07 Sep When I was offered a parliamentary secretariat by another name I said : ‘NO’
The Times 1st June 2012
The Times 1st June 2012, story entitled : ‘Offers took Debono close to abstaining’
Meanwhile, Dr Gonzi yesterday confirmed that negotiations had taken place with Dr Debono before the vote.
“My door was always open,” he said, admitting that he was not sure about Dr Debono’s voting intentions despite having said on Wednesday that he was not surprised by the outcome.
Basically those negotiations were about me having the role of parliamentary secretary but by another name including a chauffeur and car, and staff. I would have had the role of implimenting the reforms which after all, I proposed! I have a document which proves all this. But after all the Prime Minister has confirmed the negotiations himself, personally and on record.
And my reply was : ‘NO’. Carm Mifsud Bonnici had to resign from Home Affairs becuase he was doing a lot of harm through incompetence and mismanagement. In fact on the day of the vote it was reported that he came close to resigning from Leader of the House, and this took me close to abstaining since he was going to shoulder responsibility, but his gretaest blunders were not a s Leader of the house but in justice and Home Affairs.
It seems that in Malta attending mass is a substitute for ministerial accountability!
From day one I insisted on accountability and THAT EVERYONE INCLDUDING MINISTERS MUST FACE THE CONSEQUENCES OF THEIR ACTIONS.
I had been telling the Prime Minister for months it was unacceptable that Austin Gatt did not resign after BWSC and arriva, and that Carm was allowed to continue to wreak havoc in Justice and Home Affairs.
What I did was newither personal, nor motivated by the slightest personal gain, but by my strong conviction that Justice and Home Affairs were being damaged on a daily basis.
History will analyse if it is right that Carm M ifsud Bonnici should have some preferential treatment just because, as he himself said his father and granfather were in the party. What is this? A monarchy, inherited from father to son?
The Strasbourg Court in a case involving the Mifsud Bonnicis described a a particular set up as ‘unacceptable-all-in-the-family-jamboree’