To have and have not, at Christmas
There is a danger in measuring a country’s economic well-being only through the Gross Domestic Product. That view looks only at the ‘haves’, and ignores the...
Who will bell the Constitutional cat?
Will the two parties walk their own talk, and work together and with others to deliver a revamped Constitution that strengthens the system of checks and balances? Or will...
A hotbed of conflicts of interest

To date, our national approach to this has always been to ignore the laws and conventions that make such situations unacceptable; in so doing, we have created...

To date, our national approach to this has always been to...

Muscat must end the uncertainty

Muscat had hinted that he believed country leaders should have a fixed term of 10 years and is arguably the first leader to have declared (not once, but...

Muscat had hinted that he believed country leaders should...

The real criminals in the Sea-Watch saga

It is, ironically, Italy’s own defiance of international law that caused the emergency in the first place. The Italian government’s attempts to...

It is, ironically, Italy’s own defiance of...

A brave but delicate proposal

The Education Ministry now wants to move away from having schools in Malta being “exam and test factories”. But its proposed alternatives have not...

The Education Ministry now wants to move away from having...

Crunch time for the PN

As things stand, only two possible outcomes may yet avert the total annihilation of the PN: either Delia emerges reconfirmed by a clear, unequivocal majority...

As things stand, only two possible outcomes may yet avert...

From profits to people

Authorities such as the PA and the Buildings Regulation Office have been starved of resources: making it all but impossible to maintain the sort of monitoring...

Authorities such as the PA and the Buildings Regulation...

Malta in a changing Europe
A PR disaster for Malta

On huntintg, it is inconceivable that the Opposition party has so far failed to take a clear stand on an issue where political opposition is very sorely needed.

On huntintg, it is inconceivable that the Opposition party...

Stop politicizing the environment

The Maltese government, under both Nationalist and labour administrations, has consistently championed the cause of spring hunting ever since the early 1990s,...

The Maltese government, under both Nationalist and labour...

Shop till you drop

We should be mindful of the social consequences of a free-for-all in all sectors. There is more at stake to the issue than merely meeting the demands of shop...

We should be mindful of the social consequences of a...

Making (and missing) history

By abstaining in Monday’s vote, the PN projected the image of a static party which is simply too afraid to take a step in either direction

By abstaining in Monday’s vote, the PN projected the...

A question of prudence

The Tanti-Zahra case has unfortunately provoked both these reactions, and as such has placed its finger upon the very borderline between what is prudent and...

The Tanti-Zahra case has unfortunately provoked both these...

To stream or not to stream

If recent history has taught us anything at all about the education sector, it is that it does not take too kindly to sudden jolts.

If recent history has taught us anything at all about the...

More than words

More work needs to be done to achieve a truly inclusive society. But Joseph Muscat's verbal commitment must be translated into action, if his...

More work needs to be done to achieve a truly inclusive...

Higher penalties are not enough

As government forges ahead with its intention to open a spring hunting season this year, there are numerous indications that we are about to witness another...

As government forges ahead with its intention to open a...

Sanctioning government policy

If MEPA is to retain credibility as an environment and planning authority, it must convince the public that its decisions are indeed guided by the best...

If MEPA is to retain credibility as an environment and...

A test of EU leadership

If Europe wants to be taken seriously on the international stage it must show some leadership over Russia's annexation of Crima

If Europe wants to be taken seriously on the international...

Parties need to update their message

Instead of substance, viewers were treated to a near-constant exchange of barbs and digs in the last Xarabank debate between the two leaders

Instead of substance, viewers were treated to a...