Family-friendly measures kept secret from PN backbenchers

The Nationalist Party parliamentary group was kept in the dark about the unique tax advantages specifically targeting parents with children, as Finance Minister Tonio Fenech omitted mentioning this detail, and others, when discussing Budget 2012 with his colleagues.

Nationalist MP Jesmond Mugliett
Nationalist MP Jesmond Mugliett

Over the weekend, the parliamentary group was presented with the budget proposals, as is standard practice, but the members were not informed about the 'juicier' parts of the budget which included a proposal to provide fiscal advantages to parents with children.

The budget has been touted a family friendly budget, but one that specifically targets the middle class, which has traditionally always supported the Nationalist party.

Talking on a special edition of Reporter on Monday on Favourite Channel, parliamentary backbencher Jesmond Mugliett, a former cabinet minister, said that recently the Prime Minister had chosen to withhold information from the parliamentary group.

Mugliett, who was informed in 2008 that he would no longer be a minister by means of an SMS sent from the PM's Blackberry - said that the budget focused on many segments and made many promises, but in many cases the amounts budgeted were insufficient.

The Prime Minister has since been very wary of divulging sensitive information to all the parliamentary group, possibly for fear of seeing the details of proposed projects in the unfriendly press.
This latest decision to keep his parliamentary group colleagues in the dark about certain budgetary measures appears to suggest a deepening of suspicion among government ranks, after the abortive defiance shown by one MP, Franco Debono, in the motion of no confidence in Transport Minister Austin Gatt.

Prime Minister Gonzi felt the need to call for a vote of confidence in his government - which he duly received - after Debono made good on an earlier threat to abstain in the vote against Gatt.

Debono was also present on Monday's Reporter, where he was asked what measures were being taken in the budget to address the issue of the administration of justice Debono said that there was a mention at the very end of the budget about justice; whereupon his colleague Mugliett joked that the reference in queston came immediately after a mention in the budget about dementia.

Debono has been a promoter of institutional reform of the law courts, and is presently behind a private motion in parliament about the justice ministry.

 

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Ha Ha the inner circle. Any yet the backbencher stooges keep playing the Gonzi tune. Kemm huma VDati!!!
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franco debono j. muljett, intom it tnejn purcinelli ta gonzi, mandkomx ghal fejn dgergru li qiad iwarabkom, sinjal li qedin takwistaw it tnejn li intom.