Pumpkins for Halloween
It’s your choice
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:
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!
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