On HImself: "I like food and particularly wine…good wine! I am strict and target-oriented, jolly and If I will manage to eradicate poverty I will be more than happy"
On family appearance: "My wife is a professional but not the clingy type or happy to be in my shadow. I support her entirely. My children are grown up and will hardly be holding my hand"
On personal style: "I am a trained scientist so I believe in targets, key performance indicators, measurable deliverables, protocols and the emotion style cannot detract from the quantifiable results"
On implementing systems: "If the systems are in place, then it will not be an issue of having a rotten apple."
on having a Chief of Staff: "I do not want someone taking decisions in my name for whom I would be answerable. I want to be able to make the decisions and be accountable for them together with the cabinet."
On Vitals Global Healthcare: "I asked the NAO to investigate and I think that for the NAO to take 3 years to finalise a report is far too long and the office may need strengthening."
On Chris Cardona: "A minister who goes to a brothel…something he should see for himself…many do it"
On Konrad Mizzi: "There was never a discussion on Konrad Mizzi. If something is proved on Mizzi the party will take steps"
On party governance: "A system needs to be put in place to qualify a person."
On Keith Schembri:" THe Party no longer has a disciplinary board but this sorry story may lead the party to re-evaluate its risk-management structures"
Good Governance: "There will always be someone who will try to work the system but I will try to implement reforms within the first 100 days"
On the Venice Commission: "Public Prosecutor needs to have the comfort of two-thirds parliamentary protection"
On 'the fourth floor': "I am a stickler for correct procedure. We can do much better on checks and balances in institutions"
On Euthanasia: "I do not agree with instigating death"
On end of life: "End of life should be dignified and death should be as painless and dignified as possible at the very end of life"
On the introduction of abortion: "LE" (No)
On Pensions: "There is no reason why the capping of pensions should not be removed"
On Pensioners: "Pensioners need to be addressed and pensions should be increased not only by COLA but at a faster rate"
On wealth gap: "While it is true that who is rich is getting richer, the wealth is increasing all around. However, even if there is one person in poverty, that is one too many"
On the issue of the 22 children: "I am quite confident that the issue of the 22 children will be solved on appeal"
On the case of the 22 Children facing expulsion: "Children should never be pawns in political or administrative issues and where there is doubt this should be given to the children. "
On poverty: "attacking pay inequalities will mean attacking one of the root causes of poverty"
On the social conscience: "The Social Conscience for me is being in a position to do something to change people's lives"
We shall be giving short snippets of the most important points made by Deputy PM and leadership hopeful Chris Fearne
Soon …soon there has been a little delay due to unforeseen circumstances
Deputy PL leader and leadership hopeful Chris Fearne is answering questions sent by the readers of Newsbook.com.mt on Friday afternoon. The man who would be Prime Minister, if elected by the party rank and file, is being hosted by Fr Joe Borg on a special one-on-one program which is being streamed LIVE on Newsbook.com.mt
The portal had a voluminous response to the request for public participation in this democratic contribution. The questions to Chris Fearne will cover a variety of subjects from good governance and the rule of law, to more prosaic but just as important stuff such as salaries, pastimes and ethical issues.