Please note that, in accordance with the Recall of MPs Act 2015 the number of persons entitled to sign the Petition to Remove the MP for North Antrim, Ian Paisley is 75,478. The number of persons who would need to sign the petition to be successful in accordance with section 14 of the Act is 7,547."
anyone else wince when the BBC kept saying this was the first time a ‘British MP had faced a recall petition’ this morning
He's a British citizen, is a member of the British Parliament, is from the British Isles and identifies as British. How is he not British?
He is a member of the United Kingdom Parliament, the British Parliament does not exist as a legal entity. Again, whatever he identifies as, he is a citizen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which is the title of the State in all legal forms (United Nation’s Charter, Commonwealth Charter, etc.) and on his passport. He is indeed from the British Isles, however given that the British Isles include both the Isle of Man and the entire island of Ireland, including the Irish Republic, that’s kind of irrelevant to whether or not he’s British.
... the British Isles include both the Isle of Man and the entire island of Ireland, including the Irish Republic ...
Try telling the Irish that, and you may get a dusty response.
I am 25% Irish, I have more relatives in the Republic than in England probably, they’re all proud Nationalists some of whom vote Sinn Féin, but they are more than willing to concede the geographical term British Isles as being the accurate description of the collection of 136 inhabited islands.
One thing I dislike about the UK is that it doesn't have its own name. I'm hoping that my use of the acronym "Ukogbani" will catch on. Then they could have said "Ukogbanian".
Tom Nairn, in his essays for the New Left Review, repeatedly referred to 'Ukania' rather than 'the UK'. It's not a neutral term, though: Nairn used it in a critical sense, as a shorthand for the supposedly archaic, dysfunctional nature of the British state. He took it from the works of the Austro-Hungarian writer Robert Musil and his concept of 'Kakania'.
Which leads us into the very confused terminology to describe these islands. My understanding is that the British Islands is the legal term for the UK plus Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man, while the British Isles is the currently accepted term for all the islands that make up the UK and Irish republic.
Just as confusing is Great Britain, which can be used to describe the main island that makes up England, Scotland and Wales, though it is also the term used for that island plus all the outlying islands that make up those three countries.