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...
Not a deliberate strategy, but indicative nonetheless
The decrease in the number of PN candidates in some localities may be more revealing of other political realities of relevance to this campaign and is probably more indicative of...
No ‘secret deals’ over human rights

Malta needs reassurance that it is not contravening international law, and committing human rights violations, through ‘secret deals’ with other...

Malta needs reassurance that it is not contravening...

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...

Democracy is not just about money

It is clear that the government-launched consultation process will amount to a stand-off between the three parties, and as a result will be inconclusive.

It is clear that the government-launched consultation...

Libya and the lessons of history

It remains a fact that many of the insurgent militias – including those associated with the most extreme and radical face of Islam – had been armed...

It remains a fact that many of the insurgent militias...

The taxpayer is owed an explanation

So far, a Freedom of Information request for the workings of the €4.2 million evaluation has been denied; but the police investigation report itself...

So far, a Freedom of Information request for the workings...

Minimum standards for care of the elderly

Given the demographic trends for the foreseeable future, and the implications...

Given the demographic trends for the foreseeable future,...

Minimum standards for care of the elderly

Given the demographic trends for the foreseeable future, and the implications...

Given the demographic trends for the foreseeable future,...

Compensation doesn’t address the problem

The government cannot simply pick and choose whom to compensate in what...

The government cannot simply pick and choose whom to...

Employers sometimes abuse the system, too

Not only has the MEA failed to address the serious issue of ongoing abuse of...

Not only has the MEA failed to address the serious issue of...

Dealing with an increase in crime

In a country where immigration has already exacerbated racist sentiment, it is all too easy to pin the blame on society’s most vulnerable sectors.

In a country where immigration has already exacerbated...

War is no time for political games

Given the seriousness of the situation, the ongoing bickering between government and opposition over the Libyan crisis can only come across as misplaced and...

Given the seriousness of the situation, the ongoing...

Of war crimes and double standards

From a legal point of view, the apparent inability to take action contrasts very sharply with the international criminal court’s handling of other...

From a legal point of view, the apparent inability to take...

The other side of history

Even without the benefit of hindsight, it was naïve to think – as many at the time suggested – that Libya’s troubles would end with the...

Even without the benefit of hindsight, it was naïve to...

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...