The PN truly needs a ‘New Way’
It would be futile to deny, however, that the problems facing the PN go far beyond its leadership issues, or even this result in itself
Words must be translated into policies
Nonetheless, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s speech, though late in the day, set the right tone for a meaningful debate to take place. But our collective response cannot be...
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...

Climate change cannot be fought with empty words
Joseph Muscat’s ‘missing link’

After the Mintoff era, Labour struggled for years to come to terms with a new identity. Muscat is right to want to modernise his party’s...

After the Mintoff era, Labour struggled for years to come...

Are political parties becoming irrelevant?

Abela’s appointment vacates the position of ‘deputy leader for...

Abela’s appointment vacates the position of...

Challenges for a new rector

Maltese governments have traditionally viewed the University as an extension of their own executive capability – the academic arm of a machine that...

Maltese governments have traditionally viewed the...

Lands reform must be transparent

Transparency and accountability should be a higher priority for the Lands Department than other, less sensitive sectors.

Transparency and accountability should be a higher priority...

The wisdom not to speak

This week, Busuttil lashed out at a ‘Mafia in Castille’, and dubbed the NAO audit into the Gaffarena expropriation order as ‘a Mafia...

This week, Busuttil lashed out at a ‘Mafia in...

A serious test for Joseph Muscat

Falzon’s resignation was crucial also because the issue exposed an endemic governance problem in Malta: the unhealthy proximity of business and politics.

Falzon’s resignation was crucial also because the...

More than words

The most recent example of Busuttil’s reformist agenda – an environmental convention – was certainly a step in the right direction.

The most recent example of Busuttil’s reformist...

It’s about respect, not rights

Freedom of expression, as enshrined in the Universal Charter of Human Rights, implies that it is unlawful to restrict free speech through legislation but...

Freedom of expression, as enshrined in the Universal...

Fear and loathing is no solution

Reports emerging from Cologne, and other cities in Germany and beyond, have unleashed a wave of anger towards the open door policy.

Reports emerging from Cologne, and other cities in Germany...

Towards a fairer asylum policy

One must acknowledge the government’s newfound commitment to respect one crucial part of its electoral mandate: the part concerning human rights.

One must acknowledge the government’s newfound...

Missing the bus, again

If expectations were high for Austin Gatt’s new bus service in 2011, they were higher still for the plans of the incoming Labour administration. And this...

If expectations were high for Austin Gatt’s new bus...

Joseph Muscat's new year

If ordinary citizens can make commitments to better themselves in the coming year how much more should a Prime Minister consider doing the same?

If ordinary citizens can make commitments to better...