Cer­tain PN mem­bers have ‘sense of en­ti­tle­ment’ - Robert Musumeci

● Delia’s mes­sages are not hit­ting home Si­mon Mer­cieca

Malta Independent - - Front Page -

For­mer Na­tion­al­ist Party mayor and govern­ment con­sul­tant Robert Musumeci be­lieves that there is a se­lect group of in­di­vid­u­als within the PN “who have a cer­tain sense of en­ti­tle­ment.” A sen­sa­tion which, he says, for the sake of the ar­gu­ment, might be at­trib­uted to the fact that they “grew up in the party.”

This week’s edi­tion of In­depth tack­led the in­ter­nal power strug­gle tak­ing place within the Na­tion­al­ist Party, which has split the party into two op­pos­ing “fac­tions” – one that sees Adrian Delia as the right­ful leader of the party, and an­other that be­lieves he is not fit for pur­pose.

The Malta In­de­pen­dent edi­tor-in-chief Rachel Attard hosted a de­bate with se­nior univer­sity lec­turer and The Malta In­de­pen­dent colum­nist Si­mon Mer­cieca, and ar­chi­tect and lawyer Robert Musumeci, both pop­u­lar com­men­ta­tors on the lo­cal po­lit­i­cal scene.

A few days ago, on Face­book, Musumeci ac­cused a group of “holier than thou” es­tab­lish­ment Na­tion­al­ists of black­mail­ing Delia, and grab­bing onto his per­sonal is­sues to keep on chip­ping away at his lead­er­ship be­cause he is an “out­sider”.

Speak­ing dur­ing the pro­gramme, Musumeci said he backs Adrian Delia as an in­di­vid­ual but can­not see him­self vot­ing for the Na­tion­al­ist Party ever again.

Si­mon Mer­cieca, while mak­ing the dis­tinc­tion be­tween pol­icy and strat­egy, in­sisted that Delia’s prob­lem is that his speeches aren’t hit­ting home be­cause their fo­cus is off-course.

“First he says that im­mi­gra­tion is a prob­lem, then he says that it is not. When you send con­tra­dic­tory mes­sages, then they will not be re­ceived well.”

“Whether you agree with him or not, why are Trump’s mes­sages be­ing re­ceived well? They are suc­cess­ful be­cause he is al­ways clear in his mes­sage,“Mer­cieca ar­gued.

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