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Editorial

  • No, minister, that’s not healthy

    A song in Maltese that had tried to take the mickey out of politics a few years back spoke of the people springing into action at the pull of a string from those on top. The Dalli report on Mater Dei Hospital paints a similar picture when it...

  • Worrying security situation in Libya

    The security situation in Libya remains a cause for great concern and the international community ignores it at its peril. There are still too many armed militia groups outside the control of the central government and this threatens to turn Libya...

  • Theft and crime capital of Malta?

    Since 2009, St Julian’s has registered the highest number of thefts in Malta. This residential and tourist magnet, which includes Paceville, had the highest number of home break-ins, armed robberies and muggings, as well as pickpocketing and...

  • Shops need to open all hours

    The English comedy favourite Open All Hours will soon be making a comeback as Sir David Jason will once again take on the protagonist role in this one-off revival of the 1970s classic that will be transmitted on the BBC over the Christmas holidays.

  • Putting healthcare on sound footing

    It is only good and proper that the necessary investigations are carried out to find who was responsible for the squandering of funds at Mater Dei, but any attempt by the government to draw political mileage out of the Dalli report will not...

  • Was the free ferry ride worth it?

    Was the idea of giving free ferry tickets to Gozo worth €250,000 of taxpayers’ money? That really depends on whether you think of it as an attempt to lure people to Gozo that weekend or see it as a taster which will entice Maltese to return over...

  • Amend the citizenship scheme

    The storm over the government’s cash-for-citizenship scheme rages on with little signs of a consensual agreement in sight. This is a great pity, as an issue such as citizenship should not be a matter for partisan divide. The government, however,...

  • 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...

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