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Editorial

  • Please sir, no more

    Given the immense international assault on the country’s image in the wake of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder, it is understandable that the Prime Minister tries to calm things down. However, he is mistaken to think he can bring it all back to...

  • The pen conquers fear

    There are various schools of thought on whether so-called citizen journalism is good or bad. Some say it widens the dissemination of information. Others complain it only serves for fake news to spread like wildfire. In journalism, fact is sacred...

  • The solution is political

    Many people turned up for the manifestation in Valletta yesterday but some opted not to go and they had a reason. There were politicians there. Organised by the Civil Society Network, it was a national protest for justice after journalist Daphne...

  • The Sunday Times Editorial: Clean up this country

    The Sunday Times Editorial: Clean up this country

    This editorial is written in anger. But it is tempered by hope. The anger is that felt by decent citizens who are shocked, confused and enraged that their society has been visited by dark forces of a cruel destructiveness they did not believe...

  • He’s just not up to it

    Three days after the Bidnija murder, Police Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar finally came out to face the cameras. The event was a shambles. Chaotic and disorganised, he came across like a local village sheriff who was out of his depth and not...

  • The writing on the wall

    “There are crooks everywhere you look now. The situation is desperate.” That is the writing on the wall, literally. Law-abiding citizens who believe in the rule of law and democracy and, in particular, journalists, can translate that message thus:...

  • A despicable argument

    Former Labour parliamentary secretary Deborah Schembri went on her party’s station to tell us about journalism. Having failed to get elected at the last election, she’s now preaching on where journalism has its limits. In truth, the limits were...

  • Not down that lane, again

    Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder was not the first of its kind. There was the murder of 15-year-old Karin Grech, killed by a letter bomb in 1977. Then there was the murder of Raymond Caruana inside a Nationalist Party club in 1986. But that is...

  • The day the music died

    It is possibly the last thing that a newspaper would want to report: the death of a journalist/blogger who was considered by many as one of the best in this country. The cruel, brutal murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia close to her house in Bidnija...

  • Wanted: a government to govern

    Lost somewhere towards the very end of the 117-page Budget speech was a very telling sentence: “We need to start taking decisions, hard as they may be, today before tomorrow.” Of course, the grim warning was lost in the fireworks of the Budget...

  • Missing links in the roadmap

    When he addressed the media in his pre-budget presentation, Finance Minister Edward Scicluna acknowledged that Malta has three major challenges: traffic, rising rent costs and the environment. He added that “it is time to deal with quality of life...

  • At the mercy of untouchables

    Less than two months ago, the Times of Malta carried an editorial expressing shock and anger at the wanton abuse by building contractors and pointing to what appears to be the impotency of the government to deal with a situation that is getting...

  • Economic diversification a priority

    At a time of significant economic growth, it is easy for political policymakers to harbour the illusion they have discovered the Midas touch that guarantees long-term economic prosperity. Economic analysts with their feet firmly on solid ground...

  • Trust in politicians down again

    A sharp fall of 17 places in an index measuring public trust in politicians, carried in the World Economic Forum’s latest competitiveness report, has barely raised any reaction. As expected, the government ignored it altogether and chose instead...

  • Oh, what a waste

    As the country wallows in rising piles of domestic waste, out comes the Prime Minister asking the new Nationalist Party leader to accept the government’s invitation to the Opposition to join of a waste management committee. The appeal was repeated...

  • Tweaks but no hard decisions

    When the going is good, then expectations rise, something that Finance Minister Edward Scicluna undoubtedly knew when he sat down to write the Budget. The problem is that it is much harder to take something back if the situation ever turns...

  • Right dress code for schools

    The debate on the advantages of school uniforms goes on, even if it seems that many accept that the advantages of making students wear uniforms outweigh the disadvantages. The discussion is now shifting as to whether schoolchildren should wear...

  • Almost a requiem for democracy

    Chief Justice Silvio Camilleri seized on the occasion of the formal opening of the judicial year to drive home a few powerful lessons on the real essence of democratic living. His was a wise and timely warning to those loitering on the edge of the...

  • Part of intangible heritage

    The Malta Band Clubs’ Association has just been awarded the prestigious European Citizen’s Prize for 2017 by the European Parliament. The Maltese members of the European Parliament had nominated it for the prize on the 70th anniversary of its...

  • A questionable appointment

    Blatant cases of patronage no longer raise eyebrows in a political environment where, sadly and most frustratingly, such abuse appears to have become acceptable. Many are prepared to accept even worse than patronage today as shown by the fact...