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The George Cross in Malta

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The history of the Maltese people holds some telling insights for the British people.

The Sicani, Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Normans, the Order of Knights of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem and the British all successively settled and mingled on the Mediterranean island of Malta. The Knights victoriously resisted a full-blown siege by the Ottoman Turks in 1565, but were tricked by Napoleon into losing all they held.

Napoleon's treachery

On his way to Egypt with the French Navy in 1798, Napoleon appealed for safe harbour to resupply his ships. Once safely inside, he turned his guns on his hosts. The French conquered. The Maltese rebelled.

A British Dominion

In support, the Royal Navy blockaded the French. When the French surrendered in 1800, the Maltese asked to become a British Dominion -

". . .under the protection and sovereignty of the King of the free people, His Majesty the King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland."

Declaration of Rights

Taking their cue from the British Declaration of Right of 1689, when the British people told a prospective king and queen what they expected, the Maltese insisted on a Declaration of Rights, and stated -

"His Majesty has no right to cede these Islands to any power. . .If he chooses to withdraw his protection, and abandon his sovereignty, the right of electing another sovereign, or of the governing of these Islands, belongs to us, the inhabitants and aborigines alone, and without control."

The Second Siege of Malta and the George Cross

British rule did not always go swimmingly. The Maltese protested some British taxes. However, this did not affect their loyalty in World War II or their stubborn refusal to be conquered by the Nazis.

The bravery of the Maltese people in facing Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy during the second Siege of Malta was exemplary. They endured more than 3,000 bombing raids and their resistance played a role in the eventual Allied victory in North Africa.

Their courage and endurance moved King George VI to award the George Cross to Malta on a collective basis on April 15, 1942 "to bear witness to a heroism and devotion that will long be famous in history". It was the first time that the honour had ever been given to a people.

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Malta became independent in 1964, and is a member of the British Commonwealth. You can see the George Cross and the words For Gallantry in the upper corner of the Maltese flag.

The once and future question

We note that the European Union continues to increase its control over the British people without resistance from the British Sovereign and with the connivance of the Prime Minister. Yet the British Declaration of Right and Bill of Rights forbids foreign control of Britain.

Despite the declaration of the Maltese people, Malta recently became a member of the European Union.

Those who urge membership never make clear that loss of independence will certainly occur, slowly and inevitably.

Will the British people finally take a stand behind their Declaration of Right and Bill of Rights?

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