Not one whimper

Is one to conclude that all the distress exhibited by the Archbishop and Nationalist MP Jason Azzopardi was for show?

22 July 2016, 8:06am
A photo featured in satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo, depicting former pope as a homosexual
A photo featured in satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo, depicting former pope as a homosexual
The censorship reform bill became law on 12 July, 2016. Due to the repeal of the crime of religious vilification, Archbishop Charles Scicluna had declared it diabolical, and more recently several Nationalist MPs expressed their deep discomfort with it.

Nationalist MP Jason Azzopardi went so far as to announce with substantial bombast that this was the “most dangerous decision yet” taken by the Labour government.

One wonders why in the light of all this, Bill 113 passed its third reading in the House without any vote being taken and with no division being demanded by the Opposition.

Is one to conclude that all this distress was for show, and that in the last instance the Bill was not deemed important enough to deserve a principled last stand?

Ingram Bondin
Front Against Censorship