Crackdowns should be on criminals, not victims
Surely, the legality of those tenants’ status should not have been the only crime for the police to investigate in that case. What about the legality of the people charging...
Public officials must be open to public scrutiny
Not only has there been no attempt to make the declaration exercise more transparent, as the exigencies of a modern democracy demand… but the present government has in some...
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...

An opportunity to strengthen rule of law

Ultimately, the rule of law exists to guarantee protection for ordinary citizens against abuse of power by the State… and recent events have clearly...

Ultimately, the rule of law exists to guarantee protection...

Keith Schembri must be investigated for obstruction of justice
Matthew Vella

That Schembri would continue to evade even any judicial consequences for his...

That Schembri would continue to evade even any judicial...

Panama goes beyond national politics

Ultimately, the Panama Papers leak is about the politics of wealth, not just about the people and companies caught with their pants down. Global tax avoidance...

Ultimately, the Panama Papers leak is about the politics of...

The big sleep

It will be up to the Commissioner for Inland Revenue and the finance minister to really assure the public that a real investigation on tax avoidance will take...

It will be up to the Commissioner for Inland Revenue and...

Saved by a superconnector?

Nobody expected that Air Malta’s restructuring programme mandated under strict European Commission conditions, would have seen the airline perform a...

Nobody expected that Air Malta’s restructuring...

A half-baked measure

Muscat – regardless of any personal involvement in the actual scandal – is not only powerless to act against transgressing ministers, but is...

Muscat – regardless of any personal involvement in...

A question of priorities

Humanitarian visas may not be a panacea and they will not completely stem irregular immigration to Europe. But they can at least save lives. At this point,...

Humanitarian visas may not be a panacea and they will not...

The choice is clear

Muscat has strengthened his position in terms of personal trust ratings – but this must be counterbalanced by a marked drop in trust of the Labour...

Muscat has strengthened his position in terms of personal...

The real Panama earthquake

Malta might not be another Panama; but we still need to ask ourselves whether we should be an actor in the international orgy of tax evasion, money laundering...

Malta might not be another Panama; but we still need to ask...

Switch off the echo chamber

This is a moment of leadership Joseph Muscat needs to embrace as his own, a personal act of fortitude where he recognises that the national interest, not...

This is a moment of leadership Joseph Muscat needs to...

A political leadership vacuum

Muscat defends his inaction by describing it as ‘caution’ and ‘prudence’; but the political world is different from the formalistic...

Muscat defends his inaction by describing it as...

Risking everything on Panama

Muscat rode into government on the strength of some high expectations. From this perspective, it is inconceivable that the Prime Minister continues to drag his...

Muscat rode into government on the strength of some high...

No man is bigger than government

While Malta’s own Panamagate scandal can now be seen as part of a far wider international controversy, the very different reactions locally and abroad...

While Malta’s own Panamagate scandal can now be seen...

Stability is not an end in itself

Stability and freedom are not interchangeable. The world’s most repressive dictatorships are ‘stable’, precisely because they curtail the...

Stability and freedom are not interchangeable. The...