Readers of The Daily Telegraph could be forgiven if they were bemused about a rather arcane tale on the prospect of Guernsey becoming independent from the United Kingdom.
The paperÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s assistant editor Andrew Pierce uncovers the story behind the Ã¢â‚¬Å“secretÃ¢â‚¬ discussions on the islandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s future in a prominent piece for the paper.
The Ã¢â‚¬Å“behind closed doorsÃ¢â‚¬ meeting is Ã¢â‚¬Å“cloaked in such secrecyÃ¢â‚¬ that spin doctors at the islandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s parliament were told not to release the agenda, writes Pierce.
Fortunately for doubtless fascinated Telegraph readers, he had obtained a rare
copy of the agenda.
But oddly, Pierce finds no space in his story to mention two of the Channel IslandsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ best known and most influential characters.
Absent is any word from the Telegraph-owning Barclay brothers. The billionaires just happen to own a cliff-top castle on the nearby island of Brecqhou and have taken a very keen interest in the way the Channel Islands are run.