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Quotes of The Week

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    “I think this is completely crazy.” Former Belgian prime minister and chairman of the Alliance of Liberals in the European Parliament Guy Verhofstadt joining the chorus of disapproval to Malta’s cash-for-citizenship scheme. “We took note of what...

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    “It is alarming that such young women would send these pictures to peers they naturally can’t trust.” Singer Ira Losco after explicit selfies of several young Maltese women were posted on a social networking site. “The intentions are good but the...

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    “I will keep it in mind.” Transport Minister Joe Mizzi when asked if he could guarantee that the current bus ticket prices would be kept once a new public transport provider took over. “These are the links that make us one nation.” Prime Minister...

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    “We could have done it a lot better, but what’s important is we listened.” Prime Minister Joseph Muscat as he unveiled the conditions of the revised citizenship scheme, which had sparked a controversy worldwide. “Changes are cosmetic.” Opposition...

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    “Illegal and abusive.” Justice Parliamentary Secretary Owen Bonnici slamming Magistrate Carol Peralta for ordering the arrest of a Times of Malta reporter who was sent to look into why a party was being held in his...

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    “A farce.” Author Alex Vella Gera describes the Republic Day awards, after he turned down his nomination for a medal, saying the awards became a pawn in the ‘deceit of the Maltese political game’. “A clear abuse of EU citizenship and Schengen...

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    “One can only admire and try to follow his example.” Former President Eddie Fenech Adami reacting to the news of former South African President Nelson Mandela’s death at the age of 95. “Citizenship programme was a marketing mistake.” Finance...

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    “I... apologise for any inconvenience caused.” Developer Charles Polidano, iċ-Ċaqnu, uncharacteristically apologises for any difficulties caused by his illegal development and promises to fully cooperate with the authorities. “Al Megrahi was...

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    “If the scheme is scrapped, taxes will have to increase.” Home Affairs Minister Manuel Mallia speaking on Times Talk, spells out the implications of withdrawing the controversial cash-for-citizenship scheme. “The country’s reputation is at...

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    “We dropped it in view of widespread objections to the clause.” Deputy Prime Minister Louis Grech explaining why the Government decided to drop the controversial confidentiality clause in the cash-for-citizenship scheme at the 11th hour. “It...

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    “We are ready to enter the market but we are ready to listen.” Prime Minister Joseph Muscat at­tempting to pacify people’s concerns about the new citizenship scheme by appointing former civil service head Godwin Grima as regulator. “It’s useless...

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    “There was no reasonable suspicion that Norman Vella had committed a crime.” Magistrate Marseanne Farrugia as she ruled that the immigration official and former TV presenter should have his phone and tablet returned, after they were confiscated by...

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    “I don’t mind admitting the PN hasn’t done enough... but today it has a different stance.” Opposition leader Simon Busuttil on the Civil Unions Bill for same-sex couples being debated in Parliament. “If Malta and Lampedusa are divided, we will...

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    “European politicians only wake up when people die.” Prime Minister Joseph Muscat chastises EU leaders for failing to act on the problem of irregular migrant boat crossings. “Petty crime, especially when committed by foreigners Malta would have...

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    “No human is illegal.” Ivorian Dicko Osman speaks during a memorial for the Lampedusa migrants’ tragedy. “No matter how beautiful the others artists were, she was always the most stunning person around.” Musician Renzo Spiteri pays tribute to...

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    “Government is trying to gag the Opposition.” Nationalist leader Simon Busuttil after he led a PN walkout of Parliament in protest at a ruling handed down that he was in breach of privilege. “As far as I’m concerned, my role as equal...

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    “This is a dark week for democracy.” Opposition leader Simon Busuttil lambasting the Government for manipulating the course of justice by undermining plans for former European Health Commissioner John Dalli to face charges in court. “I have no...

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    “Tell the truth irrespective of pain – this is not a hospital.” PAC chairman Jason Azzopardi reminding Enemalta’s former chief financial officer Pippo Pandolfino that he was under oath and had to speak out irrespective of the court case against...

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    “This agreement, which translates into tens of millions of euros, will immediately have a positive impact on a nationwide scale.” Prime Minister Joseph Muscat on the deal which will see a Chinese State-owned energy company becoming a minority...

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    “Enemalta is still in a bad shape. This agreement will help address this and provide consumers with a cushion.” Prime Minister Joseph Muscat hailing the deal to buy oil, fuel and gas at discounted rates from Libya. “Every breath he takes is a...

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