Watch: Thank You For Not Electing Me Last Year, Evarist Bartolo Tells Maltese Electorate
Former minister Evarist Bartolo said he is grateful to the people of Malta for not electing him at last year’s general election.
Interviewed on the F Living Show, Bartolo hit back at claims that he is only criticising the PL government out of a sense of bitterness at not getting elected to Parliament last year.
“I have one of the best political records in Malta’s history, very few people contested eight elections and were elected on two districts in the first seven of them,” he said.
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“The electorate didn’t treat me badly, not even in the last election where I received more votes than some current MPs did. I understand that people vote for politicians who they feel are close to you and I couldn’t be that person in my two years as Foreign Minister.”
“I won’t take it against the people, and in fact I thank the electorate for freeing me at the last election because I truly don’t want to be part of everything that is going on today. If I had got elected, God knows how sad I would be – more than I am today.”
Bartolo warned of a growing sense of disillusionment among PL voters, stating that a number of PL delegates made their opinions clear during a recent meeting with the party’s leadership.
“I know that a meeting was held with PL delegates at the party’s headquarters this week and that the delegates spoke loud and clear,” he said. “One of them told me that the delegates passed on a message that they shouldn’t be treated like flies.”
“I told him that flies don’t have a right to vote, so if they are treated like flies, then the flies won’t vote. People wanted to be treated with dignity. This isn’t an issue of personal favours – yes, some people are hurt on a personal level but people are also bothered by national issues.”
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