|Edward Shackleton was the son of the famous polar explorer who was selected by the British government to write a report looking at the feasibility of the islands as an economic concern in the 1970s. It had been assumed by many in the British government that he would find the economic future to be bleak and that some form of rapprochement would be in the interests of the islanders. However, his report was surprisingly positive about the economic viability of the islands and felt that with limited infrastructural investment the islands were capable of sustaining themselves in the world economy. He also emphasised the desire of the population of the islands to stay British and remain linked to Britain.
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