Pump­kins for Hal­loween

It’s your choice

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Aaron Mi­callef Pic­cione

It’s that month of the year, yes the month of the Bud­get, where ev­ery­one is ea­ger to know how it will ef­fect him/her. Ob­vi­ously since my­self is now a can­di­date for the Gen­eral Elec­tion, I tend to fol­low the Bud­get more then I used to a cou­ple of years ago.

Now, I don’t want to sound bi­ased, but I would like you to ask your­self a sim­ple ques­tion: how will the Bud­get de­liv­ered by Joseph Mus­cat’s gov­ern­ment, re­ally make the qual­ity of my life any bet­ter? I have a cou­ple of an­swers for this ques­tion, and th­ese are my anal­y­sis for some of the mea­sures:

Gozo

Be­tween the Bud­gets of 2014 and 2015, the gov­ern­ment men­tioned projects for Gozo, some of which are: Fast Ferry Service; Gozo Airstrip; Gozo Court, Fi­bre Op­tic Ca­ble be­tween Malta and Gozo, amongst oth­ers. Have a look around you, can you catch the Fast Ferry to­day to go to Malta from Gozo or vice versa? Can you get on­board a fixed wing air­craft and fly to Malta from Gozo or vice versa? The an­swer is NO YOU CAN’T. The rea­son is that the Joseph Mus­cat Gov­ern­ment has done noth­ing about th­ese mea­sures, it was sim­ply just Talk Talk Talk, lots of nice words but no ac­tion, and in the lat­est bud­get? There is no men­tion to th­ese Projects!

Star­tups

Dur­ing the pre­vi­ous leg­is­la­ture, there had been many in­cen­tives in place of­fered by the gov­ern­ment, for any­one who is in­ter­ested in set­ting up a new busi­ness, that proved to be a good in­vest­ment or idea. There also had been in­cen­tives to any­one al­ready run­ning a busi­ness to grow their firm even fur­ther, re­sult­ing in not just im­ple­ment­ing ones ideas or im­prov­ing an ex­ist­ing busi­ness, but also en­cour­ages the En­tre­pre­neur to em­ploy more peo­ple within the busi­ness they run.

Have a look at this year’s bud­get and find me one in­cen­tive that this Bud­get gives to any­one who has an Idea to set up a new busi­ness? That’s right, there is sim­ply NONE.

Look on the other side – Na­tion­al­ist Party Leader Si­mon Busut­til has promised, that a Na­tion­al­ist Party in Gov­ern­ment would re­move the Eur360 mil­lion guar­an­tee given to Elec­tro­gas for the new Power Sta­tion and in­stead of­fer the same guar­an­tee, di­vided into loans of up to €100,000 for 3600 peo­ple who have a good idea for a new startup – now that is a mea­sure that I call a bril­liant Idea for many to take ad­van­tage of, rather than for just one en­tity to en­joy. That is some­thing that this gov­ern­ment does not do – to give an equal op­por­tu­nity to many. This is just a mat­ter to make your pri­or­i­ties right, and Si­mon Busut­til’s pri­or­i­ties are def­i­nitely right!

Elec­tric­ity and Fuel Prices

If you want to buy ITEM A and go to SHOP A and it is priced at €100 and then you go to SHOP B and the ex­act same item is priced €150, which one would you buy, the one at SHOP A or SHOP B? I think the an­swer here is quite straight for­ward, BUT WAIT, you know that Joseph Mus­cat’s gov­ern­ment would pur­chase from SHOP B? Yes, that is right, he would pur­chase the more ex­pen­sive one. No won­der the prices of Elec­tric­ity have not been re­duced in this bud­get, be­cause he prefers to buy from the new LNG Pow­erS­ta­tion sup­plier at 9c6 per unit in­stead of the In­ter­con­nec­tor Sup­plier at and av­er­age of 4c5 per unit. No won­der you and me con­tinue to pay for HIGH fuel and elec­tric­ity prices, be­cause the choices made by this gov­ern­ment are meant for those who are close to his ad­min­is­tra­tion and not for the gain of the gen­eral pub­lic – the Mal­tese Pop­u­la­tion.

We need a gov­ern­ment that BE­LIEVES in you, a gov­ern­ment that you know that ev­ery­one is equal and that to­gether we can suc­ceed, this is Si­mon Busut­til’s prom­ise and I be­lieve him, now the choice is yours when that time to choose be­tween Joseph Mus­cat and Si­mon Busut­til ar­rives, it will be you to make this choice.

The Pump­kin Feast was cel­e­brated yes­ter­day in Manikata. Given the Hal­loween cel­e­bra­tions in the com­ing days, many pump­kins were cut out in the Hal­loween man­ner. Photo: James Bianchi

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