Lib­eral is as lib­eral does

This govern­ment spends a great deal of time boast­ing about how lib­eral and sec­u­lar it is. That would be why, then, it ha­rasses jour­nal­ists and crit­ics, hates the free press, and rounds up sub-Sa­ha­ran African im­mi­grants for de­por­ta­tion while al­low­ing the t

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Yes, it is so lib­eral and sec­u­lar that it goes out of its way to tar­get the Arch­bishop who reg­u­larly tweets crit­i­cism of its poli­cies, and pays an aide to the Prime Min­is­ter to sit at a desk in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice and blog ob­scen­i­ties about him and other peo­ple the gov­ern ei­ther fears or does not like.

But then, when the head of state – a for­mer min­is­ter in this same govern­ment and a for­mer sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the trol­l­like Dom Mintoff’s party – re­ceived a let­ter a cou­ple of days ago from the head of the Ro­man Catholic Church, Pope Fran­cis, re­quest­ing that 30 days be knocked off ev­ery pris­oner’s sen­tence to mark the church’s Year of Mercy, Marie Louise Coleiro Preca passes it on to the govern­ment and the govern­ment obliges.

Not only does it oblige, but the Min­is­ter of the In­te­rior and the Arch­bishop sit on ei­ther side of the head of state (the lat­ter at her right hand) to an­nounce this to the press.

Over in Lon­don, would the Home Sec­re­tary knock 30 days off the time still to be served by all those in Bri­tish prisons, if and when he re­ceives a sim­i­lar let­ter from Pope Fran­cis?

Of course, he wouldn’t – and just imag­ine the fu­ri­ous pop­u­lar re­ac­tion if he did, not only be­cause pris­on­ers, in­clud­ing mur­ders, pae­dophiles and rapists, got 30 days off, but more prop­erly be­cause the Home Sec­re­tary ac­ceded to the Pope’s re­quest.

“But Bri­tain is not a Ro­man Catholic coun­try,” I hear some of you say.

Well, ex­actly so. It is run ac­cord­ing to sec­u­lar norms. That is what this govern­ment claims to do in Malta, but doesn’t.

You can’t leg­is­late for same­sex mar­riage on the one hand, then knock 30 days off the time served by all pris­on­ers just be­cause Pope Fran­cis asked you to do so.

Make up your minds, be­cause your be­hav­iour is nuts.

Mus­cat’s party has proven it­self ex­pert at com­mit­ting all sorts of anti-demo­cratic atroc­i­ties and even il­le­gal­i­ties (vide Kon­rad Mizzi and Keith Schem­bri, and those are just the two about whom the facts are on record) then seiz­ing on some mi­nor bit of rub­bish to do with the Na­tion­al­ist Party, or some other real or per­ceived op­po­nent, and kick­ing up a storm of a fuss about it, mak­ing it seem as though its op­po­nents are the real crim­i­nals.

They work on the fact that most peo­ple don’t read be­yond head­lines and only gather from what they hear and flick through that some­thing is afoot.

So right now, it’s “Ja­son Az­zopardi is guilty of breach of priv­i­lege”, Az­zopardi be­ing the shadow min­is­ter for jus­tice, who ac­cused the ac­tual Min­is­ter for Jus­tice, in par­lia­ment, of hav­ing lied.

He was right. Bon­nici lies ha­bit­u­ally. You only have to ask

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