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