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Editorial

  • Cleaning up the mess

    Just as this newspaper reported the other day that a long-standing company was strangely sidelined in a call for tenders for a fast ferry service to Gozo after it had been considered as the selection board’s first choice, the Finance Minister...

  • Europe’s migration dilemma

    Spain’s decision to take in the hundreds of refugees and migrants aboard the Aquarius rescue ship stranded in the Mediterranean – as Italy and Malta argued over whose responsibility it was to rescue them – is an act of solidarity and kindness...

  • The people vs the PA

    Marking a shift in the public mood about its high-handed actions, the Planning Authority is being taken to court over its decision to allow the former Sea Malta building in Marsa to be demolished under a procedure that was designed only to secure...

  • Ministers, not feudal lords

    In the wider scheme of things, the controversy over Foreign Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela’s rooftop timber veranda looks rather superfluous, a minor detail, nearly as insignificant as the Tal-lira clock that former Nationalist Cabinet minister...

  • An endemic cultural malady

    Environment Minister Jose Herrerà has declared war on litter louts. Announcing the government’s plans to repeal the Litter Act, which he said was no longer fit for purpose, by amending the Environment Protection Act, he declared: “With these...

  • A culture of impunity

    There can hardly be a more damning accusation against the government over lack of accountability and transparency than that just made by the Ombudsman. Yet, the government already appears to have swept it under the carpet, arrogantly thinking...

  • Bring on the musical now

    One can assume a musical about Prime Minister Joseph Muscat would be next, one like the notorious Ġensna, which was based on a mythology of Maltese history according to his predecessor, Dom Mintoff. Except this time around the musical would...

  • Italy’s ‘push-back’ policy

    An Italian government of populists has finally been sworn in from two parties: the right-wing Northern League and the left-wing Five Star Movement. Italy’s new hard-line Home Affairs Minister, Matteo Salvini, leader of the League, flew to Sicily...

  • A study in evasiveness

    Who owns 17 Black? It is the question that has been haunting Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi and OPM Chief of Staff Keith Schembri. When our reporters approached them separately with it and repeated it several times, all they did was shrink away to...

  • Own goal in sporting values

    A lot has rightly been said and written about the importance of protecting sport from corrupt practices and ensuring that athletes and administrators continue to carry out their job with integrity and in the spirit of fair play. The Prevention of...

  • Broadcasting: hard nut to crack

    Malta’s medieval political landscape in broadcasting is getting even more blurred as new revelations over money-laundering claims are made and the local council and European Parliament elections in May next year approach. As the radio and...

  • Growing economic pains

    Malta has benefitted immensely since joining the European Union by tapping into various sources, including the cohesion fund, which is meant to help the weaker member countries catch up socially and economically with the wealthier members. The...

  • On top of a decayed world

    Just before the last election, the Labour Party promised that if re-elected the best was yet to come. It certainly delivered… for Labour. The party never had it so good and, yes, the man responsible for that is Joseph Muscat, who has been at the...

  • Guardian of green heritage

    Almost a year ago, the Minister for the Environment, José Herrera, had announced the setting up of Ambjent Malta along similar lines to those already successfully in place for Heritage Malta. While Heritage Malta focused on the protection and...

  • Lessons in disruption

    The health sector is never too far from controversies as it seems that the management of public services continues to be the Achilles’ heel of this administration. Following the privatisation of the management of the Gozo General Hospital, an...

  • The costs of overdevelopment

    In every sphere of human activity, there is always a risk that too much of a good thing can come with a high price tag. Sustainable economic growth is the Holy Grail of any government as it provides people with the things, especially jobs, they...

  • Healthy body and peace of mind

    A study by Carmel Cefai, from the University of Malta’s Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health, which assessed the health and well-being of almost 3,000 children aged between eight and 13 years in selected State, Church and independent...

  • Protect the ‘noble profession’

    Law students in many countries, probably here too, are usually told they are joining “the noble profession”. In his book Professional Conduct and Advocacy, KV Krishnaswamy Iyer, a former Indian judge, speaks of “the most brilliant and attractive...

  • No dice with financial services

    The new, hand-picked chief executive officer at the Malta Financial Services Authority comes from the Malta Gaming Authority. That has advantages because Joseph Cuschieri is already versed in regulation, although the game at his new post is...

  • EU weighs in on corruption

    It is not just European Parliament members and top media houses abroad that have taken notice of the rampant claims of corruption and wrongdoing but the European Commission too is now adding its voice to those of many others calling for...