‘Nationalist clique must go’, says district heavyweight Robert Arrigo

Nationalist MP Robert Arrigo says ‘clique’ must go, calls for fresh faces for posts of leader, deputy leader, and secretary-general.

Nationalist MP Robert Arrigo, speaking at the Naxxar Counting Hall.
Nationalist MP Robert Arrigo, speaking at the Naxxar Counting Hall.

Nationalist MP Robert Arrigo has called for the complete removal of the so called 'clique' within the Nationalist Party, insisting that the posts of party leader, deputy leader, and secretary-general, should be contested by new, fresh people.

He also went as far as to add that presidential posts in the party's executive committee and the administrative council should be similarly vacated and contested by new people.

Arrigo was speaking to MaltaToday following a no holds barred message he posted to his Facebook page, in which Arrigo told the public that "the klikka must go in its entirety."

"So far only Dr Gonzi and Dr Borg Oliver have shouldered responsibility," he noted. "Others should follow suit and not resort to excuses of coming here only recently," possibly referencing statements by Busuttil published in the Times, where he insisted that his participation in the PN's campaign did not improve the PN's odds.

"A clean and total change is the only remedy for such a disaster," Arrigo insisted.

In his address, Arrigo also took the PN to task over how he was neglected by its campaign machine which he said overlooked him in favour of other candidates.

"The party gave me the airtime that was allocated, across the board, to all PN candidates, but completely left me out of any other press conferences, NET TV programmes, radio, newspapers, and other TV stations. Other competing candidates had a field day, and were pushed by the party. Some had three to six media events in one day," Arrigo said.

Notably, Arrigo also insisted that other candidates had the luxury of being backed up by supporting staff to carry out their campaigns that were "paid by the taxpayer" and which were "transferred to a private apartment in Sliema to conduct a campaign from the taxpayers' money."

Contacted by MaltaToday to clarify who this clique might also refer to aside from Gonzi and Paul Borg Olivier, Arrigo held back from naming individuals directly, but reiterated the suggestion that Busuttil should follow Gonzi and Borg Olivier in not seeking reconfirmation for his post.

"Dr Gonzi and Dr Borg Olivier shouldered their responsibility. They were the number one and number three people in the party," he said, in an obvious hint to Simon Busuttil, the number two of the party.

However Arrigo also went further, calling on those within the party occupying various positions to similarly step down. "What about the rest, the visual people and the back room persons?"

He said that while these should not be cast out of the party, they should nevertheless resign from their posts to allow the party the opportunity to renew itself by bringing in fresh blood.

"I am not stating they should leave the PN. After all, despite my humiliation over the past five years, I did not leave. I strongly opine that they should leave their jobs/posts within the party forthwith, paving the way for total new blood."

Pressed on whether he was referring to PN strategists such as Austin Gatt, Joe Saliba, and Richard Cachia Caruana, Arrigo rather pointed to people occupying administrative and executive roles within the party.

"The posts of leader, vice leader, secretary general, and presidential posts of executive committee and the administrative council should be all contested by new, fresh people," he said.

"Responsibility should be shouldered. Anybody shying away from this is there for his/her ego trip only," he said.

Arrigo was reticent to elaborate regarding his revelation that one or more candidates benefited from tax-paid staff, simply saying that it was up to the media to investigate.

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Spot On: a radical change is the only solution for such a disaster!
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Mr Arrigo if you dont like the Pn why dont you resign we dont want another franco or the money of an MP is very nice.
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Mr Arrigo if you dont like the Pn why dont you resign we dont want another franco or the money of an MP is very nice.
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WELL DONE ROBERT MIN MA JISTHIX JAHRA FIDEK TISTHIX ICCAPASULHU MA HALQU.NIXTIEQ INKUN NAF MIN BIT-TAXXI LI HALLAST JIEN U IL-POPLU MALTI GHAMEL PROPOGANDA GHALIH BIEX IKOMPLI JIEHXIN HU U BUTU. MEXXMEXX
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Dr Franco Debono revealed in a TV programme the continued interference and manipulation of President Emeritus Fenech Adami in the internal affairs of the PN. When it is well known that he appointed himself President, after anointing Gonzi as his successor, it all makes sense. But the fact that Fenech Adami interfered directly in our politics even on the last day of the campaign, contrary to what President Emeritus Mifsud Bonnici who respected his position, I believe that Fenech Adami forfeited his title of Emeritus with the people of Malta. Robert Arrigo is right, though belatedly so.
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Dear Robert. Once the Whistleblowers Act becomes law , you should be man enough as to come forward as to provide details in respect of what you have stated. That's how the klikka should be removed . In jail for misappropriation of the country's finances.
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From how Mr. Arrigo describes the situation, it seems as though it is he, who has an issue with his own party. To conclude that everyone else must therefore step down, seems arrogant to say the least. Ask yourself, what kind of party would PN be if it were led by the likes of Robert Arrigo?
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Now here is a true gentleman, who calls a spade, a spade, not like his fellow candidates. I respect this man although I did not allow him in my home during the campaign, like all others.
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maria aquilina
Ma nafx ghaliex Arrigo, Franco u ohrajn ma jkunux mistiedna biex jispjegaw it-tibdil storiku fuq l-istazzjon tal-istat...bhal TVAM u TVPM, bondi, charabanc. L-istazzjon sar biased b'aktar finezza!
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Campaigns paid from taxpayers' money? This is a shocking revelation. Corruption that should be investigated by the government auditor.
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The usual "blame everybody else" song of a loser. With it's current configuration, The PN will never renew it'self and is already destined to lose the next elections.
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How many more would we hear? Seems that Franco and JPO were right after all!!!!
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Arrigo has claimed that some " benefited from tax-paid staff " I believe and so should not the permanent secretary and or the police commissioner investigate ??
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SO YOU NOW ARE AGREEING WITH WHAT FRANCO DEBONO SAID, SO WHY DID YOU NOT COMMENT THAN?? ITS PEOPLE LIKE YOU THAT SHOULD BE THE FIRST TO RESIGN FROM THE PN.WHAT MORE SHALL WE NOW KNOW IN THE COMMING DAYS? WHY OPEN YOUR MOUTH NOW WHAT GOOD WILL IT DO? YOU SHOULD HAD VOTED GONZI OUT TWO YEARS AGO WHEN YOU KNEW HE WAS A TREATH TO THE PARTY AND THE COMING ELECTIONS.WHAT A JOKE YOU ARE AND THIS GOES TO PEOPLE LIKE JEAN PIERRE FARRUGIA TOO,THE NATIONALIST WILL SUUFER A LOT BEFORE THEY EVER BE VOTED IN AGAIN. X NATIONALIST.
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Rita Pizzuto
X'differenza bejn partit u iehor hux! Wiehed irid jghaqqad lil kulhadd, hekk imsejha partitarji tradizzjonali tal-partit u anke lis-suppost avversarji. Malta Taghna Lkoll mhux biss slogan imma fatt. Jekk Arrigo kien imdejjaq minn kif kien miexi l-PL, seta' ssieheb ma' shabu li zammew iebes u ma kienux yes men. Hekk kien iserrah ras il-Maltin aktar kmieni minn nhar il-Hadd li ghadda ghax Gonzi kien jirrizenja aktar kmieni, jevita ftit mill-umiljazzjoni u aktar minhekk jaghti cans lill-Maltin li ma jghaddux daqstant zmien ibatu. Wara kollox min jahti wkoll ghall-hatra ta' Simon? Fl-ahharnett. Simon u Joseph Muscat it-tnejn kienu MEPs, imma kif hemm dik id-differenza kbira bejniethom? Wiehed minnhom - kulhadd jaf min - ma immaturax
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Isn't this a double faced statement when he should have said so during the campaign. Why did he lie and tried to make believe that Dr Franco Debono and Mugliette and JPO are wrong, irrelevant etc and all those lies whilst hiding their dirty tricks. You are a bunch of unbelievable liars that can never be trusted.
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Naqbel mieghek perfettament Sur Arrigo hemm bzonn ta' tindifa mil-qieh fejn terga tirrenja l-ghaqda u l-vizoni ta' partit meta l-kunsilliera u s-sezzjonijiet kellom 'say' fit-tmexxija u kienu verament il-pont bejn ic-cittadin u l-partit...
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“Arrigo also insisted that other candidates had the luxury of being backed up by supporting staff to carry out their campaigns that were "paid by the taxpayer" and which were "transferred to a private apartment in Sliema to conduct a campaign from the taxpayers' money.” – Now; can Mr Arrigo lodge a report against these candidates as they abused of our tax money so that they pay for these abuses? Can the new Minister of Justice follow these cases so that these culprits end up in front of our courts?
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Emmanuel Mallia
You are right ! Those two, hardly ever mentioned, must go. Franco is right, but now its too late !! The PN is still in dictatorship mode. The PN needs a new, young energetic leader, with an innovative way of doing politics. Beppe, Mario, Simon and Chris are too conservative !! After a dramatic defeat, Simon is still trying to convince us with that old, rhetoric, diplomatic style, that he is not to blame. He was introduced as a last minute resort, but he failed. His charisma has faded.
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He is right, but they will not listen anyways.
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Spot on Mr. Arrigo.