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...
Continuity won, but some change is inevitable

From this perspective, Abela’s tenure as Prime Minister may have...

From this perspective, Abela’s tenure as Prime...

A new political season for Malta

Will both parties commit themselves to a change in the political culture that respects voters, that vows to address the shortcomings in good governance, that...

Will both parties commit themselves to a change in the...

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...

A government in denial

The Prime Minister must come to terms with the seriousness of the situation for another reason: ‘Panamagate’ has also exposed glaring...

The Prime Minister must come to terms with the seriousness...

Good governance cannot be an empty pledge

A warning shot has been fired across the bows of Prime Minister Joseph...

A warning shot has been fired across the bows of Prime...

A question of trust

Mizzi must make a full disclosure, declare his assets in his register of assets, and then close the operations

Mizzi must make a full disclosure, declare his assets in...

The Church’s position is indefensible

The paper launched by Archbishop Charles Scicluna in person was so illogical and unsound, that its authors felt the need to ‘clarify’ their...

The paper launched by Archbishop Charles Scicluna in...

Parliament must be above suspicion

Recent revelations have unfortunately cemented a perception of nepotism and political cronyism having infiltrated even the country’s most sensitive...

Recent revelations have unfortunately cemented a perception...

Technocrats are not the solution

If such powers of appointment are granted to the Prime Minister, it would effectively mean that our electoral system would be up to a point misleading

If such powers of appointment are granted to the Prime...

Euthanasia: time for mature debate

When dealing with terminal, degenerative conditions such as ALS – and there are many others – Malta has traditionally avoided discussing whether...

When dealing with terminal, degenerative conditions such as...

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...