The Times’ editorial focuses on how Enemalta’s latest controversy following the publication of a leaked report that shows that, were Enemalta not obliged to buy gas from Electrogas, the economic incentive for the state-owned company would be to use the interconnector and how contracts show how Malta has paid close to double the market price last year. Direct reference is made to The Guardian’s report on how Azerbaijan’s state-owned company, Socar, last year made an estimated profit of $40 million out of its deal with Electrogas. The editorial asks why the gas is not being bought directly from Shell given that benchmarking exercises have revealed that Enemalta is paying a significantly higher rate than similar purchases negotiated by other countries and calls on the Government to review the contracts in a more transparent manner.
L-Orizzont dedicates its editorial to Malta’s education sector and mentions that after years of constant development, the sector is now facing the main challenge of offering inclusive and equal education to all children, no matter the social or cultural background they come from. The editorial states that the country needs to look at educational success stories in other countries and seek to replicate that success locally. The state needs to also look at the psychological aspect of education, specifically the ways in which students are facing mounting pressure due to their SEC exams. The editorial concludes by saying that against all this background, the opposition has no vision for Malta’s education sector.
In-Nazzjon focuses its editorial on the latest issues being faced by Gozo Channel. The editorial criticizes the Government for its lack of long term planning in various sectors, particularly transport to and from Gozo which recent happenings have highlighted. The editorial reminds readers of the PN’s administration where it had invested in three brand new ferries for Gozo whereas over the past five years, Government has never invested to improve the service with the consequence that families, students, businesses and tourists are now having to put up with the current inconveniences.
The Malta Independent talks about Sunday’s conclusion of the PN’s General Conference last Sunday with specific reference to its leader Adrian Delia. The editorial mentions that predictably, Dr Delia expressed what the vision for the country should be and that this vision should have the people’s needs and aspirations at its centre. However, the challenge now is to put words into action in order to attract those who are still doubters and sceptics into supporters. The editorial refers to most of the speakers at the General Conference as still in need to garner experience and that the party can still learn a lot from those coming outside the party.