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...
Looking backwards to move forward

It is perhaps ironic that Delia’s attempt to address these issues has involved appointing a veteran from the Fenech Adami era – a classic case of...

It is perhaps ironic that Delia’s attempt to address...

Sleepwalking into an emergency

This is an emergency that must concern us, the Maltese, and our political leaders – even though we find nobody who can translate the scientific knowledge...

This is an emergency that must concern us, the Maltese, and...

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...

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...

Air Malta losses a déjà vu

Tough and politically unpopular decisions have to be taken to safeguard an airline that is, at the end of the day, one of Malta’s most strategically...

Tough and politically unpopular decisions have to be taken...

First steps towards regeneration

The PN cannot expect to remain liberal with the liberals, and conservative with the conservatives. It must try harder to forge an identity that is both...

The PN cannot expect to remain liberal with the liberals,...