A recipe for traffic-induced disaster
With the current rates of increase in car-use, doing nothing about traffic congestion will only result in a grid lock, but the consequences of this project are too stark to ignore
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 ‘looking...
Continuity won, but some change is inevitable

From this perspective, Abela’s tenure as Prime Minister may have...

From this perspective, Abela’s tenure as Prime...

A new political season for Malta

Will both parties commit themselves to a change in the political culture that respects voters, that vows to address the shortcomings in good governance, that...

Will both parties commit themselves to a change in the...

A proxy war in the Med?

As things stand, the coming weeks and months may prove crucial to the prospects of lasting peace in the Mediterranean

As things stand, the coming weeks and months may prove...

Continuity is not an option

Both Chris Fearne and Robert Abela must sufficiently distance themselves from what they now both recognise to be the ‘mistakes’ of the Muscat...

Both Chris Fearne and Robert Abela must sufficiently...

Beware of ‘friends’ bearing gifts: regulating trading in influence

Muscat himself has now underscored the danger, by claiming to being ‘blackmailed’. That is the whole point of the matter: it was his own decision...

Muscat himself has now underscored the danger, by claiming...

A breakdown of national trust

Ultimately, the Egrant inquiry should serve both as a cautionary tale against running wild with allegations before having all the facts at hand; but also as a...

Ultimately, the Egrant inquiry should serve both as a...

People should decide, not politicians

Joseph Muscat's treatment of the hunting referendum has politicised the debate, in what is a betrayal of the democratic principle that the referendum...

Joseph Muscat's treatment of the hunting referendum has...

A farewell to meritocracy

Engerer’s European credentials are not under discussion here but rather the inescapable whiff of political nepotism that raises eyebrows

Engerer’s European credentials are not under...

Ministerial discretion is the issue

The National Audit Office report observed that a direct order on six months’ hedging on unleaded gas and diesel was “detracting from the...

The National Audit Office report observed that a direct...

Whistleblowers still unprotected

Already the scope of application of this law is limited (and would de facto exclude the oil scandal, or any comparable scenario).

Already the scope of application of this law is limited...

A recipe for scandal

As long ago as 2004, Minister Debono had been questioned regarding her husband’s position within the public service: a position that would be considered...

As long ago as 2004, Minister Debono had been questioned...

Two years: our assessment

Two years ago the electorate proved again that no one is forever, and that democracy always, somehow, prevails.

Two years ago the electorate proved again that no one is...

This is not war

The launch of the slick hunters’ campaign led to a swift and angry rebuke by the No campaign calling on real hunters to take charge and debate the issues...

The launch of the slick hunters’ campaign led to a...

Government is not a business

Had the government allowed matters to proceed in court it would have rightfully taken back a property valued at €500 per square metre.

Had the government allowed matters to proceed in court it...

In praise of the principle

Side-lining the obvious media sensation of the fact that the accounts in question were located in Switzerland, we can only say that it is a singular act...

Side-lining the obvious media sensation of the fact that...

Taxation and morality

There is no doubt that the political class has to be transparent and assure their constituencies that they adhered with Malta’s tax laws.

There is no doubt that the political class has to be...

Missing the wood for the trees

Every ‘scandal’ is grist to the electoral mill for politicians, and Gonzi knows this perhaps more than any other politician.

Every ‘scandal’ is grist to the electoral mill...

Shooting the messenger is not an option

In January 2013, MaltaToday published a cache of emails which revealed how former MOBC chief Frank Sammut had received a bribe from oil giant Trafigura in 2003...

In January 2013, MaltaToday published a cache of emails...