Earl Henry wins election, but 80% fail to vote (comments added)

Earl Henry has been elected to St Helena’s Legislative Council in a by-election held on 13 June 2012, following the resignation of Michael “Newpence” Benjamin. Results were: Earl Hilton Henry 155 votes, Eric Walter George 70 & Lionel George Williams 40. Altogether 265 votes cast, from an electorate of 1,232 registered voters: 127 from St Pauls, 33 […]

Falkland Islanders to vote on whether to stay British

People on the Falklands are to vote on whether the islands should remain a British overseas territory,. The island government has called for a referendum among the 3,000 islanders as a way of sending a clear message about whether they want to become part of Argentina, which lies 150 miles away at its nearest point. […]

Experts, expats and what England expects: a governor’s view, part 2

Andrew Gurr, immediate past governor of St Helena, has been sharing his insights from his recent four-year stint behind the big desk in The Castle in Jamestown. See part one of his talk to the Friends of St Helena here. In part two, below, he talks about attitudes to expats, experts, the Foreign and Commonwealth […]

Communist Tristan da Cunha? That’s like waving a red flag…

The potato patches aren’t exactly a gulag, and the closest similarity to the Berlin Wall is that its buildings get blown down in storms… but Tristan da Cunha has been described, by its former governor, as a communist state. In the nicest possible way, of course. Andrew Gurr was paying a compliment to the 260-or-so […]

The inside story on St Helena, by former governor Andrew Gurr

While cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell was in Swindolena in May 2012, telling Saints about their island’s bright opportunities, Andrew Gurr was just 30 miles away in Oxford, sharing insights from his four years as governor (2007-2011). The two men were speaking at exactly the same time. A recording of Mr Gurr’s talk has now been […]

Facebook page calls for more open government

A campaign page calling for greater transparency from St Helena Government has been launched on Facebook by island commentator John Turner. It follows comments by the Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell, who said that he favoured transparency but would not impose it on governments in the overseas territories. He said it was […]

Cabinet minister’s speech goes live on Johnny’s website

The talk given by the man charge of funding St Helena’s airport, International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell MP, can now be heard on Johnny Clingham’s St Helena Community Website. The recording also includes the address given by Jimmy Johnston of Basil Read, the airport contractor. Click here to listen. SEE ALSO: AUDIO: DfID Secretary on […]

The truth about MP who slept rough in the governor’s garden

For a Member of Parliament who once spent his holidays fighting the Taliban, a peaceful mission in St Helena ought to have been a walk in the park. Instead, Mark Lancaster ended up sleeping in one. Or rather, in the Governor’s garden. He’d come up against superior forces in the form of sociable St Helenians. And then, when he […]