A green flashpoint
This latest example of an apparent ‘fait accomplit’ raises questions as to the weight public outcry is given in Malta’s planning process
Will the real PN stand up?
The PN remains beset by infighting, and is still torn between an experiment to sharpen its identitarianism – represented by Delia – and the Busuttil...
Drug policies need to target criminal networks

Surely, any serious discussion on legalisation should also discuss the need to...

Surely, any serious discussion on legalisation should also...

Not even investigated, let alone ‘cleared’

By dropping his Panama libel cases, Konrad Mizzi Mizzi is ensuring that...

By dropping his Panama libel cases, Konrad Mizzi Mizzi is...

A snapshot in time

Raw figures, in themselves, can only tell you so much about any issue; they can accurately estimate the percentage of people who hold such and such an opinion;...

Raw figures, in themselves, can only tell you so much about...

It takes courage to challenge the status quo

It is regrettable to have to admit that the fundamental missing ingredient, in...

It is regrettable to have to admit that the fundamental...

Development cannot fuel economic growth forever

Unless new avenues are explored to finance Malta’s future economic...

Unless new avenues are explored to finance Malta’s...

The Halal hullabaloo

Without unduly trivialising the underlying issue – for there are valid arguments on both sides – it can be seen at a glance that many of the more...

Without unduly trivialising the underlying issue –...

Government must prove it listens

Perhaps we have become so inured to empty catchphrases that we no longer even expect incoming governments to actually stand by their electoral promises.

Perhaps we have become so inured to empty catchphrases...

The thin red lines

The overwhelming impression is that the entire island is turning into one continuous building site.

The overwhelming impression is that the entire island is...

An environmental rebirth

It would seem that an unintended consequence of the Zonqor controversy was to place the environment back at the forefront of the national agenda

It would seem that an unintended consequence of the Zonqor...

Political responsibility must be shouldered

As long as the party funding remains unregulated at law, one can only expect...

As long as the party funding remains unregulated at law,...

Too many coincidences

Whatever the surname, people are justified in questioning whether it was a ‘lucky coincidence’ that led to the acquisition of a property so close...

Whatever the surname, people are justified in questioning...

Not in ‘the national interest’

When still in opposition, the Labour Party had insisted – not without good reason – on a revised code which ironed out all the loopholes and...

When still in opposition, the Labour Party had insisted...

Concrete evidence of unaccountability

As is only to be expected, the results have already been spun into political arguments by either side.

As is only to be expected, the results have already been...

Undermining whistleblower protection

To undermine this critical piece of legislation would be a grave disservice to a justice system that had in the past always struggled when it came to heavily...

To undermine this critical piece of legislation would be a...

‘Low and below specification’

Exactly why the FMS would be so keen to exonerate the suppliers and developers of any serious structural issues that may later arise, is a question that has...

Exactly why the FMS would be so keen to exonerate the...

Justice is not a game

With the justice minister enjoying almost plenipotentiary powers to appoint magistrates without explanation and or transparency, it is hard to resist the...

With the justice minister enjoying almost plenipotentiary...

Air Malta must remain a national asset

The government remains committed to turning the company around and make it “commercially viable by 2016” – but past efforts, including a...

The government remains committed to turning the company...

A credibility test for Muscat

Initially, the choice of the Zonqor site for the development of a new university campus was presented as a provisional decision, with the government claiming...

Initially, the choice of the Zonqor site for the...