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