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22.4.09

Who speaks for the Cornish?

Rummaging through the governments Equalities Office website I came across the Consultation responses to the Government's Equality Bill which will be brought forward in Parliament within the next year.

The Bill is supposed to simplify and modernise all current discrimination law under one single Equality Bill. One of the consulted bodies was the Cornwall Diversity and Equality Group (CDEG). Their response can be found here (opens pdf). Not surprisingly the Cornish cultural identity is not mentioned once?

Compare this with the Welsh situation where three bodies -the Welsh Assembly, Welsh Language Board and Rhwydiaith (Welsh Language Officers Network)- responded with comments about either national minorities or minority language users.

So who is speaking for our minority Celtic identity? It's not that groups like the CDEG should focus entirely on Cornish issues, but to not even mention them once! What would your average tax paying Cornish citizen think about this? Is it a recipe for success expecting inclusive tolerance from the Cornish whilst ignoring their own particular needs?

1 comment:

Lou said...

It would seem to me that the people of Kernow are still not doing enough to properly establish Kernow culture within its bounds…
It is thus, I write with another wake-up call to the ‘minority’…
I should like to bring your attention to the Cornubian’s entry:
Who speaks for the Cornish? Tuesday, 21 April 2009
http://thecornishdemocrat.blogspot.com/2009/04/who-speaks-for-cornish.html
Here, the Cornubian states: “So who is speaking for our minority Celtic identity? It's not that groups like the CDEG should focus entirely on Cornish issues, but to not even mention them once! What would your average tax paying Cornish citizen think about this? Is it a recipe for success expecting inclusive tolerance from the Cornish whilst ignoring their own particular needs?”
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Celtic identity is bigger than Kernow, but does it have a centre…?
Some of the learned, kind and knowing people of Kernow should identify this fact and make Kernow the Centre for Celtic learning.
Perhaps, (only) in this way will you begin to get support from outside of Kernow?
If Kernow is regarded as the Centre for Celtic learning, then you will have made one issue, from this ‘minority place’ or ‘minority group’ fully national and noticeable…
Chons da!
Lou
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PS: how can this old cockney become Kernow naturalised and a fully registered citizen of Kernow?