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Quotes of The Week

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    “I wish the Church could have contributed more.” Archbishop Paul Cremona explaining the Church’s duty to financially support the anti-divorce campaign – it donated €180,000. “Malta’s ability to absorb migrants in the long-term remains limited,...

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    “I cannot afford to climb all those stairs for just two minutes to say ‘hello’ and leave.” Parliamentary assistant Stephen Spiteri unrepentant in explaining why he missed 81 per cent of this year’s parliamentary sittings – he was too busy as a...

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    “A very tough decision.” Air Malta CEO Peter Davies as 58 Selmun Palace Hotel workers became the first casualties of a drastic restructuring process to keep the national airline afloat. “Let us separate men from the boys.” Opposition leader...

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    “The Church in Malta needs to perform a soul-searching exercise.” Pro-Vicar Mgr Anton Gouder on the need for the Church to reflect in the aftermath of a resounding Yes vote in the divorce referendum. “I felt as though he was lashing us with his...

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    “The stadium is not a battleground.” Police Inspector Kevin Farrugia insisting the stadium is a family-oriented place after Valletta supporters and a footballer were arraigned for the mayhem that erupted after the Valletta-Floriana FA Trophy...

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    “We can’t say it’s a free vote in the Church.” Fr René Camilleri insisting Catholics do not really have a free vote in the referendum as the Church could never agree with divorce. “We do not feel such language befits a spiritual shepherd.” A...

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    “Libya’s gates are now wide open to illegal immigration.” Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Baghdadi blaming Nato air strikes for his country’s inability to patrol the ports. “Humiliating.” The Labour Party on how Malta had been let down after...

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    “An enemy of true Islam.” Imam Mohammad Elsadi, who heads the Islamic Call Society in Malta, welcoming the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden whom he believes distorted Islam’s peaceful teachings. “We don’t really think the figures...

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    “You are trying to ridicule what I said.” Finance Minister Tonio Fenech accusing The Times when it asked whether his faith – he had written “Our Lady is very sorrowful Malta is considering divorce” – would influence policies going against...

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    “If there’s one day in the calendar that should kept holy it’s Good Friday.” GRTU director general Vince Farrugia demanding the law be changed to prohibit shops from opening on Good Friday after Lidl Supermarket advertised it would open on this...

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    “Labour wants Malta to defend its interests without any interference.” Labour leader Joseph Muscat urging government not to be afraid of taking a firm stand on irregular immigration. “Proud to have saved their lives.” Prime Minister Lawrence...

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    “The Italian authorities... did not give simple humanitarian assistance when needed.” Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici lambasting Italy for barring a Maltese patrol boat with 171 rescued migrants from berthing at Lampedusa, even though...

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    “There is not yet an emergency situation.” EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström snubbing Malta’s request to activate an emergency mechanism that triggers obligatory solidarity among member states in cases of sudden immigrant influxes...

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    “We’re Libyans, you’re not. You’re dogs.” Libyans protesting against the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi hurling abuse at fellow Libyans waving placards in support of their leader outside the Libyan Embassy. “We are already carrying a much...

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    “For the ceasefire to have any credibility Libya must withdraw all its military forces from the streets.” Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi on the Libyan government’s lack of commitment to a ceasefire. “We’ll remember those who helped us... but we...

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    “Gaddafi has lost all legitimacy and is no longer an interlocutor for the EU.” EU leaders unanimously calling on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to step down “without further delay”. “Within seconds the room started to shake, equipment fell to the...

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    “Gaddafi... should make his own decisions.” EU Commissioner John Dalli when asked if Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi should resign, a day after Commission president José Manuel Barroso unequivocally called for his resignation. “It seems if the...

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    “If you have a conscience, if you are a Libyan... resign.” Libyan anti-regime protesters in Malta calling on Ambassador Saadun Suayeh to follow in the footsteps of other diplomats and resign. “I think he acted very correctly in a difficult...

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    “Let’s make a genuine effort.” Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi calling on opposition leader Joseph Muscat to join him in reaching a consensus on “the method” of how to proceed with the divorce referendum, if not “the substance”. “I will campaign...

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    “Not a suitable way of promoting the value of family.” The Nationalist Party’s resolution explaining its stand against divorce , saying it would change the definition of marriage as a ‘permanent bond’. “Filthy tactic.” The pro-divorce movement...

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