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Editorial

  • Government that listens... after it slips

    It is all very well for Joseph Muscat to argue in The Sunday Times of Malta that “the past is not our future” and that in this special year in which four important anniversaries will be marked the country ought to seek greater national...

  • Natura 2000 sites must be protected

    Just before the last election, the then Minister for the Environment had announced imaginative plans for the creation of a Nature Agency tasked with managing Malta’s 34 Natura 2000 sites. The areas designated for protection represent a significant...

  • Financing of political parties

    The government’s White Paper on the financing of political parties is a step in the right direction and offers a good basis for the enactment of a law to regulate this area. Malta is one of the very few Western industrialised democracies not to...

  • Anger over political interference

    An insidious and dangerous form of unwarranted political interference everywhere is when it is done to prevent or subvert the enforcement of laws or regulations. However much political parties promise clean and transparent policies, people...

  • Is a Cabinet reshuffle in the offing?

    If, as is being rumoured, Joseph Muscat plans to pick a Cabinet member for the presidency, he would have a perfect opportunity to undertake a reshuffle. Even if he does not choose a minister for the as yet largely ceremonial post, the indications...

  • Ħal-Farruġ’s further destruction

    If anyone doubted the lawlessness and wanton carelessness with which the countryside is treated, the latest episodes of environmental destruction to emerge at Ħal-Farruġ — home to the headquarters and other (illegal) structures of construction...

  • Efficient waste management

    Almost two years ago, the European Commission issued a report, based on the waste management efforts of European Union members in 2010, in which the actions of the various states were compared. Malta did badly, coming third from the bottom of the...

  • The bomb threats at our law courts

    On January 21, a bomb warning was received threatening to blow up the law courts. This is not an uncommon occurrence. The law courts have over the years been the subject of many bomb threats. Thankfully, up to now, these have proved to be hoax...

  • Nurses facing workload pressure

    When will Malta get to grips with the problems facing the national health service? More to the point, when are the health authorities going to draw up a holistic plan to tackle what has become to be considered by many as an intractable...

  • Close this citizenship chapter

    News that the government and the European Commission have struck a deal on Malta’s controversial citizenship scheme has been probably greeted by a collective sigh of relief by the whole country. The issue took far too long to be resolved, it...

  • Fraud knows no political boundaries

    It is scandalous that a boxer managed to defraud the taxpayer of €21,465 in pension he claimed for allegedly being visually impaired when he was still practising the sport. His effrontery knew no bounds for he also provided security services. The...

  • Arrogance will get you nowhere

    In three short months, the Labour government has managed to turn its cash-for-citizenship scheme into a veritable public relations disaster. Last November, the government was forced to retract the confidentiality clause from the so-called...

  • Is Ukraine back from the brink?

    The decision by Ukraine’s parliament to repeal the country’s notorious anti-protest law is hopefully a step in the right direction. The vote came shortly after Prime Minister Mykola Azarov submitted his resignation “with the aim of creating extra...

  • What a difference 10 months make

    Before the last general election, Joseph Muscat was so convincing when he said he wanted to bring about a change in the way we do politics that his party won a landslide majority. People believed him and the very fact that they did showed a thirst...

  • Making food outlets safer and cleaner

    Food selling outlets have become a permanent feature in our high streets. The hectic pace of life for most of us means that we often resort to buying convenience food from takeaways, restaurants, pastizzerias and bars in the various towns and...

  • Heading for EU isolation?

    Joseph Muscat’s defiance of a European Parliament resolution criticising Malta’s citizenship scheme as well as the tone of his response to Opposition leader Simon Busuttil’s speech in Parliament on Monday are cause for concern. Dr Muscat seems...

  • The dumbing down of our culture

    A recent interview in The Sunday Times of Malta with outgoing St James Cavalier general manager Chris Gatt should be obligatory reading  starting with our own Culture Parliamentary Secretary. In a one-page interview, Mr Gatt managed to nail down...

  • Justice must also be understood

    The European Commission has started infringement proceedings against Malta over its failure to introduce new rights for alleged criminals. According to Brussels, Malta had until last October to introduce free interpretation and translation...

  • Risks of inadequate investor protection

    The financial services industry in this country has grown steadily over the past few decades but it still has some serious governance weaknesses. One such weakness is the inadequate protection given to investors who are conned into buying...

  • Tapping new sources of growth

    It is wrong to make a passport scheme, in whatever shape it takes, appear as if it is the next best way to generate economic activity. It may very well be an easy way of getting cash but surely it could well turn out to be counter-productive if it...

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