Whatever the political belief, the fact that the country is going through a period of uncertainty is a known fact. People from all walks of life, newspapers who are known to sympathise with the PN and a vast majority of the voting public, all agree that Malta cannot continue on this road any longer.
Lawrence Gonzi has serious problems with his own parliamentary group. His problems have been brought about by his and his party’s administrative wrongdoings. GonziPN has burdened the people with his party’s difficulties. The economy, which is officially in a recession, despite GonziPN’s statements to the contrary; the deficit - far higher than that presented in the budget and to the EU; as well as the erosion of spending power are direct consequences of GonziPN’s arrogance in clinging to power at all costs.
His decisions are harmful to the country and its people. Dr. Gonzi cannot repeat the propaganda of the last election by overspending wildly in an effort to gain votes. He cannot keep trading favours, that will have dire financial consequences for the country, for votes. The PN derided the Labour party for its promise to reduce utility rates. The reduction of these rates will give families and businesses an extra boost, that will be a start to the regeneration of the economy. The PL has promised it will reduce these rates and Labour will maintain its promise.
The government cannot rely on a parliamentary majority anymore. Gonzi knows it and it has even been spelled out to him. He cannot go for another vote of confidence, because he cannot be confident that the three dissenting MPs will even attend parliament. The same MPs that the PN executive has banned from forming part of the PN Parliamentary group at the next election, cannot feel part of the PN group today.
His problems have been brought about by his and his party’s administrative wrongdoings. GonziPN is treating the problem of internal strife as a chess game, but he should stop using the Maltese public as pawns. His duty is to safeguard the people’s interest not to sacrifice their well-being.
Gonzi’s procrastination is harming the country and its people. Families, the business community and indeed people from a wide cross-section of the population are suffering through this government’s inaction. In his Sunday interview, the Prime Minister said that government should govern for a full legislature. Yet Gonzi voted against what he himself is saying in 1998.
The situation is far clearer now. There are three MP’s who have spoken against Gonzi’s style of government. There are many others, from both sides of the political divide, that have told him that by not calling an election soon, he is damaging the country and his party even more.