On Thu, 17 Apr 1997, Stiofan MacAmhalghaidh wrote:
> you wrote...
> <<The Channel Islands are part of the UK state, but having
> no MPs and paying no UK taxes (the two facts are related...)
> they are effectively not part.>>
> no they're not. they are specifically not a part of the UK
> state. They are Crown Dependencies, which makes them as near
> to the UK as you can get, the next stages out being Crown
> Dominions and Crown Colonies. The UK is specifically
> England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Jersey,
> Guernsey & Man are not a part of that. I believe that the
> lack of representation at Westminster and the existence of
> separate legislatures are the two key issues that define
> their non-UKness.
> Don't believe me. Check it out.
Absolutely right, Maqqi, thanks for explaining it clearly.