BNP’s SOUTH GEORGIA PRISON IDEA SLAPS SOUTH ATLANTIC ISLANDS’ SELF DETERMINATION IN THE FACE
By J. Brock (SARTMA)
People in the South Atlantic Remote Territories – British Overseas Territories – woke on Tuesday morning to discover that the British National Party has designs on one of us.
The South Atlantic Island of South Georgia, renowned for its exquisite beauty and fragile ecosystems would be a penal institution if the BNP had its way. Added to that, BNP would put in a huge port facility for fishing and oil, should they get elected.
It makes one ponder whether the BNP would propose equally putrid developments on other South Atlantic Islands.
For any such development to go ahead, the BNP would have to consult with the lawfully elected government on each Island. In case they forgot, British Overseas Territories have responsibility to govern themselves in everything excluding foreign affairs and defence. It’s called “internal self-government” and any prison service would be in the remit of the government receiving any such proposal.
I doubt seriously if hardened criminals would respect South Georgia’s fragile ecosystems or the environment. The BNP example of a penal facility that would destroy so much of it in any given area during construction speaks volumes for its claim to be Britain’s only ‘green’ party.
As a citizen of the South Atlantic Remote Territories I resent any suggestion that Britain could, at will, strip us of our UN guaranteed rights of self-determination. We have moved beyond the ‘banana republic’ stage in our development. Perhaps the BNP are unaware of that.