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6.10.09

Kernow's not for sale!

Save Our Unspoilt Land(SOUL).

Taken from the CoSERG website: SOUL is a newly formed (July 2009) action group formed by like-minded people in the St Austell area outraged at the proposal by Wainhomes a housing developer with its south west office near Okehampton, Devon, to build 1,500 homes, a care village, primary school and retail and employment space on a 126-acre site to the west of Carclaze.

We can add the above to a list of other single issue campaigns that includes LoveWadebridge.com, the Trelawney Alliance, STIG and Friends of Penzance Habour. Perhaps I've forgotten some?

Different groups with different aims but can a link between them be found? Can they be brought together into something much bigger and more effective? Protection of community and/or environment, a desire for action and an understandable disaffection for the traditional political route are perhaps common themes.

An apolitical pressure group that looked to involve Cornish citizens in the protection and governance of their communities and environment then.

The already mentinoned Cornish Social & Economic Research Group (CoSERG) does provide some focus for the issues dear to the hearts of the above campaigners but how about an active umbrella group that operated over the whole of the Duchy? Personally I've given up on hearing anything new from the erstwhile but great Cornish Solidarity. They would've seemed the perfect platform for joint action if they hadn't slipped into such a deep hibernation.

If the London based political parties and strapped on politicians aren't up to the task perhaps it's time to end the divine right of political parties (and interesting article for all those who can't stand party politics). A far better example from England's capital, London Citizens, perhaps provides a template for a unified Cornish group. Taken from their website:

London CITIZENS is a powerful grassroots charity working with local people for local people. Our goal is social, economic and environmental justice. We meet that goal by training people of all ages, faiths and backgrounds to take action together for change. Our dynamic campaigns have secured many victories for the people of London. Beginning our journey twelve years ago as TELCO, our membership today includes over one hundred civil society organisations across the city.

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