More about Sark, from the BBC:
tiny Channel Island of Sark has a unique constitutional position: part
of Britain, but not the UK, it is still held as a fief on behalf of the
Queen. It only became a democracy in 2008 but islanders have told us
that that democracy is now under threat.
They say they
are being bullied and intimidated by representatives of Sir David and
Sir Frederick Barclay, the owners of the Telegraph, in the local
newsletter. The two brothers now own a third of the island and local
people told us they think they're trying to take control of it.
Sark decides its
own laws, sets its own taxes and with only 600 inhabitants is small
enough to be taken over. The Today programme's Sarah Montague went to
the island to find out what they were complaining about.
Brothers declined to be interviewed but their lawyer emailed to say the
allegations we put to them were "unsupported by evidence and, indeed,
false". The same lawyer said he separately acted for Kevin Delaney, the
owner, publisher and editor, of the Sark Newsletter. He also denied the
allegations and said people often complained to him that they felt
intimidated and unable to speak out against the feudal establishment
and the newsletter was the only effective political opposition on the
island. The Ministry of Justice also declined to be interviewed and
gave us a statement saying: "Sark has its own elected democracy; is not
part of the UK and is not represented in the UK Parliament, although
the Crown has ultimate responsibility to ensure good governance."
tour indicated we'd pass the famous Dutch
bulb fields, fact we just passed through, not stopping. So
the first 'photo had to be taken through the
coach window, still the gardens where outstanding.