Supreme Court rules in favour of feudal system (Channel island of Sark)

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Sir Frederick and Sir David Barclay had fought to try to modernise the island’s 450-year-old system in favour of full democracy. They have decided to take their case to Strasbourg after Britain’s highest court of appeal ruled against them.

Sark’s parliament, the Chief Pleas, used to be made up of hereditary members. It voted in February to switch to an elected chamber.

Opponents led by Sir Frederick and Sir David challenged the reform, arguing that it kept the “relics of feudalism” because two key members were still not elected.

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