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  • Farmers’ lot is not a happy one

    Agriculture may be the most taken-for-granted industry on the island. Why shouldn’t it be when Malta has become almost completely dependent on imported food? Both the supermarkets and your local grocer are stuffed with fruit, vegetables, meats and...

  • When we play with fire

    Two unconnected incidents brought home to anyone observing the Maltese scene the propensity to treat security and safety issues casually, if not also with disdain. The first case involves the law courts, where employees have complained about being...

  • Electronic vote counting

    The European and local council elections will be held in two months’ time but the electors have yet to be told officially whether vote counting would be done manually or electronically. The people need to be informed. They have a right to know and...

  • Overflowing civic amenity sites

    What is wrong with the civic amenity sites? The country’s bulky refuse disposal centres are turning into junkyards, with piles of white goods and electronic waste left to accumulate haphazardly. The situation continues to worsen. Manned by state...

  • Stress test for rule of law

    Nationalist MP Jason Azzopardi asked Home Affairs Minister Michael Farrugia in Parliament why the Police Commissioner failed to follow orders issued by Magistrate Aaron Bugeja, who had conducted the Egrant inquiry, to press “particular criminal...

  • In court and not really alone

    There he goes again. Former Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil was back in court the other day asking, yet again, for an investigation of Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi and the Prime Minister’s chief of staff, Keith Schembri, over the leaked...

  • The demographic time bomb

    In the late 1960s, Paul Ehrlich, Professor of Population Studies of the Department of Biology of Stanford University, warned that a looming global population explosion would lead to mass starvation and death by the end of the 20th century. This...

  • Exporting Maltese culture

    Many understandably fret about the future of the Maltese language. However, there are indications that, with the tender loving care of some dedicated people, Maltese literature can be exported as a genuine sample of Maltese culture. Authors of...

  • NGO watchdog’s requirements

    The mission of the Office of the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations, which was established 12 years ago, was to strengthen the important role played by the voluntary civil sector in Malta with the specific aim of promoting the work of NGOs...

  • Perils of political cronyism

    A vibrant democracy thrives on the division of power between the legislative, the executive, the judiciary and regulatory arms of government. When the demarcation lines between these distinct functions become blurred abuses, are likely to occur.

  • A flawed economic model

    Malta’s significant economic growth, improving fiscal dynamics and low unemployment levels are impressive. However, they can never be the only criteria to judge whether the present economic model will deliver long-term benefits to Maltese...

  • An untrustworthy ‘culture’

    As head of the civil service, Mario Cutajar is in duty bound to implement government policy and also defend it. But he cannot defend the indefensible and neither term as “a cultural matter” what top constitutional experts deem to be a dangerous...

  • Projects first, planning later... if at all

    As public anger mounts over the uncontrolled and haphazard building development taking place at frenetic speed practically all over the island, disfiguring urban cores and blotting out iconic skylines, the developers’ chief, Sandro Chetcuti, has...

  • Constitution is the people’s

    The process of constitutional reform seems to have kicked off without so much as a statement – even out of mere courtesy towards the public – on how it is being conducted and what is under discussion. All we know is that the Steering Committee on...

  • Those empty pews, a failure?

    The signs were all around and the outcome of the Church survey on Sunday Mass attendance came as no surprise. Just under 37 per cent of the Catholic population attends Mass on Sunday. So much for Catholic Malta, its festas and the fireworks. The...

  • The hand that rocks the cradle

    The Council of Europe’s Human Rights Commissioner, Dunja Mijatović, opted to mark Women’s Day by pointing out that “a few states still maintain highly-restrictive legal frameworks which prevent or limit women’s access to safe and legal abortion...

  • Adequate protection of children

    The Child Protection Bill was first presented in Parliament five years ago by then family minister Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca. As President, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca comes to the end of her presidency. It must be disappointing to her that the...

  • Panama Papers scandal far from over

    Edward Scicluna may be a good Finance Minister but he is not all that politically savvy. Had he been politically shrewd enough, he would not have fallen into pitfalls so often. But, perhaps, it is because he is such an upright person that he...

  • The fishy tuna racket

    Malta has been rocked by a scandal that started in Spain following the release of summaries of telephone taps of telephone calls allegedly between fisheries director-general, Andreina Fenech Farrugia, and a director of the major Spanish tuna firm,...

  • Mixed scores in health surveys

    It is getting difficult sometimes keeping up with the many reports, surveys and statistics that are issued about the state of the economy, credit rating, and so many other aspects of life in the country. In the case of surveys, it is also...