Jude Robinson for:
1) supporting the territorial integrity of Cornwall by opposing the creation of a Cornwall and Devonshire parliamentary constituency.
2) providing an excellent example of Labour Party validated double speak.
In all seriousness, I hope all those who care about Kernow can pull in the same direction to prevent our little country from being homogenised out of existence into some artificial Devonwall, South West or West country region.
I couldn't let the following slide though.
"I am not an isolationist or a nationalist when it comes to Cornwall"
Jude, by 'nationalists' I assume you are referring to Mebyon Kernow and their supporters? You are aware aren't you that MK only want for Cornwall what Labour gave to Wales? Perhaps you could take a look at MK's policies and tell me which ones are isolationist. Were New Labour guilty of isolationism when it came to Scotland, Wales and the Six Counties? After all, your party was responsible for devolution to the two and a bit nations mentioned. Sorry Jude but you're really going to have to clarify this one for me.
"I support working with other counties across the region in partnership and I believe we are stronger for it"
How exactly would a Cornish Assembly prevent us from having good working relations with Devonshire or any other English county for that matter? If anything devolution to Wales has freed the Welsh to work much more effectively with their immediate neighbours within the UK and wider Europe. Keeping Cornwall sealed within the English county box, powerless and dependent on London, prevents us from real internationalist cooperation with our neighbours be they in England, Wales, Brittany or further afield? Devolution to Scotland and Wales has given back to these two nations their own voice and allowed them to open up to the world.
But wait! Wasn't it New labour who promoted devolution (in Jude speak: 'isolationism') to various English regions including the South West? Seems 'isolationism' is only acceptable to Jude when it's her friends who can dictate the size and shape of the region.
Then let us not forget New Labours fairly pathetic attempts at European integration. So much for working with your neighbours, cooperation and internationalism.
"But this is an historic county – some say a region"
But what do you say Jude? Have you studied all the evidence concerning Cornwall's constitutional status as a Duchy? Don't you have a republican side that is just itching for some light to be shed on this feudal institution or are you happy for the people you want to serve to be kept in the dark?
Anyway, lets just say I'm not going to hold by breath waiting for politicians to stop using empty spin, misrepresentations and lies (i.e treating the public like shmucks) whilst clamouring for power.