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  • Transparent public procurement

    An administration that prides itself on being business-friendly should never act in a way that raises suspicion it uses taxpayers’ money to favour non-compliant bidders in a public procurement process. No amount of last-minute “clarifications” by...

  • The uncomfortable truth

    Aware of how good governance has been thrown to the wind and the rule of law often respected in the breach, many may not have been surprised to learn that Malta dropped 12 places in the Reporters Without Borders’ 2019 press freedom index. But one...

  • Hauliers treated unfairly

    The laissez-faire mindset of the government in the enforcement of regulations is endemic. Small businesses often complain that while this administration has good working relationships with big business, modest economic operators are treated with...

  • Parliament fails Ombudsman

    What is the use of having an Ombudsman if a number of public authorities and even Parliament act indifferently to his recommendations? The cracks being exposed by the Ombudsman in what ought to be a very important part of the overall democratic...

  • Heritage going up in smoke

    The Notre-Dame fire unleashed strong emotions of distress which reflect much more than sorrow at the loss of a medieval building. Besides its architectural importance and the priceless artistic treasures which it holds, this iconic cathedral in...

  • Justified public concerns

    Two months ago, the Regulator for Energy and Water Services and the Malta Competition and Consumer Authority had announced that tests would be carried out in the wake of a number of extremely worrying, seemingly unexplained gas-related incidents...

  • Amputating the crucified Christ

    The timing could hardly have been more appropriate but that is the art of politics. Health Minister Chris Fearne, a potential successor to Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, made an uncharacteristic move from someone ostensibly coming from the Labour...

  • Hospital’s top priorities

    Mater Dei Hospital is the only acute treatment centre for the ever-growing Maltese population. Few can deny it is stretched to the limit and whenever an emergency erupts the standard of the treatment offered is put at risk. The Malta Union of...

  • Quality is the main ingredient

    A public consultation document on the “under-represented sex” lists a number of proposed changes aimed at promoting gender equality. Among other things, the “package of laws” being proposed aims at achieving what is being said to be a critical...

  • Editorial - The PN vs the free press

    Editorial - The PN vs the free press

    The only security of all is in a free press, the third US president, Thomas Jefferson, had said. Most would agree with him. Others, though, appear to be more inclined to share the views expressed by Adolf Hitler in his Mein Kampf: “It is the...

  • ‘Please do not waste this time’

    The decision by the European Union to grant the UK a six-month extension to Brexit prevented it from leaving the bloc without a deal last Friday, and hopefully will give Britain enough time to come up with a sensible and feasible EU departure...

  • Cultural heritage Cinderella

    Changes in planning laws and a boom in the construction industry have stretched the resources of the Superintendent for Cultural Heritage to the limit as planning consultation requests have risen ninefold in the last three years. The...

  • Independent Public Prosecutor

    The election of the Labour administration in 2013 led to the establishment of the Justice Reform Commission under human rights lawyer Vanni Bonello. Among a range of other matters for reform, the commission considered very carefully the revision...

  • Public contract concerns

    Shame and accountability have lost their meaning under this government. Admittedly, there has always been a measure of abusive procurement practice over the years but the number of irregular orders awarded today, mostly to friends of friends, has...

  • From fourth to level 21

    The mystery Dubai company 17 Black was first mention by murdered blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia in early 2017. Not much else, if anything, was heard about it but the next time it hit the headlines it was with a bang. A joint investigation by the...

  • A proper selection process

    A civil servant, Charles Camilleri, who played a central role in the Valletta property scandal involving Mark Gaffarena that led to the resignation of junior minister Michael Falzon three years ago, has been given an executive position as acting...

  • No one should be above the law

    Even though only the first phase of the €700-million road resurfacing and rebuilding programme has been rolled out as yet, there is no question that good improvement is already noticeable in several places. With so many roads all over the country...

  • May Vella be a vocal leader

    George Vella has made all the right noises and has given all the signs that he intends to be his own man as he starts to define and mould his role, as every new President must do for him or herself. His unifying message on Thursday was spot on and...

  • The ultimate goal in sport

    We have heard it before. The important thing is to take part, not necessarily to win. However, in sport results matter. So, understandably, we savour such moments as the recent victory by the national football team over the Faroe Islands. Yet, we...

  • Disfigurements to remove

    Malta’s reputation for the respect of the rule of law and its commitment to fight corruption continues take one serious knock after another. The evaluation report released on Wednesday by the Group of States Against Corruption, Greco, speaks volumes.