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“Anyone would be a better prime minister than Joseph Muscat” – Marlene Falguia


Kevin Schembri Orlando

Sunday, October 16, 2022 09:00
Last updated: about 2 hours ago



There will be no one who will be a better prime minister than Joseph Muscat, former parliamentarian Marlene Farguia said in an interview with The Malta Independent on Sunday.

She was asked if she thought Malta’s current prime minister, Robert Abella, would be better than Muscat. It has turned the Labor Party completely away from its principles.”

Falguia left politics after the election earlier this year, choosing not to run. She started her parliamentary career as a member of parliament for her Labor Party, eventually leaving her party to become an independent parliamentarian, and she took issue with the number of scandals in which her PL was involved. I was holding She then helped found the Partit Demokratiku and became its first leader.

Sitting in this newsroom for an interview, she was asked about the state of the country, the Labor government, the National Party, and was now able to comment from an outsider’s perspective.

Asked for her views on the current situation in the country, she highlighted the international challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine, and the changes taking place in Malta against the backdrop of the current situation. emphasized the need to seehappening in the rest of the world

“Unfortunately, I don’t think things are going as well as I would like in Malta…as much as the majority of Maltese people, especially young people, would like.” mentioned a 2021 survey that indicated that they would like to live in a European country of

national finance

She strongly criticized the government’s financial management.

When she could have been wise enough to save for challenges like the one we see today (such as the pandemic and the war in Ukraine), she said, “Instead of being wise, I was completely ignorant about the nation’s finances.” There was a disaster.”

Revealing later, she was accused of wasting public funds, public contracts clearly favoring private entities rather than national interests, pointless direct orders, high salaries to certain well-meaning people, and other similar problem has devoured public funds. Take advantage of it now and in the future. Falguia emphasized the increase in government debt.

“On an economic level, I think we could have done better if we were quicker and smarter and made sure that public money was distributed to the people rather than the few,” she said.

When it comes to the rule of law, she feels she’s taken a step forward, but “we’re still lagging behind.”

She said the government was unwilling to provide information, not even to investigative journalists.

“How can we expect the rule of law to govern a country if the government is not ready to be transparent even to its citizens?”

Responding to questions about the state of Maltese society, she said people were not seeing the leadership they expected.

Of 2013, when Labor returned to power, she said there were high hopes that the country would make the leap it needed after successfully weathering the financial crisis. She said, “People expected that if we managed to get through that period, we could build on the good things that were there and make the leap.”

But this did not happen, she said. People have lost more than they have gained by balancing things like quality of life, health, environment and service standards, she said. “Many people may say they have more money in their pockets,” she said. ”

Robert Abella

Asked whether she believed that Robert Abella would be a better prime minister than Joseph Muscat, Falguia replied, “I think I would make a better prime minister than Joseph Muscat. A bad prime minister over Joseph Muscat would be me.” We trusted you so much, but you disappointed us so much.

As for Robert Abella, she feels he is not free to become Prime Minister. “Because he’s not free or has the power of the people behind him, he’s willing to be a prisoner of certain actions and behaviors when he doesn’t have to.”

“I gave a small, simple example of giving journalists the information they need so that they can convey the information they need to people.” Told.

“I believed that Robert Abella could be a very good prime minister for the country, so I would not compare him to Joseph Muscat. I believe you can’t.”

environment

On the environment, she said the government’s large-scale strategy has been announced. It has invested 700 million euros in green urban areas, but “at the same time permits may be issued for developments that are terrible for the nature of the country.”

She denied the government’s excuse that PN’s 2006 rationalization campaign allowed development to take place in these areas. Farrugia said PL has every chance. “When we were in the opposition we reacted negatively to the rationalization movement, so when elected to government (Labour) should have kept its promises and overturned at least a significant portion of that rationalization movement.” She also criticized PN for not doing anything about it.

Regarding the country’s development, she said the government was willing to spend 700 million euros from taxes to “give some green patches” to rural centers, but at the same time allow large gardens in village centers. Many of them are of heritage value and are buried under apartment blocks as well as fields.

Turning to PN, she said that whatever the differences within the party, there is certainly something to unite. We must build on what unites us, even if it is bottom-up. We cannot continue to waste time on our differences when the country is in serious opposition. If we do not serve at this moment when this country needs a stable and strong opposition, when will we serve our country?”

She argues that those who sympathize with an alternative and sustainable vision of the country “develop their capacity to embrace and integrate diversity and culturalism, to work synergistically and to create a socially just and healthy nation.” It is a vision that fosters a national identity as the country we live in is all part of the opposition.
“If you need a rebuild, so be it, but something has to happen.”
She said the PN could not remain a reactive opposition rather than a leading opposition, showing leadership and showing that it could be an alternative government.

Asked about the party’s recent internal controversy, and whether she thinks this will cast a shadow over PN in the years to come, she said only PN can stop it. PN can never grow or bear fruit again unless we open our arms wide to everyone we want to serve.” Right now, she said, the situation is pushing people away rather than attracting them. rice field. “Now is not the time to fight over differences,” she said, but it’s time to see what brings them together.

unite in good, not bad

Falgia was PL’s MP. When asked if there was a schism within the PL or if they just didn’t show it publicly, she said: Always listen. But then there must be enough common ground to soften the hearts of the people, and if elected, (the party) will be stable. I don’t mean that I expect you to endorse any kind of thing. Something bad like what happened with the Labor Party. If they had raised their voices together at that time, they might have changed the course of history. ”

“My point is to unite on the good, not the bad.”

When asked if she thought there was room for a third party to be elected independently, she said yes.

“Obviously the constitution would need to be changed. Even if a third party were to win 5,000 votes, as it is now, the MP would not be elected. Even if they get the votes, they still won’t get elected. They will,” she said, referring to gender balance mechanisms. said it was done.

She also said a change of mindset was needed. “A lot of people have been tied to PL and PN in the past. Not as much as when they were younger, to the point where some people vote for both. needs to reconsider its way of thinking.It is also a matter of preparing people through education, critical thinking, creative thinking and the analysis of our thoughts.”

A third party must also have enough trusted people on its front lines, she said.

She said a third party would also need enough candidates. Many candidates, she said, prefer to run in either the PN or PL. That’s the factor we have to face. But apart from this, such a party would have to demonstrate its ability to form part of the government, and (then) the public would start voting for a third party.”

Will Falgia rule out running for politics again?

She didn’t rule out running for political office again in the future.

When I asked her what she wanted changed in this country, she had a list.

The first is education.

“You have to start there.” Emphasizing the need to focus on shaping the next generation rather than just focusing on subjects such as math and English, teaching values, behavior and ways of speaking. emphasized its importance. , how to formulate arguments so that children become analytical and critical. “That’s the most important thing.”

Fargia said he wants to stop the destruction of the country when it comes to development. We need to consider how to decorate and beautify it.”

She talked about the need to plan for the bigger picture.

She said the environment also has a direct impact on people’s health. She said, “There are too many diseases in this country.

She said it needs to be addressed, especially after Covid. “You can’t keep cleaning under the carpet.”

Fargia also mentioned people’s rights. “When women, especially mothers, feel safe and respected in their country, society as a whole benefits. Just as men feel safe, equal and comfortable in their country, society as a whole benefits.” receive.”

Nepotism also needs to be addressed, she said, influencing young people who stay motivated to study and succeed, knowing that they will move forward according to their abilities and efforts. Say, ‘Why?

On accountability, she questioned what value people derive from what is being budgeted through government money. I questioned why the is flooded. “Where’s the accountability? What’s happening to public money? What’s happening to EU money? I want to know.”



https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2022-10-16/local-news/Anybody-would-be-a-better-Prime-Minister-than-Joseph-Muscat-was-Marlene-Farrugia-6736246684 “Anyone would be a better prime minister than Joseph Muscat” – Marlene Falguia

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