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Editorial

  • Legal aid system must work

    Access to legal aid is central to ensuring access to justice, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable in society. It is an essential aspect of a fair, humane and efficient criminal justice system based on the rule of law. Without access to...

  • The wrath of Labour

    It really had nothing to do with whether the Daphne Caruana Galizia billboards had a permit or not, or with freedom of expression. The Planning Authority, notorious for not enforcing anything at all, stepped into very dangerous grounds on Friday...

  • Educators deserve respect

    The media occasionally report incidents where teachers are attacked physically or verbally by students or parents. Physical abuse against educators by officials giving service to a school are rarer but equally unacceptable. Though official local...

  • All the President’s bad advisers

    Over the past four years, this country has had more than its fair share of constitutional and institutional problems, with governability and the rule of law being seriously questioned. The last thing it wants is a controversy involving the President.

  • Gaming intelligence collaboration

    The Malta Gaming Authority is concerned that the lack of collaboration between anti-Mafia Italian authorities, the Malta Police Force and regulators might be adversely affecting the fight against irregular gaming activities, which could be a cover...

  • More than a memorial

    Memorials are more than just embellishments of public spaces and quaint historical reminders. They can be potent symbols, often serving as lightning rods for people’s passions. One of the enduring visuals of the second Gulf War in 2003 was the...

  • Far too many direct orders

    When lack of good governance has become so pervasive, instances of impropriety or slippages, even when these involve taxpayer money, are not made much of. Governing standards have now sunk to such a low level that almost every impropriety or...

  • The most beautiful expression

    When Italian comedian Roberto Benigni appeared on Rai TV five years ago to speak about what many would consider a boring, legal topic he attracted an audience of almost 13 million. La piu bella del mondo (the most beautiful in the world) was the...

  • No, it’s not hunky-dory

    We’ve heard it all before. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat had promised to resign if the new power station in Marsaxlokk were not completed in two years. It never came close to the promised date and, yet, he remained, claiming he had been referring...

  • Operation Themis fallout

    Over the last four years, Malta has been spared the intense pressure of irregular immigrants being rescued and brought to these islands as had been the case for 12 years before. During this time, Italy has borne the burden almost entirely...

  • Some more equal than others

    When the European Parliament’s report on the rule of law in Malta pointed out that none of the 425 cases investigated by the Permanent Commission Against Corruption had led to any criminal proceedings, they probably were not thinking of former...

  • Laws are there for all

    Laws regulate people’s conduct. What matters is that the law rules and that all citizens – with no exception – are treated equally. A statement made by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat in Parliament earlier this month is worrying. He insisted that...

  • Mt Carmel: a death too far

    The tragic demise of an 18-year-old man found dead in a seaside hotel two days after he had broken out of Mount Carmel Hospital has sent a shiver down the collective spine of the community. The premature death of any person is bound to cause sorrow.

  • When smoke gets in your eyes

    Every road user in Malta must be aware of the excessive smoke emissions from cars that are either poorly maintained or very old. Many are rightfully concerned about the health hazard this avoidable pollution brings about, especially for children.

  • Political education in schools

    In a country where political tribalism has taken a firm hold, with ‘the winner takes all’ mentality after an election making a mockery of what ought to be a vibrant democracy, any attempt made at breaking this mould is looked upon with suspicion,...

  • Damage limitation exercise

    The perception that Malta’s financial regulation is legally sound but weak in enforcement persists in some relevant international institutions. At a time when international regulatory bodies are less willing to take the government’s and the local...

  • The writing on the wall

    The recent protest outside the Prime Minister’s Office by activist group Kenniesa, supported by Occupy Justice, was possibly one of the most significant in years. They projected on the majestic Auberge de Castille the words “House of impunity” and...

  • Pragmatism meets extremism

    In this world of double-talk and economic progress built on high buildings and peddled passports, sometimes a voice of reason stands out. The Malta Employers’ Association has one interest, to protect its members. The world has changed since Labour...

  • How we spend our money

    Future social historians will have a mine of information when they examine the Household Budgetary Surveys issued periodically. The often repeated saying that our forefathers survived the severe economic challenges of lean years by saving for a...

  • Privatisation gone mad

    Our front-page story today strips away the government’s fig leaf over the agreement it struck with Vitals Global Healthcare for the running of three public hospitals. It can no longer pretend that the deal was primarily motivated by the public...