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  • Amputating the crucified Christ

    The timing could hardly have been more appropriate but that is the art of politics. Health Minister Chris Fearne, a potential successor to Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, made an uncharacteristic move from someone ostensibly coming from the Labour...

  • Hospital’s top priorities

    Mater Dei Hospital is the only acute treatment centre for the ever-growing Maltese population. Few can deny it is stretched to the limit and whenever an emergency erupts the standard of the treatment offered is put at risk. The Malta Union of...

  • Quality is the main ingredient

    A public consultation document on the “under-represented sex” lists a number of proposed changes aimed at promoting gender equality. Among other things, the “package of laws” being proposed aims at achieving what is being said to be a critical...

  • Editorial - The PN vs the free press

    Editorial - The PN vs the free press

    The only security of all is in a free press, the third US president, Thomas Jefferson, had said. Most would agree with him. Others, though, appear to be more inclined to share the views expressed by Adolf Hitler in his Mein Kampf: “It is the...

  • ‘Please do not waste this time’

    The decision by the European Union to grant the UK a six-month extension to Brexit prevented it from leaving the bloc without a deal last Friday, and hopefully will give Britain enough time to come up with a sensible and feasible EU departure...

  • Cultural heritage Cinderella

    Changes in planning laws and a boom in the construction industry have stretched the resources of the Superintendent for Cultural Heritage to the limit as planning consultation requests have risen ninefold in the last three years. The...

  • Independent Public Prosecutor

    The election of the Labour administration in 2013 led to the establishment of the Justice Reform Commission under human rights lawyer Vanni Bonello. Among a range of other matters for reform, the commission considered very carefully the revision...

  • Public contract concerns

    Shame and accountability have lost their meaning under this government. Admittedly, there has always been a measure of abusive procurement practice over the years but the number of irregular orders awarded today, mostly to friends of friends, has...

  • From fourth to level 21

    The mystery Dubai company 17 Black was first mention by murdered blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia in early 2017. Not much else, if anything, was heard about it but the next time it hit the headlines it was with a bang. A joint investigation by the...

  • A proper selection process

    A civil servant, Charles Camilleri, who played a central role in the Valletta property scandal involving Mark Gaffarena that led to the resignation of junior minister Michael Falzon three years ago, has been given an executive position as acting...

  • No one should be above the law

    Even though only the first phase of the €700-million road resurfacing and rebuilding programme has been rolled out as yet, there is no question that good improvement is already noticeable in several places. With so many roads all over the country...

  • May Vella be a vocal leader

    George Vella has made all the right noises and has given all the signs that he intends to be his own man as he starts to define and mould his role, as every new President must do for him or herself. His unifying message on Thursday was spot on and...

  • The ultimate goal in sport

    We have heard it before. The important thing is to take part, not necessarily to win. However, in sport results matter. So, understandably, we savour such moments as the recent victory by the national football team over the Faroe Islands. Yet, we...

  • Disfigurements to remove

    Malta’s reputation for the respect of the rule of law and its commitment to fight corruption continues take one serious knock after another. The evaluation report released on Wednesday by the Group of States Against Corruption, Greco, speaks volumes.

  • Long live the President

    When outgoing President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca told Times Talk a few weeks ago her performance should be judged by the people, it is unlikely she was making a legal or constitutional point. Nor that she considers such high office as some...

  • Time to bring on the cleaners

    One could pity Justice Minister Owen Bonnici and his Cabinet colleague Edward Scicluna, who controls the country’s purse, for the way they constantly defend what, in their heart of hearts, they must surely know is wrong. If the Prime Minister, so...

  • Blueprint for economic success

    The present administration is convinced its economic strategy is the best way forward for the country. Growth at all costs seems to be the mantra propelling this strategy. The above-average growth of the last few years reduced unemployment to...

  • Pensioners deserve peace of mind

    With the Prime Minister’s recent threat still ringing in their ears, pensioners are again calling on the government to make bold decisions to ensure the long-term sustainability and adequacy of pensions. Concern over the sustainability of pensions...

  • Judicial independence in jeopardy

    The reforms in the justice sector announced by Justice Minister Owen Bonnici last week are long overdue. This initial package of reforms includes splitting the roles of the Attorney General and honing criteria in law for persons-of-trust...

  • Scourge of air pollution

    Air pollution is a silent killer. The noxious gases and sooty particles emitted by car, truck and motorcycle exhausts have been linked to a range of diseases. According to a new study, in Malta these pollutants are estimated to cut short the lives...