In relation to the Cornish national identity much is made by Cornish activists of the inherent English nationalism and Anglo-supremacy that is to be found within the UK establishment. I'd like to look at one particular organisation as an example of this.
Modern English nationalists are keen to point out that following devolution to the ‘recognised’ Celtic home nations England has been left without its own parliament. Not wishing to debate the injustice of this situation for the English nation, suffice is to say that, when considering the history and construction of the UK, this lack of a specifically all England body of governance is but a paragraph in the story of English political and cultural dominance.
When looking specifically at Cornwall and accepting that we have a none English culture, heritage and identity, organisations such as the Church of England, English Heritage, English Nature, Royal Society of St George etc (the list is long) all assume politically nationalist overtones. All these bodies and many others besides reinforce the English county model for Cornwall and constitute the much less than even playing field the Cornish national identity has to contend with.
If we take a quick glance at the website for the RSOSG, 40 odd members in the Duchy, we notice that it is little more than English ethno-cultural nationalism.
(i) To foster the love of England and to strengthen England and the Commonwealth by spreading the knowledge of English history, traditions and ideals. (ii) To keep fresh the memory of those in all walks of life, who have served England or the Commonwealth in the past, to inspire leadership in the future. (iii) To combat all activities to undermine the strength of England or the Commonwealth. (iv) To further English interest everywhere to ensure that St. George's Day is properly celebrated and to provide focal points all the world over where English men and women may gather together.
I take it from objective number three that the Cornish national identity is seen as a threat to England and therefore to be 'combated'.
A closers look will show that what is little more than a platform for English ethno-cultural nationalism is in fact incorporated by royal charter and has the Queen as patron!
Are any Cornish cultural organisations, for example the Gorseth, patronised by the Duke of Cornwall (and please note that the Gorseth at no point talks about 'combat')? Can anybody envisage a Cornish version of the RSOSG receiving royal endorsement?