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  • Republic Day ceremony

    Friday’s traditional Republic Day ceremony managed to make more prominent headlines than many of its forerunners in recent history… though not entirely for the right reasons. Let’s start with the more positive side. George Abela, obviously aware...

  • Disability fraud needs to be curbed

    In tough economic times many countries struggle to maintain the level of support they give to disabled people, most of whom can no longer support themselves economically. Most societies agree that it is the duty of the State to support disabled...

  • Tax evasion: beyond good intentions

    Practically in every budget speech one hears the Finance Minister announce that the government intends to curb tax evasion in the coming year. Most unions similarly insist that before any new taxation is considered, the government should wage a...

  • Malta losing ground in healthcare

    It is sometimes almost unbelievable how matters that ought to get priority attention fall by the wayside in the wash of far less important controversies. National interest in the John Dalli report on Mater Dei Hospital, for instance, suddenly lost...

  • Two more blows to Malta’s image

    As Malta has yet to recover from the bad press it has been receiving abroad for the government’s ill-conceived cash-for-passport scheme, the island has now been dealt two other blows. They come in the shape of two unfavourable assessments, one on...

  • Malta’s moment of truth on immigration

    Malta’s moment of truth on EU immigration policy is fast approaching. The summit of EU leaders takes place in less than a fortnight in Brussels and the Prime Minister has long raised expectations that what he termed “solutions to the illegal...

  • Will banks jump before they are pushed?

    The Governor of the Central Bank, Josef Bonnici, has spoken. But will the commercial banks listen? Addressing the annual dinner organised by the Institute of Financial Services – traditionally, a speech that is carefully scrutinised by the...

  • Honouring Mandela’s legacy

    Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday aged 95, was a man of peace, reconciliation and forgiveness who show­ed the world an incredible vision of leadership. His remarkable political career had a profound impact not only on South Africa, but on the...

  • Scandal of the historic Australia Hall

    In all advanced democracies there is an absolute understanding that there are certain things in society which are owned by all the people. These constitute the common heritage of a nation, such as historical buildings, monuments and works of art.

  • Nelson Mandela: the greatest African

    Nelson Mandela, Africa’s greatest national leader and the ‘Father of the Nation’ of South Africa, has died at the age of 95 after a most remarkable life. Born in Transkei, he was a lawyer in Johannesburg and a political activist before joining the...

  • Al-Qaeda and immigration

    At a recent meeting in Brussels, Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino drew the attention of her colleagues to the potential threat posed to Europe by members of Al-Qaeda as a result of irregular immigration. Quite rightly, she said that Al-Qaeda...

  • Liberalise gas distribution market

    Why do issues in Malta seemingly drag on forever? Is it not about time that the long-standing problem over the distribution of gas in cylinders to consumers be settled once and for all? The problem arises time and again. Had the interest of the...

  • Children come of age for consultation

    These days, children are being ‘consulted’ more and more. The government has just started to hear them out on the role of the Commissioner for Children. The Maltese Church has a commission made up mainly of children that was established a few...

  • Developers and the rule of law

    A coordinated military-style operation last Thursday targeted several illegal structures erected by construction magnate Charles Polidano at his headquarters in Ħal-Farruġ, limits of Luqa. Mepa contends that the unlawful structures – including a...

  • Welcome... to a concrete jungle

    It is a pity that yesterday’s planned protest march in Valletta against lax government policy in relation to excessive construction was rained off. It was a rare opportunity for NGOs and civil society to proactively send a message to the...

  • No, minister, that’s not healthy

    A song in Maltese that had tried to take the mickey out of politics a few years back spoke of the people springing into action at the pull of a string from those on top. The Dalli report on Mater Dei Hospital paints a similar picture when it...

  • Worrying security situation in Libya

    The security situation in Libya remains a cause for great concern and the international community ignores it at its peril. There are still too many armed militia groups outside the control of the central government and this threatens to turn Libya...

  • Theft and crime capital of Malta?

    Since 2009, St Julian’s has registered the highest number of thefts in Malta. This residential and tourist magnet, which includes Paceville, had the highest number of home break-ins, armed robberies and muggings, as well as pickpocketing and...

  • Shops need to open all hours

    The English comedy favourite Open All Hours will soon be making a comeback as Sir David Jason will once again take on the protagonist role in this one-off revival of the 1970s classic that will be transmitted on the BBC over the Christmas holidays.

  • Putting healthcare on sound footing

    It is only good and proper that the necessary investigations are carried out to find who was responsible for the squandering of funds at Mater Dei, but any attempt by the government to draw political mileage out of the Dalli report will not...

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