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31.10.10

English Defence League demonstrate in Amsterdam

English Defence League demonstrate in Amsterdam

From Scotland with love.

From Munguin's Republic: The Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill 2010 and the Devonwall controversy (Keep Cornwall Whole).

30.10.10

France : The Home of Human Rights?

On the 29 of July 2010 the European Commission via letter officially washed its hands of any responsibility towards the linguistic minorities found within the French state.

L'Institute Culturel de Bretagne, Kevre Breizh, Bretagne Reunie and the Collectif Breton pour la Démocratie et les Droits de l'Homme had previously, jointly drafted a complaint to the European Commission concerning the French states treatment of its linguistic minorities and non-respect of various international treaties. Treaties it should be noted that the French states insists must be sigend and ratified by all new members of the European Union.

Essentially the Commission has said that its up to each member state what to do inside their own borders as far as language policy goes. So what exactly is the point of the various charters and conventions designed to protect and promote minority languages and national minorities?

Below is a list human rights agreements unsigned or not ratified by the French state:

The European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

The Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

Article 27 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Article 30 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Additional protocol number 12 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

All of the above if signed and enforced would of course ensure equal treatment for Breton language and culture. The same could be said for the other nations found within the French state. Perhaps now we see why the Parisian French establishment is so hostile to such inconvenient details of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

France : The Home of Human Rights?

On the 29 of July 2010 the European Commission via letter officially washed its hands of any responsibility towards the linguistic minorities found within the French state.

L'Institute Culturel de Bretagne, Kevre Breizh, Bretagne Reunie and the Collectif Breton pour la Démocratie et les Droits de l'Homme had previously, jointly drafted a complaint to the European Commission concerning the French states treatment of its linguistic minorities and non-respect of various international treaties. Treaties it should be noted that the French states insists must be sigend and ratified by all new members of the European Union.

Essentially the Commission has said that its up to each member state what to do inside their own borders as far as language policy goes. So what exactly is the point of the various charters and conventions designed to protect and promote minority languages and national minorities?

Below is a list human rights agreements unsigned or not ratified by the French state:

The European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

The Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

Article 27 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Article 30 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Additional protocol number 12 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

All of the above if signed and enforced would of course ensure equal treatment for Breton language and culture. The same could be said for the other nations found within the French state. Perhaps now we see why the Parisian French establishment is so hostile to such inconvenient details of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The Political Compass

For reference my position on the Political Compass is a somewhat left-wing libertarian.

No surprise there then. All dying to know that weren't you?

Cornish Democrats and Nationalists speak out.

The Cornish Democrats and Cornish National Party have spoken on Keep Cornwall Whole.

I'm glad to see that Jonathan Rogers - Party Leader of the Cornish Democrats has added his voice to the KCW campaign. The front page of their website also carrying campaign links.

Rogers writes the following on the KCW site: The proposal for a Devonwall constituency is utterly flawed. The people of Cornwall do not want it and, for that matter, neither do our good neighbours across the border in Devon. We must be absolutely firm in our rejection of this proposal and continue to campaign to that end.

A certain John Le Bretton of the much more illusive Cornish Nationalist Party writes: Chairman John Le Bretton of the CNP Regional association supports the campaign to keep Cornwall Whole. We support the keep Cornwall whole campaign and every one up in the East, and are totally against any changes. Everyone who believes in Cornwall should come together and stand united against change.

Who are the CNP? No website and only very infrequent letters to the press. They seem most notable for making and breaking promises at election time.

29.10.10

From Wales with love

From WalesHome.org: Another English county and the end to our assemblyLeave comments please. 

27.10.10

The best of Europeans

European Free Alliance MEPs shocked by Van Rompuy's ignorance in Terzake.

EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy's declaration that he knows of 'no pro-European nationalist party in Europe' has provoked shock and anger amongst many in the European Parliament.

The comments made in Flemish TV programme Ter Zake (26 October) were met with dismay by MEPs from the European Free Alliance Group in the European Parliament, which draws together pro-European, progressive nationalists and regionalists.

President of the EFA Group in the European Parliament, Jill Evans (Plaid Cymru - The Party of Wales) said:

"Mr Van Rompuy's comments are simply wrong. I met Mr Van Rompuy several months ago representing the European Free Alliance (EFA) parties to explain our nationalist and regionalist movements in Europe and the recent constitutional developments.”

"One of the characteristics of EFA parties is that we see our future as equal partners in Europe. I want to see Wales as an independent member state playing its full part in building a better European Union. Our vision of a "Europe of the peoples" reflects that. Our conference on "Independence in Europe" on 17 November will examine this very issue. I invite Mr Van Rompuy to attend so he can learn about the politics of many of the parties and citizens in the EU which he is choosing to ignore".

Scottish National Party MEP Ian Hudghton said:

"Mr Van Rompuy is an intelligent man who's always seemed politically astute. I can only imagine that his comments were provoked by his frustration at the situation in Belgium. But he needs to remember that in saying what he said, which is so plainly wrong, he has stepped far outside his remit as EU Council President.”

"As an MEP from a pro-European, democratic nationalist party, which has fought for decades to restore democratic and progressive government to Scotland, I look forward to the day when an independent Scotland will play a constructive and equal role in EU decision-making."

Catalan Nationalist MEP Oriol Junqueras (Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya) said:

"My own party has been fighting for freedom and democracy for Catalonia since its foundation nearly eighty years ago. This has continued since the restoration of democracy in the Spanish state in 1977. Many people in Catalonia will be shocked by Van Rompuy's comments given the pro-European nature of the Catalan nationalist movement, and our nation's attachment to the European Union.”

"Van Rompuy has made a serious error of judgement in allowing himself to be drawn back into the domestic Belgian political debate. I hope he recognises his error and makes an apology as soon as possible."

Corsican MEP François Alfonsi (U Partitu di a Nazione Corsa) said:

"We are a Corsican political party which is nationalist, ecologist, progressive and pro-European and which campaigns through exclusively democratic and peaceful means. We want to see a Europe that rejects the centralised power of the big member states, in favour of a Europe of the peoples, nations and regions working together.”

"Van Rompuy's statement is unfair and inaccurate. This is inappropriate behaviour for someone in his position."

Frieda Brepoels MEP (N-VA, Flanders) said:

"I fully agree with the sentiments expressed by my colleagues and share their shock at Mr Van Rompuy's comments. As EU Council President he should remain above this kind of behaviour which has more to do with Belgian domestic politics than the requirements of his current role.”

"We have to ask whether Van Rompuy is suffering from a sudden attack of political amnesia? Has he forgotten his own political party's close co-operation with the N-VA over many years? From his background in Flemish politics he will know very well that the N-VA is a firmly pro-European party. Is this the best he can do? He really should know better."

EUROPEAN FREE ALLIANCE on Wednesday, 27 October 2010 at 15:57

23.10.10

The Whole of Cornwall needs to speaks to the PM

Cornish MPs to meet PM over constituency changes.

Before the above meeting I urge all interested parties to contact the PM/DeputyPM and express their concerns.

You can contact the PM here: Contact Number 10.
You can contact Deputy PM Nick Clegg here: Contact Nick Clegg.

As mentioned in previous blog posts please try to copy all such correspondence to your own MP's, the Council of Europe FCNM and any other political party, pressure group or politician you think may be interested.

For some further reading on the Keep Cornwall Whole campaign try:

The Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill 2010 and the Devonwall controversy (Keep Cornwall Whole) from Munguin's Republic.


Another English county and an end to our Assembly from WalesHome.org


Killing Community Killing Democracy on the Wessex Regionalist blog.


Keep Cornwall Whole from the Illogan Blogger.


Keep Cornwall Whole on the Bella Caledonia blog.


Keep Cornwall Whole on the Our Kingdom blog. 


Keep Cornwall Whole on the Federal Union blog.


Keeping Cornwall Whole from the Thomas More Institute's blog.


Yes, I know, not much imagination there in the choice of blog post names but please do visit these generally excellent sites and feel free to leave comments.

19.10.10

Scots Against Racism

If You Have a Racist Friend taken from the excellent pro-independence blog Bella Caledonia.

16.10.10

The Cornish and the Council of Europe

Anybody who writes to or e-mails Nick Clegg, David Cameron and the government on the subject of keeping Cornwall whole should consider copying their correspondence to the Council of Europe's (CoE) directorate for the framework convention for the protection of national minorities (FCNM).

Whether the UK state recognises the Cornish as a national minority or not it's sure that we fulfil the CoE's criteria for inclusion within the FCNM.

I wrote to the CoE expressing my concerns about the threat to Cornwall's politico-territorial integrity and the impact this could have on the Cornish and copied it to Clegg. Their response is below:

Dear Sir,


Reference is made to your letter dated 4 October 2010 addressed to the Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. Please note that dates have not yet been set for the Advisory Committee delegation visit to the UK, but the contents of your letter have been noted and will be addressed during the visit and in the drafting of the ACFC Opinion.


Regards


Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
Directorate of Human Rights and Legal Affairs
Council of Europe
F-67075 Strasbourg
www.coe.int/minorities
minorities.fcnm@coe.int

9.10.10

Scottish Republic

The Scottish Republican Socialist Movement has created a section on their forum open to all Cornish Republicans.

Equally a we've had a bit of publicity here on the Scottish Republic blog: The Cornish Republican.

Rather than a Cornish Republican Party that would compete primarily with Mebyon Kernow for votes, why not follow the Scottish (and Welsh) example and form a pressure group come think tank?

2.10.10

38 Degree's and MK into the fight

38 Degree's has short-listed the Keep Cornwall Whole campaign.

Now we just need as many people as possible to vote for it on the 38 Degree's website. Equally you can leave comments under the campaign suggestions. You can vote for KCW here: Campaign Suggestions.




This also from Mebyon Kernow:

Dear friend

The Parliamentary Voting Systems and Constituencies Bill is presently going through Parliament. It seeks a reduction in the number of MPs from 650 to 600, with constituencies to be within 5% of the average constituency size. If the Bill is left unaltered, this would mean that Cornwall would have at least one cross-border seat with Devon.

The campaign against the creation of Devonwall parliamentary seats is growing in strength. The cross-party campaign group is organising a "Respect the Tamar" Rally at Saltash on Sunday 10th October and Mebyon Kernow have launched a petition to respect Cornwall borders (contact MK for petition details here).

The "Respect the Tamar" Rally will take place at the Jubilee Green in Saltash at 2.00. It will be preceded by a 1.30-2pm symbolic crossing of the Tamar. A number of speakers have been confirmed.

Why not come along and give your support to this important event. We hope to see you there.

The MK Campaign Team.

Transport details

Parking will be available at Alexandra Square (0.3miles) or Upper or Lower Belle Vue (0.6m) Saltash, with a walk down the hill. A train will arrive in Saltash at 13.52, leaving Penzance at 12.00. A coach will leave Penzance - Hayle - Camborne on Sunday morning (time to be confirmed).

To book places please contact: info@keepcornwallwhole.org