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  • Lack of forward planning

    Joseph Muscat may well play down the Nationalist Party’s warnings over the possible impact of a greater influx of foreign workers on the economy and social life, but it is the country that ultimately stands to lose if his government fails to look...

  • Anti-SLAPP lacks will, not way

    SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against public participation), like Damocles’ sword, still hangs over the heads of Maltese media houses, even over ordinary people who dare to express an opinion on Facebook. Anyone who files a SLAPP defamation suit is not...

  • Regulation by nods and winks

    A real democracy thrives on checks and balances that should exist between those who legislate, regulate or administer, and those who ensure the laws of the country are applied fairly and adequately. The Maltese economy is dependent on the...

  • Moral anarchy has set in

    The parliamentary vote on amendments to the Embryo Protection Act was as clean cut as it could ever be. The government side, as predicted, voted in favour and the Nationalist Opposition, given a free vote, voted unanimously against. In effect, the...

  • Kid gloves for contractors

    Growing public anger at uncontrolled development and at the impact rampant contraventions are having on the daily lives of people living in areas surrounding building sites appear to have at last stirred the authorities into action. However,...

  • Air Malta hits operational turbulence

    In the last few months, Air Malta has had a problematic operational phase as it tried to maximise its fleet flying time to increase capacity and hopefully profitability. Nothing much has been said, at least in public, by the government on the...

  • Safeguarding children

    It is a sad reality that children today face risks that are arguably more toxic than those faced by children a few generations ago. The different forms of families that make up our society today present challenges for all those responsible for the...

  • Cleaning up the mess

    Just as this newspaper reported the other day that a long-standing company was strangely sidelined in a call for tenders for a fast ferry service to Gozo after it had been considered as the selection board’s first choice, the Finance Minister...

  • Europe’s migration dilemma

    Spain’s decision to take in the hundreds of refugees and migrants aboard the Aquarius rescue ship stranded in the Mediterranean – as Italy and Malta argued over whose responsibility it was to rescue them – is an act of solidarity and kindness...

  • The people vs the PA

    Marking a shift in the public mood about its high-handed actions, the Planning Authority is being taken to court over its decision to allow the former Sea Malta building in Marsa to be demolished under a procedure that was designed only to secure...

  • Ministers, not feudal lords

    In the wider scheme of things, the controversy over Foreign Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela’s rooftop timber veranda looks rather superfluous, a minor detail, nearly as insignificant as the Tal-lira clock that former Nationalist Cabinet minister...

  • An endemic cultural malady

    Environment Minister Jose Herrerà has declared war on litter louts. Announcing the government’s plans to repeal the Litter Act, which he said was no longer fit for purpose, by amending the Environment Protection Act, he declared: “With these...

  • A culture of impunity

    There can hardly be a more damning accusation against the government over lack of accountability and transparency than that just made by the Ombudsman. Yet, the government already appears to have swept it under the carpet, arrogantly thinking...

  • Bring on the musical now

    One can assume a musical about Prime Minister Joseph Muscat would be next, one like the notorious Ġensna, which was based on a mythology of Maltese history according to his predecessor, Dom Mintoff. Except this time around the musical would...

  • Italy’s ‘push-back’ policy

    An Italian government of populists has finally been sworn in from two parties: the right-wing Northern League and the left-wing Five Star Movement. Italy’s new hard-line Home Affairs Minister, Matteo Salvini, leader of the League, flew to Sicily...

  • A study in evasiveness

    Who owns 17 Black? It is the question that has been haunting Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi and OPM Chief of Staff Keith Schembri. When our reporters approached them separately with it and repeated it several times, all they did was shrink away to...

  • Own goal in sporting values

    A lot has rightly been said and written about the importance of protecting sport from corrupt practices and ensuring that athletes and administrators continue to carry out their job with integrity and in the spirit of fair play. The Prevention of...

  • Broadcasting: hard nut to crack

    Malta’s medieval political landscape in broadcasting is getting even more blurred as new revelations over money-laundering claims are made and the local council and European Parliament elections in May next year approach. As the radio and...

  • Growing economic pains

    Malta has benefitted immensely since joining the European Union by tapping into various sources, including the cohesion fund, which is meant to help the weaker member countries catch up socially and economically with the wealthier members. The...

  • On top of a decayed world

    Just before the last election, the Labour Party promised that if re-elected the best was yet to come. It certainly delivered… for Labour. The party never had it so good and, yes, the man responsible for that is Joseph Muscat, who has been at the...