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15th September 2020, 13:16

Sir Peter Caruana says GSLP would have been 'undefeatable' at the 1996 election if it hadn't been for tobacco & fast launch activity

Former Chief Minister has described his ascent into front-line politics and sixteen years in office as a 'series of fortuitous events', among which was the GSLP Government's defeat in 1996, which he put down to the tobacco and fast launch activity.

Speaking on a new GBC chat programme, 'Between Us', hosted by former News Editor Stephen Neish, Sir Peter nevertheless described a Times leader article on the eve of that election calling for a change of Government as 'shocking' and an 'inappropriate attempt to interfere in our electoral process'.

Sir Peter Caruana said he had had no political aspirations beyond helping Peter Montegriffo set up the GSD, and reluctantly became a career politician somewhat reluctantly. He said he had told Mr Montegriffo that he would join the party on the condition that he would be allowed to remain in the background.

Speaking about his entry into politics at the 1991 by election, Sir Peter said informed folklore suggested that the GSLP at the time offerred to mobilise in support of his Opponent, the late Douglas Henrich, if his party the AACR abandoned its support for the Brussels Process. Sir Peter said if the GSLP had done that to a greater extent, he would not have won the by election, and he would have then not gone on to a political career which saw him become Chief Minister for sixteen years.

'Between Us' airs on Mondays at 8pm and repeats on Wednesdays at 9pm.