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Democracy on St Helena: councillors opposed prison move – so ‘Enforcer’ Capes sacked them

The man brought in to rule St Helena was known as “The Enforcer”, he told the Wass Inquiry. And when councillors opposed plans to move the island’s prison, Mark Capes lived up to his nickname: he removed the whole council. … Continue reading

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Trick or treat? Ascension gets a Hallowe’en election

When folk speak of The Count come Hallowe’en night on Ascension, it may not be Count Dracula they have in mind. An election for a new island council is to take place on the spookiest date in the calendar. The … Continue reading

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Anti-secrecy law ‘only months away’, predicts John

Work has begun in earnest on ending the entrenched culture of secrecy within St Helena Government – but one councillor has questioned whether it should be a priority. Open government became a key issue in the island’s July 2013 general … Continue reading

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Girls at risk as Ascension declines, says Guardian writer

Long-held resentments over treatment of Saints on Ascension have been aired in a lengthy article on the UK’s Guardian website. It accuses the UK of depopulating the island – with teenagers facing sexual pressures as a result. Writer Fred Pearce … Continue reading

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New leaders vow to end ’embarrassment’ of secrecy

St Helena’s new political leaders have called for an early end to the “embarrassment” of excessive secrecy within the island’s government. They also voiced strong objections to having to sign an oath of confidentiality, blocking them from sharing any information … Continue reading

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Governor urges new councillors to show leadership

Governor Mark Capes has called on St Helena’s new councillors to provide strong leadership and break down past distrust of the island’s government. In what could be seen as a criticism of former councillors, he told the island’s new leaders … Continue reading

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Fight looms over secrecy oath that blocks human right (updated)

Update: Councillors have all now sworn the oath of confidentiality that prevents them revealing any information about St Helena Government. A new story will be published later today, following the inaugural session of the new legislative council. St Helena’s new … Continue reading

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Open government is not islands’ top priority, says minister

Freedom of information is not a top priority for overstretched governments in the British overseas territories, MPs in London have been told. Foreign Minister Mark Simmonds also admitted that no territories had been given UK support to end the kind of … Continue reading

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UK politicians revive St Helena group on eve of polls

The all-party Parliamentary group for St Helena has been revived in London, close to what could be the most important general election in the island’s history. It comes after Vince Thompson of the St Helena Independent talked with Lord Jones … Continue reading

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London dismisses election protest against Governor Capes

A formal protest has been sent to Foreign Secretary William Hague over the “unpleasant” way that Governor Mark Capes dismissed elected councillors without warning. But a response from overseas territories chief Peter Hayes has claimed that Mr Capes gave “justified … Continue reading

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