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Editorial

  • Concerns on labour cost figures

    When the political scene is dominated by new revelations by a consortium of investigative journalists as part of the Daphne Project and, also, by the highly-controversial amendments proposed by the government to the IVF law, new labour cost...

  • Worrying signs in bright picture

    Publication of the Central Bank’s annual report comes at a somewhat worrying time. Even though it is the Malta Financial Services Authority that regulates the banks, it is difficult to keep out of mind the mounting concern over Pilatus Bank and...

  • People of conscience, act

    Malta is at a crossroads. Again. The good thing about choices is that even if one makes a morally dubious one, somewhere down the line there is bound to arise an opportunity to change direction and follow the road marked out by one’s...

  • The reliable sources

    The Times of Malta has always cooperated with the police in their investigations whenever its assistance was sought. The same applies to inquiries. When any documents/images not already in the public domain but in the newspaper’s possession are...

  • MFSA’s chairman to-do list

    Most operators in the financial services sector welcomed the appointment of John Mamo as the new chairman of the Malta Financial Services Authority. Many had contributed for the industry to grow. Now the priorities need to change and quality...

  • The immortal journalist

    Six months ago Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed in a car bomb close to her home in Bidnija. In her final blog she wrote thus: “There are crooks everywhere. The situation is desperate”. Half a year later, the suspicion that crooks are indeed...

  • Off-the-shelf babies

    When Health Minister Chris Fearne floated proposed changes to the IVF law, the furore that followed was predictable. IVF procedures can be contentious from an ethical perspective and there are many issues he raised that are controversial. Mr...

  • Let Maltese language prevail

    Much like the crowd watching a football game in 1945 reacting angrily when the national anthem was not played, an incident immortalised in Rużar Briffa’s epic poem Jum ir-Rebħ, there was widespread concern at proposed changes to the curriculum for...

  • New burst of civic activism

    Civic activism is suddenly taking a new life as greater awareness builds up about allegations of corruption, sleaze, nepotism, maladministration and the unrelenting onslaught on the country’s green environment and heritage. It comes as a...

  • Needed: action not words

    Finance Minister Edward Scicluna has announced Malta’s first-ever anti-money laundering and terrorist financing strategy and vowed to “take all necessary action against financial crimes”. If the political will of a government to combat financial...

  • Not to be trusted

    It was among the worst indictments of the government one could ever imagine and it came from a Greek court, not the usual suspects, activists for the rule of law in this country. The reasons why a Greek court decided to free Pilatus Bank...

  • Understanding child neglect

    Child abuse and neglect can take different forms. The media at times reports on cases of physical and sexual abuse of children by their parents or other adults in authority. Bullying is another form of child abuse that could cause mental and...

  • Labour’s true colours exposed

    It was an impossible venture from the beginning, and the Nationalist Party must have suspected it all along. The government has turned down amendments to the Media and Defamation Bill that would protect journalists from foreign lawsuits making it...

  • The new Chief Justice’s task

    The government announced last night it would ask the President to appoint Mr Justice Joseph Azzopardi as the new Chief Justice, succeeding Silvio Camilleri who reaches the age of 65 on April 25 and must, therefore, retire. The new Chief Justice...

  • Democratic governance model

    The initial restructuring plans for improving the governance of the University met with severe resistance from both students and the academic staff. It seems the government has now realised that what the University needs is not only more financial...

  • Skiving at taxpayers’ expense

    The often-repeated mantra that no government like the present one has been able to generate so much work hides some unpleasant realities that public policymakers need to address. One such fact is that thousands of workers in the public service are...

  • Editorial: Always with us?

    The recent Eurostat report dealing with poverty and social exclusion bore some very welcome news for Malta: on all indicators measuring social inequality and material deprivation, bar one, we scored positively in 2015 compared to 2013. The...

  • Transparent decision-making

    A landmark decision against the partial de-scheduling of the Għar il-Kbir buffer zone has just been made. The Environment and Planning Review Tribunal overturned a 2015 Planning Authority decision to remove the scheduling of an area of land in the...

  • Hey Gaffarena!

    The court decision on the scandalous Mark Gaffarena deal involving half a property in Mint Street, Valletta that was turned into a goldmine, courtesy of the Land Department, has been hailed by the Labour Party as an affirmation of the rule of law...

  • A healthy sick leave policy

    The subject of sick leave entitlement has been discussed in the past several weeks with employers voicing concern about more liberal policies the government seems to want to introduce. The introduction of a measure enabling parents to call in sick...