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Orkney council to look at proposals to become territory of Norway


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The Orkney Islands could change their status in the UK or even become a self-governing territory of Norway under new proposals.

A motion will go before the council next week to investigate "alternative forms of governance".

Council leader James Stockan said Orkney does not get fair funding with its current relationship within the UK.

He wants to look at Crown Dependencies like the Channel Islands and overseas territories like the Falkland Islands.

He suggested another possible future could be like the Faroe Islands - which is a self-governing territory of Denmark.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-66066448

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The problem with decentralisation is politicians come along that want to split their area off from the UK, and the public in their annoyance to get issues resolved decide to give them a change.

We need centralisation back to Westminster to stop this dysfunctional behaviour.

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3 hours ago, Electric Scooter said:

We need centralisation back to Westminster to stop this dysfunctional behaviour.

Good day.  What benefit will that provide?

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2 hours ago, Tatetopa said:

Good day.  What benefit will that provide?

No break aways

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1 hour ago, Electric Scooter said:

No break aways

OK.  Stopping breakaways.  Will centralization get the public's issues resolved?  

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Sounds like the Council wants bigger salaries.

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8 hours ago, Electric Scooter said:

No break aways

We've got some counties within the state of Oregon that want to become part of neighboring Idaho.  The citizens are tired of having one or two city populations dictate laws to the rest of the state and basically having zero recourse to have their concerns treated with any respect.  IMO, "breakaways" are far better in the long run than simmering rebellion against authority.

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I've always believed that people who wanted to be part of a different state were free to move into that state but that thinking that they can force their neighbors and public land to become part of that state too was off the table.

People who seem fine with the idea do a 180 when when instead of "Eastern Oregon becomes part of Idaho", someone suggests "Eastern Oregon becomes part of China" or "Eastern Oregon becomes part of ISIS's Levant"

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On 7/3/2023 at 6:40 AM, Electric Scooter said:

No break aways

Yes, it’s terrible when one part of a union decides to seperate from tha5 Union in order to “go its own way”. 

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4 minutes ago, Sir Wearer of Hats said:

Yes, it’s terrible when one part of a union decides to seperate from tha5 Union in order to “go its own way”. 

Give it a 100 year period in any country, with ups and downs, and ideals coming and going, and.....

You`d have 100,000 countries from all the fragmentation. All weak, all joining this today and that tomorrow. And what for? Well two things, one the personal ambitions of their leader, two disappointment when no matter who a run away region breaks away too they discover their new partner isn`t perfect either.

Its like a business with 100 managers, and ones keep coming along who want to break their area off as a separate business.

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Orkney councillors have voted to investigate alternative methods of governance amid deep frustrations over funding and opportunities.

Council leader James Stockan said the island had been "held down" and accused the Scottish and UK governments of discrimination.

His motion led to media speculation that Orkney could leave the UK or become a self-governing territory of Norway.

It was supported by 15 votes to six.

It means council officers have been asked to publish a report to Orkney's chief executive on options of governance.

This includes looking at the "Nordic connections" of the archipelago and crown dependencies such as Jersey and Guernsey.

A further change which would see the revival of a consultative group on constitutional reform for the islands was accepted without the need for a vote.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-66090102

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