When I was offered a parliamentary secretariat by another name I said : ‘NO’

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!


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’

  • joe camilleri
    Posted at 19:05h, 07 September

    Dr Debono please spjegali din. Allura l-ministri BISS iridu jerfghu ir-responsabbilta`, nghid jien il-prim ministru allura ipprivileggjat? M`hu
    responsabbli ta`xejn u ghal hadd. Vera li spallejh aktar jixbhu spalliera tal-plastic milli ta` Ursus.

  • Josephine
    Posted at 17:53h, 07 September

    Il-Partit nazzjonalista…. tieghi, ta’ missieri u ta’ missier missieri!!!

    tiftakruh jghid hekk?

  • Rettis
    Posted at 16:29h, 07 September

    Franco int ragel, xi darba ikkontesta ghal-kap tal-partit PN

  • Meritocracy
    Posted at 14:46h, 07 September
  • Ethelbert Schembri
    Posted at 14:06h, 07 September

    I find this very interesting !!

    Dr Debono, why do you keep complaining about Dr Agostino Pio when you had all the chance to vote against him like you did against Dr Mifsud Bonnici but you just abstained so giving him all the right to keep on bulldozing on us all and keep on going with the mess at TM ??

    I admire you for doing your constitutional duty by scrutinising the Govt and expose it’s deficiency!! But I guess you know more than most that the PN don’t care about words they only care about actions, so when it’s time act for the good of our country.

    Thanks !!

  • Spiru
    Posted at 13:31h, 07 September

    This time round I really agree with you, although there were some of my comments you refused to publish earlier this week. Reading your blog makes a nice change from DCG’s. Really ? Were you so naive as to think that Austin would resign ? Mela dak jaf x’inhi dicenza ?

  • Grilled Angus Beef
    Posted at 13:07h, 07 September

    Nothing new, and I believe you even though Gonzi denied all this.
    Gonzi who is now trying to ride on your band wagon talks of values.
    Throughout his administration we have had nothing but corrupt deals.
    It is not easy to prove corruption, especially when the one involved is a lawyer. When the deals are done it is liquid cash under the table and sometimes it travels from on hand to another before it arrives to destination.
    Even PL members have been lured into deals where they are shareholders together with Staunch PN members.
    The BWSC scandal was never proven but we all know it was not a straight cut story, and are infact suffering the consequences.
    Take Mater Dei Hospital, we all know it cost 10 times more then what was budgeted,and corruption was rife and oreder of the day, but go prove it.
    We all know about the encroachments like Paradise Bay and Golden Bay given to staunch PN canvassers and benefactors.
    I shall not go on because we will never end.
    And then, ScareFace Gonzi comes out talking of Values- isthi ja purcinell..

  • robert
    Posted at 12:46h, 07 September

    it is unbelievable, Gonzi will go in history as the most rude, arrogant and corrupt pm Malta ever had .

    If one use and abuse public money by offer parliamentary secretary with all cost or other favors just to buy his vote ,that is called corruption .
    one wonder if this corruption happened before.
    its not only you Dr Debono who called him liar but even those close to him like Minister Tonio Fenech as when Gonzi said he created 20,000 jobs Fenech said 4000 .

    many other PN MPs privately call him all kind of names but in public they dont have the guts to tell him NO now we are fed up with you .


  • Constance
    Posted at 12:36h, 07 September

    That Carm Mifsud Bonnici was a good for nothing is something that many have known for a long time. Franco Debono was very easy on him at first but he still would not budge. Real journalists were writing about Carm here: http://malta-exposed.blogspot.com/2009/12/oppressive-decrees.html

  • Remember Marie Claire
    Posted at 12:05h, 07 September

    There is a lot of information about Daphne Caruana Galizia here: http://malta-exposed.blogspot.com/2012/08/daphne-caruana-galizia-profile.html and people are adding more and more information.

    • facciola
      Posted at 17:18h, 07 September

      Daphne malajr kitbet lil Google biex innehhu is-sindikajr fuqha: hi ma jimpurtax jekk tivvinta hnizrijiet fuq haddiehor!
      Vera facciola u miskina din l-mara li tridha bhala champion tal- ‘freedom of expression!

    Posted at 11:34h, 07 September

    Kollha jinqdew bil knisja imorru fil bankijiet ta quddiem , Jaghlqu halq il knisja billi jaghmlu xi opra fil knisja mill fond tal kawzi gusti .Specjalment il knejjes ta birkikara u d distrett tal ministru tal finanzi.Imbaghad jigi Beppe fil knejjes ta dan id distrett , kollha iduruhom il knejjes .

  • john
    Posted at 11:11h, 07 September

    Proset Franco….Ragel ta principju int ….. kellu bzonn il politikanti kolla bhalek!

    • tas-south
      Posted at 13:38h, 07 September


  • Threaded Upon Citizen
    Posted at 10:06h, 07 September

    The Maltese people are intelligent and astute. The stuff DCG throws is read by internet savvy people who are intelligent people and will filter the sewage and send it into the sewers for processing and purification. In the process however these internet savvy Maltese have changed their opinion of PN, as they have a modern fair meritrocratic forward looking mentality.
    All DCG is doing is producing material for the sewers with the difference that on its way to the sewers it has damaged the PN considerably and significantly and has lost the PN intelligent voters who now won’t vote since nothing was done to stop the sewage dumping process.
    You only need an IQ of below average to work out what I have just said.
    But I fully agree: NOBODY should be silenced as then with the colonel costume we would have small moustache added.
    Jien familja Nazzjonalista li qelet hafna fuq wiccha ghax mhux tal qalba.

    • Bylharzya
      Posted at 10:23h, 07 September

      What means threaded upon?

      • Bylharzya
        Posted at 10:24h, 07 September

        Who is DCG?

        • Grilled Angus Beef
          Posted at 11:06h, 07 September

          DCG is an ex feature writer.

          • Grilled Angus Beef
            Posted at 11:17h, 07 September

            She is a disgruntled ex feature writer who’s grand father had brought the National Bank on its knees before Mintoff saved it.
            The cousin of her husband was married to Alfred Sant.
            Her son got into problems in Malta over drugs and left the island.
            She worked for a long time with Patrick Spiteri the biggest Fraudster in Maltese history.
            She drives a BMW that rumors say was given to her as a present.
            She married when pregnant to a lawyer of good family who eventually found his way into the good books of the PN and was given several consultancies including the documentation that led to the purchase of the property in Brussels by RCC.
            In her early days she wrote that she ran around in her house in Bidnija stark naked.
            I could go on but guess you now have an idea who she is.

        • Remember Marie Claire
          Posted at 12:32h, 07 September
  • sf
    Posted at 09:56h, 07 September

    franco dawn mhux kollha wcuh godda li kien weghdna il prim minisrru qabel l ahhar elezjoni ??????

  • Paul Micallef
    Posted at 09:45h, 07 September

    It seems that Dr Franco Debono is not only getting in check the Prime Minister and his Ministers with his valid daily contributions in his blog but also he managed, hopefully, to silence at least for a week and 2 days the PN’s most damaging fanatic……Daphne Caruana Galizia.

    • Franco Debono
      Posted at 09:46h, 07 September

      @paul m icallef :

      no one should be silenced. freedom of expression is sacred, but so are the rights to reputation, personal dignity and integrity

      • Paul Micallef
        Posted at 10:04h, 07 September

        Yes you are right. I should have never used the word “silence”. But the interpretation of the word I had in mind was not to stop her from writing in her blog but to put an end to her venomous words used against those who are not as blue as she is.

        • il-Bully
          Posted at 10:56h, 07 September

          @ Paul Micallef
          What hurt me most is that my PN leaders clan has become arrogant and tas-sinjuri of the inner circle type or better still tas-sinjur minn tal-familja we have become outcast. We all bleed red blood, speak the same language (I hope) and eat from the same mouth. Of course for themselves it cost them more as per their new 600 euro raise per month not to mention other benefits.

          • Salgister
            Posted at 11:54h, 07 September

            Bully, the PN was always the Party for the Rich. Only EFA opened to PN to all categories but only to get him elected as PM. And now Gonzi is taking the PN back pre-70’s.

            The only party, which belongs to the workers is the PL. It had always been, and is the workers’ party. History can prove that easily!

      • Grilled Angus Beef
        Posted at 11:19h, 07 September

        That is what is preached, but under the PN, Matthew Bonano a young journalist was sacked by the Times oF Malta because he knew Ablea Garrett the young lady who had opposed Austin Gatt over Arriva.

    • Mangia santi cacca diavoli
      Posted at 10:08h, 07 September

      ‘in Malta attending mass is substitute of ministerial accountability’, good one Franco, but the worst thing is that a minister igerfexx u ihawwad u l-klikka tiffanga, imbaghad imorru iqerru u kollox jinhafrillhom’? Jien ma nahsibx, allavolja jitqarbnu u jidhru quddiem n-nies ‘jidhru’ li qed jitolbu.
      Frankament lili jiskandillizawni u jekk nara xi wiehed minnhom gol-Knisja fejn inkun jien, nitlaq l-barra.
      Mhux qed naghti tort lill- Knisja jew lil mahbubin qassisien biezla taghna, imma lil min jabbuza u juza lil Knisja ghal akkumilazzjoni tar-rikezzi ta din id-dinja biex min barra jidher religjuz u minn gewwa-minghajr ma jista jahbi- ikun dak li irrefera ghalih Gesu stess: qabar imbajjad!
      Franco naddfilna l-qiegha ta tahtna mhux biss mill-intejjen materjali imma anke minn din l-mizbla ‘morali’
      Tal-misthija jigi LawrenceDaphneGonzi jghallimna l-valuri, meta la jien u l-anqas l-mara ma nifilhu nghollu rasna l’fuq mil-ilma; waqt li l-kaprrijuni hadu 500 ewro kull gimgha minn taht!
      Il-mimbki Borg Olivieru u Nerik Mizzi mexxewna bl-ezempju: tal-lum iridu ikomplu(minghalihom) imexxuna minn imnihirna!

  • MAttard
    Posted at 09:35h, 07 September

    One questions Franco

    But back then why didn’t you vote against Austin Gatt…… which for me is the worst incompetent aggressive Minister of all times!!!

    • Franco Debono
      Posted at 09:36h, 07 September

      because from day one that was my declaration : that i would abstain. there were other mps who could have stood up to be counted too

      • Keith Goodlip
        Posted at 10:36h, 07 September

        Ok granted. But you did not answer MAttard. But what was the reason for you to choose to abstain the vote? What was at stake or to be gained by abstaining at that time?

        • Franco Debono
          Posted at 10:44h, 07 September

          because as i said later on dissett i had though austin would still have decency and resign. ther i must admit that i was mistaken

          • Grilled Angus Beef
            Posted at 11:22h, 07 September

            As if Gatt, will ever resign. He has worked hard to secure a luxurious retirement, to assure a bright future for his sons and his close friends, and is trying to keep the control by implanting clones into the party.

          • Salgister
            Posted at 11:56h, 07 September

            Dr. Debono you lost your moment of glory when you abstained! Now it’s no using trying to go back. Your motions won’t even be discussed because the elections are around the corner. The PM can’t take another humiliating vote again!