The First Minister of the Isle of Wight National Party has called for a vote on Independence of the island from the rest of Britain. Ministers in London were concerned that the example might be followed by others with the Isle of Man restless for change. In addition both the Orkneys and Shetlands have plans to become independent of Scotland.
The timing of a referendum vote is said to be crucial as the Isle of Wight National Party has yet to work out the economic and financial repercussions of going independent. Prisoners at Isle of Wight prisons are keen on the move because all sentences would be illegal under the new regime.
Cowes residents munched slowly over the prospects and decided that they would take the bull by the horns and shock the rest of the country. They already have a naval force which should deter any invaders.
Opinion polls on the island show a majority of inhabitants favour independence. Chief advocate Tom Needles has suggested 2014 as a suitable year for the referendum vote, but London authorities are demanding an earlier vote.
The Yes or No vote for a referendum is being added to with a third alternative: to join France as part of the Euro zone.