Bernard Grech promises living income will come true under PN
A Nationalist Party government will introduce a living income framework, party leader Bernard Grech promised on Sunday.
During a political activity on Sunday morning. Grech promised that a PN government led by him would work to introduce living income to fight poverty and ensure a decent life.
“We will make living income a reality after discussing and seeing with experts the best way to implement it. Every day spent unable to lead a decent life is a wasted day,” he said.
The initial proposal came from PN MP Ivan Bartolo, who presented the proposal at a conference last Friday. At the same conference, Grech said more and more people are using food banks and soup kitchens to get by, suggesting that current social benefit schemes are not enough to lift people out of poverty. .
When MaltaToday asked the Nationalist Party about raising the minimum wage last September, the PN said it would consult social partners first before committing to anything.
“There are people who struggle mentally because they worry about making ends meet. We want people to live without this worry. Under a PN government, you will be able to live again.
“People tell us they don’t support Labour”
“Every day on home visits people tell us they don’t support Labour,” Grech said during his speech.
He castigated the PL for voting against a legislative package presented by the Nationalist Party to parliament last week. The 12-bill package included a series of anti-corruption bills, including the creation of a special investigative judge focused on corruption of public officials.
But last Thursday, government MPs voted against the bill, preventing the package from passing third reading.
“We told them to vote for Malta. We told them that we had to send a message as the highest institution in the country and show that the political class in Malta is determined to control their behavior for the good of the country – but even here they failed.
“When they rejected our proposals, they effectively rejected the verdict of the three judges who concluded the public inquiry into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia. They rejected what the Malta Chamber said, what several newspaper editorials said – they all said they were good and needed proposals for the country.
Grech then criticized Prime Minister Robert Abela, leader of the Labor Party, for his behavior when he criticized national institutions.
“When they are not under his control, he attacks them. When he needs help he sends Glenn Bedingfield to attack for him,” Grech said.
Labor Whip Glenn Bedingfield recently attacked the justice system for carrying out a raid on the property of former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. He called the incident a “persecution by the police” in a scathing parliamentary speech. and questioned whether the justice system actually operated without favor or prejudice.
“This is my message to anyone who leads a national institution – with the Nationalist Party, you are the salvation of this country. Don’t let anyone bring you down. You have the power and the responsibility to uphold the law so that this country can keep the head held high. ”
“One rule for the gods, another for all the others”
Grech also questioned a mask exemption in place for the public at the Malta Film Awards, despite pandemic regulations stating they must be retained.
“Aren’t the rules supposed to apply to everyone? It seems we have one rule for the gods and another for everyone else,” he said.
Several members of the public at the awards ceremony were spotted without masks, as the event was broadcast live on national television.
Current pandemic rules state that masks must be worn at all times during such events, only to be removed when eating or drinking.
Grech noted that government decisions on COVID-19 are made with the election in mind, rather than in the interest of public health. He said the government had done an about-face by scrapping the rules on vaccine certificates just days after they were implemented.
“More and more people realize that these rules are wrong. The government proposes and makes decisions based on their electoral impact.