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Editorial

  • 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...

  • Interest in trade unions

    The dispute Broadcasting Authority workers had with their chairman – who has since resigned – on the manner in which she was treating them again brought to the fore the value of solidarity among workers at their place of work. Trade union...

  • A glaring gap to rectify

    The President’s Foundation for the Well-being of Society, which focuses on social research and community relations, has drawn public attention to the fact that when it comes to driving under the influence of drugs there is no law in Malta setting...

  • Hands off the rule of law

    The former chief of police, John Rizzo, made a public statement in mid-March that escaped the attention of many. In a country where governance has not been corrupted and where the rule of law prevails, it would have forced the minister responsible...

  • Dawn of a new partnership

    High profile divorces are not happy events. They are often surrounded with media speculation about who gains more in the final settlement. Political ‘divorces’ are no less acrimonious and the world is about to experience a long process that will,...

  • Our fiscal future is now

    No nation can prosper if public finances are not managed with prudence to ensure that over the medium term, expenditure does not regularly exceed income. The times when governments could simply increase taxation to balance their books are long...

  • Intangible cultural heritage to protect

    The Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, drawn up by Unesco in 2003, has finally been ratified by Malta. It was devised with the overriding objective of preserving intangible heritage, encouraging respect for it,...

  • Strict school discipline a must

    Parents have every right to expect that when they send their children to school they enjoy the experience of learning that enhances their educational prospects. So when one reads that bad behaviour in some schools has reached levels that most...

  • Health and safety at workplace

    Most workers face health and safety risks whether they are working in an office, a printing press or a quarry. While more importance is today being given to psychological health and safety issues in the workplace, many employees still risk losing...

  • When a popular event goes awry

    The Irish love a party. None more so than on St Patrick’s Day, which they celebrate across the globe, including on this tiny island. Large contingents of Maltese, who also love a party, readily join in to celebrate the feast of this revered patron...

  • When db Group pulled the plug

    The Nationalist Party leader may have been tempted. Simon Busuttil could have just shut up when he received an SMS from the db Group CEO asking the party to return the funds the company had donated to it. Dr Busuttil could have kept mum and not...

  • EU: 60 years of peace, progress

    Sixty years ago in Rome, the treaty establishing the European Economic Community was signed, laying the foundations for the Europe that we know today and ushering in 60 years of peace, prosperity and stability. The European Union can be rightfully...

  • Young people behaving badly

    The violent behaviour of youth league players during a football match at the Mosta ground recently and the vandal acts at the Tal-Qroqq swimming complex changing rooms, allegedly committed by people in their early teens, are, of course, worrying.

  • It’s more discipline that’s needed

    It takes a great deal of courage for a parliamentary secretary to say, at the launch of new arrangements governing minor traffic contraventions, that “this government does not consider wardens to be a money-making machine”. If his government...

  • Public access to Manoel Island

    Seventeen years ago, Midi consortium was granted a lucrative land deal by the Nationalist administration to build luxury apartments at Tignè Point in return for restoring Fort Manoel and, as an additional sweetener, developing a luxury...

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