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Editorial

  • MFSA setting the bar

    Financial services regulators in reputable jurisdictions are known to set the bar high for operators in order not to tarnish their reputation with incidents of mismanagement or breach of anti-financial crime regulations by financial services...

  • Combatting fear of retaliation

    On paper, Malta’s whistleblowing laws include strongly worded protections for whistle-blowers. In practice, however, many argue that the message to whistleblowers is that if they spill the beans on any abuse, they will be hounded. Whistle-blowers...

  • Arrogance of power

    When a political party wins an election by a wide majority, it is likely that over time it becomes arrogant and goes against principles it fought for in its election campaign. Joseph Muscat’s government lost no time in showing signs of arrogance...

  • Fixing a broken rental market

    The property rental market is passing through a boom that is arguably unprecedented. At the same time, it is failing to satisfy the needs of thousands of people who can no longer afford the exorbitant rents that are being demanded by landlords.

  • Accountable, by all accounts

    The Accountancy Board seems more concerned in defending its members’ reputation than that of the profession it was set up by law to regulate in the public interest. The Accountancy Profession Act assigns the board quite a few functions. Among them...

  • PN: clear proposals needed

    A year into Adrian Delia’s leadership, the Nationalist Party doubtlessly has a long way to go before convincing enough voters that it offers a better alternative to Joseph Muscat’s Labour government. The polls show that the gap between the two...

  • Church leading by example

    The Catholic Church is facing severe challenges as a result of incidents of abusive behaviour by the clergy in the past several decades. So, when Church leaders do what is right for the community, many will be encouraged to focus on the benefits...

  • Shambolic start to scholastic year

    Parents of children going to independent and Church schools do not have much to look forward to as schools open next week. It is evident their children do not have any guaranteed and safe transport as promised by the Ministry of Education. A hasty...

  • Mediocre at best and losing fast

    When the planning authority was set up in the early 1990s, it was the Nationalist Party’s reply to the Labour Party’s excesses in government, in the hope the country would never return to ways of former Labour minister Lorry Sant. The outcome was...

  • Dear MEPs, please note

    A five-member delegation from the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee is expected to arrive today “to assess the rule of law, corruption and the safety of journalists”. They are, of course, welcome but law-abiding people in this...

  • Public domain status still in limbo

    Two years after legislation was enacted to introduce the public domain concept, there is still no indication as to when the sites already proposed for protection will officially fall under the new law’s wing. Even though settling ownership issues...

  • Bridge between Malta and Italy

    The election last March of a populist Italian government determined to curb migration has led to a series of incidents between Malta and Italy, heightening tensions between the two countries to a level not seen for over a decade. The appointment...

  • Challenges of economic success

    It must be every finance minister’s dream to present a budget in the context of an economy that is growing at above-average rates, with low unemployment and with significant direct foreign investment. This is the kind of environment that will put...

  • Red tape disrupts waste collection

    Taxpayers are entitled to stress-free public services because, at the end of the day, they foot the bill. The collection of recyclable waste problem in many parts of Gozo is, at best, a consequence of red tape and, at worst, an inability by the...

  • Unbearable feeling of nothing

    There is meant to be an Office of the Commissioner for Public Standards, a watchdog over the House of Representatives. It has been long in coming, since 2012, and the law was finally signed by the President last year. Clearly, there was no urgency...

  • School transport problems

    Few would disagree that anything that eases traffic flow is welcome on our gridlocked roads. The government’s plan to offer supervised public transport to all Church and private schools sounded good when the Labour Party included it in its manifesto.

  • Healthcare workers deserve respect

    Workplace violence is never justified and should never be tolerated by those who have a responsibility to ensure that workers are safe when performing their duties. It is, therefore, disturbing to read that nurses and other healthcare...

  • Rock-solid love of neighbour

    The bible recounts instances when Jesus rolled up His sleeves to help others. He fed a hungry crowd, changed water into wine at a wedding, healed the sick and raised people from the dead. He did not just pray for them or promised them the Kingdom...

  • Proliferation of hate speech

    Under Maltese law, hate speech consists of any threat or insult directed at a member of a recognised minority group. Hate speech is a criminal offence if it is motivated by hostility based on race, religion, sexual orientation, gender or disability.

  • Italy relations at crossroads

    Malta and Italy have had very close political, economic, social and cultural relations ever since we attained independence in 1964. Most Maltese have a good understanding of Italian, Italy is a very popular vacation destination, thousands of...