Labour shifts focus to drugs
Into the fourth week of electoral campaigning and the
Labour Party has shifted its focus on security issues, with Labour leader
Alfred Sant yesterday announcing a hard-line stance against what he
described the drug industry.
Flanked by MPs Gavin Gulia and Anglu Farrugia, Sant reiterated the partys
resolve to combat drug trafficking tooth and nail. Among the proposals
announced was the setting up of a drugs court to deal with drug-related
cases in a short time span.
The Labour leader did not fail to pinpoint the shortfalls of the present
Nationalist administration. He highlighted last summers bribery
charges against two judges as the climax of a degenerated system where
drug barons have come to operate with impunity. Uncharacteristic for
a left-leaning party, the proposals unveiled yesterday showed a Labour
Party adamantly concerned about drug law enforcement. Sant did say that
first time offenders would be helped to rehabilitate themselves but
would not elaborate further.
He added that a Labour government would not be spending millions on
Maltas participating in the Rapid Reaction Force and instead the
money would be spent to ensure better patrols of Maltas coast.
Taking questions from journalists present Sant said that a Labour government
would be keeping the Security Service but it would be regulated in such
a manner as to ensure accountability.
Speaking before Sant, both Gavin Gulia and Anglu Farrugia dwelt on the
shortcomings of the present administration. They said that after the
bribery allegations shocked the whole system last summer the Labour
Party set up a commission to discuss ways and means on how to tackle
security and judicial issues.