Bernard Grech gave his first-ever budget reaction as Opposition leader in Parliament last night and mentioned a couple of points that Malta’s government might have got wrong.
Grech called Malta’s government ‘one without plans’ as he opposed Prime Minister Abela’s claim that we ‘beat the pandemic’ back in June.
Amongst other points, Grech called for a round of supplementary vouchers to buy COVID-19 supplies such as gloves, masks, sanitisers to ensure public safety.
He also proposed rapid-testing to all visitors to Malta from all entry points as well as a ‘trace, test, isolate’ system at places such as schools, local councils, workplaces and others.
The PN leader went on to call this budget one of ‘virtual reality’ for a number of times as the proposals are not concrete and also reiterated the fact that this was not “the best budget in our country’s history” as the Prime Minister said but “the biggest deficit in our country’s history.”
He also called for the safeguarding of careers in the arts and entertainment industry, Air Malta pilots and the many other sectors which were hit by COVID-19.
Grech also reiterated the increase in criminality in Gozo, lack of preparation for online teaching, the ever-growing immigration issue and the environmental planning situation.