Penrose could also make laws which are concerned

Penrose Julyan
and P.J. Keenan were part of the education change where they insisted that
English should be the official language of Malta and that it should be used at
the Council of Government and Law Courts. This was proposed by a gradual
change. Moreover, Keenan also wanted that students at primary level should be
taught two foreign languages. Later on, in 1880, Savona became the director of
education. During the same year, the Partito Anti-Riformista was formed and
Fortunato Mizzi was leading it. The party was against the concept of changing
Malta to an all English language because they wanted to keep the Italian
language alive1. The
1849 Constitution held a lot of significance in relation to assimilating the
elective principle, that of advancing towards a self-government. Malta was the
first to witness elective representation in its Constitution.  The next
Constitutional change in Malta was in 1887. This was much more progressive and
liberal than the previous Constitutions. This gave the Maltese citizens, more
power in the case of determining questions of finances and any other local
concerns. This however, still means that the Crown retains its full power. This
power is not limited to the security of the fortress but this also meant that
the Crown was responsible for the obligations of the Island Government, to
intervene, by legislation or otherwise this is in all areas that it needed to
intervene. The power of the Crown was used when it was in place by majority or
else to outvote any elected member. Later on, on the 12th December
of 1887, a Council of Government was structured. The Council had a maximum of a
three-year maximum life span and this was composed of the Governor as the
President and another twenty members. These twenty members were split up in
various different ways. Six of the members of the Council who were official, another
four persons that were in the public office in Malta and they had to be members
of the Executive Council which were chosen by the Governor. Additionally, ten
of the other unofficial members, they were elected by the general electors. The
last remaining four, represented the clergy. When money was involved, the
elected members had the power to give a final decision. Furthermore, the
council could also make laws which are concerned with Ordinances. Once again,
the general right of legislation was reserved for the Queen in the council, but
the official majority was gone. The difference between the 1887 Constitution
and the 1849 Constitution is that under this one the Governor or any other
members of the Council did not have an original or a casting vote. Opposing to
the 1849 Constitution the Governor had both. 

1 ‘Constitutional
Development’ (Maltese History & Heritage, 2018)
accessed 4 January 2018.

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