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Editorial

  • Mepa’s proposed amnesties

    Malta’s record on corruption and lawlessness is poor. As the most recent Corruption Perception Index by Transparency International reports, the island lies at the bottom end of the European league-table, with a pass mark of just over 50 per cent,...

  • Valletta: the elephant in the room

    Is it not sad that when the eyes of the world are fixed on the atrocities being committed by Islamic State, when rival factions have led to anarchy in Libya, and when there are so many other ills that deserve closer attention, Malta luxuriates, as...

  • What demotivates civil servants most

    With one controversial issue after another stealing the headlines, few must have bothered to read reports of all that was said during the recent public service week about what the government expects of civil servants. People know exactly what they...

  • Hysteria can only cause harm

    The murder of Charlie Hebdo journalists. The terrorist attack on individuals at the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli. The utterly grotesque torching of a Jordanian pilot presented as entertainment on the internet. These are all truly shocking and...

  • Last remnant of the Malta Railway

    The only surviving wagon that formed part of the Maltese railway has been transported for restoration from Ġnien l-Istazzjon (Station Gardens) in Birkirkara to an undisclosed “safe” location. Lately in the care of Birkirkara local council, for the...

  • Poverty among single mothers

    In a study of single parents in Malta entitled ‘Improving the Quality of Life of Lone Parents’, it was reported that 33 per cent of single mothers were raised in families that had themselves struggled with unemployment. Poverty is often an...

  • Pushing the boundaries beyond limits

    Rubbish scattered at various points along the Żonqor Point coastline does give the place a shabby image but would this be a good enough reason to turn the area into another Buġibba? Contrary to what property developer Sandro Chetcuti may want to...

  • The culture of binge drinking

    The conclusions of the draft Health Systems Performance Assessment – the first nationwide check-up of Malta’s health system – highlight that binge drinking is a worrying new phenomenon and that there is a “dire need” for an alcohol policy to be...

  • Fuel: consumer is getting a raw deal

    Why is the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority taking so long to look into fuel supply and prices? As the consumer watchdog, it is expected to work with greater efficiency, more so now that the government has had to bow to increasing...

  • No one should die in hospital corridor

    Dying in a hospital corridor for lack of space in a normal ward is most undignified, irrespective of any reason the hospital authorities may come up with. Absolutely no one would wish to have any member of his family or a relative die in a...

  • The souk and new Parliament

    When world-renowned architect Renzo Piano was commissioned to redesign the entrance to Valletta, he said it was “a public project about civic pride and civic sense”. While he was right to describe it as being about civic pride, it has always been...

  • Libya: our greatest security threat?

    Tuesday’s terrorist attack at the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli has highlighted, once again, the worsening security situation in Libya, our backyard, which is threatening to spiral out of control and create a haven for jihadists. The motive for the...

  • A fresh injection of EU funding

    EU funds are helping to change the face of Malta. A noticeable improvement has already been made in a number of sectors, particularly infrastructure, and projects that are aimed at improving the quality of life. Malta receives more than it...

  • Things could be done better

    The public uproar that ensued when it emerged that foster care team leader John Rolé was to be transferred from Aġenzija Appoġġ to another department took the government so much by surprise that it swiftly reversed the decision. Mr Rolé will...

  • Amnesty for social benefit abusers

    With the government announcing yet another amnesty, this time for social benefit abusers, it would seem that what ought to be considered as an exception is being turned into an administrative rule. Amnesties are always likely to raise issues of...

  • Greek election: unfolding tragedy?

    What many had predicted has now happened. Syriza, a radical left wing party, led by its charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras, has won the Greek election by a bigger margin than expected, even if Greece still needs a coalition government. Financial...

  • Tackling sexual abuse in the Church

    The announcement that the commission tasked with investigating suspected cases of sexual abuse within the Church is to start its work next month is welcome. The Safeguarding Commission, as it is called, will replace the Church’s Response Team and...

  • Editorial: Principles and misinformation

    Editorial: Principles and misinformation

    It is not unknown for politicians to give up principles to serve their political purposes. But it is never a pleasant sight, as exemplified by the way the Prime Minister and Opposition leader have come together in a rare show of consensus over...

  • Moral rectitude is mark of good leadership

    Hundreds of people offer their services to organisations that aim to promote the activities they believe in. These organisations may have connections to business, philanthropic, sports or other worthy causes that in some way benefit society. The...

  • Yet another meaningless debate

    Very little that is new has come out of the parliamentary debate on the agreement between Enemalta and Shanghai Electric, except that fuel prices are set to drop once hedging agreements come to an end, and that the BWSC plant will be converted to...

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