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The Cornish Assembly Bill

Yet another cynical move from the Lib Dems courting the Cornish nationalist and autonomist vote? That's certainly the opinion being voiced by some Cornwall 24.

The probable answer is that the doubters are partly right. Politicians want to be elected and therefore will do and say what it takes. It's also no secret that the Lib Dems have time and again used the clothing of Cornish nationalism to increase their share of the vote. It's a long tradition and perhaps one of the reasons why Mebyon Kernow has had such a struggle in developing its position. Not so much opposition but more competition.

That being said the doubters are also partly wrong. Championing Cornish devolution in the UK parliament is not an obvious choice for a career politician. It's a fairly risky ideological choice with many an easier path to follow. Take a look at some of Kernow's other Lib Dem MPs and the choices they've made.

At the end of the day this is all fuel for the cause. Whether it's the Tories or Lib Dems talking up Cornish nationalism it still equates to the Cornish question becoming part of accepted mainstream politics. It places the issues before the Duchies public with a most important air of political respectability surrounding them. No more the reputation of fringe nuts on the margins of UK politics. The importance of this cannot be underestimated.

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