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Editorial

  • Another fine mess

    Before the decision was taken by police to seize the mobile phone and tablet computer belonging to former TV presenter and immigration official Norman Vella, they needed to be as certain as could be of one thing: that they would find what they...

  • Agritourism or rural construction?

    Land ‘outside the development zone’ is an increasingly scarce commodity. It constitutes Malta’s remaining, but tenuous, connection with farming and the countryside. It is the last remaining area where Maltese and tourists can walk, picnic and...

  • Empty arguments about property

    There is currently disagreement on whether Malta has a problem with the number of vacant properties. The argument is being made that it is utterly irrelevant that there are 72,000 vacant properties according to the 2011 census, because 46 per cent...

  • A reflection of slack work ethics

    Countries that try to improve their competitiveness must ensure that employee work ethics are of the highest standards, especially when compared with those of their competitors. It seems that the work ethics of some workers in Malta are not quite...

  • PN’s remarks over jobless out of place

    Politicians never learn. However much people express dissatisfaction at the puerile manner in which they often attack each other, they tend to keep adopting the same old-fashioned tactics, probably in the belief they are pleasing their supporters.

  • Prisoner rehabilitation in society

    Occasionally, a glimmer of good news breaks the gloom. A new foundation, RISE (which stands for Rehabilitation in Society), has been established to help prisoners develop a useful, self-sufficient way of life that, it is genuinely hoped, will keep...

  • Civil unions and marriages

    The electoral programmes of both the Nationalist Party and the Labour Party promised a form of legal recognition for gay couples. The PN was in favour of civil partnerships while the PL had pledged civil unions. Neither party, however, said it was...

  • Did stamping our feet pay off?

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat must be credited with elevating Malta’s irregular immigration problem to the attention of the international media. His time as a journalist has certainly helped him acquire a collection of sound bites. But beyond the...

  • Public transport: solution nowhere in sight

    When is Malta ever going to have an efficient public transport service? The problem has defied every Administration, with people who have no transport of their own having to grin and bear it. Perhaps the best hope of a steady improvement lay in...

  • A stronger office of statistics

    This is a busy time for the Finance Ministry as it gears up for the presentation, next month, of the financial estimates, its first Budget since the general election in March this year. Besides the pre-Budget document, and the recent documents...

  • Killing ‘Knights in the City’

    Until recently, if you walked through Valletta in the late evening, you would be forgiven for believing that it was deserted. And deserted city streets are really not terribly enticing to walk through, even if you are a local who knows they are...

  • All roads lead to traffic jams

    It may have been caused by the Arriva buses, and not just the articulated ones. On the other hand, it could well be the result of the huge number of vehicles, undisciplined motorists and lack of enforcement of law and regulations. Or, perhaps, by...

  • Hunt for Mosta cat killer

    A sense of outrage sweeps across the country every time a macabre killing of an animal or bird hits the headlines. What does this say about Maltese society? Does it reflect a greater interest in the care of animals? Yes, but as in so many other...

  • Promoting the gift of tongues

    With the onset of globalisation in world trade, it has become a necessity for businesses that export their goods and services on a global level to become proficient in communicating in different languages. While the English language continues to...

  • Drugs: we have a problem

    Very rarely is there a campaign in Malta on behalf of a prisoner who is serving a long stretch in jail. Once there, inmates are often forgotten until it is time for them to be released. Daniel Holmes is proving to be an exception. This is largely...

  • Diversity of priorities for University

    After a few months of relative calm, the University campus is buzzing with activity as over 11,000 students returned to the lectures rooms to pursue their studies. As is customary at the beginning of the academic year, the University rector’s...

  • Labour in need of a reality check

    Listening to Labour politicians, including Joseph Muscat, talking politics, you would be forgiven for thinking that Malta stood completely still before March 9. One minister after another keep reeling off new initiatives, or plans for new...

  • Well-being as goal of policy

    If happiness indexes are anything to go by, Malta must have been hit by a depression of a cataclysmic proportion. Consider this: seven years ago, the Maltese were ranked as the happiest people on the planet. Three years later, the island was...

  • A more responsive ambulance service

    What does one look for in an efficient ambulance emergency service? Three factors stand out. First, there should be a speedy response to an emergency call. Secondly, the ambulance personnel must be capable of administering immediate first aid and...

  • Rising labour costs impact competitiveness

    The interaction between labour costs, productivity and competitiveness is rather obscure for people who are not well versed in economic theory. It is understandable that people ask why employers fret so much when labour costs in Malta rise faster...

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