Zebbug MP Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando
Chief promoter of last year's successful divorce bill, Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando is once again testing the limit of his government's Christian Democrat credentials: this time with a proposal to legalise gay marriage.
Has he finally bitten off more than he can chew? Not according to the outspoken Zebbug MP himself, who challenges stereotypical views of the Nationalist party as an uncompromisingly 'conservative' party.
"I have been militating within this party since the 1980s, and I had never heard anyone mention the 'Religio et Patria' slogan even once, prior to the divorce referendum last year. If you ask me, it's a dusty old motif going back to the 1930s. They only brought it out and brushed off the cobwebs to combat the divorce issue..."
For Pullicino Orlando the PN is better remembered for another motto: 'Xoghol, Gustizzja, Liberta'.
Read the full interview in tomorrow's MaltaToday