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  • Conflicts of interest and nepotism

    Nepotism has been a distinct hallmark of Joseph Muscat’s government since his party was swept to office after long years of Nationalist administrations. Many would argue that the situation in this regard is not any different to that in the time of...

  • Sound fiscal prudence advice

    Every government needs to plan its short-term fiscal objectives within the context of a broader strategy for long-term financial sustainability. Malta’s economic growth over the last few years has been encouraging but it will be a mistake not to...

  • Cinderella of health services

    When Mount Carmel Hospital hits the headlines it is not good news. Something of a generalisation perhaps, but the truth is that when the nation turns its gaze to this hospital and the psychiatric services in general it is often in response to some...

  • More seafront concerns

    As if the Gżira/Sliema foreshore and its hinterland have not undergone enough ugly development already over the years, robbing the seaside environment of much of its past charm, further bad news is in the pipeline. Four hotels are to build a lido...

  • Climate change action plan

    Malta is one of the five countries in the European Union that has registered the least progress in fighting climate change. In a report by the Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe Malta was given a rating of “very poor” and was ranked 24th of 29...

  • A place to call home

    It may be only five kilometres away but Gozo has always had a fascinating lure for Maltese holidaymakers. It is convenient, accessible, the channel crossing gives a sense of travel and, though familiar, Gozo is also different. More Maltese...

  • Unresolved threatening crisis

    The issue of migration and its monstrous twin, nationalism, are the overriding threats to the future of democracy in the EU. Europe faces a perfect storm from rising immigration and political extremism bubbling above and below the democratic...

  • Clean the Palace stables

    It is bad when a lawyer raises the issue of perjury while questioning a colleague testifying in the superior court. It gets far worse when the presiding judge tells the witness he does not believe a single word she is saying and that her warrant...

  • Benchmarking the judiciary

    Justice Minister Owen Bonnici’s decision to promote Magistrate Consuelo Scerri Herrera to a judge again underscores this government’s lack of respect of statutory bodies. Such disdain is usually demonstrated by ‘strongmen’ and autocrats who resort...

  • Migration: A good basis to build on

    The agreement reached by European Union leaders over how to handle refugees and irregular migrants after long, drawn-out talks at a summit in Brussels can be seen as a step in the right direction. What is crucial now is that the EU shows the...

  • Construction site safety

    While the construction industry is passing through a boom phase, it is essential that health and safety regulations on site are kept updated to minimise risk. The death of a single person on a building site because of inadequate observance of...

  • And then… she signed

    It appeared to start off well. In the heat of the debate on the controversial amendments to the Embyro Protection Act, President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca stood up and told politicians to slow down and think it well. The issues being discussed...

  • Abuses in the shadow economy

    While the formal economy is passing through a boom phase, the shadow economy, with all the abuses it tolerates, seems to be still growing. According to a study by the Department of Economics of the Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria,...

  • Senseless massacre of trees

    In a tiny, overpopulated, arid island it is only logical to expect the people to bend over backwards to ensure that no sprig, let alone a tree, is allowed to wither away unnecessarily. Not in Malta. In an island where the all-important goal is...

  • Erosion of trust in the judiciary

    When George Washington wrote that “The administration of justice is the firmest pillar of good government” he coined a maxim that is as relevant today as it was two centuries ago. Regular surveys by Eurostat indicate the trust that ordinary people...

  • Lack of forward planning

    Joseph Muscat may well play down the Nationalist Party’s warnings over the possible impact of a greater influx of foreign workers on the economy and social life, but it is the country that ultimately stands to lose if his government fails to look...

  • Anti-SLAPP lacks will, not way

    SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against public participation), like Damocles’ sword, still hangs over the heads of Maltese media houses, even over ordinary people who dare to express an opinion on Facebook. Anyone who files a SLAPP defamation suit is not...

  • Regulation by nods and winks

    A real democracy thrives on checks and balances that should exist between those who legislate, regulate or administer, and those who ensure the laws of the country are applied fairly and adequately. The Maltese economy is dependent on the...

  • Moral anarchy has set in

    The parliamentary vote on amendments to the Embryo Protection Act was as clean cut as it could ever be. The government side, as predicted, voted in favour and the Nationalist Opposition, given a free vote, voted unanimously against. In effect, the...

  • Kid gloves for contractors

    Growing public anger at uncontrolled development and at the impact rampant contraventions are having on the daily lives of people living in areas surrounding building sites appear to have at last stirred the authorities into action. However,...