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Editorial

  • A threat to consumers’ rights

    One thing the European Commission is determined to do effectively is protect consumers’ rights. This was confirmed when Brussels expressed concern about the ineffectiveness of the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority to protect...

  • Just shoot the Auditor General

    Former parliamentary secretary Michael Falzon has a colourful way of expressing himself, even during an adjournment speech in Parliament just before Christmas. That does not excuse him for what he said, or, more precisely, for attacking yet again...

  • Casting shadows on persons of trust

    Practically every administration relies on the role of political appointees to implement electoral promises during its term of office. In theory, such appointees, who are often described as ‘persons of trust’, should at least have the right...

  • When history does not repeat itself

    The bloopers made by students who sat for their history O-level last May made for fascinating and hilarious reading but the matter cannot and should not be taken lightly. Some of the replies given were outright comical, such as that Napoleon...

  • Editorial: It’s not politics as usual 

    Malta starts 2017 with a bang today, assuming the rotating six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union at a testing time for both the bloc and the government. Britain is about to embark on its Brexit misadventure. EU Member...

  • Editorial: People’s hopes and expectations for 2017

    Editorial: People’s hopes and expectations for 2017

    As hopes and expectations flood the mind of most at the beginning of the year, the island braces itself for what promises to be another eventful 12 months. Those doing well will invariably hope for even better times ahead and the rest,...

  • Going from pushback to fallback

    When the President speaks, when NGOs get worried, when petitions start getting drafted it is an indication that something is amiss. This time around, it concerns 33 failed Malian asylum seekers who went to the police headquarters for their regular...

  • Somebody must carry the can

    The Nationalist Party does not seem to have learnt much from the internal turmoil it had to deal with in the last  months of its last legislature. Its leader at the time increasingly appeared weak and the number of disgruntled supporters kept...

  • Medicine procurement processes

    Free public healthcare at the point of delivery often comes under scrutiny when it fails to render the service the public rightly or wrongly expects it to. The shortage of medicine is often attributed to the ‘out of stock’ phenomenon. The recent...

  • President on social ills facing country

    If President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca struck a responsive chord with most people in her address on Republic Day, it is only because what she said is true and because the collection of concerns eating away at the fabric of society is growing...

  • Editorial: Challenges to Christianity

    Christmas Day represents an opportunity to reflect on the religion that makes this occasion so great in family, national and global traditions; so laden with meaning and full of beautiful sentiment and genuine goodwill. Christianity has had a...

  • Making kindness more visible

    Christmas is a closed text. It is a repeat performance that has been playing on loop for centuries, with a plot that is as predictable as one of those messages you find inside a fortune cookie. The ghosts of Christmas past, present and future are,...

  • The quicksand of news blackouts

    Education Minister Evarist Bartolo wants to close the case concerning corruption allegations at the Foundation for Tomorrow’s Schools by ordering a news blackout. Initially, he was replying to every question concerning the FTS and his close...

  • Inspecting the VAT inspectors

    It is understandable that matters do not go as efficiently as expected in an organisation undergoing restructuring or a merger but there is a limit to what ought to be regarded as acceptable. In the case of the VAT Department, now in the process...

  • An opportunity for reflection

    Malta has been blessed with a string of presidents who have always risen above partisan politics when called to serve the country in the highest constitutional role. President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca is no exception and, in this year’s Republic...

  • Truly the cherry on the cake

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat is slipping badly. When asked if spending €756 on drinks during a ministerial delegation to Dubai should lead to any resignation, as it amounted to misuse of public funds, he quickly replied he did not think the...

  • Air Malta’s management in distress

    Air Malta’s stakeholders have every reason to be worried, not so much because they do not know what the future of the national airline is, but because they feel that signals coming from the shareholders and management are confusing if not outright...

  • President must be bolder

    President Marie-Louise Colei­ro Preca can only be applau­ded for her speech during the Republic Day investiture ceremony last Tuesday. She strode into political terrain not normally approached by presidents and it is difficult to disagree with a...

  • Ordinary dreams, extraordinary dreams

    We tend to put children and pets in the same basket of thoughts. Even scribbled wisdom laments that ‘tfal u bhejjem għali dejjem’ (children and animals are always a nuisance). With animals, we all engage in a bit of anthropomorphism. We dress them...

  • So, ‘nothing to hide’ on Panama

    It may be that the Prime Minister was at a loss as to what to say that day the President of the European Parliament was in Malta. Joseph Muscat said he welcomed the European Parliament committee probing the Panama Papers and that the government...

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