An economy built on human lives
It is unacceptable that construction projects, which will translate into millions of euros’ worth of profit for developers, are still so neglectful of even the most basic...
Playing for time on 17 Black
Joseph Muscat will only act when the ground underneath him gets smaller and smaller… as it surely will, the longer this game of hide and seek continues. 
Parks are needed where people live

No amount of distant public parks can compensate for the lack of any breathing space from fumes and construction in one's own locality

No amount of distant public parks can compensate for the...

Small parties not making inroads

One must therefore question why the smaller parties are struggling to make inroads. One cannot ignore the structural imbalance against third parties in a...

One must therefore question why the smaller parties are...

An election-eve, environmental epiphany

It was almost to be expected, therefore, that a government that has grossly neglected the state of Malta’s natural environment, would attempt to make...

It was almost to be expected, therefore, that a government...

Not a deliberate strategy, but indicative nonetheless

The decrease in the number of PN candidates in some localities may be more...

The decrease in the number of PN candidates in some...

Construction sector reforms have failed

The one thing we clearly cannot do is rely on the country's regulatory apparatuse to do its job

The one thing we clearly cannot do is rely on the...

When court orders must be defied

The media has a Constitutionally obligation to publish information about court cases, but there are nonetheless exceptions to this right

The media has a Constitutionally obligation to publish...

In praise of the principle

Side-lining the obvious media sensation of the fact that the accounts in question were located in Switzerland, we can only say that it is a singular act...

Side-lining the obvious media sensation of the fact that...

Taxation and morality

There is no doubt that the political class has to be transparent and assure their constituencies that they adhered with Malta’s tax laws.

There is no doubt that the political class has to be...

Missing the wood for the trees

Every ‘scandal’ is grist to the electoral mill for politicians, and Gonzi knows this perhaps more than any other politician.

Every ‘scandal’ is grist to the electoral mill...

Shooting the messenger is not an option

In January 2013, MaltaToday published a cache of emails which revealed how former MOBC chief Frank Sammut had received a bribe from oil giant Trafigura in 2003...

In January 2013, MaltaToday published a cache of emails...

It’s about more than two seats

The way the discussion has since developed indicates that we are very far from solving the underlying systemic problems that make our cumbersome electoral...

The way the discussion has since developed indicates that...

Partners in crime

Under the scheme on offer, people are invited to pay hefty fines running into the hundreds of thousands of euros in order to ‘regularise’ the...

Under the scheme on offer, people are invited to pay hefty...

Isolated in more than one sense

The results of the Greek elections have been interpreted as a major disruption of the economic direction in which the eurozone – of which Malta forms...

The results of the Greek elections have been interpreted as...

Transparency is a commitment, not a choice

Briefly put, the electorate doesn’t need the Labour government to remind...

Briefly put, the electorate doesn’t need the Labour...

A warning shot across the bows

The rise of Syriza in Greece also reflects the failure of the aforementioned policy to reverse the slowdown which has strangled the Greek economy

The rise of Syriza in Greece also reflects the failure of...

Stopping the rot

At this point, we must either resign ourselves to powerlessness in the face of an unsavoury culture that infects various strata of society… or we must...

At this point, we must either resign ourselves to...

'Begging your pardon'

As many had long suspected, the fuel procurement scandal revealed the existence of a deep-rooted culture of ‘give and take’ that pervaded parts of...

As many had long suspected, the fuel procurement scandal...

In need of a game changer

The change in leadership of June 2013 has clearly not worked to reverse the political tide for the party in opposition. Unless this changes, the prospects of a...

The change in leadership of June 2013 has clearly not...