No more business ‘as usual’
Now is also time to demand more restrictions on noise, unlawful pressures to cede rights and more limits on the time during which construction is allowed
A collapse in health and safety standards
The Labour administration has so far displayed sensitivity to such matters in other areas – such as its insistence on lowering utility bills. So one can only question the...
Public roles should not serve private interests

Even if their motives are honest, it is unacceptable that a serving government...

Even if their motives are honest, it is unacceptable that a...

Sorry is the hardest word

Even though the interdett’s most violent expression – the denial of a consecrated burial to people who were otherwise at peace with their faith...

Even though the interdett’s most violent expression...

Rumbles of discontent at Qala decision
Of meritocracy and public appointments

Even if politicians come clean about this system, and admit once and for all - without the pretence of autonomy - that top public posts have to be based on...

Even if politicians come clean about this system, and admit...

Hate speech limits freedom of expression

Verbal violence – often in the form of ‘ad hominem’ attacks on people with differing views – has, in fact, long characterised the tone...

Verbal violence – often in the form of ‘ad...

An explosive powder-keg that must be defused

Sunday’s riot may therefore be a stark reminder that the social realities...

Sunday’s riot may therefore be a stark reminder that...

Last nail in the ‘Eco Gozo’ coffin

The prospect of construction works near or under Comino should send shivers down the spine of any Environment Authority.

The prospect of construction works near or under Comino...

Safeguarding autonomous institutions

Given the sensitive and vital nature of the role it plays, one would expect the office of the Ombudsman to be furnished with more money and resources, not less.

Given the sensitive and vital nature of the role it plays,...

Traffic needs a radical rethink

Despite all this attention and the announcement of several new measures, it remains unclear how the proposals in this year’s Budget will help improve the...

Despite all this attention and the announcement of several...

A question of responsibility

It would be even more tragic if the country did not pause to take stock of the implications of Saturday’s mishap; and, where necessary, embark on a...

It would be even more tragic if the country did not pause...

Upholding freedom of expression

Magistrate Francesco Depasquale’s judgment also serves to clear the air on a number of misconceptions surrounding the principle of freedom of...

Magistrate Francesco Depasquale’s judgment also...

Meritocracy: a blatantly forgotten promise

It is true that there is a prevalence of public positions given to persons with...

It is true that there is a prevalence of public positions...

Right to strike under threat

The GWU was right in calling the strike, also because workers and commuters alike deserve a fair deal from the new operators.

The GWU was right in calling the strike, also because...

The EU’s ‘annus horribilis’

This is the biggest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the EU, yet the world’s richest continent has proved woefully unprepared and ill-equipped...

This is the biggest humanitarian crisis since the creation...

Dealing with ‘national threats’

Busuttil, who inherited a wounded party after the 2013 elections, knows he must reinvent an ideological identity that sets the PN apart from Joseph...

Busuttil, who inherited a wounded party after the 2013...

The big ‘immigrant invasion’ lie

In 2014 – a year since Italy’s Mare Nostrum rescue mission was downsized and replaced by Frontex’s Operation Triton – Malta experienced...

In 2014 – a year since Italy’s Mare Nostrum...

Populism on oil prices doesn’t help

Busuttil’s demands today immediately contrast with his immediate predecessor’s insistence on higher energy prices

Busuttil’s demands today immediately contrast with...

Blurred lines between Church and State

Pope Francis’s reform has now streamlined the Ecclesiastic Annulment process by (among other things) scaling back the excessive bureaucracy that had...

Pope Francis’s reform has now streamlined the...