Wednesday, July 5, 2023

"Orkney council to look at proposals to become territory of Norway"

Orkney is interesting. 

Not as interesting as Svalbard but interesting nonetheless.

From the BBC, July 2:

A previous vote in 2017 did not back full independence for Orkney

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.

Councillor Stockan told BBC Radio Scotland there were many areas where Orkney was being "failed dreadfully" by both the UK and Scottish governments....

.... Mr Stockan also suggests that the council should investigate how Orkney could secure a "Nordic connection" with Denmark, Norway or Iceland.

'Deep cultural relationship'
Orkney was previously held under Norwegian and Danish control until it became part of Scotland in 1472.

The islands were used as security for the wedding dowry of Margaret of Denmark, the future wife of King James III of Scotland....

Some earlier visits:
February 2019
The Orkney Energy Miracle
I had assumed that after upending Sark's quiet society with her reporting on the electricity monopoly that the Financial Times' Jemima Kelly would continue her tour of the isles and go north to Orkney to investigate their power situation.

But that wasn't to be. Apparently she prefers Athens to visiting the Orcadians off the tippy-tip of Scotland, 59°0′ North latitude, in the middle of winter.
Go figure.

Well, as promised in one of our posts linking to Ms Kelly's travels, "It's Incredible that an institution as well respected as the FT would stoop to this level":
Speaking of little rocks in the ocean. we've been sitting on a blockbuster link regarding the Orkney energy situation. Maybe next week....

April 2019
Energy: Deep Time and an Uncertain Future on the Orkney Islands
Continuing our exploration of the Orcadians, their islands, and the future of energy.

January 2020
Asking The Important Questions: "Hydrogen-powered gin distilling being investigated in Orkney"

September 2020
Microsoft Retrieves Orkney Underwater Data Center, Reveals Some Details

October 2022
Damaged Cable Leaves Mainland Cut Off From Shetland
The story says fishermen. I say Russians, Russians, Russians....