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Editorial

  • Politicians need sound policies

    Citizens generally expect their country to make fairly constant advances across a range of areas over the years and decades. Whatever their political leanings, in the end they aspire to see basically the same few simple measures of progress, such...

  • Excelling in double standards

    While Malta was lamenting the loss of the Azure Window, the four cabinet ministers that joined in to express sadness at the collapse of the iconic landmark in Dwejra appeared to have blissfully forgotten the indifferent manner in which their...

  • A temptation too strong to resist?

    A credit rating agency has made a remark that indicates, unsurprisingly, that it is very much aware of the extent governments go to retain power. With the general election in Malta only a year away at most, the agency, Standard and Poor’s, points...

  • Emancipation or financial independence?

    For Equalities Minister Helena Dalli, the government’s ‘roadmap’ for women’s advancement has always been clear: financial independence first. No wonder then the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report for 2016, regarding Malta, does not...

  • Malta’s national heritage at risk

    A symposium on the theme ‘Maltese national heritage at risk’, organised by the History of Art and Fine Arts Students Association with the objective of raising awareness about the lack of cultural appreciation in Malta, highlighted a number of...

  • See no evil, probe no evil... nothing

    British prime minister Harold Wilson is supposed to have said in the mid-1960s that a week is a long time in politics because so much can change. The Malta police appear to differ, judging by a brief statement issued in reaction to a front-page...

  • People in poverty and hardship

    Beyond the academic definitions of poverty, as raised in a recent debate at the University, the real picture of poverty on the ground is still somewhat disturbing, even though the situation may have improved in some cases thanks to the remedial...

  • Time to clean up party funding

    The issue of party financing exploded onto the headlines last week after it was revealed that hotelier Silvio Debono had asked the Nationalist Party for his money back, claiming his db Group had been covering the wages of two senior PN officials...

  • Medal chances up in smoke

    No Maltese shooter will take part in double trap shoot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics because the world ruling body has opted for a mixed-gender competition. The decision left this country with practically no hope of medal glory at the next...

  • Too classical for Konrad Mizzi

    Updated at 4pm with government statement The Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister, Konrad Mizzi, took exception to an article in this newspaper titled ‘€1.4bn in state aid for power station company’ (February 27). He insists the...

  • The day the sun set on Dwejra

    The country was yesterday morning stunned by the news that the Azure Window in Dwejra had collapsed. Practically everyone has been to that landmark site, a major attraction on the sister island that has decorated numerous tourist brochures and books.

  • It’s up the hill, backwards

    It has possibly been the worst week for the Nationalist Party since the stunning electoral loss of 2013. Over the last months, it has been gearing up, putting hope and energy in its supporters, successfully organising a national protest against...

  • The teachers’ duty of care

    A Ministry of Education inquiry will establish whether school transport boarding arrangements are adequately supervised. This follows the case of a seven-year-old Eritrean boy who went missing from the state primary school in Marsascala some days...

  • Tackling corruption in sports

    The days of a football match being sold off by players to their opponents through a financial transaction at the bar have long gone by. And, yet, the existing legislative set-up dealing with sports corruption, a relic of the 1970s, still looks at...

  • ‘Once I’ve been appointed, I’ve been appointed’

    ‘Once I’ve been appointed, I’ve been appointed’

    The surprise appointment of Elizabeth Ebejer as CEO of the Manoel Theatre drew criticism and prompted the resignation of a member of the theatre’s board. Philip Leone-Ganado asks her whether she’s up to the job. Elizabeth Ebejer was largely...

  • A multi-speed Europe beckons

    European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has launched a White Paper offering five options for the European Union’s future direction after Brexit. The EU’s 27 leaders, without Britain, will discuss the proposals at their summit in Rome on...

  • Return of de Valette’s dagger

    Heritage Malta has announced that the ornamental dagger which had been presented to Grand Master Jean de Valette by a grateful King Philip II of Spain shortly after the heroic Great Siege of 1565 in recognition of the victory by the Sovereign...

  • Warning about national concerns

    Clearly eager to contradict a remark made by Anton Borg, president of the Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, about the impact lack of transparency could have on the economy, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat pointed out that businesses do...

  • Firm and fair immigration policy

    Malta’s three independent newspapers – including Times of Malta – last month took a principled stand jointly calling on the government to review the arbitrary system of temporary humanitarian protection. More than 1,000 migrants holding the...

  • Steep slide towards low standards

    When a serial fraudster who creamed off more than €75,000 in unearned social benefits manages to get off lightly, with nary a national whisper of protest, the underlying message of indifference this conveys ought to be one of deep national...

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