‘We’ll be knocking at Europe’s door for a bailout with Labour’ – MEP

Nationalist MEP Simon Busuttil says only PN can be trusted with economic vision and European policy.

Simon Busuttil - 'The PN is a coalition of conservatives and social liberals who share the same economic policy but who view social change somewhat differently.'
Simon Busuttil - 'The PN is a coalition of conservatives and social liberals who share the same economic policy but who view social change somewhat differently.'

Nationalist MEP Simon Busuttil said the party he once described as being divided, is a coalition of conservatives and social liberals that will go into the next general elections with a united vision for the country.

Busuttil's foray into national politics, after two successful terms in the European Parliament, has boosted his profile no end after having been once touted for the post of PN secretary-general (which he turned down) and now is the Prime Minister's special delegate for civil society.

"The PN is a coalition of conservatives and social liberals who share the same economic policy but who view social change somewhat differently," he says when asked whether the 'GonziPN' brand that won the 2008 elections by banking on Lawrence Gonzi as a safe bet, had been damaged by his steadfast opposition to divorce and two conservative bills on cohabitation and IVF.

"This may have happened during the divorce campaign but thankfully, that is now behind us... this coalition knows very well that it is only by sticking together that the country can continue to pursue a change for the better. This coalition has served our country well for the past quarter of a century and there is no reason to break it up. The country still needs it because the alternative is a Labour government."

At 43, Busuttil commands the highest percentage score in the EU with a record 28% of the national vote in the 2009 European elections - 70,000 - and his presence in the 11 district of Mosta, Attard and Balzan is going to give fellow MPs there a good run for their money.

His nice-guy appeal is bound to be instrumental in driving home a central message of the Nationalists' electoral campaign, that Labour will not work.

"Labour won't work because we do not know its plans and the little we know makes for very bad planning. The few promises that Labour has already made present a serious danger for our economy. And the pronouncements of Labour's top economic gurus, such as their eulogy of Mintoff's economic policy or their predictions of a continued recession just 24 hours before we got out of it, are nothing short of scary.

"If these people are in charge of our economy they will commit serious mistakes. And it takes just one or two bad economic decisions to put a small country like ours off track.

"This is why I envisage that with a Labour government we are likely to be knocking Europe's door for a bailout in one or two years' time. This would spell disaster and the price will have to be paid by those who can least afford it. We should avoid this and this is why I want stand up to be counted."

In 2008, the GonziPN slogan that won that election seems to have come back to haunt the Prime Minister with problems of an unhappy backbench and divisions that cost him his majority.

"In 2008, the GonziPN slogan won us the election. Without it we would have lost. Unfortunately, Labour have since demonised the PM and given the false impression that he acts alone. But anyone who knows him, and I do, knows that he is a team player. I am sure that he will use the full strength of his team in the upcoming campaign."

Despite his success, having become a force to be reckoned with inside the Brussels parliament, Busuttil had also been in charge of the 2009 MEP election campaign which he stewarded, the second time the Nationalists failed to win a majority in the European elections.

"That election took place one year after the 2008 general election and a few months after the hike in electricity bills. If you recall, we started off that campaign fighting for a second seat out of five and in the event we almost snatched a third seat out of six.

"I would much prefer European Parliament elections to be fought on European issues and we can win those arguments hands down. But we all know that European and local elections suffer heavily from protest voting against the national Government.

"This happens in Malta and it happens in other countries. There is a limit to what you can do about it."

There is no doubt that Busuttil will be reinforcing the message that voting for the Nationalists, even at a time when polls indicate Labour's ascendancy and a thirst for change, is still a safe and better bet.

"Despite its shortcomings you know where you stand and you know that change is always for the better," he says of voting for the PN.

"With a Labour Government you are risking a change for the worse and it is just not worth it."

Busuttil claims Labour's vision of Malta's place in Europe is still ambivalent, citing as examples its frequent threats of veto and "cagey" statements on changing the Accession Treaty.

"We must explain that our jobs, our education and our health services - and therefore our bread and butter issues - depend on the success that Malta makes of its rightful place in Europe. It is as stark as that. And make no mistake about it, there is only one party that can be trusted with our European policy and that is the PN."

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Sewwa dan se jaqta l-,b.jd' biex jinki lil mara? Mela gejn fid-dinja biex inkunu blackmailed mill-PN; jew tivvota lili jew inhabbel!
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Sewwa dan se jaqta l-,b.jd' biex jinki lil mara? Mela gejn fid-dinja biex inkunu blackmailed mill-PN; jew tivvota lili jew inhabbel!
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Yes. To make good for the over 6,000,000,000 euro (Six thousand million, or six billion)debt your irresponsible government succeeded in dumping on the Maltese taxpayers. Taf tisthi GAHAN !! Can you tell us what good has Malta gained through your interventions in European Parliament ?. FACTS not bullshit.
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This gonzi clone seems to have conveniently forgotten who created these financial conditions in the first place.
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"the party...is a coalition of conservatives and social liberals" PN being conservative (ayatollahs) and the liberal side of this coalition being JPO? You are fooling only yourself, Simon. If PN had its way we'd be living in a full blown theocracy. The rats are fleeing the sinking ship, but for some reason you have arrived to man the bilge pumps...but the bow has been torn off. Why are you here? You didn't listen to the Maltese people when we said we did not want ACTA, but you still voted in favour. I hope you get elected to the Maltese Parliament, give up your seat in Brussels and spend the next few years watching your beloved PN wither into obscurity as more progressive forward-looking individuals brush aside your party's regressive policies and seek to enhance the quality of life for all, not the select few.
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@ simon busuttil & PNL Intom tahsbuna cwiec jaqaw? Jekk il- PL imur ghand l- EU ghall bailout ghax il- partit li intom tghamlu parti minnu berbaq flus il- Maltin u halla 5 Biljun Ewro dejn!! Izda dan mhux kollox, kemm domtu fil gvern intom il- kaxxa ta malta tant zarmajtuha li biex il- gvern ikompli jahdem u kollox jidher li miexi fuq ir- rubini biehhejtu l- assi kollha tal poplu Malti bi prezz baxx, bhall Mid-Med Bank u il- Go, ohrajn fallejtuhom ghax intom inkompetenti bhall SeaMalta, Enemalta u AirMalta. Isthu jekk tafu tisthu!!
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This sounds like the season has opened for a general election. It’s a reflection of the FOX in sheep clothing. The strategy seems to be that the voice of the PN propaganda for this election should come from new faces as the old ones have all lost their creditability. Now for Simon the facts are as his mentor and partner in illusions Richard Cachia Caruana. Add to the mix that immoral mouthpiece from Bidnija and rest assured that they are convinced that they can fool and intimidate the electorate for another term so that their cabals can continue sharing the financial rewards and burden this island with another billion or two of national debt. One will find it hard to forget that the financially troubled states of the EU were all duped by right wing conservative’s governments and their disgraceful administration of squandering national assets which were replaced with insurmountable debts. The agenda has remained very simple and it’s a matter of time before the Maltese working class can finally wake up from it’s slumber and take a united stand against a policy of TAX, SPEND and BORROW to appease their friends within their inner political circles for tax relief and tax evasion while the working poor and the middle class continue to foot the bill. Simon Busuttil should be reminded that Malta is well aware on whose side of history he remains grounded as one only has to look at his record in the EU negotiations and his record in the EU parliament. Ask about the hunting season if in doubt.
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Well done Dr. Busuttil, I do hope that you realise that in your last paragraph you have knocked 69 Maltese members of parliament out of office, or perhaps is this not of any importance to you?
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Who is worthwhile ? Gonzi?? Mr Simon Busuttil I thought you had more inteligence then this. You started on a bad footing, One of the first U Turns. I thought you weren't going to stand for General Elections. "With a Labour Government you are risking a change for the worse and it is just not worth it." Life is full of risks. I prefer to risk than bury myself under the staled, selfish egoistic Nationalist Government. Probably you nest in turn to be Prime Minister and inherit the disasters done by your Leader. Its time for a drastic change, so pack up and GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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" .....PN can be trusted with economic vision..." considering that he would be losing out as a MP financially Simon's economic vision is the €500 per week rise to make up his losses from turning MP from a MEP. Simon you took a lot of people for a ride with your EU Utopia dream you can't fool us any more.
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If we ever need a bailout it will be because of the 5billion euros of debt inherited from Lawrence Gonzi and Eddie Fenech Adami. Simon you're a nice guy. Don't become pathetic just because you're contesting the local election.
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"This is why I envisage that with a Labour government we are likely to be knocking Europe's door for a bailout in one or two years' time." / Yes, Dr Busuttil in two years all the dirt hidden by the GonziPN will emerge and we will suddenly learn that we are another Greece. I think you know how much hidden dirt there is and that is why you are predicting this. Two years my be the right time for Labour to dig into all the financial mess created by 25 years of PN in government.
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Ghaziz PNL: Jimporta tghidli minn fejn tixtri l-inbid tieghek please forsi nibda nara bhalek?
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Zack Depasquale
It will not be a surprise that after 25 years of money no problem, Malta would be needing a bailout after two years of Labour when all the accounts are settled and done and the real facts emerge what is the true financial situation of Malta.As if GonziPN will be leaving a stable economy and finacial situation. Hallina nghixu Simon diga bdejt tghid il-hmerijiet.
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Simon the next leader of the P.N. Wow their future seems bleaker then ever.You should have stayed in Brussels Simon, the chairs in the European parliament are far more comfortable the the opposition chairs in the Maltese parliament.
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Gonzipn was a winner and still is........at least for those who think. His wise economical sense and his love for the country has kept Malta stable and safe in the present European economic turmoil with one of the best unemployment record and the creation of jobs. Not mentioning the excellent vision of modernising the whole education system and especially the excellent remodelling of a modern and efficient schooling premises structure.......one new school a year. Where are the complaints by parents after the summer months ? Non existent ! Also Gonzi managed the restructure and 'clean' the party from the 'old/passé guys although was saddled with a couple of 'no good' new guys which will now be also cleaned. Yes Gonzi has done wonders for Malta and the party which is now ready for the future to carry on the job for the next years. Yes Busuttil is one of those who will continue the process under Gonzi who has still allot to give ! Prosit Gonzi pn !
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What a cheap shot. I really would have never thought that Mr. Busuttil would resort to scaremongering instead of dealing with the shortcomings of his own party and proposing solutions. Basically he is proposing more of the same should the PN be elected and this from a person who is supposed to be feeling the pulse of the electorate.
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Anette B Cassar
M'ghandix Dubju SB. Ghax Il PN ikun tellgha id-dejn imma. 5 biljun jew kemm ga. Nofshom kem ilu Gonzi jmexxi. X'ipokresija.
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Tiskanta kemm int bravu Dr Busuttil. Int min ghamlek avukat ? Possibli li int in- nies tahsibhom mzazen ? Kif qed tiddikjara int mela qed tammetti li il-finanzi tal-pajjiz mhumiex f'idejn sodi bhal ma qed tippruvaw tbellawha lill ftit. Haga ragonevoli din. Mela insejt li minn mindu gonzidcgpn ha it-tmun, dan mela il-pajjiz b'dejn liema bhalu. U xi nejdu ghat-tberbiq tal-flus bhal per ezempju it-teatru bla saqaf (xi kruha), il-qabda festini, il-pont li ma jaghti ghal imkien u issa sabiex il-powerstation tal BWSC nikkonvertuha ghal gas. Ibqa zgur sur avukat li minn ghalik taf kollox. Li dan it-tberbiq tat-taxxi tagyhna mhux se jsehh taht gvern gdid laburista. Din id-dikjarazzjoni tieghek tixbah hafna meta qabel ir-referendum tal-Eu, int ghidt li ma jigux barraniin jahdmu Malta ghax it-trend kienet ghal-pajjizi tan-Nord. Vera ghandek vizzjoni mil-izjed fqira jiddispjacini nghidlek ghax Malta, kif taf int ukoll, intlejna b'eluf ta' haddiema barranin li jithallsu bis-soldi u hadu post il-Maltin.
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Tiskanta kemm int bravu Dr Busuttil. Int min ghamlek avukat ? Possibli li int in- nies tahsibhom mzazen ? Kif qed tiddikjara int mela qed tammetti li il-finanzi tal-pajjiz mhumiex f'idejn sodi bhal ma qed tippruvaw tbellawha lill ftit. Haga ragonevoli din. Mela insejt li minn mindu gonzidcgpn ha it-tmun, dan mela il-pajjiz b'dejn liema bhalu. U xi nejdu ghat-tberbiq tal-flus bhal per ezempju it-teatru bla saqaf (xi kruha), il-qabda festini, il-pont li ma jaghti ghal imkien u issa sabiex il-powerstation tal BWSC nikkonvertuha ghal gas. Ibqa zgur sur avukat li minn ghalik taf kollox. Li dan it-tberbiq tat-taxxi tagyhna mhux se jsehh taht gvern gdid laburista. Din id-dikjarazzjoni tieghek tixbah hafna meta qabel ir-referendum tal-Eu, int ghidt li ma jigux barraniin jahdmu Malta ghax it-trend kienet ghal-pajjizi tan-Nord. Vera ghandek vizzjoni mil-izjed fqira jiddispjacini nghidlek ghax Malta, kif taf int ukoll, intlejna b'eluf ta' haddiema barranin li jithallsu bis-soldi u hadu post il-Maltin.
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Bailout! Bailout! LOL . If we add up the huge debts of the Entities plus our national debt, bet we already need a bailout. Simon Simon who's the fairest of them all, just say zilch, no one is going to believe simple Simon anymore. Remember A.C.T.A. . Remember the fibs to the hunters and later it turned out as total deceit. How many times he boasts that two MEP's on the PN side can do more work than the four on the Pl side which is a total fabrication. Simple Simon please, please stop this hullabaloos . Dr.Busuttil is one of a kind. His best is to conceal and wane, past experience of so many deceptions before we joined the EU that manna was going to drop from the sky and heaven, in point of fact is the reverse indeed.
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Luke Camilleri
You know something we don't know Dr. Busuttil? You should know, even you were in Brussels! You know how the GonziPN Gang of cronies sold off everything and are leaving debts running into MILLIONS! iF THERE EVER WILL BE A BALE OUT REQUEST IT'S CERTAINLY NOT THANKS TO LABOUR!
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Does Busuttil know something about the actual financial and economic situation of our Islands which the general public does not know? Are there any plans to try to destabilize the economic situation if a Labour Government is elected?
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I used to think that this guy was different but as time goes by he shows that he is another clone of Gonzi. Their politics is based on Spin and lies trying to belittle their opponents rather than come up with ideas and words that show a sense of maturity
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Paul Sammut
Too Late the Hero.
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All sweet talk Simon, you now what, I hope that this time you will not lie and make empty promises like you did before Malta joined the EU. And regarding the bailout, Malta is not very far away, thanks to the PAR IDEJN SODI and the shinning finance minister.
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SB says "This is why I envisage that with a Labour government we are likely to be knocking Europe's door for a bailout in one or two years' time." The only reason why a labour government might have to ask for a bailout if elected is finding an economic black hole much larger than is depicted by the current government and disguised using various financial creative strategems. Indeed I would suggest that one of the first actions JM should initiate if elected is to set a high powered group of financial experts including foreign experts to establish the true current indebtedness of government including guarantees provided to public entities and debts carried forward in a way that they do not appear on the current financial books.
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Simon Busuttil - 'The PN is a coalition of conservatives and social liberals who share the same economic policy but who view social change somewhat differently.'...Jidher illi ilu Brussels dan! Staqsi lil JPO kemm intom liberals...l-aktar il-Master tieghek illi mar jivvota KONTRA id-divorzju meta il-poplu ivvota FAVUR! Ahjar titkellem fuq it-tbazwira tieghek dwar l-ACTA u il-burden Sharing! Jew ilek ma tidhol go xi kcina...m'hemmx bzonn ta ghax GonziPN gol hajt dahhalna!
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‘We’ll be knocking at Europe’s door for a bailout with Labour’ – MEP ------ Of all people, simon busuttil ghandu l-wicc tost jghid li l-labour se jkollu jitlob ghal bailout mill-Ewropa, kemm jahseb li n-nies huma hmir u cwiec !!!!! Lanqas ma jafx simon busuttil li kien gonzipn u l-klikka ta' hazen li hemm madwaru li gharrquna bid-dejn li ISSA QABEZ L-ERBA BILJUN EWRO !!!! Il-bailouts, u dan suppost jafu sew simon busuttil, jitolbuhom pajjizi li huma mgharrqin sa grizmejhom fid-dejn --- u jekk malta tinsab f'din il-pozizzjoni, dan zgur li hu tort ta' nies bhal fenech adami, john dalli, bonello dupuis, josef bonnici, gonzipn, tonio fenech u l-klikka tas-soltu li taf biss terda u tharbat il-partimonju finanzjarju tal-pajjiz - dawn huma n-nies li gabu lil malta fix-xifer ta' kollass finanzjarju mela l-partit laburista - --- imma jekk minn issa, la deffes imniehru fil-politika nazzjonali, simon busuttil se jibda jghid il-hmerijiet u JIGDEB, allura jkun ferm ahjar ghalih imur ibiegh l-imsiemer, il-kavilji u xi cappetta jew xi bott zebgha mill-hanut ta' missieru f'mannarinu !!!!!
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Joseph MELI
Getting bailout money will be the only way we will get any of the money back the Blue-Jackets gave away as purported loans to other distressed EU nations -as that is money "lent" we will never see repaid.Anyway whats the problem?As all we have to do,like Greece will eventually do, is simply renege on our repayments and declare bankruptcy(if that isn't already the situation).
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Stefan Mifsud
"This is why I envisage that with a Labour government we are likely to be knocking Europe's door for a bailout in one or two years' time. ....." Now that is rich. Even very wealthy. If Malta would need a bailout within 2 years of a PL government it will not be because of PL policies but because of 25 years of GonziPN squandering of the people's money and wealth.