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 of national...
An explosive powder-keg that must be defused
Sunday’s riot may therefore be a stark reminder that the social realities we have swept under the carpet are still there, and show no signs of abating
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...

Criminalising NGOs doesn’t help

It is indeed already incongruous that private NGOs have had to step in where governments refuse to venture; now, it seems EU states want to try and give the...

It is indeed already incongruous that private NGOs have had...

Justice must be a level playing field

In all self-respecting judicial systems, the severity of the crime will be the first consideration in any bail request. In Malta, basic principles are all...

In all self-respecting judicial systems, the severity of...

Rent is a double-edged sword

Other questions remain unanswered. Was all money derived from the 132% increase declared? Are the authorities working to ensure that all taxes are being paid...

Other questions remain unanswered. Was all money derived...

Slime and punishment

If yet another summer goes by without any action to bring tuna farms in line with their permit conditions, it would be a public admission that the entire...

If yet another summer goes by without any action to bring...

A house divided

It was smiles all around when Adrian Delia and Simon Busuttil announced the break-through truce: but those smiles couldn’t conceal the naked daggers...

It was smiles all around when Adrian Delia and Simon...

Dark times for democracy, indeed

Delia should be preparing for European elections, not struggling to keep the PN afloat. Opposition MPs should be meeting people, learning about their problems,...

Delia should be preparing for European elections, not...

The Big Lie

This was indeed the ‘biggest lie in Maltese history’ - It cannot be allowed to go unpunished

This was indeed the ‘biggest lie in Maltese...

Scapegoating of Africans must stop

The ignorance of the Lega mayor infuriated the usual commentators, who were eager to remind Ceccardi that Malta has assumed its responsibility for migrants and...

The ignorance of the Lega mayor infuriated the usual...

A political World Cup

Russia’s successful hosting of this event should also put a renewed spotlight on that country, in the hope that things will change for the better.

Russia’s successful hosting of this event should also...

Responsibility has to be shouldered

Muscat has to respond. It must be made clear that responsibility for this state of affairs will be shouldered, and that – if nothing else, for the good...

Muscat has to respond. It must be made clear that...

Quality of life should not be the price of success

Having a booming economy is something Malta can be justifiably...

Having a booming economy is something Malta can be...

Leadership is the way forward

Europe needs a united and human response that does not forget the values that forged it after World War II; and this will come only through strong leadership...

Europe needs a united and human response that does not...