Independence: The questions begin
Could and should Jersey declare independence from the British Isles?
It's a question being raised in the States next week following top-level comments reported in a national newspaper.
The Assistant Chief Minister Sir Philip Bailhache broached the issue of the island's relationship to the Crown in a Guardian newspaper interview last week when he said "the island should be ready to become independent if it were necessary."
Now that comment is being put centre stage in the States next week when politicians will quiz the Chief Minister about it.
Deputy Roy Le Herissier wants to know if Sir Philip's view is the official government view.
The Deputy for St Ouen James Reid wants to know if Sir Philip was speaking with permission of the Council of Ministers.
It's a sensitive issue.
So what's the party line? Was it a comment made with prior approval? And does it signal a change in Jersey's relationship with the Crown?
Expect answers in the coming days.