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  • All motorists are equal

    It was proposed at the close of last year that commercial drivers ought to be treated differently from the rest under the penalty point system. Their representative organisation, the GRTU – Chamber of Small and Medium Enterprises, gave as reason...

  • Children in fundraising events

    The participation of children in fundraising campaigns involves risks that need to be assessed carefully by both their parents and the fundraisers. Marketers know that children appearing in fundraising and political marketing programmes have the...

  • Scourge of political correctness

    Charles Caruana Carabez is a frequent contributor to the opinion columns of this newspaper. He has a smooth pen but also has a problem: he is a man. John Grey’s book Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus cannot have been a bestseller here,...

  • No corruption then?

    Towards the end of 2017, this newspaper carried an article on the now apparently dysfunctional Permanent Commission Against Corruption, which has been in limbo for more than half a year. The heading said the commission is unable to function...

  • Weed out the bad elements

    All law-abiding citizens of Malta join Police Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar in paying tribute to and thanking the many officers who do their utmost to be of service to society. Mr Cutajar is not among them. He has failed society in general and the...

  • Europe’s many challenges

    The European Union starts 2018 with a number of challenges, both external and internal. Brussels needs to bolster its international profile and strengthen its common foreign and security policy, not least because the US under President Donald...

  • Moving from words to deeds

    As land development goes ahead at breakneck speed, with even choice plots in outside development zones being taken up for the building of petrol stations, the institutional development infrastructure creaks under the weight of an ever-rising...

  • Overhaul, not just a reform

    What the police force needs is not a reform, which is supposedly in progress, but a thorough overhaul. Problem is: who will do it? So many attempts at reforming the force were made along the years but nothing truly significant ever came out. The...

  • A white elephant university

    The setting up of the American University of Malta has had its fair share of controversy. In May 2015, the Jordanian Sadeen Group signed an agreement with the government for the establishment of a private educational institution. The Prime...

  • Begging bowls at Castille

    As is traditional, the Prime Minister took some time off to meet members of the public who lined up outside Castille to convey their New Year’s greetings. Alongside the Prime Minister was a government aide who took the contact details of those who...

  • Tough agenda for new MFSA chairman

    When the new chairman takes over at the Malta Financial Services Authority at the end of March 2018, he faces a tight agenda to give this organisation a better image in the coming years. John Mamo has the right credentials to define and execute a...

  • All of us have hope

    “Dear people of Malta and Gozo, let us continue working together to make Malta a sustainable socio-economic, ethical and just model. Although challenges will exist, we should be hopeful. Our hope should lie in the fact that, together, we are...

  • Looking back in anguish

    What is the state of the nation at the end of this annus horribilis? As 2017 draws to a close, where does Malta stand in its quest to become a more fully developed Western country? Development along Western ideals implies not only becoming more...

  • A disaster year, for some

    The year 1992 had been so bad for the British monarchy that Queen Elizabeth had called it an annus horribilis. It is unlikely that President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca will use that term to describe 2017. But it was. Malta started the year with...

  • Better protection of minors

    Those who work with children are responsible to keep them safe. The Protection of Minors Register, introduced in 2012 and becoming law when the Protection of Minors’ Act came into force, is an essential tool in the battle to safeguard children...

  • Basic administrative norms

    When there are so many reports and allegations of corruption, sleaze and money laundering, some involving even people at the very top of the country’s administration, the kind of shortcomings flagged by the Auditor General in a report on local...

  • Vitals scam: a step too far

    After the Crane Currency deal, it was the Vitals Global Healthcare sell-out that came next. The country is being doped by economic growth to the point of blindness. The Labour Party’s repackaged socialism has turned out to be capitalism of the...

  • A season to seek justice

    The Grinch was accused of stealing Christmas in Ron Howard’s 2000 Christmas comedy movie based on the 1957 children’s story by Dr Seuss. But he is not the real culprit. Abroad and locally there is a dual challenge to Christmas, the real Christmas.

  • Time to ease social tensions

    If, according to a new survey, life is good for at least 95 per cent of the people, why is there is so much anger and hostility around? Can this be simply put down to the kind of sharp political tribalism that has marked Maltese society for as...

  • Government’s department of police

    The government appears to have learnt nothing from the inappropriateness of a press conference given by the Prime Minister just as the police and the Armed Forces of Malta raided locations around Malta that led to the arraignment of three men over...