Continuity won, but some change is inevitable
From this perspective, Abela’s tenure as Prime Minister may have commenced with a promise of continuity: but for practical as well as political reasons, a certain...
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 builds a new...
A cowardly government held at gun-point

Labour has concretised the popular perception of a government that is – almost literally, in this case – held at gun-point by a single...

Labour has concretised the popular perception of a...

'Full up' is no answer to the challenge of migration

It is in this sense that Government and Opposition should really join forces:...

It is in this sense that Government and Opposition should...

Rule of law concerns PM must act upon

Abela and his ministers should not hope our corruption problem might just go away... It will cost them dearly if they make inaction on rule of law and...

Abela and his ministers should not hope our corruption...

The price of maladministration

For even if there is room to complain about the USA’s arguably heavy-handed and overbearing pressure… the fact remains that we have no one but...

For even if there is room to complain about the USA’s...

Still far to go for gender equality

Wider gender equality rights include the right of women to participate in public life without harassment; to determine their own futures, unfettered by...

Wider gender equality rights include the right of women to...

Too late, but not  too little

Nonetheless, the fact that the machinery of justice has finally sprung into action – even if so late in the day – remains an important step in the...

Nonetheless, the fact that the machinery of justice has...

Governments are not above the law

Muscat's cavalier disregard for human rights is not the sort of thing one associates with the sort of country many of us would like to see Malta evolving into;...

Muscat's cavalier disregard for human rights is not the...

The source of the matter

The European Convention on Human Rights has been entrenched in Malta’s constitution since 1987, yet in 2013, Malta still lacks some very basic and...

The European Convention on Human Rights has been entrenched...

All cards on the table, please

The Bahamas, like Switzerland, enjoys a reputation as a haven for precisely such undisclosed bank accounts and dubious transactions. This does not exactly help...

The Bahamas, like Switzerland, enjoys a reputation as a...

A question of consistency

Transparency and accountability were major planks in the Labour Party’s election campaign. Now that Muscat is prime minister, he must hold his own government...

Transparency and accountability were major planks in the...

PBS needs an earthquake

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has promised another ‘earthquake of change’. Given the degree to which his earlier, identical promise (in 2008) was ignored by...

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has promised another...

Good governance thrown over the bridge

The OPM did not confirm whether it was aware that China Communications Construction Company was blacklisted before MaltaToday revealed this yesterday.

The OPM did not confirm whether it was aware that China...

His first hundred days

The first hundred days of any administration traditionally constitute a litmus test.

The first hundred days of any administration traditionally...

A very predictable pickle

In a sense, the entire issue surrounding Franco Mercieca and the ‘limited waiver’ reads like the chronicle of a fiasco foretold.

In a sense, the entire issue surrounding Franco Mercieca...

No ordinary whitewash

What is needed to prevent further fragmentation, the PN report seems to suggest, is to ensure fair representation for all internal voices within the party...

What is needed to prevent further fragmentation, the PN...

Two wrongs don’t make a right

Part of the opposition’s job is to hold the executive to account. How can the opposition properly fulfil this role, if its own members are numbered among the...

Part of the opposition’s job is to hold the executive to...

The budget that cried wolf

If the PN was chastised for embarking on an electoral ‘auction sale’, the same criticism will have to be levelled at today’s government for failing to...

If the PN was chastised for embarking on an electoral...

Red light yes, green light no

Minister Mallia cannot shrug off his responsibility to close a very evident legal loophole, which among other things has resulted in the waste of considerable...

Minister Mallia cannot shrug off his responsibility to...