Partit Nazzjonalista leader Adrian Delia said that Partit Laburista is supporting a Spitzenkandidat who is in favour of tax harmonisation, referring to European Commissioner Frans Timmermans. Referring to the first leader debate held on Thursday, Delia claimed that Partit Laburista leader Joseph Muscat found it difficult to be have his party labeled as ‘Socialist’ and that his party forms part of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) at a European level.
Addressing a political activity at the Party club in Għargħur, Delia explained that Timmermans supported tax harmonisation, a process which adjusts tax systems of different jurisdictions in the pursuit of a common policy objective, and had even placed it on his manifesto saying that this means that Partit Laburista supports tax harmonisation as a party at a European level, which would see a common policy that would affect Malta’s tax regime.
Delia explained that if tax harmonisation was to become law, Malta would lose its sovereignty over regulating its own tax regime, saying that the Partit Nazzjonalista had worked tirelessly on building the sector and the country’s reputation. The sector, Delia explained creates thousands of job opportunities in the financial services sector and the jobs created are quality jobs. According to the PN leader Timmermans wants to remove Malta’s competitive advantage.
‘Creating a wider divide’
Referring to Muscat’s comments during the leader debate on Thursday, during which the PL leader said that he does not want to see Maltese workers doing certain unskilled jobs such as picking up rubbish, Delia claimed that Muscat ‘clearly stated’ that he wants ‘to import slaves from abroad’. He continued by saying that such an approach would create different classes of people which are treated differently. Delia told those gathered, that Muscat treats Maltese and Gozitans differently as well as distinguishes between men and women.
Delia further said that the PL leader was mocking unskilled workers whilst thanking various categories of workers.
‘We want a young-spirited party’
Referring to a 16-year-old candidate who will be contesting with PN in the upcoming local council election, Delia thanked him for putting himself at the service of his locality and country while he said that the PN does not want youths to only be part of the party, but wants the party to be oriented towards the youths. Delia reiterated that the Party believes in the talents and capabilities of youths. Delia admitted that the youths active within the party are helping the party to change its ways.
‘Muscat does not want to accept that this election is not about him’
Referring to Workers’ Day mass meeting organised by Partit Laburista for which the stage was set up on the stairs of the Office of the Prime Minister, Delia said that Muscat ‘used Castille as his backroom’. He claimed that the PL leader does not want to accept that the upcoming elections were not about him. Delia referred to claims made by Muscat when he said that EP elections and Local Council elections were not his favourite elections, reminding that Muscat had campaigned against Malta’s accession to the EU. Delia reminded that the upcoming election was about have a stronger voice within the EU.
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