Blood on our hands
Just like the 2003 pushback to Eritrea, carried out by the Nationalist administration, once again the Maltese government has blood on its hands
Labour at 100: the need for self-reflection
Labour’s centenary may be the perfect opportunity for the party to adopt ‘self-criticism’ as its new political motto; to distance itself from crude...
‘Open for business’: but at what cost to public health?

It is manifestly unfair that, while people are expected to maintain social...

It is manifestly unfair that, while people are expected to...

The nuts and bolts of Malta’s rule of law problem

We need to give ample room to bring forth Malta’s urgent problem on...

We need to give ample room to bring forth Malta’s...

This is a time to uphold freedom of expression, not curtail it

It is not only freedom of the press that is at stake here, but also the...

It is not only freedom of the press that is at stake here,...

Hardened hearts inside the PN
A verdict that doesn’t resolve the impasse

Delia has no appreciation of his political ineffectiveness in facing up to...

Delia has no appreciation of his political ineffectiveness...

Delia should go: but at what cost for the Opposition?
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...

Snapshot of a changing nation

Malta’s political parties often seem content with a status quo that no longer suffices to placate an increasingly demanding and independent-minded public

Malta’s political parties often seem content with a...

No ordinary war

There is a paradox, no doubt well known to terrorists, whereby the only way to respond to attacks on Western liberal democracy is to limit and curtail...

There is a paradox, no doubt well known to terrorists,...

Pardons do not solve crimes

It is abundantly clear that the ‘truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth’ has not yet emerged in the oil procurement case

It is abundantly clear that the ‘truth, the whole...

A battle worth fighting

One cannot represent both liberals and conservatives, or appeal to both environmentalists and the construction industry. Yet both parties attempt to do...

One cannot represent both liberals and conservatives, or...