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Interview

  • 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:...

  • ‘Let’s talk about the future’

    ‘Let’s talk about the future’

    Dingli mayor Ian Borg is thrilled to be in such a united party and tells Christian Peregin he can’t understand why some younger voters are not convinced by Labour. Profile Age: 26Profession: Dingli MayorResidence: DingliDistricts: 7Status:...

  • ‘We need young people to be critical thinkers’

    ‘We need young people to be critical thinkers’

    Gudja’s local councillor Mark Anthony Sammut explains to Christian Peregin why Nationalist Party members cannot be satisfied with being better than a mediocre PL. Profile Age: 26Profession: Engineer, councillorResidence: GudjaDistricts: 4Status:...

  • ‘We must put honour back into honourable’

    ‘We must put honour back into honourable’

    Cardiologist Albert Fenech tells Christian Peregin he would turn down a ministerial post if it was offered to him, as his mission in politics is to convince people to vote PN and prove that honest politicians still exist. Profile Age:...

  • ‘I am in it to win it’

    ‘I am in it to win it’

    Paediatric surgeon Chris Fearne endorsed Joseph Muscat to become Labour leader. He tells Christian Peregin the time of arrogant politicians is over. Profile Age: 49Profession: Paediatric surgeonResidence: TarxienDistricts: 3 and 4Status: Married...

  • ‘Airline will have to reflect look of Malta’

    ‘Airline will have to reflect look of Malta’

    Fresh from unveiling Air Malta’s new colours, CEO Peter Davies tells Kurt Sansone it is all about getting the perception right. Air Malta has passed through a couple of tough years. Was this an appropriate time to be spending almost €2 million on...

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