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In an interview with Newsbook.com.mt, Dr Therese Comodini Cachia, aspiring leader of the Partit Nazzjonalista said that the electorate needs to start seeing that the PN stands for truth, justice and equity. She said that these values are not simply philosophical ones but translate into tangible benefits in that they assure that everyone will get what they are entitled to. What follows are snippets of the answers which Dr Comodini Cachia gave in the interview which can be followed in this article.
Did you really give a chance to Adrian Delia?
Therese Comodini Cachia explained that one cannot build the foundations of a political party by the principle of ‘Divide and Rule’ as Dr Delia she said had done. She said that Adrian Delia had not been given the right advice and that it was not herself or the other MPs who condemned Adrian Delia but it was the strategy of divisive politics he was advised to implement that condemned him, stated Comodini Cachia.
“I never labelled Delia. I never said he is corrupt. I always told Delia the truth.”
Comodini Cachia expalined how in these last few days following the developments in the current political scenario within the Nationalist Party, many PN supporters feel that a new page is being written in the best interest of the party and once again expressed hope in what they though was lost.
Asked by Sylvana Debono if there is still hope for the PN to be seen as an alternative government, for the next general election, Therese Comodini Cachia, confidently said yes while continued to explain that the parliamentary group and the executive committee did give Adrian Delia the chance to lead. This aside she said that the party needs to once again gain the people’s trust, to generate enthusiasim in people that the PN can truly lead the country. If the PN does not manage to deliver this than the party fails, explained Therese Comodini Cachia.
“The PN has never been in this situation. I am trying to guide the party in the right direction”
A good aspiring leader has to acknowledge the good traits in others. Can you mention at least three positive things Adrian Delia did well in as a PN leader?
In her reply, Therese Comodini Cachia acknowledged that Adrian Delia entered into politics, to lead the PN, with good intentions. “I believed Adrian Delia went in with all the good intentions when he said he wanted to build a strong PN.”
Another aspect she mentioned was his determination in his fight against the alleged corruption in the Vitals deal and that she admired his decision to consult with the PN parliamentary group whether to publish the Egrant report or not. Therese Comodini Cachia said that Delia made the right decision to publish the report for public scrutiny.
Is the PN and the country ready for a female party leader?
Therese Comodini Cachia said that she has faith in the country and faith in the Nationalist Party but cannot answer such question and will leave it in the voters’ hands. She then referred to the number of females elected in the Maltese Parliament and the European Parliament.
“I have a 13-year-old daughter and I always tell her that, yes, she is a woman that like any other man when you identify your abilities and your limitations then you would have found the key to success” – said Therese Comodini Cachia and further explained that the limitations once has to acknowledge are not the ones imposed by society.
Many criticise you as being elitist, indecisive over you seat in the Maltese Parliament and for having a husband who is labour voting. Aren’t these huge hurdles to overcome as a potential leader?
None of these are hurdles, said Comodini Cachia. As an MEP she used to travel to Brussells every Monday and back every Thursday and this was only possible because she had a continuous support system from her family which she will continue having, said Comodini Cachia.
She also said that she consulted with her daughter before deciding to accept the nomination as an Opposition leader by the 19 MPs.
On a personal note, Therese Comodini Cachia said that like many couples they faced challenging times and faced a separation process and have now been separated for over a year. “I believe the vote is something personal for one to decide. If you want to know how he votes, ask him.”
On being criticised as being elitist Comodini Cachia said that to label people as those who are elitist and those who aren’t pne would be disrespecting Maltese culture especially when the PN needs the backing and nees to regain the trust of each individual.
The issue of abortion was also mentioned by Therese Comodini Cachia. She stated that she is against abortion both on a personal level as well as backing the party stand anti-abortion on the matter.
What are the values you believe in?
As a leader one must provide guidance, political direction based on principles and values, said Comodini Cachia. The values of truth, justice and equity, said Comodini Cachia, are, in her view the basics needed for solid foundations.
“Truth not only to PN members but to everyone and that leads to justice and ultimately to equity”
Therese Comodini Cachia said that a government needs to give the right opportunites to imporve the quality of life of everyone and that one’s right needs to be guaranteed but not at the cost of stealing it from someone else.
“The current situation within the PN is currently my first priority. It is a crisis the PN is facing but also a crisis on a national level.”
Therese Comodini Cachia concluded the interview with Newsbook Editor-in-Chief, Sylvana Debono by stressing that the country cannot afford to have a weak Opposition. She explained that whenever she faces a challenge or a crisis she tables all options possible to deal with the issue and that is what she has done on the current PN situation. Therese Comodini Cachia stated that her final aim is to build a strong Opposition which can be trusted.