The Malta Independent 17 August 2019, Saturday

If the government cannot undertake changes, we will do them ourselves – PN Leader Adrian Delia

Sunday, 14 October 2018, 13:18 Last update: about 11 months ago

If the government cannot undertake the necessary constitutional changes, Opposition Party Leader Adrian Delia has said that they, the Opposition, will do them themselves.

Following the reports that Malta has asked for assistance to review the country's legal and institutional structures from the European Commission for Democracy through Law, which is better known as the Venice Commission, and is the Council of Europe's advisory body on constitutional matter - Delia has called this move by the Justice Minister Owen Bonnici "shameful".

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Delia then went on to talk about the constitutional application he filed in which he requested a copy of the full Egrant report, insisting that it was unacceptable that while the Attorney General is acting as a lawyer for Muscat and Bonnici, he is also appearing in this constitutional case.

He went on to hyperbolically asked whether any legal expert could possibly think this is something which happens in a normal country.

This week on TimesTalk we saw Bonnici say that the government had done everything within its power to bring those behind the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia to justice.

Delia questioned this statement's meaning, asking for clarification from the Minister for Justice whether he meant that no more can be done or that the case is closed.

"Joseph Muscat had said that he would leave no stone unturned to find out who the culprits behind Caruana Galizia's murder are."

"This week Bonnici said that the government had done all that it could do."

He continued his line of rhetorical questions by asking the government and the Justice minister whether the public will or can be told if the murderer is going to be found, and how the investigation is progressing.

Comparing the Labour government's actions to those of Slovakia, he noted that "seven of the highest-ranking officials in the country resigned after journalist Jan Kuciak was killed, including the Prime Minister, and the information and justice ministers".

"But nobody resigned in Malta. It is a country where there is no such thing as responsibility."

"If the government does not want to listen, we will persevere until it does."

New Poverty

Delia pointed out that the country's salaries were not keeping up with the rising costs on the island, and this affected the quality of living in Malta.

He continued by stating that the middle class in Malta is shrinking because "people cannot afford high living and rent costs, even if they earn a salary which is at the higher end of average"

"With the PN in power, we would foster a society which cares."


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