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Editorial

  • How many a Salvu is there?

    The Nationalist Party has recruited popular television presenter Salvu Mallia and others like him are likely to follow. Mr Mallia said last week why he opted to stand for elections on the PN ticket: he wants Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to go. He...

  • Twists in Panama Papers story

    The evidence available so far suggests the Prime Minister is getting increasingly prone to making the wrong decisions in matters concerning his government in one of the biggest scandals to hit the international scene in recent times: the...

  • Prime Minister aloof and smiling

    With a 36,000 majority in the 2013 election, the Labour Party was perfectly poised to implement a quality leap in local politics. Yet, Joseph Muscat’s government did nothing of the sort. The promise of meritocracy was first to go, with the...

  • Let the common good prevail, always

    There is a widespread mood of revulsion at the course being steered by this government in its assault on Malta’s architecture and environment. The public reaction to the transfer of public land at Żonqor Point and the formation of yet another mass...

  • Traffic on the way to school

    Road users must be dreading the opening of the new scholastic year as thousands of students, pupils and their parents take to the roads to arrive for lessons on time. Traffic congestion has become one of the most serious worries of most people as...

  • Who can offer new politics?

    The European Parliament’s rejection of Leo Brincat for a post on the European Court of Auditors, with its echoes of the Panama scandal, sets the tone for the new political season traditionally kicked off by Independence celebrations, which take...

  • Updated tourism model for Gozo

    The news coming from the Gozo tourism sector is quite mixed. The Gozo market is dominated by self-catering units that seem to be doing well but the collective accommodation sector experienced double figure falls in the months of May and June...

  • Back to school and to the future

    Students everywhere are already mourning the end of summer and feeling the twinge of excitement – spiked with dread – of a new scholastic year. Everything has a bright sheen to it, from the unopened books to the squeaky tread of new shoes and the...

  • Cleanliness at the very top

    Has anyone ever carried out a survey of what tourists think of Malta after taking a ride on a sightseeing coach, particularly in summer? While many may find the topography interesting, with dome and spires dominating (at least up to now) the...

  • Slap in the face for obstinacy

    A second sacrificial lamb bit the dust in Strasbourg yesterday as the European Parliament resoundingly rejected the nomination of former environment minister Leo Brincat to the European Court of Auditors. Mr Brincat had just managed to scrape...

  • Manifestly unfair compensation

    The two major political parties have, for decades, used the requisition of property owned by private individuals for infrastructural and social causes (occasionally, especially in the 1970s and early 1980s, in a blatantly illegal manner too).

  • Right time to claw back the land

    The Marsascala local council was recently faced with an ingenious proposal to consider: what if the government bought the land occupied by the derelict Jerma Hotel and gave it back to the public as an open space to enjoy? Nationalist councillor...

  • Restore trust in the police

    If there is one institution in a democracy in which it is vital for the public to have full confidence, it is the police. Instead, there has been a series of unsettling developments which have seriously eroded the unquestioning trust we should...

  • Mechanics of judicial appointments

    The appointment of judges and magistrates has for decades been viewed as a political process because of the way it was handled. This should no longer be the case if the proposed criteria compiled by a Committee on Judicial Appointments are...

  • Time to send in the clownfish

    It was with exasperation and disbelief that the country watched the charade of the Planning Authority’s handling of the chaos in the fish farm industry. After months of complaints, it looked like the watchdog was finally going to do something...

  • Resolute action on Panama a must

    If Prime Minister Joseph Muscat had any doubts whether he should instruct his Minister Without Portfolio, Konrad Mizzi, to face the European Parliament’s Panama Papers Committee, what Leo Brincat told MEPs earlier this week should have made him...

  • Success fuels Budget expectations

    When, with a degree of justification, the government is making so much of the island’s economic success and when the Prime Minister keeps saying in his Sunday political messages that the best has yet to come, it is only reasonable to expect that...

  • When it just looks like a duck

    We are at times reminded that if something looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, it probably is a duck. We are also told that if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. The latest case of the alleged medical visas racket has a bit of...

  • A national biodiversity strategy

    Do the Maltese hate trees, as some assert, or is it political and governmental incompetence that has left this country with one of the lowest proportions of forest cover anywhere in Europe? Trees are part of the living system. They propagate and...

  • Crack down on litter louts

    Our sister newspaper, the Times of Malta, last week ran two articles highlighting the shabbi­ness of Valletta and of Sliema and St Julian’s. Both gave prominence to photos showing a similar scene: a skip and a bin at a bring-in site surrounded by...

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