Foreign News: Open House

For 400 years, while Britain spread its empire round the world, admission to the Mother of Parliaments was confined to inhabitants of the British Isles. Last week, in a historic shift, the House of Commons adopted a plan to make the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta an integral part of the United Kingdom, entitled to elect three members to the House of Commons.

If any misgivings were felt, few were expressed. Colonial Secretary Alan Lennox-Boyd and his opposition member on the Labor bench, Nye Bevan, joined in mutual self-congratulation. The fact was that in deciding to accept Malta, everyone was all too...