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Opinion: A look at the issues of today

PUBLISHED: 12:00 21 October 2017

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Canvey Island could be the new Catalonia

It could soon be easier to go on a foreign holiday from Romford.

We could head off to a foreign land and enjoy the local traditions and cuisine without having a long journey. With the issues we’re having with the airlines these days, it’s probably for the best.

In the past if your case didn’t arrive you presumed they’d lost it, now you worry they’ve taken it to a jumble sale to try to pay their bills.

The foreign land we could head to? Canvey Island.

In what some have been calling a Catalonia-style bid for independence, Canvey Island has been thinking about going it alone.

It’s not really Catalonia-style though. I don’t expect an illegal referendum, I doubt there’d be state police brought in to throw around some grannies and as far as I can tell no one has tried to stop them.

Canvey and Catalonia are similar in some ways. They are both famous for their language, but in Canvey’s case it’s still English just with more words I have to bleep before broadcast. (That’s based on just one regular caller.)

The issue is about the lack of its own local council, with the civil parish currently managed by the Conservative-controlled Castle Point Borough Council, with residents wanting greater autonomy.

There’s probably a solution that doesn’t require declaring Canvey Island as its own separate nation but it is the way things are going.

From Brexit to Scottish independence people are breaking away.

There’s a campaign for Cornish independence and a movement trying to make Yorkshire independent, or as they’d see it in Yorkshire, getting the rest of the UK to leave Yorkshire.

Pretty soon we’ll all be independent countries that are one house big.

If Canvey Island does break away watch out in case Spain tries to take it over. After Gibraltar I think they’re enjoy the irony.

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