MARCH 8 2012 22:48h
If Cacic went crazy after Stankovic's insistence over a question like ''are you arrogant'', the minister of justice suffered even more unpleasant when the HTV News host asked him - have you ever taken drugs? Orsat Miljanic, could have answered for example - I didn't, did you? Any stuttering and stumbling over words would be left to his collocutor but the minister of justice left this unpleasant moment to himself. He was confused, he tried to find the right words to answer but not to lie.
I don't want to send a wrong message to the citizens, nor to my children, but everything that remains in normal limits and it doesn't hurt anyone, is not a problem, was Orsat Miljenic's answer. This could obviously be interpreted as an affirmative answer, although the minister's confession was not so much head-on like a confession of the SDP prime minister Ivica Racan. Some people think that Miljenic should have said a lie for courtesy reasons as to deny any drug experience, but let's say he is a part of rare species that don't know how to lie or even more rear group (of politicians) who understand that it isn't worth to lie when people have quick access to media information nowadays. His ''wrapped'' confession seems like non-pedagogical answer for someone, but it was a moral answer in some way.
Announcement of decriminalization of drug possession was kind of clumsy news , without much of tactics from the start. The Government entered that subject in such of tremulous style as cheerful words were announced over Twitter: ''This news brings up smiles to someone? Promised-accomplished'', it was written together with information that drug possession will be a penalty, not a crime act.
When a tone and timing of that message didn't bring enthusiasm to the audience, since the subject was opened during period of higher prices of fuel and other recession news, it seems like ministers were sent to the field to alleviate the damage. The Government vice-president Milanka Opacic, the ministers Zeljko Jovanovic and Orsat Miljenic were explaining news reporters yesterday that this measure was not an act of liberalization. They said that drug possession would be punished as a penalty not a crime act. This had to be done to unload the justice system and the police. It will aslo protect small offenders from circumstances of crime evidence. It will eventually save money and releases the energy to fight drug dealers.
So everything is safe and clear, and legal alterations haven't been decided yet but a group of experts that will precise the details (about quantity and type of drugs for example) should be assembled. So what's with the charade like ''smiles'' and minister's stuttering over question 'have you ever taken drugs', except, if the reason is to absorb jeremiads over higher VAT, higher fuel prices, water supply and public transport prices and everything else that is more life-important in Croatia.