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Editorial

  • Weak start for Police Commissioner

    Whichever way you look at it, it was a weak start for the fifth police commissioner under the present Labour administration. Laurence Cutajar succeeds Michael Cassar, who left after serving just a year, citing health reasons. The Nationalist...

  • Illegalities that persist at Delimara

    The Delimara peninsula, comprising one of Malta’s few unspoilt remaining scenic coastlines, has long been notorious for being part of the trappers’ and hunters’ Wild West. There is now blatant evidence that it is rapidly being taken over by...

  • Economy banks on prudence

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has undoubtedly every right to express his opinion about pretty much everything under the sun. But he is the Prime Minister and his words carry far more weight than those of the normal man or woman on the street. This...

  • Village feast traditions in the balance

    Fifty years ago, Dutch anthropologist Jeremy Boissevain – who, at the time, was residing in Malta to study the village of Kirkop – had predicted that, as a consequence of local communities becoming more outward looking and mobile, village feast...

  • A warped sense of autonomy

    ‘Doublethink’ refers to the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously and accepting both of them. Despite all the odds, George Orwell’s 1984 seems to be having increasing relevance. Take the Prime Minister’s...

  • Playing for the love of the game

    There are a lot of things you can do with €118 million and, apparently, one of them is buying a footballer. This is the eye-watering figure Manchester United are ready to pay to acquire French midfielder Paul Pogba from Juventus. It will be a...

  • Concerns hit low-income earners

    A political party in government is bound to lose touch with the grassroots as it grapples with the affairs of State. Joseph Muscat’s Labour Party may well argue it has not but, despite its well choreographed Gvern li jisma’ consultation meetings,...

  • This assault on the NAO is a step too far

    This assault on the NAO is a step too far

    Labour MP Michael Falzon’s fiery assault on the National Audit Office in Parliament was not the first of its kind since he was unceremoniously removed from parliamentary secretary in the wake of the Gaffarena scandal. This time around, his speech...

  • Time to look at teaching quality

    The recent publication of SEC results and a report by the National Commission for Further and Higher Education on the employability deficiencies of students entering the workforce have put the spotlight on the effectiveness of our educational...

  • Read carefully before you eat

    Until a few decades ago – when not even the notion of supermarkets existed – most Maltese households kept a few rabbits, chickens, even a pig or a sheep in their backyard. This household husbandry supported family life with a side dish of bread...

  • Citizens alert but not alarmed

    A terrorist attack in Paris in January last year left 17 people dead and another 130 were killed in November. A truck driver ploughed into a crowd in Nice two weeks ago leaving 84 dead and 303 injured. The killings by axe, gun, knife and bomb in...

  • Malta needs a facelift badly

    There is a general air of neglect in the country. With the exception of a few places here and there, the island is looking increasingly scruffy and dirtier. This newspaper has been raising the issue quite often in recent years but it would seem...

  • Gagging is not for democrats

    As a former member of Parliament, a self-declared contender to high office in the form of a Cabinet minister and serving executive chairman of the Malta Council for Science and Technology, there can be little doubt that Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando...

  • Focus on mental health hospitals

    In his annual report on the state of mental health facilities in Malta and Gozo, Mental Health Commissioner John Cachia found a mixed bag of results but overall reported an encouraging improvement in many areas. This is commendable, given that, in...

  • Ways to develop new growth areas

    Diversifying an economy away from labour-intensive industry required effort and foresight to attract and build up new sectors most suitable to the island. The effort would need to be kept up all the time to ensure the economy is resilient enough...

  • The right to life... and death?

    One cannot really blame MPs for their “palpable discomfort”, as our online report put it, when they listened to a certain Joe Magro make his plea for the legalisation of euthanasia a few days ago. Mr Magro suffers from ALS, a progressive disease...

  • What employers are looking for

    The creation of employment is the holy grail of most economies. Entrepreneurs’ objective is generally to exploit business opportunities to make money and, in the process, generate jobs. In the modern economy, employers look for a set of skills...

  • Courts back serious journalists

    In the space of three months, two magistrates stood firm in protecting journalists’ sources and, thus, defend freedom of the press, an essential ingredient in any thriving democracy. The subject matter in the two cases varied considerably. One...

  • Need of quantum leap in efficiency

    Politicians on the government’s side talk so much about the good state of the economy that they are almost making people believe there can be no hiccups so long as Labour is in power. Of course, it is foolhardy for anyone to think that the...

  • Concession by intercession

    It’s called the Big Fair, with over 200 exhibitors, 1,500 workers, numerous parking spaces, toys for children, lotteries for adults, music, food stands and an expected 100,000 visitors. That is truly a retail bonanza, the ideal venue for a family...

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