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30.7.10

10 years for the Constitutional Convention and the road ahead

I've just watched the 2 hours and 43 minutes of the 10th anniversary meeting of the Cornish Constitutional Convention if anybody was wondering how much I love Cornwall. 

I could have been chasing the fruit flies that seem to have invaded my flat but no.

The great and the good were gathered to discuss the future of the campaign for a Cornish assembly relative to recent developments. Present were Bert Biscoe chair of the Convention, MP Andrew George, Mebyon Kernow party leader Dick Cole, Cornwall Council executive Kevin Lavery and former deputy First Minister of the Welsh Assembly Mike German.

Many of the themes are familiar to this blog: asymmetric devolution and the need to engage with all sectors of civic society, but also ways ahead in light of the new coalition governments focus on big society and localism.

What is on offer and what can we ask for? The invited panel give their responses.

I can't help regretting the number of empty seats at the meeting. How much more gratifying it would have been to see a much wider selection of the Cornish community represented with people standing in the aisles for lack of seats.

Leaders from our minority communities, trade unionists, environmentalist, charities, the voluntary sector so on and so forth, all citizens of the Duchy, your place is at such events. You are needed to help craft Cornwall's future. I concur with Cornish Zetetics on his/her point that the grass roots of the campaign need to be developed so that real pressure can be placed on elected politicians and other decision makers. Change must and -will only- come from popular sovereignty. People power.

Noticeably absent were representatives from democracy campaigning organisations from around the UK. Were they invited? Are they even interested?

I think a poignant comment came from a lady in the audience who, if I can summarise, asked: "what use is constitutional change if young Cornish folk still can't find work or buy a house in Kernow"?

Equally many were those who raised concerns of the possibility of a cross border parliamentary constituency after a positive UK vote for electoral reform and boundary change?

On this point a Facebook Group entitled -Keep Cornwall Whole- has been created.

Noticeable also were many references to our existing constitutional status, Cornwall's Chief Exec describing Cornwall as a Duchy for example. No one however discussed the possibility of using this already existent legal structure as a means to greater home-rule. How far has MP Andrew George got with his constitutional questions?

Kevin Lavery made much of the need for consensus and cooperation to take things forward. Well cynical old me can't help taking Kevin Lavery's words with a pinch of salt. He is a manager! And guess what? Managers like it when everybody supports them in their job. He wants everybody to get behind him and the council that he is in charge of to make sure it works well.

No! Get away! What a surprise! 

I'm sure he's not adverse to dangling a Cornish assembly carrot in front of nationalists and autonomists to ensure they pull in the direction he wants them to.

Does he just want an efficiently operating unitary authority where the impending budget cuts cause the least pain or does he really have his eyes set on some form of Cornish devolution? It's up to us to keep him to his word and ensure the latter.

27.7.10

The Deep State

Is there a UK "deep state"?

An interesting article from Anthony Barnett of Our Kingdom that asks does an ongoing, informal network that despises democracy and seeks to shape how Britain's governed from the shadows exist? Well worth a read as are the comments that follow.

Of course proponents of the meddling Duchy theory would probably cry out -yes- to the above question and cite the Duchy of Cornwall as being a feudal body with the power to pull various strings and influence peoples lives in unknown ways.

26.7.10

Rydhsys rag Kernow lemmyn?

Rydhsys rag Kernow lemmyn? on the Wales Home website.

21.7.10

Cornwall Pride 2010

A quick note to plug Cornwall Pride this year. More details below.

Taken from the Cornwall Pride website:

This is now the 3rd year for Cornwall Pride and again this years event is to be held in Truro on Saturday, August 28th


We have a great reputation to upkeep and yet again for this 3rd year we have an even stronger, dedicated committee to enable us to fulfil our dreams and ambitions for this years event.


As we are still in the early stages of building this years event we therefore recommend you keep checking back for the latest updates.

You can equally stay up-to-date with Cornwall Pride on Facebook.

Here's hoping the Cornish movement will give it's full support to this fantastic and fun display of Cornish diversity. Forward together! One and all for Cornwall!

Cornish Constitutional Convention -10th Anniversary- But no MK!

Convention has moved national discussion forward on devolution


Unitary paves the way on road to making Cornwall - 'one and all'


MPs to join big debate on the county's future

Just to point out that the debate described in the last article is open to all so please do go along if you are interested in bring power back to the residents of Cornwall. Equally you can join the debate on the Cornwall 24 forum.


The -must read- response from Dick Cole of Mebyon Kernow can be found on his blog.

Why have MK not been invited to speak at the debate when so many of its members have given so much to campaiging for a Cornish assembly over the years?

Well blow me if London based parties, and their membership in Kernow, don't recuperate the ideas and hard work of MK yet again. The rule seems to be that careerist politicians in Cornwall are more than happy for MK to exist in order to fight Cornwall's corner, but heaven forbid that they should risk career advancement in such a party. They'll leave that to others with more integrity and less of a penchant for expenses I guess.

Why does Cllr Bert Biscoe feel the need, yet again, to suggest that Cornish nationalists, and hence MK, are not inclusive or serious about improving the lives of all the Duchies residents? Come on Cllr Biscoe! This is the kind of double talk we expect from the spin doctors of the London LibLabCons, not an 'independent'.

20.7.10

The new face of the extreme right in Cornwall

A new wave of right-wing ethnic nationalism is spreading across Europe. Has it reached Kernow?

Far from disparaging 'regional' identities this latest version of the extreme right celebrates and promotes them.

Mixing the politics of regional autonomy, European federalism and racial preference older forms of centralist state-nationalism are rejected in favour of a mixture of local identity and racial purity. That being said many of the founding figures of this new movement are old hands in various fascist groups and far-right state-nationalist parties from around Europe.

The various identity groups [identitarism] often use the symbol of the wild boar as pictured above. With retrospect perhaps it was an unfortunate choice of image for the Cornish Fighting Fund from previous years.

Groups exist in a number of western European states notably France, Belgium and Spain. In the US a similar movement -national anarchism- can be found that mirrors many of the ideas of the identity groups.

The -Bloc Identitaire- has branches around the French state. In Brittany for example can be found Jeune de Bretagne and Ti Breizh.

So how about Kernow?

Monkeying the English Defence League a group can already be found on Facebook calling itself the Kernow Defence League. The people behind the KDL make a point of claiming to be Cornish not English yet their sole purpose seems to be to stir up hatred against Muslims. The real economic, social, environmental and cultural problems facing the Cornish nation seem conveniently forgotten in favour bating religious minorities.

Within the BNP can be found members from Kernow who have pushed their Cornish identity to the fore and supplied articles on the Cornish language for the parties website. Unlike other far right state-nationalists the BNP seems intent on incorporating this new form of localist ethnic nationalism and to this end has recognised a 'Celtic Cornish folk group' amongst others.

One Kernow utterly rejects this ill founded form of racist ethnic nationalism.

The recognition of a Cornish ethnic group for the purpose of inclusion within the Council of Europe's FCNM is a worthy goal, and one that would provide many benefits for the protection and development of Cornish culture. However such recognition should in no way be based on wrong headed concepts of racial purity or blood.

Equally, recognising the existence of the Cornish and promoting the culture of Cornwall does not have to be done to the detriment of other minority groups. Cornish culture must be open to change and welcoming to new arrivals in the Duchy if it is to have any future in an increasingly interconnected world.

A culture dependent on rejecting the other in order to survive has no future.

One Kernow calls on all within the Cornish movement to ensure that such xenophobia and ideas of racial purity are totally rejected.

16.7.10

The Growing Resistance

Following on from the previous blog post a letter below from the Celtic League In Cornwall. As always those who care are encouraged to follow this example and write to all concerned.

The Right Honourable Nicholas Clegg
The Deputy Prime Minister
House of Commons
London, SW1A 0AA 14th July, 2010


Dear Deputy Prime Minister

CORNWALL and BROKEN POLITICAL PROMISES

I am instructed to write to you over a number of issues which relate to Cornwall and should be obliged if you would afford me the courtesy of a reply. I have emailed you on several previous occasions but to date there has been no response.

Convergence Funding

In Cornwall we have an average weekly wage which is £100 less than that for England (£329.30 weekly in Cornwall, £429 in England); we pay on average 40% more for our water bills; we are denied affordable housing and blighted with the scourge of second and holiday homes; the much vaunted holiday industry which accounts for 19% of Cornwall income pays minimum wages; our electoral system is skewed by the possibility of second home owners voting here as well as in their place of origin and we pay high prices for fuel and all manner of other things.

Can you imagine the shock and despair when the BBC yesterday announced that the Regional Development Agency says it has been told by the Government not to process any more applications for a series of European-funded schemes. This money was intended for Cornwall and given by Europe. This is not acceptable.

Cornish Assembly

I attach as an appendix to this letter the Liberal Democrats’ ‘Programme for Cornwall’ which was signed by three Liberal Democrat MP’s. Time after time we have been promised a Cornish Assembly but there seems to be a yawning gap between what our local MP’s tell us and what occurs in the faraway Westminster Parliament – a discredited and unpopular institution for which many of us now have little time. Will you be allowing our elected representatives proper time to introduce such a Bill or are this to be another broken promise? The Prime Minister during a recent article in the Western Morning News dated Friday 9th July, 2010 said that working as a coalition government, he intended ‘to set Cornwall free, to do what's best for Cornwall’. It is about time. As with Wales, Scotland, the North of Ireland and indeed London, we are mature enough to run our own affairs.

Minister for Cornwall

In opposition, your Conservative partners appointed a ‘Shadow Minister for Cornwall’ Mr. Mark Prisk. Now you are the Government in Coalition, where is this Minister please? Is this another broken promise?

Cross Border Westminster Parliamentary Constituencies

A further article in the Western Morning News suggested that the coming Constituency boundary reforms might see a cross border Constituency MP.

Indeed, Mr Dan Rogerson MP placed this question before you on 5th July, 2010:

‘I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his statement. He will be aware that the boundary between Cornwall and England was set more than a thousand years ago, sadly by conquest. Will the direction that he and the Government give to the Electoral Commission through the Bill take account of such ancient boundaries?’

Your response was as follows:

‘I hear what my hon. Friend says about the boundary between Cornwall and England, although I am sure that many of his constituents would be delighted to know that they are also citizens of England and the United Kingdom. The rule of thumb will be that the Boundary Commission should seek to redraw boundaries according to the simple principle that constituencies should be of a more equal size than they are at the moment, within the parameters that I have described. That will be the predominant requirement on the boundary commissions, and it will be of greater weight and importance than any other considerations.’

I ask you not to brush aside the ancient laws and treaties which confirm the border between Cornwall and England as the east bank of the River Tamar. A ‘cross border’ MP is not acceptable under any circumstances. Cornwall deserves its proper representation at Westminster and not ‘shared’ MP’s.

You would be ill advised to ignore that settlement of a thousand years when Cornwall became England’s first colony, a situation which sadly exists today.

Furthermore, I utterly refuse any citizenship of England for I and our membership and that of dozens of other organisations in Cornwall as well as people with no affiliation regard ourselves as Cornish, not English or of England, with British and European Citizenship and this fact is confirmed on our passports. I now invite you to withdraw that comment as you are obviously unaware of the deep insult and upset you have caused.

I also ask that this message is firmly conveyed to those responsible for such matters for as things stand, and in reflection of events a few years ago of which you may be unaware, there are already calls for open protest on the borders of Cornwall, on the Tamar bridge and so on and I can assure you that should this Coalition Government continue to aggravate and ignore the Cornish then we shall have no option other than to take this matter to the streets. I happen to know of at least two organisations in Cornwall who are already discussing this. It has happened before and if necessary, it will happen again and I shall be pleased to assist in the organisation of such protests and to call in support from all quarters. Voter apathy in Cornwall is considerable as one and all we slowly but surely turn away from Westminster as a means of governance which sadly fails Cornwall and her peoples.

I do not wish to sound brusque for I am not normally that way inclined but I do feel it necessary to make clear that my organisation, my kith and kin and others are weary of the trickery of the Westminster Government. We are Cornish, Mr. Clegg, we have a strong sense of identity and of belonging and we are increasingly frustrated.

Accordingly, I have copied this letter to the Prime Minister, to all six of Cornwall’s Westminster MP’s and to the Chief Executive of Cornwall Council seeking their responses.

You would do well to listen to your MP’s in Cornwall, a small group lost in your Palace of Westminster but people who know only too well the aspirations of the people of Cornwall.

In the words of Mr. Cameron, ‘Cornwall is a special place. But in the past not enough politicians visited and talked to people here. Instead they issued diktats from London. I'm making an effort to change that. To make sure the Cornish voice is heard. To set Cornwall free, to do what's best for Cornwall.’

Empty words again or a promise? I await your response.

Yours sincerely

Michael J Chappell
Scryvynyas – An Kesunyans Keltek Scoren Kernewek

Response copies:
The Prime Minister
Dan Rogerson MP
Andrew George MP
Stephen Gilbert MP
George Eustice MP
Sarah Newton MP
Sherryl Murray MP
The Chief Executive, Cornwall Council

Appendix: A Programme for Cornwall

The Liberal Democrats

A PROGRAMME FOR CORNWALL

Cornwall is justified in making a case to Government for priority treatment, fair funding and more decision-making powers.

• Green Peninsula

Cornwall wants to become a leader for green policy, at cutting edge green technology and the test bed for new green investments. This should include:

- renewable energy;

- waste reduction strategy (including a review of the incinerator);

- green transport.

• Cornish Assembly

Cornwall deserves more power, to take on the functions of:

- Regional Development Agency;

- Planning, especially Regional Spatial Strategy;

- Health;

followed by policing, environment, careers, jobs

• Housing Action Plan

Local working families are losing out. Cornwall must secure the delegated authority to resolve the Cornish housing crisis; including:

- control on second homes, - new planning and tax controls;

- drop the 70,000 houses for Cornwall (in the Regional Spatial Strategy);

- more affordable and less unaffordable housing.

• Funding formula review

Fair funding for Cornish public services:

- for Cornish schools and Council under the Government’s review of Local Government Finance;

- accelerate achievement of health funding target (currently £56 million per annum under target).

• Driving the economy

Make sure that Cornwall ’s Regional Aid creates a lasting legacy:

- green jobs;

- super fast broadband;

- planning controls on out-of-town retail;

- bigger and independent University of Cornwall .

• Cornish culture

Promote Cornish distinctiveness:

- stadium for Cornwall ;

- enhanced recognition of Cornish culture and institutions.

• Minister for Cornwall ?

Promised (along with 46 other local Ministers) by the Conservatives before the General Election.

- Cornwall needs more power, rather than a Governor sitting in Whitehall .

Andrew George MP

Stephen Gilbert MP

Dan Rogerson MP

14.7.10

Racist attacks on Travellers raised with EU

The Celtic League has reiterated concerns to the EU Commission about the victimisation and harassment of members of the Roma/Traveller community in the United Kingdom.

The latest move comes following eviction moves against a Traveller site in N E Scotland which came just hours after the Travellers had complained about racist attacks.

Equalities Commissioner, Lazlo Andor, has been urged to raise the matter with the British government (See below):

"Laszlo Andor
European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities
European Commission
B - 1049 Brussels
(Belgium)

14/07/10

Dear Commissioner Andor,

We wrote to you earlier this year to outline our concern at the ongoing harassment and victimisation of members of the Roma/Traveller community in the United Kingdom.

In your reply you requested additional information which we furnished to your Office.

Obviously, the Celtic League welcomed the commitments you gave that the Employment, Social affairs and Equal Opportunities Office, shared our concerns and was committed to bringing about real progress in relation to social inclusion for the Roma/Traveller community.

I am sorry to say that if anything in the past few months the situation for these people in the British Isles has deteriorated. In Ireland a new report has identified very negative attitudes towards Irish Travellers by the settled community.

In the United Kingdom harassment continues and the most disturbing case occurred earlier this month (near Stonehaven in North East Scotland) when just hours after a Traveller site had expressed concern to police about racial attacks and abuse the local authority was granted an eviction notice against the Travellers.

News report here:

We do urge you to raise the issue of ongoing harassment and victimisation of the Traveller community with the UK authorities.

Yours sincerely

J B Moffatt (Mr)"

Related links on Celtic News here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information
Celtic League

14/07/10

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
Celtic League News Group

13.7.10

Celtic League focus on Breton issues.

The report of the General Secretary (GS) to the Celtic League AGM held in Mannin last weekend (10/11 July) included a resume of developments in Brittany in the past year.

(Reunification campaign) In relation to the reunification campaign Rhisiart Tal-e-bot said that this was continuing but at a slower pace than the previous year.

He said there have been some important initiatives undertaken associated with campaign including the creation of a `Freque Humaine' in the Breton city of Nantes/Naoned, where over 2000 people turned up to make the symbol 44=BZH ahead of the Municipal elections.

Activists have also kept the pressure up on the issue by drawing public attention to reunification through graffiti. In one such instance in April 2010, a youth who had been daubing reunification slogans in the town of Le Mans was arrested by police, detained for several hours and verbally assaulted during that time. The AGM was advised that the Celtic League had registered concerns over this case with the French authorties and the Council of Europe

The Breton Regional Council moved one step closer in June 2010 by introducing a motion regarding the reform of the `territorial collective', which could make it easier for Brittany to join with Loire-Atlantique. There are nevertheless the GS reported still a large number of obstacles to be overcome before reunification becomes a reality.

(Language development) The General Secretary said a new Breton language preschool movement has been set up at the end of last year in Breizh and already has a number of toddler, parent groups and preschools in the west. The organisation is called `Divskouarn' and the person in charge of running it is called Gregor Mazo.

A Programme about the Breton language was shown on Al Jazeera (English). The programme said that in `France' a battle to save a dying language is being carried out. Breton is spoken by about 200,000 people in France. 80-years-ago, it was more than a million. Estelle Youssouffa presented the programme and tried to show that campaigners believe Breton will make a comeback (programme broadcast on 15 May 2010). Watch the programme here.

A sponsored run to raise funds for the Breton language, Redadeg, was held again this year in May. This is the second time that the run has been held and is based on the Basque Korrika. Ar Redadeg is planned to be held every other year and it has been successful in raising significant amounts of money for the Breton language. This year a number of Welsh and Cornsh people took part in the race. The race covers more than 1200 km in six days all over Breizh to promote the Breton language and culture. It was hoped inter Celtic participation would increase next year.

(Bugaled Breizh) The continuing struggle of the families of the crewmen who died on the French fishing vessel was reported to the AGM by both the GS and a delegate from Brittany. The involvement of a naval vessel (submarine) was still a live line of enquiry. The AGM affirmed its commitment to support the campaign.

(Politics) The GS provided a detailed outline of political developments and specifically focused on the Regional elections in March 2010.

(ABP) He concluded his Breton report with an update on our cooperation with the Agence Bretagne Presse news agency and the AGM recorded its thanks to that organisation for its work in publicising news items from the Celtic League and inter-Celtic issues.

J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information
Celtic League

12/07/10

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
Celtic League News Group

Celtic League focus on Breton issues.

The report of the General Secretary (GS) to the Celtic League AGM held in Mannin last weekend (10/11 July) included a resume of developments in Brittany in the past year.

(Reunification campaign) In relation to the reunification campaign Rhisiart Tal-e-bot said that this was continuing but at a slower pace than the previous year.

He said there have been some important initiatives undertaken associated with campaign including the creation of a `Freque Humaine' in the Breton city of Nantes/Naoned, where over 2000 people turned up to make the symbol 44=BZH ahead of the Municipal elections.

Activists have also kept the pressure up on the issue by drawing public attention to reunification through graffiti. In one such instance in April 2010, a youth who had been daubing reunification slogans in the town of Le Mans was arrested by police, detained for several hours and verbally assaulted during that time. The AGM was advised that the Celtic League had registered concerns over this case with the French authorties and the Council of Europe

The Breton Regional Council moved one step closer in June 2010 by introducing a motion regarding the reform of the `territorial collective', which could make it easier for Brittany to join with Loire-Atlantique. There are nevertheless the GS reported still a large number of obstacles to be overcome before reunification becomes a reality.

(Language development) The General Secretary said a new Breton language preschool movement has been set up at the end of last year in Breizh and already has a number of toddler, parent groups and preschools in the west. The organisation is called `Divskouarn' and the person in charge of running it is called Gregor Mazo.

A Programme about the Breton language was shown on Al Jazeera (English). The programme said that in `France' a battle to save a dying language is being carried out. Breton is spoken by about 200,000 people in France. 80-years-ago, it was more than a million. Estelle Youssouffa presented the programme and tried to show that campaigners believe Breton will make a comeback (programme broadcast on 15 May 2010). Watch the programme here.

A sponsored run to raise funds for the Breton language, Redadeg, was held again this year in May. This is the second time that the run has been held and is based on the Basque Korrika. Ar Redadeg is planned to be held every other year and it has been successful in raising significant amounts of money for the Breton language. This year a number of Welsh and Cornsh people took part in the race. The race covers more than 1200 km in six days all over Breizh to promote the Breton language and culture. It was hoped inter Celtic participation would increase next year.

(Bugaled Breizh) The continuing struggle of the families of the crewmen who died on the French fishing vessel was reported to the AGM by both the GS and a delegate from Brittany. The involvement of a naval vessel (submarine) was still a live line of enquiry. The AGM affirmed its commitment to support the campaign.

(Politics) The GS provided a detailed outline of political developments and specifically focused on the Regional elections in March 2010.

(ABP) He concluded his Breton report with an update on our cooperation with the Agence Bretagne Presse news agency and the AGM recorded its thanks to that organisation for its work in publicising news items from the Celtic League and inter-Celtic issues.

J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information
Celtic League

12/07/10

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
Celtic League News Group

8.7.10

Cornish Resistance Needed!



The Cornish blogosphere is buzzing with the news that the Duchy of Cornwall's territorial integrity is yet again under threat.

The LibCon administration plans to reduce the number of MP's and also equalise the population of each constituency in the UK. For Kernow this will mean its number of MP's will be reduced from six to five, one of which being shared with part of Devonshire.

And what of our -oh so!- Cornish Lib Dem MP's who, as Nick Clegg put it, "sort of have Cornwall in their blood"? Well I guess what he meant to say was Cornwall and part of Devonshire in their blood. My prediction? MP's George, Rogerson and Gilbert will make a few disgruntled noises here and there then roll over and settle back into climbing up the Lib Dem career ladder.

Cornwall's border with England is one of the oldest political frontiers in Europe having been set over a thousand years ago. Cornwall was never simply conquered but became something like a client state, or protectorate, of the Kingdom of Wessex (to become England). This Time line of Cornish History from the council is actually quite good and goes into greater detail on the points above.

For example: 936: Athelstan's settlement fixes the east bank of the Tamar as the boundary between Anglo-Saxon Wessex and Celtic Cornwall.

As you scan through the rest of the time line you will soon see that no final annexation of Cornwall to England ever occurred. The Tamar is our frontier with England not just Devonshire.

The territory of Cornwall is integral to the Cornish identity. Any attack on the territorial unity of Kernow is an assault on the Cornish identity itself.

Now more than ever do we need Cornish unity to resit, by whatever means are required, this assimilation of Kernow into an artificial Devonwall region.

Already the Celtic League is organising (see below). Lets hope this is the beginning of much much more.

From the League:

Please write to your MP and spread this message. The insidious Coalition whose Lib Dem element promised us a Cornish Assembly have told lies and need to be challenged now ! One and All before we see Devonwall arise !

http://www.writetothem.com/write

Dear George Eustice,

I write to strongly object to any cross border constituencies and firmly believe that all Cornwall's MP's should represent Cornwall only and not Devon.

News item here:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cornwall/10524961.stm

This is being opposed on Facebook and as a Campaigner I am personally committed to organising protests to block the Tamar Bridge with others should this issue be progressed.

Please do not underestimate our resolve and determination in this issue and I shall have the support of many Cornish people who will rally to this issue.

Yours sincerely,

Michael J Chappell

5.7.10

Campaign Kernow

Mentioned in a recent post Campaign Kernow -taking Cornwall to the Commonwealth Games- is up and running and looking for our support.

The website for the campaign can be found here.

Campaign Kernow is looking for our time and money. Currently they are asking for pledges of money (not actual donations) for a proposed court action.

Even if it is administered as a county of England, Cornwall's constitutional position is much closer to that of Jersey, Guernsey or the Ilse of Man, all of which can present teams at the Commonwealth Games. So why not Cornwall? More importantly, why is Cornwall's actual constitutional position not recognised and respected by the UK government and current Duchy authority?

Any action which risks to fully disclose the Duchy of Cornwall's legal status must be worth our support. The resultant rights and powers the full recognition and enforcement of our constitutional status would provide the residents of Cornwall with would be considerable.

Pledge and then get your friends to pledge.

A BBC article on the campaign can be found here.

4.7.10

Brezhoneg war AlJazeera...



In France a battle to save a dying language is being carried out. Breton is spoken by about 200,000 people in France. 80-years-ago, it was more than a million. Estelle Youssouffa has been to Britanny, where campaigners believe Breton will make a comeback (15 May 2010).

Breton will make a comeback! It'll take all our force and energy but we'll get there. After all in life what is better than to have a good cause to fight for.

Brezhoneg war AlJazeera...



In France a battle to save a dying language is being carried out. Breton is spoken by about 200,000 people in France. 80-years-ago, it was more than a million. Estelle Youssouffa has been to Britanny, where campaigners believe Breton will make a comeback (15 May 2010).

Breton will make a comeback! It'll take all our force and energy but we'll get there. After all in life what is better than to have a good cause to fight for.