New standards and old values
What’s good for the goose is rightly good for the gander. That saying goes for Labour too: will its own MPs and ministers come clean on the gifts they have...
Time to start taking Parliamentary ethics seriously
If nothing else, then, the Azzopardi case should at least serve as a spring-board for a serious discussion leading to a revised Code of Ethics for MPs. Anything less would mean...
Gender quotas should be part of a holistic electoral reform

It is a pity, then, that yet another opportunity to kick-start this much-needed...

It is a pity, then, that yet another opportunity to...

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...

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...

It was almost to be expected, therefore, that a government...

Not a deliberate strategy, but indicative nonetheless

The decrease in the number of PN candidates in some localities may be more...

The decrease in the number of PN candidates in some...

Construction sector reforms have failed

The one thing we clearly cannot do is rely on the country's regulatory apparatuse to do its job

The one thing we clearly cannot do is rely on the...

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

The media has a Constitutionally obligation to publish...

People first, not profits

Malta’s few remaining public spaces are being taken over for the profit of countless bars and restaurants with encroachments that allow platforms to be...

Malta’s few remaining public spaces are being taken...

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...

Separation of powers is long overdue

Given the events of the past three years alone – where the AG’s role has been repeatedly called into question – it is surprising that it even...

Given the events of the past three years alone –...