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Editorial

  • When corruption is corrupted

    A witness before the Permanent Commission Against Corruption looking into allegations involving Parliamentary Secretary Ian Borg clarified he had no evidence any money had changed hands with regard to property of the young politician. The witness...

  • Good governance and the economy

    The latest findings of a Eurobarometer survey should serve as an eye-opener to the government. The study identified two diametrically opposite trends among the 506 Maltese respondents: 85 per cent described the islands’ economic performance as...

  • Spreading the traffic jam

    As from this January, car drivers are also able to ride low-powered motor scooters without having to obtain an additional licence. It is a Budget measure that comes with various conditions attached. Scooters must still be insured, have an...

  • Taxis can be efficient and popular

    The legal notice tweaking the rules for taxis will not be worth the paper it is written on unless it is enforced. The move is the latest in a long list of initiatives taken over the decades to improve the service as well as to curb abuse,...

  • Bank directors in self-inflicted quandary

    The board of directors of Bank of Valletta will be meeting this month in circumstances that are, at best, confusing and, at worse, hardly a shining example of good governance, let alone good business. George Portanier, who has served virtually...

  • Delivering swift and sure justice

    Few would disagree that, generally speaking, the judicial system is not delivering swift and sure justice to those who expect the courts to operate efficiently. The system is largely self–regulating but it is wrong to assume that it is a single...

  • Editorial: Let's make 2016 the year of the environment

    Editorial: Let's make 2016 the year of the environment

    Losing weight, doing more exercise, cutting down on drinking, stopping smoking, being more pleasant to our neighbours… these are just some of the resolutions that would have been going through people’s minds in recent days. Good intentions… but...

  • What the Auditor General unearths

    The Times of Malta has, over the past weeks, been featuring excerpts from reports of the National Audit Office on local government and the ministries, with one after the other being named and shamed. They are straight and to the point, with clear...

  • Warm hearts throughout the year

    What do €4 million buy? This year’s edition of L-Istrina raised more than €4 million. This sum, a record since the first edition of the charity fundraiser in aid of the Community Chest Fund was held 18 years ago, buys a lot of faith, hope and...

  • It’s about time we start moving

    The Today Public Policy Institute has rendered a public service of inestimable value with its latest report. Despite its ponderous title, ‘The environmental dimension of Malta’s ill-health and action to prevent obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular...

  • Gamble of raising interest rates

    Almost 10 years ago, the world economies entered into a dangerous phase of prolonged recessions that threatened the well-being of many families, saw unemployment rising and economic growth disappearing. Politicians relied mainly on central bankers...

  • Consensus on way forward for Air Malta

    As it is improbable for Air Malta to meet its financial viability target by the end of the restructuring plan in March, the government is under pressure to find a suitable strategic partner in time to enable the airline to remain in business. Even...

  • A sound investment for the future

    Open a book and you half expect a flurry of magic dust to fly you away to a fantastical land. That is what words do. On their own, they are a solitary signifier but, brought together, words become an interpretation of reality, a plot to life, an...

  • ‘Think about the pain’

    Who would have thought the tragic photo of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, whose lifeless body was washed up on a Turkish beach last September, would have been the image that made political leaders and European citizens stop and think about the...

  • Authentic expression of humanity

    Charity, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI wrote in his encyclical letter Caritas in Veritate, is love received and given. And we are now at that time of the year when we both receive and give. There would have been so many occasions throughout the year...

  • Loopholes in fight against fraud

    No administration has escaped criticism with regard to efficiency and accountability. Some departments may be better organised and run than others but, even so, it is always difficult to eliminate shortcomings altogether. At the Department of...

  • Money as a cultural enabler

    There is a tendency to be lulled into a false sense of security when money is thrown at a problem. And when the amount runs into the millions, then that tendency risks becoming a foregone conclusion. The Arts Council recently announced that it is...

  • How to boost quality in broadcasting

    The Broadcasting Authority wanted to know what televiewers think of the quality of what they see. A study was commissioned and focus group participants were asked to discuss what they understood by “quality programming” and say how would they...

  • Whipping up a Żonqor dilemma

    Poor Godfrey Farrugia. He is partnered with Marlene Farrugia, the Labour-turned-Independent MP who is as vociferous as they come. But that is not why commiserations are in order. Rather, his predicament is deserving of sympathy because he also...

  • Timely reality check at the Palace

    The President’s speech on Republic Day was a wake-up call to a nation that sometimes appears too dazzled by economic success to realise how many are being left behind and how much more remains to be done to achieve true social justice. President...

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