Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Challenging feudalism from the comfort of Europe's largest modern castle

I see that the Barclay Brothers, owners of the Telegraph and many other media outlets, are having their day in the High Court to challenge the new constitutional arrangements for Sark (in the Channel Islands) on the good old Liberal basis that "they don't go far enough". (See earlier post)
Good for them.
But I have a chuckle every time I hear about this Sark saga.
The Barclay brothers are challenging the feudal rights of Sark's hereditary Seigneur from the comfort of the largest recently built castle in Europe! There is a delicious irony about that.
Finding information about the Barclay brothers and their little island of Brecqhou (just off the coast of Sark) is like searching for hen's teeth. However, with a little searching on Google, it is a amazing what one can find. This blog gives links to lots of interesting stuff about them.
There are few photographs existing in the public domain of the Barclays. One of them receiving their knighthoods is here on BBC Online. Another of them, also from the BBC, laughing with Andrew Neill is here. It may be perverse of me, but after their High Court challenge, I'd love to see a photo of the Brothers holding their fists in the air and shouting "Power to the People" (a la 'Wolfie' in "Citizen Smith").

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