20th April 2017 -
UNCONCERNED FOR THE
PEOPLE OF THIS ISLAND
HE LIKES THE POWER BUT NOT THE RESPONSIBILITY
At Sark taxpayers’ expense the Island’s feudal lord Christopher Beaumont is currently travelling from his luxury home in England to make one of his rare appearances in Sark. On Wednesday of next week he will take centre stage at a meeting of his one ruling party state parliament. Flanked by his unelected state officials he will look down from a raised dais, whilst seated on a carved oak throne, onto a parliament of which not one member has faced the electorate, not one member has received a single vote and not one member has a mandate from the people of Sark to govern on their behalf.
This will be of no concern to Christopher Beaumont. This is a man who likes the powers vested in him courtesy of a Crown Lease, but not the responsibility that comes with it.
A feudal throwback, he has shown that, despite having inherited powers unequalled in the western world, he has no intention of using those powers to address the needs of the people of Sark above his own self-interest. As Western Europe’s only dictator he holds powers that would allow him to transform the Island’s economy and the future prosperity of its people overnight, yet he refuses to lift a finger to alleviate their suffering.
Eight years of economic ethnic cleansing, instigated by his late father Michael Beaumont, has left Sark a broken society with a broken economy. Not since Germany of the 1930s has Western Europe had an autocratic leader willing to use the power of the state to destroy the lives of great swathes of the population. Family after family have been driven out of Sark yet, like father like son, Christopher Beaumont is unconcerned. His only interest is the protection and retention of his autocratic powers and his absolute control over his own self-legislating Island state.
13th April 2017
CLUELESS AND UNCARING
With no experience in commerce or government, feudal lord Christopher Beaumont does not have a clue how to reverse the downward spiral of Sark’s economy and no idea of how to halt the devastating depopulation of his Island. This is, however, immaterial because the 23rd owner of the Crown Lease of the Fief of Sark simply does not care.
Just like his late father and predecessor Michael Beaumont, Sark’s current feudal lord, Christopher Beaumont, believes that the fewer people there are on his Island, the better.
Just like his late father and predecessor, Christopher Beaumont is totally unconcerned about the Island’s rapidly diminishing ability to pay for itself.
Just like his late father and predecessor, Christopher Beaumont has made it patently clear that the investment and economic activity desperately needed to rebuild his Island’s economy and population is not welcome in the jurisdiction that he owns and controls.
Indeed, unless attending special occasions such as asserting his dictatorial powers by presiding over his unelected sham parliament four times a year or playing the affable feudal lord to visiting dignitaries who come to pay homage to him, as we witnessed during last week’s visit by Minister of State for Justice Sir Oliver Heald QC and Lt. Governor Sir Ian Corder, Christopher Beaumont is never here.
Instead, Sark’s unelected feudal lord, who is accountable to no one and whose power over the Fief of Sark and its population is comparable to that of any European fascist dictator of the 1930s, resides in the UK. In his luxury home in the Malvern Hills he is happily separated from and impervious to the harsh realities of life on his Island.
In return for his "services", Christopher Beaumont nevertheless collects the taxpayer-funded, index-linked ‘stipend’ which is part of the “fabulous legacy” of power, property and wealth left to him by his late father. Established by Michael Beaumont to compensate him for the loss of the Treizième, an unlawful feudal tax of 7.69% on all Sark property sales which he unfailingly collected. Every penny of which went into his own pocket, that ‘stipend’ now amounts to some £36,000 a year, the equivalent to the tax contributed by over 100 of the Island’s basic rate taxpayers. On top of that, the feudal lord’s expenses, neither specified nor disclosed, are also paid from Sark’s increasingly meagre exchequer. Where is the morality in that?
With a radically reduced population, now down to less than 410 from 650 nine years ago, there is less tax revenue for the Island. There is also less money being spent in the shops, many of which have now closed.
Meanwhile, the economy of scale dictates that with fixed production costs and a steadily shrinking customer base, energy prices are relentlessly increasing. Land and property values, conversely, have decreased by over 30% due to lack of demand.
Sark’s ability to pay for itself is further diminished by the fact that tourism, its main economic driver, is collapsing. Visitor numbers have stagnated at around 50,000 a year compared to some 90,000 a year during the 1970s. To compound the impact on the public purse as well as the economy in general, the vast majority of those who still come to the Island are day-trippers and cruise ship passengers from Guernsey who spend very little time here and even less money. The impact of this on the Island’s public finances are mirrored in the steadily shrinking revenues from the Impôt tax, which are declining each year.
THE DECLINE CAN ONLY CONTINUE
With no prospects of improvement to the dire employment situation, with no hope of improvement to the Island’s inadequate education provisions any time soon and with no statutory right to support of any kind for the elderly, the sick and those falling on hard times, Sark’s tax base - the number of people contributing to the exchequer - can only continue to shrink.
As will the number of customers for the Island’s shops. The price for services such as electricity will consequently continue to rise with ever fewer customers to pay for the fixed costs of production. Demand for land and property will continue to decline and so will its value.
There is no one in the outside world willing to invest in Sark, be it their time, their future or their money.
The totalitarian one-party state established by the feudal lord, Michael Beaumont, has become infamous for its lack of law and order. Infamous for its lack of democracy, infamous for its treatment of the working population, infamous for its absence of social and financial security and infamous for its hostility to investment and economic activity that is not under the direct control of the unelected one-party regime.
As an example, they destroyed the viability and forced the closure of the promising new vineyard industry; a major new industry and a major employer, by devising a carefully targeted new tax on the production of wine.
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?
Don’t expect the 23rd the Seigneur of Sark, Christopher Beaumont, to instigate desperately needed change. He has made it patently clear that, clueless and uncaring, his only concern is for his “fabulous legacy” of power and wealth.
A true poser, the unelected feudal lord shamelessly stood up in his sham parliament and supported his unelected regime’s destruction of the vineyards by lying about the scope of the new tax legislation that was squarely targeting the only new industry in Sark for decades.
Under the late Michael Beaumont’s ownership the Island of Sark suffered through years of a ‘scorched earth’ policy designed to oust outside investment despite the obvious consequences of unemployment, hardship and spiralling depopulation.
It is this ‘scorched earth’ policy which has led to where we are now. The Island’s depleted reserves consist mainly of unsaleable and worthless plant and machinery, unsaleable property that is continuously depreciating and worthless shares in the publicly owned and debt-ridden Isle of Sark Shipping Company. Sark can’t afford to pay off the IoSS’ various loans and the Island’s puny budget is ‘balanced’ by failure to maintain an infrastructure that is so neglected it is a danger to public health. Sark is left unable to invest in itself or its future.
That will, however, not stop feudal lord Christopher Beaumont from continuing to collect his £36,000 stipend and undisclosed expenses every year. With an arrogance matched only by that of his late father, he considers that money is his birth-right.
Instead of building a future for his Island and his people, the clueless and uncaring feudal lord will continue to dominate and control his Fief from the background, happy for the unelected members of his sham parliament to continue scorching Sark’s once promising earth.
Unelected and self-claimed ‘chief minister’ Charles Maitland is certain to uphold the policy of destruction faithfully. A former manager of an old people’s home and a former rug trader, he has neither the will, the leadership skills nor the experience in commerce and politics that’s needed to kick start the Island’s economy. Assisting Maitland in ensuring that Sark has no future is Hazel Fry, who is equally unelected, equally sanctimonious and self-important and equally lacking in relevant knowledge and experience.
This inept duo is in turn overseen and controlled on the feudal lord’s ‘lead committee’ by Sark’s most feared man, feudal chief enforcer Reginald Guille, the former unelected “president” and principal judge who now, as an unelected member of the sham parliament, occupies a seat on the ‘lead committee’ to ensure that nothing can or will change in Christopher Beaumont’s Sark. All whilst unemployment continues to rise, the depopulation carries on, the young have no hope of an adequate education and the elderly and the sick face a very bleak future.
WHERE ALL POWER LIES
On 7th April 2017 feudal lord Christopher Beaumont announced to ITV Channel News about Sark’s governance that:
“There are changes that still need to be made but that is not for me to decide, that is for Chief Pleas to work on.”
Christopher Beaumont knows full well that Chief Pleas - his sham parliament - has no power to change anything. They are not elected; they do not represent the people and they have no mandate from anyone. The only people on this Island with any real power apart from the feudal lord are the feudal lord’s appointees, people like his deputy, the judge and chief enforcer Reginald Guille.
Least of all does Chief Pleas have any power to change the one thing that really needs changing? The existence in Sark of a feudal lord with ownership and power over the constitution, the jurisdiction and his own court - an ownership which is the root cause of Sark’s lack of democracy and good governance.
The Letters Patent of 1565, granting the Crown Lease of Sark, which Christopher Beaumont inherited from his father, and which their ancestors obtained by foreclosing on an unpaid mortgage, is what gives the feudal lord powers that would be the envy of dictators the world over. This piece of paper makes no mention of Chief Pleas or any kind of ‘parliament’ having power to alter or revoke the feudal lord’s position of unassailable power. Beaumont’s statement is pure invention designed to mislead people into believing that his Island is some kind of democracy.
Nothing could be further from the truth, but then again, the Beaumonts have never been known for telling the truth.
6th April 2017
WE THE PEOPLE OF SARK ARE DEPRIVED OF A FUTURE
ONLY ONE MAN CAN CHANGE IT
History has shown that the late Michael Beaumont had no interest in the Island of Sark - neither in its people nor in its future. He ignored 127 appeals by the Sark Newspaper and its predecessor the Sark Newsletter, whilst the unemployment and hardship suffered by the working population due to his neglect went on relentlessly. The result was the downward depopulation of Sark, with individuals and entire families leaving on the infamous ‘boat that leaves in the morning’. The Island’s economy and the welfare of its people were not Michael Beaumont’s concern. His epitaph will forever be the damage he did, both to the Island of Sark’s reputation and to the welfare of its people.
Like his father before him, Michael Beaumont’s son and heir, Christopher Beaumont, inherited immense feudal powers and privileges. He has shown himself to have the same characteristics as his late father. Unelected and accountable to no one, Christopher Beaumont has displayed no interest in the Island of Sark, its people or its future. He was not born here, he spent his entire adult life away from the Island and was so rarely seen here that, before inheriting the Fief of Sark, he was, and remains, a stranger to the population at large.
A piece of paper written in 1565 handed the unelected Christopher Beaumont, who resides in his luxury home in Herefordshire, dictatorial powers over the Island of Sark and its people. His occasional appearances in Sark are purely cosmetic and undertaken for self-serving reasons that have nothing to do with any concern for the welfare of the Island and its people. Yet they have everything to do with maintaining unelected and dictatorial powers and privileges the likes of which have not been vested in one private individual in Europe since 1930s Germany.
What makes Christopher Beaumont cling on to his archaic totalitarian powers? Is it the status of the title of Seigneur, or is it the tax-free income of a Sark taxpayer-funded and index-regulated annual stipend, currently around £36,000, plus unknown and undisclosed expenses? Or is Christopher Beaumont, like his father, attracted to Sark for the ‘unique’ position it retains as a British Crown Dependency tax haven in which highly lucrative but unregulated “offshore financial services” are conducted with impunity?
Christopher Beaumont has no history of having any interest in Sark - its people, its economy and its future. An absentee feudal lord, he has shown no concern for the Island’s children and their right to a full state-funded education. He has not shown any interest in the plight of the numerous elderly, sick and vulnerable residents who have no statutory right to support of any kind. He has shown only indifference to the escalating depopulation which has robbed the Island of 35% of its inhabitants since December 2008. A 30% collapse in land and house prices over the same period has been and remains of little consequence to him. His only concern is to maintain the wealth, status, privileges and powers that he inherited from his father.
The 42 appeals made by this publication on behalf of the people of Sark calling for Christopher Beaumont to use his extensive powers to help them build a future have been met with a wall of silence. An offer by the editor of this publication to meet with him and discuss how he sees the future of Sark was met with an emphatic NO. It is not by chance that the Sark Newspaper addresses its weekly appeal on behalf of the people to the Island’s feudal lord. The people of Sark are deprived of a future and only one man has the power and authority to change it: Christopher Beaumont.
30th March 2017
NO ONE IN SARK HAS A MANDATE FROM THE PEOPLE OF THIS ISLAND TO CHANGE ANYTHING
ONLY THE UNELECTED CHRISTOPHER BEAUMONT HAS AUTHORITY IN SARK
Only one person has the authority to allow any changes in Sark and that person is Western Europe’s only dictator, the Island’s feudal lord Christopher Beaumont. Nothing can change in Sark without his approval and nothing will change in Sark until such a time that he relinquishes power.
Beaumont is the possessor of immense powers, the likes of which have not been vested in one private individual in Europe since 1930s’ Germany. He is, courtesy of a recently inherited Crown Lease, the owner of Sark’s constitution, Sark’s jurisdiction and his own personal court.
In keeping with every dictator who has held autocratic control over people, his lust for yet more power and privileges cannot be sated. Nothing could better suit the aims and objectives of Christopher Beaumont than the many failed attempts since December 2008 to bring democracy to Sark.
Christopher Beaumont, along with his late father before him, the feudal lord Michael Beaumont, has been the chief architect and principal beneficiary of the failure to introduce democracy into their self-legislating Island state. In the wake of last week’s rerun of yet another failed sham election the people of Sark continue to have no democratic political representation. They have no single political representative that they can refer to. There are no political parties in Sark. No Conservative, Labour or Liberal Democrat candidates that the people can identify with and subsequently vote for. As was the case in 1930s’ Germany, there is only one party in Sark, and it answers to, and is under the absolute control of, an unelected and autocratic leader, feudal lord Christopher Beaumont.
The people of Sark have not seen a ballot box since 4th December 2013. They do not have a single democratically elected representative. Instead they have a one ruling party state sham parliament, the likes of which does not exist anywhere else in the free world. Not one of this 24-member assembly has faced the electorate. Neither has any one of them received a single vote. They have neither a mandate nor the authority to pass laws, enforce laws, levy taxes or collect taxes.
On Monday of this week Sark’s self-styled unelected “chief minister” Charles Maitland told Channel TV news that:
“Perhaps we have got to look at a much more radical solution where we employ more people to do the jobs and perhaps the politicians become more policy, in charge of policy, rather than administration.”
Maitland is deluding himself and in the process misleading his audience. He and his fellow unelected members of Sark’s sham one-party parliament have no authority to speak for and no power to act on behalf of the people of Sark. Just like Germany in the 1930s, only one man, Christopher Beaumont, holds all power and authority. Without him exercising his authority and power nothing can or will change on his Island.
23rd March 2017
THE AUTOCRATIC LEADER OF AN UNELECTED REGIME
The “fabulous legacy” left to Sark’s 23rd feudal lord Christopher Beaumont by his late father consists of great power and wealth, all of which was carefully amassed and jealously guarded by the avaricious Michael Beaumont.
Through Machiavellian manoeuvres behind the scenes during the drafting of Sark’s deeply flawed Reform Laws of 2008 and 2010, Michael Beaumont ensured that he was able to pass to his son and heir not only the Crown Lease giving him ownership of the Fief of Sark but also autocratic powers unequalled by any crowned heads or elected leaders in the western world. Indeed, the botched constitutional reforms of 2008 and 2010 enhanced the feudal power structure controlled by the unelected and power-hungry Beaumont family rather than removing it.
Michael Beaumont used his enhanced powers to establish a totalitarian one ruling party state with undeniable parallels to fascist Germany of the 1930s. Democracy never stood a chance. Although the Island of Sark is a British Crown Dependency, under Michael Beaumont’s autocratic leadership, it became a rogue and lawless state where opposition to the regime is not tolerated. All whilst Beaumont and his chosen enforcers engineered and carried out the destruction of Sark’s economy.
The power inherited by the unelected Christopher Beaumont has not been vested in one private individual since the rise of Europe’s fascist states in the 1930s. The fact that he has shown himself to be a weak and ineffectual man does nothing to diminish those powers. Nor are they affected in any way by him choosing to reside in the Malvern Hills in the UK, far away from the harsh realities of life on his Island. Whoever he is and wherever he resides, the fact is that the owner of the Crown Lease on the Fief of Sark has power over every aspect of life on his or her Island:
POWER OVER THE POLITICAL DECISION-MAKING PROCESS
The Island’s parliament isn’t constituted - it cannot lawfully meet - unless the feudal lord or his chosen deputy is present. He presides over the assembly, controlling it from a carved throne on a raised dais where he is flanked by his appointed state officials.
POWER OVER THE JUDICIARY
Sark’s feudal lord appoints - through an Appointments Committee that he personally approve - each and every member, of the Island’s amateur judiciary from the principal judge and his deputy to the bailiff and the court clerk and their deputies. Consequently, not one member of the Island’s judiciary has experience or training in legal matters and the principal judge, who is currently Michael Beaumont’s brother-in-law Jeremy La Trobe-Bateman, a crane driver, sits alone with unlimited jurisdiction. The people of Sark are deprived of their basic right to a fair trial before an independent judge.
Like in fascist Germany of the 1930s, in Sark justice depends on who you are rather than what you have done under a corrupted and incestuous judiciary fully beholden to an unelected autocrat. The feudal lord is the law in his one ruling party state.
POWER OF PATRONAGE
Patronage is a powerful tool on an Island devastated by economic destruction, widespread unemployment and rampant depopulation. Prove yourself loyal to the feudal lord and his one ruling party and you’ll be rewarded in accordance with your needs, be it taxpayer-funded employment, untendered state contracts, appointments to positions of power or social inclusion. Speak out against this hereditary autocrat and his unelected regime and be prepared to lose your job or your home, have your business boycotted and be shunned. Be prepared, in other words, to be de facto deported from the Beaumont family’s rogue Island on the infamous ‘boat that leaves in the morning’.
Like his autocratic father before him, the unelected Christopher Beaumont has power over every aspect of life on his Island. Like his father before him, he has made it abundantly clear that he couldn’t care less about the neglect of his Island and the hardship suffered by his people. Under Christopher Beaumont’s ownership - and leadership - of the Fief of Sark, the realities of life here have gone from bad to worse. The policy of economic destruction set by his father remains strictly enforced so is consequently the spiralling depopulation - a process of economic ethnic cleansing of which any self-respecting fascist of the 1930s would have been proud.
In addition, the democratic veneer so carefully maintained by Michael Beaumont to lend credibility to his one-party regime lies in tatters with each and every member of the Island’s one-party government being unelected. Sark is heading for the abyss and time has come for its owner and feudal lord to do something if this Island and its people are to have a future at all. The big question is, will he?
16th March 2017
AN ISLAND WITHOUT A GOVERNMENT
Sark is a British Crown Dependency under the control of one private individual, Christopher Beaumont, an absentee unelected feudal lord who owns the Island’s constitution, its jurisdiction and his own personal court. It is an Island without a government. It has a sham parliament, Chief Pleas, consisting of 23 unelected one ruling party state officials. Not one member has faced the electorate. Not one member has received a single vote. Not one member has a mandate from the people of Sark to govern on their behalf.
Without a mandate from the people to govern no one in Sark has the authority to make laws, enforce laws, levy taxes or collect taxes. This has not stopped the unelected feudal lord and his unelected state officials from riding roughshod over the people and continuing to meet, pass bogus laws and attempt to extort money from the people of Sark under the guise of collecting legitimate taxes. Rather than living in the democracy that they were promised in 2008 the people of Sark are suffering under the rule of the unelected mob, something not witnessed in Western Europe since the rise of fascist Germany in the 1930s.
Christopher Beaumont’s one ruling party’s latest tactic of appointing various supervisory panels, which they are populating with loyal supporters of their totalitarian regime, has nothing to do with democratic government and everything to do with expanding party membership. At the January 2017 meeting of the unelected one ruling party state parliament, the regime’s chief enforcer, Reginald Guille, inadvertently exposed the continuing and relentless expansion of Sark’s totalitarian regime:
“...we have the three tribunal panels of Development Control, Road Traffic and Taxation and between them they require 18 residents, with currently two vacancies to be filled on Road Traffic and one on Taxation. Those 18 persons cannot be Conseillers and, if they stand for election to be a Conseiller and are successful, are deemed to have resigned their seats and need replacing on the panel.
To that list we have recently added a Child Protection Panel - panel members on this panel can be Conseillers; and a Policing Panel, the seven members of which cannot be Conseillers. There are also many other individual appointments that cannot also take the role of Conseiller - the Seigneur and Deputy Seigneur, the Seneschal and Deputy Seneschal, the President of Chief Pleas, soon to be the Speaker, and Deputy, the Prevôt and Deputy, the Greffier and Deputy, the Treasurer and Deputy, and the Tax Assessor and Deputy. I calculate that a total of 39 appointments are required to be filled by persons who cannot be Conseillers at the same time.”
What Guille did not see fit to state was that not one of the individuals appointed to the offices of state or the panels he identified have any authority to act, nor does the assembly appointing them. They are all carefully selected for their loyalty to Sark’s unelected autocratic leader Christopher Beaumont.
The numerous members of the ever-growing number of newly created state panels are appointed by state committees populated by unelected members of the one ruling party state parliament of whom not one person has faced the electorate, received a single vote or has a mandate from the people to govern. They have no more authority to appoint panel members than the panel members themselves have to act on behalf of the state because of the simple statement of fact that Sark is an Island without a government.
The creation of an ever-increasing number of state panels has solved the problem of how to allow power hungry past members of the one ruling party state parliament to continue to exercise control over the people of Sark. Buoyed by the call to arms by Sark’s absentee dictator Christopher Beaumont, they are eager to exercise the unaccountable powers given to them under the Island’s totalitarian regime.
The reality is that with not one single democratically elected member, the Island’s parliament and its various committees and panels have no authority whatsoever to enter Islanders homes to carry out inspections, interfere in the welfare of our children or to fraudulently collect taxes.
10th March 2017
DOES CHRISTOPHER BEAUMONT
HAVE ANY UNDERSTANDING OF THE
RESPONSIBILITIES HE INHERITED?
Reports last week that Christopher Beaumont is considering a sale of his Crown Lease resulted in many Islanders contacting this publication to air their views. It is clear that Sark’s absentee feudal lord and his wife, Sarah Vivienne Rees-Beaumont, are not welcome here. As one reader so succinctly wrote, “Does Christopher Beaumont have any idea of the responsibilities he has inherited or his duty to the people of Sark?” Sadly, for the people of this Island, all of the evidence to date says that he does not.
The willingness with which he is perfectly happy to sit, unelected, on an oak throne on a raised dais and oversee his unelected sham parliament demonstrates he has only contempt for the right of the people of Sark to be represented by individuals who they have chosen through meaningful and credible democratic elections.
Every one of the 25 unelected members of his sham parliament represents an affront to democracy. Not one of them has faced the electorate. Not one of them has received a single vote from the people of Sark. Not one of them has a mandate to govern from the people of Sark. They have no authority to make laws, enforce law or levy and collect taxes. Yet, under the rule of Sark’s autocratic leader Christopher Beaumont, they continue to do so.
Christopher Beaumont has a responsibility to change this, but he won’t. As owner of Sark’s constitution, jurisdiction and his own court, he is only to happy to continue as Western Europe’s only dictator. Since December 2008 the people of Sark have suffered 8 years of state-sponsored economic ethnic cleansing the likes of which has not been seen in Western Europe since 1930s’ Germany. The result is an unprecedented depopulation of the Island, from 650 year-round residents in December 2008 to below 420 today. This is something that Christopher Beaumont has a responsibility to put a halt to but he has shown that he won’t.
Numerous businesses in Sark’s principal economic driver, tourism, have boarded up their doors and windows and closed for good. With the closure of these businesses over 200 desperately needed jobs have disappeared. Hotels, restaurants, bars, cafés and shops have all shut down through lack of trade. Christopher Beaumont has a responsibility to change this and he could do so by immediately allowing Guernsey to place professional dual warranted Customs officers on his Island. This one simple concession on his part would allow direct travel between the west coast of France and Sark, opening the Island’s tourism sector to the vast market of visitors from mainland Europe. This is something that Christopher Beaumont’s could do in the blink of an eye, but he won’t.
Sark’s economy has collapsed and cannot go any lower. Land and property prices have hit an all-time low and the unprecedented depopulation of the Island means that the economies of scale result in higher electricity, gas and oil prices as suppliers try to cover their fixed overheads from ever decreasing sales to fewer and fewer customers.
Unless Christopher Beaumont can demonstrate an understanding of the responsibilities he inherited and use his powers to reverse the decline in Sark’s fortunes, the population will drop below 300 and will no longer be viable as a self-governing jurisdiction.
The future prosperity of the people of Sark should not be subject to the whim of one private individual. The Island is a British Crown Dependency yet one man has powers unequalled in Western Europe since 1930s’ Germany and he uses those powers to ride roughshod over the needs of his people.
In Christopher Beaumont’s Sark our children are denied the basic human right to a full state-funded secondary education. They are the only child subjects of Her Majesty the Queen to be denied a full and proper education but the man entrusted with a Crown Lease, the absentee feudal lord Christopher Beaumont, does not see it as his responsibility. He merely looks the other way whilst at the same time pocketing a £36,000 a year taxpayer-funded stipend plus uncapped and undisclosed expenses. This is money that should be spent on educating Sark’s children rather than subsidising his and his family’s luxury lifestyle in rural Herefordshire.
The list of responsibilities that Christopher Beaumont shows no understanding of having inherited is endless - care for the elderly, rebuilding Sark’s economy and fixing the Island’s infrastructure to name but few. Does he understand the responsibilities he inherited? Unfortunately for the people of Sark, the answer is an emphatic no.
2nd March 2017
A MESSAGE TO CHRISTOPHER BEAUMONT FROM THE PEOPLE OF SARK: RELINQUISH YOUR POWERS AND GIVE SARK A FUTURE
This week the Sark Newspaper carries its 37th direct appeal to feudal lord Christopher Beaumont on behalf of the people of Sark. Word on the street, however, is that the Island’s absentee feudal lord is considering selling the Fief of Sark to an as yet undisclosed purchaser. Any such sale would offer more than a glimmer of hope to the working men and women of Sark who have suffered through eight years of economic ethnic cleansing akin to that last witnessed in 1930s Germany.
However, true to form, Christopher Beaumont is putting his own self-interests before that of his people and he is said to currently be feigning indifference in a cynical ploy to get as high a price as he can for his Fief.
It is obvious that Sark’s current autocratic leader and his wife do not belong here. Along with their children they will never be permanent year-round residents of Sark. The life-style afforded to them in their luxury home nestling in the Malvern Hills is as far removed from life on Sark as one could imagine. No one can see Mrs Sarah Vivienne Rees-Beaumont trading her social life with the Herefordshire county set for a plate of scampi and chips at Sark’s Island Hall, a licensed establishment that has all the air and charm of a 1970s’ working men's club. It is obvious that Christopher Beaumont has his price and would be a willing seller.
It must be hoped that any prospective purchaser would put the interests of all of the people of Sark before those of their own. If Christopher Beaumont does sell to someone with a true interest in developing the democracy and the economy that Sark desperately needs to have a sustainable future - someone who wants this Island to take its rightful place in the world as an independent fully representative democracy - then the entire nature and tone of the Sark Newspaper would change beyond recognition. The Editor asserts that he merely holds up a mirror to the actions and deeds of those in public life in Sark and, in the public interest, reports in plain English, exactly what he sees.
On behalf of the people of Sark the Sark Newspaper appeals to Christopher Beaumont to get on with it and find someone with the means and determination to take an interest in the future of this Island and its people:
• Someone who understands that the people of Sark want an economy which can sustain them with jobs offering secure year-round employment. • Someone who understands that the people of Sark want land reform which permits them, finally, to aspire to home ownership by way of raising a mortgage against their very own Island property.
• Someone who understands that the people of Sark want the security of law and order; the protection afforded them, their families and their assets by fit-for-purpose, independent and professional law enforcement, border control and an unbiased and independent judiciary able and allowed to deliver justice.
• Above all, someone who understands that the people of Sark want the democracy they were promised would materialise eight very long years ago with the introduction of the Reform Law of 2008.
None of the above will happen until Christopher Beaumont finds a buyer who will meet his asking price. In the meantime Sark faces yet more business closures, further record unemployment and a continuation of the unprecedented depopulation of the Island which has already seen numbers drop from over 650 year-round residents in December 2008 to below 420 today. Christopher Beaumont has a chance to shape history by selling up and relinquishing his powers. In doing so he will take a momentous step: he will give the Island of Sark and its people a future.
23rd February 2017
THE ROGUE STATE OF SARK
WESTERN EUROPE’S LAST DICTATORSHIP
Sark is the last dictatorship in Western Europe - a self-legislating state where no one has a single elected representative in government. It is over four years since the people of Sark saw a ballot box and they find themselves under the rule of Christopher Beaumont, an unelected dictator, his unelected state officials and a 25-member sham parliament of which not one member has faced the electorate, received a single vote or holds a mandate from the people of Sark to govern.
Sark’s absentee dictator Christopher Beaumont is the possessor of powers that have not been vested in one individual since Germany in the 1930s. Courtesy of his inherited Crown Lease he owns Sark’s constitution, its jurisdiction and his own court over which his uncle, the local crane driver Jeremy La Trobe- Bateman presides, alone, despite having no previous experience in law and having no legal qualifications.
From his luxury home nestling on the western side of the Malvern Hills in the UK, Christopher Beaumont collects an annual tax-free stipend equal to the basic tax contributions of 25% of the Island’s adult population whilst using his immense powers to control every aspect of life in Sark. Like his father before him, the avaricious Michael Beaumont, Sark’s current dictator’s fingerprints are never to be found at the scene of the crime. Whilst the economic ethnic cleansing of Sark continues apace, Christopher Beaumont remains ensconced in his UK luxury home.
As was the case in fascist Germany of the 1930s, a dictator cannot hold the people in an iron grip on his own. He needs loyal supporters, people with the same immoral doctrine of putting their own self-interest above the interests of those over whom they rule. A dictator also cannot hold onto power without an efficient and unquestioning machinery of state to implement his wishes as well as maintain and, whenever the opportunity arises, strengthen his position.
In Janet Guy Christopher Beaumont has selected the ideal second-in-command to oversee the guardianship of his dictatorship in his absence. Deeply unpopular with the people, the power-hungry Guy is interested only in protecting Sark’s status as a rogue and lawless state and has been a key proponent of the one-party state’s eight years of economic ethnic cleansing. A former member of the Island’s sham parliament and, up until her retirement, employed by the state as the headmistress of Sark’s school, her betrayal of the working men and women of Sark is matched only by her betrayal of the Island’s children. Not once has she spoken out on their behalf to demand that they be afforded a full state-funded education. The self-serving Guy chose instead to put her own interest above those of others.
Kath Jones, Sark’s senior administrator, is the first line of protection for the Island's absentee dictator. Despite being lauded as an ‘independent administrator’ when selected for her role in October 2013 by the then autocratic ruler Michael Beaumont, she has shown herself to be anything but independent. Her dedication to the one ruling party state was, to the detriment of the people of Sark, instrumental in facilitating a seamless hand-over of power to Christopher Beaumont upon the sudden death of his late father Michael in July 2016.
Although a British Crown Dependency and a part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, Sark is ruled over by an unelected absentee dictator, his unelected state officials and a sham, wholly unelected parliament. It can justly be described as the last remaining dictatorship in Western Europe.
16th February 2017 -
THE UNIQUE TOTALITARIAN ONE-PARTY STATE OF SARK:
EXEMPT FROM INTERNATIONAL TAX COMPLIANCE LEGISLATION
Last week the Sark Newspaper reported on the statement below, issued by the States of Guernsey. In essence, the democratically elected government of Guernsey is announcing two things: • The Bailiwick of Guernsey, including Brecqhou and Jethou, is complying with international tax compliance legislation.
• The Island of Sark, although a part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, is not. It is, for undisclosed reasons, uniquely exempt.
What makes this Island so unique that, unequalled in the western world, it is exempt from international tax compliance legislation? The feeble excuse given by Sark’s unelected ‘government’ for this exemption is that the data required is not collected because the local administration to do so is non-existent. This is a lie. Even the smaller Islands of Brecqhou and Jethou are considered compliant. Sark refuses to cooperate with the outside world, be it with Guernsey or with the international community at large, in the on-going war on tax evasion and other financial fraud and no one outside of Sark has the power to do anything about it. Not the elected government of Guernsey. Not the UK Ministry of Justice and not the British Crown. They are prepared instead to permit feudal lord Christopher Beaumont’s one-party state to remain exempt from international tax compliance legislation regardless of the serious reputational damage that this is inflicting on Guernsey’s ever fragile financial services sector.
Nothing in Sark can be taken on face value. It has taken four pages of this edition to publish, in the public interest, the known directorships, past and current, of a local electrician and employee of Sark Electricity Ltd, Simon Boyd De Carteret, the one ruling party state’s tax assessor. In addition to his day-job and his side-line as provider of unregulated “offshore financial services” De Carteret is also paid by Sark’s unelected ‘government’ to collect the taxes they extort from the Island’s people, despite the fact that not one member of this sham "government" has a mandate from the electorate to make laws, enforce laws, or to raise taxes. Paying the one ruling party’s tax demands is akin to paying protection money to a criminal mob.
A study of people’s lifestyles, in particular the members and supporters of the one ruling party state, reveal all sorts of anomalies when comparing their visible lifestyles and wealth to the income achievable from their apparent livelihoods. This is because Sark, as vividly illustrated on pages 8 - 11 of this publication, remains a centre for highly lucrative unregulated “offshore financial services” of the kind that international tax compliance legislation is seeking to eradicate. It is a small wonder that Guernsey is desperate to protect its all-important reputation as a law-abiding and well-regulated jurisdiction with which it is safe to do business by publicly washing its hands of Sark.
With no border control, no professional policing, no company law or register and no collection of data, not even of who is resident here, the British Crown Dependency of Sark is unique in the western world. Anyone can come here - including criminals just out of prison - and conduct lucrative "business" that is registered nowhere, regulated nowhere, pays tax nowhere and evades each and every piece of international tax compliance regulation in existence.
9th February 2017
SARK’S ECONOMY HAS COLLAPSED
SARK’S POPULATION HAS SHRUNK BY 35%
SARK’S INFRASTRUCTURE IS FALLING APART
SARK’S SHIPPING COMPANY IS BROKE
Over the past eight years numerous small business on Sark, the very life blood of the Island’s visible economy, have closed their doors for good - succumbing to the state-sponsored campaign of anti-business legislation, regulations, bullying, harassment and intimidation. Enforced by 21st century brownshirts loyal to the Beaumont family’s totalitarian regime, this campaign has amounted to economic ethnic cleansing, the likes of which have not been seen in Western Europe since fascist Germany of the 1930s. It has resulted in the people of Sark suffering widespread hardship and austerity. Given the Island’s unique and privileged position in the world, its people should instead have been enjoying a decade of increasing prosperity and year on year rises in their standards of living.
The reality is that on Sark, a British Crown Dependency, the economy has collapsed and the state’s attack on the livelihoods of its own people has resulted in an unprecedented forced exodus of working men, women and children. The number of full time year-round residents has fallen dramatically, from over 650 in December 2008 to below 420 today, a drop of 35%.
Sark’s infrastructure is at breaking point. Year on year the forced exodus of young working families has resulted in less and less residents paying both direct and indirect taxes into the Island’s exchequer. This leaves little money to carry out even basic care and maintenance of a neglected and already crumbling infrastructure. What little taxpayer-funded expenditure there is on care and maintenance is kept firmly within the control of the unelected one ruling party state members and supporters, as is the resulting employment.
Edric Baker, Paul Williams, Colin Golds, Peter Byrne, Robert Cottle, Antony Dunks and Cormac Scott are just a few of the unelected members of the one ruling party state parliament who award themselves tax payer funded state employment. Along with their fellow members of the one ruling party state parliament, not one of them have faced the electorate, not one of them have received a single vote and not one of them have a mandate from the people to govern on their behalf. Like the fascist dictatorships of Europe in the 1930s, Christopher Beaumont, Sark’s autocratic leader, uses his unelected chief enforcers Janet Guy, Reginald Guille and Edric Baker to ensure that every member and supporter of his regime, all of whom are wholly unelected follow the dictator’s code of:
“All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.”
The Island’s monopoly-operating Isle of Sark Shipping Company is broke with no contingency for replacing its ageing fleet of ships. Repeatedly it has been deferring paying back the hundreds of thousands of pounds of outstanding unsecured loans which the Sark taxpayer has lent it for as long as anyone can remember. There isn't a bank on the planet that would lend the company a penny, an appalling testimony to the mismanagement of a company operating free of competition on its passenger and freight services in and out of Sark.
Each year the Island of Sark returns a budget deficit of £2 million, a figure confirmed and validated by the late Lt. Governor of Guernsey, Air Marshal Peter Walker. Despite the reputational damage which Christopher Beaumont's lawless and unregulated state causes to Guernsey’s principal economic driver, the financial services sector, successive Guernsey governments have, for unknown and unstated reasons, seen fit to syphon off £2 million of their taxpayer’s money each year to fill the hole in Sark’s public finances to shore up the Beaumont family’s one ruling party state.
How much longer will the taxpayer of Guernsey be willing to bail out the morally and financially bankrupt Island of Sark? It is an Island run by unelected state officials who have not faced the electorate, have not received a single vote and have no mandate to govern. The fact that a majority of Sark’s unelected state officials have a documented involvement with the very same unregulated “offshore financial services” that now pose a significant threat to the survival of Guernsey’s own regulated and law-abiding financial services sector is lost on no one, least of all Guernsey’s hard pressed taxpayers.
2nd February 2017 -
GOVERNMENT OF THE ONE RULING PARTY
STATE FOR THE ONE RULING PARTY STATE
These three individuals, absentee feudal lord Christopher Beaumont, his chosen deputy Janet Guy and their carefully selected senior administrator Kath Jones, form the top of the governance of the totalitarian one ruling party state of Sark, despite the fact that not one of them is elected, and not one of them has a mandate from the people of this Island to govern.
Indeed, the people of Sark haven’t seen a ballot box since 2012. They’ve only seen business closures, unemployment, hardship, depopulation and rising taxes - as well as soaring household expenditure as a result of the economy of scale pushing up prices for electricity, gas, heating oil and the weekly shopping bill.
Whilst the unelected leaders and members of the one ruling party state award themselves taxpayer-funded employment and patronage, the people over whom they hold totalitarian power go without. Illustrated by the fact that two more families, four adults and six children, will be leaving Sark by Easter, maintaining a life on this Island is becoming increasingly difficult. Unless, of course, you are a member of Christopher Beaumont’s one ruling party government. Comfortably insulated from the consequences of their own actions through inherited fortune, unregulated “offshore financial services” and / or state patronage. The unelected leaders and members of Sark’s fascist one ruling party government continue down the path of economic destruction because it suits them; they don’t need to acknowledge that this Island is in crisis because they are well provided for regardless.
With his opening speech to the one ruling party parliament on 18th January this year, absentee feudal lord Christopher Beaumont showed his true colours by lying about the background of the closing down of Sark Vineyards Ltd and openly displaying scorn and hostility towards the budding new industry that was also his Island’s largest employer.
Whether or not Beaumont took his cue from the deeply unpopular Janet Guy, his chosen deputy, is unclear but not unlikely. The best-knowing Guy, a one ruling party hard-liner, was, after all, prominent amongst the one ruling party state members demonstrating and petitioning against the vineyards (and against the free press) in the first place. Senior administrator Kath Jones has so far been careful to operate in the shadows provided by the closed doors of Sark’s government. Last week she also showed her true colours - and her one ruling party credentials - by circulating falsehoods and lies surrounding the vineyards presented as facts without bothering to check their veracity. So much for the “objectivity” and “independence” of a civil servant parachuted into Sark by the UK Ministry of Justice to introduce good governance.
Under the leadership of the unelected trio consisting of Christopher Beaumont, Janet Guy and Kath Jones, the British Crown Dependency of Sark continues to be governed by self-interest - by the one ruling party state for the one ruling party state. Whatever the consequences for everyone else.
27th January 2017
OUR 32ND APPEAL TO FEUDAL LORD CHRISTOPHER BEAUMONT ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF SARK:
THIS IS YOUR ISLAND;
IT IS YOUR CONSTITUTION,
AND YOUR RESPONSIBILITY
Sark's economy is in a state of collapse. Over 225 jobs have been lost and most of the unemployed have had no choice but to leave the Island for good and make a life for themselves elsewhere. Many of those remaining are suffering hardship, having difficulties paying the rent and putting food on the table. Shops and businesses, big and small, have closed down, others are on the verge of bankruptcy.
The lives of many families have been devastated and over 230 Islanders have already left and others are in the process of leaving simply because they have no other choice. The fact that the Island’s resident population has dropped from 650 in 2008 to below 420 today and is still shrinking rapidly speaks for itself.
Sark is losing its life-blood, its people.
The Island’s cash reserves are depleted, consisting mainly of worthless shares in the Isle of Sark Shipping Company, whilst swingeing tax increases are continuously imposed on a diminishing number of taxpayers. As matters stand, your Island is not sustainable - neither its tourism-dependent economy nor the population which depends on that economy for their livelihoods. Without a dramatic change - without a viable economic plan which includes the border control that will give Sark direct access to the European tourist market and without a fundamental reversal of policy to restore investor confidence - the Island has no viable economic future.
You have the power to implement that change and we appeal to you, on behalf of this Island’s people, to do so before it is too late.
For 137 weeks the late feudal lord Michael Beaumont ignored our appeals on behalf of the people of Sark. Following in his father’s ignoble footsteps, so has his heir Christopher Beaumont for 32 consecutive weeks. Michael Beaumont didn’t want to help the people over whom he held enormous unelected power. Neither, we must conclude, does Christopher Beaumont.
Beaumont claims to be concerned about the recent loss of 25 jobs with the closure of Sark Vineyards Ltd but that concern rings hollow indeed in view of the fact that he has expressed nothing but scornful hostility towards the enterprise itself. For 6 months he has owned the Crown Lease on the Island of Sark, its constitution, jurisdiction and judiciary and he has shown that, like his father before him, he is unwilling to support the introduction of border control in his jurisdiction. A simple measure that would give Sark’s tourist industry - and consequently its economy - a fighting chance. Instead, like father, like son, Christopher Beaumont is willing to preside over the continuing depopulation of his Island due to the economy being wilfully destroyed by the unelected and unmandated totalitarian regime over which he proudly presides. Sark’s current feudal lord is, like his predecessor, an uncaring man incapable of concern for the welfare of others.
19th January 2017
FEUDAL LORD CHRISTOPHER BEAUMONT’S
ONE RULING PARTY STATE:
AN UNLAWFUL GOVERNMENT IN BREACH OF THE EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
The introduction of the European Convention on Human Rights after World War II came about to protect the individual against the powers of the State following years of oppression under fascist dictatorships and Nazism across Europe.
Despite being a British Crown Dependency and therefore a signatory to the Convention, the Island of Sark has been allowed to be in breach of the ECHR for decades. Indeed, Sark has never complied with ECHR laws. The Island was headed by one unelected individual, feudal lord Michael Beaumont, for over 40 years and more recently by his son Christopher Beaumont, who inherited from his father, ownership of the Island’s constitution, jurisdiction and judiciary, which is a complete contradiction to the ECHR laws. The Island’s parliament is merely a sham to give the impression to the outside world of a democratic government. It is presided over by the unelected Christopher Beaumont along with the Lt. Governors of these Islands to give it legislative credibility, but the reality is that it’s a one ruling party system of government with no opposing party politicians as alternatives.
The people of Sark are deprived their right to self-determination under ECHR because no one in Sark’s parliament represents the people. Not one of its members and not one of its leaders are elected. The parliament therefore has no mandate from the people to govern. In breach of ECHR, Sark’s parliament has no mandate to pass laws, no mandate to enforce those laws through their committees, no mandate to raise taxes and no mandate to collect them.
The Island of Sark is run under the authoritarian power of feudal lord Christopher Beaumont by an unelected mob which can only be liked to the brownshirts of fascist Germany of the 1930s. This unelected mob has destroyed Sark’s economy and consequently depopulated the Island by 30% in a process which can fairly be described as economic ethnic cleansing. The Island is left with no future. Only those chosen for taxpayer-funded employment by the one ruling party state and the unelected members of the unelected ruling elite who continue to make substantial amounts of tax free money for themselves by operating thousands of unregulated offshore directorships of letterbox companies, serving no obvious commercial purpose and other unregulated “offshore financial services” which enable tax evasion, money laundering and other financial crimes, to survive in Sark.
ECHR legislation was introduced for the very purpose of ensuring that fascism would never again rise in Europe. Until such time that the Crown enforces the introduction of the principles of the ECHR on Sark, for which the British government is responsible, the citizens of this rogue Island will, in blatant breach of ECHR, remain oppressed by an unelected mob, subjected to a regime which can only be described as fascist.
The hypocrisy of the UK government is there for all to see. Although a founding signatory to the ECHR and despite being responsible on an international level for the good governance of Sark, they have allowed this Crown Dependency to function under the powers of one unelected Michael Beaumont and now his son Christopher Beaumont in obvious breach of the Convention. They have permitted the Island of Sark to develop into a fascist dictatorship under the unelected Beaumont family; a dictatorship with a sham one ruling party parliament, the members of which are not elected by the people, do not represent the people and do not protect the interests of the people but are instead chosen by the unelected feudal lord and his inner circle to represent the views and protect the interests of the unelected feudal lord and his one ruling party state members and supporters.
In breach of ECHR, Sark’s unelected government is itself unlawful. As are the decisions it makes, the legislation it votes through and the taxes it attempts to raise taxes to fund its own continuation.
12th January 2017
FEUDAL LORD CHRISTOPHER BEAUMONT:
STANDING BETWEEN DEMOCRACY AND MOB RULE
Christopher Beaumont was proud and pleased to inherit a lawless Island where the unelected members of the one ruling party state parliament make up laws and regulations in accordance with his constitution.
He is proud and comfortable with being the owner and an unaccountable ruler of a lawless Island hallmarked by the mob rule of unelected people who, like himself, have no mandate to govern, no mandate to pass legislation and no mandate to raise taxes.
SARK'S MOB RULE IS FUNDED BY LUCRATIVE UNREGULATED "OFFSHORE FINANCIAL SERVICES"
As the owner of the Crown Lease on the Fief of Sark, feudal lord Christopher Beaumont is the Island’s undisputed supreme leader. Although a private individual accountable to no one, courtesy of his inherited lease Beaumont owns the constitution and the jurisdiction of Sark and he appoints the judges and officials of his own court. He holds dictatorial powers not seen in Europe since the rise of Hitler's Germany in the 1930s.
These are the same powers and privileges which his father Michael Beaumont managed to retain under Sark's deeply flawed Reform Laws of 2008 and 2010, through Machiavellian manoeuvrings behind the scenes and powers which he exercised, with the indispensable assistance of his right-hand man Reginald Guille and his left-hand man Edric Baker, to establish his Fief as a totalitarian one ruling party state in which he, like Hitler in 1930s’ Germany, was the unassailable and undisputed supreme ruler. The Crown Dependency of Sark became subject to mob rule instead of the democracy its people were promised.
Along with the position of supreme ruler with powers and privileges that are incompatible with democracy in any shape or form, absentee feudal lord Christopher Beaumont also inherited from his avaricious father substantial wealth in the form of property and money. Property and money which the late Michael Beaumont amassed partly by exercising his feudal powers and privileges to the full - by assiduously collecting his Treizième, his personal 7.69% tax on all property sales. All of which went straight into his own pocket, partly by claiming for himself all property and worldly goods of Islanders dying intestate, partly by preying on the weak and vulnerable and, most notably, by trading on his status as Seigneur of Sark and prostituting his Island by signing on as director with thousands of letterbox companies in far flung tax havens around the world. Over 650 directorships in Panama alone - shell companies that serve no commercial purpose and exist only to facilitate financial crimes such as tax evasion, laundering the proceeds of crime and the funding of terrorism.
Regardless of the huge reputational damage he thereby caused, both to Sark itself and the Channel Islands in general, the "Sark Lark" made Michael Beaumont a rich man, a "fabulous legacy" now enjoyed by his son and heir. Whether his son Christopher also inherited lucrative positions in offshore shell companies is an open question.
Where Sark's autocratic feudal lord leads, his inner circle of supporters - and anyone else deemed worthy to be invited into this exclusive club - will inevitably follow. The "Sark Lark", and later its more modern permutations of unregulated "offshore financial services" provided Sark's leading families with easy money. As an illustration, one single directorship can today pay £10,000 a year.
Not only the highly privileged Beaumont family, but close feudal / fascist supporters like the extended family of Reginald Guille, members of the Beaumonts’ unelected one ruling party parliament like Paul Williams, Sandra Williams, Alan Blythe and William Raymond, court officials like deputy judge Ewan de Carteret and Greffier Trevor Hamon or such as state officials like treasurer Wendy Kiernan, committee secretary Caroline Robins or state tribunal member Bertha Cole. The ruling elite of the Beaumont family’s totalitarian one ruling party state jumped onto the lucrative gravy train of “offshore financial services” operated well below the radar of international regulators.
The political decision-making process as well as the administration of the British Crown Dependency of Sark is endemically corrupted by unregulated lucrative offshore activities, the proceeds from which are untaxed, unregistered and uncontrolled on Christopher Beaumont’s lawless Island. Sark’s unelected and unmandated rulers, from the Beaumont family down to their lowly servants on the various one ruling party state tribunals, are free to destroy the Island’s economy because, unlike the population at large, they don’t depend on it to provide the income that funds their lives here.
Sark Electricity Ltd’s quarterly update, circulated to Island households this week, states that in 2014 there were 7 empty commercial properties in Sark. In 2015 the figure had grown to 11, and in 2016 to 16. Now, in January 2017 there are 23. A record 7 commercial enterprises have closed their doors for good on this tiny Island over the past year alone, and today the news broke that Sark Vineyards Ltd is closing down too. As SEL director David Gordon-Brown so succinctly puts it, "the exodus of business from Sark continues". The economic cleansing of Sark by an unelected and unmandated totalitarian regime, the likes of which has not been seen in Europe since Germany of the 1930s, is near complete.
An unelected mob akin to Nazi brownshirts has created a political climate in which commercial enterprise cannot survive, let alone make a profit, unless it is state-owned or state-sponsored. An unelected mob which has shown it will stop at nothing - be it creating targeted legislation or devising punitive taxes, or be it state-sponsored boycotts or state-condoned vandalism - to destroy all commercial or financial interests that are not their own. With the encouragement of the unelected Christopher Beaumont and funded by lucrative unregulated “offshore financial services”, a self-serving and unelected fascist mob has destroyed the Island of Sark - its economy and its future.
6th January 2017
THE CHIEF ENFORCERS
OF MOB RULE AKIN TO FASCIST GERMANY OF THE 1930s
Feudal lord Christopher Beaumont inherited the Crown Lease on the Fief of Sark from the 22nd Seigneur of Sark Michael Beaumont. Like his father before him, Christopher Beaumont, an unelected private individual, is thereby owner of the constitution, jurisdiction and judiciary of the British Crown Dependency of Sark. Also like his father before him, Christopher Beaumont has clearly no intention of giving up his autocratic power over every aspect of life on his Island. He has, with his actions and words, made it patently clear that the apple does not fall far from the tree - Sark’s 23rd feudal lord will not under any circumstances give up the unelected powers and privileges which ensure that his Island remains a totalitarian fascist mini-state instead of developing into the democracy his people were promised eight long years ago.
In one respect only Christopher Beaumont differs from his father. Although publicly boasting of the "fabulous legacy" of power, status, property and wealth left to him by his avaricious father - and although having no hesitation in collecting his annual, taxpayer-funded, index-linked stipend, currently over £35,000 a year, plus unpublished expenses in return for unspecified duties - Christopher Beaumont clearly has no intention of living in Sark.
Someone must hold the fort whilst the feudal lord resides comfortably at a secret location in the UK. Christopher Beaumont picked the deeply unpopular feudal fundamentalist Janet Guy to act as his unelected deputy and exercise his autocratic power in his absence - a choice obviously made under the guidance of his father’s chief enforcer and right-hand man Reginald Guille, to whom the new feudal lord has openly admitted he turns to whenever he needs advice.
However extensive deputy Seigneur Janet Guy’s powers are, and regardless of how much she knows best, she alone cannot be trusted to ensure that nothing and no-one is permitted to threaten the totalitarian one ruling party state so carefully established by the late Michael Beaumont and his chief enforcer Reginald Guille.
That is why Guille, who only "retired" from the position of unelected "president" of Sark’s one ruling party parliament a couple of months ago, has stepped into the arena again, still unelected but this time, we are meant to believe, as a mere member of the assembly over which he ruled for 16 years with a rod of iron.
No one is fooled. For 16 years this Island has been under the jackboot of the unelected and unmandated Reginald Guille acting on behalf of his feudal lord, and he is not giving up any time soon. Alongside Janet Guy, Guille will continue to be the chief enforcer of the mob rule of Sark’s feudal lord, ensuring that Sark remains a rogue fascist state with frightening parallels to fascist Germany of the 1930s.
29th December 2016
AKIN TO THE BROWNSHIRTS IN 1930s' GERMANY
As we prepare to welcome in the New Year there is nothing for the people to celebrate in the British Crown Dependency of Sark. Eight years of economic cleansing the likes of which have not been seen in Western Europe since 1930's Germany have left the people with only desperation and despair.
• Like 1930's Germany, Sark is a totalitarian one ruling party state headed by an unaccountable dictator, feudal lord Christopher Beaumont.
• Like 1930's Germany, the members of the one ruling party state parliament are accountable to the dictator and his chosen elite rather than to the people.
• Like the people of 1930's Germany, the people of Sark are subjected to mob rule under an unelected 'government' that has no mandate to pass laws, no mandate to enforce those laws and no mandate to raise taxes.
• Like the people of 1930's Germany, the people of Sark are the victims of economic cleansing by an unelected one ruling party regime intent on ridding the totalitarian regime of anyone suspected of disagreeing with their fascist views and policies.
• In Sark, as we enter 2017, the members of an unelected 'government' - a mob which represents the needs and interests of no one except themselves and their unelected dictator - will pass laws and raise taxes to fund themselves and punish enemies of the one ruling party state. Just like in Germany of the 1930s.
• In today's one ruling party of Sark, the fascist regime's servants can and will, akin to the brownshirts of 1930s' Germany, seize people's assets at the drop of a hat, a power they will use to force the population to conform to the regime's wishes.
• Although a British Crown Dependency, the citizens of the lawless Island of Sark are subject to mob rule under a totalitarian fascist regime. Not one member of the regime has faced the electorate. Not one member has received a single vote from the people.
We do not live in the 1930s. In today's world - outside of Sark, that is - no unelected government will be considered legitimate. No legitimate government can, as has Sark's one ruling party regime, mandate itself. In order to be a legitimate government that makes legitimate decisions, a government must be mandated by the people that it governs. Without a mandate to govern it cannot legitimately pass laws and raise taxes.
Feudal lord Christopher Beaumont's unelected one ruling party mob of a "government" has no such mandate. No mandate to make laws, no mandate to enforce those laws and no mandate to fund their one ruling party state by raising taxes. The people of Sark are under no obligation to pay those taxes. They are under no obligation to fund the continuation of the fascist regime which is oppressing them and destroying their Island. No court in the free world would support the legitimacy of any demands of a fascist mob "government" which is populated by one ruling party state officials, none of whom have faced the electorate or received a single vote.
15th December 2016
CHRISTOPHER BEAUMONT’S UNELECTED
ONE RULING PARTY STATE HAS NO MANDATE TO
LEVY TAXES ON THE PEOPLE OF SARK
Within a matter of a few short weeks Sark’s one ruling party state will send out tax demands across the Island. Despite having not faced the electorate, having not received a single vote and having no mandate from the people to govern over them Sark’s fascist regime will demand that the people of Sark hand over their hard earned cash to unelected state officials to spend as they see fit.
Nowhere in the free world can an unelected and unmandated ‘government’ led by an unelected and unaccountable autocratic leader levy and collect taxes on behalf of the state. In the British Crown Dependency of Sark this will not stop the unelected members of Christopher Beaumont’s totalitarian regime attempting to extort money from the people to fund their totalitarian regime.
Tax cannot be imposed by unelected state officials who have no mandate to do so. Moreover, no independent court of law will enforce the payment of such taxes or fine people for not paying them. No independent court of law will uphold the extortion of money from a population ruled over by an unelected and unmandated one ruling party state accountable to no one other than their unelected autocratic leader.
Sark is a state akin to that of 1930’s Germany. The people of Sark, like the people of Germany in the 1930’s, are ruled over by state officials who have not faced the electorate, have not received a single vote and have no mandate to govern. Like Germany in the 1930’s there is no separation between those who make the laws and those who enforce them. All is within the state, nothing outside the state and nothing against the state.
Like Germany in the 1930’s the unelected and unmandated one party state officials in Sark have committed crimes against humanity that could not happen in a democratic society. A state-sponsored campaign of economic destruction has seen the island’s population decimated from a high of 650 year-round residents in December 2008 to below 420 today, a drop of 35%.
Sark’s totalitarian regime have pursued an economic “scorched earth” policy that has ensured that the elderly are uncared for, the children are denied a full and proper education and the weak and vulnerable are left to fend for themselves. At the same time land and property values have crashed to an all-time low and non-state sanctioned businesses, both large and small, have boarded up and closed their doors for good.
When the autocratic leader Christopher Beaumont’s unelected state officials send out their tax demands in early January they are not collecting taxes on behalf of the state to be spent on caring for our elderly, educating our children or meeting the needs of our weak and vulnerable. They are instead attempting to extort money from the people of Sark to provide paid employment and cash benefits for the members and supporters of the one ruling party state. They are extorting money to pay an absentee dictator, Christopher Beaumont, a stipend and undisclosed expenses that equate to the sum raised from 100 basic rate tax payers.
No one on Sark should give into extortion by the state. It is the right of the people to withhold their taxes until such a time as the Island has a fully representative democratic government. There is not a court in the free world that would disagree.
8th December 2016
NO MANDATE TO GOVERN
NO MANDATE TO PASS LAWS
NO MANDATE TO RAISE TAXES
As was the case in 1930s' Germany, the people of Sark are ruled by a one ruling party "government" in which no member has faced the electorate, no member has received a single vote and no member has been elected. They have no mandate to govern, no mandate to make laws and no mandate to raise taxes.
In 2016 the people of Sark, a British Crown Dependency, are living under the rule of a fascist regime headed up by an absentee dictator, Christopher Beaumont. The powers vested in him through the Crown Lease he inherited from his father, the avaricious Michael Beaumont, cannot be found in the hands of one private individual anywhere else across the free world. Despite this, the British Crown and the UK Ministry of Justice continue to turn a blind eye to the crimes against humanity that have been committed by a regime intent on holding onto power at any cost.
Sark in 2016 is no different to the fascist Germany of the 1930s, where power was obtained by the "Brownshirts" on their leader’s behalf. As was the case during this dark chapter in European history, anyone in Sark who dissents from the one ruling party-line is subjected to persecution by the state. A boycott of non-state sanctioned businesses has been rigidly adhered to by members and supporters of the Beaumont family’s one ruling party state.
Such are the overwhelming numbers of Beaumont's "Brownshirts", as the late dictator Michael Beaumont’s enforcers were known, that they did not have to take to daubing warnings on the doors of businesses deemed to be operated by ‘enemies of the state’. They merely needed to let it be known amongst the population at large that a business was not approved by the state to guarantee a boycott and the inevitable demise of the enterprise.
This policy, Sark's "Final Solution" has resulted in an unprecedented depopulation of the Island, from 650 year-round residents in December 2008 to below 420 today. As businesses were forced to close due to the might of the state being turned against them, jobs were destroyed, and there is no sign of them coming back. Family after family were left with no alternative but to pack up and leave with barely the shirts on their backs as the unelected one ruling party state officials basked in the success of their economic cleansing. Not since 1930s' Germany has the free world witnessed such crimes against humanity by the state.
Predictably, in further and terrifying parallels with 1930s-style fascism, numerous tactics have been deployed by Sark’s totalitarian regime to deny the people’s right to freedom of speech and to close down the free press. Every weapon in the one ruling party state's armoury has been used against Sark resident Kevin Delaney, the Editor of this publication and its predecessor, the Sark Newsletter.
The Editor has had to face threats of physical violence from members of the one ruling party state, state-organised vandalism to his home and to businesses under his management and the threat of being shot by the partner of a member of the one ruling party state parliament. When it became clear to the totalitarian regime that these tactics were not going to silence the only source of independent news reporting in Sark, they resorted to more sinister and desperate tactics.
Under the organisation of Janet Guy, Christopher Beaumont’s carefully selected deputy dictator, who, despite his protestations, has no mandate to rule over the people of Sark, a march was organised. Members and supporters of Sark’s fascist regime, posing as ordinary members of the public, demonstrated to try to close down the free press. When this failed, over fifty members and supporters of Sark’s totalitarian regime lodged a claim of criminal harassment with the Guernsey police against Mr Delaney, leaving him facing the threat of financial ruin and, for the first time in his life, a criminal record.
One has only to look at the reluctance of the local Channel Island media to criticise Sark’s totalitarian regime to understand the power of this 21st century fatwa. The people of Sark are ruled by a government that has no mandate to govern and no mandate to pass laws. The people of Sark have every right to refuse to pay the taxes that the one ruling party state has no mandate to raise.
1st December 2016
"SARK’S ‘FINAL SOLUTION"
In a cynical and calculated programme of economic cleansing, the likes of which has not been seen in Western Europe since fascist Germany of the 1930s, Sark's late feudal lord Michael Beaumont, aided and abetted by his chief enforcer Reginald Guille, spent 8 years systematically destroying the Island's economy.
Michael Beaumont's ownership of Sark's constitution, its jurisdiction and his own court, ensured that his autocratic powers would be consolidated and increased throughout the tenure of his 40-year rule. As was the case in Hitler's Germany, Beaumont could not do this on his own. He needed individuals who would set aside the standards of common decency and morality that underpin democratic states the world over and who would stoop to any depth in defence of the feudal lord's totalitarian regime.
In the former serviceman Reginald Guille, Michael Beaumont found the perfect partner for his crimes against humanity. A bully who would stop at nothing to achieve his objective, Guille would not even sip from a glass of wine when in the company of Beaumont until given a nod of approval by his power-hungry feudal lord.
Guille's re-emergence as an unelected member of Sark's one ruling party state"parliament signals that the final steps on the road to Sark’s "final solution’ are set to get underway and anyone who fails to sign up as a member or supporter of Sark's one ruling party state will face the terror of the majority. Even today, as the Sark Newspaper goes to print, Islanders are reminded of Michael Beaumont’s edict that nobody is to be allowed emergency evacuations from Sark, even for urgent medical treatment. Such was the determination of the late feudal lord to ensure that nothing and nobody would dictate how he ran the last fascist state in Western Europe, that he refused to put the needs of his own wife above his own determination to cling to power. On a gale-swept winter’s night, in mountainous seas, he condemned his wife to being transferred to Guernsey on the floor of an ill-equipped boat rather than setting his perverse ideological dogma to one side and putting the well-being of his life-long partner above anything else.
Rather than allowing his wife, who had suffered a serious stroke, to be evacuated to Guernsey on a 6-minute helicopter transfer, he chose instead to submit his frail and seriously ill wife to an hour's unimaginably terrifying sea crossing, thereby also delaying for an hour and a half urgent medical treatment. Today, with the announcement of the passing of Diana Beaumont, her family mourns, as does the whole Island, for the loss of a mother, a grandmother, a sister, an aunt and a fellow Islander. The people of Sark also question what impact the negligence of her callous husband on that windswept winter’s night had on her health throughout the final years of her life.
The passing of Diana Beaumont has also brought into sharp focus the fact that Michael Beaumont's legacy is set to continue. To this day, Islanders are denied the right to a safe, fast and efficient emergency evacuation by helicopter because of the policy set by their late fascist dictator.
Another legacy set to continue is Michael Beaumont’s economic "scorched earth" policy - Sark's "final solution". The appointment of the late feudal lord's chief enforcer Reginald Guille as an unelected member of the one ruling party state parliament will ensure that the policy of economic destruction, which he and his feudal lord devised 8 years ago, will continue to be implemented, relentlessly and unhindered. Reginald Guille will personally see to it that the ‘final solution’ is adhered to and carried out by the unelected rank and file, as well as the unelected leaders of Sark's one ruling party regime. The tragedy is that we all know full well he is capable of achieving his objective.
25th November 2016.
SEVEN YEARS OF SUPPRESSION
OF THE FREE PRESS IN SARK
HE DEMANDED CENSORSHIP OF THE FREE PRESS
The avaricious and grasping Michael Beaumont never once condemned the attacks on the free press in Sark. To him, openness and accountability to the people of the Island and the outside world at large was unthinkable. How could he continue to line his own pockets year in and year out through his involvement with unregulated financial services if he was going to be subject to the scrutiny of the press? He was instrumental in encouraging his one ruling party state members to pose as ordinary members of the public in a state-sponsored protest march calling for the closure of the free press in his Island; an act of one ruling party state propaganda worthy of Joseph Goebbels in Germany of the 1930s.
HE REFUSES TO ENGAGE WITH THE FREE PRESS
Christopher Beaumont, the latest dictator to hold Sark in his iron grip through his ownership of the constitution, the jurisdiction and the judiciary, has made it clear by his refusal to meet with the Editor of this publication that he will, to the detriment of the people of Sark, be carrying on where his father left off. His engagement with the media will be confined only to those news organisations who fail to challenge his dictatorial powers. When a ruler such as Beaumont refuses to engage with any media who challenges or opposes his rule, then that leader is a dictator and there can be no such thing as freedom of speech in Sark at all.
SHE HAS BEEN RICHLY REWARDED FOR HER ATTACKS ON THE FREE PRESS
The deeply divisive deputy Seigneur Janet Guy has been richly rewarded for her commitment to perpetuating the totalitarian regime in Sark. On the face of it, she and the Island’s current dictator do not make obvious political bedfellows: she, a proponent of left wing control of every aspect of peoples’ lives, from cradle to grave. He, with the dictatorial credentials of fascist leader, the likes of which have not been seen in Europe since 1930s’ Germany. They are united in their lust for power and desire to hold onto power at any cost, regardless of the consequences for the people of Sark.
17th November 2016
PROUD TO INHERIT
A ONE PARTY STATE REMINISCENT OF 1930s’ GERMANY
Sark's feudal lord and dictator Christopher Beaumont has declared publicly that he is proud to inherit a near bankrupt Island with no hope or future. He has shown, in his short term in office, that he is just as avaricious as his father, the late feudal lord and dictator Michael Beaumont and that self-interest and the accumulation of personal wealth will define his autocratic rule over the people of Sark regardless of the cost to them. Under his totalitarian regime, as the latest member of the Beaumont family to assume autocratic powers, the likes of which have not been seen since 1930s’ Germany, he will ensure that the needs of the Island’s elderly will go unheeded, the rights of the Island’s children to have a full education will remain ignored and that, as a result of his one ruling party state’s economic cleansing, the depopulation of Sark will continue as the economy continues its decline.
PROUD TO SERVE
AN AUTOCRATIC RULER UNSEEN IN EUROPE SINCE 1930s’ GERMANY
The deeply unpopular Janet Guy is relishing being empowered to implement the ‘scorched earth’ policies of her feudal lord and dictator Christopher Beaumont. Her undisguised hunger for power is legendary amongst the people of Sark. An anarchist who boasts of her involvement with political pressure groups, she personifies the dried-up husk that is the one ruling party of Sark. Guy’s Sark is based only in the "here and now", on what the Island can offer her and her partner, the some-time shopkeeper Katie Hamon, during their dotage years. Guy has no interest in the future of the Island, as evidenced by her failure to fight for the rights of the children of Sark to a full education. The ex-headmistress of the Sark School will do nothing for the Island's people. Her lust for power will condemn the working men and women of Sark to many more years of economic cleansing akin to that of 1930s' Germany
11th November 2016
A FASCIST ENFORCER
Deputy Seigneur Janet Guy is a fascist enforcer - unelected, but appointed by Sark's absentee feudal lord Christopher Beaumont. This is a man who recently inherited, courtesy of a Crown Lease, extensive autocratic powers that are unequalled in the western world. A Crown Lease which bestows on Beaumont, whilst accountable to no one, ownership of Sark's constitution and jurisdiction. It also empowers him with ownership and control of his own court and the power to appoint his own judge. The appointment of Janet Guy - who is mandated by the feudal lord alone - has been made so as to enforce his extensive and autocratic powers in his absence.
With the clearest of parallels to the European fascist states of the 1930s, the unelected Janet Guy, an individual with an insatiable lust for power, has been appointed by the unelected feudal lord to preserve his one ruling party state and his all-powerful position. The people of Sark, to whom the deeply unpopular and divisive Guy is well known, will understand that she is only too willing to do so.
3rd November 2016
Feudal lord Christopher Beaumont has no mandate from the people of Sark to preside over, dominate and control a one ruling party system of government reminiscent of a European fascist state of the 1930s.
Nor did the unelected absentee feudal lord have a mandate from the people of Sark to appoint the deeply unpopular Janet Guy, the most inept, incompetent and divisive person on this Island, who played a significant role in the one ruling party’s destruction of Sark’s tourist industry and economy, to be his lieutenant and exercise his powers in his absence.
Sadly for the people of Sark, their feudal lord needs no such mandate. He owns this Island - its constitution, its jurisdiction and its judiciary. Despite the Reform Laws of 2008 and 2010, which were meant to bring democracy, there is no such thing as government by the people for the people in Sark. The Island is governed for the feudal lord by the feudal/fascist one ruling party regime established by the late Seigneur Michael Beaumont.
Like father, like son; Christopher Beaumont has followed in his footsteps and shown that he intends to exercise all the dictatorial rights he inherited under the Crown Lease along with substantial wealth and property.
Like father, like son; Christopher Beaumont will no doubt also make himself richer in the process by exercising the antiquated privileges, such as seizing for himself the property and worldly goods of Islanders dying without a will. He will no doubt take his annual, taxpayer-funded, index-regulated stipend, now over £33,000 a year, and he will no doubt continue to claim his expenses without declaring what they are.
In breach of all the principles of democracy and natural justice safeguarding the people across the UK and all the other British Crown Dependencies, Sark’s feudal lord needs no mandate from anyone. Accountable to no one, he can, and does, do as he likes in his feudal/fascist Fief.
27th October 2016
WHO VOTED FOR THEM?
No one in Sark voted for Christopher Beaumont. No one in Sark voted for the deeply disliked Janet Guy. No one in Sark is able to vote either of them out of office - with distinct parallels to Germany of the 1930s - and no one can challenge the policies they set and the way they choose to exercise their unelected power over others. Again reminiscent of 1930s’ Germany.
Courtesy of his inherited Crown Lease and accompanying tax-free fortune consisting of blood money - the “fabulous legacy” left to him by his father Michael Beaumont - Christopher Beaumont, accountable to no one, presides over, dominates and controls his Island’s political decision-making process as well as every aspect of life thereon. Again with undeniable parallels to Germany of the 1930s.
What did he hope to achieve by choosing Janet Guy as the executor of his autocratic powers in his absence? Did he spare a thought for the people for whose welfare he has responsibility under his Crown Lease - people who cannot challenge what Janet Guy does in his name?
Certainly not. By entrusting the obviously incompetent but militantly opinionated and blinkered Janet Guy to exercise his autocratic powers in his stead, Christopher Beaumont has shown the people of Sark and the world at large that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree; he’s a chip off the old ‘Michael Beaumont’ block. It tells us all we need to know about the integrity and morality of Christopher Beaumont, the 23rd feudal lord of Sark.
Like his father before him, he totally lacks compassion for the people over whom he holds totalitarian power. As long as he can keep his inherited power, privileges and blood money, he is happy for his one ruling party to stifle Sark’s economy by blocking desperately needed investment and actively preventing the economic activity that provides employment for the working population. He doesn’t care that the policies he and his deputy support are depopulating the Island in a process equivalent to 1930s-style ethnic cleansing. It doesn’t matter to him that his is an Island where there is no welfare for the elderly, the sick and the unemployed - and that Sark’s children, uniquely in the British Isles, can only achieve GCSE-level education if their parents can afford to pay for it.
By appointing Janet Guy to rule over Sark in his absence, Christopher Beaumont has sealed the fate of Sark. Like Germany of the 1930s it is a totalitarian state with no hope and no future.
21st October 2016
A CORRUPT SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT
• Like fascist Germany of the 1930s, the British Crown Dependency of Sark has an autocratic and authoritarian leader who holds draconian powers and is accountable to no one.
• Like fascist Germany of the 1930s, the other principals of Sark’s government are not elected but chosen by the autocratic and all-powerful leader.
• Like fascist Germany of the 1930s, the body of Sark’s government is either wholly unelected - appointed by the one ruling party and its members - or elevated to office through sham elections.
• Like fascist Germany of the 1930s, the totalitarian state of Sark has a one ruling party system of government where there is no opposition, neither from opposition parties nor from individuals because opposition is not tolerated.
• Like fascist Germany of the 1930s, those opposed to Sark’s one ruling party and its unelected leaders and members are perceived as ‘enemies of the state’ and deported from the Island through economic cleansing and/or state-sponsored harassment campaigns.
• Like fascist Germany of the 1930s, Sark’s system of government is devised to allow an unelected feudal/fascist elite to hold absolute control over the lives of others.
Without vision and ideas, devoid of logic and morally bankrupt, Sark’s unelected feudal lord and his feudal/fascist one ruling party assert their unelected but totalitarian authority on the population of Sark and are actively employing such strategies as were practiced in Europe’s fascist states in the 1930s, to uphold their own and their one ruling party regime’s absolute power. Regardless of the devastating effects their actions have on what remains of Sark’s population which has shrunk for 650 in 2008 to less than 420 today and is expected to diminish rapidly this coming winter. Regardless of the suffering they inflict in the form of unemployment, depopulation and hardship. Intent only on holding on to power, they are indifferent to the fact that they are destroying Sark; its economy, its population and its future.
To call Sark’s system of government corrupt is the under-statement of the century. Fully deserving of comparison with Germany of the 1930s, it is unacceptable. Rotten to the core, it is an insupportable embarrassment to the Crown, to the UK government and its Ministry of Justice and to the Channel Islands as a whole.
13th October 2016
TWO UNELECTED LEADERS OF A ONE RULING PARTY SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT
REMINISCENT OF A FASCIST STATE OF THE 1930s
Unelected feudal lord Christopher Beaumont, who, courtesy of his inherited Crown Lease, also inherited ownership and control over Sark’s constitution, jurisdiction and judiciary and more power than any crowned head or elected leader in the civilised world, has. With open contempt for democratic principles and the people over whom he holds unaccountable and autocratic power, he has exercised his feudal right to appoint his own deputy.
For the people of Sark the appointment is important in view of the fact that the feudal lord doesn’t reside here and has no plans to do so in the immediate future. His deputy, accountable only to the feudal lord, who is also accountable to no one, will exercise his extensive powers in his absence.
With clear parallels to fascist Germany of the 1930s, Sark’s unelected leader Christopher Beaumont chose as his deputy the deeply unpopular and equally unelected Janet Guy, a one ruling party fundamentalist whose long and ignoble record in Sark public life shows her to have no more respect for democratic principles than the feudal lord does himself. She is a safe pair of hands, certain to do her utmost to ensure that nothing is permitted to threaten the feudal/fascist one ruling party state and the unelected feudal lord’s position as its autocratic and all-powerful owner and leader.