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Quotes of The Week

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    “Cabinet will meet as announced this morning in aftermath of EU referendum. Malta fully prepared to deal with implications of results.” Tweet by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat after the UK voted to leave the EU. “How can the government transfer...

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    “We have gone from the frying pan into the fire.” Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil commenting on the election of Chris Cardona as Labour deputy leader for party affairs, replacing Konrad Mizzi. “If this is how the government deals with a...

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    “Under a PN government nobody would have to beg the minister to receive treatment as is happening right now.” Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil on political interference in the running of the health service. “The result has been total...

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    “Just as we had other bailouts we should have one to end this problem.” President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, speaking during the presentation of a Caritas report that called for an increase in the minimum wage, about the need to help those living...

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    “I want Parliament to ask Mr Schembri why he betrayed the country and to answer about his web of companies. The story would end there if he can show that there was nothing wrong. Why is this so difficult for the government to accept?” Independent...

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    “Having an honest government will benefit everyone except the corrupt.” Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil in a fiery speech closing the PN’s general council. “At first I thought it was something to do with the festa. But then we saw the...

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    “It is unacceptable that a member state set to take the EU rotating presidency in January should have a minister and chief of staff with secret Panama companies.” Opposition leader Simon Busuttil calling on the Prime Minister to sack Konrad Mizzi...

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    “I have no problem in asking for an unconditional apology. I pledge my loyalty to the Prime Minister and the parliamentary group.” Minister Without Portfolio Konrad Mizzi speaking during the parliamentary debate on the motion of no confidence in...

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    “As you can see, I take decisions.” Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, two months after Panamagate erupted, after he stripped Konrad Mizzi of his energy and health portfolio but kept him in the Cabinet as Minister Without Portfolio – where he will...

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    “This vote of confidence is not an excuse for inaction.” Prime Minister Joseph Muscat reacting to the government winning a vote of confidence in Parliament over Panamagate, without, however, saying what he intends to do about Energy Minister...

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    “We will win in a strong unequivocal manner.” Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, who is facing pressure to sack his chief of staff Keith Schembri and Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi, on winning tomorrow’s no-confidence vote in Parliament. “For the common...

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    “I am ready to take any decision the Prime Minister may take.” Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi addressing the Labour Party conference, paving the way for his possible removal from the Cabinet in the aftermath of the Panama Papers. “If this is what...

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    “Dictatorial governments are more stable than democratic ones, but I hope no one in Malta would advocate weakening our demo­cracy further in the name of stability.” Independent MP Marlene Farrugia reacting to concerns expressed by the PN and PL...

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    “The city was defiant and I suppose that’s the approach Europe has adopted to all of this: a one-finger salute to terrorism.” Chris Micallef, a Maltese IT analyst living in Brussels, commenting in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in the...

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    “It’s all over for me; I have no comments to give, leave me alone.” Former Labour deputy leader Toni Abela soon after the decision was announced that MEPs had rejected his nomination to sit on the European Court of Auditors. “If he respects...

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    “Politically naive.” Prime Minister Joseph Muscat on his chief of staff and Energy Minister’s decision to opt for a financial set-up involving a company in blacklisted Panama. “There is a crying need to clean up the political system and I’m ready...

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    “He informed me… when the matter appeared in the media.” Prime Minister Joseph Muscat saying he only found out about his chief-of-staff Keith Schembri’s Panamanian shell company when the story broke in the media. “Only one honourable thing to do:...

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    “He’s asked for the impossible.” Speaker Anġlu Farrugia reacting to Labour MP Joe Sammut’s request for press surveillance; a request slammed by former ECHR judge Giovanni Bonello as a “job for a Big Brother State, not a democratic...

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    “European leaders would do well to take a back seat unless invited to do so.” Prime Minister Joseph Muscat when asked if he would be campaigning for the UK to remain in the EU. “Once you have a wall and no ceiling, it’s like having a deck of...

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    “It takes heroes to defy the one who has the sole prerogative to appoint and promote judges and magistrates" Ex-ECHR judge Giovanni Bo­nello on how Malta is the only country in the democratic world where the ap­point­ment and promotion of members...

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