Gonzi accuses Muscat of “capitalising on serious economic issues”
Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi has accused Labour leader Joseph Muscat of capitalising on serious economic issues to increase his own popularity, while failing to offer any solutions of his own.
“The PN, on the other hand, wants to send the best representatives possible to the EP so that they can fight for Maltese interests where it matters the most,” Gonzi said while addressing a press conference at the Nationalist Party headquarters in Pieta’.
This was why job creation was at the centre of the PN’s campaign. “We want to bring the European Union to the centre of every village, and to the centre of every factory shopfloor,” Gonzi said.
In defending his record, Gonzi urged the electorate to remember the backdrop against which so many unpopular decisions had to be taken: foremost of which, the global economic crisis.
“Much larger countries than Malta have faced much larger problems. Some, like Spain, have seen their unemployment soar to as much as 17 per cent,” Gonzi said.
“In Malta, by way of contrast, unemployment stands at only 6 per cent,” the Prime Minister contended. “This is still a cause for concern for us: when even a single person registers for work and doesn’t find any, that is a problem we have to face,” the Prime Minister said.