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  • Man does not live on bread alone

    In their ‘mission report’ after spending two days in Malta late last year, MEPs, members of the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, referred to influence in elections. They recommended that an investigation...

  • Two pennies-worth passports

    In the surreal world we are living in, selling Maltese passports is possibly this administration’s most enigmatic and deceptive scheme. Introduced after Labour came to power in 2013, it evoked a very negative public reaction and much amendments.

  • No abortion, just reproductive rights

    The Prime Minister is becoming notoriously good at doublespeak, the latest being the government’s ‘stand’ on abortion. It is not a stand. According to the Council of Europe’s Human Rights Commissioner, who evidently thinks ending unwanted...

  • Fresh turmoil in education

    The education sector is again in the news for the wrong reasons. The latest story is that many educators feel betrayed by their union representatives who signed a new collective agreement that, apparently, did not meet the expectations of many...

  • Worrying free fall in ranking

    Malta is in free fall in the ranking of one of the world’s most prestigious freedom watchdogs. Yet, the government, now growing grotesquely brazen by the day, is looking the other way, making it look as if all is fine and dandy. The truth is the...

  • No use for a divided party

    Talk about a potential fracture of the Nationalist Party has subsided in recent weeks. But the internal split that has plagued the party ever since it lost the election still occasionally flares up into public view. The latest example is the testy...

  • Celebrating Valletta 2018

    After several years of preparation for the accolade of becoming one of Europe’s Capitals of Culture, thousands of people will gather on the streets of Valletta this evening to celebrate its launch. Four public spaces – the newly created Tritons...

  • The vital squander that’s Vitals

    Every detail that emerges from that scandalous agreement reached between the government and Vitals Global Healthcare points in one direction only: the deal should be called off. The parliamentary debate on the matter on Wednesday predictably got...

  • Attack on cultural heritage

    High-rises, petrol stations in outside development zones, destruction of town houses, obliteration of age-old street­scapes, unauthorised possession of land in the countryside… There would seem to be no end to overdevelopment, abuse and the...

  • May the best team truly win

    “A hammer blow for the image of Maltese football” is how MFA general secretary Angelo Chetcuti described the decision by Uefa to ban six U-21 national team players for match-fixing offences. The case was connected to home qualifying matches...

  • Positive action to protect journalists

    You can silence a journalist by planting a deadly bomb. Or you may decide to kill a medium by draining it of resources, discredit it and/or weaken its influence. In all cases, the real casualty is freedom of expression and the biggest loser is...

  • There is no end in sight

    The shattering European Parliament report on Maltese politicians said to be implicated in acts of corruption really said nothing new, as our sister paper, The Sunday Times of Malta, noted yesterday. We had heard it in trickles that turned to a gush.

  • Persisting with impunity

    Konrad Mizzi was right on one thing when asked for his reaction to the report on maladministration and money laundering drawn up by a delegation of MEPs after their mission to Malta. What they wrote was “nothing new”, he said. That, precisely, is...

  • All motorists are equal

    It was proposed at the close of last year that commercial drivers ought to be treated differently from the rest under the penalty point system. Their representative organisation, the GRTU – Chamber of Small and Medium Enterprises, gave as reason...

  • Children in fundraising events

    The participation of children in fundraising campaigns involves risks that need to be assessed carefully by both their parents and the fundraisers. Marketers know that children appearing in fundraising and political marketing programmes have the...

  • Scourge of political correctness

    Charles Caruana Carabez is a frequent contributor to the opinion columns of this newspaper. He has a smooth pen but also has a problem: he is a man. John Grey’s book Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus cannot have been a bestseller here,...

  • No corruption then?

    Towards the end of 2017, this newspaper carried an article on the now apparently dysfunctional Permanent Commission Against Corruption, which has been in limbo for more than half a year. The heading said the commission is unable to function...

  • Weed out the bad elements

    All law-abiding citizens of Malta join Police Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar in paying tribute to and thanking the many officers who do their utmost to be of service to society. Mr Cutajar is not among them. He has failed society in general and the...

  • Europe’s many challenges

    The European Union starts 2018 with a number of challenges, both external and internal. Brussels needs to bolster its international profile and strengthen its common foreign and security policy, not least because the US under President Donald...

  • Moving from words to deeds

    As land development goes ahead at breakneck speed, with even choice plots in outside development zones being taken up for the building of petrol stations, the institutional development infrastructure creaks under the weight of an ever-rising...