The die is cast...
The risks of a prolonged war of attrition within the ranks of the party could be very damaging, if not fatal. And as party grassroots move to take sides in this face-off,...
Bad news for democracy
To function properly, any democracy requires a healthy counterbalance between Government and Opposition: more so in a context like Malta’s Parliamentary democracy, which...
‘Open for business’: but at what cost to public health?

It is manifestly unfair that, while people are expected to maintain social...

It is manifestly unfair that, while people are expected to...

The nuts and bolts of Malta’s rule of law problem

We need to give ample room to bring forth Malta’s urgent problem on...

We need to give ample room to bring forth Malta’s...

This is a time to uphold freedom of expression, not curtail it

It is not only freedom of the press that is at stake here, but also the...

It is not only freedom of the press that is at stake here,...

Hardened hearts inside the PN
A verdict that doesn’t resolve the impasse

Delia has no appreciation of his political ineffectiveness in facing up to...

Delia has no appreciation of his political ineffectiveness...

Delia should go: but at what cost for the Opposition?
Dark clouds on the horizon

As long ago as 2011, Commissioner Michel Barnier had flown to Malta for talks with then finance minister Tonio Fenech, over Malta’s opposition to what...

As long ago as 2011, Commissioner Michel Barnier had flown...

Do not feed illegalities

There is simply no justification whatsoever for the fact that an entirely illegal zoo at Montekristo estate in Hal Farrug should have been allowed to...

There is simply no justification whatsoever for the fact...

A shadow over CHOGM

Recent events, including the terrorist attacks in Paris, the Russian airliner downed in Egypt, as well as escalating tensions between Russia and Turkey have...

Recent events, including the terrorist attacks in Paris,...

‘This is not a pigsty’, indeed

Individual members of parliament may not have noticed, but the rest of the country has moved on since ‘debates’ were settled with loud threats of...

Individual members of parliament may not have noticed, but...

Time to take Paceville by the horns

It is not for nothing that Paceville has gained its notoriety for ‘lawlessness’. For Paceville is also an industry in its own right – and an...

It is not for nothing that Paceville has gained its...

An offensive truth

If both parties are content to be labelled ‘big shops’ – and even revel in the compliment – they are certainly not in a position to...

If both parties are content to be labelled ‘big...

Migration issue calls for leadership

Unlike the issues that the EU is accustomed to discussing – such as trade agreements, directives on specific areas of industry, etc. – there has to...

Unlike the issues that the EU is accustomed to discussing...

The honourable thing

While credit is due for bowing out with grace, it would be a mistake to extend the ‘honourable’ accolade also to the behaviour which warranted...

While credit is due for bowing out with grace, it would be...

A paradigm shift for politics

This spate of high-level resignations already indicated a profound paradigm shift in Malta’s political landscape: which had formerly been characterised...

This spate of high-level resignations already indicated a...

A gift by any other name

Clear, unequivocal rules are therefore needed to ensure that Malta’s House of Representatives does not degenerate into a marketplace for politicians and...

Clear, unequivocal rules are therefore needed to ensure...

The criminal libel bandwagon

Even if never carried out, the threat of prison in itself constitutes a direct affront to freedom of expression. But there are other, less direct threats...

Even if never carried out, the threat of prison in itself...

A political stalemate

In his two-hour speech in Parliament, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat went to great lengths to discredit the Opposition leader’s economic credentials while...

In his two-hour speech in Parliament, Prime Minister Joseph...