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Own currency? Check. Own time zone? Check...
A different take on today's election news. Because Bristol is so dominated by the Labour Party - all its MPs are Labour as is the elected city mayor, and the city council has a Labour overall majority - the article explores the possibility of Bristol becoming an independent state outside the grip of the Conservative government and indeed remaining within the EU.
It believes the omens are good: the city has a long and occasionally glorious history of protest and independent thinking; it has its own currency, the Bristol Pound (accepted on First buses no less as well as by other businesses within the city); it still retains a vestige of the period when it had its own time zone which was about ten minutes behind London in the form of the clock on the Corn Exchange; although not mentioned in the article Bristol also has its own language which is almost indecipherable to those from outside the city and to many within it, eg Barton Hill is pronounced Bart Nil or Portishead Port Zed, and no word in Bristol ends with the letter a - the letter l must always be pronounced after the letter a when a word ends with the first letter of the alphabet. So, for example, Eva becomes Eval, although the pronunciation is closer to Evawl as in Lord Haw Haw but with an l added.
So perhaps Bristol really will join forces with Plaid Cymru and the SNP in endeavouring to gain its independence from what would be left of the UK.
Mr Cork, the author of the article, usually deals in serious social issues but he obviously also has a large cheek in which to rest his tongue.