Something fishy in the fisheries department
Simply put, the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture is too understaffed and under-equipped to meet the basic requirements of its role. As a result, a substantial percentage of...
Political and legal responsibility are not the same
Even if the ‘innocent until guilty’ scenario applies to this case as much as any other, the fact remains that the law was not followed to the letter when applied to...
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...

The worst of the worst

An inquiry into the death of Mamadou Kamara lifted the lid on many of the systemic problems within Malta’s detention regime at the time

An inquiry into the death of Mamadou Kamara lifted the...

When the gunsmoke fades

Incoming Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela should pay close attention to the glaring administrative shortcomings this report has exposed within the...

Incoming Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela should...

Energy plan still clouded by uncertainty

The public needs greater reassurance that this reduction is, in fact, doable in the present economic climate

The public needs greater reassurance that this reduction...

Not business as usual

Prime Minister Muscat has so far resisted taking any decision, arguing that the inquiry must be concluded before the Opposition’s motion can be...

Prime Minister Muscat has so far resisted taking any...

Resignation culture still missing

By any standard this is a serious matter, and Mallia cannot claim to be entirely innocent, even if entirely exonerated by the inquiry, of any direct...

By any standard this is a serious matter, and Mallia cannot...

A budget overshadowed

In Busuttil’s speech there was an echo, however distant, of Eddie Fenech Adami’s 1986 declaration that the budget was “irrelevant” in...

In Busuttil’s speech there was an echo, however...

Ministerial responsibility by all means

 To say that the minister or any senior aide who is responsible in the ministry, should not resign because they were not directly involved is taking a dim...

 To say that the minister or any senior aide who is...

A state of the nation speech

The days ahead will surely lead to further discussion and scrutiny of the budget and a more profound examination of the accuracy of the estimates and targets...

The days ahead will surely lead to further discussion and...

Precarious work needs full-time solution

Action needs to be taken at both local (government) and international (EU) level, with a view to ensuring that all workers are entitled to benefit from the...

Action needs to be taken at both local (government) and...

Standing up to the ODZ threat

The fact that a government entity is entertaining ideas about hotels on ODZ also raises questions on land reclamation plans.

The fact that a government entity is entertaining ideas...

Time for a reform of broadcasting

Attesting to the difficulty of this challenge is the fact that the TPPI report constitutes but one of many attempts over the years

Attesting to the difficulty of this challenge is the fact...

Justice is not just for political parties

It is increasingly clear from the way the party financing argument is being...

It is increasingly clear from the way the party financing...