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Quotes of The Week

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    “You were not capable of rising to the occasion.” Opposition leader Lawrence Gonzi criticises Prime Minister Joseph Muscat after the President’s ‘divisive’ Parliament speech. “Seriously compromised.” A review board’s conclusion on the position of...

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    “The state of finances is not as they told us.” Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announcing that Malta will end 2012 with a deficit of between three and 3.5 per cent of GDP instead of the projected 2.3 per cent, but he cautioned against alarm. “I’m a...

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    “Failure to [consult] will add to the list of negative messages this Government has managed to send in its first two weeks.” A PN spokesman reacting to news that Labour’s former deputy leader Anġlu Farrugia, who fell out with the party’s leader...

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    “This will be a hands-on, public friendly authority.” Former Labour CEO James Piscopo after it emerged that he would become the new CEO at Transport Malta. “It is obvious that the Church will not agree with this and I understand their position –...

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    “The mandate is clear, it’s a humbling result but Malta is not for election winners – it’s for all.” A tweet by Joseph Muscat just minutes after it emerged that the Labour Party had swept to a historic victory, making him the youngest Prime...

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    “Our dreams have become reality.” President Emeritus Eddie Fenech Adami addressing the final Nationalist mass meeting of the election campaign in Floriana on Thursday. “There’s no point talking about change if one does not vote for it.” PL leader...

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    “Oil trader gave Tancred Tabone $20,000 in cash at a Geneva hotel.” Assistant Police Commissioner Michael Cassar testifying in the case against Mr Tabone, former Enemalta chairman, based on information from oil trader George Farrugia who was...

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    “I was told this wasn’t even one of the nicest because it was one of the first she made.” Finance Minister Tonio Fenech denying that the Maltese clock he received came from rogue oil trader George Farrugia or that it cost anywhere near €5,000.

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    “That very day I sacked him. I told him: ‘What do you want me to do, file a report at the police station to get you into trouble?’” A second audio recording where Labour deputy leader for party affairs Toni Abela is heard addressing the committee...

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    “This will be another massive boost.” Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi lauds the €1.1 billion EU seven-year Budget deal at the end of the Brussels summit. “No comment.” Opposition leader Joseph Muscat refuses to be drawn to reacting to an incendiary...

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    “Very strange.” Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi questioning Labour’s proposal to separate the environment from Mepa’s planning process. “Something is happening which is uniting the people. If we abandon the past, the blue and the red, we can have a...

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    “It all boils down to this... If the country wins, you win; if the country loses, you lose too.” Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi as he unveiled the party’s electoral programme of 125 proposals. “I am the first party leader to be a product of the...

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    “The report shows Labour is jeopardising Malta’s fiscal position.” Finance Minister Tonio Fenech blam­ing Labour for the downgrade by credit rating agency Standard and Poor’s because the party voted against the Budget. “Tonio Fenech is a sorry...

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    “This is just an Alice in Wonderland proposal.” Finance Minister Tonio Fenech slamming Labour’s plan to reduce water and electricity tariffs. “If the energy plans fail, I go.” Labour leader Joseph Muscat insisting his energy plan is doable and if...

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    “A year of serious choices for Malta.” Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi during the exchange of New Year greetings. “We will have an open door policy.” Labour leader Joseph Muscat paves the way for his party’s electoral campaign. “An unfair...

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    “We cannot let this sense of unity disappear during the electoral campaign.” President George Abela urging politicians to ride on the spirit of L-Istrina, when the election campaign kicks off. “Politics is not just about Christmas greetings... We...

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    “Payments have to be made directly to my boss.” Assistant police commissioner Michael Cassar testifying in court on comments former Sliema deputy mayor Silvio Zammit made to a Swedish company official to influence EU tobacco directive. “He used...

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    “If there are members of the judiciary who are not prepared to be exemplary in their public and private lives then it’s time for them to make way.” Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi warning judges Ray Pace and Lino Farrugia Sacco before their...

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    “Leaving the country without a Budget for reasons that have nothing to do with the Budget itself is the height of irresponsibility.” The Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry expressing concern that the Budget may be voted down...

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    “This is the fruit of five years, a whole legislature which has now come to an end. That’s it. It is ready, we closed it.” Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi reflects on the Budget his government presented last Wednesday. “The Government thought about...

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