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...
Tackling financial crime

Can a financial crime agency resolve the prosecution bottleneck on money laundering and tax evasion?

Can a financial crime agency resolve the prosecution...

Scooters should be encouraged, not penalised

The proposed regulations are the wrong response to a new way of travelling that...

The proposed regulations are the wrong response to a new...

Enough really is enough

Government cannot afford to ignore a widespread perception that people are living in fear inside their own homes; and that the situation is being tolerated...

Government cannot afford to ignore a widespread perception...

Crackdowns should be on criminals, not victims

Surely, the legality of those tenants’ status should not have been the...

Surely, the legality of those tenants’ status should...

Public officials must be open to public scrutiny

Not only has there been no attempt to make the declaration exercise more...

Not only has there been no attempt to make the declaration...

Malta is not immune to measles, or ignorance

Ultimately, society must guard against ignorance, as much as against contagious...

Ultimately, society must guard against ignorance, as much...

The black hole of Floriana

The country is owed an urgent explanation as to how the Floriana Depot – which is supposed to be the safest place in Malta – has deteriorated into the...

The country is owed an urgent explanation as to how the...

House rules. Or does it?

Such is the sorry state of Parliament today that it can no longer even discuss motions brought forward in the House, for fearing of actually having to take a...

Such is the sorry state of Parliament today that it can no...

Placing the national interest last

Only one option can now rid us of this uncertainty and restore public faith in a parliament which no longer seems to deserve any. The prime minister knows well...

Only one option can now rid us of this uncertainty and...

A nightmare before Christmas?

When Parliament convenes, it will certainly not be House business as usual.

When Parliament convenes, it will certainly not be House...

The wages of spin

Gonzi seems to be alienating the very people whose support he once took for granted… while gaining little or nothing to compensate for this potential loss.

Gonzi seems to be alienating the very people whose support...

The great white hope

If the Labour leader wishes to dispel the last remaining doubts about his party’s identity and its intentions, he will have to produce a good deal more than...

If the Labour leader wishes to dispel the last remaining...

Manifestly absurd

One may well ask why Labour does not lift the lid by clarifying its ‘roadmap’ – Muscat’s choice of word, incidentally – ahead of an election in which...

One may well ask why Labour does not lift the lid by...

The other side of history

Which side is really the right side of history with regard to Libya? That is a question only time can really answer.

Which side is really the right side of history with regard...

Forward to the past

While both parties seem hell-bent on dragging us backwards towards the past, both insist that their intention is to pave the way to a better future.

While both parties seem hell-bent on dragging us backwards...

Economies of spin

Our appeal: government must assure us it will retain a firm grip on the tiller of the economy. As for the opposition, it ought to at least concede that...

Our appeal: government must assure us it will retain a firm...

After the flood… the irony

How is it possible that no serious thought is ever given to availing ourselves of a natural bonanza of water delivered directly to our door?

How is it possible that no serious thought is ever given to...

Falling between two stools

If the Nationalist government has no stomach to regulate such matters in a way equitable to all parties concerned then perhaps it were better if it did not...

If the Nationalist government has no stomach to regulate...