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Interview

  • ‘Why I don’t want to be an obstacle to free debate’

    ‘Why I don’t want to be an obstacle to free debate’

    Nationalist Party leader Lawrence Gonzi mulls his legacy, his health and his future in an interview with Herman Grech. Five weeks after the election defeat, you’ve probably had time to reflect on what led to the 35,000-vote deficit. Was it just a...

  • ‘I’d be the last person to cook deficit figures’

    ‘I’d be the last person to cook deficit figures’

    Barely 24 hours after becoming Finance Minister Edward Scicluna was in Brussels to discuss the Cyprus bailout. A few weeks later he presented a Budget. He speaks to Kurt Sansone about his first month in office. You made it a point to say this was...

  • ‘I won’t judge those before or after me’

    ‘I won’t judge those before or after me’

    Outgoing Nationalist general secretary Paul Borg Olivier says he worked in silence during an immensely difficult five years for the party. He tells Christian Peregin he would do it all again but believes it is his duty to shoulder responsibility...

  • ‘Most of us know what went wrong’

    ‘Most of us know what went wrong’

    Former minister Francis Zammit Dimech tells Herman Grech he has the experience and drive to make him a contender for the Nationalist Party’s top post. We’re three weeks from your party’s crushing defeat at the polls. Can you name some factors...

  • The most powerful minister of all?

    The most powerful minister of all?

    Home Affairs Minister Manuel Mallia is entrusted with all aspects of national security in the largest ministry of the incoming Government. He tells Christian Peregin his work as a criminal lawyer should not create problems. You used to be a...

  • ‘Experiments are not worth the risk’

    ‘Experiments are not worth the risk’

    Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi tells Herman Grech he is proud to have left a legacy of work and warns about a Labour Party only rich on slogans. In a few words, how would you describe this past legislature? It was difficult but we can serenely say...

  • ‘Gonzi repeated a lot of the same mistakes’

    ‘Gonzi repeated a lot of the same mistakes’

    In a week’s time Joseph Muscat could be the Prime Minister. He talks to Mark Micallef about his election campaign experiences. A week away from election day, how would you describe the past five years? These last four years were characterised by...

  • ‘We made a mistake, but I didn’t lie’

    ‘We made a mistake, but I didn’t lie’

    Labour leader Joseph Muscat regrets not telling the police about the Safi drug case, but denies that he lied. He tells Christian Peregin he has learnt his lesson and wants to reform party clubs into family centres. In 2009 you received a letter...

  • ‘Joseph’s my soul mate’

    ‘Joseph’s my soul mate’

    The Labour leader’s wife Michelle Muscat talks about her commitment to family, how she supports her husband and the challenging future ahead. Interview by Kristina Chetcuti. Michelle Muscat leaves her house at 8am, drops her children off at school...

  • ‘Lawrence gives me space’

    ‘Lawrence gives me space’

    The Prime Minister’s wife Kate Gonzi speaks about affection, her dabbling with politics, and moving on in life. Interview by Kristina Chetcuti Kate Gonzi’s bracelet unclasps at her wrist as we shake hands. She laughs softly and says: “I can’t keep...

  • ‘Always ahead of time’

    ‘Always ahead of time’

    Alternattiva Demokratika chairman Micheal Briguglio is confident that voters are finally realising the need for a third party in Parliament. Interview by Matthew Xuereb. Alternattiva has contested each election since 1992 but each time failed to...

  • ‘It is easy to criticise, harder to accomplish’

    ‘It is easy to criticise, harder to accomplish’

    Nationalist candidate Ryan Callus thinks politics needs to have more engineers like himself. He tells Christian Peregin he wants to help his party keep changing the country. Profile Name: Ryan CallusAge: 29Profession: EngineerDistrict: 6Residence:...

  • Recognising past mistakes

    Recognising past mistakes

    Labour candidate and economist Alex Muscat was courted by the PN. He tells Christian Peregin the Government had wrong financial priorities. Profile Name: Alex MuscatAge: 29Profession: EconomistResidence: MostaDistrict: 11 What is your...

  • Contractors are too close to Labour – Farrugia

    Contractors are too close to Labour – Farrugia

    Big contractors and businessmen have been getting too close to the Labour Party, former party deputy leader Anġlu Farrugia reveals in a no-holds-barred interview today. “When you see certain people getting close to the party... if they’re genuine...

  • ‘Political murder’

    ‘Political murder’

    Former Labour deputy leader Anġlu Farrugia speaks out about how he was “stabbed in the back” and the party’s close connections with contractors. Interview by Herman Grech. The Labour leader said there have been good, regular contacts between you...

  • ‘The country has changed, grown up’

    ‘The country has changed, grown up’

    Former President, Prime Minister and Nationalist icon Eddie Fenech Adami speaks to Herman Grech about the election campaign, internal dissent and shifting ideologies. We’re three weeks into the election campaign. What do you think of it so...

  • When democracy fighters shift sides

    When democracy fighters shift sides

    We’re two weeks into the electoral campaign and many believe Labour is setting the agenda so far. Do you fear Labour is once again peaking too soon? I’ve been hearing we’re peaking too soon for five years now. We’re not expecting any favours from...

  • ‘It is natural for me to both serve and listen’

    ‘It is natural for me to both serve and listen’

    PN candidate Mario Rizzo Naudi says Labour is just splashing out money in this campaign. He also tells Christian Peregin the Nationalists are slowly gaining confidence and the people are gaining confidence in the party. Profile Age: 60Profession:...

  • ‘I had to stand up to be counted’

    ‘I had to stand up to be counted’

    PL candidate Franco Mercieca is a Gozitan who believes the islands must be bridged. An ophthalmologist by profession, he also tells Christian Peregin that free healthcare is a problem both parties must live with. Profile Age: 45Profession:...

  • They said it here in The Sunday Times

    They said it here in The Sunday Times

    Anthony Manduca lists some of the comments and controversial statements made during interviews with The Sunday Times in 2012. “I’m not the anointed one and I wouldn’t want that to happen” PN MEP Simon Busuttil (September 16) “The most beautiful...

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