Labour will continue to listen - Muscat
The Labour government will continue to listen and will serve as a united team, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told an ecstatic crowd that gathered on the Granaries this evening to celebrate the Labour Party’s unprecedented victory last Saturday.
Dr Muscat promised that in spite of the result, Labour will not grow too big for its boots and he called on the people to speak to him personally if they saw any of Labour’s MPs become bigheaded.
“The people have elected us and we will give our all to the people... The government I shall be administering for the next five years is showing that it can move from one era to another serenely. We are all Maltese brethren... We campaigned as a movement and we will remain a movement.
“You have chosen to be protagonists, and we will be protagonists, not just here but also in Europe,” he said.
This, he said, was the nation of George Borg Olivier, Dom Mintoff, the nation “we gave birth to as a people”.
He promised to carry out his duties responsibly saying that this week felt like a year “but there is nowhere I’d rather be but among you”.
His government, he said, would ensure that those who took bad decisions shouldered responsibility. It would rectify injustices without creating new ones.
He also reiterated that Labour would implement what it promised.
“This is a pro-business government that will create jobs. We will embark on our mission to create jobs in Gozo and in Malta,” he said to applause.
The meeting was earlier addressed by EU minister Louis Grech and PL deputy leader Toni Abela.
Mr Grech said that when the PL said Malta for all, that was what it meant.
“We are committed to meet your aspirations. You are the protagonists. You will set the future. Our programme was not for the election but for the future and we are committed to deliver.”
Dr Abela said the PL was promising to listen.
“We want you to influence our decisions...”
He said that at no point would Labour tolerate corruption.
“It is our privilege to serve you... We will be honest, tolerant and respect workers. The country cannot stay divided,” he said.