Everyone tells Jeffrey he’s wrong or lying and still he barges on
Published: July 19, 2012 at 5:34pm
One of Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando’s most outlandish claims – and there have been many – was that Eddie Fenech Adami, then not yet leader of the Nationalist Party, voted with the Opposition in 1974. The inference was that if it was all right for Fenech Adami, then it was all right for Jeffrey, and he was only following Fenech Adami’s example.
Let’s leave aside the outrageousness of his claiming that in voting against Fenech Adami’s longtime personal assistant, he was in fact following in Fenech Adami’s footsteps.
And let’s stick to the facts. Of course, Jeffrey was speaking on Super One television at the time (Tuesday morning) where facts are in short supply and the record has to be set straight afterwards because at the Labour Party they don’t set much store by their credibility.
The vote was on whether Malta should become a republic. The then Nationalist leader and leader of the Opposition, George Borg Olivier, was against this. But when he realised that the majority of his party did not agree with him, he gave a free vote and did not use the whip.
When the vote was taken, all members of the Opposition voted for a republic – except for the Opposition leader, Paul Borg Olivier, Albert Borg Olivier de Puget, Sandy Cachia Zammit, Alfred Bonnici and Joe Cassar Galea.
So Fenech Adami did not vote with the Opposition, because the vote was free. Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando, on the other hand, voted with the Opposition on the matter of Richard Cachia Caruana’s resignation, and this because the whip had been deployed on both sides of the house. There was no free vote.
Eddie Fenech Adami responded, accusing Pullicino Orlando of not knowing the facts and of making false comparisons between his recent actions in Parliament and a “completely different” situation which had developed in 1974.