David Casa says PM ‘lied’ on se­cur­ing So­cial­ist sup­port for To­nio Borg nom­i­na­tion

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Na­tion­al­ist MEP David Casa said that Prime Min­is­ter Joseph Mus­cat lied when he said that he (Dr Mus­cat) had se­cured sup­port for the nom­i­na­tion of To­nio Borg as EU Com­mis­sioner.

Re­act­ing to com­ments made by Dr Mus­cat on Dis­sett, where he claimed that he had played a role in se­cur­ing To­nio Borg’s nom­i­na­tion to the Eu­ro­pean Com­mis­sion, the Head of the PN del­e­ga­tion David Casa stated: “It has be­come com­mon knowl­edge that our Prime Min­is­ter has a loose re­la­tion­ship with the truth but the as­ser­tion that he some­how se­cured So­cial­ist sup­port for To­nio Borg’s nom­i­na­tion to the Eu­ro­pean Com­mis­sion is a heinous lie.

“The Labour Party at­tempted to un­der­mine To­nio Borg’s can­di­dacy at ev­ery turn,” Mr Casa said. “The of­fi­cial So­cial­ist po­si­tion was to vote against To­nio Borg and in fact, the ma­jor­ity of them did. To­nio Borg was ap­proved be­cause he was able to demon­strate com­pe­tence and in­tegrity. He was ap­proved de­spite the un­der­handed, al­beit am­a­teur, ma­noeu­vres of the Labour Party.

“It is a lie that it is only the EPP Group that takes is­sue with the Prime Min­is­ter’s Panama Pa­pers scan­dal. Leo Brin­cat, for in­stance, was re­jected by MEPs from across the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum, in­clud­ing a num­ber of So­cial­ists, be­cause any con­nec­tion to the Prime Min­is­ter’s Panama Pa­pers scan­dal is toxic. Toxic in re­la­tion to the in­di­vid­u­als in­volved and more im­por­tantly toxic to Malta. The dam­age that is be­ing done is im­mea­sur­able,” Mr Casa said.

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