In defence of long-term planning
In reality, however, over the past six years of economic growth we have seen little sign of this: especially in the planning sector, where the emphasis has been on more flexible...
Women still unequal on their day
Measures that disrupt and short-circuit structures of equality are indeed necessary, but they must also start deep inside the culture of politics
No excuse not to implement GRECO reforms

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said in Parliament that the criticism levelled by Greco was partially a result of the "irresponsible way" the Opposition...

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said in Parliament that the...

Cynical resolution on Gozo tunnel

The parliamentary attempt to rope in the Nationalist opposition to back the development can be interpreted as just another cynical pre-electoral move to...

The parliamentary attempt to rope in the Nationalist...

An indictment of our political culture

It should not really surprise us that the unwholesome situation mapped out in the GRECO report – which we have all tacitly accepted – would...

It should not really surprise us that the unwholesome...

Fuelling suspicions

Protest and activism is an important part of any democracy. The relative comfort that comes with a growing economy must not lull us into complacency that...

Protest and activism is an important part of any democracy....

Piracy is as piracy does

If a crime was committed, it took the form of attempting to return survivors to a place where they faced a well-founded fear of persecution

If a crime was committed, it took the form of attempting to...

Adrian Delia must consider his political options

If the issue were only about Adrian Delia, one might understand his defiance....

If the issue were only about Adrian Delia, one might...

A political pension bombshell

The Bill, which would have allowed MPs to claim a parliamentary pension after serving just one legislature seemed to confirm popular suspicions that both sides...

The Bill, which would have allowed MPs to claim a...

A new class of poverty

Government would do well to remember that it is there to improve the country’s lot... not just its own.

Government would do well to remember that it is there to...

A game changer for Malta

Following the outcomes of Italy's national election, one can only expect relations between the two countries to be frosty, under such circumstances.

Following the outcomes of Italy's national election,...

A small victory for common sense

Access to open spaces is more than just a luxury: it is a fundamental prerequisite, and with proper planning policies in place, it should not be too difficult...

Access to open spaces is more than just a luxury: it is a...

Clientelism – the bane of Maltese politics

 It is undeniable that many people regard politicians as a means to an...

 It is undeniable that many people regard politicians...

A perversion of the democratic principle

Paying the private sector for consultancy is tantamount to paying a lobbyist to influence decision-making, in a way that is obviously going to be beneficial to...

Paying the private sector for consultancy is tantamount to...

Everything is permissible

 Hardly a day goes by without a reminder of our cultural past being consigned to demolition, with no regard for the resulting overbuilt environment

 Hardly a day goes by without a reminder of our...

Grief must run its full course

To suppress the manifestation of national grief for Daphne Caruana Galizia, would not only be an affront to ordinary human decency. It would also be recklessly...

To suppress the manifestation of national grief for Daphne...

Mental illness is no laughing matter

While jokes like this can’t be condoned, they should serve as a reminder that more needs to be done on mental health, rather than an excuse to direct...

While jokes like this can’t be condoned, they should...

Malta’s misplaced identity debate

Foreigners who live, work and pay taxes in Malta are denied the possibility to at least apply for citizenship; while the wealthy are encouraged to simply buy a...

Foreigners who live, work and pay taxes in Malta are denied...

Transparency is an obligation, not a choice

Is the government bound to pay hefty penalties? Should it renege on its...

Is the government bound to pay hefty penalties? Should it...

Trolling the offenders

To be truly advocates of freedom and openness, solidarity and diversity, we must use our voice to challenge the trolls, racists and fascists; but also to...

To be truly advocates of freedom and openness, solidarity...