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 country where the major...
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 atones for that...
Public roles should not serve private interests

Even if their motives are honest, it is unacceptable that a serving government...

Even if their motives are honest, it is unacceptable that a...

Sorry is the hardest word

Even though the interdett’s most violent expression – the denial of a consecrated burial to people who were otherwise at peace with their faith...

Even though the interdett’s most violent expression...

Rumbles of discontent at Qala decision
Of meritocracy and public appointments

Even if politicians come clean about this system, and admit once and for all - without the pretence of autonomy - that top public posts have to be based on...

Even if politicians come clean about this system, and admit...

Hate speech limits freedom of expression

Verbal violence – often in the form of ‘ad hominem’ attacks on people with differing views – has, in fact, long characterised the tone...

Verbal violence – often in the form of ‘ad...

An explosive powder-keg that must be defused

Sunday’s riot may therefore be a stark reminder that the social realities...

Sunday’s riot may therefore be a stark reminder that...

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,...

Why Malta needs the Fourth Estate

The electoral result we saw in March 2013 was itself confirmation that the electorate had rejected that government over those issues. But this doesn’t...

The electoral result we saw in March 2013 was itself...

More questions than answers

We are still in the dark as to the revised timeframes for the completion of the gas-fired station. 

We are still in the dark as to the revised timeframes...

A risky and unnecessary gamble

It is as though the present administration wants to reassure its European counterparts that it intends to take its wildlife commitments seriously, while at the...

It is as though the present administration wants to...

Transparency was an electoral promise, too

Such was Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s confidence before the election...

Such was Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s confidence...

Health reforms must be transparent

Concern has been expressed that the shift from public to private healthcare will be partly financed by taxpayers’ money

Concern has been expressed that the shift from public to...

A new definition of ‘compromise’

Democratic exercises such as elections and referendums are not subject to the whims and fancies of the prime minister of the time.

Democratic exercises such as elections and referendums are...

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...