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Editorial

  • When elections do not matter

    It would be immensely naïve for anyone to imagine that a snap election, one year too early, would make the prevailing political and institutional crisis go away. Inversely. In the aftermath of last week’s allegation by Daphne Caruana Galizia that...

  • All the pieces fall in place

    When politicians start knocking on people’s doors canvassing for votes it is usually a sure sign an election is not far off but there is another strong indication that a party in government gives of an impending election. It is when the...

  • Trust in financial services

    “Do something quickly before it’s too late,” former Central Bank governor Francis Vassallo told this newspaper, expressing fears about the damage recent allegations could do to the island’s financial services industry. The financial services...

  • Power to inquiring magistrate

    What Magistrate Aaron Bugeja is conducting is an inquiry under the Criminal Code, not an inquiry under the Inquiries Act. Apart from the fact that such an inquiry can in practice only commence if the police decide to act – and, in this case, they...

  • Dearth of sports administrators

    Julian Pace Bonello has just been confirmed president of the Malta Olympic Committee for another four-year term. He has been occupying the post since 2013 when he succeeded Judge Lino Farrugia Sacco. Mr Pace Bonello, an avid sportsman with several...

  • Editorial: The Prime Minister’s crises

    Editorial: The Prime Minister’s crises

    Two images will remain seared in people’s minds from the latest crisis of confidence that has engulfed Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. One is of a man and a woman, owner and risk manager, respectively, of a shady bank, leaving the bank’s offices...

  • Institutional meltdown

    Late on Thursday night, the Prime Minister did the right thing, a year too late. Joseph Muscat told the Police Commissioner, through his lawyers, to ask the duty magistrate to investigate the incredibly serious allegations made by Daphne Caruana...

  • Just not good enough

    The news that the president of the Malta Developers Association, Sandro Chetcuti, was asked by both major political parties to run for election on their ticket was as shocking as it was revealing. That Mr Chetcuti has turned down both invitations...

  • Prison management audit

    Those who break the law deserve to be punished and society must be protected. However, the State is also responsible to provide those imprisoned for their misdeeds with an opportunity to rehabilitate themselves and become useful members of society...

  • Being direct on direct orders

    Political parties – whether in government or in opposition and, especially, in the run-up to a general election – continue to chant the same mantra: free healthcare and free education. That has been a rallying cry and a vote-catcher ever since...

  • Mockery of basic values

    Hardly anyone would have been surprised by the Ombudsman’s disappointment over the government’s lack of transparency and accountability. Maladministration and rising corruption have dragged the country’s moral standards down to the lowest level ever.

  • Voting fatigue on campus

    Rather than pulling out altogether of the student council elections, Pulse ought to have done its best to, first, press harder for an agreement over the form of elections best suited to be held at the University, and, second, see how, together...

  • Clarity needed over coalition

    An electoral alliance between the Nationalist and Democratic parties is taking shape. Substantial details have emerged about the form it might take, although it is still subject to approval by the PN. We know, for example, that the idea is for PD...

  • Guide dogs for the blind

    Unlike a number of other European countries, Malta’s anti-discrimination legislation allows the presence of guide dogs for the blind in public/private buildings or facilities. The law specifically lays down: “A person shall be discriminating...

  • When life is not a pageant

    Last Sunday, as Coptic Christians in Egypt were picking up the shattered remains of family members from the floors of their bombed churches, in Malta costumes were being unfolded in preparation for the traditional Holy Week pageants. They both...

  • Material and pertinent facts

    The Vassallo inquiry, branded a “whitewash” by the Opposition, established that the police followed normal procedure in a drug-related case in Gozo. That may be the case but where the inquiry fails to convince is regarding allegations that two...

  • Happy-go-lucky civil service

    Going by Joseph Muscat’s euphoric blitz about Malta’s economic miracle and about how well his government delivers on all matters promised before the last election, one may easily get the impression that everything works according to the...

  • Natura management plans

    Natura 2000 is an EU-wide network of nature conservation areas, established to ensure the survival of Europe’s most valuable and threatened terrestrial and marine species and habitats for present and future generations. Some six years after the...

  • Upgrading our infrastructure

    The Nationalist Party’s pledge, if elected to office, to bring about the largest ever infrastructural upgrade the country has ever seen, is very welcome news indeed. Simon Busuttil said last week that a new PN government would draw up and...

  • It’s not about Islam at all

    Archbishop Charles Scicluna ruffled some feathers when he said he was willing to facilitate the teaching of Islam to Muslim children in Church schools. The reaction was out of proportion, mainly because it was misinterpreted. Church schools have...

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