Wednesday, October 11, 2006

TV prank targets drug-using MPs

This could explain why the Italian government is so often mired in indecision, erraticism and political deadlock.

Secret drug tests by a popular TV show have apparently revealed that some Italian MPs are running on more than good food and fine wine.
In a sting operation that has the country buzzing, the show secretly tested 50 lawmakers and found almost a third had taken drugs in the previous 36 hours — 12 testing positive for marijuana and four for cocaine.
The results seemed to confirm widespread rumours about rampant drug use in the hallowed halls of Italian power. In a country where the previous government passed a 'zero tolerance' drug law last February, the sting dominated yesterday's newscasts.

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