A wartime budget
So, while Budget 2021 does appear to present sufficient fire-power, at a glance, to at least kickstart a jittery economy, it may not be enough to see through a protracted crisis
Abela must translate his 'enforcement' warnings into action
The only way the spread will be curbed is through a communal effort in which everyone pulls the same rope
Contempt of court, or gagging order?

One would surely have assumed that the justice system is, in fact, robust enough to avoid being unduly influenced by such observations

One would surely have assumed that the justice system is,...

There is no ‘vaccine’ for corruption

Over and above the immediate urgency of the COVID-19 pandemic, we also need to start talking about a return to some form of institutional normality...

Over and above the immediate urgency of the COVID-19...

COVID-19 also reminded us of what is truly important

The coronavirus pandemic is a reminder of how public goods and services must...

The coronavirus pandemic is a reminder of how public goods...

Easier to attack the press, than to confront the facts

This is truly a classic game strategy: where two sides find themselves under...

This is truly a classic game strategy: where two sides find...

Behind the affront

The optics do not look good for Labour when it has to resort to false, moralistic premises to sack people who are considered to be valid, internal critics

The optics do not look good for Labour when it has to...

The inquiry must reach its conclusions unhindered

Nonetheless, it would be counterproductive if that time limit is now used as a...

Nonetheless, it would be counterproductive if that time...

The first year of Adrian Delia

Delia’s recent statements, echoing populist concerns with immigration, have raised uncomfortable questions about the directions he intends to take the PN

Delia’s recent statements, echoing populist concerns...

The perils of a racialised underclass

If the PN co-opts a cheap, far-right bait to win votes in the next European elections, it will be Muscat – with his strong welfarist state and economic...

If the PN co-opts a cheap, far-right bait to win votes in...

Road-widening is a stop-gap measure

Malta may soon reach the critical population mass to make a mass transit system like a monorail or a metro economically feasible. But this will take years to...

Malta may soon reach the critical population mass to make a...

Europe must be united on Libya

In this kind of chaos that Libya seems to have become permanently embroiled, terrorism will thrive

In this kind of chaos that Libya seems to have become...

The political cost of prosperity

Beyond party-politics there is a danger in investing too much in economic growth, and too little anywhere else. It is not just the PN that is...

Beyond party-politics there is a danger in investing...

Prosperity calls for more social awareness

We are forced to question whether Malta’s social services structures are...

We are forced to question whether Malta’s social...

Is the European Commission really concerned with security?

The European Commission has enough credibility issues to cope with, without...

The European Commission has enough credibility issues to...

Criminalising NGOs doesn’t help

It is indeed already incongruous that private NGOs have had to step in where governments refuse to venture; now, it seems EU states want to try and give the...

It is indeed already incongruous that private NGOs have had...

Justice must be a level playing field

In all self-respecting judicial systems, the severity of the crime will be the first consideration in any bail request. In Malta, basic principles are all...

In all self-respecting judicial systems, the severity of...

Rent is a double-edged sword

Other questions remain unanswered. Was all money derived from the 132% increase declared? Are the authorities working to ensure that all taxes are being paid...

Other questions remain unanswered. Was all money derived...

Slime and punishment

If yet another summer goes by without any action to bring tuna farms in line with their permit conditions, it would be a public admission that the entire...

If yet another summer goes by without any action to bring...

A house divided

It was smiles all around when Adrian Delia and Simon Busuttil announced the break-through truce: but those smiles couldn’t conceal the naked daggers...

It was smiles all around when Adrian Delia and Simon...