Nationalist MP Claudio Grech has urged party officials and supporters to cool down their demands for mass resignations at the top of the party and shift their focus towards helping the PN develop a vision for Malta.
“There are other fora of responsibility besides resignations and the main responsibility right now is to pave a way forward for the PN,” Grech said on Dissett last night. “Everyone resigning isn’t a solution, and we experienced this after the 2017 general election when the entire leadership quit and left a vacuum behind it.”
Grech has often been touted as a potential successor to PN leader Adrian Delia, but he gave no indication of such ambitions during his interview, indeed arguing against calls for Delia to call a vote of confidence
“Unfortunately, in Malta, we tend to think that politics revolves around a single person, when it should be about providing a strategy and vision for the country,” he said. “Individuals come and go, and the PN shouldn’t work like a pyramid with a top-down structure.”
“Calling for people to quit or be sacked is a wrong point of departure because if everyone starts leaving, we’ll end up by ourselves. In fact, last Saturday I asked Mark Anthony Sammut to reconsider his decision to resign [as PN President] because he’s an up and coming politician who is the future of the PN.”
“If we don’t realise that we cannot afford to lose people like Mark and that we cannot allow circumstances that lead to people like Mark getting sacrificed, then the PN will lose a lot of its future.”
Grech also insisted that there are no diametrically opposed ‘factions’ within the PN and that such terms are being engineered by the Labour Party to give off the impression that the PN is split down the middle.
“There aren’t factions, but rather different ideas and perspectives, which the parliamentary group is able to weigh up and discuss,” he said. “Time is precious, and we must move forward and provide direction. That’s the greatest form of responsibility we must shoulder.”