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Editorial

  • 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.

  • No abortion, just reproductive rights

    The Prime Minister is becoming notoriously good at doublespeak, the latest being the government’s ‘stand’ on abortion. It is not a stand. According to the Council of Europe’s Human Rights Commissioner, who evidently thinks ending unwanted...

  • Fresh turmoil in education

    The education sector is again in the news for the wrong reasons. The latest story is that many educators feel betrayed by their union representatives who signed a new collective agreement that, apparently, did not meet the expectations of many...

  • Worrying free fall in ranking

    Malta is in free fall in the ranking of one of the world’s most prestigious freedom watchdogs. Yet, the government, now growing grotesquely brazen by the day, is looking the other way, making it look as if all is fine and dandy. The truth is the...

  • No use for a divided party

    Talk about a potential fracture of the Nationalist Party has subsided in recent weeks. But the internal split that has plagued the party ever since it lost the election still occasionally flares up into public view. The latest example is the testy...

  • Celebrating Valletta 2018

    After several years of preparation for the accolade of becoming one of Europe’s Capitals of Culture, thousands of people will gather on the streets of Valletta this evening to celebrate its launch. Four public spaces – the newly created Tritons...

  • The vital squander that’s Vitals

    Every detail that emerges from that scandalous agreement reached between the government and Vitals Global Healthcare points in one direction only: the deal should be called off. The parliamentary debate on the matter on Wednesday predictably got...

  • Attack on cultural heritage

    High-rises, petrol stations in outside development zones, destruction of town houses, obliteration of age-old street­scapes, unauthorised possession of land in the countryside… There would seem to be no end to overdevelopment, abuse and the...

  • May the best team truly win

    “A hammer blow for the image of Maltese football” is how MFA general secretary Angelo Chetcuti described the decision by Uefa to ban six U-21 national team players for match-fixing offences. The case was connected to home qualifying matches...