THE SUNDAY TIMES
- One cannot but praise Dr. Sant's tough stand against intolerance and provocation.
- To his great credit, the Labour Party leader, Dr. Alfred Sant, has consistently urged party supporters not to resort, or to react, to provocations and they have in their vast majority gone along with that instruction.
- Dr. Sant, a man of great culture and a Maltese writer of no mean standing.
- Alfred Sant managed to exorcise the demon of political violence from the Labour Party soon after he became its leader in 1992.
- Indeed, the short-lived Labour administration made an effort to bring an end to the political polarisation.
VINCENT FARRUGIA (GRTU Director General)
- Alfred Sant is the best listener I've ever encountered.
DR. EDDIE FENECH ADAMI
- I think it is to his (Dr. Alred Sants) credit ... He knew what he was doing, he pushed himself hard, and, I have to admit, his methods did succeed in giving the credibility the Labour Party needed.
- Today I am a happy man. I am really happy to admit that time has proved me wrong and to Dr. Alfred Sant goes the honour of being the first socialist leader since Dr. Boffa who seems to really respect all the rules of democracy.
- As for Dr Alfred Sant: After the 1996 election I was the first one to praise him publicly for his part to get rid of the violent elements in the Malta Labour Party.
THE MALTA INDEPENDENT
- Alfred Sant has often proved to be too committed to his electoral promises.
- Certainly some of the political dirty tricks of the trade have been used in the past year and a half against Dr. Sant.
- Dr Sant, party officials and the candidates themselves made it a point to get close to the people, to listen to their problems and so on. All they did was show the people that the Labour Party has a presence in their life.
- Dr Sant, himself a victim of slanderous comments that were made prior to the last election, and which turned out to be untrue.
GUIDO DeMARCO PRESIDENT EMERITUS (irrapurtat minn The Times)
- President Guido deMarco yesterday praised the Labour Party for upholding the principle of democracy on the issue of EU membership, a principle that the party, he said, has cherished for years.
MICHAEL FALZON (Ex Ministru Nazzjonalista)
- Dr. Sant is very intelligent and a good strategist.
- Labour Prime Minister Alfred Sant, in his own first-ever stint between 1996 and 1998, had tried tackling the financial problems of the country.
- I am not a fan of Alfred Sant or the MLP, but I think their idea about devaluation of the lira should not be dismissed out of hand. Unfortunately devaluation has now become a partisan issue, but I believe it could be economically advantageous.
MARISA MICALLEF LEYSON
- Just look at what Alfred Sant achieved. From being a man all thought could not win again, he stands in that position today or tantalisingly close to it. Alfred Sant has in many ways distanced himself from the old Labour years.
- Alfred Sant has been proved right. It is impossible to remove party politics from our system of democracy in terms of central government, but we certainly need to do so locally because political opinion polls were not why local councils were set up in the first place. We are sowing what we reaped and we should correct this before it is too late and voter apathy really sets in.
- He (Dr. Alfred Sant) portrayed himself as a moderate, a man who would decide on issues in the best interests of this country and not in the interests of old-fashioned loony left politics. He won, and as the recent news on the Drydocks is showing, he will try to tackle areas where to do so would formerly have been seen as folly.
DR. LOUIS DEGUARA (ex Ministru Tas-Sahha)
- Alfred Sant will probably be remembered for succeeding in ridding the Labour Party of its violent elements in just a couple of years.
- The new leadership of the Labour Party, particularly Alfred Sant, have done their bit too, helping to successfully check the excesses in their own party. This has opened a new chapter, as it were, away from the nonsensical ways of doing politics that had become a way of life to so many.
- The key word is disconnected, which the Labour leader is now using liberally to highlight his argument that the Gonzi administration is detached from the people's feelings, and he gave, as one prime example, the government's stand on the extension of the development boundaries. On this, Dr Sant would seem to be quite correct, for despite widespread opposition to the move, the government plans to go ahead.
- The promises the Labour leader outlined in his reaction are laudable. The country cries out for greater transparency, accountability and efficiency in administration. Sticking to deadlines is a praiseworthy aim too. In fact, the Labour leader is also promising that in his programme for a new beginning his party would straighten what is crooked and build on any correct action that has been started. Who can ever be against such course of action? Admirable talk.
- His success in building a new Labour Party should not be underestimated.
After his electoral victory in 1996, Dr Sant kept the celebrations in check. The fact that they went on without a hitch, without any unpleasantness, let alone violence, will remain one of the most tangible examples of his turnaround of the party.
there were occasions where he agreed - and even supported - the government's strategy on given issues, financial services perhaps being the best example.
Dr Sant was dignified in defeat. His final message did not wallow in bitterness or paranoia
He leaves the political arena knowing he won the highest number of first-count votes in this election, as the man whose party won more seats than the incumbent.
It may be too soon for Nationalist voters to assess his performance dispassionately but, hopefully, the day will come when they too will realise that he served his country well, seeking what he believed in.
- Alfred Sant went into the heart of the matter when he wrote to the Speaker of the House of Representatives arguing the matter exposed MPs to ridicule, rage and contempt, undermining the constitutional function of parliamentarians. One may doubt the validity of the contribution some of the parliamentarians give but Dr Sants argument can hardly be faulted. He was also quite to the point when he argued that other parliaments had transparent processes and parliamentary resolutions to abide by regarding salaries of MPs.
DR. AUSTIN SAMMUT
- What I agree on is his (Alfred Sant) stance on Xarabank not being the right forum for serious political debate.
it is not the right place for political leaders to carry on a debate or discussion, particularly in these delicate times.
- Alfred Sant, whom I continue to regard highly for his genuine intentions
Any attempt to demonise Dr Sant in the process is not only inhuman, but will only serve to distort this objective.
- It must be pointed out that in his brief stint as Prime Minister between 1996 and 1998, Labour leader Alfred Sant did more to cleanse the police force of its former violent elements than the Nationalist government has done in the past 20 years.
- The Lord knows Im no Alfred Sant fan or supporter, but I was utterly disgusted by Daphne Caruana Galizias article Growing old gracelessly (TMIS, 26 August). I never thought that someone of her class and standing would stoop so low as to attack Dr Sant on his physical attributes or lack of them.
this latest attack on Dr Sant is hitting below the belt
I think she owes Dr Sant an apology, which, if she is only just half the woman I think she is, she should do immediately.
- I have known Dr Sant - and the solid resolve that marks his character - for several years. He is a fighter of fine calibre and should win through his current predicament in no time. He has been in the line of fire before and has fought his way out of the trenches with remarkable courage several times. Since taking up my appointment as head of the EU Representation in Malta I have come to appreciate, through our regular meetings, his deep and wide knowledge of EU affairs - which is what makes him a valid partner.
- Dr. Sant recognised the need for (shipyards) reform, so much so that he threw out the then board, which was dominated by the workers' representative, and put in a professional set of people led by Noel Zarb Adami with the clear strategy to implement the diversification strategy of the Appeldore report, a strategy this government agreed with and implemented it as Dr Sant had done.
DR. JEAN-PIERRE FARRUGIA
o Former Labour Prime Minister Alfred Sant was frankly, bang on when he accused the government of ridiculing MPs and being in contempt of Parliament by the way the pay rises were granted and announced.
DR. FRANCO DEBONO
o Politikament ma naqbilx ma Alfred Sant, pero meta gie dahru mal-hajt ghamel li kellu jaghmel, Gonzi lanqas ghandu l-icken idea ta rgulija, qisu tifel zghir u l-poplu kollu gugarelli tieghu.