Insensitivity leads to impunity
This was, in fact, the whole point of GREVIO’s warning: there is no point in improving the structures, if the underlying mentality continues to view gender-based violence...
Delivering heads on a stick
Much remains to be done, if we are to shed the image – so carelessly cultivated under the Muscat administration – that there was ‘one law for lesser mortals, and...
Contempt of court, or gagging order?

One would surely have assumed that the justice system is, in fact, robust enough to avoid being unduly influenced by such observations

One would surely have assumed that the justice system is,...

There is no ‘vaccine’ for corruption

Over and above the immediate urgency of the COVID-19 pandemic, we also need to start talking about a return to some form of institutional normality...

Over and above the immediate urgency of the COVID-19...

COVID-19 also reminded us of what is truly important

The coronavirus pandemic is a reminder of how public goods and services must...

The coronavirus pandemic is a reminder of how public goods...

Easier to attack the press, than to confront the facts

This is truly a classic game strategy: where two sides find themselves under...

This is truly a classic game strategy: where two sides find...

Behind the affront

The optics do not look good for Labour when it has to resort to false, moralistic premises to sack people who are considered to be valid, internal critics

The optics do not look good for Labour when it has to...

The inquiry must reach its conclusions unhindered

Nonetheless, it would be counterproductive if that time limit is now used as a...

Nonetheless, it would be counterproductive if that time...

Malta’s most trying moment, a nightmare before Christmas
Matthew Vella

The spirit of national protest must be all the more respected and protected....

The spirit of national protest must be all the more...

The Faustian Pact that brought down the edifice
Matthew Vella

Muscat must leave Labour now, Keith Schembri must be investigated now

Muscat must leave Labour now, Keith Schembri must be...

The Prime Minister’s position is untenable
Matthew Vella

The stage is set for Muscat’s exit, and the chance for Labour to save the...

The stage is set for Muscat’s exit, and the chance...

Muscat cannot wash himself clean of the impunity he has blessed
Matthew Vella

Even if he does remove Schembri and Mizzi, the political sacrifice will not...

Even if he does remove Schembri and Mizzi, the political...

A brave initiative that must deliver an outcome

Though any step that can bring closure to this case is to be welcomed,...

Though any step that can bring closure to this case is to...

Leave or be shown the door

There is a big difference between the rules that govern how a court of law works, and the affect these have on all actors involved therein, and the rules that...

There is a big difference between the rules that govern how...

No ‘secret deals’ over human rights

Malta needs reassurance that it is not contravening international law, and committing human rights violations, through ‘secret deals’ with other...

Malta needs reassurance that it is not contravening...

Public roles should not serve private interests

Even if their motives are honest, it is unacceptable that a serving government...

Even if their motives are honest, it is unacceptable that a...

Sorry is the hardest word

Even though the interdett’s most violent expression – the denial of a consecrated burial to people who were otherwise at peace with their faith...

Even though the interdett’s most violent expression...

Rumbles of discontent at Qala decision
Of meritocracy and public appointments

Even if politicians come clean about this system, and admit once and for all - without the pretence of autonomy - that top public posts have to be based on...

Even if politicians come clean about this system, and admit...

Hate speech limits freedom of expression

Verbal violence – often in the form of ‘ad hominem’ attacks on people with differing views – has, in fact, long characterised the tone...

Verbal violence – often in the form of ‘ad...