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Editorial

  • Traffic: causes and cures

    A survey commissioned by The Sunday Times of Malta revealed that 50 per cent of road users are stuck in traffic for up to 40 minutes a day. So bad is the situation that 60 per cent of the population say they have to plan ahead because of the major...

  • Taxpayers’ money well spent

    The public sector spends substantial amounts of money procuring goods and services. The public that ultimately finances all this massive expenditure needs to have trust that the money is being used effectively. The recently-published Contracts...

  • Collateral damage at full speed

    The withdrawal of a building permit for a house next to the only surviving early Christian catacombs in Gozo has been met with relief but did it really have to come to this? Did Wirt Għawdex have to campaign the way it did to save the...

  • The habit of gambling

    A survey carried out between 2015 and 2016 by the Malta Gaming Authority found that more than half (56 per cent) of the adult population in Malta engaged in gaming activities in 2015, a figure close to 195,300 people. They spent a total of €125...

  • Culture is the cure

    That Malta is a veritable open-air museum is an acknowledged reality. The earlier inhabitants and many occupying forces have left the island an invaluable inheritance of architectural and cultural wealth. Time, nature, two world wars and years of...

  • Curbing aggressive tax planning

    The dividing line between tax evasion and tax avoidance has always been blurred. While most countries defend their fiscal sovereignty that enables them to determine their fiscal policies, the issue of personal and corporate tax avoidance is very...

  • Conditions for ‘unity’

    The fine weather outside belied the unstable outlook for the political season that lies ahead as Parliament opened yesterday. Behind the camaraderie and hand-shaking as MPs took their places lies deep mistrust between the two sides of the House...

  • Growing English deficit

    Educators and business leaders agree that proficiency in the use of English is continuously declining among students and young workers. Many can hardly make themselves understood when speaking what they believe is good English. This is not a good...

  • Those not against us

    It seems the recent public declaration by the General Workers’ Union dissociating itself from editorial comments made in its own newspaper served very little purpose, if at all. Its Maltese language daily, L-Orizzont, used harsh language vis-a-vis...

  • Throwback to Mintoff myths

    There was nothing to be proud of when the European Parliament saw it fit to discuss the rule of law in Malta. Rule of law in a western democracy should be an automatic assumption. It was a day that Maltese politics went to the European Parliament...

  • Heritage writ in stone

    The only surviving Roman catacombs in Gozo are being threatened by a new construction development. Wirt Għawdex, the small but important cultural heritage NGO in Gozo that has been sounding its concern about the risk posed to this historic site...

  • Tough challenges ahead

    Correspondent banking relations are the oil that keeps the mechanism of trade in motion. Small banks need the support of larger ones in major financial centres to clear customers’ transactions made in different currencies. Over the past years,...

  • Unstoppable obesity epidemic

    In most western societies obesity is considered as one of the top three most urgent health concerns, only after the cost and accessibility of healthcare. In the case of Malta, where we have a free healthcare system, obesity is arguably the second...

  • Editorial: Safeguarding the rule of law

    Joseph Muscat’s performance during last Wednesday’s debate in the European Parliament on the rule of law in Malta revealed nothing new. He simply stuck to his script. And that was the problem. He failed to assure his critics that the rule of law...

  • R&D in economic strategy

    Few could disagree that research and development (R&D) is a critical success factor for the economic strategy of most countries. The challenge that every administration faces is how to embed R&D in a national strategy to ensure that it promotes...

  • Minister shoots the messenger

    It would seem that Joseph Muscat’s government is running away withthe idea that, once the party hasonce again won a general election with a landslide majority, the national issue of corruption is not a fraction as important as the Nationalist...

  • The age of decadence

    When he was leader of the Opposition, Eddie Fenech Adami would repeatedly warn against declining moral values. Such wise counsel remains just as valid today as it was then, especially in view of the manner in which certain observers are...

  • When context is king

    There is no doubt that the recent political bickering over allegations and scandals had an impact on voters. Imagine, then, the impact it would have on international companies in Malta. While local companies which have deep roots will have few...

  • Robots are winning the jobs race

    Job creation is the most difficult task for any administration. Having a secure job with good prospects of advancement is the dream of those who aspire to be productive members of society. So it is understandable that many fret about the risk of...

  • On top of the world

    The idea of a personality cult often evokes memories of saints, heroes and idols. However, personality cults are still to be found in modern-day democracies, including Malta. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has reached cult status among his...

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