The defeat of the parliamentary motion of no-confidence in Konrad Mizzi over the Panama affair was hardly a surprise. It is an outcome the government will come to regret. Wednesday’s vote prevents precisely what Joseph Muscat must have been hoping...

  • Subjective well-being of children

    In a study conducted by two academics – Carmel Cefai and Natalie Galea – entitled ‘Children’s worlds: the subjective well-being of Maltese children’, it was reported that more than one third of eight-year-old students were not happy with the way...

  • Working mothers deserve a boost

    It was great to learn that three of Malta’s MEPs – all female – outperformed their counterparts and received awards for their achievements. Such positive news, which makes some inroads in the efforts towards equal gender representation in...

  • Transparency when it suits Labour

    When Prime Minister Joseph Muscat rose to speak in the debate over the no confidence motion presented by the Nationalist Party earlier this month he made a statement portraying a very strange definition of transparency. Without any hint of...

  • When ethics watchdogs fail to bark

    One of the biggest merits of a democracy is that the system has the checks and balances in place to ensure that the interests of the majority of people are safeguarded at all times while the minority enjoys the respect it deserves. Regulators are...

  • Truly a case for a conscience vote

    Independent MP Marlene Farrugia has tabled a motion of no confidence in Parliament against Minister Konrad Mizzi over the now long-drawn out Panama scandal. The recent Cabinet reshuffle did not remove Dr Mizzi but instated him at the Office of the...

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