• Short Summary

    THE ISLE OF MAN, INTERNALLY SELF-GOVERNING ISLAND LYING BETWEEN IRELAND AND NORTH-WEST ENGLAND, MAY GO TO THE UNITED NATIONS TO SEEK INDEPENDENCE FROM BRITAIN.

  • Description

    THE ISLE OF MAN, INTERNALLY SELF-GOVERNING ISLAND LYING BETWEEN IRELAND AND NORTH-WEST ENGLAND, MAY GO TO THE UNITED NATIONS TO SEEK INDEPENDENCE FROM BRITAIN. AND THE QUESTION WHICH HAS PROMPTED THE BREAKAWAY MOVE IS PIRATE RADIO.

    THE ISLAND, WITH LAWS ALMOST IDENTICAL TO THOSE OF ENGLAND, IS NOT PART OF THE UNITED KINGDOM, BUT IS ADMINISTERED FROM LONDON. THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT HAS PASSED LEGISLATION OUTLAWING THE PIRATE RADIO STATIONS WHICH OPERATE FROM SHIPS AROUND ITS SHORES, AND IS FORCING THE ISLE OF MAN, NEAR WHERE ONE OF THE PIRATE RADIO SHIPS IS ANCHORED, TO COMPLY WITH THE NEW LAW.

    MEMBERS OF THE TYNWALD, THE AGE-OLD PARLIAMENT OF THE ISLE OF MAN, ARE BEING RECALLED FROM HOLIDAY ON TUESDAY TO CONSIDER THE QUESTION OF REJECTING BRITISH GOVERNMENT OF THE ISLAND. A RESOLUTION THEY WILL BE CONSIDERING STATES THAT, IF NECESSARY, THE ISLAND SHOULD TAKE ITS CASE TO THE UNITED NATIONS.

    THE SPONSOR OF THE RESOLUTION, MR. ROY MACDONALD, SAID THE PRINCIPLE INVOLVED WAS MUCH MORE THAN THE QUESTION OF THE FUTURE OF THE POP MUSIC PIRATE RADIO SHIP, RADIO CAROLINE, WHICH IS ANCHORED OFF THE ISLAND.

    "IT IS A QUESTION OF WHETHER OR NOT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT HAS ANY RIGHT TO FORCE THEIR LAWS ON US," HE SAID.

    THE ISLAND HAS ALREADY PETITIONED QUEEN ELIZABETH TO PREVENT THE APPLICATION OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENTS MARINE BROADCASTING OFFENCES ACT TO THE ISLE OF MAN.

    THE LITTLE ISLAND (POPULATION 48,000) HAS LONG DEPENDED ON BRITAIN (POPULATION 53,000,000) FOR ITS ECONOMY. BRITISH TRADE AND, MORE PARTICULARLY, BRITISH TOURISTS PROVIDE THE BULK OF ITS INCOME.

    FAMES FOR THE STAGING OF THE TOURIST TROPHY MOTOR CYCLE RACES, THE ISLE OF MAN IS A RARE HAVEN OF LOW INCOME TAX -- FOUR SHILLINGS AND THREEPENCE IN THE POUND -- WHICH IS HALF THAT PREVAILING IN BRITAIN. ALSO, THE ISLAND HAS NO CAPITAL GAINS TAX, OR STAMP DUTIES.

    UNTIL RECENTLY, FEW PEOPLE IN BRITAIN GAVE MUCH THOUGHT TO THE ISLAND. BUT IS HAS NOT ONLY A DISTINCTIVE BREED OF TAIL-LESS CAT PECULIAR TO IT, AND A COAT OF ARMS - THREE LEGS AT 120-DEGREE ANGLES TO EACH OTHER -- KNOWN THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, BUT IT ALSO HAS A LONG HISTORY OF SELF-DETERMINATION.

    THE RIGHTS OF THE ISLAND WERE BOUGHT BY THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT FROM THE ATHOLL FAMILY DURING THE LAST CENTURY, BUT VARIOUS ACTS OF PARLIAMENT GRANTED IT ALMOST COMPLETE SELF-GOVERNMENT.

    THE DEADLINE WHICH WILL DECIDE IF THE ISLAND WILL COMPLY WITH THE GOVERNMENT IN LONDON, IS AUGUST 15. BY THEN, THE MARINE BROADCASTING ACT COMES INTO FORCE, AND PIRATE RADIO STATIONS MUST GO OFF THE AIR.

    RADIO CAROLINE, HOWEVER, IS THREATENING TO CONTINUE BROADCASTING ITS ROUND-THE-CLOCK POP MUSIC PROGRAMMES. AND THE ??? MAN GOVERNMENT MUST DECIDE WHETHER TO BACK IT - OR ???

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    Film ID:
    VLVA372LDL10VPR6L9DG33TVD9EEH
    Media URN:
    VLVA372LDL10VPR6L9DG33TVD9EEH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/08/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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