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27.4.16

Condemnio toriadau San Steffan i’r iaith Gernyweg | Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg

22.4.16

Funding for Cornish language axed

'Kernow Matters To Us' (KMTU) utterly condemns the United Kingdom Government for failing to return £150,000 of Cornwall raised taxation in order to support the Cornish language.

It is possible that this move may be in contravention of the spirit of the Charter for Regional and Minority Languages in 2003 and the recognition of the Cornish people as a national minority in April 2014 and their incorporation into the Framework Convention for National Minorities.

This small amount which represents very little in terms of expenditure of taxation should be compared against the cost of each six hour RAF Tornado mission at around £210,000, adding to that cost is the use of four Paveway bombs at £22,000 each and two Brimstone missiles at £105,000 each. If all weapons are fired on an average mission the cost of each RAF mission is therefore £508,000*
Monitoring social media, our members have already noted that the move has outraged many in Cornwall with some threatening to withhold tax and other payments in protest.

Within minutes of the announcement, Dr Jon Mills had established a petition calling for the Westminster Government to reverse their decision. This petition may be found here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/128474

It is well known that the Conservatives have little time for Cornwall other than to view it as a holiday resort and second homes venue with an extractive economy. This latest news is just confirmation of that and the widespread condemnation of the decision from all sectors of the community in Cornwall is evidence enough that a huge mistake has been made and that Cornwall continues to lose out under direct Westminster rule.

KMTU which is growing in terms of members at an enormous rate since its stand over Tintagel Castle and the actions and proposed actions of English Heritage there, is further considering a course of action over Westminster's dubious and anti Cornish shortsighted decision.
The full Cornwall Council media release follows:

Cornwall Council condemns Government decision to cut funding for Cornish language
21 April 2016

Cornwall Council has condemned the Government’s decision to cut all its funding for the Cornish language with immediate effect.

The Government has provided up to £150,000 a year to support the Cornish language since it was recognised under the Charter for Regional and Minority Languages in 2003. This grant has been used to support the development of the language, including funding a range of educational activities. At the end of last year the Council was asked by the Government to submit a bid for funding for the current financial year. This bid was supported by MPs, George Eustice and Sarah Newton, as well as Cornish Members of the House of Lords, Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP.

The Council has now received a formal letter from the Department of Communities and Local Government stating that it was not providing any further funding to support the development of the Cornish language – despite the recognition of the Cornish people as a national minority in April 2014.

Criticising the decision of the Government Julian German, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture, said “The Cornish language is a great source of pride for Cornwall and is part of what makes Cornwall and the Cornish unique. Over the last five years use of the language has increased and this is reflected in street names, signage and on mainstream and social media. Just as importantly, it supports our local and visitor economy as the increase in the use of the language in marketing and tourism has proved.“

“The Government’s decision not to support Cornish with any funding whatsoever goes against the international agreements they have signed up to and that makes no sense at all. Cornwall has received funding from Government for a number of years and all we asked for was to continue at this level of funding.”

“The Prime Minister makes a point of telling us how much he loves Cornwall and the Devolution Deal highlights the Government’s recognition of our unique culture and heritage. However, when it comes to backing those statements up, the Government just doesn’t deliver for Cornwall.”
The decision has also angered Malcolm Bell, Head of Visit Cornwall, who said “The Cornish language is an essential part of the Cornwall brand”.

Cornwall Council will be working with the Cornish language, community and representative organisations such as the Gorseth to discuss how to protect and develop the Cornish language in the future.

Julian German, the Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture, Malcolm Bell, Head of Visit Cornwall and Toby Parkin, President of the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, are happy to do interviews on this.

· Julian German can be contacted on 07737 183690
· Malcolm Bell can be contacted on 07800 649178
· Toby Parkin can be contacted at 07977 933664

The petition raised by Dr Mills is here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/128474

(*) TruePublica.org.uk 8th December 2015 Cost of Britain bombing of Syria

Oll an gwella / All the best

John, Teresa, Craig, Tony, Matt, Mike, Clive, Samuel and Ronan
Elected Members of the KMTU Steering Group

19.4.16

Bella Caledonia it's time to get above ourselves


Within Britain, the Irish, Welsh, Scottish and Cornish know a love of land which the English, so often, do not experience. Why so? In part, because the first acts of empire were internal, making Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Cornwall into colonies. But in the long run, it is the English who have become ‘internal refugees’ in terms of culture and home-land-love.

11.4.16

What has the EU ever done for Cornwall?

We might well criticise what the money has been spent on and who decided how it should be spent (a national assembly for Cornwall democratically elected by the people should have had control in my view),  but there is no denying that EU funding has helped Cornwall face the massive underfunding we suffer at the hands of Westminster. 

Some might also be tempted to add the recognition of the Cornish as a national minority (FCNM) and the funding our language receives (ECRML) to the list above, however, in reality, these issues fall within the remit of the Council of Europe and have very little connection with the European Union.

20.3.16

The Cornish, state housing policy and the FCPNM

To read and then share as widely as possible!

29.2.16

A Shoppers Guide to Tax Dodgers in Truro


This is a great initiative! Well done to those involved. Now, how about an interactive map for the whole of Cornwall, not forgetting the Duchy of course - probably one of the biggest tax-dodgers of them all. 

26.2.16

Beware the spurious comparison

Recently I was disappointed when a handful of Labour activists in the Duchy took it upon themselves to criticise the very meagre funding given to promote the Cornish language; suggesting that it would be money better spent on BSL. 

This kind of populist rhetoric has everything to get the heads nodding at the bar in the local pub, but does it stand up to closer scrutiny?

How very disheartening to see Labour members putting up one language community against another; trying to create unnecessary competition between two minority groups. So much for promoting community cohesion and solidarity! Instead of dividing the Cornish community wouldn't it be much better to celebrate the funding Cornish gets (that Cornwall gets) from central government - funding that we wouldn't otherwise obtain - and then go on to create as large a consensus as possible to demand support for BSL? I think I can safely say the vast majority of MK members would support the teaching of BSL.

In reality Cornwall has been desperately under funded by Westminster for decades. No doubt our overlords in London, irrespective of political alignment, are only too happy to see Cornish people at each others throats in this way - fighting for scraps from the masters table - instead of standing together to demand a better deal. 

So lets finish with: Not Cornish or BSL, but rather Cornish and BSL!

4.2.16

@MebyonKernow members have your say on Europe.

Have your say on the party's position going into the EU referendum A message from Clive Price-Jones (MK's representative with the European Free Alliance.) 

As you are aware there is an upcoming Referendum proposed by the Government, to decide on our membership of the European Union. 

Mebyon Kernow will be holding a Spring Conference on Saturday 2nd April, and one of the key items for discussion will be MK’s official position on the referendum vote. 

The National Executive is presently working on a proposal for the Conference and we are keen the hear the views of party members as we produce this document. 

Firstly it would be good to remind ourselves of the section of our Manifesto which directly refers to the European Union. 

It is our belief that nations and regions throughout the World should work together, but that does not mean we are not critical of how the European Union is presently constituted. 

The Europe of today is one of centralisation, limited democratic control, big business and bureaucracy, and MK – along with many other progressive groups in the European Free Alliance - is campaigning for the increased democratisation of the EU, greater transparency and increased Cornish representation. 

Mebyon Kernow believes that sovereignty resides with the people, and that responsibility for decision-making should be retained at the most local level possible. Our compelling task is to build a decentralised Europe on this basic principle, which means we must limit the centralisation of powers both to Europe and to the current state capitals such as London and Paris. 

We must create a new Europe that is relevant to the needs of ordinary people. 

Since Cornwall was recognised as a European region, it has secured significant and much-needed investment through structural funds, including Objective One and Convergence, but over the last five years the cost of EU membership to the UK taxpayer as a whole has quadrupled, which needs to be addressed as part of future reforms. 

 As mentioned in the Manifesto we are members of the European Free Alliance, which comprises 45 progressive, nationalist, regionalist and autonomist parties. It is a pro-European party, which endorses the European Union values, namely the principles of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and the rule of law. Through membership of this grouping both Mebyon Kernow and the People of Cornwall have a stronger and louder representation with Europe, which would be lost should the UK leave the European Union. 

In summary, Mebyon Kernow is fundamentally a pro-European Party and considers that membership of the EU provides us with a stronger platform to argue for the rights of Cornwall and its people. But importantly, we must continue to argue that the EU does need radical reform – as set out in the above manifesto segment. 

Please take the time to make your feelings and thoughts known to the NEC and Leadership Team. 

Contact me at clive.pricejones@yahoo.com 

Clive Price-Jones

31.1.16

Plaid, SNP and Greens call for electoral pact whilst Mebyon Kernow eclipsed again!


Now I'm guessing that our 'friends' in Plaid and the SNP forgot about Mebyon Kernow again. MK really needs to make some noise about this if we don't want to hear Plaid and the SNP calling for people to vote Green, LibDem or Labour in the Duchy. 

8.1.16

Brexit and stateless nations: why does Cornwall have Eurosceptics? - Nationalia

5.1.16

Cornwall Young Left Coalition


Cover Photo Cornwall Young Left Coalition is a a bi-partisan network of people aged under 30 who identify as left-wing created to ensure that left issues are represented effectively and coherently in Cornwall. 

We hope for this group to be a central hub for left-wing activity in Cornwall in order to effectively tackle tory policies which are destroying the county. 

Our age group is most able to contribute to activism and hopefully we can apply all our many talents and skills to the cause. 

Facebook page here: Cornwall Young Left Coalition.

28.12.15

For a BBC KERNOW | Sign the petition today!

To: Department for Culture, Media and Sport 

Give Cornish language and culture the equal status, recognition, respect and prominence in public service broadcasting that it deserves. 

We believe the Cornish should have equal status with the other indigenous languages and cultures of Britain.

We want BBC Kernow | Cornwall to sit in it's rightful place alongside BBC Cymru and BBC Alba on the iPlayer. 

We want appropriate commissioning and editorial processes to be established within the remit of the BBC Royal Charter from 2017 to develop and grow Cornish language and cultural programming.

Why is this important? 

Every culture should have their own voice represented in the world's media, particularly in public service broadcasting. 

In 2003 the Cornish language (Kernewek) received official recognition under the European Charter for the Protection of Regional or Minority Languages. 

In 2014 the Cornish were granted protected national minority status under the Council of Europe Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. 

This means the Cornish have the same recognition as the Welsh, Scots and Northern Irish. 


Tweet #BBCKernow #yourBBC 

Please sign this petition to pledge your support for the establishment of BBC Kernow. 

How it will be delivered 

This petition will be delivered in person to Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. 

Sign the petition here:  BBC KERNOW

11.11.15

Devolution = Simplification = Less Politicians = Savings

 I like this from our partners in Yorkshire First. Could we rustle up something similar for Cornwall?  Although, I must say, I'd be tempted to replace the UK parliament with a Cornish one and stop there.

27.10.15

Thought for the day

A war-forged dynastic imperial state, which exists only as the remnant of a once-mighty empire, will tend towards a closed, oligarchic and increasingly paranoid form of government, and will pursue policies that favour the maintenance of existing hierarchies of wealth and privilege; being founded in conquest and in the subjugation of the peasantry, it will be bellicose towards others and remorseless in the harrying of its own poor citizens. On the other hand, a nation-state that is born of peace and compact, is founded upon common-right and justice, and is constituted on civic, democratic, principles, will usually pursue policies that promote the common good.

25.10.15

A Regional Assembly from Democracy Matters



More here from the website Democracy Matters: Regional Assemblies

19.9.15

The New Cornish Shop

Cornish Language Partnership : Cornish Shop: Redruth Town Mayor opens new shop for all things Cornish.

13.9.15

#Corbyn on Cornwall

Congratulations to Jeremy Corbyn on his election to Labour leader. This is just a quick to post to remind everyone, and perhaps especially Mr Corbyn, of his past support for Cornish issues, and in particular the creation of a Cornish Assembly.

(notice the first name on the list of supporters)

Well before this I did receive an e-mail from him in which he expressed support for the recognition of the Cornish people and the creation of an assembly, but I can't for the life of me put my hands on it now. I'm pretty sure I posted it on the Cornwall 24 forum but I can't seem to find it any more. If anybody else has any luck I'd be most grateful. 

For further comment on the election please read:




24.8.15

Cornish Devolution, Duchy and Republicanism

Queen Elizabeth II is the monarch of sixteen Commonwealth Realms 1, three Crown Dependencies 2, fourteen British Overseas Territories 3 and various Australian and New Zealand Overseas Territories 4. None of those Realms, Dependencies or Territories has a relationship with the Crown which is as ambiguous as that of Cornwall and in none of them does the same situation with regard to the ownership of land apply. The land of Cornwall is owned by the Duke of Cornwall. There is no other province, county, shire, call it what you will, in which the ultimate owner of the land is other than the monarch or the State. This is an issue which I shall explore in more detail shortly. Already it is clear Cornwall is different.

The above is part of the introduction from a paper called Cornwall - "A Category of its own?" produced by visiting research fellow at Plymouth University and Notary Public John Kirkhope. The paper in full can be found here and more of his work here.

Why do so many Cornish autonomists show a borderline pride in Cornwall's status as a Duchy when one would perhaps expect ardent republicans wanting rid of the English royals?  British (mostly English in fact) republicans would argue that the Duchy, along with the rest of the Monarchy, should be abolished, whilst in the other Celtic nations exist far more open and vocal republicanisms. Why not in Cornwall? When you consider the long list of feudal undemocratic powers the Duchy has over Cornwall why the paradoxical royalism? One answer is that the Duchy is a marker of Cornish uniqueness - our specific accommodation within the UK - and a testament to our long lost independence. But to acknowledge the Duchy as a marker of distinctiveness is not to caution its existence and wish that it continue.

So how about the following as the starting point for a Cornish republican conversation? We demand a full public inquiry into the Duchy and its relationship to the territory of Cornwall and UK. We request that the Duchy be liquidated and its financial assets invested for the benefit of Cornwall whilst any of its unique rights, powers and privileges be vested in a democratically elected Cornish body of governance.

As I've been tapping this blog post Republic have launched their new campaign - Take back the Duchy.  They write:

For certain Cornish autonomists and cultural admirers, the Duchy of Cornwall’s peculiar constitutional status gives Cornwall a degree of autonomy which it would otherwise lose.  The argument goes that to attack the distinctiveness of the Duchy of Cornwall throws out the baby with the bathwater.

There’s actually some merit in this. Cornwall is constitutionally distinct from the rest of the UK. Cornwall, as a region, has a language, culture, religious tradition, climate and economy alien to the rest of the UK. Whatever its faults, the Duchy gives recognition to this.

But there are other ways in which Cornwall could express its distinctive culture in ways which are modern, democratic, and far less intrusive- the recognition in 2014 of Cornwall as having protected minority status is one.

Another concern is that if the Duchy were absorbed into the Crown Estate, it is unlikely that money generated would be re-invested in Cornwall. Cornwall, being generally less wealthy than other parts of the UK, is in greater need of this money.  But actually very little of the Duchy’s revenue goes to Cornwall now. There is much to be said for earmarking revenues generated in Cornwall for expenditure in Cornwall- but this could be achieved by a separate department within the Crown Estate or by passing the funds to an independent trust. The Duchy as it currently exists is very poorly qualified to handle this kind of enterprise.


It should be stressed that Republic is proposing an end to the organisation of the Duchy, the operation that currently pays a multi-million pound profit to Prince Charles.  We do not dispute Cornwall's unique status but would argue that along with the rest of the UK Cornwall deserves a more democratic and accountable settlement. 

You can read what they have to say about Cornish distinctiveness and the Duchy here: Doesn’t this Undermine Cornwall’s Autonomy?

13.8.15

Dr Benjamin Zephaniah on Cornish and Welsh

"I am a multiculturalist. In England, on the whole, when we talk about multiculturalism, we tend to talk about black people, Asian people and people who have brought their cultures here, and sometimes we forget that there are local cultures which are very different to English mainstream culture and literature. So when I come to Wales, I treat Wales like a different country with a culture and language of its own. And if Wales is a part of Britain, then that culture is an important part of Britain - as important as Jamaican culture, Trinidadian culture or Indian culture for example.

That's why I've always said that the Welsh language should be taught in schools in England. Hindi, Chinese and French are taught, so why not Welsh? And why not Cornish? They're part of our culture, and I know of people in England who don't know that people in Wales speak Welsh, or that there's a Scottish language." - Dr Benjamin Zephaniah

"Dwi'n berson aml-ddiwylliannol. Yn Lloegr, yn gyffredinol, pan rydan ni'n trafod amlddiwylliannaeth rydan ni'n cyfeirio at bobl du, pobl Asiaidd a phobl eraill sydd wedi dod â'u diwylliannau yma, a rydan ni'n anghofio weithiau bod 'na ddiwylliannau lleol sydd yn wahanol iawn i ddiwylliant a llenyddiaeth prif ffrwd Saesneg. Felly pan dwi'n dod i Gymru, dwi'n trin Cymru fel gwlad wahanol gyda'i hiaith a'i diwylliant ei hun. Ac os yw Cymru yn rhan o Brydain, yna mae'i diwylliant yn rhan bwysig o Brydain hefyd - yr un mor bwysig â diwylliant Jamaica, Trinidad neu India er enghraifft.

Dyna'r rheswm dwi'n dweud y dylai'r iaith Gymraeg gael ei dysgu mewn ysgolion yn Lloegr. Mae Hindi, Tsieinëeg a Ffrangeg yn cael eu dysgu, felly pam ddim Cymraeg? A pham ddim Cernyweg? Maen nhw'n rhan o'n diwylliant, a dwi'n gwybod am bobl yn Lloegr sydd ddim hyd yn oed yn gwybod bod pobl yng Nghymru yn siarad Cymraeg, neu fod 'na iaith Gaeleg yn yr Alban." - Dr Benjamin Zephaniah

The full article in Welsh and English can be found here: What the English could learn from the Eisteddfod - BBC Cymru Fyw

Fine sentiments from Dr Zephaniah and I can only hope the BBC in Cornwall, who at times appear rabidly anti-Cornish, take note. But as long as unhealthy relations abound between LibLabCon politicians and BBC journalists I won't hold my breath.

11.8.15

Cornish not English - time to tell Census 2021

"Cornwall and Yorkshire show regional identities run deep in England, too" - an article which perhaps kind of misses the point that for many Cornish people Cornwall isn't in or part of England. In Cornwall exists a national identity distinct from English and/or British, and whilst I doubt you'll find many ready to claim Yorkshire isn't England, in Cornwall its a different story.

Today, as a fully recognised national minority alongside the Scottish, Welsh and Irish, it's only proper that the Cornish be provided with a tick-box option on the 2021 UK census. I'll be writing to the Census people and I strongly advise all those concerned to do likewise. You can find their website with contact details here - Census 2021 consultation. Please do take the time to contact them.

For some inspiration on what to write then visit these three excellent websites:

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