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Kate Gonzi honoured

Wife of former prime minister recounts her most trying moments in festschrift 'From The Heart'

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Daniel Mizzi
8 December 2013, 12:00am
Kate Gonzi (second from right) with aides Daniela Allen, Josephine Vassallo Parnis, and Stephania Dimech Sant
Kate Gonzi (second from right) with aides Daniela Allen, Josephine Vassallo Parnis, and Stephania Dimech Sant


Joseph Muscat describes her as the pillar of Lawrence Gonzi and "one of the best campaigners". Broadcaster Peppi Azzopardi says she's the woman behind a great man.

Kate Gonzi's festschrift 'From the Heart' brings together a compilation of praise from some of Malta's best loved personalities and politicians who have had the pleasure of meeting and working with a woman who made mental healthcare and politics cornerstones of her career.

The book collects over 90 essays written by people from different walks of life who share their experience of knowing Kate Gonzi. Gonzi herself talks about the episodes from the last legislature, knowing that the 2008 general election had brought with it a poisoned chalice, and how the Libya conflict proved to be the most fearful time during the last five years of her husband's premiership.

"She is the backbone of her husband's chequered political career and success, and is a fine example of an encouraging spouse," President George Abela writes, describing her as an asset to the nation, a source of inspiration and a role model, and as a soft-spoken and charming lady who withstood the constant pressure that came from her husband's role.

"Despite never being in the foreground, Kate Gonzi was always observant. She is one of the best campaigners and wherever she goes she works the room. Every time I met her during a gathering, she gave me the impression that she was aware of everything that was going on," Joseph Muscat writes.



While auguring well for her future, Muscat said that notwithstanding her husband's electoral defeat, Kate Gonzi's importance to her husband and family's life was as crucial as ever.

Meanwhile, PN leader Simon Busuttil praised Kate Gonzi's attitude and her ability to listen to other people and their needs as a crucial part of Lawrence Gonzi's success. "During party activities, she would veer away from the media and talk to a patient, or old person. Her distinct characteristic of being able to listen and understand people is a lesson to all politicians who have a tendency of talking rather than listening."

Broadcaster Peppi Azzopardi says she was an influence on her husband. "Her humility and approach was often conveyed in Lawrence's Gonzi's speeches, who in turn would act upon any suggestions and criticisms communicated to his wife."

Describing Kate Gonzi as his preferred candidate for the presidential post, Peppi Azzopardi also hailed her as the "woman behind a great man."

"In the wake of the Libya crisis, Lawrence Gonzi was continually worried and preoccupied by the decisions, but Kate gave him a shoulder to lean on and assured him that his decisions were for the best of the country.

"Any time she met someone, she projected true compassion and care. Kate did not pretend that she knew someone but instead she always remembered previous meetings. "

Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna also describes her as a sincere and compassionate woman. "Notwithstanding her background role, she conveyed compassion and sincerity. My admiration for her extends to her role as a great companion to Lawrence Gonzi: A great man who will be remembered for having stood by his principles."

Other contributors include Cherie Blair, former Nationalist ministers Giovanna Debono and Dolores Cristina, MP Mario Galea, broadcaster Pierre Portelli, and Eurovision singer Gianluca.

'Kate Gonzi: From the Heart' will be launched at the Radisson SAS St Julian's on Wednesday 11 December 2013 under the distinguished patronage of George Abela. Gonzi will sign copies at Kempinsky Hotel San Lawrenz, Gozo, on Saturday 14 December at 11:30am, and Agenda Bookshop at The Point, on Tuesday, 17 December at 4pm.
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Johann Tonna
It would be nice if Ms. Gonzi's resume was available for the benefit of the public, not that I have anything to protest about so far.
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Sean Mangion
@ POLO - xi dwejjaq ghandek jahasra... get a life dude !!
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Janice Sant
Fuq ktieb li gie ippublikat dawk li fahhru kollha ippatenjati!
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Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna lately seems to want to make it obvious that he leans heavily towards the PN.
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Janice Sant
She did what exactly for the Maltese? Under her husband's administration the poor have increased and Malta went to the dogs: the oil scandal is just one of the examples! Moreover, many Maltese families suffered in silence the cold and discomfort of winter nights because her husband voted bil-qalb for the sky high electricity bills! Self praise is worth less!
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Milos Rakic
It would be interesting to know exactly from the heart, what Mrs. Gonzi's opinion about Daphne Caruana Galizia's attitude towards those who did not agree with Gonzi PN.
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Raymond Mintoff
" ..... the Libya conflict proved to be the most fearful time during the last five years of her husband's premiership." Bulldrops, I guess Franco Debono's saga was more worrying. As regards Peppi's push to have her made president, why doesn't he push her to take over from Simon Busutill, PN is still in a shambles. Katie as president would only remind us of "IVA nivvota bil-qalb" and "No regrets I would do all over again". Get a life Peppi the shit from sucking up has gone to your brain.
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Stephen Cassar
pity the queen of bile was given more hearing and influence than this lady.
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Milos Rakic
Would like to find out truly from the heart what Mrs. Kate Gonzi's opinion of Dahne Caruana Galizia is???
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Rachel Roberts
Peppi "IL-KOWC" pushing Kate for President .... what's in it for him , this Gonzi Coach , a P.R. Position @ the Office of the President?
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Franco Debono ma kiteb xejn f dan il ktieb?
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Hekk imissu l-PM jiehu l-pariri ta' Peppi u jahtar lil Kate ghal President! Hallina Pepp, imbaghad ikollna familja ohra tiekol b'aktar minn halq wiehed, bl-akbar salarju wahda u penzjoni fenominali ta' PM. U pajjizna ser jibqa' icedi jew ipartat il-post ta' President? Halluna ghax issa zzejjed kollu zejjed. Jew Peppi qed jistad biex ikollu xi kariga fl-ufficcju ta' min qed jipreferi ghal President? Jekk min hu responsabbli minn din il-hatra jrid ikompli jwegga' lil hatar lilu, jahtar xi pampalun/a tal-partit li meta kien fil-gvern, kisser pajjiz
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I always heard positive things about this woman from all fromall walks of life. I bet my last Maltese Liri that Gonzi the man should have listened more to this lady instead of some reckless fellows that he had surrounded himself with. But only the Gonzis can tel and they certainly deserve to enjoy some break after so many years at the helm of the country. Whether it is Kate or another one, it is about time that Malta should have its second woman president. There are certainly some brilliant and wise fellows out there: For a change, how about someone from the academic, professional community, clergy or NGOs and not necessarily as usual from the former political clubs?
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JOE VELLA
What a load of rubbish! What shame! Loads of self praise - sickening at its best. And what does our Bishop have to say "A Great Man..." ? mY ANS: like any other man/woman he eventually will have to place all his successes and failures at God's feet - he will be then judged.Amen dear Bishop.
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Amazing woman - a real lady!
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mario grillo
So? profits for the bankrupt party which her husband left?