Category Archives: Government/Politics

More action planned on illegal fishing – minister

The UK government is planning to step up efforts to investigate illegal fishing around St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, it has been revealed. The House of Lords heard that short term patrols and satellite monitoring are already used … Continue reading

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St Helena gets first female governor – after 359 years

Lisa Phillips is to be the first female governor of St Helena since the job was first created more than 350 years ago, in 1657. She also becomes non-resident governor of Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. Her appointment will have … Continue reading

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‘No credible evidence’ as whistle-blowers are cleared again

Experts have dismissed serious criticisms of the whistle-blowers who triggered investigations into sex abuse on St Helena. Their professional body in London has declared there was “no credible evidence” that the two social workers were unfit to practise. The finding renews questions … Continue reading

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Higher taxes for the highest earners: tough budget makes unpopular decisions ‘for the many, not the few’

A higher rate of income tax has been introduced on St Helena as part of a tough Budget that has caused “disquiet” for some. But Financial Secretary Colin Owen said it was a Budget for the benefit of the many, … Continue reading

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Drinks tax does little for Dr Corinda Pepper…

St Helena’s councillors are sharing the pain when it comes to tax on alcohol. “Everyone enjoys a good beer or a glass or wine and I declare my interest,” the Hon Brian Isaac told LegCo. “Saints are known to enjoy … Continue reading

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Elected members get tough on tossers (of litter…)

The Honourable NIGEL DOLLERY is no mere tosser of throw-away insults when it comes to litter. He used plain English to give his response after legislative councillors voted to review St Helena’s anti-littering laws, and enforce them. These were the … Continue reading

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‘Shameful’: workers left adrift by lack of Ascension flights

Saints working on Ascension could face a 15,000-mile trip to get home – just 700 miles away – if the fears of one St Helena councillor are realised. The Hon Derek Thomas spoke in response to news that the newly announced … Continue reading

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Exactly who is – or was – St Helena’s mystery prosecutor?

The identity of the “Public Prosecutor of St Helena” remains a mystery, two weeks after the unnamed lawyer was cited in a statement about a criminal investigation into four former government staff. No appointment to the role has been reported in … Continue reading

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LegCo win is a cakewalk for Friends ex-chairman Pamela

Pamela Ward Pearce, a long-standing chairman of the Friends of St Helena, has been elected to the island’s Legislative Council only months after leaving the UK. She secured 222 of the 448 valid votes cast in the 4 March 2015 by-election, … Continue reading

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MP voices concerns as police investigate their accusers

A “proper review” should be held into the way St Helena Police were allowed to investigate two social workers who had made whistle-blowing claims against them, a UK Member of Parliament has said. St Helena Government has denied that there … Continue reading

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