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Editorial

  • 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...

  • An inept Gozo directorate

    A National Audit Office report about the operations of a directorate responsible for road repair and maintenance in Gozo was far too kind when it said the organisation lacked good governance. Considering the shortcomings it brought to light, it...

  • Commission must function

    Only the most delusional politicians would deny that the perception of many local people, the foreign media and, probably, many international investors is that Malta has an image problem relating to its determination to fight corruption. In a...

  • Opium for the postmodern age

    It was Karl Marx who coined the metaphor ‘Religion is the opium of the people’. Maybe, it applied to his times but, since then, religion and moral ethics have been delegated to the sacristy and a new god has emerged, called money. That explains a...

  • Disgraceful state of affairs

    It has been reported that, for the past few years, the Corradino Correctional Facility, has had to make use of the old divisional accommodation because the rest was full. Cells in the old divisions of this Victorian prison were not designed to...

  • We are on our own

    When all is said and done, we are all on our own, as alone as Daphne Caruana Galizia that fateful day she was murdered. In the run-up to Malta’s European Union accession, people had been promised membership that would enshrine the rule of law in...

  • Editorial: Not a moment too soon

    The murder of journalist/blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia is likely to continue featuring high on the country’s agenda, certainly until justice is done and the government begins to restore confidence in the country’s institutions. Moving on does not...

  • Editorial: Politicians not welcome

    Malta has a historic opportunity to reform the way it is governed. It is immeasurably sad that it has taken the slaying of a journalist to focus minds like never before on the violations in the rule of law being perpetrated by this government and...

  • Long live journalism

    Journalist/blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia was laid to rest yesterday, more than a fortnight after she was killed in a car bomb. She was murdered because of what she wrote or, perhaps, what she was about to write. What the killers’ real motive was...

  • Labour market challenges

    The EY conference on Malta’s competitiveness identified weaknesses in the labour market as one of the main challenges the island is and will be facing in the coming years. Forty-one per cent of those interviewed in the competitiveness survey...

  • In regulators we must trust

    Given the highly topical subject of money-laundering and criminality in Malta, a timely conference focusing on company law, organised by the University of Malta’s commercial law department and the Malta Law Association, heard two important...

  • It is called democracy

    The murder of journalist/blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia and the institutional crisis it provoked have seen the rise of a civic movement that has already held two protest marches and a camp outside Castille, all riding on a wave of discontent. It...

  • Weaker investment attractiveness

    The success of a country’s management of its strategic objectives is assessed by its ability to balance financial results, the quality of life of its people, the way public and business institutions serve the community and the skills base of its...

  • Not all is well in education

    Some news coming from the education sector is indeed worrying. After the reported shortage of teachers in primary and secondary schools, it now seems the University has a shortage of lecture rooms. This is no way to improve educational achievement...

  • ‘This is Europe not Russia’

    The tributes paid to murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in the European Parliament on Tuesday, when a debate was held on media freedom and the protection of journalists, were moving. The discussion, however, did not only centre on Daphne’s...

  • Drive to ease road congestion

    A plain truth in all that is beingsaid about the country’s creaking road infrastructure is that the government failed to ensure that road development keeps pace with economic growth. It is basic economic policy for government planners anywhere to...

  • The uncomfortable truth

    The investigation into Daphne Caruana Galizia’s car-bomb murder is very difficult. All crime investigations are, particularly where explosions are involved because they usually destroy most of the evidence. It is known that the police are...

  • The worst of times

    Malta is living a tragicomedy. It has a popular – and populist - government and the economy is booming but its moral fibre is in tatters. It has gone through similar testing times before, however, after the horrendous experiences of the Dom...