Is it possible for someone to be married to one of the major politicians in a country and still remain apolitical? Nickie Vella de Fremeaux, wife of Opposition leader Adrian Delia, said her time in the spotlight so far has only made her even more disinterested in politics.
“I never cared for politics before my husband became Opposition leader last year and indeed the first mass meeting I attended was last year’s Independence Day,” she said in a series of Facebook posts. “This has been the most turbulent time of my life and that of my kids. It has certainly exposed me to political events and occasions, but I can assure you that these did not in the least make me more interested in the politics. [Instead] my contact with political people and situations has only reinforced how uninterested I am in politics, although it has also given me opportunities I wouldn’t have had I not been a politically exposed person. This taken in conjunction with the political scandals and the cruel and vicious assaults made by ordinary people against each other based on politics saddens me and reinforces how apolitical I am.”
Vella de Fremeaux’s clarification came after she caused a small stir by admitting during a PN telethon that she didn’t consider herself a “Nationalist” but an apolitical voter. Some Labour supporters used it as evidence of the inefficacy of her husband as Opposition leader, while some critical PN supporters argued her statement went to show how the PN is morphing into a personality cult.
In her address to viewers, the Opposition leader’s wife also took a dig at people who criticised her and Delia for taking a photo with Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and his wife Michelle at a recent fundraiser for ALS Malta – a charitable organisation which Vella de Fremeaux is lawyer of.
“When PN members speak to or associate themselves with Labour people, this absolutely does not mean that they would have lost their principles, their spines or their values,” she said. “Rather, it means that they are educated and can speak freely while holding firm in their values.”