Si­mon Busut­til: Joseph Mus­cat never had a clear road map for the fu­ture

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Gabriel Schem­bri

Leader of the Op­po­si­tion Dr Si­mon Busut­til yes­ter­day crit­i­cised Prime Min­is­ter Joseph Mus­cat for his lack of vi­sion and said that it is the Na­tion­al­ist Party which can de­liver a clear plan for the fu­ture.

Speak­ing on a tele­phone in­ter­view on the PN’s ra­dio sta­tion, Dr Busut­til said that it is not true that the Labour Party had a well­pre­pared road map as a vi­sion for this coun­try.

“How can we be­lieve that this gov­ern­ment had a road map when Min­is­ter for Trans­port Joe Mizzi just an­nounced that, af­ter three years in gov­ern­ment, the gov­ern­ment will be analysing the pos­si­bil­ity of a tram sys­tem in Malta? Where is the road map, if af­ter three years, the gov­ern­ment only is­sued a state­ment re­gard­ing the ten­der for the ge­o­log­i­cal stud­ies for the tun­nel between Malta and Gozo now? It is very clear that Joseph Mus­cat had no road map in the first place,” he said.

Re­fer­ring to his speech on the eve of In­de­pen­dence Day, Dr Busut­til said that the Na­tion­al­ist Party has al­ready pre­sented a num­ber of con­crete pro­pos­als, in­clud­ing those re­gard­ing trans­port. He crit­i­cised the gov­ern­ment for com­pletely ig­nor­ing the set of pro­pos­als pre­sented by the Na­tion­al­ist Party on trans­port.

The Na­tion­al­ist Party is propos­ing an al­ter­na­tive pub­lic trans­port sys­tem some­thing sim­i­lar to a light rail­way or tram. He said this sys­tem could also unite all of the coun­try in­clud­ing Gozo. “We need to have a sys­tem so good, that the pub­lic will re­alise that it is not worth it to use one’s per­sonal car.”

Dr Busut­til also re­ferred to fig­ures which were pub­lished last week, show­ing that those in risk of poverty have in­creased. The PN Leader said that the first step in solv­ing a prob­lem is re­al­is­ing there is one. This gov­ern­ment fails to ad­mit that there is a prob­lem.

Si­mon Busut­til said that it is use­less say­ing that the econ­omy is do­ing well if the fam­i­lies have no money in their pock­ets. He said the rent for those liv­ing in so­cial hous­ing was in­creased by this ad­min­is­tra­tion and that Joseph Mus­cat has thus put a tax on poverty.

He re­it­er­ated that a PN gov­ern­ment would be re­duc­ing the rent to how it was be­fore.

On rent­ing, Dr Busut­til said that the gov­ern­ment should sub­sidise those who rent from a pri­vate sec­tor. He said sta­tis­tics show that an ad­di­tional 6,000 se­nior cit­i­zens are at risk of poverty.

He said pen­sions should be in­creased and should not be sub­jected to in­come tax.

Dr Busut­til fur­ther added that the tax rate for those who have in­vested in shares should not re­main at 35%, but be re­vised. He also said that medicines should be made free for the el­derly.

Fol­low­ing his mes­sage on In­de­pen­dence Day, Si­mon Busut­til said that the Mal­tese should now gain in­de­pen­dence from cor­rup­tion and in­de­pen­dence in thought. He said power should be truly given to the peo­ple.

On the gas tanker which should be reach­ing Malta soon, PN leader said that since the gov­ern­ment aban­doned the res­i­dents of Marsaxlokk and Birzeb­buga, the PN will be their pro­tec­tor.

He also re­acted to the arch­bishop’s mes­sage on In­de­pen­dence Day and de­scribed it as one of the strong­est speeches made by an arch­bishop. He said this speech should be stud­ied and that politi­cians should re­spect the val­ues Mgr Sci­cluna men­tioned.

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