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Editorial

  • Delia’s uphill struggle

    Adrian Delia had the opportunity to spell out his vision for the country at the Nationalist Party’s General Council last week, to provide a clear picture of how a PN government would differ from Labour, and to reach out to those factions in the...

  • A focused ‘skyline policy’

    The Environment and Planning Review Tribunal annulled the planning permit for the 38-storey Townsquare tower proposed to be built right in the heart of what was once the start of the most elegant stretch of seaside residences in Malta. The...

  • Craving for sense, direction

    The Nationalist Party has concluded a week-long general council that was intended to draw up a plan for the future. It is good that the party goes back to its roots, for it has been out of orbit for far too long. Party leader Adrian Delia is a...

  • Tribute to loyal police officers

    The Times of Malta yesterday carried on its front page a photograph of PC Simon Schembri who was badly injured on Tuesday morning when he was run over by a motorist he had just waved down. It did so in solidarity with the police officer and his...

  • Justice in a reasonable time

    A former chief justice once reacted badly when this newspaper repeated the widely-accepted tenet that justice must not only be done but also be seen to be done. “Justice must be done, that’s all,” he strongly insisted. Of course, justice must be...

  • Gas supply price conundrum

    Putting Enemalta on a sound financial footing ought to have been and, to a great extent, is a feather in the Labour government’s cap. However, the project has unfortunately been mired in great controversy from the start. True, the country now has...

  • The power of incumbency

    Most democracies are characterised by the use of the power of incumbency, directly or indirectly, by elected politicians and their trusted public servants. Using elected office for political gain is, therefore, a reality that this country, like...

  • Becoming comfortably numb

    Forty years ago Roger Waters was writing the lyrics of Comfortably Numb from Pink Floyd’s cult album The Wall. There are many versions of what inspired the lyrics, from childhood illness to the effects of medication. But it has now become the...

  • Broken social housing model

    Political leaders usually announce their grand social policy strategies in their party’s political conferences where activists can give their feedback on whether the proposed policies are in line with their party’s values. But this does not always...

  • When worlds collide

    Around and on May Day, two mass events took place in Valletta, events that were worlds apart. It was not partisanship alone that separated the two crowds. It was their very outlook on life, on doing things right and on keeping morality in politics.

  • Solar access should be a right

    Some countries, like parts of the US, have had solar rights and solar access legislation for 40 years. But the government is still mulling on whether now is the right time to enact solar rights legislation to protect photovoltaic panel owners from...

  • Voluntary organisations

    Professor Kenneth Wain, who was appointed Malta’s first-ever Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations (NGOs) in December 2007, has recently resigned from his post. When it was established 11 years ago under a Nationalist administration, it was...

  • Reining in building contractors

    Sandro Chetcuti’s “points system” proposal to curb abuses in the construction industry could have made a brilliant April Fool’s joke. The situation has been allowed to get out of hand so much now that few believe the industry can be effectively...

  • Fast ferry service hits turbulence

    Few could argue convincingly that a catamaran service connecting Gozo to Malta is not long overdue. At present Gozo Channel, the sole provider of ferry services between the Maltese islands, provides a regular ferry service that meets some of the...

  • IVF: why it’s wiser to wait

    The proposed amendments to the Embryo Protection Act have caused the sort of controversy one expects when the burning issue of the respect due to incipient human life is juxtaposed with the very human and legitimate desire of childless couples –...

  • Taking up the baton

    A court of appeal recently upheld a decision ordering the De Paule Band Club in Paola to vacate its premises by September following unauthorised structural alterations carried out without the owner’s consent. Following the judgement, concern...

  • No risk-free workplace

    Trade unionists have a mission to protect workers’ interests and reduce the risks that exist in every workplace. This duty is often interpreted as meaning the proper management of health and safety risks. But business life presents various other...

  • V18 leadership in crisis

    The essence of leadership is that of service to the community. The Valletta 2018 Foundation had the critical task of projecting Malta as a hub of culture and the Maltese as committed believers in the values of European civilisation. Whether V18...

  • Give Maltese coaches a chance

    Maltese football was rocked by the news of Tom Saintfiet’s unexpected sacking as coach of the national team. The Belgian was relieved of his duties by the Malta Football Association following a report by BBC Sport saying he  was interested in the...

  • Disconcerting concerns

    The letter Europol’s outgoing executive director wrote to Portuguese Socialist MEP Ana Gomes on the Daphne Caruana Galizia investigation has led to a measure of controversy. A lot was made on what was meant by “new concerns” and “improvement” in...