Last Sunday Opposition leader Joseph Muscat appealed to all true Nationalists, disgruntled with the current leadership and who truly want the best for Malta and its people to join the Labour movement.
Muscat said that the traditional political parties were finished and to stay relevant they must be open for everyone. The decline of traditional political parties can be seen all over Europe, and aware of these changes the Labour Party in the last four years has worked hard to get out of its restricted partisan attitude to become more open to diversity.
Muscat said that Malta is still a confessional country that is still withholding basic rights to many. A case in point is the lack of a law on IVF, which was being side-lined by the PN in order for the party not to lose conservatives’ votes. Muscat promised that the IVF law would be the first law a Labour government would present in parliament. “We cannot possibly prolong the suffering of would-be parents in denying them a technology that will help with their efforts at procreation!”
It was only last year that the PN did all it can to resist the introduction of the civil right of divorce in Malta in the same way that in the 70s it resisted the decriminalization of homosexuality in Malta.
At its best, the Labour Party has always been the party of the downtrodden, the vulnerable, those who are discriminated against, and those who are deprived of full human rights.
It will continue to live up to this liberal tradition.