Labour’s President Daniel Micallef has weighed in on the PN’s recent vote of confidence Adrian Delia, warning that the result is alarming for the Opposition leader.
Delia won last Saturday’s vote by some 68% but Micallef said that, as a sitting leader, he should have fared much better.
“Adrian Delia has been PN leader for two years and the signs were all that he should reach out to those who don’t feel part of his ‘New Way’, but nothing materialised,” he said on the TV show Pjazza yesterday.
“If you’re leader of a party which just suffered its worst ever electoral result and a third of your party declares they don’t support you, then it’s alarming and not exceptional as [PN secretary general] Clyde Puli claimed.”
“Remember that this wasn’t a vote between Adrian Delia and someone else. I’m not saying he should have won 100% of the vote, but previous PN leaders won much more support in previous confidence votes.”
Micallef said he isn’t rubbing his hands in glee at the state of the PN, arguing that a well-functioning opposition is crucial for a democratic state.
“Yes, it’s like a soap opera and it’s interesting to follow but the PN is merely giving people like myself a script on how not to run a political party, for example that we shouldn’t keep our doors closed or become arrogant.”