Gazing into the future
The PN has already been dismembered by wedge issues like gay marriage and adoptions; without a socially liberal orientation it will be condemned to stay as a large minority party
Detoxifying the PN brand
The fast pace of Labour’s civil society reforms left conservatives gasping for air. In the process, the ‘silent majority’ once believed to hold the key to the...
Continuity won, but some change is inevitable

From this perspective, Abela’s tenure as Prime Minister may have...

From this perspective, Abela’s tenure as Prime...

A new political season for Malta

Will both parties commit themselves to a change in the political culture that respects voters, that vows to address the shortcomings in good governance, that...

Will both parties commit themselves to a change in the...

A proxy war in the Med?

As things stand, the coming weeks and months may prove crucial to the prospects of lasting peace in the Mediterranean

As things stand, the coming weeks and months may prove...

Continuity is not an option

Both Chris Fearne and Robert Abela must sufficiently distance themselves from what they now both recognise to be the ‘mistakes’ of the Muscat...

Both Chris Fearne and Robert Abela must sufficiently...

Beware of ‘friends’ bearing gifts: regulating trading in influence

Muscat himself has now underscored the danger, by claiming to being ‘blackmailed’. That is the whole point of the matter: it was his own decision...

Muscat himself has now underscored the danger, by claiming...

A breakdown of national trust

Ultimately, the Egrant inquiry should serve both as a cautionary tale against running wild with allegations before having all the facts at hand; but also as a...

Ultimately, the Egrant inquiry should serve both as a...

Poor arguments for a poverty debate

By vehemently opposing what is as yet only a possibility, the Chamber of Commerce betrays an impulse to shoot down the discussion before it even gets off the...

By vehemently opposing what is as yet only a possibility,...

Echoes of a political crisis

The ongoing discussion on same-sex unions, and in particular on the adoption of children by same-sex couples, seems to be taking an inauspicious turn.

The ongoing discussion on same-sex unions, and in...

A bus we can’t afford to miss

Malta’s brief experience with an international public transport operator may not have been a major success, but there is much to learn from it if the service...

Malta’s brief experience with an international public...

A year of change. Or was it?

2013 was a memorable year for a number of reasons. It witnessed the historic resignation of a pope, and a successor who seems to have already radically altered...

2013 was a memorable year for a number of reasons. It...

Annus horribilis for the justice system

The events of this week may well be the last straw that broke the camel’s back, at least with regard to the public credibility of a justice system that has...

The events of this week may well be the last straw that...

Sins of omission and commission

It is difficult to reconcile the ‘shock’ registered by the Labour Opposition to revelations of this scandal before the last election, with the fact that...

It is difficult to reconcile the ‘shock’ registered by...

‘Safety last’ in fireworks policy

Once again, too much thought was given to appeasing the fireworks lobby, and not enough to the legitimate safety concerns of the wider public. This is...

Once again, too much thought was given to appeasing the...

A high-stakes diplomatic game

Ukrainian President's visit would have been an opportunity for Malta to return to a role to which she is historically accustomed: that of mediator on the...

Ukrainian President's visit would have been an opportunity...

A President for all

Following a spate of controversial political appointments, Muscat’s choice of president will inevitably be interpreted as the litmus test of his commitment...

Following a spate of controversial political appointments,...

Polidano’s misdemeanours: all about timing?

Many extensive illegalities have been sanctioned, and this has allowed the big...

Many extensive illegalities have been sanctioned, and this...

At arm’s length

John Dalli’s comments raise the question: should the maxim of blocking political interference be extended to other equally important spheres?

John Dalli’s comments raise the question: should the...

A tragedy for the environment

The Portomaso decision is not only scandalous, but indicative of the political mindset.

The Portomaso decision is not only scandalous, but...