Construction sector reforms have failed
The one thing we clearly cannot do is rely on the country's regulatory apparatuse to do its job
When court orders must be defied
The media has a Constitutionally obligation to publish information about court cases, but there are nonetheless exceptions to this right
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...

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...

A SLAPP in the face of justice

Surely, we can at least reach consensus on the core issue at stake: the importance of the free press remaining free

Surely, we can at least reach consensus on the core issue...

The opposite of good governance

Ministerial responsibility must be shouldered

Ministerial responsibility must be shouldered

Government’s health strategy must be clear

In a sense, this was predictable:  having no clear government...

In a sense, this was predictable:  having no clear...

Pumping the environment dry

In an atmosphere where planning laws are forever being relaxed, and blatant illegalities approved or sanctioned by the country’s designated environmental...

In an atmosphere where planning laws are forever being...

Not all discussions need a mandate

We debate other issues without a mandate. And this debate is needed more.

We debate other issues without a mandate. And this debate...

Malta must mend the fences

The country cannot continue to ignore the present antipathy in its regard within the European Parliament, even if the EP’s treatment of Malta is...

The country cannot continue to ignore the present antipathy...