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 populist objections...
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 and in the Għerien...
A hotbed of conflicts of interest

To date, our national approach to this has always been to ignore the laws and conventions that make such situations unacceptable; in so doing, we have created...

To date, our national approach to this has always been to...

Muscat must end the uncertainty

Muscat had hinted that he believed country leaders should have a fixed term of 10 years and is arguably the first leader to have declared (not once, but...

Muscat had hinted that he believed country leaders should...

The real criminals in the Sea-Watch saga

It is, ironically, Italy’s own defiance of international law that caused the emergency in the first place. The Italian government’s attempts to...

It is, ironically, Italy’s own defiance of...

A brave but delicate proposal

The Education Ministry now wants to move away from having schools in Malta being “exam and test factories”. But its proposed alternatives have not...

The Education Ministry now wants to move away from having...

Crunch time for the PN

As things stand, only two possible outcomes may yet avert the total annihilation of the PN: either Delia emerges reconfirmed by a clear, unequivocal majority...

As things stand, only two possible outcomes may yet avert...

From profits to people

Authorities such as the PA and the Buildings Regulation Office have been starved of resources: making it all but impossible to maintain the sort of monitoring...

Authorities such as the PA and the Buildings Regulation...

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...

The real price of freedom

What set the French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo apart from other media was the bravery and tenacity with which it pursued its editorial mission even in...

What set the French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo...

Lost in translation

Malta's fifth referendum, to be held on 11 April, will mark the first instance of a referendum held to abrogate, or annul, a law

Malta's fifth referendum, to be held on 11 April,...

Violence towards women is not a game

In a bizarre twist, the questionable initiative of a local football club very quickly turned into a political controversy in its own right, as various...

In a bizarre twist, the questionable initiative of a local...

2015: a year of change?

One thing 2015 is also likely to illustrate is that public expectation from politics as a whole will also be higher.

One thing 2015 is also likely to illustrate is that public...