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30.4.10

Black and white must unite

One Kernow utterly condemns the mindless and insulting letter sent to prospective parliamentary candidate for St Ives Simon Reed.

The letter signed 'a supporter of the BNP' attacks Reed and his wife for their mixed race marriage. More here from this is Cornwall.

Along with the Celtic League, One Kernow would like to express its total solidarity with Simon and his wife at this trying time.

29.4.10

The World Forum for the Collective Rights of Peoples starts in Girona

As reported here on the excellent Nationalia website the World Forum for the Collective Rights of Peoples has started in Girona, Catalonia.

The forum, organized by CIEMEN with the support of the Catalan Agency for Cooperation Development, will consist of round tables and debates on the right to self-determination, identity, territory, environmental crisis and the idea of collective rights of peoples in relation with the globalization process.

Representing Cornwall and Cornish rights will be John Cutliffe of the Cornish Stannary Parliament.

Does you PPC support tribal rights?

An interesting article here from the group Survival. UK election: Does your MP back tribal rights?

The LibDems come out on top for defending tribal rights but sadly no statistics are available for the SNP, Plaid or Irish MP's from the Six Counties.

So where do our Cornish candidates stand on the rights of tribal peoples?

27.4.10

One Cornwall's Respect Festival

It’s that time of year again, and I am hoping for your involvement in this year’s event. Last year’s festival was more successful than we could have possibly hoped for, and we are still feeling the love and positivity it generated.

The Cornwall Respect Festival is a one day festival to celebrate the multi-cultural aspects of life here in Cornwall.

Cornwall Respect wishes to acknowledge the many different cultures in our area. We are committed to using the arts to celebrate diversity, and as a way of raising awareness of, and challenging prejudice. We believe that our annual festival facilitates fantastic and ongoing opportunities for community engagement.

This year’s festival will be held in Truro on the 14th of August. It will start at 10am in Victoria Park, followed by a carnival procession through the streets to Lemon Quay where there will be a free live music event that closes at 1am.

As with last year the festival will be linked with ShelterBox. Anyone is welcome to come and enjoy the whole event free of charge with any and all donations going directly to ShelterBox. Last year’s event raised nearly £4000 (Many Thanks).

There will be music, stalls, theatre, information, face and henna painting, artwork, and much more at Victoria Park. This part of the event will be alcohol free, and family focused. This will be followed by the live music event featuring great bands, international food, and a licensed bar. Many of us who are a part of, or work with the many diverse communities here in Cornwall, often witness the emotional distress and consequences of racism, prejudice, and discrimination. This can at times overshadow the vibrant, exciting, and rewarding experiences that come from living in a multi-cultural society. We hope that our annual Cornwall Respect Festival will provide all of us from the youngest to the eldest with an opportunity to celebrate, talk, laugh, dance, and generally have fun together.

Cornwall respect believes that throughout the process and organisation of this festival it is vital to engage with all people. As well as offering a chance to showcase local talent, we hope to offer young people a chance to shadow the organisers, media, bands, and so on. We will also be working with schools. We hope to offer workshops in theatre, costume and musical instrument making, and dance.

It is of the highest importance to us that the festival is an inclusive event. We would welcome any ideas, and input that you may care to offer. Whether as an individual, community, organisation, institution, agency, school or college, trader, business, club, society, all are welcome. So say no to racism, bigotry, and segregation; And yes to love, understanding, and acceptance by celebrating with us.

One Love

Dean

For further details, or expressions of interest in: Participating, performing, donating, supporting, volunteering, stallholding, trading, or becoming a friend of Cornwall Respect festival;

Please contact: Dean Harvey 07515580002

dean@pentreath.co.uk

Or listen to ‘The Collective Source’ on source FM, (6-8pm every Friday)

23.4.10

Diwan to win.


Keeping in mind the recent creation of Movyans-Skolyow-Meyhtrin the Cornish Nursary Schools Movement, the Diwan Breton language schools have yet again come top in academic classifications in the French state: article here.

Diwan to win.


Keeping in mind the recent creation of Movyans-Skolyow-Meyhtrin the Cornish Nursary Schools Movement, the Diwan Breton language schools have yet again come top in academic classifications in the French state: article here.

19.4.10

A LibDem take-down or reasons to vote for Mebyon Kernow

I'd like to address just a couple of Devonwall LibDem reasons not to vote Mebyon Kernow.

1) The LibDems would bring in proportional representation that would help MK get seats, otherwise they don't stand a chance.

Well we only have LibDem promises that they would make the electoral system proportional. Generally when one one of the big three comes to power certain electoral reform policies that mean they'd have to share power are conveniently forgotten.

My response however comes from a different angle. I'm not so naive to think all the Cornish flag waving and Cornish patriotism that comes from the LibDem camp is genuine. It's clear that the LibDems (and the Liberals before them) in the Duchy have long learnt to co-opt the language of Cornish nationalism and regionalism to boost their vote share. However, with a few notable exceptions, this nationalist posturing soon gets forgotten when election time is over. Simply look at the support various LibDems gave to the different Devonwall, South West and Tamarside regional projects over the years that have, or would have, buried Cornwall in a larger artificial region. They promised to campaign for a Cornish Assembly and then lumped us with a unitary authority which has actually taken democratic control further away from Cornish communities.

So, my response? Well if you are genuine about Cornish devolution. If you really care about the Cornish environment and economy as well as Cornish culture and identity. If you truly think Cornwall should be recognised as one of the nations of the UK then voting for, supporting and joining Mebyon Kernow are the only logical options. Giving your energy and vote to one of the London parties, above all the LibDems, will simply prolong Cornwall's current situation and slow the emergence of a national voice for Kernow. Is such a voice important? It's the existence of the SNP and Plaid Cymru that has ensured devolution and increased prosperity for their respective nations, so clearly yes.

2) A Mebyon Kernow MP would be ignored.

Really? I think we all know this is far from the truth. Yes, in their total cynicism and lack of respect for the Cornish electorate, the big three parties would probably try and sideline an MK MP as they have done for SNP, Plaid and prominent independent MP's in the past. However the election of an MK MP would cause a minor political earth tremor that would rumble up the south west peninsula all the way to Westminster and beyond. It would be a great leap in Cornish recognition and perhaps the definitive step in the rehabilitation of our little nation.

Equally the Celtic Block of SNP and Plaid MP's to be formed after the election would, I'm sure, welcome an MK MP with open arms. Far from being ignored, if anything, we would punch above our weight. Personally I'd like to see such a block extended to include the English Greens and progressive democratic English nationalists, but such thoughts are for the future.

Voting Tory, Labour and, above all, LibDem HAS resulted in Cornwall being totally ignored by a distant central government that sees no reason in serving our very specific yet easily overlooked needs. Make no mistake! Every vote that Mebyon Kernow gets sends a crystal clear message to the government and the London based parties. Cornwall is not just another English county.

18.4.10

Expensive MP's

Not wishing to drag up old news - well hell why not? - here can be found the MP's who most abused the expenses systemon an interactive map.

Mostly Tories with a strong Labour contingent, no LibDems make it onto the map. Then again I suppose Julia Golsworthy's £1000 leather rocking chair, Andrew George's £308,000 flat for his daughter or any number of Matthew Taylor's little luxuries are peanuts compared to the big spenders above.

17.4.10

So how about hanging 'em?

As a follow-up to my post -Hang'em- here is a link to the new Hang 'em campaign website.

The idea is simple. Hang 'em is a way to join together across the country to vote for candidates who will hang parliament. We have got to renew democracy in Britain. They won't, so hang 'em until they do.

Hang' em proposes that the electorate should vote for the party that is most likely to beat the Tories and/or Labour in each constituency excluding the BNP and other extremists. Equally, in order to maximise chances of success, the campaign is suggesting a pact between the LibDems, Greens, SNP, Plaid and independents, i.e the LibDems would give a few seats to the Greens so that the Greens then backed LibDem (or nationalist) candidates in the rest of the UK.

And what about Mebyon Kernow? How could they be included? Considering Dick Cole is looking very strong in St Austell and Newquay would the LibDems accept to support him in exchange for MK supporting their candidates in the rest of the Duchy?

16.4.10

George Eustice and Lobbying

This in from 38 Degrees.

I'm writing to you from 38 Degrees an online campaigning organisation. Currently we a running a local campaign in Camborne and Redruth to ask election candidates to support a ban on secret lobbying.The Labour, Lib Dem and Green candidates in the constituency have signed but the Conservative candidate George Eustice refuses to sign the pledge.


We have set up a petition asking him to sign and want to get hundreds of signatures on it so then we can turn up the pressure and look at taking out some local adverts before the election. It would be great if you could publicise the petition and encourage people at: http://www.38degrees.org.uk/george-ban-secret-lobbying

A great campaign but just a shame that they seem to have totally blanked Mebyon Kernow. If you want to point this out to them then contact Sarah Unsworth here: sarah.u-AT-38degrees.org.uk ( Replace -AT- with @ ).

Cornish 'should be an ethnic minority'

One Kernow would like to congratulate Chief Executive Kevin Lavery and Cornwall Council for their committment to the recognition of the Cornish under the terms of the Council of Europe's framework convention for the protection of national minorities.

More here: Cornish 'should be an ethnic minority'

A respected and protected Cornish national minority would be less likely to feel threatened by other newer minorities in the Duchy. A happy and respected householder makes a much better host.

This subject has been treated at greater length here: Open Kernow

11.4.10

You can choose your friends : Veritas, EDP and English Fascists rubbing shoulders before the election?

Veritas, as part of the Alliance for Democracy (English Democrats, Jury Team, Veritas, Christian Party), will be standing in the Truro and Falmouth constituency for this years general election.

Their PPC is a certain Catherine Cracknell.

One Kernow would like to ask C. Cracknell if she is aware that, previous to this round of elections, one of Veritas' partner parties, the English Democrats, had formed an alliance with the white nationalist and neo-Nazi England First Party. This alliance is explored here -English nationalism vs British nationalism- on the Open Democracy website.

One Kernow would like to know C. Cracknell's opinion on this EDP / EFP pact and her views on the politics of the EFP.

BBC Bias against Cornish Political Party

I'm glad it's not just me who feels that the BBC treats Mebyon Kernow unfairly: How to rig an election 1 from Cornish Zetetics.

For a party which out polled Labour in the EU elections and obtained more councillors on Cornwall Council than Labour, the Greens and UKIP do the BBC do justice to MK's hard work? Do the BBC serve Cornwall's democratic culture?

I'm sure the many thousands of MK voters and sympathisers -licence fee payers- would like to know why MK does not receive fair treatment from the BBC.

The Cornish Zetetics blog examines how BBC's Spotlight program seems, so far, to have a particular bias for the big London three, but the problem does not stop here. Equally of concern is the new Graham Smiths Cornwall blog whose author has gone out of his way to ignore or downplay Mebyon Kernow's potential whilst, alarmingly, drawing much attention to the BNP.

The next, but probably not last, example of BBC bias can be found here on their list of political parties standing in the 2010 election - Where They Stand: What the parties say on the big issues. Spot the missing party.

Below can be found a letter from the Celtic League Kernow branch to the BBC on this subject.

Mr Mark Thompson
Director General of the BBC
BBC Broadcasting House
London 10th April, 2010


Dear Mr Thompson


BBC Bias against Cornish Political Party


I take this opportunity to write wishing to draw your attention to the following article on the BBC News website: Click here.


In the list of Political Parties, nowehere do I see mention of Mebyon Kernow - The Party for Cornwall who are fielding six prospective parliamentary candidates in every Westminster constituency in the Duchy.


Within Cornwall, Mebyon Kernow is Cornwall's only exclusively National Party and, particularly following last year's impressive voting figures in both the Local Government and European Election ( More votes than Labour In the 2009 Euro Election) has proven itself to be and IS a mainstream party in Cornwall just as Plaid Cymru is in Wales and the SNP is in Scotland and warrants, under the terms of the BBC Royal Charter, BBC TV and Radio equal airtime on a par with that given to the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties.


Members of Mebyon Kernow now sit in Cornwall 's Unitary Authority and the Party's website is to be found here:


http://www.mebyonkernow.org/


Please treat this as a complaint and I look forward to the BBC correcting this oversight which one might believe was a deliberate attempt to airbrush away Cornwall 's distinctive political voting traditions and Party.


Yours sincerely


Scrvynvas - An Kesunyans Keltek Scoren Kernewek

10.4.10

The despised - a follow-up

The article -The Cornish a despised identity?- has produced some interesting comments:

Many thanks, and it figures under current circumstances. Hope a Conservative Government would do better after all that party's claims, and I suggest the matter be brought to Conservative attention in respect of its current vigorous campaign here. I trust you have copied the note to others including MK - does anyone remember the Kilbrandon report these days?! The basics are there if anyone bothers to look - trouble is they don't.

Another had the following to say:

The methodology for the research did not include anywhere, even vaguely, in the vicinity of Cornwall (except Cardiff!). The conclusions are very flawed in assuming that people from Gateshead might provide a general view of English opinion - they certainly would not represent the views of Cornish people - especially in the matter of describing themselves as 'Geordie' - a common misconception. We have a different case.

I think it would be good to correspond with the compilers of this report to ask if their desk research included understanding the Cornish case - which is distinctive and has been the subject of a significant number of parliamentary encounters over the past 10 years.

I don't think the Cornish are being purposely excluded - the report simply hasn't heard about our position - which is different - difficult to understand when you consider all the fuss we make - but needing patient education methinks.

9.4.10

MK the internationalist party

Just to bookmark this article that appeared on the website for Mebyon Kernows sister party in Brittany - l'Union Démocratique Bretonne:


Le Mebyon Kernow en ordre de bataille.

MK are Cornish nationalists but so to are they committed internationalists with close relations to other democratic and progressive autonomists and nationalists around Europe. The European Free Alliance is home to the UDB, MK, Plaid, SNP and a growing number of other parties.

We must share the planet remembering that good planets are hard to find.

For more on MK's opinion on world affairs click here.

8.4.10

Cornish - The despised identity?

The Government has released the results of its deliberative assessment of our constitutional future. The document can be found here (pdf): People and power: shaping democracy, rights and responsibilities.

In modernising such an archaic democracy as the UK it is good that the government consults the public on what should be their rights and responsibilities. Citizens have rights and states have responsibilities. I would argue that one key responsibility of any state is to properly accommodate and ensure the well-being of its own internal national minorities.

Now the above document does treat the Scottish, Welsh, Irish and, to a lesser degree, English identities, but what mention is there of the Cornish? Less than none is the jaw dropping answer. I'll explain. In the text we are treated to some babble about Geordie and 'Arsenal fan' collective identities yet zero on the Cornish. It's perfectly acceptable and correct, in my view, to discuss the regional identities of England -Yorkshireman, Geordie, Cumbrian etc-, but to do so without a mention of the Cornish seems almost deliberate.

Lets just remember that 37% of Cornish school children prefer Cornish rather than English or British when describing their identity (see latest PLASC Cornish schools ethnic monitoring data). Cornwall has its own recognised lesser used brythonic language - Cornish. Both the Council of Europe and the old Commission for Racial Equality suggested that the Cornish could be recognised under the framework convention for the protection of national minorities (something Labour refuses to do). The Cornish have their own code for national identity (06) for the 2011 UK census (but no tick box as both Tory and Labour MPs voted against).

Can any of the English regional identities -(Geordie!)- say the same? Clearly the answer is -no- yet football fans and Geordies get a mention whilst the Cornish get forgotten.

Did the government simply overlook the Cornish when considering identity questions in the UK? I find that hard to believe, and I know at least one Cornishman contributed to their consultation, so why are we ignored?

Cornish - the inconvenient identity for the state?

6.4.10

Is it in their manifesto? A question from the Stannary

A press release below from the Cornish Stannary Parliament.

IS IT IN THEIR MANIFESTO?

1. There will be a guarantee of equality before the law.

Democracy is generally accepted to mean: government of the people by the people and for the people in a system of social equality. Ultimately, power to the people. Democracy is said to be based on the rule of law. i.e., obey the law whether good or bad. Our system needs to ensure that all law is good law with a guaranteed equality before the law as provided by the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948. Unfortunately, there is still no guarantee of equality before the law in English law. This leaves people in power with the right to abuse power by acts of bias and discrimination hidden by exemptions including the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

2. There will be no government or official exemption or Crown immunity from human rights.

Members of Parliament will no longer be exempt from the Equality Act 2006 under section 52. At the present time Article 13 and Protocol 12 of the European Convention of Human Rights are excluded from the UK Human Rights Act 1998. They cover the prohibition of discrimination and bias by government departments and persons acting in an official capacity. With exemptions or no legal restriction in the UK, unlike other jurisdictions without these exceptions, there is no illegal offence committed by persons acting in an official capacity.

3. All the nations of Britain; England, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall and Northern Ireland will be treated on an equal basis in matters of devolution. The Cornish will be included in the Council of Europe’s Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and will have its own separate Census Form.

4. Local will actually mean local.

Coastline Housing has officially stated: “The term ‘local’ is used in a variety of situations across the Company and is often defined by external organisations”. Clearly, “external organisations” means government departments and persons acting in an official capacity. For Cornwall ‘local’ and ‘county’ are the usual English put-down displaying political envy of an indigenous British Celtic nation and a Duchy.

5. The secret policy of relocation will be abandoned.

There is an unacceptable ‘one size fits all’ social engineering policy within England. It excludes Scotland with the least populated areas of the UK. Central planning is destroying the social fabric and civilised standards of local communities. It will not be overlooked that Cornwall is a peninsula and a holiday destination unsuitable for overpopulation. In rectifying the effects of unacceptable social engineering the 9.000 empty houses in Cornwall will be investigated by the Cornish Council as potentially suitable for affordable housing. The 13,000 second home owners will be charged the business rate of council tax.

6. There will be no exemptions from laws, in particular, planning laws.

The Duchy of Cornwall is exempt from many Acts including the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Competition Act 1998 and the Planning Act 2008 by being exempt from prosecution under section 228. These exemptions prove that the Duchy of Cornwall is a public body and not a private estate as claimed by the government in order to prevent investigation into the Duchy acting in an official capacity.

7. All planning and housing decisions will be made “locally” (i.e., decentralised to Cornwall) without interference or blackmail.

8. There will be a public enquiry as to why the Crown Estate provides social services and community support, such as affordable housing for locals throughout the UK, with the sole exception of Cornwall, a nation of pre-English origins.

9. St. Piran’s Day, the 5th March, will be a recognised holiday in Cornwall. Cornish history and the Cornish language will be taught in schools. The Duchy of Cornwall and cultural sites will be under Cornish control.

10. The Cornish Mining World Heritage Sites will be protected from speculative building and properly funded. The central site at Pool has historically been known as: “PENHALLICK” not Heartlands.

11. Sewage and waste recycling facilities will be established in preparation for a Cornish Eco town for locals and before planning consent for other building proposals to prevent the accelerating risk of the health hazards caused by contaminated coastal bathing and fishing waters through environmentally destructive channelling of sewage by pipes and rivers into the oceans.

12. The ‘local’ public of Cornwall will participate in strategic decision making.

Aarhus Convention 1998: Article 1 OBJECTIVE (Quote) “In order to contribute to the protection of the right of every person of present and future generations to live in an environment adequate to his or her health and well-being, each Party (state) shall guarantee the rights of access to information, public participation in decision-making, and access to justice in environmental matters in accordance with the provisions of this Convention”. (End of quote)

After central planning priorities have failed to establish London as the successful financial centre of the world and created the socially destructive Credit Crunch, independent improvement and development agencies are now looking at “relocalising” or devolving the economy. Devolution will be implemented in order to support Cornish solutions and Celtic culture for the future of Cornwall.

IT SHOULD ALL BE IN THEIR MANIFESTO.

4.4.10

Cornwall annexes England!

Use the language! Call to National Trust

The secretary of the Kernow branch of Celtic League is asking members of the League to support him in an attempt call on the National Trust to use the Cornish language on its properties in Cornwall.

Following on from a decision by the branch to persuade the National Trust to use dual language signs on its properties in line with Scotland and Wales, Mr Chappell has resolved to take the issue to the National Trust's Annual General Meeting (AGM) this year. In a letter to Mr Chappell, a `Regional' Manager for the National Trust, laid out the guidelines for submitting a resolution to the Trust's AGM. The letter states:

"With regards to submitting a resolution to be debated at the AGM, our Parliamentary Scheme requires that:

- it is sent to the Secretary to arrive not later than the close of business on 1 June (or if 1 June is not a working day, the first working day after 1 June)

- that it is signed by not less than fifty members who have been members of the Charity since no later than 1 January in the year before the year in which the resolution is submitted of whom five have signed as 'proposes' and the others have signed as 'supporters' .

There will also be the opportunity to put questions to the Chairman and Director-General in the afternoon and if you would like to send in your question beforehand this would allow us to research your question and enable us to give you a full response."

The Kernow branch were encouraged to pursue the campaign against the National Trust following a message of support from Scottish academic Professor Kenneth Mackinnon earlier this year. Mr MacKinnon pointed out that it was only through campaigning against the Trust in Scotland that the Gaelic language was finally included on signs at its properties. In Wales the Welsh language is also used on signs at National Trust properties, but in Cornwall, the branch argues, the Cornish language is distinctly lacking.

In November last year a dual language road sign policy was adopted by Cornwall Council and the branch also point out that many English Heritage managed properties in Cornwall now use the Cornish language on its signs. Further arguments put forward by the branch for the Trust to use the Cornish language are that there are an increasing number of Cornish speakers in Cornwall who use National Trust properties and that most of the older properties managed by the National Trust in Cornwall were built by a local population of Cornish speakers.

The Branch is therefore appealing to National Trust members and supporters throughout the Celtic nations to join the campaign by signing a petition calling for a resolution to be tabled at the Trust's AGM. The branch would like all those prepared to sign such a petition to contact Mr. Chappell on the branch email address of kernow-AT-celticleague.net or via the Celtic League's website.

Mr. Chappell said, "As a member of the National Trust but also as a student of the Cornish language, I would remind the Trust that heritage and history does not reside in bricks and mortar alone but in the culture and the language of those people connected with ancient buildings and other monuments. I am pleased that the Trust intends to make use of Kernewek on its Internet website but we need to see it being celebrated openly. I hope to attend the National Trust's AGM in order to make this point."

The AGM of the National trust will be held on Saturday 30 October at STEAM in Swindon in the morning.

This article prepared for Celtic News by Rhisiart Tal-e-bot General Secretary Celtic League.

03/03/10

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3.4.10

The Cornish Antifa

I've seen it suggested on Twitter by KAN that Cornwall should have its own campaign against the BNP and other elements from the far-right.

Great idea! I'm sure many from within the Cornish movement would be happy to get involved.

In our sister nation, Brittany, a similar platform exists -Comité de Vigilance contre l'Extrême-Droite en Bretagne- which regroups Trade Unionists and activists from various far-left political parties.

The format would have to be adapted for this to be a success in Kernow noting that the levels of support for the far-left in the Duchy are far lower, but enough greens, socialists and democrats exist for it to be worth trying.

The BNP are determined to stand candidates in Kernow as much as UKIP and the English Democrats are prepared to flirt with the far-right. Lets ensure they benefit form no plain sailing.

2.4.10

Do not disparage human rights - a letter to British party leaders

Taken from OurKingdom: Do not disparage human rights - a letter to British party leaders

This is an open letter to all politicians and, in particular, to the leaders of the main political parties in advance of the forthcoming election. It comes from a group of Trusts and Foundations, as well as private philanthropists, who support human rights and social justice, both within the UK and globally.


Collectively, we spend more than a hundred million pounds annually in this field. Our work covers a wide area, dealing with people around the world for whom the principles of universal human rights are beacons of hope and sanity in often terrible circumstances. The right not to be tortured or unlawfully killed, the right not to be imprisoned without due process, the right to asylum in the face of persecution, the right not to be discriminated against or excluded from society because of gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation are enormously important ideas. They underpin the structure of decent communities and enable us to hold individuals, states and institutions, like the church and the media, to account. This can be an uncomfortable and uneasy process and it involves some of the most difficult decision-making in the modern world.


For the past ten years the UK has incorporated the European Convention on Human Rights through the Human Rights Act: that is now up for debate by the main political parties. As charitably registered institutions we have a duty to stand outside party politics, which is why this letter is being written before the start of the election campaign. But we have become deeply concerned at the way in which the words “human rights” and the principles that underlie both the European Convention and the Human Rights Act are being brought into disrepute. Demonstrably false myths, for instance that the Human Rights Act prevents the police from publishing mug shots of those on their most wanted lists, continue to be given credence by front bench spokesmen and women and parts of the media. This is not helpful to anyone, particularly the public being asked to make an important choice on the basis of incorrect information.


We ask that this debate, which is an important one that deserves time, concentration and focus, is not conducted in a shrill atmosphere for party political gain, that party spokesmen and women, whatever their politics, do not disparage human rights and the principles that underlie them, and that statements about the Human Rights Act and the European Convention are not used to exploit peoples’ fears, but instead are thoughtful, accurate and truthful. To do less than this sells the British people short and risks negating centuries of effort to improve peoples’ lives, effort that politicians from all traditions have invested in.


For many years the UK has been an influential and effective promoter of fundamental rights: it is a country that genuinely cares about justice and fairness and serves as an example for others to emulate. The willingness to protect human rights within the UK has been carefully watched around the world, both by those who support and sometimes give their lives to defend human rights, and also by those who wish to deny them. What happens here will be viewed with great interest and is liable to have an impact far beyond our borders. It is important to remember this and not to lose sight of the larger issues, which are the ones on which, ultimately, the country, will be judged.


Debbie Berger, Co-founder and Board Member, Unbound Philanthropy
Yves Bonavero, Chairman, AB Charitable Trust
Dr Astrid Bonfield, Chief Executive, The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund
Ruth Cadbury, Chair, Barrow Cadbury Trust
Teresa Elwes, Grants Executive, Bromley Trust
Sara Harrity, Director, AB Charitable Trust
Taryn Higashi, Executive Director, Unbound Philanthropy
Susan Hitch, Trustee, Sigrid Rausing Trust
Charles Keidan, Director, The Pears Foundation
Peter Kilgarriff – Director, LankellyChase Trust
Sara Llewellin – Chief Executive, Barrow Cadbury Trust
Fiona Napier – International Advocacy Director, Open Society Institute
Marion McNaughton, Chair of Trustees, The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
Stephen Pittam, Trust Secretary, The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
Dr Elaine Potter – Trustee and Co-founder, David and Elaine Potter Foundation
Andrew Puddephatt – Trustee, Sigrid Rausing Trust
Sigrid Rausing, Founder and Trustee, Sigrid Rausing Trust
Bill Reeves, Co-founder and Board Member, Unbound Philanthropy
Gordon Roddick, Philanthropist
Angela Seay – Director, David and Elaine Potter Foundation
Nicholas Tatman – Chairman of Trustees, LankellyChase Trust
Rebecca Tinsley – Co-founder and Trustee, Tinsley Foundation

Negative Nick Clegg

Following the glowing endorsement of Dick Coles candidature by Tim Jones, former LibDem leader on Restormel Borough Council, the expected response can be seen here on the BBC's lack luster Cornish blog: Nick Clegg responds to "Lib Dem backs MK" rumpus.

Nice to see Nick Clegg's obvious respect for the judgement of the thousands of people who have given (will give) their vote to Mebyon Kernow. The summary of Cleggs cheap put down is that: 1) MK can never hope to win (against a massive dinosaur party from London like his with all its funds and double dealing propaganda); and 2) Even if they did they'd be sidelined in Westminster. Sidelined? What like such high-profile independents as Martin Bell have been? One wonders equally if an MK MP would be sidelined if fully welcomed into the Plaid / SNP Celtic Alliance?

Yes the LibDems, reeling under the blows from the expenses scandal as they are, have been known to say similar things about the SNP and Plaid in the past haven't they. And, hey ho, look in fact it is Plaid and the SNP who have truly lead the demand for change in their respective countries, and what's more, obtained it.

In reality it is the LibDems who, on a UK scale, are a total irrelevance. Having LibDem MP's has simply meant that the Labour Gov has sidelined them and Kernow along with them. A Tory government would undoubtedly do the same.

The LibDems are only too happy to wave their St Pirans flags in the Duchy and then quietly relax in their publicly funded flats in London sitting in publicly funded rocking chairs towing the London party line. The co-opting of the pro-Cornish voice by the LibDems has prevented a true alternative to the London parties from blossoming in Kernow. It's time for this to change.

A Mebyon Kernow MP would be a minor electro shock to the British political system and put Kernow back on the map in way it hasn't been for quite some time. So the choice is yours: 1) An irrelevant third rate and corrupt UK party; or 2) A young and vital Cornish party that will draw part of the worlds attention back to our little land.

1.4.10

Undeb - The Welsh Trade Union Movement

As a follow up to a previous blog post on Trade Unions for Stateless Nations, I've received the following information on the Welsh Undeb.

Many thanks for your e-mail. Undeb is still very much alive and kicking although our web site is currently offline. However, we do have an active blogsite: http://undebcymru.blogspot.com/

The trade union movement in Wales is it has to be said, not exactly awake to devolution. The teaching unions are an exception but the main Labour affiliated unions show very little interest in the language and at a UK level, very little interest in Wales. TUC Cymru is little more than a London offshoot, which does not help the situation.

Please keep in touch,

pob hwyl


Also to repeat a previous question; is there room for a Cornish Trade Union Movement even if it's simply a branch of Undeb to start?