A welcome, but long overdue, appointment
A Parliamentary Standards Commissioner was sorely needed: not only have serious allegations undermined public confidence in elected officials, but the lack of an accepted code of...
17 Black | Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri must go
Muscat’s refusal to sack Mizzi and Schembri two years ago – when they were caught red-handed opening secret offshore companies by the Panama Papers – will go...
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...

Libel as intimidation

The message, this time emanating from the police and law courts as much as from the hunters themselves, is that anyone who tries to stand up to the practice of...

The message, this time emanating from the police and law...

A disappointing performance

By refusing to give any clear answers to specific questions, both Vella and the Commission president have sent out ominous and ambiguous messages regarding the...

By refusing to give any clear answers to specific...

Spring hunting referendum: No longer about the birds

MaltaToday, The Times of Malta and the Malta Independent call for abolition of...

MaltaToday, The Times of Malta and the Malta Independent...

The hunting lobby has lost all credibility

The tide of popular feeling has now decidedly turned against the hunters’...

The tide of popular feeling has now decidedly turned...

What makes us a nation?

Even today, 50 years later, the fundamental question of what makes us a nation is not easy to answer.

Even today, 50 years later, the fundamental question of...

Juncker’s risky Commission gamble

Given the Commission’s unflattering history when it comes to Commissioners placing their nation state’s interests above the responsibilities of...

Given the Commission’s unflattering history when it...

Raise transport subsidies, not fares

While Arriva did bring about positive improvements as regards pricing and greater discipline among drivers, it failed on the more basic aim of providing access...

While Arriva did bring about positive improvements as...

The controversy that won’t go away

If the contracts were drawn up correctly, responsibility should be shouldered by the periti who certified the works and by contractors who should pay for any...

If the contracts were drawn up correctly, responsibility...

Missing the wood for the trees

Former Enemalta chairman Alex Tranter’s arraignment on misuse of the company credit card is a separate issue which takes us no nearer or further from the...

Former Enemalta chairman Alex Tranter’s arraignment...

Democracy is not just about money

It is clear that the government-launched consultation process will amount to a stand-off between the three parties, and as a result will be inconclusive.

It is clear that the government-launched consultation...

Libya and the lessons of history

It remains a fact that many of the insurgent militias – including those associated with the most extreme and radical face of Islam – had been armed...

It remains a fact that many of the insurgent militias...

The taxpayer is owed an explanation

So far, a Freedom of Information request for the workings of the €4.2 million evaluation has been denied; but the police investigation report itself...

So far, a Freedom of Information request for the workings...