In­stead of an econ­omy for the peo­ple, Op­po­si­tion leader wants higher taxes – Joseph Mus­cat

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Kevin Schem­bri Or­land

Prime Min­is­ter Joseph Mus­cat sus­pects that in­stead of an econ­omy for the peo­ple, the Op­po­si­tion leader wants higher taxes.

The Prime Min­is­ter gave a very short com­ment out­side Par­lia­ment fol­low­ing Op­po­si­tion Leader Si­mon Busut­til’s speech re­gard­ing the bud­get.

He re­ferred to Dr Busut­til’s speech as hav­ing a rhetoric of aus­ter­ity.

The Prime Min­is­ter called Si­mon Busut­til a bro­ken record, re­peat­ing the same negativity that he has been say­ing for quite a while.

Dr Mus­cat ex­pressed his dis­con­tent, say­ing that Dr Busut­til “used pen­sion­ers, per­sons with dis­abil­ity, those on dis­abil­ity as an ex­cuse for his crit­i­cism, when in fact this was a so­cial bud­get that in­creased ben­e­fits, re­mov­ing taxes etc. for these per­sons.”

He said that the Op­po­si­tion leader wants to turn back the clock. “I be­lieve the peo­ple know bet­ter and that gov­ern­ment will move for­ward. To­mor­row I will re­spond to all of this.”

Dr Mus­cat then left and did not give time for ques­tions.

PL re­ac­tion

The Labour Party pub­lished a state­ment fol­low­ing the speech, crit­i­cis­ing Dr Busut­til, call­ing his speech “neg­a­tive and destructive.”

“You need to be in­sen­si­tive to call this bud­get ‘cos­metic’ when the ben­e­fits are shared with ev­ery­one, es­pe­cially those most vul­ner­a­ble.”

The PL said that for Dr Busut­til, “it is cos­metic to give €500 a year to ev­ery fam­ily with two chil­dren, where the fa­ther works on a min­i­mum wage.”

“For Dr Busut­til, it is cos­metic to re­move the weight of taxes on the first €13,000 on pen­sions.”

The PL said Dr Busut­til lacks cred­i­bil­ity. “When he was PN Deputy Leader, two peo­ple reg­is­tered as un­em­ployed each day, and those with se­vere ma­te­rial de­pri­va­tion rose by 10,000.

“In­stead of con­tin­u­ing to de­fend PN Deputy Leader Beppe Fenech Adami, Dr Busut­til would do well to un­der­stand the projects mak­ing Malta a suc­cess.”

“Thanks to the thou­sands who did not lis­ten to Dr Busut­til in 2013, and voted for a change in di­rec­tion, to­day we can im­ple­ment a so­cial packet worth mil­lions to help those most in need.”

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