Sleepwalking into an emergency
This is an emergency that must concern us, the Maltese, and our political leaders – even though we find nobody who can translate the scientific knowledge into a political...
A hotbed of conflicts of interest
To date, our national approach to this has always been to ignore the laws and conventions that make such situations unacceptable; in so doing, we have created a hot-bed for...
Crossing the digital divide
Yes, teachers need to be valued more

Dealing with children coming from varied backgrounds, each with their individual life stories, aspirations and values, is no easy job. It requires an...

Dealing with children coming from varied backgrounds, each...

Transparency applies to the law courts, too
University has a lot to learn

Above all, Malta needs critical voices: people who can dissect power and speak to it without fear or favour. If the University of Malta is not capable of...

Above all, Malta needs critical voices: people who can...

The Farrugias’ fateful legacy

Under the circumstances, it is debatable whether the PD can even be said to exist any longer, as a political force in this country

Under the circumstances, it is debatable whether the PD can...

Revisiting the IIP

Certainly, it would be a mistake to return to the uncompromising attitudes of yesteryear: whereby ‘Maltese citizenship’ was considered a...

Certainly, it would be a mistake to return to the...

A sense of perspective on Brexit

Malta has done well out of the financial services and related industries, but it would be unwise to rely too much on a notoriously fickle sector for economic...

Malta has done well out of the financial services and...

Media law: bigger than just one person

The reality is that this law will be applied to all media, and will continue to apply even in a distant future where the players are different from today

The reality is that this law will be applied to all media,...

Power of incumbency

Even if government has so far been successful in juggling economic growth and public expenditure to Malta’s benefit, there is a limit to how far this...

Even if government has so far been successful in juggling...

Selling ourselves cheap

We cannot expect to exploit the poor and asylum seekers, or only seek to reap profit on the rich who set foot in Malta

We cannot expect to exploit the poor and asylum seekers, or...

The national curriculum should reflect today’s reality

A more holistic national curriculum should place Ethics as a compulsory subject...

A more holistic national curriculum should place Ethics as...

ITS should pave the way to land reforms

Public space is one commodity we do not have in abundance, and can ill afford to lose

Public space is one commodity we do not have in abundance,...

Quotas are a means, not an end

Quotas will not automatically solve all problems - genuine change can only be brought about by the involvement of more women, and even then will certainly take...

Quotas will not automatically solve all problems - genuine...

Party financing needs a serious reform

The flaws in the Party Financing Act point to possible areas of action

The flaws in the Party Financing Act point to possible...

An unholy alliance

Maltese MPs are part-timers and depend on private practice. Most MPs have conflicts of interest, especially those who provide services to the private sector

Maltese MPs are part-timers and depend on private practice....

Catching up with women’s rights

 Malta still lags very far behind the rest of Europe in a number of cardinal points

 Malta still lags very far behind the rest of Europe...

Of inquiries and reports

There is an urgent need for a truly independent and fully autonomous judiciary, imbued with investigative powers of its own

There is an urgent need for a truly independent and fully...

‘Warnings’ might not be enough

Faced with an apparently widespread disregard for road safety, the government must ramp up its efforts for more effective policing

Faced with an apparently widespread disregard for road...