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  • Revealing their true colours

    While justice may have been served with the Prime Minister and his wife over Egrant, truth has only been partially told with the release of the conclusions of the magisterial inquiry that found no evidence they owned the Panama company. From what...

  • Groundwater extraction

    The 2018 European Waters published by the European Environment Agency states that Malta is among the three southern member states – together with Cyprus and Spain - where groundwater levels are drying up fast. The verdict on Malta is stark: it...

  • The black hand of Labour

    After the PR shenanigans on Sunday over the outcome of the magisterial inquiry into the Egrant allegations involving the Prime Minister and his wife, the true face of the Labour Party began to emerge. And it is not a nice sight. One would expect...

  • Deceptive ‘correctness’

    If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, it must be a duck. However, it is now blatantly evident that Finance Minister Edward Scicluna cannot recognise a golden goose when he sees one, not even one that is in his care. Prof. Scicluna, a very...

  • Noise level regulations

    The Noise Abatement Society of Malta is calling on the government to implement regulations, drafted in 2012, which had established noise level guidelines for residential, industrial and entertainment establishments. They provided for fines of up...

  • A pyrrhic victory, no change

    The question that often comes to mind is: how much higher can Prime Minister Joseph Muscat rise? It has been stellar from the very beginning, culminating in the astounding electoral victory of 2013, only to be repeated four years later. Dr Muscat...

  • The sum of all allegations

    The conclusions of the magisterial inquiry into the Egrant Inc. allegations make it clear Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and his wife, Michelle, had nothing to do with the Panama company. That allegation, it bears recalling, had led to the calling...

  • More focus needed on road safety

    What is happening on our roads? The news is replete with reports of drink driving, underage driving, maniacal driving, and plenty of crashes and collisions, some fatal and often involving pedestrians, motorbike riders or cyclists. Last week a...

  • Addolorata Cemetery upkeep

    The Santa Maria Addolorata Cemetery was built between 1862 and 1868 by one of Malta’s outstanding architects, Emmanuele Luigi Galizia. It is the largest and most beautifully-designed cemetery in Malta. It is Galizia’s masterpiece. Entirely of...

  • Mixed signals from Matsec results

    Waiting for exam results is often a nerve-racking experience for most students. Now that the Matsec results are published, educators, students and, of course, their parents try to understand evolving trends in the educational system. The language...

  • Basic norms thrown to the wind

    As if the long list of cases in which the government has shown an absolute lack of transparency and accountability were not enough to make it blush with shame, two fresh instances of such shortcomings confirm the growing belief that this...

  • Appeal to public conscience

    As the country struggles to decipher truth from rhetoric on the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, out comes the Bishop of Gozo to talk sense with sobriety. He lambasted Europe, saying it had lost its social conscience and dumped at sea its...

  • Restoration and regeneration

    The announcement by the co-chairmen of St Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral Restoration Appeal that the cost of its restoration has soared to more than double the target of €3 million since it was launched 18 months ago has been unexpected but...

  • Poor visibility in Air Malta’s operations

    The public that owns Air Malta deserves to be kept updated on how the national airline is performing, especially since the government is now no longer allowed to provide state aid to the company. But its chairman, Charles Mangion, thinks...

  • FIAU: who answers for failures?

    When the government, regulators and the regulated are linked by an invisible umbilical cord, systemic governance failures become inevitable. The clinical recommendations made by the European Banking Authority, following their Breach of Union Law...

  • The sad side of ‘happy pills’

    There is so much to worry about most of the time. We may be concerned with the unfair way life treats us on a personal level. We may fret about the state of the environment and the effect it has on our children and us, the deterioration in...

  • Crunch point for Brexit

    It was always going to be difficult for British Prime Minister Theresa May to reconcile the ‘Remain’ and ‘Leave’ wings of her Conservative Party and to come up with a Brexit strategy acceptable to both. Last week, she seemed to have done just that...

  • Small businesses, big challenges

    Small businesses are an essential engine of any economy and when they face challenges they cannot resolve with their efforts it is time for the government to intervene. In Malta, small businesses employ almost a quarter of the workforce, giving...

  • The building waste crisis

    Construction sites across the island could be facing long delays and contractors risk being fined as dumping sites for building waste have reached capacity. Skip operators have been told all available sites are full. Since 2017, skip operators...

  • Conflicts of interest and nepotism

    Nepotism has been a distinct hallmark of Joseph Muscat’s government since his party was swept to office after long years of Nationalist administrations. Many would argue that the situation in this regard is not any different to that in the time of...