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Editorial

  • Off-the-shelf babies

    When Health Minister Chris Fearne floated proposed changes to the IVF law, the furore that followed was predictable. IVF procedures can be contentious from an ethical perspective and there are many issues he raised that are controversial. Mr...

  • Let Maltese language prevail

    Much like the crowd watching a football game in 1945 reacting angrily when the national anthem was not played, an incident immortalised in Rużar Briffa’s epic poem Jum ir-Rebħ, there was widespread concern at proposed changes to the curriculum for...

  • New burst of civic activism

    Civic activism is suddenly taking a new life as greater awareness builds up about allegations of corruption, sleaze, nepotism, maladministration and the unrelenting onslaught on the country’s green environment and heritage. It comes as a...

  • Needed: action not words

    Finance Minister Edward Scicluna has announced Malta’s first-ever anti-money laundering and terrorist financing strategy and vowed to “take all necessary action against financial crimes”. If the political will of a government to combat financial...

  • Not to be trusted

    It was among the worst indictments of the government one could ever imagine and it came from a Greek court, not the usual suspects, activists for the rule of law in this country. The reasons why a Greek court decided to free Pilatus Bank...

  • Understanding child neglect

    Child abuse and neglect can take different forms. The media at times reports on cases of physical and sexual abuse of children by their parents or other adults in authority. Bullying is another form of child abuse that could cause mental and...

  • Labour’s true colours exposed

    It was an impossible venture from the beginning, and the Nationalist Party must have suspected it all along. The government has turned down amendments to the Media and Defamation Bill that would protect journalists from foreign lawsuits making it...

  • The new Chief Justice’s task

    The government announced last night it would ask the President to appoint Mr Justice Joseph Azzopardi as the new Chief Justice, succeeding Silvio Camilleri who reaches the age of 65 on April 25 and must, therefore, retire. The new Chief Justice...

  • Democratic governance model

    The initial restructuring plans for improving the governance of the University met with severe resistance from both students and the academic staff. It seems the government has now realised that what the University needs is not only more financial...

  • Skiving at taxpayers’ expense

    The often-repeated mantra that no government like the present one has been able to generate so much work hides some unpleasant realities that public policymakers need to address. One such fact is that thousands of workers in the public service are...

  • Editorial: Always with us?

    The recent Eurostat report dealing with poverty and social exclusion bore some very welcome news for Malta: on all indicators measuring social inequality and material deprivation, bar one, we scored positively in 2015 compared to 2013. The...

  • Transparent decision-making

    A landmark decision against the partial de-scheduling of the Għar il-Kbir buffer zone has just been made. The Environment and Planning Review Tribunal overturned a 2015 Planning Authority decision to remove the scheduling of an area of land in the...

  • Hey Gaffarena!

    The court decision on the scandalous Mark Gaffarena deal involving half a property in Mint Street, Valletta that was turned into a goldmine, courtesy of the Land Department, has been hailed by the Labour Party as an affirmation of the rule of law...

  • A healthy sick leave policy

    The subject of sick leave entitlement has been discussed in the past several weeks with employers voicing concern about more liberal policies the government seems to want to introduce. The introduction of a measure enabling parents to call in sick...

  • No point washing his hands

    If this country ever needed to be reminded, the arrest of the Pilatus Bank chairman, Seyed Ali Sadr Hasheminejad, in the US was the umpteenth confirmation that the country’s institutions are in serious crisis. The Finance Minister disagrees but...

  • Sharp fall in standards

    As the economy keeps doing well, the country is, at the same time, turning a blind eye to the sharp decline in standards rather than demanding better services and higher quality all round. Falling standards are increasingly evident in so many...

  • Pragmatic approach to homework

    Primary school children often dream of not having to do any homework. On the other hand, parents can have nightmares when their children do not seem to have enough homework. They fear that lack of traditional homework practices will jeopardise the...

  • Rethinking Maltese exams

    The government has recently proposed having two alternative versions to the current Secondary Examination Certificate (SEC) in Maltese. One would be an ‘applied’, vocation-oriented version while the other would be a foreign language...

  • Obsolete media blackout

    Speaking in Parliament a few days ago, Opposition leader Adrian Delia called for the removal of the pre-election media blackout as, he argued, it was obsolete. His call, which has gone largely unreported, was made during a discussion on amendments...

  • A true spirit of service

    In Catholic churches around the world today, the Christian community commemorates the decision of Jesus to wash the feet of the disciples at what was to be his last supper. The Gospel of John narrates a very special context of Jesus who, “having...