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Editorial

  • Presidency must be protected

    The absence of the President from the canonisation of two great popes in Rome last month left many people disappointed. Maybe more disappointing was the mixed message given to explain the President’s absence. Initially, the reason mentioned was...

  • Government extravagance is no joke

    When it comes to overspending, parties in government have a lot to answer for. More often than not, they manage to get away with it, but the growing legion of taxpayers who are taking more interest in how governments spend the money entrusted to...

  • Attorney General’s powers

    The Constitutional Court recently heard a case going back to 2010 when the Attorney General had ordered that two men on drugs charges should face trial by jury in the Criminal Court. The presiding judge, Madam Justice Lorraine Schembri Orland,...

  • Good news and worrying signs

    Joseph Muscat is euphoric over the European Commission’s spring report forecasting a robust growth outlook. It is good news for his government, very conveniently coming on the eve of the May 24 European Parliament elections, but worrying signs are...

  • Saving lives of refugees at sea

    At a joint seminar organised by the European Maritime Law Organisation and the Malta Maritime Law Association, Captain Wolf-Peter Rabittz, the founder of the Unicon Marine Average Consultants, drew stark attention to the tragic plight of migrants...

  • The obstacle of gender inequality

    In Malta, women are still the lesser – lesser paid, lesser represented, and a lesser part of the economic and political spheres. Joseph Muscat got elected on the promise that gender equality would be a priority, and incentives are being introduced...

  • Editorial: Muscat’s soldier of ‘steal’

    Editorial: Muscat’s soldier of ‘steal’

    Cyrus Engerer is a soldier of steel. Cyrus Engerer is a victim of persecution. Cyrus Engerer will receive the full backing and support of the Labour Party. These are the bemusing remarks made by Joseph Muscat on Friday night in a raucous speech...

  • Seeds for further destruction

    A recent survey of Malta Development Association (MDA) members has found that “negativity” in the construction industry has been reversed since the new government took office, with efforts to minimise bureaucracy in issuing planning permits...

  • Our not so good governance

    Malta does not come out smelling of roses in an index of sustainable governance indicators compiled by a German foundation. It is unlikely that this will cause a stir or any sleepless nights for, although there is usually much talk about good...

  • Taking the long-term view

    The face-off between the Central Bank governor and commercial banks over his desire to see interest rate margins narrow has been simmering for months, made ever more contentious as other stakeholders took a stand for or against Josef Bonnici’s...

  • Checking abuses in job registration

    It makes good sense to try and prevent a situation where people keep registering for work that does not exist, or for which there are only a few vacancies, in order to keep receiving unemployment benefit. However, care has to be taken not go give...

  • Road to better traffic management

    Opening the vehicular underpass at December 13 Road, Marsa, a few weeks back, Transport Minister Joe Mizzi said the government would address the traffic problem that was increasingly becoming a headache for many people in a number of...

  • Retail business must be revitalised

    A few decades ago, a bus trip to Valletta was the most affordable and sought after retail therapy experience for most people. Republic and Merchants streets were the Mecca for shoppers who sought some excitement away from our quiet town and...

  • The big news that never was

    Whatever his public face tries to express, Joseph Muscat must be regretting the two-day build-up of words he teased the country with as he gave notice of the “positive” news his government was about to give. The media speculated that the...

  • Call for independent inquiry

    It is not enough for the health minister to say that an internal investigation has shown that there is no discrimination on the basis of political beliefs in the distribution of medicine products. The best way to go about dealing with the...

  • Nurses’ burnout must be tackled urgently

    It is shocking to see the extent of nurses’ burnout in hospitals, according to new surveys. Yet, the findings are not surprising considering how the situation in the heath service is deteriorating. Those feeling the pulse of the service must have...

  • Challenges of the next 10 years

    Ten years is a short time in the life of a nation but it is long enough to judge whether the people would have made the right choice in deciding to join a political and economic bloc that could bring such major changes in their way of life. Malta...

  • Editorial: Shooting ourselves in the foot

    Editorial: Shooting ourselves in the foot

    Let’s assume for a moment that BBC wildlife presenter Chris Packham has over dramatised the extent of bird shooting in Malta. Let’s also try to believe that enforcement has cut down the number of hunting illegalities this year. What is certain is...

  • Greater awareness of EU rights

    The former Attorney General of Malta, Anthony Borg Barthet, who is now a judge at the European Court of Justice, has highlighted that Maltese society does not appear to be sufficiently aware of the legal rights it acquired under European Union...

  • Four popes, two canonisations

    Pope Francis and his predecessor Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI were present yesterday at the service of canonisation of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, which the Vatican called “the day of the four popes”. Two giants of the 20th century Roman...

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