The UK government always said it could not legislate for Jersey.

Can’t think of any UK government who would ever say something so stupid.

The 1973 Kilbrandon Report stated that “In international law the United Kingdom Government is responsible for the Islands’ international relations” and “also responsible for the defence of the Islands”.[37] The United Kingdom is responsible for Jersey’s international relations as an aspect of the island’s status as a Crown dependency. It is now normal practice for the UK to consult the Jersey government and seek their consent before entering into treaty obligations affecting the island.


The truth is, of course, that it could always have legislated to stop tax abuse and corruption, but it chose not to.

That it now thinks it can legislate on fish proves that.

And shows that it never had any intention of beating tax abuse and corruption.

Which does, of course, show how corrupt it is.

Who gets to fish what, where, being one of those international relations things. That’s why the UK and rEU are discussing it right now, see?

3 thoughts on “Odd this”

  1. Stupid, ignorant, lazy.

    Probably in the pay of the Orange Order to reinforce the old stereotypes about the Oirish.

  2. The tale I heard was that being the last remnant of the Duchy of Normandy, Jersey should actually legislate for the UK.

  3. And shows that it never had any intention of beating tax abuse and corruption.

    As a passport carrying son of Manannán, we’ve had enough of Spud interfering in the internal affairs of the Isle of Man and Jersey, Guernsey and the rest likewise. The taxation collected in these crown dependencies is no more than what is required to run the services provided in the local economy and pay the UK government for the costs of external representation and defence.

    That we can do so without charging the eye-watering rates of domestic taxation seen elsewhere really just illustrates the profligacy of those governments “across the water” on both sides. While some of this is down to local preference for independent members of the Manx House of Keys instead of political party representations which leads to a lot more personal responsibility. Nobody wants to be “the guy that screwed up the Isle of Man”.

    While places like the UK can spend profligately and then charge it to the “National Credit Card” for future generations to pay, the Isle of Man does not have this ability, so the national debt is effectively zero and instead surpluses are generated each year which build up as substantial reserves, although COVID-19 has driven a coach and horses through them this past year.

    Moodys Isle of Man Credit Opinion Report November 2019

    In short, complaints about tax evasion in UK crown dependencies are little more than complaints over the stricter fiscal discipline required to exist as a small island nation.

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