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Editorial

  • Some more equal than others

    When the European Parliament’s report on the rule of law in Malta pointed out that none of the 425 cases investigated by the Permanent Commission Against Corruption had led to any criminal proceedings, they probably were not thinking of former...

  • Laws are there for all

    Laws regulate people’s conduct. What matters is that the law rules and that all citizens – with no exception – are treated equally. A statement made by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat in Parliament earlier this month is worrying. He insisted that...

  • Mt Carmel: a death too far

    The tragic demise of an 18-year-old man found dead in a seaside hotel two days after he had broken out of Mount Carmel Hospital has sent a shiver down the collective spine of the community. The premature death of any person is bound to cause sorrow.

  • When smoke gets in your eyes

    Every road user in Malta must be aware of the excessive smoke emissions from cars that are either poorly maintained or very old. Many are rightfully concerned about the health hazard this avoidable pollution brings about, especially for children.

  • Political education in schools

    In a country where political tribalism has taken a firm hold, with ‘the winner takes all’ mentality after an election making a mockery of what ought to be a vibrant democracy, any attempt made at breaking this mould is looked upon with suspicion,...

  • Damage limitation exercise

    The perception that Malta’s financial regulation is legally sound but weak in enforcement persists in some relevant international institutions. At a time when international regulatory bodies are less willing to take the government’s and the local...

  • The writing on the wall

    The recent protest outside the Prime Minister’s Office by activist group Kenniesa, supported by Occupy Justice, was possibly one of the most significant in years. They projected on the majestic Auberge de Castille the words “House of impunity” and...

  • Pragmatism meets extremism

    In this world of double-talk and economic progress built on high buildings and peddled passports, sometimes a voice of reason stands out. The Malta Employers’ Association has one interest, to protect its members. The world has changed since Labour...

  • How we spend our money

    Future social historians will have a mine of information when they examine the Household Budgetary Surveys issued periodically. The often repeated saying that our forefathers survived the severe economic challenges of lean years by saving for a...

  • Privatisation gone mad

    Our front-page story today strips away the government’s fig leaf over the agreement it struck with Vitals Global Healthcare for the running of three public hospitals. It can no longer pretend that the deal was primarily motivated by the public...

  • Perfect unifying forces

    A three-year memorandum of understanding has been signed between the Malta Maritime Museum in Vittoriosa and the National Museum of the Royal Navy, in Portsmouth. The two leading national maritime museums have agreed “to identify opportunities for...

  • Lack of forward planning

    At a time when the Prime Minister and his government are using superlatives with sheer abandon when they describe work carried out so far under this administration, criticism is generally looked upon with contempt, even when this is well justified.

  • Good land use planning

    Facing a spate of planning applications to open more fuel stations, the Minister for the Environment has ordered a review of the controversial Planning Authority’s fuel stations policy to address “the burden such developments are posing on...

  • When children have children

    Sex education has always been a controversial topic, with naysayers concerned that information could encourage experimentation and promiscuity. This, they warn, will inevitably increase rates of sexually-transmitted disease and unwanted pregnancies.

  • The MEP who speaks for all

    The Labour Party has a problem with European parliamentarian David Casa and, evidently, anybody else who, like him, stands up to be counted. Having lived the Labour government of the 1980s, Mr Casa knows what he is up against and does not fall for...

  • ‘Killed’ by system failures

    The tragic death of Victoria, a seven-year-old Nigerian girl, points to classic signs of a systemic failure of State social welfare services to coordinate information or actions to deal with long-standing problems posed by her family. The...

  • The people’s right to know

    It should not take journalists to try and uncover, in dribs and drabs, the truth of who and what lie behind the two billion euro deal for three State hospitals. It is the public’s right to know, directly from the government itself. Firstly,...

  • Rampant abuse in the open

    It is not surprising at all that owners of cafes and restaurants flout rules and regulations governing the placing of table and chairs outside their outlets. They even go so far as ignoring warnings from Malta Tourism Authority inspectors. The...

  • Man does not live on bread alone

    In their ‘mission report’ after spending two days in Malta late last year, MEPs, members of the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, referred to influence in elections. They recommended that an investigation...

  • Two pennies-worth passports

    In the surreal world we are living in, selling Maltese passports is possibly this administration’s most enigmatic and deceptive scheme. Introduced after Labour came to power in 2013, it evoked a very negative public reaction and much amendments.