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Quotes of The Week

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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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    “I wasn’t expecting this result especially after the position taken by the Socialists.” Tonio Borg after he was approved by more than 100 votes as the new EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Affairs, despite the Socialist group publically...

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    “Two’s company, three’s a crowd.” Tourism Minister Mario de Marco on his decision not to stand for the PN deputy leadership contest – Finance Minister Tonio Fenech and MEP Simon Busuttil will now go head to head. “I can see no valid reason how...

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    “Żejtun feels lost... We can’t believe he’s gone.” A woman mourning the loss of Fr Renè Cilia, 27, who died in a car accident as he was driving to Mass – he was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. “At seven he was already...

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    “If there is a possibility of reconciliation and unity with Franco and all those who feel hurt, we should go for it...” MEP PN leader’s special delegate Simon Busuttil, extending an olive branch to MP Franco Debono who has been banned from...

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    “I am going to really fight for the truth to come out.” Ex-Commissioner John Dalli in an interview with The Times. “Evidence (exists) to prove Dalli was aware that Silvio Zammit was asking for money in his name.” Giovanni Kessler, head of EU...

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    “He was aware of this and did nothing to block, stop or report these events,” EU anti-fraud agency head Giovanni Kessler insisting former Health Commissioner John Dalli was aware that someone close to him had been repeatedly trading in influence...

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