Prime Minister confident of election
victory as skeletons return to their graves
Prime Minister Dr Eddie Fenech Adami was in an upbeat
mood when he addressed the media yesterday morning.
The Prime Minister had reason to smile. He was the first to announce
the results of the Local Elections, ignored by Labour Leader Alfred
Sant one hour earlier; the Prime Minister found time to crack a joke
and called Alfred Sants decisions of the past few days stupid
Fenech Adami illustrated how the PNs performance in the Local
Elections had improved on the showing of three years ago when despite
a third party contesting 10,180 more votes went to the PN.
Confident of winning the elections on 12 April, the Prime Minister attacked
Alfred Sant and said the Labour leader was taking decisions on his own
to safeguard his personal position.
Eddie Fenech Adami accused the Labour leader of holding unethical political
and social stands.
According to the Prime Minister the leader of the Opposition lacks political
ethics because of his interpretation of the referendum result and social
ethics because he is not concerned with the wellbeing of the nation.
Fenech Adami could not understand how Sant was preparing to call on
the public to reject EU membership when 53.65 had already voted in favour
and the Labours partnership option had clearly lost.
He said the Labours position had already become the butt of many
jokes, and that he had just received one from the Police Commissioner
advising people to drive slowly and carefully in Marsa because "bodies
were returning to the Addolorata cemetery after having voted in the
Alfred Sant was accused of a lack of social ethics because, according
to the Prime Minister, the Labour Party has lost the principle of solidarity.
"The MLPs slogan of you first is a clear indication
of this. A slogan designed to encourage favouritism and personal interest
over the national good. It may be designed for Alfred Sant to keep his
position in the party, but clearly it is an unethical attempt to try
and attract votes of those who may have some personal grudge."
The Labour Party is harking back to the MLP prior to 1987 one lacking
in ethical values, the Prime Minister contended.
The Prime Minister challenged Labour Deputy Leader George Vella to repeat
his assertion that five per cent of the electorate should not be calculated
when determined majority and said that according to what even Vella
had said the yes vote was more than fifty per cent.
The Prime Minister avoiding answer on questions as to whether the PN
is considering some sort of coalition with Alternattiva Demokratika
and as to whether the PN was playing at home in these particular Local
Asked about AD and a possible coalition, the PN did not rule out the
possibility but said he was convinced his party will be returned to
Asked by Labour reporter Glenn Bedingfield whether at the local elections
the PN had played home, suggesting that the councils that
stood for elections were PN leaning.
The Prime Minister would not comment as to where the PN was playing,
but said the outcome was clear and he was happy with the good result.