Friday, December 12, 2008

Sark Election

Mervyn Peake lived on Sark in the Channel Islands during two periods of his life; 1933-1935 and 1946-1949. He was inspired by his first stay to write Mr Pye, while during the his longer residency, wrote Gormenghast, illustrated Treasure Island, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Grimm's Household Tales, and others.

On Wednesday 10th December the very first democratic elections were held on Sark since it was made a fiefdom by Elizabeth 1st, 443 years ago. The result was a rejection of the Barclay brothers, owners of nearby Breqhou, and their ideas for radical changes to this tiny Channel Island. By a large margin the population of 600 voted to retain a semi-staus quo, though now, with directly elected members to the Chief Pleas, the island parliament. Carrying out their threat to close down island hotels and shops, should they lose, the Barclay's did so within an hour of the result, thus making 20% of the staff employed by them, unemployed. This, just two weeks before Christmas, as my childhood friend, the seneschal, or judge Reg Guille told me just after the election results were announced. Elation, he added has turned very quickly into deep concern for local families thrown out of work.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a silver point signed picture by mervyn Peake of the windmill on Sark any information on how to sell this would be greatfuly received.


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