Detoxifying the PN brand
The fast pace of Labour’s civil society reforms left conservatives gasping for air. In the process, the ‘silent majority’ once believed to hold the key to the...
Good intentions are not enough
People want fairness, nothing more, nothing less. They want equity, and demand that the market does not rule every aspect of their life. They want intervention from the State when...
No ‘secret deals’ over human rights

Malta needs reassurance that it is not contravening international law, and committing human rights violations, through ‘secret deals’ with other...

Malta needs reassurance that it is not contravening...

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...

Not in ‘the national interest’

When still in opposition, the Labour Party had insisted – not without good reason – on a revised code which ironed out all the loopholes and...

When still in opposition, the Labour Party had insisted...

Concrete evidence of unaccountability

As is only to be expected, the results have already been spun into political arguments by either side.

As is only to be expected, the results have already been...

Undermining whistleblower protection

To undermine this critical piece of legislation would be a grave disservice to a justice system that had in the past always struggled when it came to heavily...

To undermine this critical piece of legislation would be a...

‘Low and below specification’

Exactly why the FMS would be so keen to exonerate the suppliers and developers of any serious structural issues that may later arise, is a question that has...

Exactly why the FMS would be so keen to exonerate the...

Justice is not a game

With the justice minister enjoying almost plenipotentiary powers to appoint magistrates without explanation and or transparency, it is hard to resist the...

With the justice minister enjoying almost plenipotentiary...

Air Malta must remain a national asset

The government remains committed to turning the company around and make it “commercially viable by 2016” – but past efforts, including a...

The government remains committed to turning the company...

A credibility test for Muscat

Initially, the choice of the Zonqor site for the development of a new university campus was presented as a provisional decision, with the government claiming...

Initially, the choice of the Zonqor site for the...

A blessing in disguise for the PN

The recent resignation of former Gozo Minister Giovanna Debono from the Nationalist Party – but not from parliament, where she retains the seat she won...

The recent resignation of former Gozo Minister Giovanna...

Time to move beyond political feudalism

This was the second high-level political resignation in the past year, after former Home Affairs minister Manuel Mallia was made to step down following an...

This was the second high-level political resignation in the...

Breathing relevance into the Presidency

Since becoming President of the Republic, former social policy minister Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca has certainly not allowed the position to influence her...

Since becoming President of the Republic, former social...

A bold step in the right direction

Even if it comes late in the day, it is welcome news if Parliament takes the step to debate a policy for the protection of public land – especially the...

Even if it comes late in the day, it is welcome news if...

Spring hunting issue far from settled

 Despite a meagre season for migration this spring, hunters still managed to pepper the season with irregularities.

 Despite a meagre season for migration this spring,...