Robert Abela wants his MEPs loyal, blind, and stupid like Alex Agius Saliba, so of course he doesn’t like Cyrus Engerer and doesn’t want him to contest the MEP elections. What wasn’t mentioned in The Shift’s article about Engerer’s MEP candidacy is that Engerer is Randolph Debattista’s partner.
As of lately, Randolph Debattista has been one of Robert Abela’s most vociferous critics in the parliamentary group, although he can’t pull off a contradictory statement in public. Randolph was also appointed Labour Party CEO after Robert Abela fired him from that post, only to re-hire him again after Robert’s choice was, of course, a disaster. Now, Robert Abela is stuck with a Party CEO who doesn’t like him. Randolph has been a very loyal servant so far, but at least he is less idiotic than many of his colleagues. Currently, Randolph Debattista is part of the Labour Party’s disillusioned socialists and these are the left-wing MPS and Party officials who are neither supportive of Robert Abela nor Miriam Dalli.