The bar has been raised, but not high enough
Prime Minister Robert Abela’s first priority must be to take the necessary steps to bolster the Police Force’s effort in bringing more prosecutions to the courts
Abela moves from words into action: Konrad Mizzi gets the boot
Mizzi flung down the gauntlet, and defied Abela’s explicit marching orders… the prime minister proceeded from words into action and got the Labour...
Contempt of court, or gagging order?

One would surely have assumed that the justice system is, in fact, robust enough to avoid being unduly influenced by such observations

One would surely have assumed that the justice system is,...

There is no ‘vaccine’ for corruption

Over and above the immediate urgency of the COVID-19 pandemic, we also need to start talking about a return to some form of institutional normality...

Over and above the immediate urgency of the COVID-19...

COVID-19 also reminded us of what is truly important

The coronavirus pandemic is a reminder of how public goods and services must...

The coronavirus pandemic is a reminder of how public goods...

Easier to attack the press, than to confront the facts

This is truly a classic game strategy: where two sides find themselves under...

This is truly a classic game strategy: where two sides find...

Behind the affront

The optics do not look good for Labour when it has to resort to false, moralistic premises to sack people who are considered to be valid, internal critics

The optics do not look good for Labour when it has to...

The inquiry must reach its conclusions unhindered

Nonetheless, it would be counterproductive if that time limit is now used as a...

Nonetheless, it would be counterproductive if that time...

Wanted: Good governance

The truth is that, while the government’s attitude towards matters of governance had remained largely unchanged, there was an awakening of thirst for...

The truth is that, while the government’s attitude...

Malta as a voice of reason

IS’s declaration of ‘war’ is in reality a euphemism for a campaign of terrorism and murder, making it a criminal organisation, entirely...

IS’s declaration of ‘war’ is in reality a...

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...