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Digital Democracy - Cornish Devolution Now - What We Can Win

The Digital Democracy - Cornish Devolution Now campaign is currently at 118 votes and on the top of the list. More on how this campaign could benefit the Cornish cause can be found below. We can take this all the way but it depends on everyone doing their bit and that includes supporting the campaign on the website and then sharing it with all the people in your email address books. 

Once you've submitted your campaign it'll go straight to the current campaigns page where all users can post comments by clicking on the link in the campaign. Other users (not you!) can support your campaign, sending it further up the list of popular campaigns.

Now's the time to spread the word about your campaign, use Digital Democracy's email campaign features, as well as your favoured social networks to get people talking about it.

Each campaign is ranked based on support in its initial 28 days, alongside others whose initial phase ends in the same month. At the end of this month the most popular ones go on to the voting stage.

For more details on the mechanics of our ranking system, click here.

If your campaign doesn't make it to the voting stage, don't worry - it stays active and people can keep adding their support!

Let's assume your skills of persuasion propelled your campaign to the top of the list right away - what happens next?

Every month you will see three campaigns on the "vote on campaigns" page, the most popular campaign in the previous month from your constituency, your country (England, Scotland or Wales), and from the whole of the UK.

Every user in each area can vote either in favour of or against each campaign, allowing both support and opposition to be demonstrated.

At the end of the month the results of each vote are sent to your Member of Parliament if it is a local campaign, to every participating MP in your country if it is national and to every participating MP if it is a UK wide issue.

Throughout (and after) the voting stage, users can still support and discuss your campaign as usual, so please do keep letting people know!

If your campaign is supported by more than 10,000 people we will formally present it as an e-petition to the Prime Minster.

Dare we imagine an email being sent to every MP in the UK calling for a Cornish Assembly?


Make your no to AV a no to Devonwall

Devonwall and AV: indelibly linked not spuriously separate. To participate in that referendum is to legitimate the Devonwall constituency. It’s as simple as that.

To add to the wise words of Cornish Zetetics above I'd just like to ask the following. Is this non-choice of AV versus FPTP what we really wanted and expected after almost all of the political classes -Lib, Lab and Con- dishonoured themselves with their expenses scandals? Following an economic crisis the likes of which we haven't seen since the early 19th century brought on by the policies pursued by both mainstream left and right is AV all we really deserve? Make no mistakes this referendum is the bare minimum offered to the people in an effort by the political classes to rehabilitate themselves in our eyes. No one voted for the LibConDem coalition yet people did vote for the Lib Dems and their pre-election promises. They have lied to us, broken their promises and frankly don't deserve to win the AV referendum.

Abstain from voting or spoil your paper by writing NO TO DEVONWALL.


In Britain, Cornwall Pays No Mind To Royal Wedding : NPR

In Britain, Cornwall Pays No Mind To Royal Wedding : NPR

Cornwall Anti-Cuts Meeting

This in from MK: The Cornwall Anti-Cuts Alliance is holding a public meeting at the Hall for Cornwall on Thursday 28th April at 7.30. It will bring together a range of speakers against the Conservative and Liberal Democrat cuts including representatives of a number of unions and community groups, as well as campaign groups such as Save The NHS.

A number of MK members are already actively involved with the Cornwall Anti-Cuts Alliance, including Cllr Stuart Cullimore who was recently elected Chairman of the organisation.

It would be great if as many MK members as possible could support this important event. We look forward to seeing you there.

Thank you

MK Campaign Team

Public Meeting: How The Cuts will Hurt You and How to Fight Them! 28th April, Truro

Organised by Cornwall Anti-Cuts Alliance

The first Public Meeting of Cornwall Anti-Cuts Alliance is coming up - this Thursday! It will take place at the Hall for Cornwall (Assembly Rooms), on the 28th April at 7.30pm.

The theme of the meeting will be the growing anti-cuts movement in Cornwall, discussing how best to try stop these cuts to jobs and public services. Speakers on the platform include representatives from local trade unions, as well as students from Truro College and Exeter University (Tremough Campus), and Cornwall-based campaigning organisations. The meeting is being supported by the CWU and NUT.

Cornwall ACA welcomes other organisations opposed to the cuts to join in. Please contact Secretary Chris Gibson on 01872 560 483, or c.mccarther@sky.com for more information, or our Press Team at canticall@gmx.co.uk.

Please forward this email, tweet it or post it on Facebook/your website. It is essential that as many as possible come and support this event in order to defend our communities from savage Con-Dem cuts.


On Twitter: @Kernowanticuts

Traveller Space Cornwall

This is just to promote the new blog from Traveller SpaceSupporting Gypsies and Travellers in Cornwall and the South West (of England I assume).

Gay marriage & Cornish rights

Gay marriage and Cornish rights. Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell will march in the Cornwall Pride gay parade this Saturday, 8 August, with a placard emblazoned with the words: End ban on gay marriage!

He will also reiterate his support for Cornish self-rule. Both the campaigns for gay rights and Cornish rights involve challenging injustice. They are different, but they share the same commitment to extending democratic freedoms and human rights, said Mr Tatchell. I again reiterate my support for the Cornish people's right to self-determination and devolved self-government. Westminster is remote and has neglected Cornwall. A Scottish-style Cornish parliament would bring power closer to the people and ensure a stronger focus on the needs and interests of Cornwall, he said.


Whining English Nationalists

Let us speak of St George and Little England! | openDemocracy. Following the article to the right a few pertinent Cornish comments were left that I think need just a little more attention.

From - Stop complaining - we have:

“To be English today (is to be) expected to be financially and politically disadvantaged within our own internal Empire of the United Kingdom. These sacrifices we make for the sake of unity with the Scots, Welsh and Irish, and the immigrant communities”

Oh really ?

Engand GDP per capita US$ 35, 286
Scotland GDP per capita US$33,680
Ireland GDP per capita US$31,394
Cornwall GDP per capita US$30,885
Wales GDP per capita US$30,546

UK parliament 650 seats:
England: 527 (81%)
Scotland : 59 (9%)
Wales: 40 (6%)
NI: 18 (3%)
Cornwall: 6 (1%)

86% of population, 81 % of parliament, highest GDP per capita, it’s hardly a sacrifice!

From - Stephen Richardson - we have:

This article is an archetypal 'fat bandit' lament! Not so long back England was blithely murdering civilians and taking their land in the name of 'civilising' them. Then it was an English political ploy to construct the 'British' project. Now that things aren't quite so easy the fat bandit cries for peace and whinges that everything that was never his in the first place is being taken away.

From - Madder do ee - we have:

Is hyperbole like "the English have been suppressed under asymmetrical devolution" helpful to your cause? That must be one of the most ridiculous statements I've ever heard from an English nationalist.

The English control the UK political system. The English were the largest section of those that introduced devolution to the UK. To claim that you're being oppressed by something you implemented and control is quite ludicrous. As is drawing parallels between the Cornish and the English cause. The English control a state and have recognition. The Cornish have neither. Just look at this article - not one mention.

From - Kevrenor - we have:

Jools, go for it. An English Parliament, in a new Federal Britain - of England, Scotland (if they stay in), Wales, Nth Ireland (if they stay in), Cornwall, perhaps Man, and those of the Channel Islands who wish to be. Then tax revenue can be raised in a fully devolved manner, with England alone sucked dry by London. Go for it!


The BBC's anti-Cornish newspeak

BBC News - Grenade found in Cornwall garden

What is a 'Cornwall garden'? What has happened to the adjective Cornish? Is this just an example of the sloppy English of a BBC journalist or an effort by the establishment to bring Cornwall in to line with the English counties? Has the word Cornish not made it into the BBC's Newspeak dictionary? I wonder if we will ever see a Scotland haggis, an England rose or a Wales dragon?

Please don't forget to make maximum use of the BBC's complaints page every time you see them erasing Cornish truth. 


If Cornwall really became English...

An interesting extract comes from - Did the Cornish become English - a response form Bernard Deacon to Oliver Padel's RIC lectures: If Cornwall really became English in the tenth century, then why is it that Cornwall 'remains the one part of England where not all indigenous inhabitants automatically describe themselves as "English"'(Ward-Perkins 2000, 521)? Why, if Cornwall was English 200 years before Cumbria, does Cornwall, alone among 'English'counties, have a nationalist movement and Cumbria does not?

Indigenous struggle


Governments Should Promote Cultural Diversity on the Internet

Governments Should Promote Cultural Diversity on the Internet. Sadly it seems the DotKer campaign is in a long hibernation. Lack of interest lack of money or too many obstacles placed in the road, at least the campaign continues for others elsewhere- European Cultural and Internet Domains.


Crying out for Cornish comment.

But it seems sometimes I'm the only one bothered to try to engage the outside world in debate. I really despair sometimes and can't help but feel I'm surrounded by weekend Cornish activists more interested in bickering amongst themselves on Cornwall 24 than actually trying to challenge peoples preconceptions. 

Cameron Populist

Unite Against Fascism | Cameron’s dangerous remarks will boost racists and fascists


United in their hatred of Breton

In the clip above we can see Jean-Luc Mélenchon of the far-left state-nationalist Parti de Gauche having a cosy chat with Marine le Pen of the far-right state-nationlist Front National. Who would have thought that they could stomach each other let alone have such an amiable chat. 

Both have in the past expressed a great hostility towards Frances regional languages - le Pen attacking bilingual sign posts and Mélenchon describing the Diwan Breton schools as a sect.

Both rather populist and opportunist in approach maybe they have more in common than we think. 

United in their hatred of Breton

In the clip above we can see Jean-Luc Mélenchon of the far-left state-nationalist Parti de Gauche having a cosy chat with Marine le Pen of the far-right state-nationlist Front National. Who would have thought that they could stomach each other let alone have such an amiable chat. 

Both have in the past expressed a great hostility towards Frances regional languages - le Pen attacking bilingual sign posts and Mélenchon describing the Diwan Breton schools as a sect.

Both rather populist and opportunist in approach maybe they have more in common than we think. 


Nazis in Cornwall?

During the second world war a small number of Breton nationalists collaborated with the Nazis in the hope that the Third Reich would give them an autonomous Brittany within a Nazi Europe. 

A clear example of the stupidity in blindly following the tactic the enemy of my enemy is my friend. The collaboration of this small group has had ramifications for the Breton movement that can still be felt today. French state-nationalists from the left and right never fail to point this out today when attacking the modern self-determination movement in Breizh. Even if the resistance in Brittany to the Nazi occupation, which contained many from the Breton movement, was as strong as anywhere else in France, all that is remembered seems to be a handful of deluded desperate men. 

No surprises then that that very British nationalist, Graham Smith of the BBC, should jump at the chance to point out how one of the Breton nationalists claimed to allied security forces to have contacts among the nationalist communities in Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Cornwall. A topic that has already been explored on the Cornwall 24 forum Nazi interest in Cornwall comes as no surprise. Equally, that a Breton nationalist, no doubt active in the Celtic cultural scene, may have had friends in Cornwall does not shock as being totally unexpected. Like most state-nationalists Mr Smith never seems to place the existence of the Breton collaborators and  friends in the context of their time.

There were Breton nationalist collaborators but it must be said that in Brittany, like the rest of France, there were far more collaborators who were simply French - not to mention the Vichy government and its willingness to deport Frances Jews. 

Then what of Nazi sympathisers in England? I have no idea of the level of activity of that Daily Mail darling - The British Union of Fascists - in the Celtic nations before and during the war but I am pretty sure it was a largely English affair, as is far-right nationalism today. One could also highlight the sympathy certain British royals had for European fascists or mention the Auschwitz bombing debate as indicators of the shaky nature of any moral high ground the Anglo-British establishment may like to try to occupy when dealing with Celtic nationalists. Then we have the often brushed over fact - blanked by left-wing British and French state-nationalists -  namely the pact signed between Nazi Germany and the USSR to carve up Poland. At the time communists in both countries officially toed the party line and defended the actions of their Russian comrades without question. But no, none of that is interesting or needs mentioning does it. What's far more interesting for the likes of Graham Smith is the possibility that one Breton nationalist collaborator had a pal in Kernow.

I am pushed to pose the question again - what sort of person moves to a region like Cornwall with its own national minority identity and then sets about attacking that culture and its efforts for greater recognition and autonomy at every possible opportunity? 


Unite Against Fascism

The English Democrats have happily absorbed a number of BNP defectors ahead of the elections, and its highly racist nature is spelled out in its public policies which claim multicultralism is “dangerous” and that cities are being “colonised by immigrant communities”.

In the key target area of Stoke-on-Trent – once dubbed the BNP’s “jewel in the crown”, and where it has five current councillors – the Nazis appear to have divided the seats between them, with the BNP standing nine and the white supremacist England First Party standing in another six.

Just so as there is no confusion.

Just so there is no confusion as to what I think about the future Duke of Cornwall's forthcoming marriage. In fact what I think of all the royals in general.

David Cameron's green guru?


The Cornish Question on the Country Standard blog

The Cornish Question on the Country Standard blog. A site that celebrates the work of the monthly radical magazine of the same name established for rural workers in 1935.


Labour man, Brian Barder, on the Cornish question, England and federalism

Below are to be found the thoughts of Brian Barder, a Labour supporter and much more besides, on devolution, federalism, England and the Cornish question. Brian was responding to one of my email not to dissimilar to this one

Thank you for your interesting and thought-provoking message. As a Bristolian, born and brought up in the south-west, I have a very soft spot for Cornwall, where I have spent some of the most blissful holidays of my life ever since my childhood, and indeed an equally soft spot for Cornish people. So I'm well disposed to some of the arguments in your message.

My general view, for what it's worth, is that the first step has to be to be the establishment of a parliament and government for England, which will complete the currently stalled process of turning the UK into a federation of the four nations. This will also entail a written federal constitution and the conversion of the present Westminster parliament and government into federal organs, and the transfer of all remaining powers and responsibilities for internal matters to each of the four national parliaments and governments. All this will be intensely controversial and will take a good many years. Even the emergence of a national consensus in its favour will take a long time, and will require imaginative, resourceful and energetic national leadership of a kind that seems to be in short supply at the moment.

A central feature of the new federalism should, in my view, be the entrenchment in the constitution of the principle of subsidiarity, under which each of the four constituent nations would be required by the constitution to devolve its (by then very extensive) powers further downwards as far as it's possible to push them, right down to town and village level, while of course it would be up to each of the national parliaments and governments to decide, after local consultation, the precise ways in which this should be done. This would be different in each of the four nations, and indeed in the case of England, as the biggest of the four, internal devolution would no doubt take different forms in different parts of the country according to the wishes of local people. I can well imagine that consultations in Cornwall would lead to the establishment by the English parliament and government of very much the kind of local autonomy for Cornwall and Cornish institutions that you advocate. Consultations elsewhere in south-west would no doubt produce different solutions, and those in the north-west and north-east, and in south-east England, would produce different patterns again.

I realise that such a long-term programme of change, for which there isn't yet even a consensus in the UK, would mean an unacceptably long wait for Cornish people impatient for more control over their own destiny. But I fear that the present government and parliament at Westminster, which currently do double duty as a government and parliament for England as well as a government and parliament for the whole UK (other than for subjects at present devolved to three of the four nations), are most unlikely to move to a special status for Cornwall in isolation, or ahead of a general UK-wide (or England-wide) process of further devolution and acceptance of the principle of subsidiarity within each of the four nations. And those things are going to be a long time coming.

However, this can only be one private person's opinion, of no greater validity than anyone else's. I hope that events will prove me wrong, at any rate about the time it will take to get all these building blocks into place.

PS: I very much hope that the movement for Cornish autonomy and self-government will be able to resist the apparent tendency to occupy a space well to the right of the political spectrum, which seems to be where other nationalist movements and parties (especially those with Little Englander proclivities) tend to go. Such positioning risks alienating progressive, small-l liberal people who should be instinctively sympathetic to much of what you seek to achieve, and whose support will be absolutely essential if you are ever going to achieve your aims. I also respectfully suggest that voicing suspicion and resentment of an alleged plot deliberately to assimilate Cornish people into a larger English and British identity and to destroy their Cornish identity strikes most sensible people outside Cornwall as paranoia.

Good luck!

Brian Barder
5 April 2011


English nationalists courting the BNP voter

This article - Waiting in the wings - from Searchlight examines the English Democrats and how they have tried to court the BNP voter.

It makes sad reading and bodes badly for the emergence of a progressive, respectful and respectable English nationalist movement that could work alongside MK, Plaid and the SNP. Rather than supporting land grabs in Wales shouldn't the Campaign for an English Parliament and other moderate English nationalists be trying to tidy up their own house?



Simpsons recognise Cornish fight for independence