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Interview

  • ‘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...

  • Not all women can work at board level

    Not all women can work at board level

    She had a successful career in industry but Helga Ellul says she will make a hopeless politician. She speaks to Kurt Sansone after retiring as CEO of Playmobil. You’ve had quite an illustrious career with Brandstatter and your retirement did catch...

  • Arriva: ‘Our aim is to deliver a safe, reliable service’

    Arriva: ‘Our aim is to deliver a safe, reliable service’

    With Arriva claiming success in its efforts to improve reliability and stave off the threat of Transport Malta introducing its own vehicles, managing director Richard Hall tells Patrick Cooke he expects more buses and drivers will be needed to get...

  • Winning the obstacle race

    Winning the obstacle race

    Newly-elected Nationalist Party deputy leader Simon Busuttil tells Herman Grech the party is offering new blood, energy and ideas. We were given the impression that the deputy’s election was very close. The result was anything but. Was it a...

  • ‘Party needs to believe in itself – that’s critical’

    ‘Party needs to believe in itself – that’s critical’

    Tourism and Environment Minister Mario De Marco tells Herman Grech that there are different ways of standing up to be counted. The Air Malta chairman has just warned that by introducing too many airlines, we could be making Air Malta unsustainable.

  • ‘I want to bring back lost votes’

    ‘I want to bring back lost votes’

    Did the Prime Minister ask you to contest for this post? He asked me to contest the general election. He did not ask me directly to contest the deputy leadership election. But I discussed it with him and he certainly didn’t tell me not to...

  • ‘We can win next election’

    ‘We can win next election’

    Did the Prime Minister ask you to contest for this post? The Prime Minister invited a number of people to contest because the party wants a genuine contest among friends. But did he ask you directly or are you referring to his public...

  • ‘Muscat has a vision’

    ‘Muscat has a vision’

    PL candidate Sigmund Mifsud is putting down his instrument to trumpet Joseph Muscat’s praises. He tells Christian Peregin that Labour made mistakes in the past but is now ready to face the future. Profile Name: Sigmund MifsudAge: 39Profession:...

  • ‘I’ve always been keen on politics’

    ‘I’ve always been keen on politics’

    PN candidate Claudette Buttigieg is better known by her stage name Pace, but has always liked politics. She tells Christian Peregin she’s now ready to give up everything to embark on a new career path. Profile Name: Claudette ButtigiegAge:...

  • ‘We modernised Malta’

    ‘We modernised Malta’

    PN candidate Manuel Delia is best known for being the face of the public transport reform that gave us Arriva. He tells Christian Peregin that he is not ashamed to say so. Profile Name: Manuel DeliaAge: 36Profession: PoliticsDistrict: 5Residence:...

  • ‘Labour will renew itself in the election’

    ‘Labour will renew itself in the election’

    PL candidate Edward Zammit Lewis is best friends with leader Joseph Muscat, whom he says has changed the way the party conveys its message. He tells Christian Peregin he appeals to voters who are not traditionally Labour. Profile Name: Edward...

  • Peter Davies: ‘I’m under no political influence’

    Peter Davies: ‘I’m under no political influence’

    After granting a controversial €4.5 million raise to pilots, Air Malta registered its first profit since 2008. CEO Peter Davies tells Christian Peregin the restructuring programme is ‘bang on target’. Air Malta has just recorded an operational...

  • ‘Bring back our social realities’

    Human rights lawyer Therese Comodini Cachia believes the PN has distanced itself from the people in its effort to rebuild the country. She tells Christian Peregin she can bring social realities back to the fore. Profile Name: Therese Comodini...

  • ‘Labour Party has learnt its lessons and evolved’

    Former divorce campaigner Deborah Schembri is an ex-Nationalist. She tells Christian Peregin Labour has changed and has its own policies which it will release in its own time. Profile Name: Deborah SchembriAge: 36Profession: LawyerDistrict: 11 and...

  • ‘We have a roadmap’

    ‘We have a roadmap’

    PL candidate Konrad Mizzi is compiling the energy policy for Labour’s manifesto ahead of the forthcoming general election. He tells Christian Peregin that electricity prices will be reduced through a proper conversion from oil to...

  • Claudio Grech: ‘I’m the face of evolution’

    Claudio Grech: ‘I’m the face of evolution’

    PN candidate Claudio Grech spearheaded Malta’s ICT revolution and was also responsible for Smart City. He tells Christian Peregin the promised jobs were created. Profile Name: Claudio GrechAge: 38Profession: CEO of Momentum ConsultDistrict:...

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