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Editorial

  • Negative views of taxation system

    The government and the Opposition consider the way Malta taxes income and profits of direct foreign investment as legitimate fiscal competitiveness. Some influential international organisations take a very different view. They describe the island...

  • Yes of course, Prime Minister

    A Prime Minister should have no problem giving orders to Cabinet ministers, parliamentary secretaries, his own secretariat and even to the chiefs of government entities. Often, he would do this through his chief of staff but who orders the chief...

  • Ferry’s glaring discrepancies

    National Audit Office reports are exposing so many cases of maladministration the situation is now becoming truly worrying. Many are justifiably beginning to wonder whether there are any internal structures within the administration and its...

  • Bumpy ride on the ‘new way’

    The new leadership trio of the Nationalist Party is in place and, presumably, all set to go. After a gruelling leadership election that saw Adrian Delia emerge winner and a lacklustre election campaign for his deputies, David Agius and Robert...

  • National children’s policy

    Family Minister Michael Falzon launched the national children’s policy on Universal Children’s Day. The policy is based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and contains 110 proposals on how these rights should be upheld in Malta. The...

  • PN’s uphill road to recovery

    Any major political party that loses two successive elections by a large margin needs to reinvent itself to win back the electoral favour. Whatever the reasons for the recent defeats, the Nationalist Party faces an uphill road to win back the...

  • Ideas on physical education

    Many who are genuinely interested in upgrading the educational system to make it more equitable for all young people do not stop at discussing the level of achievement of school leavers and graduates. Young people’s physical and mental health is...

  • Truly an identity crisis

    It is becoming more and more evident that the problems faced by the Nationalist Party do not stem from its electoral defeat in June. The terrible spectacle in Parliament on Wednesday, where leading Nationalist MPs failed to support a motion moved...

  • Low educational achievement

    The public debate on the educational system is characterised by the little interest it attracts from stakeholders who are ultimately responsible for, or affected by, its quality. The system is failing at least one out of every five young people...

  • Slow build-up to the inevitable

    It looks like the final frontier, the last step into a pseudo-liberal world where a new vocabulary displaces reality and truth. One of the fads is ‘reproductive rights’, a term used to camouflage the much more appropriate term: abortion. The issue...

  • Truth very often hurts

    The government and its acolytes are, of course, right when they say that debates like those held at the European Parliament last week damage Malta’s reputation. Unfortunately, this was not the only occasion where our dirty linen was hanged in...

  • True environment guardians

    Over the years, the Church’s Commission on the Environment has produced some extremely perceptive and hard-hitting reports about the state of Malta’s built and natural environment. It has been even-handedly critical both of the last Nationalist...

  • Editorial: Malta’s core values in question

    “The European Union’s fundamental values are respect for human dignity and human rights, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law. These values unite all Member States.” When Malta joined the EU in 2004, hopes were high for the future. In...

  • Shared governance for University

    Most universities strive to adopt a shared governance structure to promote the best policies that meet the needs of administration, faculties, staff and students. Publicly-financed universities have a major challenge in managing the tensions that...

  • When women say no

    The Prime Minister was in a bit of a quandary last week. After having ignored for days the protesters from Occupy Justice camped right outside Castille in Valletta, he decided to call them into his office, on home turf, where he would usually call...

  • Key challenges ahead

    As the economy keeps going at breakneck speed, there would seem to be no deep reflection, much less well thought-out plans, to ensure sustainability and action to cope with the impact development is having on the lives of the population as the...

  • Mount Carmel Hospital woes

    Less than a month ago, this newspaper reported that Corradino Correctional Facility, which was built in Victorian times, still has some prison cells lacking facilities as fundamentally necessary to civilised living as flushing toilets. Now we hear...

  • Every man must do his duty

    The President of Malta does not enjoy widespread executive powers. But the President has a crucial role to play both as pater familias – mater familias, in our case – and, more so, as guardian of the Constitution. Especially in times like...

  • Another day in paradise

    They call them the Paradise Papers, a sequel to the Panama Papers leaks that rocked the Labour government in its first legislature but which had no lasting effect to dent the outstanding electoral support it received again at the June...

  • Safeguarding University’s autonomy

    In April of this year the government published its proposals for the new University of Malta Act. Consultations were disrupted by the snap general election, but are now underway up to the end of November. On Thursday the KSU presented its...