Open letter to the Malta Labour Party -
Mr James A. Tyrrell, Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Sun, Oct 7, 2007

I was deeply disappointed at the recent U-turn by Dr Alfred Sant on the proposed Hondoq ir-Rummien marina development. I don't think anyone should be surprised by the exploitation in modern-day politics, but Dr Sant and the Labour Party have managed to surpass themselves.

There are others involved here besides the voting public and, in this case, the voting public of Qala - the Qala Labour councillors, one of whom was very vociferously against the Hondoq project.

I am under the impression that they have been used by Labour to secure the votes of Qala residents in the next election. They were, and hopefully still are, very respected members of the Qala community; hopefully, because I'm assuming that the people of Qala realise that they are victims here too.

Mark Farrugia, the MLP's media executive, has denied that Dr Sant has made a U-turn in the matter of Hondoq, but he has adopted the classic political tool of semantics to do so.

Given that there is an election coming up I would suggest that the MLP for once in their life give a straight answer to a straight question. If elected to government, is the MLP going to support the development of a marina at Hondoq ir-Rummien?

The MLP had a noticeable presence at the 'Save Gozo' protest but this protest was not just about Ramla. It was also a protest against the proposed developments at Ta' Cenc, Hondoq and Mgarr ix-Xini. Why has Labour committed itself against the proposed development at Ramla yet not done so in the case of the other three?

Dr Sant, in his interview, said that the proposed marina development at Hondoq would only take place after consultation with the people of Qala. Surely the referendum in which 85 per cent of Qala residents voted against the development should be enough of a consultation.

To Dr Sant in particular, and Labour in general, I say shame on you. To treat the people of Qala in this despicable manner is disgusting. But to treat your own members in this way is beyond words. To Moviment Harsien Hondoq and to the people of Qala, in particular the 85 per cent who voted against this development I say: the fight must go on.

To the councillors, in the words of William Jennings Bryan, I say: "The humblest citizen in all the land, when clad in the armour of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of error." I wish you strength in your coming battles.
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