An election-eve, environmental epiphany
It was almost to be expected, therefore, that a government that has grossly neglected the state of Malta’s natural environment, would attempt to make atones for that...
Not a deliberate strategy, but indicative nonetheless
The decrease in the number of PN candidates in some localities may be more revealing of other political realities of relevance to this campaign and is probably more indicative of...
Gazing into the future

The PN has already been dismembered by wedge issues like gay marriage and adoptions; without a socially liberal orientation it will be condemned to stay as a...

The PN has already been dismembered by wedge issues like...

Detoxifying the PN brand

The fast pace of Labour’s civil society reforms left conservatives gasping for air. In the process, the ‘silent majority’ once believed to...

The fast pace of Labour’s civil society reforms left...

Good intentions are not enough

People want fairness, nothing more, nothing less. They want equity, and demand that the market does not rule every aspect of their life. They want intervention...

People want fairness, nothing more, nothing less. They want...

The PN truly needs a ‘New Way’

It would be futile to deny, however, that the problems facing the PN go far beyond its leadership issues, or even this result in itself

It would be futile to deny, however, that the problems...

Words must be translated into policies

Nonetheless, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s speech, though late in the day, set the right tone for a meaningful debate to take place. But our collective...

Nonetheless, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s speech,...

‘Putting children at risk’

One must also point out that the State – which has a Constitutional obligation to provide free education in Malta – is duty-bound to ascertain that...

One must also point out that the State – which has a...

Prosperity, but not for all

Economic growth is creating jobs and generating wealth; but it also fuels a construction boom that has led to higher property and (especially) rental prices

Economic growth is creating jobs and generating wealth; but...

Out with the truth, and with the lies

The truth or otherwise of a situation cannot be ascertained by the number of people who attend a mass-meeting. This charade has gone on long enough: the only...

The truth or otherwise of a situation cannot be ascertained...

‘Eerie silence’ is not an answer

Muscat must be seen to be fighting to clear Malta’s name on the international circuit. This is simply not happening, and the country needs to be told why

Muscat must be seen to be fighting to clear Malta’s...

‘Normality’ can sometimes be abnormal

To doggedly retain Mizzi and Schembri even now, in the light of the latest...

To doggedly retain Mizzi and Schembri even now, in the...

Six months later...

This should serve as an eye-opener for those who hoped the ‘business as usual’ strategy will work today, as it has always worked in the past

This should serve as an eye-opener for those who hoped the...

Towards a stronger, freer press

Would it be a bad idea for small Malta to champion an EU-wide action to protect national newspapers and journalists from ruinous SLAPP lawsuits... rather than...

Would it be a bad idea for small Malta to champion an...

When disaster strikes...

Clearly, we need to conduct a thorough systems-check of all factors involved in coping with a national emergency. It would be wise not to wait for such an...

Clearly, we need to conduct a thorough systems-check of all...

‘Freedom of speech’ is not ‘wisdom to speak’

Freedom does not imply freedom from the consequences of what one says... this...

Freedom does not imply freedom from the consequences of...

A PR exercise, for a worthy cause...

On the surface, it was a generous donation to a worthy cause. But even at a glance, it is evident that there were ulterior motives behind this generosity

On the surface, it was a generous donation to a worthy...

The rise of ‘social media rule’

If government uses social media to bypass advertising spending in newspapers, it would be deliberately debilitating the newspaper industry’s...

If government uses social media to bypass...

Silence will not make the issue go away

Muscat said nothing about the matter until three years after both Pilatus Bank and Sadr himself came to public attention. Why did the news have to be revealed...

Muscat said nothing about the matter until three years...

Pilatus: the headache that won’t go away

The Malta Financial Services Authority has ordered the removal of Ali Sadr...

The Malta Financial Services Authority has ordered the...