‘It doesn’t make sense to pub­lish tax re­turns a day be­fore elec­tions’ – Chris Said

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PN lead­er­ship con­tender Chris Said yes­ter­day morn­ing said that it ‘does not make sense’ for com­pet­ing hope­ful Adrian Delia to pub­lish his tax re­turns a day be­fore the lead­er­ship elec­tion.

An­swer­ing ques­tions dur­ing a press con­fer­ence in Pi­eta’, a day prior to the fi­nal lead­er­ship elec­tions, Said ex­plained his opin­ion that by pub­lish­ing as­sets a day be­fore the elec­tions, the peo­ple vot­ing will not have enough time to “eval­u­ate them ad­e­quately.”

“There should have been this trans­parency from the be­gin­ning,” Said stated. Said likened this pub­li­ca­tion of as­sets to that of Labour Min­is­ter Kon­rad Mizzi. “This is a déjà vu,” he said.

“I be­lieve in trans­parency,” said Said,” ei­ther you are in pol­i­tics to be se­ri­ous about what you be­lieve, or do not go into pol­i­tics.”

Ear­lier, Said spoke about the iGam­ing in­dus­try, say­ing that an eco­nomic anal­y­sis is needed to “see where we need to be in years to come.”

He also said that the prices of prop­erty and fam­i­lies which are ul­ti­mately “strug­gling with rent,” an in­dus­try which is “rest­ing” on such sec­tors, needs to be looked into. He also said that the sit­u­a­tion re­gard­ing small shops be­ing over­run by larger or­gan­i­sa­tions is a sit­u­a­tion which needs to be seen to.

Said told those present that he had to make one of two choices with which path to walk down in the light of these elec­tions, ei­ther to build on the “anger of peo­ple be­cause of the loss by a large mar­gin fol­low­ing the elec­tions,” or else the “less ex­cit­ing path” which held more re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“Once the eu­pho­ria of who wins this lead­er­ship set­tles, the per­son who wins has a huge re­spon­si­bil­ity, and ul­ti­mately that is what is left,” he said.

He said that in or­der for a rad­i­cal change to be achieved, one needs to work with “ma­tu­rity and re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

“It is not enough to have a new way if we do not build on the good way, the re­spon­si­ble way,” he said. Said men­tioned the pledges of Al­fred Sant prior to when the lat­ter was elected, who also pledged a new way, “then look what hap­pened,” he said.

“I do not have some di­vine right to say what is right,” said the lead­er­ship hope­ful, “I be­lieve changes are needed in the core of the PN struc­tures, how­ever not by dis­pos­ing what is good within the party.”

He said that if he is elected as leader, he will need to get back the thou­sands who moved away from the party.

Com­par­ing him­self to Si­mon Busut­til, who lost the last elec­tion as PN leader with a stag­ger­ing 35,000 votes, Said said, “I am my own man, I re­spect Si­mon Busut­til but I am a dif­fer­ent per­son with a dif­fer­ent style.” Said em­pha­sised that the party’s agenda will not be af­fected by any­one. Asked later by the press whether he be­lieves in the past the party’s agenda was driven by an ex­ter­nal fac­tor, Said said that some­times he feels the Labour Party in­flu­ences the Na­tion­al­ist Party’s agenda, and gave the ex­am­ple of when the Na­tion­al­ist Party was ti­tled as “neg­a­tive”.

Said ex­pressed his be­lief that “equal­ity in di­ver­sity” is im­por­tant within a so­ci­ety. Asked by the press whether he would be in favour of civil lib­er­ties, Said replied that he would not change any­thing ex­cept by re-adding the words ‘mother’ and ‘fa­ther’ within the con­sti­tu­tion, an ac­tion which he had pre­vi­ously said he would do.

He went on to say that he wants a coun­try where “cur­rent gen­er­a­tions think of fu­ture gen­er­a­tions, es­pe­cially in fields such as en­vi­ron­ment and cul­ture.”

Said said that his goal is for PN to be strong and ready by 2022, for the next gen­eral elec­tion.

Photo: Michael Camil­leri

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