MALTA: No Second Canossa

"The position which has been created by the intervention of the Vatican in the affairs of Malta" (TIME, June 2 et seq.), said Prime Minister James Ramsay MacDonald in the House of Commons last week, made it necessary for "His Majesty's Government, with considerable reluctance" to "sanction a temporary suspension of the [Maltese] constitution."

This meant that on the Island of Malta the local parliament ceased to exist last week and Governor Sir John Du Cane began to rule by Royal fiat. In the House of Commons Isaac Foot (Liberal) roused Catholic indignation...

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