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Editorial

  • Better consensus than a referendum

    A referendum on the citizenship scheme is the last thing the country needs. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with the idea of referring divisive matters of a fundamental nature to a referendum. But in such a highly polarised society as ours in...

  • Animals born free must remain free

    From April next year, new rules under the Animal Welfare Act of 2002 will come into effect laying down specifications for the keeping and treatment of animals traded in pet shops. In the past 10 years, Malta has made encouraging progress in...

  • University funding needs reform

    Maltese political leaders proudly claim that we have one of the best education systems in the world as we offer free education for all and even pay students a stipend. Yet there are clear signs that the educational achievements so far are not...

  • Fixing the Commonwealth in Malta

    Just eight years after Malta first hosted the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), it has once again been invited to do so in 2015. This came about as a result of Mauritius, which was next in line to do so, disqualifying itself by...

  • Adequate standards of childcare

    One of the headline-grabbing announcements in the recent Budget was the plan to extend the number of free childcare centres in Malta and Gozo. This would not only meet one of the Government’s manifesto promises but also greatly improve the number...

  • Stunning proof of bad planning

    The Government’s decision to drop the highly controversial confidentiality clause in the cash-for-citizenship scheme is stunning proof of how badly it had gone about launching it. But the removal of the clause is not enough. Even at this late...

  • Big question for the Church

    People have become accustomed to Pope Francis’s successful moves to change the style of the stuffy and formal Vatican. He has blown cobwebs away, opened locked doors and offered the warmest of welcomes to everyone who has crossed his path. For the...

  • Italy’s Christmas present to Malta?

    There has been so much talk about oil exploration over the past 55 years that news of a possible agreement with Italy over joint exploration offshore is hardly likely to generate any excitement. So many hopes have been dashed that people will only...

  • Benefits of the love of reading

    Just recently, two leaders in the field of Maltese culture –Vicki Ann Cremona, chairwoman of the University’s School of Performing Arts, and Chris Gatt, manager of St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity – expressed their dismay at the country’s...

  • Attractiveness is not just skin deep

    They say that there are three types of lies: lies; damned lies; and statistics. When it comes to the way in which we gauge trends, we are bombarded with so much information that we are sometimes not even aware of the way in which we favour some...

  • Political deception and perception

    Did the Labour Party say in its electoral programme that the energy tariffs cut would be of an average of 25 per cent? Yes, it did, contrary to what some Nationalists MPs have been saying since the presentation of the Budget on November 4. The...

  • Irregular immigration: the bigger picture

    The outcome of the recent EU Council meeting was disappointing on a number of different levels. First, the Prime Minister’s much-touted determination to get his EU counterparts “to translate words into action” on the vexed issue of irregular...

  • 10,000 reasons for consumers to care

    The story in Times of Malta on November 4 about the consumer watchdog is disturbing at many levels. The Consumer Claims Tribunal has received 10,000 complaints since 2008. Given the huge amount of retail business, this is certainly just a fraction...

  • The citizenship scheme

    The Government’s proposed Individual Investor Programme, which was approved by Parliament yesterday, has proved to be politically controversial. This is unfortunate, as under different conditions such a scheme would deserve to be supported by both...

  • Mistra project: uglification personified

    The decision by the planning authority to allow the development of the massive 12-storey, 744 apartment Mistra project on the ridge overlooking Xemxija Bay is the personification of greed and the uglification of Malta. It gives the lie to the...

  • Budget details begin to sink in

    Whoever gave the impression some time before the presentation of the Budget that the minister’s speech was going to be much shorter than usual must have been daydreaming for it was also agonisingly long, leaving most yawning for a...

  • Calling the bluff of cyber bullies

    Cyber bullying is defined as “a person tormenting, threatening, harassing or embarrassing another person using the internet or other technologies”. Examples of cyber bullying include mean text messages or e-mails, rumours sent by e-mail or posted...

  • Do benefits make people lazy?

    Is it true that social benefits make claimants lazy? For one argument that supports this view, there is usually another that is against. Tony Zahra, president of the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association, spoke his mind on the matter. He is not...

  • What counts most in the Budget

    Most people are only interested in how the Budget for next year will affect them personally, but from a national standpoint it is the Government’s commitment to bringing its financial house in order that is most important. Away from the usual...

  • Malta: most built-up country in the EU

    It comes as little surprise to those who have observed the relentless construction development of the last 50 years to learn that in a survey conducted by Eurostat of Europe’s Land Use Cover Area, Malta takes the dubious prize as the most built-up...

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