Mifsud blames intra-party rivalry
Writing in Monday evenings edition of maltastar.com former Super
One and former Mid Med Bank chairman Alfred Mifsud expressed regret
at not being elected to parliament because of what he claimed was the
"viciously dishonest" behaviour of other MLP candidates.
The financial consultant also said that he would consider giving his
service to the Labour Party in an official position "within a new
On a personal note Mifsud said that despite gathering 3,000 votes on
two districts in his first-ever electoral contest the result fell short
of his "minimum objectives" of making it to parliament.
Mifsud pinned the blame on intra-party rivalry and said that "competing
colleagues" branded him as a "source of potential instability"
because of his outspoken nature. On a number of issues Mifsud publicly
expressed his reservations on stands taken by the Labour Party. He was
on the forefront to campaign for the retention of VAT and had also proposed
the holding of a referendum on EU membership after a general election
at a time when the MLP was still undecided on whether to boycott the
Mifsud said fellow MLP candidates, competing with him on the fourth
and seventh districts used his statements, to bad-mouth him with Labour
Acrimoniously Mifsud added: "I sacrificed my interest for those
of the party and can walk with my head up high knowing that I remained
totally loyal by deed not just words to the ultimate objectives of the
party and the grassroots that have been deceitfully alienated from me."
Mifsud argued that the election result must be seen within a wider perspective
that spans the whole scenario since Labours milestone objective
achieved in 1979.
"Since then we have failed to get an absolute majority of votes
in five of the six general elections contested. In the only election
we managed a majority of votes, events proved that Labour could not
manage such a majority as it could not organise the whole party behind
a post-1979 inspiration," Mifsud said.
He insisted that the Labour Party must "analyse what objective
will unite the whole party behind a new mission that will appeal to
the majority of the electorate."
Mifsud reaffirmed his commitment to continue militating within Labour.
However, Mifsud insisted that he needed time to decide on how best to
help the MLP and even put forward the possibility of occupying an official
post in the party subject to a new leadership formation.
"This is a personal decision that needs to be taken calmly, soberly
and after deep reflection," Mifsud concluded his article.