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Editorial

  • If only parties can work together

    The Budget has come a long way since the days that people were glued to the Rediffusion to hear the finance minister of the day read out the prices to be charged for everyday items. Still, the recent verbal spats between the government and the...

  • Car tragedy: we need answers

    It was to be expected than an inquiry would be launched into the tragic incident last Sunday which left 28 people injured after a Porsche supercar careered off a makeshift track and into an unsuspecting crowd of spectators. Shockingly graphic...

  • Wise words from the rector

    Public debate usually tends to be hogged by the usual characters. Political voices are in abundance even if broadcasting pluralism and the social media have opened the floodgates allowing for many other views to be aired. At time, it sounds more...

  • Changing of the guard at GWU

    Tony Zarb, who has just stepped down as general secretary of the General Workers’ Union after 17 years in the post, will for long be associated with the catchphrase Issa daqshekk (enough is enough) he used in a protest against budgetary measures...

  • Beware the ‘middle income trap’

    A document by the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association in the run-up to the Budget reinforces a view shared by many that the island needs to think ahead and shift the focus on long-term economic development rather than just short-term growth.

  • Car show tragedy aftermath

    What happened on Sunday during the Paqpaqli għall-Istrina charity car show is a tragedy. Expressions of solidarity with the injured and their families are in order. May the victims have a speedy recovery. Witnessing a very powerful car ploughing...

  • The art of the impossible

    “Politics is the art of the possible, the attainable; the art of the next best,” Otto von Bismarck, founder and first chancellor of the German Empire, once said. He had also noted that only a fool learns from his own mistakes because the wise man...

  • Beggars can also be choosers

    Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil has set for himself a long and hard agenda: to change the course of politics in Malta. His first target is clientelism. Dr Busuttil wants to put a stop to political patronage through the creation of a...

  • Perception does not hide reality

    If ever there was an apt situation to use the term perfect storm, it is for last Friday’s recipe for a Malta-made disaster: kids were back in school, students were refilling the University car park with their shiny cars, rush hour(s) was in full...

  • Forever a shining beacon of hope

    For these last 50 years, Id-Dar tal-Providenza has been a shining beacon of hope for so many families with disabled children who have been unable to give them the level of care they deserve. For generations of disabled people, the complex has...

  • The culture of appreciation

    Not many of us may realise it and most would not even know it but this country spends more than €430 million in healthcare, or something like 13.5 per cent of its total expenditure. Put differently, the government forks out over €1,000 per...

  • A sound career path for the young

    Malta has the second lowest youth unemployment rate in the European Union. Still, to its credit, the government is set on reducing further the number of young people who are out of school and still out of work. Political debate over jobless...

  • Civic duty to deal with emergencies

    Here we go again: somebody dies in tragic circumstances and the knee-jerk reaction in the court of public opinion is that the solution lies in legislating to have certain measures in place. Thankfully, official reactions were more pragmatic. There...

  • Time well overdue to slay the ‘dragons’

    It needs more than one hero to slay ‘dragons’ holding back the economy from making even greater progress than that being registered today. With greater economic growth, the gap in thepeople’s living standard with that in the more affluent European...

  • Tablets in schools: the way to do it

    The adoption by and distribution of free tablets to students was one of the main promises that both major political parties made during the last election campaign to impress the electorate they were technology savvy and could, therefore, deliver a...

  • The false abuse allegation problem

    Anger and relief are words that rarely belong in the same sentence. But they are precisely the juxtaposed emotions many felt when they learned that a catechist had been cleared of sexually abusing a boy in his care. Anthony Callus has endured a...

  • Time to publish transport contract

    The Spanish operator that took over the public transport system at the beginning of the year had been planning a “soft entry” but so far it has turned out to be quite a bumpy ride. The strike ordered by the General Workers’ Union yesterday was not...

  • Government and suspicious minds

    It may have been just the wrong choice of words on the part of Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela but it nearly caused a diplomatic storm with Italy. The minister effectively said what many have been suspecting, that there exists some sort of...

  • Sense of values, priorities badly lacking

    Life is full of cruel contradictions. At the far end of De Paule Avenue, the road just in front of San Anton Palace, there is a Community Chest Fund (CCF) poster urging people to contribute €1 a month for a fund that finances chemotherapy and...

  • Security at Paceville hotspot

    Stabbing incidents in Paceville, including cases in which victims are left fighting for their lives, are not unusual. The latest occurred just days ago when six people were injured, two of them - a Dutchman and a Libyan – seriously, in a frenzied...

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