Real reform needed to give PL its moral compass – Bartolo

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Partit Laburista needs a real reform which would give the party its moral compass, Foreign Affairs Minister Evarist Bartolo wrote on his personal Facebook page.

Cosmetic changes did not address the rot, Bartolo said.

Former Partit Laburista leader Joseph Muscat resigned following a political crisis triggered by the murder of the investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. He was succeeded by backbencher Robert Abela who was elected by paid-up party supporters. Abela was appointed as Prime Minister. In November, OPM Chief of Staff Keith Schembri and Minister Konrad Mizzi also stepped down. Recently former Economic Minister Chris Cardona resigned from Parliament and was forced to step down from PL Deputy Leader for party affairs.

Schembri and Cardona’s names have surfaced during testimonies in proceedings related to the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Bartolo who frequently takes to Facebook to reflect on the political situation, warned that the country could face an economic crisis if the government does not take concrete action to tackle financial crime, on Saturday. He warned that Malta was risking grey-listing.

On Sunday, Bartolo said that it was not enough to superficially address the issues using new slogans or resorting to rebranding the party. He stressed that country requires a moral renewal. Partit Laburista requires a moral compass, having honesty and integrity as its guides, Bartolo said.

“We cannot be a car without breaks or GPS. We cannot be a screen behind which hide a few rich people who, without scruples rake in the wealth and take over the nation’s institutions for their personal interests,” Bartolo wrote.

Bartolo served as minister in Muscat’s government from 2013 until 2019.

Il-jum it-tajjeb.Qed nghidu li rridu niggeddu bhala Partit Laburista.Bis-serjeta`?Basta mhux billi sempliciment…

Posted by Evarist Bartolo on Saturday, June 20, 2020

On Saturday, Bartolo reacted to revelations by Times of Malta and Reuters that an Enemalta wind farm deal in Montenegro allowed Daphne Caruana Galizia murder suspect Yorgen Fenech to pocket millions through his Dubai-based company, 17 Black, which was named as “target client” of the Panama companies set up for Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri.