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Editorial

  • Drive against antisocial behaviour

    Maltese friendliness and the willingness to help others is a trait that, for decades, served as a tag-line for the tourism industry, feeding on St Luke’s documentation – in chapters 27 and 28 of the Acts of the Apostles – of St Paul’s coming to...

  • Patient’s charter is a step forward

    A patient’s charter, just launched by Health Minister Chris Fearne, takes the island’s health service yet another step forward if it is rigorously followed. If not, it will be yet another useless exercise. Indeed, this is not the first time a...

  • Same game, all over again

    When it comes to civil rights, the Labour Party has a curious history. It won kudos at the 2011 referendum on divorce, even though it did not even take a stand. The Nationalist Party did and paid a heavy price for it. Its middle class liberal...

  • Shaping the future of retail

    The retail industry in Malta has traditionally been one of the more important economic sectors, even if in the last years it may have declined in importance as technology has revolutionised the way people shop. Today there are more than 18,000...

  • Secondary-door tactics becoming norm

    The Prime Minister and his Cabinet colleagues may run away from waiting journalists but they cannot hide. Admittedly, having journalists breathing down your neck and monitoring your every move is not exactly something to look forward to. However,...

  • Drop in governing standards

    Despite the long string of claims over corruption, sleaze, maladministration and rampant cronyism, Labour still leads in the polls. Although cynics may hold that the situation is not as bad as it is made out to be by the government’s opponents or,...

  • When truth is hard to find

    Truth is always elusive: difficult to define, hard to arrive at, rarely agreed on. It lately appears to have become even more slippery: it is said that we now live in a “post-truth” world, especially when it comes to politics. Oxford...

  • Hospital use of expired medicine

    The use of expired medicine is often shrouded in controversy, misinformation and occasional political spin. The last thing patients in intensive care and their families need is to go through a bout of anxiety as they discover that expired drugs...

  • Reforming public procurement

    The European Union promotes a strategy of transparent, fair and competitive public procurement across the Single Market as it generates business opportunities, drives economic growth and creates jobs. The tactics it uses to achieve this strategic...

  • All eyes on the police… again

    Much has been said about the arrest of footballer Daniel Bogdanovich and his purported release from police custody to be able to play for his club. According to the story that broke on MaltaToday, the footballer was released by the Gozo police...

  • EU forecasts a ‘soft-landing’

    If all the applications for the construction of high-rise buildings go through, Malta’s economy is likely to continue growing at a rate that will keep it among the front runners in the European Union for quite some time. These projects are not...

  • Health and safety at the workplace

    Few would disagree that the preservation of the health and safety of workers should be the primary objective of employers, employees, trade unions and policymakers. Yet, very often ‘action’ goes no more than paying lip-service. The management of...

  • No peace with the Paceville plan

    When the Planning Authority organises a ‘public consultation’ meeting on the Paceville master plan and its officials get jeered and booed at by the crowd then something is definitely amiss. The non-government organisations are very clear of what...

  • The secret government

    Information is the lubricant of democracy. On it depends the smooth running of the democratic process, in which citizens make informed choices about who should govern on their behalf, whether their representatives are truly serving the interests...

  • Real-life drama in high places

    Every government appoints certain people to positions it considers sensitive. There is nothing wrong with this in theory though in practice it could cause considerable problems. Unfortunately for itself and for the country, this government has...

  • Fighting the market you feed

    Lost inside the many pages that made up the last Budget is a proposal to set up an entity called Property Malta. The Finance Minister said it would participate in international events to promote and advertise Malta to attract “investors and...

  • Donald Trump’s upset victory

    Donald Trump has defied the odds and been elected President of the United States, beating Hillary Clinton in a surprise victory. The Republican candidate not only won most of the so-called “battleground states” but also a number of states which...

  • A regeneration at the MFA

    Only four months ago, the Malta Football Association elected its top officials and, still, the largest sports organisation on the island is again passing through a phase of renewal. The changes have been forced onto the MFA after two officials –...

  • Court ban on names can be unfair

    Magistrates normally withhold the name of an accused person when this could lead to the identification of the victims in sensitive cases, especially of a sexual nature. This is a very strong argument, particularly when the victims are minors or...

  • The road to car and bike sharing

    As the Maltese public confronts the daily struggle to cope with the weight of traffic on congested roads, Transport Malta and individual entrepreneurs have belatedly turned their focus on small but practical initiatives which, taken cumulatively,...

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