Labour : ensuring a smooth transition
Franco Debono has made many a statement during the past 12 months. He abstained when a vote of no confidence was submitted against Minister Austin Gatt. He explained that he did so as he wanted to give the man and his party another chance!
He has been stating for days now, that he will not vote in favour of the budget because he considers that Austin Gatt should have resigned months ago due to his political failures. Whether Franco Debono will keep his word is anybody’s guess. But if he does the budget will not be approved. We will have to keep guessing what comes next for some more days.
With this in mind the budget’s relevance is limited.
But we need not panic as Labour will come to the rescue. Labour, we are told will deliver.
Progressive Labour will deliver income tax revised rates which will ignore low wage earners and reduce tax payable to those who are already reasonably well off. No tax deductions can be guaranteed for low wage earners by Labour.
Progressive Labour like conservative PN does not agree with the need to revise the minimum wage. It is not in the interest of employers to do so. And it is their vote which progressive Labour is after. The employers’ vote, that is!
Why should progressive Labour accept the GWU’s proposal to have the cost of living adjustment paid in two installment’s? There is consensus between the PN and Labour that the GWU’s proposals should be ignored. It is only Alternattiva Demokratika which has offered support for a progressive incomes policy as proposed by the GWU.
Labour, the progressive party has opted for a conservative approach : the PN’s approach. It is the only way forward as this way it ensures a smooth transition, continuity and stability!
............... and they looked from pig to man and from man to pig again and could not tell which was which. The more things change, the more they remain the same.
An architect and civil engineer, the author is the Deputy Chairman of Alternattiva Demokratika – the Green Party in Malta and is its spokesman on sustainable development and home affairs. email@example.com, http://carmelcacopardo.wordpress.com