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Title: Party politics under representative government 1888-1898
Other Titles: Party politics in a fortress colony : the Maltese experience
Authors: Frendo, Henry
Keywords: Malta -- History -- British occupation, 1800-1964
Political parties -- Malta
Issue Date: 1991
Publisher: Midsea Publication
Citation: Frendo, H. (1991). Party politics under representative government 1888-1898. In H. Frendo (Ed.), Party politics in a fortress colony : the Maltese experience (pp. 61-95). VaIletta: Midsea Publication.
Abstract: Representative government ushered in a different range of opportunities by providing a new background for the evolution of political activity. A different set of men, or the same men in different guises, came forward: dramatic leadership changes took place in 1888-1889. Mizzi retired from active politics; he had been saying that , for personal reasons, he would retire, but he only did so after he had served for about a year as an unofficial member of the executive and the new constitution had been installed and somewhat improved. Strickland became chief secretary - 'the only Maltese gentleman', wrote General Torrens, who could fill that office 'to the satisfaction of Her Majesty's Government' - under the constitution for which he himself had worked. Savona made a triumphant return to the legislature, clearly intending to win back power through a different channel. The bishop of Gozo, Mgr. (and later Sir) Pietro Pace (1831-1914) became bishop of Malta: in 1888 Simmons obtained credentials from Salisburt for Strickland to negotiate with the Vatican about the vetoing of Bishop Buhagiar's succession; in this way Simmons was responsible for Pace's appointment, while Strickland was instrumental in laying the groundwork for future Anglo-Vatican consultations with regard to episcopal nominations in Malta. Simmons, like Mizzi, only relinquished his governorship after representative government had been effectively introduced. Mizzi's withdrawal from the Council left a vacuum which could not be easily filled by another politician. Still highly respected as a father figure and influential through his daily Malta newspaper, Mizzi was nevertheless absent from the Council. No one mand was able to fill the rile that he had.
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