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Editorial

  • Slow pace of constitutional reform

    In the run-up to the general election 33 months ago, both the Labour and Nationalist parties promised to conduct a review of the Constitution of Malta on its 50th anniversary. When she marked her first anniversary as head of state, President...

  • Attempt to restore trust in politics

    The publication of proposals on good governance by the Nationalist Party is the culmination of a number of factors, not least voters’ disillusion with the political class. Party leader Simon Busuttil has drawn on the lessons learnt by his party in...

  • The man who won’t shut up

    Simple question: should the Archbishop keep his mouth shut in the public sphere and only preach about religious matters from the pulpit? Many people seem to have a simple answer. His supporters quite naturally support his actions while his...

  • The new breed that is Labour

    The reaction of Parliamentary Secretary Ian Borg to a very damning report by the Office of the Ombudsman on a Mepa permit issued to him to build two dwellings in Rabat was astonishing. He is insisting that the report by the Commissioner for...

  • Joining a union: right not obligation

    Should membership in a trade union be made mandatory? Most trade unions will obviously be tempted to say yes but the choice ought to be left to the individual worker and to no one else. The issue was raised at the recent general conference of the...

  • Zoo or boathouse? No difference

    Rich or poor, everyone is ostensibly equal in this country, but the Prime Minister does not appear to think so. At a conference organised by the Church Environment Commission, Opposition leader Simon Busuttil offered his party’s support should the...

  • Too close to home to take risks

    A Eurobarometer survey conducted last spring had found that 40 per cent ofMaltese respondents consider terrorism as the biggest global problem. This was a 30 per cent rise on 2013 findings, a figure that would certainly be higher if the study was...

  • EU warning over competitive erosion

    In the wash of all that was going on last month in connection with the Valletta Migration Summit and CHOGM, many issues that ought to have been given attention fell by the way. One such issue was that raised by the European Commission over its...

  • Doubts on Labour’s true colours

    There are two ways in which one can view the incident in Parliament the other day when an unseemly exchange between Labour MP Joe Debono Grech and newly-independent MP Marlene Farrugia degenerated into the first verbally threatening the...

  • All talk versus all action?

    As the US tries to unravel the cause of the ‘unspeakable’ carnage in California, and France continues to reel from the terrible attacks in Paris, over the past week Britain, together with certain other European countries, decided to carry out...

  • More value to Gozo experience

    The proposal by Labour MP Franco Mercieca to transfer five public holidays to a Monday irrespective of the day of the week on which they fall has led to considerable interest in the business community. Mr Mercieca tried to enhance his argument for...

  • Lessons to learn about school dropouts

    There is something very wrong if an educational system is producing hundreds of young people every year who have so utterly failed in the academic sphere that they believe their prospects of finding employment are zero. The very least that is...

  • Disabilities: issues, rights and funds

    “On the International Day of People with Disabilities we should be raising issues rather than raising funds.”This is what Joe Camilleri, former chairman of the National Commission Persons with Disabilities, says in an interview with this paper...

  • Joblessness is no inevitable fatality

    If work is an essential element of human dignity, than we need to make a bigger effort to ensure that people seeking a job do find suitable employment. According to Employment and Training Corporation research conducted among 7,000 youths aged...

  • Marlene Farrugia’s ideological wilderness

    Former Labour, now independent, MP Marlene Farrugia sometimes appears to forget she is not an ordinary voter disappointed by Labour’s unfulfilled promises. She was elected on a Labour ticket and not on the ticket of some idealistic ‘movement’ that...

  • Editorial: The law of the jungle indeed

    Editorial: The law of the jungle indeed

    It had to take a tiger to prove, if further proof were ever needed, that where planning rules and their enforcement are concerned, it is truly the law of the jungle in this country. A boy of three was seriously injured at the illegal zoo in...

  • CHOGM: end of an era?

    The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting may have been taking place in Malta, but it has had a distinctly British flavour to it – with the presence of the UK’s monarch, monarch-to-be, its prime minister and one of his predecessors. The central...

  • Scepticism on renewable energy

    A new report by the European Commission concludes that Malta, together with, it must be said, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, is unlikely to meet its 2020 renewable energy targets. If one wished to be consoled by a race...

  • Addressing key global challenges

    The Commonwealth Summit, which opens in Malta today, is an opportunity for leaders of 53 countries with a combined population of 2.2 billion – one third of humankind – to address global issues like climate change, migration, terrorism, the future...

  • Upholding human rights in practice

    Barely three weeks after warning against “trivilialising” human rights claims, Chief Justice Emeritus Vincent De Gaetano made a very significant public declaration about human rights in Malta, which practically went unnoticed. In an interview with...

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