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 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
It’s a prison, not a personal fiefdom

Though not immediately related to any of the previous prison fatalities – most of which took place on Alexander Dalli’s watch – the attitude...

Though not immediately related to any of the previous...

Political tribalism is no substitute for common courtesy

 A substantial chunk of the Maltese electorate no longer identifies with a...

 A substantial chunk of the Maltese electorate no...

New standards and old values

What’s good for the goose is rightly good for the gander. That saying goes for Labour too: will its own MPs and ministers come clean on the...

What’s good for the goose is rightly good for the...

Time to start taking Parliamentary ethics seriously

If nothing else, then, the Azzopardi case should at least serve as a...

If nothing else, then, the Azzopardi case should at least...

‘Trumpism’... not just an American invention

While both major Maltese parties are ideologically far closer to the US...

While both major Maltese parties are ideologically far...

Half-baked measures don’t work

Ideally – as this newspaper has time and again insisted - our national approach should be determined by a committee of experts, representing all the...

Ideally – as this newspaper has time and again...

Nicholas Azzopardi’s legacy

On Saturday, Police Commissioner John Rizzo publicly called on the Attorney General to reopen inquiries into the death of Nicholas Azzopardi, who died...

On Saturday, Police Commissioner John Rizzo publicly called...

Nobody is above parliament

There is something increasingly abnormal, if not downright sinister, about the government’s apparent disregard for the basic functions and protocols of...

There is something increasingly abnormal, if not downright...

An uninspiring turn of events

It was revealed that the Inspire Foundation has had to cease providing a number of essential services, because of unexpected cuts to the government social...

It was revealed that the Inspire Foundation has had to...

Ignore at your own peril

And as if on cue, certain sections of the media were quick to suggest that the abnormally low level of interest in this election may be attributable precisely...

And as if on cue, certain sections of the media were quick...

Vote for merit and competence

There is much tweaking that needs to be done for the councils to become a model civic society.

There is much tweaking that needs to be done for the...

The tip of the iceberg

Something needs to be urgently done to address the negative popular perceptions caused by the fraud and corruption charges stemming from the public sector.

Something needs to be urgently done to address the negative...

Doing the (dis)honourable thing

A recipe for political dilettantism will result in the very opposite of the system of ‘meritocracy’.

A recipe for political dilettantism will result in the very...

More to Opposition than just opposing

The Opposition seems incapable of fielding any direct questions about its policy on restorative justice, or indeed anything else.

The Opposition seems incapable of fielding any direct...

Biding one’s time

Franco Debono must stop playing cat and mouse. He must decide and make his intentions known.

Franco Debono must stop playing cat and mouse. He must...

No time for theatrics

Faced with so many imponderables, the PN’s internal leadership problems are quite frankly secondary at this stage.

Faced with so many imponderables, the PN’s internal...

An agreement or an election

The failed vote of no confidence by the Labour Opposition has thrown the political crisis wide open. The motion clearly failed in its primary objective, but it...

The failed vote of no confidence by the Labour Opposition...

D-Day Thursday

The responsibility for the inevitable early election being called lies clearly with Franco Debono.

The responsibility for the inevitable early election being...