‘What’s being done to raise standards?’ asks White Paper critic

The UK’s White Paper on Overseas Territories has failed to set out how the British government will help St Helena reach higher standards, according to one critic. In a letter to the St Helena Independent, “London Reader” says: “The White Paper shows that the UK Government is not interested in helping St Helena introduce cost-effective, […]

‘Transparency and scrutiny lead to public trust’ – White Paper

Proper scrutiny is vital to good government, says the UK’s 2012 White Paper on the country’s Overseas Territories. “This important work helps strengthen the people’s trust in government,” it says, “and encourages greater public participation in decision making.” It also sets out a list of seven principles of public life that are now followed in […]

White Paper sets out need for openness in government

St Helena and other far-flung British islands may “have proud traditions of democracy,” but the UK government says it will keep a close watch on standards of governance. “Public concerns about capacity, transparency and corruption need to be addressed,” says the 2012 White Paper on Overseas Territories. This comment refers mainly to problems in the […]

UK White Paper seeks stronger bond with Overseas Territories

The UK government says a new strategy paper “renews and strengthens Britain’s relationship with the Overseas Territories.”   However, much of the material in the paper – which runs to over 100 pages, and was due out last month – will already be familiar to people who follow affairs in Britain’s far-flung islands. For instance, […]

Vexillologists vexed as UK fails to fly the flag for territories

There’s been a bit of a flap on in the corridors of Whitehall, over a broken promise to Britain’s overseas territories. When the UK government announced that the flags of islands such as St Helena were to be flown at state occasions, it was seen as a way of signifying their importance to the mother […]

Mickey and Mouse sail away ‘in service of the Crown’

When two kittens called Mickey and Mouse were entrusted to the care of Lyn Rattle on St Helena, finding them a new home involved hitching a 700-mile ride in a yacht. The Administrator on Ascension had a bit of a problem with mice: the kittens had been summoned. The way yachtsman David Pollitt describes it, […]