Chris Fearne on Newsbook.com.mt

Interviewed by Fr Joe Borg

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

17:06 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"
Sylvana Debono
17:05 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"
Sylvana Debono
17:03 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"
Sylvana Debono
17:02 On implementing systems: "If the systems are in place, then it will not be an issue of having a rotten apple."
Sylvana Debono
17:00 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."
Sylvana Debono
16:59 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."
Sylvana Debono
16:58 On Chris Cardona: "A minister who goes to a brothel…something he should see for himself…many do it"
Sylvana Debono
16:57 On Konrad Mizzi: "There was never a discussion on Konrad Mizzi. If something is proved on Mizzi the party will take steps"
Sylvana Debono
16:56 On party governance: "A system needs to be put in place to qualify a person."
Sylvana Debono
16:54 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"
Sylvana Debono
16:53 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"
Sylvana Debono
16:53 On the Venice Commission: "Public Prosecutor needs to have the comfort of two-thirds parliamentary protection"
Sylvana Debono
16:51 On 'the fourth floor': "I am a stickler for correct procedure. We can do much better on checks and balances in institutions"
Sylvana Debono
16:49 On Euthanasia: "I do not agree with instigating death"
Sylvana Debono
16:48 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"
Sylvana Debono
16:47 On the introduction of abortion: "LE" (No)
Sylvana Debono
16:46 On Pensions: "There is no reason why the capping of pensions should not be removed"
Sylvana Debono
16:45 On Pensioners: "Pensioners need to be addressed and pensions should be increased not only by COLA but at a faster rate"
Sylvana Debono
16:44 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"
Sylvana Debono
16:43 On the issue of the 22 children: "I am quite confident that the issue of the 22 children will be solved on appeal"
Sylvana Debono
16:41 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. "
Sylvana Debono
16:41 On poverty: "attacking pay inequalities will mean attacking one of the root causes of poverty"
Sylvana Debono
16:37 On the social conscience: "The Social Conscience for me is being in a position to do something to change people's lives"
Maria Callus
16:36 We shall be giving short snippets of the most important points made by Deputy PM and leadership hopeful Chris Fearne
Maria Callus
16:35 Soon …soon there has been a little delay due to unforeseen circumstances
Maria Callus

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.

Newsbook.com.mt will also be hosting the other PL leadership hopeful, Dr Robert Abela next week.