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Editorial

  • A ruse to calm nerves?

    Take away the hype in practically anything the government puts across for public consumption and what emerges is generally a situation that is different to that projected. So much has been said about the progress made in the running of Mater Dei...

  • Hands off the investigation

    Malta may well have become a slightly safer place thanks to the police and judicial work, in collaboration with foreign agencies, done to investigate the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia. Among those agencies, the technical sophistication of the...

  • A European capital of culture

    In just six weeks’ time Valletta will become the European Capital of Culture, joining other former major European cities in the honour of promoting the role it has played in European culture and reinforcing its historic cultural links with...

  • Air Malta changes direction again

    The headline news following Air Malta’s publication of its results for 2017 is not so much that the airline is losing over €1 million per month, but that it is changing the strategy adopted only five years ago. An analysis of 2016 and 2017...

  • Daphne murder: opportunity lost

    Early on a Monday morning, the Prime Minister stood on a podium in Castille, Valletta to tell us of a police operation underway. They were rounding up suspects that may be involved in the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. The suspects...

  • Hospital privatisation under scrutiny

    The European Commission’s annual report on the state of health in the different member states is a necessary assessment that identifies the strengths and weakness of each country. This report goes beyond the key indicators that denote progress or...

  • IMF lauds but warns as well

    Practically every time a European institution, agency or a credit rating firm publishes a report about Malta, the government, through a minister or an MP, comes out welcoming whatever good points are made, leaving out almost altogether remarks...

  • Save Valletta’s skyline

    When news broke in January that the fabric of St Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral in Valletta was in dire need of restoration and that severe problems had been identified which threatened the stability of the tower, the spire and the external...

  • Malta cannot look the other way

    The visit by a delegation of MEPs to Malta did absolutely nothing to put people’s minds at rest that the rule of law in this country is being respected.  On the contrary, the visiting European parliamentarians returned to Brussels, in the words of...

  • A man out of line

    Over a month since the murder of journalist/blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia, security in Malta is becoming an issue. Most significant is possibly a request to Maltese authorities to guarantee suitable protection to a delegation of MEPs on a two-day...

  • Negative views of taxation system

    The government and the Opposition consider the way Malta taxes income and profits of direct foreign investment as legitimate fiscal competitiveness. Some influential international organisations take a very different view. They describe the island...

  • Yes of course, Prime Minister

    A Prime Minister should have no problem giving orders to Cabinet ministers, parliamentary secretaries, his own secretariat and even to the chiefs of government entities. Often, he would do this through his chief of staff but who orders the chief...

  • Ferry’s glaring discrepancies

    National Audit Office reports are exposing so many cases of maladministration the situation is now becoming truly worrying. Many are justifiably beginning to wonder whether there are any internal structures within the administration and its...

  • Bumpy ride on the ‘new way’

    The new leadership trio of the Nationalist Party is in place and, presumably, all set to go. After a gruelling leadership election that saw Adrian Delia emerge winner and a lacklustre election campaign for his deputies, David Agius and Robert...

  • National children’s policy

    Family Minister Michael Falzon launched the national children’s policy on Universal Children’s Day. The policy is based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and contains 110 proposals on how these rights should be upheld in Malta. The...

  • PN’s uphill road to recovery

    Any major political party that loses two successive elections by a large margin needs to reinvent itself to win back the electoral favour. Whatever the reasons for the recent defeats, the Nationalist Party faces an uphill road to win back the...

  • Ideas on physical education

    Many who are genuinely interested in upgrading the educational system to make it more equitable for all young people do not stop at discussing the level of achievement of school leavers and graduates. Young people’s physical and mental health is...

  • Truly an identity crisis

    It is becoming more and more evident that the problems faced by the Nationalist Party do not stem from its electoral defeat in June. The terrible spectacle in Parliament on Wednesday, where leading Nationalist MPs failed to support a motion moved...

  • Low educational achievement

    The public debate on the educational system is characterised by the little interest it attracts from stakeholders who are ultimately responsible for, or affected by, its quality. The system is failing at least one out of every five young people...

  • Slow build-up to the inevitable

    It looks like the final frontier, the last step into a pseudo-liberal world where a new vocabulary displaces reality and truth. One of the fads is ‘reproductive rights’, a term used to camouflage the much more appropriate term: abortion. The issue...