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Voters want change of faces | Kristy Debono

Nationalist candidate Kristy Debono says that voters want change in the coming election, but must be careful to combine new faces with experienced veterans.

Nestor Laiviera
13 January 2013, 12:00am
Kristy Debono dismisses Labour's proposals on energy as
Kristy Debono dismisses Labour's proposals on energy as "unimpressive' insists that campaign will become "exciting" when the PN unveils its electoral programme.


In an interview with weekly newspaper Illum, out on Sunday, fresh-faced Nationalist 9th district candidate Kristy Debono says that the electorate wants change.

She however warns that new faces alone will not be however able to lead the country effectively. She urges the electorate to temper their desire for change by seeking to combine fresh faces with experienced veterans.

Debono also discusses the first week of the election campaign. She says that the campaign "excitement" is yet to come, as the Nationalist Party is planning to unveil its electoral programme in the third week of the campaign.

Debono also dismisses the Labour Party's proposals on energy as "unimpressive" reiterating much of the Nationalist Party's criticism regarding the proposals.

She insists that question remain regarding Labour's costings, that Labour's proposal to have  a ten-year binding agreement with a private company is not realistic, and that the PL's plan will lead to more expensive tariffs.

Debono also admits that the fact that her husband, PN Assistant General Secretary Jean Pierre Debono, withdrew his candidature after the Nationalist Party called on him to not contest given that his services were required within the party administrative structures, influenced her decision to contest or not.

She however insists that she is not simply filling the gap left by her husband, as Jean Pierre was intending to contest in the 7th district, while she is contesting in the 9th.

Debono also speaks to Illum about the way that party media work, and discusses whether party-owned media are help or hindrance to how politics are done and the value of democracy in Malta.

She insists that party-owned media adds to the amount of information available to viewers, enabling them to view whatever station they want and draw they own conclusions.

While agreeing that party-owned media exist to communicate their respective parties' agendas and propaganda, Debono insists that party-owned media are not detrimental to democracy.

She insists that once the media industry is liberalised and various media are free to transmit their messages however they deem fit, then democracy is safe.

She also fields questions about her own role in the Nationalist party-owned media, NET TV.

Read the full interview, out in the Sunday issue of Illum.
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Rebecca Muscat
Yes , your quite right Ms Debono . The people want to change double faced people with honest people who do not take €600 behind their back . The people want to change arrogant people who pretend that they were sent by the all mighty to govern on these islands . Yes , people want to change those people that for a long time delvered arrogance , corruption and all kinds of injustice to those who do not share their views . There are a lot more reasons why people want to make this change . But for now , I have said enough .
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anton sciberras
No Kristy, they want a change in government, not just the faces. They want a change in attitude, in ideology. They don't want Austin Gatt replaced by his mini-mes Manwel Delia or Claudio Grech. A change has to be more than a superficial lick of paint or a new logo. The only way I see to get that kind of change in PN is for a top-down change of people. It has to start with Gonzi and his clique, and he has to be replaced by someone fresh, not just a minor reshuffling from within the same group.
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This is not a fashion show, why are you leaning to one side.
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KRISTY WHY DONT YOU DO SOME MORE PLASTIC SURGER OR BOTEX WITH THE PN MONEY, AFTER ALL GONZI PROMISED YOU MORE MONEY FOR PLASTIC SURGERY IF YOU SAY GOOD THINGS ABOUT HIM EVEN THOUGH WHAT YOU ARE SAYING IS RUBBISH, HOW MANY OLD VETERANS DO THE LP HAVE? AND HOW MANY DO THE PN HAVE, WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE MY SECRATRY I CAN GIVE YOU MORE MONEY FOR BOTEX IF YOU DO BECOME MY SECRATARY. PROUD TO BE MALTESE
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Ms. Debono the PN needs candidates like you. Brains and beauty are a bonus. You have much to learn but you're on the right track. The people love you.. from what I saw in your gatherings..
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Kirsty, I read the whole article .... i really do think that if Gonzi insisted that you contest, your party is in a real mess. Can't GonziPN find any better than bimbos at their best!! Honey, you weren't even good to read the news, let alone for the parliament!!
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Malcolm Mifsud
Kirsty you got it almost 100% right!. The people want change but what they mean by change is a determination to vote for change of party.
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albert leone
Voters want change of faces and not an OLIGARCHY! Voters want change of faces, A CHANGE FROM GONZI! Voters ALSO wanted TALENT UNLIMITED and not GonziPN's pool of limited talent and what was valid talent like Fracnco Debono, put aside and just not evaluated!
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George Muscat
Kristy is right, there are a lot of wrinkled faces in the PN Group and Government. but sweet Kristy just because you have an adorable face and blond hair (I won't vote PN not after what I have been through these last 25 YEARS. "excitement" is yet to come.." OMG Who is going to be on Page 3 of the PN Electoral programm ??
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Thank God you are one of the new candidates Ms. Debono. I met you at university when you where doing your Masters in Economics. You made an impression on me then with your dedication and you impress me still with your attitude towards politics. We need hard working individuals like yourself as well as people like you who do not have anything to be embarrassed about. We can't say this about many candidates on both parties I'm afraid. Well done Gonzi for giving Ms. Debono a chance to show what she is worth. God bless you.