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Opinion

  • Manoel Island bridge: How it could save Malta’s transport

    Manoel Island bridge: How it  could save Malta’s transport

    Transport is high on the electorate’s agenda, since it is difficult to find a voter who has not been affected by horrendous congestion. Joseph Muscat’s party promises a free bus service for students and the resurfacing of all roads. The...

  • Crowdsourced democracy becomes a reality

    The IDEAT project launched by the Partit Nazzjonalista a few days ago offers a glimpse into how Maltese politics can be transformed through a digital platform which bridges the divide between the citizen and the Party that represents it. IDEAT is...

  • Road safety truly matters

    In the run-up to an election, it is not unusual to see the political parties promising the electorate all kinds of new initiatives that will improve their quality of life and put more money in their pockets. Not surprisingly, the parties steer...

  • Question time: Voices from the campus

    Glenn Micallef, Vice President, Labour Youth Forum (FŻL) Very recently, Kevin Aquilina, dean of the Faculty of Laws, wrote that elections for student representatives on campus are a sham. His words rekindled memories of my days as a student when I...

  • Auberge de FIAU

    June 3 can be a big day for Malta. We have a stark choice to make: do we want an Auberge de Castille running Malta, or an Auberge de Money Laundering? This is the question we are going to answer through our vote in this extraordinary election. The...

  • Industry Transformation Maps

    Now is the time for Malta to transform as we have spent far too long in the shadow of our neighbours and competitors. As we enter one of the most crucial times in local, European, and global politics, we must ensure that we are always one step...

  • Tax compliance and transparency

    Malta remains a jurisdiction of choice. Its EU-compliant regulatory framework, coupled with a highly-skilled workforce and a competitive tax regime, makes the island an interesting option for foreign direct investment. This holds also true for...

  • They planned it all out

    There are a lot of things people look for in a prime minister. Joseph Muscat possesses none of them. Malta’s unique selling point has always been its good reputation. Muscat is its biggest threat. This is an upside-down election campaign.

  • Principles vs profits

    Politics is, for many, an emotionally charged business. Voting is not a purely rational matter; emotional intelligence surely plays a strong role in how votes are cast, together with a combination of self-interest and, for many, the ultimate...

  • Best economy in the EU

    Best economy in the EU

    The European Commission’s Spring 2017 Economic Forecast has gone relatively unnoticed here in Malta. Economic reports prepared by foreign experts, unfortunately, tend to be given much less weight than they deserve. Yet they underpin the decisions...

  • Abolish parliamentary privilege?

    Parliamentary privilege is the set of rules that say that the core functions of Parliament should not be subject to laws passed by the parliamentary majority, to the executive (held in power by the majority), or to the courts (which enforce the...

  • Edward Scicluna’s problem

    Edward Scicluna’s problem

    What a difference a year makes. Last year, we were asking ourselves if Keith Schembri, Joseph Muscat’s chief of staff, really did have a secret Panama company. This year, we have to strain to remember that not all his companies are secret and...

  • The forthcoming choice

    Life is full of choices. We make them on a daily basis. Some are very ordinary, while others are pivotal and alter or condition our life’s journey. Some choices make us blush and in hindsight we come to regret them. Others make us feel tall and...

  • Negativity personified

    Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil would be a great liability for Malta were he to become prime minister. He is associated with many things that are so negative, that denigrate Maltese politics. At a time when politics has reached new depths...

  • Constitution and coalition voting

    The electoral alliance between the Nationalist Party and the Democratic Party is by far the most important innovation of this election. So far, the small parties have all tried to get themselves elected to Parliament under their own steam. In so...

  • Muscat: Tainted

    Muscat: Tainted

    Nine years ago, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat took over a party that had lost three elections in a row. He set about ditching all the policies that had made Labour unelectable. He adopted market economy, social democratic policies. He embraced the...

  • Prologue and epilogue

    On February 3, 2013, Anġlu Farrugia, outstripped of his deputy leadership role in the Labour Party, gave the electorate a rare glimpse of what was going on in the sanctum sanctorum of Labour’s headquarters. He spilled the beans in an interview in...

  • National Bank and fiscal surplus

    The good news of a fiscal surplus on government’s accounts after 35 years of successive deficits cannot but bring to mind the fact that National Bank of Malta shareholders have still not received any compensation for their shares which were...

  • Ta’ Qali and our nation

    Promising a fully fledged motor racetrack bang in the middle of one of our national parks on an island the size of Malta is a symbol like no other of the manner in which the main political parties are ready to ride roughshod over the environment...

  • Constitutional convention

    Constitutional convention

    One of the current government’s electoral pledges which, for an unknown reason, has been kept on the back burner during this legislature, is the Constitutional convention which supposedly would have paved the way for a Second Republic. Although a...

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