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Editorial

  • The right call for consumers

    The Office for Competition has flagged “serious concerns” with regard to the planned merger between Vodafone and Melita. It fears the transaction could limit competition “without providing sufficient pro-competitive effects”. Such concern is...

  • Editorial: Battle for the PN’s soul

    The race is on for a new leader of the Nationalist Party. Of the four de­clared candidates, only one, Chris Said, a former Cabinet minister and party general secretary, hails from the parliamentary group, highlighting the difficulties the party is...

  • Bad days for democracy

    The road to hell, they say, is paved with good intentions. So, it seems, can be the way to the suppression of human rights. “We have a strong democracy and we want to make it stronger. Thepresent administration has spearheaded a number of...

  • Injustice: not the last word

    At St John’s Co-Cathedral, in Valletta, Archbishop Charles Scicluna again waded into the political arena, in his own peculiar and refreshing way: directly. The matter he spoke of should not really be political at all but, as much of everything...

  • A reliable balance sheet

    A growing number of governments are moving away from cash to accrual accounting. Private companies adopted accrual accounting more than a century ago because it was considered to be a better way of reporting their financial activities and...

  • More ladies in the House

    Flushed by the inroads it has made in pushing ahead with the granting of further equality rights, the Labour government is now thinking of encouraging more women to play a role in the country’s decision-making process. This is all to the good and...

  • ‘Assault’ on cultural heritage

    The newly-represented Democratic Party in Parliament has wasted no time in making its voice heard. It launched a blistering attack on the Superintendent of Cultural Heritage, Tony Pace, asking how he had “remained so quiet” about the assault on...

  • Editorial: Let’s give students a break

    Malta, like many western countries, faces a serious obesity crisis, especially among children. A well thought-out strategy is needed to reverse the worrying obesity trend that has evolved in the last few decades. One tactic that is too often...

  • Editorial: Free vote on matters of conscience

    Parliament’s approval of the Marriage Equality Act, which allows same-sex marriage, was a major step forward for gay rights, coming nearly four years after the introduction of civil unions. However, as with civil union, the latest piece of...

  • When no one is responsible

    The absence of any law on fire safety means that everyone and no one becomes responsible. And if there is no one who is responsible, then no one can be accused of negligence. The point is not to point the finger of blame when things go wrong.

  • New hymn book for PN

    A leading legal practitioner, who made his fair contribution in the fight for the rule of law and democracy in the dark days of the 1970s and early 1980s, has a theory about elections. He estimates that a political party in power loses about 8,000...

  • Nominating public domain sites

    As Malta’s environment is in the throes of one of the worst bouts of degradation on record, with the administration seemingly unwilling and/or incapable of getting to real grips with the urgent need to stopthe rot, a small breath of fresh air has...

  • Equal is not the same

    The Marriage Equality Bill promises what cannot be and, to try to achieve that, there is a list of legislation that needs to be amended to make it gender neutral. A “mother” will become “the person who gave birth”. Truth is, she is still a mother,...

  • In His image, not likeness

    The use of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper painting for an advert promoting burgers and pizzas has provoked reactions that exposed, in more ways than one, a fundamental weakness in the country’s religious belief and practice. Admittedly, such...

  • Who is minding the store?

    It is simply not acceptable to think that children might be at risk because unsafe toys are sneaking onto the market. If there were ever a case where zero tolerance should be called for, it would be where children are involved. No child should...

  • Juncker tribute well deserved

    Malta’s six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union was as eventful as it was successful. There was the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the EU migration summit held here and the official triggering of Brexit by the UK...

  • Helicopter parents must relax

    In modern societies, parents are increasingly active influencers in their children’s choice of careers. The term ‘helicopter parents’ has been coined by sociologists to describe parents who pay extreme attention to their children’s experiences and...

  • Good governance, populism

    Simon Busuttil has not given up his insistence on good governance and clean politics, even though his party has lost heavily at the election. He is, of course, correct because if these values were worth fighting for before the election they still...

  • The Finance Minister’s duty

    Is it not ironic that Finance Minister Edward Scicluna should be vying for a post within the Labour Party that is similar to the one vacated by Konrad Mizzi when he was embroiled in the Panama Papers leak? Is it not ironic that the same Finance...

  • Towards a ‘Second Republic’

    The Constitution represents the bedrock of the democratic governance of Malta. It is the rule book regulating governing institutions and processes. The government promised in 2013 that “it would hold a Constitutional Convention that will give...

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