Pay teachers more

2017-10-09T10:01:01+02:00Mon, 9th Oct '17, 10:01|

The chief of the faculty of education, that trains all new teachers joining the profession here, has warned against reducing the standards of teacher training in order to beat teacher shortage. If he felt he needed to give this warning it must mean he knows it is being seriously considered. What retrograde, third world madness [...]

Requiem for a dream

2017-10-08T20:13:27+02:00Sun, 8th Oct '17, 19:37|

The findings of the Malta Today survey need many a spoonful of sugar to go down the throat of anyone who wants the present government kept in check. Its excesses went uncontrolled when it was opposed by a principled opposition with a remote chance of damaging it in the polls. It has now been replaced [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: On economic bubbles

2017-10-08T09:35:53+02:00Sun, 8th Oct '17, 09:35|

From my The Sunday Times article today: "Our current economic boom, in all sectors of activity – construction being but one example – is in and of itself a bubble. All of it. And it is fuelled by the speculative and completely misguided notion that the fiscal exceptions we secured in 2004 will still be [...]

When guardians rob their wards

2017-10-06T10:20:21+02:00Fri, 6th Oct '17, 10:18|

Corruption has soured common sense in our community making greed the new national religion. Here is Maurice Mizzi, serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, President of the Mizzi Organisation and, drum roll, Guardian of Future Generations, writing recently in his organisation’s in house magazine: “Malta is on the crest of a wave as evidenced by the new buildings [...]

We accept too much

2017-10-05T09:19:18+02:00Thu, 5th Oct '17, 09:19|

No one ever said politics was a path to sainthood. If you do things the proper way it is almost certainly a path to poverty or at best a modest existence and though perhaps not obviously aspired to, a life of honest modesty is a good thing. For as long as there are humans involved, [...]

Justice: one foot in the grave

2017-10-03T11:48:35+02:00Tue, 3rd Oct '17, 11:48|

Labour media, Labour trolls, and generic Simon-Busuttil-haters across the political aisle are celebrating as a victory Judge Antonio Mizzi’s decision not to recuse himself from hearing his wife’s boss’s appeal from a lower court decision to investigate allegations of his crimes. That fact alone is both predictable and shocking. It both confirms every single expectation [...]

Administrators of injustice

2017-10-02T13:42:59+02:00Mon, 2nd Oct '17, 13:41|

The Chief Justice did not have to deliver the speech he delivered today. He chose to because he wanted to. As the principal defender of the rule of the law of the land his words are not an ordinary opinion like mine or the next guy’s. If the lead judge thinks the state of affairs [...]

The Bangemann syndrome

2017-10-02T09:12:46+02:00Mon, 2nd Oct '17, 09:12|

No one suggests it was not tough for Deborah Schembri to get back on her feet when she was not returned to government at the June elections. The fact of the matter is our country drops its public servants like hot metal. In a democracy no politician can expect job security. The people hire and [...]

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