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 to accept the watch...
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 wake-up call for the...
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...

Stop the mud slinging

Once facts are sacred, we would advise politicians to stick to the facts, as they are made known and not to simply flout innuendos and hope that something will...

Once facts are sacred, we would advise politicians to stick...

Papal resignations and other matters

It’s difficult to maintain a rigorously unchanging institution in the face of a social landscape that has changed beyond recognition is so short a time-frame...

It’s difficult to maintain a rigorously unchanging...

The things one should never say

The next parliament must discuss guidelines to make tender award systems open to more parliamentary scrutiny.

The next parliament must discuss guidelines to make tender...

Catalyst for change

It is time to consider the introduction of public parliamentary hearings whereby possibilities of conflicts of interest are discussed openly.

It is time to consider the introduction of public...

Amnesties are no substitute for checks and balances

The sheer extent of the perception of corruption in our country cannot be...

The sheer extent of the perception of corruption in our...

Taking corruption seriously

So far, reactions to a series of articles about alleged corruptionin the procurement of fuel by Enemalta, suggest that the authorities in this country can...

So far, reactions to a series of articles about alleged...

Too little, too late

At a glance, the Frans Sammut case appears to answer many of the questions raised by Malta’s highly dubious energy situation.

At a glance, the Frans Sammut case appears to answer many...

The Attorney General owes us an explanation

There are political considerations that can only raise serious questions about...

There are political considerations that can only raise...

Energising an electoral campaign

Energy has now taken centre-stage; and this in itself marks a positive development, in a country which has no natural resources such as gas, oil or even coal...

Energy has now taken centre-stage; and this in itself marks...

Can this man be our next Prime Minister?

When, five years ago, the Labour Party faced another electoral defeat, leadership change was not up for question.

When, five years ago, the Labour Party faced another...

Disagreeing to agree
The survivor

If this year promised to be a minefield for politicians, the next eight weeks are definitely going to be explosive in comparison.

If this year promised to be a minefield for politicians,...