The economic model adopted by the Labour administration was not supported by the necessary infrastructure, Nationalist leader Bernard Grech said on Sunday morning.
The Opposition leader observed that the model worked for the country’s economy, and short-term monetary gain, however, it had a long term adverse impact on the environment, the people’s quality of life, and the poor infrastructure that could not support it.
Grech insisted that prime minister Robert Abela does not have the solutions to the challenges that the country is facing, which were brought about by the economic model – increasing domestic demand by artificially increasing the population – chosen by the Labour administration.
While the population was increased, the government failed to shore up the country’s infrastructure to meet the new demands, Grech observed, noting that the only capital investment carried out by the Labour-led administration was that of the road infrastructure which was financed through EU funds.
Last year’s power outages in the middle of a heatwave are testament of how the government failed to act, Grech underlined.
On Sunday, Grech also hit out at the government for doing away with good governance, as he criticised Abela for his recent attacks on the judiciary.
“Abela attacks the court and the judiciary because he cannot control them. The same way in which he has now started attacking former Standards Commissioner George Hyzler for having investigated government MPs and found them in breach of ethics. Abela is criticising those decisions because he did not agree with the outcome,” Grech said.
The Nationalist leader also spoke about the need to address the issue of inflation at its roots, underlining that the party had repeatedly warned the government of the cost-of-living crisis. Grech reiterated the Opposition’s proposals that of not taxing the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) and providing tax credits to employers in order to support them without forcing them to shift rising costs onto consumers.
Speaking about the drug law reform, Grech said that a coalition of the willing was needed to stand up against moral decadence. He insisted that the PN wants to help those who are suffering, the children and the youths, however, the war on drugs was necessary.
On Saturday, the justice ministry announced that the public consultation on its controversial White Paper for the reform of Malta’s drug laws had closed.
The ministry said it welcomed the submissions from stakeholders and citizens, who had “showed a positive response” during the public consultation.