Re: Althing and Tynwald

From: Peter Kirk (
Date: Sat Aug 16 2003 - 06:01:48 EDT

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    On 16/08/2003 02:27, Philippe Verdy wrote:

    >May be many are confused by the fact that the Isle of Man is not
    >an independant country, even if has its own regional legislative
    >authority (also in other British Channel Islands), and is more or
    >less considered with the same status as other regional authorities
    >found in many countries (including Spain's regions, Germany's
    >Lšnder, UK's nations, US's states, Switzerland cantons...)
    Absolutely not! The Isle of Man and the Channel Islands (i.e. separately
    Jersey; and Guernsey which governs Alderney, Sark and Herm) have a very
    different status from Scotland or Wales, and a very different status
    from provinces of a federation or confederation. Their status is
    actually more like that of Canada and Australia, independent countries
    with the same monarch. They have no representation in the Parliament in
    London. They are not part of the EU. Their external relations do come
    under the government in London as a matter of convenience, and probably
    for this reason they are not separate members of the UN. But they are no
    more part of the UK than Monaco is part of France.

    The French system, for better or for worse, is completely different.

    Peter Kirk (personal) (work)

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