Former Nationalist Party Leader Simon Busuttil said yesterday that, while his chapter in local politics is drawing to a close, he will keep up his fight against corruption in his new role as Secretary General of the European People’s Party (EPP).
Busuttil will take up the new role next month, after resigning from the Maltese Parliament.
Interviewed by The Malta Independent Deputy Editor-in-Chief Neil Camilleri on this week’s edition of Indepth, Busuttil said, “the idea of Europe, that we are Maltese and European, has always been my greatest passion. I will still be there for the Maltese people, working to safeguard democracy and the rule of law, in Malta and other Member States.”
Busuttil said the PN had made a number of mistakes but these can never be compared to the Labour government’s corruption.
“Just a few months ago, Robert Abela was backing Joseph Muscat,” he said of the new Prime Minister. “Corruption is still there and it stinks. Corruption is not blue or red, it is filth and it has no place in politics.”
Asked about the current situation in the PN, Busuttil remarked that it is in everyone’s best interest for the country to have a strong Opposition.
When asked whether the PN needs a new leader, Busuttil said, “The Nationalist Party is part of my blood and I will not speak publicly in any way that would harm my party. Does this mean I do not have an opinion? Of course I do, but I voice these opinions internally with the party and sometimes with Delia too. I love the party, not because it is blue, but because being part of the Nationalist Party means to love Malta.”