Expect worse from PN, Muscat warns
Labour Leader Joseph Muscat warned people to expect worse and more negativity from the Nationalist Party as the March 9 electoral appointment approached.
Speaking in Hamrun this evening, he said Labour would not enter a mud-slinging contest and would not even get its hands dirtied with mud because it had important and concrete proposals to offer citizens a better future.
"Those who have opted for a negative campaign have no issues to talk about and also nothing to comment about our proposals."
"We will leave mud-slinging to others. I'm expecting worse. We do not even want to touch mud and we will not let anyone pull us into this trap. We have the luxury to resist this because we have proposals that affect people and their bread and butter issues," he said.
He mentioned unemployment figures issued today which showed that the unemployed had increased for the 11th consecutive month. "The situation on unemployment is worse than it was at the beginning of the legislature," he said.
CEMETERY FOR PETS
Dr Muscat said a Labour government would develop a pet cemetery and would embark on an information campaign for Malta to become more animal friendly. He said that although animals could not vote, they were not pushed aside by his party.
Referring to the recent incidents involving the crucifixion of cats in Mosta, Dr Muscat said this was "pure ignorance" and that this had to be tackled with a proper education campaign.
Speaking about injustices, Dr Muscat acknowledged that many Labourites and even genuine Nationalists had suffered injustices in the past years. while promising to correct these injustices, he warned that this will not be solved by creating more injustices.
"If we did not want to do things differently, we wouldn't have embarked on this vision. Tribal politics leads to extinction. It has caused too much damage to this country. The choice is between the PN which degenerated into a clique and the PL which opened up and became a movement," he said.
Deputy Leader Louis Grech spoke about jobs and about how Labour was targeting to reach a 75 per cent employment rate, equivalent to around 192,000. At present this figure stands at 153,000.