Delia’s sec­ond maiden Bud­get re­ply speech ex­pected to be re­al­is­tic, down-to-earth

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - NEWS -

Op­po­si­tion Leader and Na­tion­al­ist Party leader Adrian Delia will to­mor­row night de­liver his sec­ond maiden Bud­get re­ply speech, his sec­ond – if such a thing is pos­si­ble – be­cause last year’s sched­uled Bud­get re­ply was su­per­seded by the events of 16 Oc­to­ber and he in­stead chose to ded­i­cate the oc­ca­sion to the as­sas­si­na­tion of Daphne Caru­ana Gal­izia.

Sources close to Delia, work­ing with him on to­mor­row’s speech, told The Malta In­de­pen­dent on Sun­day yesterday that that the speech is ex­pected to be re­al­is­tic and down-to-earth and one that gives hope to fam­i­lies who are not mak­ing ends meet.

The em­pha­sis of to­mor­row’s re­ply to Bud­get 2019, ac­cord­ing to sources con­tacted by this news­pa­per, will be to show how the gov­ern­ment’s bud­getary plans lack a long-term vi­sion and ig­nore the daily chal­lenges and prob­lems brought about by the gov­ern­ment it­self.

Delia will be de­liv­er­ing the speech in a bid to reach peo­ple from all walks of life un­der­stand that this gov­ern­ment is sim­ply rid­ing on an econ­omy fu­elled by an in­crease in pop­u­la­tion from for­eign­ers that is stalling salaries from grow­ing while hik­ing ren­tal prices.

Delia, a com­mer­cial lawyer by pro­fes­sion and knowledgeable about the fi­nan­cial ser­vices in­dus­try, de­liv­ered a speech ear­lier this week at the EY na­tional con­fer­ence, which was said to have been well-re­ceived by the sec­tor, and de­scribed by many of those present as ‘en­light­en­ing’ and ‘for­ward look­ing’.

In that speech, Delia pointed out the pit­falls of the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion’s lack of vi­sion for the econ­omy.

To­mor­row’s re­ply to the Bud­get speech will build on this and is ex­pected to high­light Delia’s fi­nan­cial vi­sion for the com­ing years, based on a car­ing so­ci­ety.

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