Words of con­vic­tion, words from the heart Dr. Rose­lyn Borg

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Some peo­ple be­lieve that you’re ei­ther born with good pre­sen­ta­tion and pub­lic speak­ing skills or you’re not. How­ever, truth be told, whilst some peo­ple are nat­u­rally tal­ented at speak­ing in front of crowds, I know for a fact that it is a skill that can be learned and per­fected.

I have al­ways been the kind of per­son to en­joy a good speech or a good pre­sen­ta­tion and, be­cause a good part of my work in­volves ad­dress­ing au­di­ences – small and even larger groups – I know how hard it can be to keep an au­di­ence cap­tured and in­ter­ested.

So when the leader of the Op­po­si­tion, Simon Busut­til, ad­dressed thou­sands of sup­port­ers at the mass meet­ing last week, I held my breath and hoped for a very good speech. Know­ing just how in­tim­i­dat­ing such an ex­pe­ri­ence can be, and how eas­ily it can go wrong, I waited with trep­i­da­tion to see what would hap­pen. I wor­ried in vain of course, be­cause he man­aged to beat my ex­pec­ta­tions on ev­ery level!

I have to say, the speech Simon Busut­til gave was great from be­gin­ning to end. I es­pe­cially loved how he opened his ad­dress by talk­ing about his fam­ily.

Let’s face it, we all have our story and by openly shar­ing his, he helped us re­late to him, his fam­ily and his sit­u­a­tion. He even took care to men­tion the ill­nesses that haunt many fam­i­lies – for ex­am­ple cancer and di­a­betes – and he did this be­cause he is de­ter­mined to make life bet­ter for all of us.

Re­fer­ring to the 52nd an­niver­sary of Malta’s In­de­pen­dence, Dr Busut­til said he was very proud that it was the Na­tion­al­ist Party that had had the vi­sion and the courage to fight for Malta’s In­de­pen­dence. He added, how­ever, that it is high time that in ad­di­tion to cel­e­brat­ing the an­niver­sary, we should also take it upon our­selves to make Malta bet­ter.

He men­tioned what he would do were he to be given the power to do so – from mak­ing sure the el­derly are bet­ter looked af­ter to im­prov­ing the op­por­tu­ni­ties for the youths, from as­sist­ing the re­tail sec­tor, to help­ing those who rent properties and much, much more.

I have full faith that the com­mit­ments he men­tioned dur­ing this speech are real and that he is primed to achieve re­sults, just like when he achieved great re­sults on what we are still en­joy­ing to­day – mem­ber­ship in the Euro­pean Union. The crowd was re­minded that when oth­ers were ad­vis­ing against EU mem­ber­ship, Simon Busut­til was there to per­suade us to vote other­wise.

It is clear, at least to me, that Simon Busut­til has pledged hon­esty to the Mal­tese pub­lic and this is some­thing Malta is lack­ing and needs. As proof of this, he wel­comed peo­ple who had al­ways voted for the Labour Party but who, that night, had de­cided to join in the mass meet­ing.

“I have no govern­ment jobs which I can of­fer you. I can­not buy your votes. I can­not be bought and I am not will­ing to sell my soul. But I can of­fer you some­thing that oth­ers can­not - hon­esty!” he said.

And fi­nally, as a true leader, he stated one of the main mis­sions that a govern­ment led by the Na­tion­al­ist Party would un­der­take – to erad­i­cate cor­rup­tion, and to make every­one in­volved in it pay.

To me, Simon Busut­til’s speech came from the heart.

To me, it was a speech of a de­ter­mined man with a vi­sion.

To me, those words be­long to a man who de­serves to be our next Prime Min­is­ter.

Dr. Rose­lyn Borg – PN Can­di­date 9th and 10th District

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