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British Isles, Commonwealth, United Kingdom, Great Britain, huh?

British Isles, Commonwealth, United Kingdom, Great Britain, huh?

Apr 11th, 2011, 06:24 AM
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...t-weather.html
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Apr 11th, 2011, 07:28 AM
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I thought of posting that story - saw it in today's Gaurdian.

So... The Scillies agree with me that Jersey and, by extension the other Channel Islands, are not in the British Isles. The Jersey spokeswoman says in response to the mooted that "We are politically part of the British Isles, even if not strictly geographically."

Sorry... "politically"? What is this political entity of which she speaks? Are the Irish aware that they are "politically" part of the British Isles? I think she ought to let them know - I'm sure they'll have an interesting take on it.

I think the issue is clear... and despite Flanner's best efforts to suggest otherwise language and definition do serve a purpose beyond that which a speaker arbitrarily deems them to be.
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Apr 11th, 2011, 12:07 PM
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"So... The Scillies agree with me that Jersey and, by extension the other Channel Islands, are not in the British Isles."

The Scillies have a vested interest in having it that way - however the Ordnance Survey say they are but the Met Office say no. As the OS are the mapmakers I'd go with their view.
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