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Editorial

  • Social media in the classroom

    It is now a cliché to state that social media has revolutionised the way we communicate and socialise. Some argue we have become a generation of narcissists and voyeurs ready to expose the slightest details of our private lives to anyone who cares...

  • Requiem to freedom of expression

    The Nationalist Party must decide whether it wants to run with the hare or hunt with the hounds. It says it wants to fight corruption in the country, safeguard the rule of law and uphold freedom of expression but, then, it unleashes an attack on...

  • Persons one just cannot trust

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat must have got used trying to defend the indefensible and to give the impression things are right when he knows they are wrong, if not sinisterly bad. He did it when his closest aide and a Cabinet colleague were exposed...

  • Trust in electronic vote counting

    Malta’s electoral system is complex and depends on an elaborate vote counting process that usually takes days to declare the winners of an election. So, when both main political parties agreed to introduce an electronic vote-scanning system as...

  • Meaningful voice to children

    As the world marked the 70th anniversary of the United Nations’ Convention on Human Rights, which asserted the primacy of human rights and the commitments contained in the UN’s founding Charter, it emerges that, 28 years after ratifying the UN...

  • The harder they fall

    The law burdens the Occupational Health and Safety Authority with the responsibility of ensuring that the physical, psychological and social well-being “of all workers in all work places” are promoted. It does not have the power to resuscitate a...

  • Democracy’s candle in the wind

    Eight months ago the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit filed a report on Adrian Delia’s dealings with his Soho clients that did not exclude possible links to money laundering. The police took the report so seriously that it immediately opened...

  • What makes the nation

    Our languages and history define what we are as a nation. Malta is one of a few genuinely bilingual countries that has a rich history going back for millennia. It is, therefore, worrying to know that declining levels of competence in both English...

  • A leader must lead by example

    Opposition leader Adrian Delia said on Sunday the police were free to ask him any questions they wanted about allegations of suspected money laundering in connection with a London prostitution ring. He insisted he had only been acting as a lawyer,...

  • The state of the economy

    In his traditional address on the state of the economy, delivered at the Institute of Financial Services’ annual dinner, Central Bank governor Mario Vella gave a balanced view of the more positive aspects of the country’s economic performance as...

  • Inside the housing crisis

    Malta’s rapid economic growth comes at a high cost even if the government communications machine keeps churning out impressive GDP and debt reduction statistics. However, it ignores the flip side that comes in the form of an increasingly severe...

  • Efficiency still eludes local councils

    Just as the government is contemplating carrying out a reform of local government, yet another report by the Auditor General highlights shortcomings that have been repeatedly raised year after year. It remains to be seen if the planned local...

  • An epidemic behind closed doors

    Domestic violence permeates most societies. However, its extent is not well measured as victims are often invisible, fearfully denying their situation and hiding behind the façade of happy families. If anecdotal evidence of domestic violence were...

  • Black day for accountability

    The National Audit Office investigative report on the way the new power station contract was awarded to Electrogas lists findings that raise serious doubts on the competence, management practices and good intentions of those who conducted the...

  • In place of concrete shoeboxes

    The Guardian of Future Generations, Maurice Mizzi, touched some raw nerves the other day when he spoke of the need for planners to design a standard building to be used by architects for future construction. Many must have wondered whether he was...

  • Lack of hygiene hampers education

    One cannot have a quality learning environment without basic hygiene facilities in schools. At a time when public finances are healthy, spending money to ensure that children have adequate sanitary facilities in all State and private schools seems...

  • Far too many boards

    Is not Malta getting to be over-administered and over-regulated? So many new boards and committees are being set up it is difficult to see how they will all be financially sustained over the years. It would seem no one at the top of the...

  • Environment regulator powers

    The House of Representatives’ Environment and Development Planning Committee met recently to discuss a preliminary report covering the years 2009 - 2015 by the Environment and Resources Authority on the state of the environment. It showed that...

  • Garages they call home

    The group known as Catholic Voices organised a discussion on the state of the rental market. According to the secretary general of the Federation of Real Estate Agents, Simon Debono, there are about 2,000 people living in garages on this tiny...

  • Hide and seek with the media

    The head of the Security Service briefed the Prime Minister about the shady past of a former top official. “An internal inquiry was held as there had been a lot of media speculation,” he told his political master, who, on learning the reports...