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
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