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Editorial

  • Fight against clerical sex abuse

    Over the last two decades, the Catholic Church has been rocked to its foundations by accusations of sex abuse of children by the clergy. Pope Francis apologised unreservedly to victims for the extent of the abuse and the cover-ups committed by...

  • A stable rental housing market

    The failure of the rental housing market to meet the demand for affordable units is behind the government’s initiative to introduce a legal framework that aims at protecting the interests of both landlords and tenants. The White Paper ‘Renting as...

  • Sad and troubling times

    Malta is passing through sad and troubling times. Sad because, within only a few years, it has seen, and is still seeing, social and political values nose dive to an extent undreamt of before, except during the Mintoff administrations. Troubling...

  • The company they keep

    A Maltese saying – Ma’ min rajtek xebbaħtek (tell me what company you keep and I will tell you who you are) underscores why it is imperative that the government but, particularly, Economy Minister Chris Cardona, should put the record straight and...

  • The woman who lives on

    Since a year ago, each month people have gone to the capital city to demand justice, not for themselves but for murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. In a way, it would be justice for themselves too because her death was an assault on their...

  • Mental health well-being

    In a Talking Point on World Mental Health Day last Wednesday, the Commissioner for the Promotion of Rights for People with Mental Disorders, John Cachia, highlighted the urgent need for a national mental health reform programme. There is consensus...

  • ‘We will remember them’

    When the outbreak of hostilities signalling the start of the First World War was announced in Malta, the Daily Malta Chronicle reported that “it evoked a spontaneous outburst of enthusiasm amongst all classes of the population”. When the war ended...

  • Access to legal aid

    The Council of Europe’s European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice is tasked with providing technical assistance in the development of member states’ judicial systems, acting as a catalyst for exchanges between different jurisdictions and...

  • Unidentified high-risk material

    The long-term dangers to health caused by asbestos could be fatal. Workers or innocent householders exposed to fibrous particles of asbestos dust may develop cancers up to more than 40 years later. Asbestos dust exposure may cause two types of...

  • ‘Fail’ mark in sustainable living

    Just days after University rector Alfred Vella gave this country an unqualified ‘Fail’ mark in the delicate subject of sustainable living we learnt that Malta’s progress in attaining its United Nations Sustainable Development Goal targets...

  • The taxpayer’s interests

    As public anger still rages over a mammoth project in St George’s Bay that had first received the full blessing of the government and then the approval of the Planning Authority, yet another has now been added to the growing list of developments...

  • Do not punish the people

    Malta has recently earned the unenviable reputation of closing an eye, and, often, both, to charges of money laundering practices. The Pilatus Bank saga is just one example of this sad reality. While local anti-money laundering legislation is...

  • National scares, national identity

    The executive chairman of the Planning Authority was adamant when asked on Times Talk if he had any political interference in his work. Johann Buttigieg said he receives calls to meet both applicants or objectors but ruled out any political...

  • AG’s discretion is now the PM’s

    The Attorney General’s explanation in the Constitutional Court that he had decided against supplying the Opposition Leader with a full version of the Egrant report, because that would have been tantamount to letting it loose in the political arena...

  • Language and social change

    Some fail to understand how the massive social changes in Maltese society have affected various aspects of our culture. From a homogenous society we have become more cosmopolitan as people from various countries now work and live here. The effects...

  • Distressed educational sector

    The Ministry of Education attracts more than its fair share of negative media headlines. If it is not about its inability to organise a fully-functional public transport system for schoolchildren, it is about introducing new educational...

  • Papering over stalled projects

    The number of road improvement projects is significant and a welcome relief for those who believe the country’s infrastructure has been neglected for too long. The management of these road projects is complex if professional standards are to be...

  • Once an attractive residential area

    The developers of the former Fortina Hotel, Fortel, who were given permission by the Planning Authority to build a massive residential property on the Tigné seafront overlooking Manoel Island in Sliema Creek, have now revised their plans and wish...

  • €100 an hour for some, €4 for others

    When a consultant receives €100 an hour for his work to a government agency, one of the many that are mushrooming seemingly without control, those below the at-risk-of-poverty line and those who only get between just €4 and €7 an hour, take a deep...

  • Incoherent transport strategy

    Getting fewer cars on the road to ease the gridlock that drivers have to face is pure and simple good strategic thinking.  Finding the right way of doing this without disrupting people’s lives is much more difficult. Following the botched...