Con­sti­tu­tional rul­ing proves move­ment is against the es­tab­lish­ment – PM Joseph Mus­cat

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Ju­lian Bon­nici

The Labour Party is a move­ment against the es­tab­lish­ment, Prime Min­is­ter Joseph Mus­cat claimed fol­low­ing the con­sti­tu­tional court de­ci­sion which saw the Na­tion­al­ist Party gain two ex­tra seats fol­low­ing mis­takes made in the vote-count­ing process in 2013.

The de­ci­sion, he claimed, proved that the move­ment still re­mained the un­der­dog since the es­tab­lish­ment was still at­tempt­ing to di­min­ish its vic­tory.

“This week has given us a new drive, a new re­solve,” Dr Mus­cat said at the meet­ing in Kirkop.

Tourism Min­is­ter Ed­ward Zam­mit Lewis had ear­lier said that there were nu­mer­ous is­sues sur­round­ing the pro­por­tion­al­ity of the 2013 elec­toral re­sult since he claimed that a dif­fer­ence of 36,000 votes should not trans­late to seven seats when a dif­fer­ence of 13,000 votes had yielded a five seat dif­fer­ence.

The gov­ern­ment would re­spect the court’s de­ci­sion, Dr Mus­cat said, claim­ing that the ‘move­ment re­spects the rules of the game, even when we don’t agree with the rules’.

Dr Mus­cat mocked Leader of the Op­po­si­tion Si­mon Busut­til’s meet­ing cel­e­brat­ing the con­sti­tu­tional court’s de­ci­sion, claim­ing to have re­ceived a phone call from a mem­ber of the pub­lic who said that he would know vote Labour fol­low­ing Dr Busut­til’s ar­ro­gant dis­play.

Dr Mus­cat said that the gov­ern­ment will be work­ing to find im­me­di­ate reem­ploy­ment for the nearly 200 Acatvis em­ploy­ees who will be dis­missed.

Dr Mus­cat also claimed that there are prom­i­nent busi­nesses which would cur­rently be able to take up to half of the dis­missed work­force. This, he said, did not in­volve the fu­ture investment of Crane Cur­rency.

In fact, the true prob­lem the coun­try was fac­ing was that it may not have enough per­sons to sus­tain the grow­ing em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and job cre­ation since it could po­ten­tially harm investment, Dr Mus­cat said.

The ed­u­ca­tional re­form an­nounced this week showed that the gov­ern­ment was look­ing to cre­ate more skilled work­ers for the econ­omy, he said. The re­form will be a per­son­al­ized struc­ture were stu­dents can se­lect be­tween aca­demic, vo­ca­tional and ap­plied sub­jects in sec­ondary school, in­stead of the ‘one size fits all’ sys­tem the coun­try em­ploys now.

Whilst job cre­ation is im­por­tant to drive the econ­omy, the gov­ern­ment wanted to en­sure work­ers were able to earn a salary which would guar­an­tee a de­cent qual­ity of life, and it was for these rea­sons that the gov­ern­ment was look­ing for­ward to estab­lish­ing a con­sen­sus be­tween em­ployer’s as­so­ci­a­tions and trade unions.

The Pa­tients’ char­ter was also an­other im­por­tant ini­tia­tive be­ing in­tro­duced by the gov­ern­ment, Dr Mus­cat said. This, he said, was a clear in­di­ca­tion of the gov­ern­ment’s hard work in solv­ing the prob­lems in the med­i­cal sec­tor such as prop­erly stocked medicines.

The Prime Min­is­ter also said that in the pre­vi­ous elec­toral cam­paign the Labour Party had promised it would de­liver lower elec­tric­ity tar­iffs, and did so; now, ahead of the next elec­tion, Dr Mus­cat said that the gov­ern­ment will be pre­sent­ing a ‘rev­o­lu­tion­ary’ change in the in­fras­truc­ture of our trans­port.

Coun­try run by those cut off from re­al­ity, PN charges

The ar­ro­gance shown by Prime Min­is­ter Joseph Mus­cat af­ter the con­sti­tu­tional court’s de­ci­sion shows that the gov­ern­ment is be­ing run by peo­ple cut off from the re­al­ity of the peo­ple in the coun­try, a Na­tion­al­ist Party state­ment read.

In re­ac­tion to Mus­cat’s com­ments, the PN said that the fact that Mus­cat con­tin­u­ously refers to the pre­vi­ous elec­tion proves that Mus­cat is only con­cerned with the past and of­fers no vi­sion for the fu­ture.

The Op­po­si­tion also said that Mus­cat has at­tacked ev­ery in­sti­tu­tion in the coun­try so much so that he can­not un­der­stand that the Con­sti­tu­tional Court makes its own de­ci­sion.

“Mus­cat has lost the courts, and with his at­ti­tude, he will con­tinue to lose the faith of the Mal­tese and Goz­i­tan pop­u­la­tion,” the state­ment said.

The Prime Min­is­ter’s state­ments have in­creased the de­ter­mi­na­tion of the Na­tion­al­ist Party to de­fend the mi­nor­ity, small busi­ness own­ers, work­ers and ev­ery per­son who is not part of the “cor­rupt clique of Castille” it said.

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