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  • Democracy’s candle in the wind

    Eight months ago the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit filed a report on Adrian Delia’s dealings with his Soho clients that did not exclude possible links to money laundering. The police took the report so seriously that it immediately opened...

  • What makes the nation

    Our languages and history define what we are as a nation. Malta is one of a few genuinely bilingual countries that has a rich history going back for millennia. It is, therefore, worrying to know that declining levels of competence in both English...

  • A leader must lead by example

    Opposition leader Adrian Delia said on Sunday the police were free to ask him any questions they wanted about allegations of suspected money laundering in connection with a London prostitution ring. He insisted he had only been acting as a lawyer,...

  • The state of the economy

    In his traditional address on the state of the economy, delivered at the Institute of Financial Services’ annual dinner, Central Bank governor Mario Vella gave a balanced view of the more positive aspects of the country’s economic performance as...

  • Inside the housing crisis

    Malta’s rapid economic growth comes at a high cost even if the government communications machine keeps churning out impressive GDP and debt reduction statistics. However, it ignores the flip side that comes in the form of an increasingly severe...

  • Efficiency still eludes local councils

    Just as the government is contemplating carrying out a reform of local government, yet another report by the Auditor General highlights shortcomings that have been repeatedly raised year after year. It remains to be seen if the planned local...

  • An epidemic behind closed doors

    Domestic violence permeates most societies. However, its extent is not well measured as victims are often invisible, fearfully denying their situation and hiding behind the façade of happy families. If anecdotal evidence of domestic violence were...

  • Black day for accountability

    The National Audit Office investigative report on the way the new power station contract was awarded to Electrogas lists findings that raise serious doubts on the competence, management practices and good intentions of those who conducted the...

  • In place of concrete shoeboxes

    The Guardian of Future Generations, Maurice Mizzi, touched some raw nerves the other day when he spoke of the need for planners to design a standard building to be used by architects for future construction. Many must have wondered whether he was...

  • Lack of hygiene hampers education

    One cannot have a quality learning environment without basic hygiene facilities in schools. At a time when public finances are healthy, spending money to ensure that children have adequate sanitary facilities in all State and private schools seems...

  • Far too many boards

    Is not Malta getting to be over-administered and over-regulated? So many new boards and committees are being set up it is difficult to see how they will all be financially sustained over the years. It would seem no one at the top of the...

  • Environment regulator powers

    The House of Representatives’ Environment and Development Planning Committee met recently to discuss a preliminary report covering the years 2009 - 2015 by the Environment and Resources Authority on the state of the environment. It showed that...

  • Garages they call home

    The group known as Catholic Voices organised a discussion on the state of the rental market. According to the secretary general of the Federation of Real Estate Agents, Simon Debono, there are about 2,000 people living in garages on this tiny...

  • Hide and seek with the media

    The head of the Security Service briefed the Prime Minister about the shady past of a former top official. “An internal inquiry was held as there had been a lot of media speculation,” he told his political master, who, on learning the reports...

  • Our friends in distress

    Malta has always had good relations with both Britain and Italy despite periods of tension that were always resolved by the goodwill shown by all sides. The links of friendship were strengthened when Malta joined the EU and sat at the same...

  • Centrepiece for sustainable plan

    There was an interesting and surprising comment at the recently held seminar on urbanisation organised by the Guardian of Future Generations. Frank Salt, who has made his fortune over the last 50 years from successive property booms in Malta, gave...

  • Until truth will out

    As the political situation gets murkier and dirtier with more allegations and fresh revelations, like the once-secret company 17 Black, a new non-governmental organisation called Repubblika has been added to the growing list of civic society...

  • Why children bunk off lessons

    Absenteeism is a problem that affects all schools everywhere. What is still uncertain is why children bunk off lessons much to the despair of policymakers, educators and parents. The assumptions that underpin government policy on school...

  • Prime legacy of Valletta 2018

    Muża – Mużew Nazzjonali ta’ l-Arti is the chosen name for the new museum of fine arts. It is Malta’s flagship project celebrating Valletta as Europe’s Capital of Culture. Its inauguration last week comes, like so many other projects scheduled to...

  • State of the environment

    A report has just been presented to Parliament by the Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) on the state of the environment in Malta. It comes a full decade after the last such report and the reporting period covered only takes in the years...