Education Minister Evarist Bartolo walked in silence when facing questions from the press about whether the resignations of Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi and the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff Keith Schembri was discussed at today’s parliamentary group meeting.
Earlier, Bartolo publicly called for both the resignation of Mizzi and Schembri. However, it seems his sentiment was reserved for Facebook, refusing to divulge whether the resignations had been discussed at the parliamentary group meeting.
“Even the strongest and most bountiful trees must be pruned occasionally to prevent the sickness spreading to the rest of the tree,” Bartolo said on Facebook. “If we allow the tree that is the Labour Party to die, who will suffer? Is it those who have it good? No, it’s the voiceless in society who will suffer the most.”
“The tree is greater than the sum of its branches. Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri can choose to resign for the sake of those people for whom the Labour Party was set up. The PL must then take care of the rest of the tree to prevent it from dying before it’s too late.”
During the meeting, Labour MPs unanimously reaffirmed their support for Prime Minister Joseph Muscat during a secret vote of confidence. However, it is unclear what the current situation is regarding Schembri and Mizzi.