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 actual words of his adjournment debate speech (slightly edited).  I recently had an interesting experience. I […]

‘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 air service for St Helena will not include flights to Ascension. The RMS St Helena […]

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 the Government Gazette, which records all public service job changes. The puzzle arose after two […]

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, caused by the resignation of Ian Rummery. She was 46 votes ahead of her nearest […]

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 was any possibility of “inappropriate influence”, even though officers would have appeared able to access […]

Criminal investigation clears sex abuse whistle-blowers

An eight-month criminal investigation has failed to find evidence to justify a prosecution of former St Helena Government staff, including the social workers who raised the alarm about sex abuse on the island. Frank Wastell, who stood down as Attorney General in June 2014, was one of those suspended from duty when police inquiries began – although […]

Net saving? Ascension no-fishing zone could cost £3m – or not

Creating one of the world’s biggest marine protection zones around Ascension Island could cost the UK about £3 million a year – at a Conservative estimate. The conservationist estimate, on the other hand, is only £400,000 a year. Click the pic to see a gallery of Ascension marine life Celebrities and academics have joined with […]

Read the full aid mission report for St Helena

The aide memoire signed at the end of the annual visit of advisers from the UK serves as a state-of-the-island report for St Helena. The Development Aid Planning Mission 2014 report covers key aspects of life such as health, education, social services and shipping, as well as progress on the economic transformation of the island. […]