The person behind the name – Clifford Galea (PL)
As Election Day looms closer we’ll bring you short interviews with those at the centre of the ballots – the candidates themselves.
The three political parties were sent the same questions to pass on to their respective candidates. To date the Nationalist party has sent no replies.
History teacher, Clifford Galea, 27 from Naxxar, is a columnist for it-Torca and also a TV and radio broadcaster. He will be contesting the General Elections on District 8 (Birkirkara, Lija, Iklin, Naxxar, Santa Venera) and District 12 (Mellieħa, Naxxar, Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq, San Pawl il-Baħar, Burmarrad).
What attracted you to choose a political career?
The need of a real change. We cannot continue to be spectators. We need to be protagonists!
What makes you believe in your party?
The genuity and the policy of no hidden agenda. What the people are hearing is reality.
Which party values and policies do you cherish most?
Sincerity and attention given to all the people in society. Our policies are practical and address today’s problems.
What can you offer to the electorate and if elected are there any particular issues you will campaign for?
For sure, I will always be very close to the people; something which I continually do in my village as I'm Naxxar Minority Leader at the moment. I will practice this with the entire district. However, I will surely campaign for a better education as I'm a teacher and also for a better understanding and attention to our heritage and culture. Malta is so rich in this field!
PL is breaking away from its traditional image, while PN is slowly moving towards a more inclusive attitude. What are your views on both?
PL's attitude is a very clear and positive outreach position towards all which worse for a Malta for all. On the other hand, I'm seeing PN as playing with his attitudes in order to please the voters. Today's PN is not the PN we know!
Given your background (career) what policies and bill/s will you lobby for?
I've studied Maltese and European History, followed by a Masters in Baroque Architecture and at the moment I am reading a Phd in Mediterranean Politics. Gandhi is one of my idols! I feel the lack of constant bond with the people in today's times. I'm fed up with the idea of having politicians who appear on the eve of an election. This is one thing which will make politicians more accountable. However, all policies promised by the PL should be implemented in the best way possible!
What should the public expect from a new government?
A more democratic approach and meritocracy to all not to who you are or who you know! We need to lessen bureaucracy!
How do you rate the current electoral campaign and the proposals launched so far?
I disagree with an old type of politics including personal attacks and the last minute tactics to attract voters. The PL campaign is a very positive one; something which all agree on this. Our proposals are also very tangible, some of which are not even expensive to make actual. On the other hand, some of the PN proposals are ridiculous such as the idea of lowering the electricity bills during the night.
‘Fil-Parlament ma jikbrux fjuri’ – How do you plan to be effective in Parliament?
Where there is a will there is a way! When you can't do anything more but you are honest to the people, the people understand you and support you. Let's be more effective.
PL has been in the Opposition for years. Is the party ready to govern? Why?
Sure! We are ready to change Malta to a Malta for all excluding faces and different beliefs.
Why should people vote in new blood over serving MPs? In a parliamentary structure shrouded in allegations and lack of accountability, why do you want to get involved?
As I said before, let's work to have a better quality of life, more accountability with less talk and more actions! This is the Malta all the people want!