Of meritocracy and public appointments
Even if politicians come clean about this system, and admit once and for all - without the pretence of autonomy - that top public posts have to be based on trust… there...
Hate speech limits freedom of expression
Verbal violence – often in the form of ‘ad hominem’ attacks on people with differing views – has, in fact, long characterised the tone of national...
Continuity won, but some change is inevitable

From this perspective, Abela’s tenure as Prime Minister may have...

From this perspective, Abela’s tenure as Prime...

A new political season for Malta

Will both parties commit themselves to a change in the political culture that respects voters, that vows to address the shortcomings in good governance, that...

Will both parties commit themselves to a change in the...

A proxy war in the Med?

As things stand, the coming weeks and months may prove crucial to the prospects of lasting peace in the Mediterranean

As things stand, the coming weeks and months may prove...

Continuity is not an option

Both Chris Fearne and Robert Abela must sufficiently distance themselves from what they now both recognise to be the ‘mistakes’ of the Muscat...

Both Chris Fearne and Robert Abela must sufficiently...

Beware of ‘friends’ bearing gifts: regulating trading in influence

Muscat himself has now underscored the danger, by claiming to being ‘blackmailed’. That is the whole point of the matter: it was his own decision...

Muscat himself has now underscored the danger, by claiming...

A breakdown of national trust

Ultimately, the Egrant inquiry should serve both as a cautionary tale against running wild with allegations before having all the facts at hand; but also as a...

Ultimately, the Egrant inquiry should serve both as a...

Public scrutiny long overdue

The announcement of a Public Appointments Act is both timely and highly commendable; questions however remain as to whether the proposal – which is still...

The announcement of a Public Appointments Act is both...

Mutiny in the Opposition

Certainly it is not ‘unusual’ for incoming party leaders to face internal dissent among warring factions. But such tensions are normally shielded...

Certainly it is not ‘unusual’ for incoming...

An inauspicious start

On 7 September – a week before his election – Delia said that co-option to Parliament was “no longer an issue”. Clearly, that was a lie

On 7 September – a week before his election –...

Delia’s baptism of fire

It was certainly no small feat to win the PN election under such circumstances, but Adrian Delia faced ubiquitous opposition at all levels

It was certainly no small feat to win the PN election under...

The Simon Busuttil era

The standards to which he tried to hold the PN in place are still there, and still in demand. It now falls to others to turn Busuttil’s worthy...

The standards to which he tried to hold the PN in place are...

The danger of unopposed government

In a speech intended to commemmorate his first 100 days in office, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat gave a broad outline of his programme for the next five years,...

In a speech intended to commemmorate his first 100 days in...

Every day is like Sunday

MaltaToday's editorial: With Malta’s economy transforming at a fast pace, there is now a very real danger that a shared understanding of what is...

MaltaToday's editorial: With Malta’s economy...

The race isn’t over yet

The result of Saturday's first round of voting in the PN leadership election was an eye-opener but can we predict the eventual election result?

The result of Saturday's first round of voting in the...

‘Building the Railroad’

More than 20,000 foreigners have come to Malta in recent years: according to the JobsPlus director, “attracting them again, and in larger numbers, is a...

More than 20,000 foreigners have come to Malta in recent...

A leadership debate, or a civil war?

It is tragic that the ‘something’ in question would be a declaration of war by Nationalists against Nationalists.

It is tragic that the ‘something’ in question...

Road safety is everyone’s responsibility

Experience also shows that a combination of education and strict enforcement...

Experience also shows that a combination of education and...

The fine line between law and business

It is to be noted, for instance, that the draft ‘Lawyers’ Act’, tabled recently, does not include outright restrictions on commercial...

It is to be noted, for instance, that the draft...