Finance Minister Tonio Fenech says a divided party cannot serenely face the electorate
Whoever doesn’t toe the party line, must accept the fact that there are consequences and the party has the right to exercise disciplinary action.
This was said by Finance Minister Tonio Fenech in an interview with Illum newspaper, during which he also expressed his frustration at the fact that a divided party “cannot serenely go before the electorate”.
Fenech describes the Legislature led by Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi as “the most difficult since the seventies” and admits that the problems within the Nationalist parliamentary group are “internal issues which are blotting the success achieved by government, despite the crises which are depleting the European economies and beyond”.
The Finance Minister acknowledged that every recent survey showed that the Labour Party was ahead of the PN by 12 percentage points. “It is true that the PN has been in government for a number of years, but this doesn’t mean anything, because it is the results which count.
“I feel frustrated when I see that the good work being done by government is being blotted by internal disputes,” Fenech says, who adds that despite having new faces in Cabinet when compared with those on the Opposition benches, “we still end up delivering a distorted message to the electorate of political fatigue, when this is truly not the case.”
Read the full interview in today’s digital edition of Illum.