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Editorial

  • Curbing the high cost of dying

    While most people fret about the high cost of living, sooner or later most of us have to deal with the often exorbitant cost of burying a loved one. Some persons who recently have had to deal with excessive funeral expenses vented their...

  • The right fight for workers’ welfare

    Malta Employers Association president Arthur Muscat revealed some worrying news when he addressed the association’s recent annual general meeting. He said rivalry and “outright animosity” between trade unions was having an impact on...

  • Political language getting worse

    When the political language starts getting unduly intemperate, it is usually a sure sign of tension building up, either in relations between two or more opposing parties or in the country. The general election, won with a most handsome majority by...

  • Elderly care needs greater attention

    The rapidly growing elderly population in this country, as in most others in the EU and around the world, presents some formidable challenges. It will, as we have been made acutely aware, have a huge impact on public finances as pension and social...

  • Lessons from riot must be learned

    On February 25, the Parliamentary Immigration Committee arrived at the Ħal Far detention centre to carry out an assessment of irregular immigrants’ living conditions. But the visit was curtailed when a number of migrants caused a riot. Riot...

  • New Cold War is in nobody’s interest

    Russia’s intervention in Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea represents the most serious security crisis to erupt in Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Russia has violated international law, defied the international community, damaged its...

  • Editorial: How free are we to speak?

    Editorial: How free are we to speak?

    Most politicians did not attend Lord Judge’s illuminating lecture on human rights earlier this month. Shame, for they would have heard a masterful exposition by the former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales on a matter that should be close to...

  • Border chiefs’ warning on migration

    The EU’s border agency, Frontex, has reached the unsurprising conclusion that, given the political instability throughout North Africa but most especially in Libya and Egypt, this coming spring and summer will witness “high migration pressure” in...

  • After the police, the Attorney General

    In a leader entitled ‘Scandal of the historic Australia Hall’ last December, Times of Malta noted that there were certain things in society that belonged to all the people. “But there appears to be a perception among Maltese politicians,” the...

  • Putting GDP growth in proper context

    In its urge to fend off Nationalist Party criticism, Joseph Muscat’ s government is at times losing the sense of proportion that is required for a proper assessment of a given situation. It is true that the new government has contributed to inject...

  • Recognising a culture of poverty

    In one of her last initiatives before taking on her new duties as head of State, Social Solidarity Minister Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca launched a supplementary allowance scheme aimed to help raise some 22,000 children out of poverty. The grant...

  • China strengthens foothold in Med

    China, it seems, never forgets a good deed. In all that has been said so far about the planned Chinese investment in Malta’s energy set-up, it would also seem that the country has not stopped to think about what has possibly led China to decide to...

  • Politics and the civil service

    Yet again, the civil service is back on the government’s radar screen. It has already been once or twice before but it seems that those who are pushing for greater efficiency in the service are now getting a bit impatient. If there is a leadership...

  • State, government and party

    One hallmark of this Labour administration over the past year has been the blurring of the distinction between the State, the government and the ruling party. Taxpayers’ money, furthermore, has sometimes been used to fund events which in reality...

  • Why politicians will ignore Lockerbie truth

    When Jim Swire, father of one of the Lockerbie victims, visited Malta last November he told this newspaper the truth about the 1988 terrorist attack will one day come out. “The question is whether I will be in a box by then,” the indefatigable...

  • Criminal law improvements

    The Parliamentary Secretary for Justice, Owen Bonnici, has established a firm grip over his portfolio and is moving forward the long overdue need for improvements in the administration of justice. Following the wide-sweeping proposals of the...

  • Need of dementia-friendly society

    It is indeed heart rending to witness the advancing symptoms of a disease that slowly but surely sucks the personality out of a person. A once bright, sharp-witted and sociable character is reduced, in the latter stages, to a blank, confused and...

  • Pope Francis: Start of a Vatican spring?

    Both a global American magazine, Time, and The Times of London, elected Pope Francis as their ‘Person of the Year’ for 2013. Time perhaps encapsulated best the reason why this was such a popular choice. “For pulling the papacy out of the palace...

  • Risks of gambling addiction

    Gambling addiction is a problem that affects between two and five per cent of people in Western societies. The risk factors of compulsive gambling include mood problems, antisocial personality disorders and alcohol and drug addiction. It is a...

  • Editorial - Labour: one year on

    Editorial - Labour: one year on

    The big question: has Labour in government over the past 12 months been what it said it would be in Opposition? On the economic front, the answer is largely yes. Joseph Muscat has adopted a pro-business economic policy, the economy has remained in...

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