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‘I cannot call myself a new face in politics’ - Chris Said speaks out

PN leadership contenders says his strength lies in his experience, not in novelty

19 August 2017, 12:33pm
Chris Said is in the running for the PN leadership. The first election, which takes place next week, will see the General Council narrow down the leadership contestants to two
Chris Said is in the running for the PN leadership. The first election, which takes place next week, will see the General Council narrow down the leadership contestants to two
“I cannot call myself a new face in politics as clearly I am not,” said Chris Said in an interview to Radio 101. “It’s my experience that will allow me to bring this party together and focus on what should be focused on from my first day in office.”

Speaking to Radio 101, Said insisted that there’s “no [time] to waste” as he pledged to change the PN’s infrastructure and investments.

The PN MP reaffirmed that as leader of the party he would work from a different locality each week. “The party will be going to them,” he insisted.

Said reiterated his position that as leader of the party Simon Busuttil will remain “at the heart of the party”, there to aid the opposition on the Panama Paper scandal.

He also emphasised that as leader of the Opposition he would give his colleagues a free vote on matters of conscience, morality and ethics. He would also ensure that the definitions of ‘mother’ and ‘father’ are re-introduced in Malta’s body of laws, for those who prefer not to opt for the more generic ‘parent’. This will be carried out without touching, in any way, any new rights introduced in our law.

The PN leadership contestant went through main policy proposals, which include prioritizing education, rewarding the elderly with a retirement that celebrates a life-time of contribution to our country and to provide financial reimbursement for those grandparents who take care of their grandchildren during the day. A future Nationalist Government, Said reiterated, would remove income tax on pensions and provide all medicines related to old age for free.

“If government thinks there is no strong opposition stopping it, it will soon be in for a surprise,” Said claimed. PN members need to work to reaffirm the party’s values so that they can once again, be in government.