A critical juncture for PN and Malta
Just as personal problems sometimes become public concern, the Nationalist Party’s internal problems cannot be considered ‘private’, when they also directly...
Brave new technological world
Much of what was once considered ‘science fiction’ is, in fact, now becoming reality. Artificial intelligence has already crept into the mainstream by way of computer...
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...

Of state funding and public trust

The discussion on party financing should focus less on the possible benefits to the parties, and more on bolstering the parties’ credibility

The discussion on party financing should focus less on the...

No Plan B for Libya

Evidently there is no point in keeping up the pretence that one can “deal with” the Libyan government as with any other country.

Evidently there is no point in keeping up the pretence that...

No toying with democracy

In a democracy, the cancellation of an election at any level can only set alarm bells ringing.

In a democracy, the cancellation of an election at any...

Deafening silence on Israeli crisis

We have seen how the same international community which responded so decisively in Libya has been reluctant to involve itself in other equally volatile...

We have seen how the same international community which...

The cost of trade with China

Surely a puritanical argument against trade and cooperation with countries which do not fit our definition of democracy does not hold water. But that does not...

Surely a puritanical argument against trade and cooperation...

An overdue step in the right direction

No one can deny that our approach to this issue on a legislative level has to date been highly irrational: guided for the most part by political considerations...

No one can deny that our approach to this issue on a...

A culture of condoning irregularities

Nowhere is this culture more visible than in the widespread cavalier disregard for planning policies and regulations by both developers and the national...

Nowhere is this culture more visible than in the widespread...

Not quite Dubai, but almost

Comparisons are inevitable, and Muscat’s choice will surely have struck a slightly dissonant chord.

Comparisons are inevitable, and Muscat’s choice will...

Political parties are not above the law

Even as the Nationalist and Labour parties spent years arguing over their respective plans to ‘rescue’ the State energy corporation, both were...

Even as the Nationalist and Labour parties spent years...

White Rocks, or white elephant?

While one welcomes the fact that a call for expressions of interest has been issued this time round, one cannot but express concern about the fact that the...

While one welcomes the fact that a call for expressions of...

Integration is not an option

As has been rightly pointed out elsewhere, the single greatest barrier to integration remains fear… and the unknown is the primary case for fear in any...

As has been rightly pointed out elsewhere, the single...

The Iraqi crisis calls for a global approach

So far news reporters have been reluctant to modify their terminology...

So far news reporters have been reluctant to modify their...