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Muscat: People in the public eye should be able to ‘take the heat’

The Prime Minister was responding to questions on Facebook criticism directed at Nationalist Party MEPs

Yannick Pace
19 June 2017, 3:25pm
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat this morning said that that he did not agree with some of the language used about Nationalist Party MEPs David Casa, Roberta Metsola and Therese Comodini Cachia, adding however that public figures must be open to criticism by the people they represent.  

Following the Prime Minister’s grilling at the European Parliament last week, many government supporters took to Facebook to express their anger at the MEPs David Casa and Roberta Metsola, both of whom were critical of Muscat during the session, leading to them being labelled traitors.  

During the course of the last legislature, the government had on many occasions accused the opposition of working to tarnish the country’s reputation.

Muscat said he would go into whether or not anyone in particular had betrayed the country, adding however that he was not the type to speak in that way or to use that terminology.   

“We must be open to the public’s judgement,” said Muscat.  “I myself have been accused of many things and if you can’t take the heat of the kitchen, get out of the kitchen.” 

Yannick joined MaltaToday as a journalist in 2016. His main areas of interest are politics...