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Editorial

  • Solid foundation for President’s charity

    The multiplicity of local organisations that promote various charity objectives shows how committed the Maltese are to help those in society who need that extra bit of support to get by in life. The Malta Community Chest Fund is one of the oldest...

  • Roads paved with good intentions

    Few can deny that many of Malta’s roads are in a terrible state and need urgent attention to make them safer and more driver friendly. So an extensive programme of road resurfacing around Malta should be good news for drivers and commuters. But...

  • Commission guardians resign

    Four years ago, Alternattiva Demokratika had reminded the then parliamentary secretary for the environment, Mario de Marco, of an imaginative initiative which his father, the late Guido de Marco, had put forward at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit on...

  • Editorial - Spring hunting: We told you so

    Editorial - Spring hunting: We told you so

    It just had to happen. Joseph Muscat gave hunters the push they needed in a spring hunting referendum that should have been all about migrating birds and nothing to do with local politics, and then took it away to deny them three days of blooded...

  • The new force to reckon with

    Joseph Muscat and Simon Busuttil have let the country down over a matter that strikes at the heart of the country’s national interest – the environment. Instead of considering what is best for the country, they first thought about what was best...

  • Editorial: Silence of migrant screams

    Editorial: Silence of migrant screams

    The image of two black migrants looking dazed as a procession of unnamed coffins filed solemnly by at Mater Dei’s morgue last Thursday spoke louder than a thousand words. “See their silent faces, they scream so loud,” Sting had written in the song...

  • Teachers key to student success

    Another set of educational statistics from Eurostat confirms that despite some improvement in recent years Malta still lags behind most other EU countries in the level of achievement of its students. “Malta has the third-lowest number of tertiary...

  • Who exactly is defending the consumer?

    Over two months ago, a petrol station in Rabat put down the price of diesel in what consumers hoped signalled the rebirth of a competitive fuel price market. But it was not to be. No sooner had the owner decided to pass on to the consumer the...

  • Building near heritage sites

    A burial complex dating from the Roman period, discovered years ago during excavation works in Manikata, will be surrounded by a block of over 20 apartments and seven penthouses. The walled-up site contains the already despoiled ancient burial...

  • Overbuilt and over-administered

    Malta is not only overbuilt but it is also over-administered. Considering that it has a population of less than half a million, its administrative structure is a heavyweight by any standard but Joseph Muscat’s government does not appear at all...

  • Improving the lot of older employees

    During their working life, most people dream of the day when they would be able to retire so that they would have all the time in the world to indulge in their pastimes. Some do exactly that but many others change their mind in no time after...

  • Editorial - The EU dithers over immigration

    Editorial - The EU dithers over immigration

    Millions of refugees are fleeing violence and massacre. The scale of the humanitarian crisis in the Middle East and beyond is almost unprecedented. About four million Syrians have fled a vicious civil war and are seeking shelter. Migrants from...

  • Editorial: Ray of hope for PN?

    Editorial: Ray of hope for PN?

    It’s rather laughable that Malta’s politicians and their acolytes get excited about winning seats on councils in certain villages that have more livestock than people, but that’s a reality we’ve faced ever since a misguided decision was taken to...

  • Industry deserves all support it can get

    Malta keeps scoring high points in economic terms with performance buoyed by a string of factors that now include the benefits from the sharp fall in the price of oil. Concurrently with news from Brussels that the island shares the eurozone’s...

  • The Central Bank’s view of the economy

    The state of the economy comes under constant scrutiny from various regulators and international institutions like the ECB, the IMF, the European Commission and the rating agencies. At the local level, the most respected and independent review is...

  • The civil service and politics

    The head of the Civil Service, Principal Permanent Secretary Mario Cutajar, recently addressed a press conference to announce the regeneration of Valletta’s indoor market. Given that the head of the civil service is dealing, by his own definition,...

  • Labour fast losing its moral compass

    In Labour’s new political vocabulary, a “solider of steel” has a different meaning to Dom Mintoff’s days. Whereas in the past it was attributed to someone, or a group of people, who remained steadfast in the face of adversity or sanction, today...

  • Editorial: Joseph Muscat calls the shots

    Editorial: Joseph Muscat calls the shots

    The referendum result is something of a miracle for Malta. It certainly did not turn out how we would have liked – we continue to believe that hunting in spring is an abhorrent activity – but at least it showed that 49 per cent of the country can...

  • Using the power line

    Thursday’s inauguration of the electricity interconnector between Sicily and Malta by Joseph Muscat and his Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi is an important milestone in the development of the country’s energy sector. The aim of the Malta-Sicily...

  • UK pensions reform and Malta

    In the last UK budget the Chancellor of the Exchequer unveiled plans for a “21st century pensions system”, whereby over 55s would be handed powers to hold on to their retirement savings rather than convert them to annuities. This measure is...

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