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Editorial

  • Malta’s reputation is on the line

    Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi’s inclusion in a global list of politicians (many of them authoritarian leaders) holding secret offshore finances has strengthened the widely held view that his position is completely untenable. It is something the...

  • Good beginning to a bad start

    It may not have been the most appropriate medium to announce a constitutional post but it was through a tweet from the Prime Minister that the country learnt of the appointment of the new Parliamentary Ombudsman, following agreement reached...

  • Positive gender discrimination

    Three of Malta’s six members of the European Parliament – Roberta Metsola, Therese Comodini Cachia and Miriam Dalli – have just been given awards in recognition of various achievements in different categories, which included justice and civil...

  • The necessity of a free press

    When journalists from the independent media attend a public event where they can ask questions to the Prime Minister but, instead, end up being filmed and recorded by the government’s communications officers, it is clear things are not quite...

  • One-star review for tourism

    L’Atelier Joel Robuchon at the Hotel du Pont Royal, in Paris, has an average four stars on Trip Advisor. One reviewer said his dinner there was “very disappointing” and another wrote that the restaurant was “too much of a show off” and had a lot...

  • Claims of lending malpractice at BoV

    Small shareholders of Bank of Valletta deserve to be given an update of the action being taken over claims that bank officials have been pressured to authorise loans to individuals or companies whose creditworthiness may be in doubt. Obtaining...

  • Issuing those letters to prosecute

    In early March, Health and Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi, who is now also the Labour Party’s deputy leader, admitted on State TV that a New Zealand trust he set up was not registered with the Commissioner of Inland Revenue as required by law. To...

  • A fourth political party?

    A new centre-left political party, spearheaded by independent MP Marlene Farrugia, is expected to be launched sometime this month, focusing on the need for good governance and the protection of the environment, two areas that certainly need...

  • Warning bell on slow-burning family issues

    Thomas Malthus, who was born 250 years ago, wrote extensively on the harmful effects of population growth on incomes. He influenced many economists in their risk assessment of high fertility and growing populations that threatened the world’s food...

  • A misguided judiciary recommendation

    No one is above the law. Those who administer the laws of the country have to be careful not to project themselves as having the power to influence professional decisions of employers who have the responsibility of ensuring good governance in the...

  • Wider respect for the defenceless animals

    Almost 90 per cent of Maltese people feel that pets should be treated in a better manner by their owners according to a survey recently conducted by the European Commission on people’s attitudes towards animal welfare. The Maltese felt that...

  • Prime Minister has a third option

    The allegations about secret accounts and companies in Panama involving a top Cabinet minister and the Prime Minister’s closest aide have become quite a tangled web. The indications are it could get messier. Calls have been made over the past days...

  • A different road fraught with danger

    Almost eight years have passed from Joseph Muscat’s maiden speech as Labour leader to a packed hall at the party headquarters. The ‘call me Joseph’ speech, which he had delivered not from behind a podium, had set Dr Muscat’s tone as a...

  • Walking the tightrope of impartiality

    The PBS board of directors has taken exception to the editorial titled ‘It’s good news, according to PBS’, which appeared on March 14. The board issued both a statement, which was read out on the main 8pm TVM news bulletin that same day, and also...

  • Robust response to terror

    The horrendous acts of terrorism that took place in Brussels on Tuesday are a reminder of just how susceptible Europe remains to attacks by the so-called Islamic State, how easy it is for a small group of terrorists to bring a major European city...

  • Europe and the migration exodus

    The arrival of a million refugees in Europe in 2015 is roughly four times the number who arrived the year before. But a million is just the start. What the continent cannot withstand is an unfettered influx, driven by an exodus from North Africa...

  • It’s a fines day for road safety

    Spring brought along heftier fines for traffic offences. Those who run a red light will be slapped with a €100 fine, those who use a priority vehicle lane, such as one restricted to buses, in an abusive way will be fined €50 and drivers using...

  • A step forward or is it an own goal?

    Malta FA president Norman Darmanin Demajo is adamant that his business model for the Premier League, the country’s flagship football competition, will reap significant benefits for clubs. The fans are not entirely convinced. Somehow, the sums are...

  • Away from limelight and controversy

    The late Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Mercieca was a pastor who preferred to stay away from the limelight. Even at the very height of the Church schools issue in the late 1970s and early 1980s, he would shun any direct questions by the press he...

  • Not really victim of circumstance

    The dismal performance of former Labour deputy leader Toni Abela in Brussels, in his bid to sit on the European Court of Auditors, brought one clear message back home: our standards of political life and of governance just do not make the mark. Dr...

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