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27.6.10

The Cornish Celtic League on a roll

Following discussions, technical training, sound tests and an examination of proposed content and schedules, the prospect of a Celtic League voice on the radio draws ever closer.

Tony Leamon, Mike Chappell, Chris Webber and others from the Celtic League in Cornwall have met up with Matthew Rogers, station manager of Source FM whose studios are situated in the campus of the Combined Universities of Cornwall at Tremough near Penryn.

Source FM is a new community radio station and already has a listenership of in excess of 6,000 together with an untold number who listen on line.

Mike Chappell conducted a mock radio show and was described as a ‘natural’ by Matthew and Tony soon mastered the equipment.

Tony remarked, 'Mike has the ability to chat and interview and I have the knowledge to work the equipment. We shall all try our very best to make this programme reflect the true Cornwall which is too often brushed under the mat along with news from the other Celtic Nations. I know Mike intends to invite as many guests as possible to take part in the programmes.'

Provisionally, “One and All” will be aired on Monday mornings for an hour slot sometime between 9am and 11am but Matthew has also offered extended times on Tuesday afternoons and is likely to 'go live' later this year.

A further meeting is planned Tuesday 6th July when a full hour long practise programme now in preparation will be trialled.

The “One and All” programme will seek to air real Cornish music, the studios being fully licensed to play music, Cornish history, language, dialect, place names, literature and poetry, give airtime to Cornish politicians and campaigners, Celtic news as well as probably progressing to a Cornish phone in.

Mike Chappell said, ‘As part of the League’s Operation Phoenix which will involve a protest outside the BBC later this year, we have also been pleased to liaise with Matthew at Source FM, an up and coming radio station to really project Cornish and Celtic issues in our Country.

Matthew has been extremely kind and I intend to throw this resource open to “One and All” in the Cornish movement. We shall be able to air things that the other stations refuse to touch such as Cornwall's constitution and so on. Matthew has even kindly offered me recording equipment so we shall be able to go out and record live events.'

Matthew remarked, ‘I am excited by the plans I have seen outlined and am sure that this venture will prove a great success. There are many excellent ideas in the proposals I have seen.’ Source FM can be heard on 96.1FM and online at - http://www.thesourcefm.co.uk/

Tony Leamon

Cornish Branch of the Celtic League

JPG - Tony Leamon, Chris Webber and Matthew Rogers at Source FM Studios

22.6.10

Women's Empowerment Global Debate

The United Nations NGO branch has contacted the Celtic League with details of a TV debate (the first of a series) to be broadcast on 30th June 2010 under the auspices of its Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

The debate entitled, "Women's empowerment, development cooperation and culture", is aiming to maximise participation and groups and individuals can submit questions and comments on-line (see full text of the communication received below):

FROM: UN-DESA NGO BRANCH

The debate will be webcast live here.

Flyer available at CSO Net.

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is launching the first of a series of television debates, "Face to Face".

On 30 June 2010, DESA, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will gather experts at United Nations Headquarters in New York to discuss the theme, "Women's empowerment, development cooperation and culture".

Ms. Thoraya Obaid of UNFPA, Ms. Irina Bokova of UNESCO, Ms. Kavita Ramdas of the Global Fund for Women; and Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah of Princeton University will participate in this important event.

The debate will be moderated by Ms. Daljit Dhaliwal, Host of 21st Century UN Television Series and former TV anchor of the ABC News Now, BBC, CNN International, and the Independent TV News (ITN).

Join the campaign for "Women's empowerment, development cooperation and culture".

Please come and participate or if you can't, please ask your questions online here.

You can get more information on the Celtic Leagues involvement as a UN accredited NGO by contacting our General Secretary – details below:

Tel: 0044 (0)1209315884
M: 0044(0)7787318666

rhisiart.talebot@gmail.com
gensec@celticleague.net

J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information
Celtic League

22/06/10

The Celtic League has branches in the six Celtic Countries. It works to promote cooperation between these countries and campaigns on a broad range of political, cultural and environmental matters. It highlights human rights abuse, monitors all military activity and focuses on socio-economic issues.

TEL (UK)01624 877918 MOBILE (UK)07624 491609

Internet site at:

The Celtic League.
Celtic League News Group.

A Belgian Divorce

Time to Call it a Day: Sometimes it is right for a country to recognise that its job is done

This is just to book mark the above article from Our Kingdom. Following the victory of Flemmish nationalists, the N-VA, in Flanders, Belgium looks closer to break up than ever before. Has the Belgian state outlived its usefulness within a growingly con-federal EU? Our Kingdom poses the same question about the United Kingdom whose home nations are now well set on their own political trajectories.

If such a divorce for the UK is on the cards what of Cornwalls future?

15.6.10

Celtic League recognised by United Nations

The United Nations (UN) has recommended that the Celtic League be given special status within their organisation, with the aim of working more closely together on particular topics in the future.

The Celtic League's `Roster Status' within the UN will be with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), because the League "can make occasional and useful contributions to the work of ECOSOC or its subsidiary bodies". This means that the League is in limited consultative status with the UN and can be called on by the UN to contribute to discussions to help it form an opinion on certain topics in particular areas. The status also means that the League can attend UN meetings, are invited to attend international conferences, contribute to forums and designate UN representatives.

The ECOSOC Committee is composed of 19 state members of the United Nations and the decision to recommend the Celtic League to Roster Status followed a proposal by Egypt. The League is still waiting to hear confirmation from the UN on what areas in particular it would like the organisation to contribute to.

The Roster Status was set up to improve and enhance the involvement of Non Governmental Organisations (NGO) in the work of the UN and the Celtic League will join only another 979 organisations from around the world with this privileged status. Roster Status is normally restricted to NGO's with a narrow and/or technical focus and includes the Association for World Education, International Federation for the Protection of the Rights of Ethnic, Religious, Linguistic and Other Minorities and Refugees International.

The Celtic League's General Secretary, Rhisiart Tal-e-bot, said:

"The Celtic League has regularly been in contact with UN bodies over the course of its almost 50 year existence on a range of different topics. Over the last year we have been in frequent communication with ECOSOC in particular and the decision to recommend the League to Roster Status is the result of the recognition of the specialist knowledge and important work that the League does in the Celtic countries.

The Celtic League is an international organisation, with branches in the six Celtic countries, in addition to branches in Patagonia, the USA and England, as well as a separate International branch. We are the only organisation of our type in the world and campaign on issues on a broad spectrum of topics from the rights of prisoners to the depletion of fish stocks around the Celtic countries.

It is a privilege for the United Nations to recognise our work in this way and I would like to thank all those members of the League who have contributed their time voluntarily over the years to make the organisation what it is today."

For more information click here.

J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information
Celtic League

13/06/10

The Celtic League has branches in the six Celtic Countries. It works to promote cooperation between these countries and campaigns on a broad range of political, cultural and environmental matters. It highlights human rights abuse, monitors all military activity and focuses on socio-economic issues.

TEL (UK)01624 877918 MOBILE (UK)07624 491609

Internet site at:

Celtic League Website
Celtic League News Group

14.6.10

My Football Post

Okay! So Kernow is awash with the St George Cross due to the current World Cup.

Otherwise proud granite jawed sons and daughters of the sea foam are wandering around town wearing the football top of our next door nation.

Good sports all of them no doubt. They've no time for the Cornish nationalist killjoys who won't support England. Those that don't simply see themselves as English probably just want to be part of the carnival for the next few weeks and enjoy the ride. Fair play as they say.

Personally I can't bring myself to support England for a mixture of reasons. Firstly because I'm one of those Cornish nationalist killjoys who just has too much self-respect, but also for many of the reasons outlined here.

An interesting question to ask though would be: what level of support would a Cornish football squad, or Cornish team in any other international sporting event, generate?

It's not such a silly question. Our sister Celtic nation, Brittany, has its own football squad -Skipailh Mell Droad Breizh- which has just played in a four way tournament with Corsica, Togo and Gabon. This website about non FIFA football certainly considers Cornwall as fit to have its own national squad.

I've blogged before on the various football tournaments for stateless nations and regions that exist, and would welcome a Cornish team, but its going to take more than words on an ignored blog to get such a venture up and running.

Our own Cornish stadium in the Duchy might not be a bad start. Equally a Cornish sports campaign group would be needed to keep things rolling. Something like the Commonwealth Games campaign but with a wider focus and less dependent on the inspiration of one man (no offence GH).

Anybody wishing to follow the fortunes of nations playing outside of FIFA should drop by the excellent blog: Outcasts! The lands that FIFA forgot.

13.6.10

English friends.

Within the world of English nationalism most Cornish campaigners will not expect to find support.

Quite the opposite is the sad reality. The venom with which English nationalists, even the supposedly more moderate ones from the Campaign for an English Parliament, not to mention hard-right and fascist groups such as the EDP or EFP respectively, attack Cornish nationalists can be quite startling.

A clear sign of the maturity of any nationalist movement, and indeed of any nation, is its treatment of minorities, specifically historic national minorities, within what it considers its territory.

Historic minorities such as the Cornish can pose as much of a challenge to the dominant national group identity as populations issued from recent immigration. Not only is it a question of rejecting the dominate national identity but also the geography of their nation. A challenge on all points.

Of late there has been much made of the search for a new 'civic' English nationlism to snatch back talk of Englishness from the far-right [1][2]. A nationalism based around inclusivness that wishes to give political expression to the people of England, usually via the creation of an English parliament.

Sadly even amongst such civic English nationalists resentment towards Cornish aspirations is never far away? Even the more enlightened of them fain disinterest in the Cornish question hoping, in some way, that we'll just disappear. And make no mistakes about what certain of them pretend to be disinterested in! The only part of what they consider their country that has a competing national identity, its own language, constitution and sense of territory.

However, take heart! A growing number of exceptions to the rule can be found.

England Left Forward -Addressing the English Question from a Left perspective- has this to say on the Cornish question in the article Culture and Regions.

Cornwall, I always believed should have its own autonomous assembly to resolve the issues surrounding its status. We should support the campaign for a Cornish Assembly, as they are after what we want for ourselves, self-determination. Who the autonomous assembly is under the auspices of is another matter of debate.

Regarding a federal Union, if you can get hold of a second-hand copy, read Common Sense – A New Constitution for Britain, by Tony Benn and Andrew Hood. Tony Benn didn’t advocate the end of the Union, but he advocated a Parliament for England within a federal structure, plus greater powers for local government. It’s an interesting read, and makes, pardon the pun, common sense in a lot of areas. With regard to the Cornish issue, maybe a Cornish Assembly comes under the auspices of the Federal Parliament and Government…

Nation of England -a blog about England and Cornwall- supports Cornish 'independence' in its article: English Should Support Cornish Independence.

Following some comments left by me on the site the blog author wrote back with the following kind words and invitation:

Thank you for leaving a comment on Nation of England.

Since setting up the Nation of England blog I have wanted it to be far more inclusive and varied than just what I think about things and therefore I have decided to open up my site as a community for fellow bloggers and writers.

I wish to invite you to join the England Blogging Community. Yes, I know it is called the England Blogging Community but I have added a separate Cornwall category and links box because I do support 100% Cornwall's aims for recognition as a nation in its own right.

When I set up the site I was torn between including Cornwall or not because I have always supported that Cornwall is a separate nation, although not recognised as yet by the UK government. I decided to include Cornwall because I wanted to show my support and I felt it would be an affront to act like it did not exist, but I have tried throughout my site to distinguish it from England.

As I do not live in Cornwall I thought it would be great to have actual Cornish writers add their articles to the Cornwall category instead of it coming from me secondhand. All bloggers who are part of the community can showcase their articles in full and add links back to their own blogs. I also hope this will bring the Cornish debate into the eyes of English bloggers and readers and perhaps even spread support for Cornwall and show that we can work together as neighbours.

The aim is to grow a large English/England community where readers and bloggers can share their views, knowledge, love and passion for England all in one place. I would also like it to be a place for debate even if that includes issues which are not particularly pro-English. This is not about dancing around the St George but about people sharing their views and opinions about the real England - warts and all. This could include the English attitude towards Cornwall and the Cornish.

I would like Cornwall to be part of that community more to up the profile of the Cornish debate and give the Cornish people a chance to air their views and opinions in a predominately English environment. Cornwall is still the ignored part of the UK and blocked in with England all the time. I am inviting Cornish writers to share their arguments and opinions even if the English bloggers and readers do not like what is written. The Cornish debate and Cornish question are very important issues both for the Cornish but also for the English because so many do not acknowledge or understand the validity of the arguments.

The Nation of England community is not exclusive but inclusive - you do not have to be English or even pro-English to be a part of it.

If you would like to join us, and I hope you will, then please do so here. Please feel free to invite other Cornish bloggers and writers to join and share their views and opinions, also.

Yours truly,

Tom


As mentioned here before the two sites -Britology Watch- and -A National Conversation for England- also treat the Cornish question but do so with much more reserve. 

10.6.10

What's on offer for Kernow?

Some developments here from both the Cornish and UK governments that should be of interest to the Cornish movement. All thoughts and comments are welcome.

The first comes from Cornwall Council and has already been highlighted by the Celtic League in its news group here.

Cornwall Councils Corporate Equality and Diversity Framework contains clear reference to the Cornish identity. For example in the opening paragraphs can be read:

Cornwall has a unique and special culture heritage. An increasing number of people describe themselves as Cornish and it is important in all our equality and diversity work that we actively recognise Cornish as a minority group and continue to support the Cornish Language and the Cornish indigenous culture.

The rest of the document can be downloaded here and a link to it can be found on the Councils website here.

A heartening development indeed that I consider to go hand in glove with creating a more inclusive and tolerant society in the Duchy. A Cornish national minority that feels respected and supported in its own homeland, to my mind, would be much more inclined to welcome new residents to Kernow.

The second comes from the new Con Dem coalition and their programme for government.

From the Communities and Local Government section some extracts of interest are:

We will promote the radical devolution of power and greater financial autonomy to local government and community groups. This will include a review of local government finance.

We will rapidly abolish Regional Spatial Strategies and return decision-making powers on housing and planning to local councils, including giving councils new powers to stop ‘garden grabbing’.

In the longer term, we will radically reform the planning system to give neighbourhoods far more ability to determine the shape of the places in which their inhabitants live, based on the principles set out in the Conservative Party publication ‘Open Source Planning’.

We will abolish the unelected Infrastructure Planning Commission and replace it with an efficient and democratically accountable system that provides a fast-track process for major infrastructure projects.

We will abolish the Government Office for London and consider the case for abolishing the remaining Government Offices.

We will give councils a general power of competence.

We will introduce new powers to help communities save local facilities and services threatened with closure, and give communities the right to bid to take over local state-run services.

We will implement the Sustainable Communities Act, so that citizens know how taxpayers’ money is spent in their area and have a greater say over how it is spent.


Under the Civil Liberties section we can find:

We will extend the scope of the Freedom of Information Act to provide greater transparency.

We will establish a Commission to investigate the creation of a British Bill of Rights that incorporates and builds on all our obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights, ensures that these rights continue to be enshrined in British law, and protects and extends British liberties. We will seek to promote a better understanding of the true scope of these obligations and liberties.


Finally under Political Reform we have:

We will establish a commission to consider the ‘West Lothian question'.

We will give residents the power to instigate local referendums on any local issue


The new coalition should be strongly encouraged to ensure the Duchy of Cornwall is included under the FOI act. This feudal relic that can chop and change between being a body of government and a private estate to suit its needs is long overdue for full public scrutiny.

Equally it is to be hoped that the government will fully implement the Council of Europe's framework convention for the protection of national minorities and recognise the Cornish within in its scope. I find no mention of national minorities or the FCNM under their Equalities section so again some Cornish feedback is due. Perhaps bringing their attention to the good steps taken by Cornwall Council in this sense (see above) could be brought to their attention.

The commission to consider the West Lothian question should be another good opportunity for our MP's that support Cornish devolution to argue for an assembly for the Duchy. Within the Political Reform section, while much is made of further devolution to Scotland and Wales, zero mention is made of Cornish devolution. This should tell us that, even if our local MP's frequently talk devolution and Cornish assembly, the party leadership in power in London has no such ideas in mind.

It is now too late to comment directly on the coalitions website however we should still feel free to send our opinions to them and our recently (re)elected Cornish MP's. Certainly those interested in making sure Kernow is at the forefront of this new localism and 'radical decentralisation' should consider working within either the Cornish Constitutional Convention, or some new cross party body, to draw down powers to Cornwall.

8.6.10

Cornish Diversity = Cornwall's Strength

Cornwall Councils Corporate Equality and Diversity Framework has been published and can be read here.

A link to the document can also be found here on the Councils website.

One Kernow are satisfied to see that, along with measures to promote the fair treatment of new minorities and the prevention of discrimination based on sex, sexuality, age or disability, there is also an explicit recognition of the Cornish national minority and its culture.

We at One Kernow have often argued that the recognition of Cornish specificity should go hand in hand with the pursuit of a more tolerant society for all the Duchies residents.

3.6.10

Thought for the day.

Confronted yet again by the accusation that Cornish nationalism is isolationist and looks to create division -this time on Twitter in debate with a young Lib Dem- I've chewed over the idea and come up with the following.

The Cornish movement is not (should not!) be about trying to isolate Cornwall in order to protect Cornish culture from some, perceived as such, nefarious influences from outside the Duchy.

Our objective must be to cherish our culture so that it may be offered to the world as the most precious gift we can give. Let's nurture what we have so that it can join the incredible and valuable diversity that exists in the human world.

Equally campaigning for greater Cornish home-rule is not about trying to cut Kernow off from the rest of the UK and Europe so that it may exist in some imagined Celtic autarky.

The aim is rather to bring as much decision making power as possible back to the Duchy and put it in the hands of its residents. Perhaps the Cornish empowerment movement would be a better description of what we are trying to do.

Skol an Emsav

Just a bit of quick publicity for Skol An Emsav, and to apologise for not including you in this blogs link lists before.

I took part in one of their two day intensive Breton courses last weekend and I've only got good things to say about them. Based in Rennes SAE organise adult education for those wishing to learn Breton. I'm note sure if they can teach via the media of English but you could always ask, I know some of their trainers are English speakers.

Anyway, excellent course with an excellent trainer, enough said.

Skol an Emsav

Just a bit of quick publicity for Skol An Emsav, and to apologise for not including you in this blogs link lists before.

I took part in one of their two day intensive Breton courses last weekend and I've only got good things to say about them. Based in Rennes SAE organise adult education for those wishing to learn Breton. I'm note sure if they can teach via the media of English but you could always ask, I know some of their trainers are English speakers.

Anyway, excellent course with an excellent trainer, enough said.

2.6.10

Rock e Breizh

Not really politics but who cares?

If you want a starting point to investigate Breton Rock, past and present, then look no further than the new disc Rock e Breizh.

From the classics of Breton rock n'roll to contemporary stuff the CD is avaliable from Coop Breizh.

Artists included are: Georges Jouin, Storlok, Brieg Guerveno Groupe, EV, Dom duff, Daonet, Gimol Dru band, Tri bleiz die, Plantec, Bernez Tangi, Kristen Nikolas club hoggard, Fiskal Bazar, Lik ha lik, Melmor, les Ramoneurs de menhirs, Trouz an noz, Anken, Nolwenn Korbell, Gweltaz Adeux, Denez Abernot

Rock e Breizh

Not really politics but who cares?

If you want a starting point to investigate Breton Rock, past and present, then look no further than the new disc Rock e Breizh.

From the classics of Breton rock n'roll to contemporary stuff the CD is avaliable from Coop Breizh.

Artists included are: Georges Jouin, Storlok, Brieg Guerveno Groupe, EV, Dom duff, Daonet, Gimol Dru band, Tri bleiz die, Plantec, Bernez Tangi, Kristen Nikolas club hoggard, Fiskal Bazar, Lik ha lik, Melmor, les Ramoneurs de menhirs, Trouz an noz, Anken, Nolwenn Korbell, Gweltaz Adeux, Denez Abernot