Silliness from the Financial Times
- Observer - UK
Published: January 1 2004 18:35
Comment and Analysis
Far far away
What a great way to file away yesterday's political troublemakers! Britain's remotest overseas territory needs a new governor.
Tristan da Cunha is a small volcanic outcrop in the middle of the south Atlantic, about 1,800 miles or approximately seven
days' sailing from South Africa. There is no air access and only one scheduled visit by boat per year, when the RMS St Helena
calls for two days in January.
As head of the government and president of the Island Council, the representative of Her Britannic Majesty manages Tristan's
budget. The main source of income and political squabbling for the 270 islanders (who have only seven surnames among them) is
fishing, where there is growing resistance to EU regulations and problems with illegal catching.
Might Observer nominate Robin Cook, a veteran in disputes over Scottish fishing rights, to guide the islanders through these