Leaders vie for Trump’s mantle
The two political leaders yesterday sought to impress they were after Donald Trump’s mantle hoping thus to emulate him and win the election.
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat claimed that PN was the party of the establishment and the status quo.
PN leader Simon Busuttil claimed on his part that the Prime Minister was heading a corrupt establishment.
Both leaders had to shift their comments around the Remembrance Day celebrations, with the Prime Minister giving a phone interview and the Leader of the Opposition making it to the studios after the ceremonies were over.
Dr Muscat boasted his is a government of change while the Opposition, reacting to anything the government does, reflects the old way of doing things, the status quo.
If there is any lesson to be derived from other countries it is that people expect that their leaders not to get chained in by a system that swallows them but be the ones to change things from time to time. We are determined, Dr Muscat added, not to become part of any establishment that leaves things as they are. On the contrary, Labour wants to be part of a system that wants change.
The easiest way to avoid having protests, to avoid being criticized, is not to do anything, to wait and hope that people will be happy to remain as they are. Labour is not happy to wait and wait. It wants change. Change may not always be understood, so Labour must explain more and show it is near to the businessman, the small self-employed, the pensioners, the workers, the young people, the students and minorities such as LGBT persons.
It is important, Dr Muscat continued, that people feel the change this government is bringing to the country and understand that change will never be removed from this party’s system. Labour will always be against the systems of old and it will always challenge the status quo and will always get investment from countries from where investment never came.
Many times the Opposition criticizes the government for doing things in a different way from the usual way. This proves the present government is a government of change, a government that does not depart from its roots but at the same time opens up to new sectors of society.
On the other hand, the Labour leader continued, the Opposition is mired in contradictions, since in reality it represents the establishment and the status quo. For instance, for all the criticism that is made regarding the health sector, this government has solved the out-of-stock problem, is cutting down on the waiting lists, especially in the emergency department, where it has roped in the private sector.
On the other hand, asked about what lessons can be drawn from Donald Trump’s victory, Opposition Leader Simon Busuttil said that people are fed up with the “corrupt” establishment, and will make their voices heard in the next election.
Dr Busuttil said that he was “surprised” by President-elect Donald Trump’s victory, more so because online polls showed Mrs Hilary Clinton to be in the lead.
“It is a vote against the establishment, against concentrated powers that favour the few and leave many working class behind.”
Dr Busuttil criticised the government for tying itself to buying electricity from the new and “unnecessary” power station off of the tax-payers’ income.
He spoke of how Dr Muscat is “the establishment” illustrating his point with the Paceville master plan.
“People have looked at the master plan and found that in place of their home, there is some piazza or some street. Can you imagine how they felt? This is what the establishment is doing, rolling over the regular citizen to help a few from the inner circle,” he said.
“People are afraid, there were three car bombs this year, they read about football players being freed from arrest to play a game with the intention of being rearrested after, they see what goes on with the high number of Police Commissioners, people are afraid,” he said.
Prime Minister Muscat said that the government is seeking boost investment from rarely tapped sources, such as the United States of America.
Backing up this statement, he referred to the €100m investment by the US-based Crane currency printer.
He announced that more investment decisions from the US are to be expected in the coming months. Dr Muscat was recently on a visit to the USA, with much speculation surrounding his trip.
In order for Malta to continue the fast paced economic growth that it is currently experiencing, enjoying the ranking of fastest growing economy in the EU, investment decisions such as Crane currency and those being announced in the coming months are key to keeping up the momentum.
This, would allow the government to continue distributing wealth to all, he said.