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 liberal message...
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 develop, and may...
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 –...

Tunnel proposal may have holes in it

The environmental risks alone are worth the pause. It is now clear that the proposed tunnel entrances will be (most probably) below the Kenuna Tower in Nadur...

The environmental risks alone are worth the pause. It is...

A step away from gender prejudice

Primarily, this bill gives legal recognition to a class of people who were previously denied any official status: and, consequently, rights.

Primarily, this bill gives legal recognition to a class of...

Why we ask you to vote no

This issue goes beyond party politics. The disproportionate sense of empowerment among the most lawless of the hunting community means spring hunting has to...

This issue goes beyond party politics. The disproportionate...

The sky’s the limit

There are other objections to high-rise in Malta which are not based on irrational fears alone

There are other objections to high-rise in Malta which are...

It’s not just about birds

It is difficult to imagine a more direct challenge to the principles of democracy, than a threat to overturn a referendum result.

It is difficult to imagine a more direct challenge to the...

A European election without Europe

All along, both parties have successfully projected the image that they are cut off from the realities affecting the daily life of citizens. This is all a...

All along, both parties have successfully projected the...

A culture of responsibility-shirking

Both political parties seem to be locked in a permanent tit-for-tat mentality, which ignores the more pressing concerns

Both political parties seem to be locked in a permanent...

A challenging time for the Church

It is no secret that the Church Archbishop Charles Scicluna inherited has been going through a particularly difficult phase of late. 

It is no secret that the Church Archbishop Charles...

People should decide, not politicians

Joseph Muscat's treatment of the hunting referendum has politicised the debate, in what is a betrayal of the democratic principle that the referendum...

Joseph Muscat's treatment of the hunting referendum has...

A farewell to meritocracy

Engerer’s European credentials are not under discussion here but rather the inescapable whiff of political nepotism that raises eyebrows

Engerer’s European credentials are not under...

Ministerial discretion is the issue

The National Audit Office report observed that a direct order on six months’ hedging on unleaded gas and diesel was “detracting from the...

The National Audit Office report observed that a direct...

Whistleblowers still unprotected

Already the scope of application of this law is limited (and would de facto exclude the oil scandal, or any comparable scenario).

Already the scope of application of this law is limited...

A recipe for scandal

As long ago as 2004, Minister Debono had been questioned regarding her husband’s position within the public service: a position that would be considered...

As long ago as 2004, Minister Debono had been questioned...