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  • A matter of fact - Kristina Chetcuti

    Sometimes it happens that a book picks you instead of the other way round. This week, an old, red book sort of tipped forward from its place on the shelf. I was sitting on the sofa enjoying a brief moment in the chaos of a dark summer week, when I...

  • A forward-looking country - Adrian Delia

    The Labour government would have us believe that their tolerance to very dubious behaviour, including at the very top echelon closest to the Prime Minister, is of no effect to our reputation in the world. When they occasionally admit that there...

  • Spot the difference - Petra Caruana Dingli

    Now that the magisterial inquiry report about the offshore company Egrant has been concluded, one thing seems beyond doubt. Everyone agrees that, had Egrant been shown to belong to the Prime Minister, this would have been completely out of line...

  • Greatest shock since the Reformation - Fr Joe Borg

    Last Wednesday was an anniversary that hardly anyone in Malta commemorated or wrote about. The noise created by the publication of just three per cent of Magistrate Bugeja’s report on the Egrant Inquiry, the internal strife close to implosion of...

  • Many truths told - Mark Anthony Falzon

    It is not, I think, legitimate to write a column about the Egrant matter and not state one’s position. My tentative belief – and I say later why it is just that – is that Egrant did not belong to either Michelle or Joseph Muscat, and that the...

  • Ian Borg makes hay - Sandro Spiteri

    Mussolini, they say, made the trains run on time. And Minister Ian Borg is going to make our traffic go smoothly. No waiting at roundabouts. No tailbacks at Marsa. No trees – sorry, I meant no traffic going up to Rabat. Traffic will flow as easily...

  • Land of impunity, not responsibility - Anthony Buttigieg

    One of the reasons I became involved in politics so late in my life is that a slow-burn of indignation and anger at what I perceive to be a total lack of accountability and responsibility by those who should be giving an example to others, those...

  • Perspective versus revenge - David Griscti

    Perspective versus revenge - David Griscti

    Egrant! Perhaps the single most read, spoken and hotly debated name (if we can even call it a name) these past two years or so. In context what do we know about it that is certain? It was registered a few days after the 2013 general election...

  • Judicial system: lessons learnt - Arnold Cassola

    Malta’s judicial system lacks full transparency. For those who are ready to pounce at this statement in order to make political mileage out of it, this is not in any way Joseph Muscat’s fault. This lack of transparency in the workings of our...

  • A modern coup d’état - Deborah Schembri

    This week we’ve just about seen the darkest side of Maltese politics, the lengths some people are capable of going to in order to satiate their unquenchable thirst for power. All’s well that ends well, but the conclusions of the magisterial...

  • Post-inquiry entanglements - Victor Paul Borg

    The choreography at the Egrant news conference in Castille last Sunday was striking (this is a government of renown in the arts of spin and hyperbole). Even the seatings of MPs appeared choreographed. The symmetry that was achieved in the seating...

  • Of traffic and trees – time to step up the game - Konrad Xuereb

    Of traffic and trees –  time to step up the game - Konrad Xuereb

    The key marker of a healthy economy in today’s world is when GDP growth is accompanied by the improvement of people’s well-being, especially in relation to the environment we live in. In this light, the sharp demographic growth and construction...

  • No more a silent witness - Mario de Marco

    Updated at 5.50pm - Adds Dr de Marco's reply Finance Minister Edward Scicluna wrote that the damning reports by the international media and various EU institutions on the abject shortcomings of our authorities and institutions can be traced to one...

  • Question time: Seven finches

    Clint Camilleri, Parliamentary Secretary for Fisheries, Agriculture and Animal Rights To be frank, hunting and trapping in Malta has for a number of years been a controversial subject with two large lobby groups, primarily FKNK and BirdLife Malta,...

  • Mess in my back yard - Steve Pace

    Mess in my back yard - Steve Pace

    The first time I heard about Nimby (not in my back yard)  was in Parliament in what seemed to be more like a class of misbehaving pre-stage school children rather  than a panel of mature politicians paid from our taxes. It happened, as I was...

  • Investing up there for us down here - Elżbieta Bieńkowska

    On June 25, the European Union successfully launched four new satellites for the navigation system Galileo. This will help it provide a more precise signal and is the next step in making Galileo the world’s best satellite navigation system by...

  • An Opposition in shambles - Edward Zammit Lewis

    An Opposition in shambles - Edward Zammit Lewis

    The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), in its guidelines on the rights and duties of the opposition in parliament, defines democracy as the exercise of a delicate balance between a majority, which as the winner of elections must be in a position to...

  • Making waves - Frank Salt

    Making waves - Frank Salt

    Have any of you ever been on a Maltese dgħajsa or taken a dgħajsa around the Grand Harbour? If you haven’t, then, I suggest you do, as you will find the experience both exhilarating and humbling. Having been on both, it is as good, although in a...

  • Noise level regulations - Joseph Grech

    The leader of the Times of Malta (July 25) on noise level regulations makes interesting reading. On the surface, the question of noise regulation seems a complex one. We read that the environment authority has assigned 45dB as a one-size-fits-all...

  • Of untenable positions - Miriam Dalli

    Standing by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat throughout the Egrant saga was a choice made out of conviction. That choice became a decision that I am responsible for. It meant standing up to other members of the European Parliament whenever Malta was...