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13.7.11

That's really rich!

Following the Celtic League Cornwall branches announcement that they will be interviewing Cllr Loic Rich about why he has left Mebyon Kernow and joined the Tories I'd just like to know if the league will be asking Cllr Rich about the insults and threats of violence he made to me via his Twitter account?

Is the League more interested in why a Tory thinks MK is rubbish or why a Tory threatened a fellow member of the Celtic League with physical violence? I do hope my collegues in the League will be questioning Mr Rich about this.

10.7.11

Wha's Like Us? Brittany

A good article here from Paul Kavanagh on Brittany published on Newsnet Scotland: Wha's Like Us? Brittany

Wha's Like Us? Brittany

A good article here from Paul Kavanagh on Brittany published on Newsnet Scotland: Wha's Like Us? Brittany

9.7.11

The 2nd Cornish Minority Report

The 2nd Cornish Minority Report.pdf.  To be read and fully digested!

Now my advice to people would be to e-mail and/or send by letter this report to every NGO, political party, news paper, individual politician, foreign government and resident of Cornwall (we can probably add a few other destinations) under the sun. Post it on every forum, Twitter account and Facebook page you can find.

I won't be as I feel I've done my fair share for a while now and I'm simply too busy with my move to Brittany.

For those wet blankets out there who are rumbling to themselves that its 'a waste of time' because 'only the duchy route will work' or 'only getting MK elected will work' or any other numskull excuse for sitting on their arses, then just you keep consoling yourselves that only you know the truth. Now, back to packing boxes and such.

8.7.11

Stourm ar Brezhoneg crashes Tour de France

You've got to admire our Breton cousins. They have a way with direct action.

Stourm ar Brezhoneg crashes Tour de France

You've got to admire our Breton cousins. They have a way with direct action.

6.7.11

Cornwall Landscape Observatory

You are cordially invited to attend the launch of the Cornwall Landscape Observatory on Wednesday 30th November 2011. Sponsored by The Centre for European Research within Cornwall (CERES) and hosted by Truro College.

The Cornwall Landscape Observatory is an exploratory project working to understand and implement the idea of appreciating landscape as an asset to help children and young people integrate into their disadvantaged neighbourhood; and secure access to their social rights

The project was conceived by CERES at the Council of Europe’s Cultural Heritage Division and born of our longstanding association with the Council of Europe’s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLARE). The idea was then adapted to suit the Cornish situation through our contributions to the Council’s Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods Programme, Resolution 319 on the Integration of Young People from Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods and The Council of Europe’s Enter! Programme on Young People’s Access to their Social Rights and our recent association with the Observatori del Paisatge de Catalunya (Catalonian Landscape Observatory).

Students from a variety of disciplines and age groups will introduce their perspectives on landscape followed by plenary sessions at this one-day seminar. The outcomes of the seminar will be placed on a dedicated website and we will work to develop a Cornish Landscape Observatory through our European connections.

We expect that Maguelonne Déjeant-Pons Head of the Cultural Heritage, Landscape and Spatial Planning Division at the Council of Europe will attend the seminar and we cordially invite you to register your interest by email to Mr. John Fleet of the CERES secretariat at: johnfleet1924@btinternet.com

5.7.11

Cornish Devolution Now - we did it!

I have received the message below from the people at Digital Democracy hosts of my Cornish Devolution Now campaign. Well done to all who helped. 

Yes your campaign finished top in the UK for the month and emails have been sent to all the MPs we are now awaiting responses, especially from those who’s constituency is in Cornwall. This process normally takes 2 -3 weeks due to the workload of MPs and their researchers so keep an eye out on the website. We will be following them up to ask for a response if one isn’t added in the coming weeks. We have also been contacting them directly by phone to let them know about the campaign and how to respond. Could you provide us with any feedback on your experience of the website and what we can do to make it better? This would be very helpful to us.

4.7.11

Loic's rather poor

The latest Tory recruit in Cornwall had the following to say when I asked him:

1) What he thought about the people who did door to door for him whilst he stood under the Mebyon Kernow banner?

2 If he would be standing down so that a new election could be organised in his ward [considering Mebyon Kernow and the Tories are so diametrically opposed]?

"Get real you tosser" and "you're a bleating sissy". Loic then bravely, yet quickly, delated his words of wisdom from Twitter as, I guess, that is the kind of person he his. Thanks for joining the Tories Loic.

3.7.11

Divided by shameful economic injustice

We are still a nation divided by shameful economic injustice | The big issue | From the Observer | The Observer: Much of south-west England has more in common with the north than the south. The economic hardships of the West Country are always disguised by the inclusion of Bristol, Swindon, Gloucester and Bournemouth in the planning region for south-west England. Government figures show that while annual gross pay in the region is just below the average for England at £24k, this obscures the fact that in Torbay it is only £18.5k. The Gross Value Added for the planning region in 2008 was 9% of the UK total, but the GVA per head is 10% below the overall figure for England, and in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly it is 38% lower.

2.7.11

Breton reunification and Celtic Cooperation

Last week (24th June 2011) the First minister of Wales travelled to Brittany to reaffirm the 'special relationship' that the two nations enjoy.

Welsh First Minister, Carwyn Jones, was invited to address the Breton Regional Council in Rennes by the President of the regional Council, Jean-Yves le Drian. In 2005 Brittany and Wales signed a 'Memorandum of Understanding' in Caerdydd/Cardiff , which aimed to forge closer cooperation between the two Celtic nations in the areas including culture, language, health and sustainable development. During the meeting on Friday Mr Le Drian and Mr Jones signed a document reaffirming their continued cooperation, which Mr Jones described as producing a real 'mutual benefit' adding:

"By working together we shape and influence policy on an international stage and further promote the role of regional governments. Wales and Brittany are both longstanding members of The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR). With our work on Cohesion Policy and Common Agricultural Policy reform CPMR is an example of how regional cooperation can have real benefits."

Other areas highlighted by the two Ministers where further cooperation could be developed included climate change and submitting a joint bid to EuropeAid to increase the amount of community-level engagement with Sub-Saharan Africa.

Link:

The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR).

On 18th June 2011 protesters marched on the Breton city of Naoned/Nantes in a mass demonstration of solidarity in calling for the reunification of Brittany.

Over 5000 people took to the streets in what has become a regular event in the attempt to pressurise the French central government to consider reunifying Brittany following its partition by the Nazi's in the 1941. Private business, politicians and civil society have all expressed their support for the Pays Nantais (Nantes Region) or 'Pays de la Loire' region to be reunified with the rest of Brittany following its separation, which was a measure designed to divide the Celtic nation in a way that has proved expedient for the French state ever since.

In recent year's though central government in Paris has began to show signs that they may finally be prepared to listen to the demands of the people, but plans to redraw the regional boundaries of France were scrapped last year. With the French presidential elections due in 2012 and a possible change of government, Breton activists realise that the forthcoming year could be crucial for gaining the support of politicians for their cause. The demonstrators were demanding that all the presidential candidates make their position clear on reunification and to show their support for a referendum. Many people in the Loire-Atlantique department however do not to let Pays de la Loire go, because they argue it plays an important industrial and economic role in their region.

Protesters at the demonstration sang Breton songs and held banners that read: Vichy is over. Reunite Brittany, but some protesters questioned the overall success of the demonstration. Kevin Jezequel, a writer and protester in Naoned, told the Celtic League that he had his reservations:

"For me the demo was not successful, because 2 years ago, we were between 10,000 and 15,000 [people] it is one more demo, and nothing new. The politicians from PS, UMP and the Greens don't want reunification and the Breton lobby does not have sufficient strength.

"It is necessary for the Breton lobby and Breton parties (UDB, Parti Breton and Christian Troadec) to meet and to think about what it is possible to do, to identify how to stop the unification process and put pressure on it."

A number of groups were behind the organisation of the protest, including Naoned e Breizh (Nantes in Brittany), Bretagne Reunie, 44=Breizh, Agence Culturelle Bretonne Morvan Lebesque and Kevre Breizh.

Rhisiart Tal-e-bot
General Secretary
Celtic League

29/06/11

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: +44 (0)1209319912
Mobile: +44 (0) 7787318666
Email: gensec@celticleague.net

Internet sites here: Celtic league - News Group.

Breton reunification and Celtic Cooperation

Last week (24th June 2011) the First minister of Wales travelled to Brittany to reaffirm the 'special relationship' that the two nations enjoy.

Welsh First Minister, Carwyn Jones, was invited to address the Breton Regional Council in Rennes by the President of the regional Council, Jean-Yves le Drian. In 2005 Brittany and Wales signed a 'Memorandum of Understanding' in Caerdydd/Cardiff , which aimed to forge closer cooperation between the two Celtic nations in the areas including culture, language, health and sustainable development. During the meeting on Friday Mr Le Drian and Mr Jones signed a document reaffirming their continued cooperation, which Mr Jones described as producing a real 'mutual benefit' adding:

"By working together we shape and influence policy on an international stage and further promote the role of regional governments. Wales and Brittany are both longstanding members of The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR). With our work on Cohesion Policy and Common Agricultural Policy reform CPMR is an example of how regional cooperation can have real benefits."

Other areas highlighted by the two Ministers where further cooperation could be developed included climate change and submitting a joint bid to EuropeAid to increase the amount of community-level engagement with Sub-Saharan Africa.

Link:

The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR).

On 18th June 2011 protesters marched on the Breton city of Naoned/Nantes in a mass demonstration of solidarity in calling for the reunification of Brittany.

Over 5000 people took to the streets in what has become a regular event in the attempt to pressurise the French central government to consider reunifying Brittany following its partition by the Nazi's in the 1941. Private business, politicians and civil society have all expressed their support for the Pays Nantais (Nantes Region) or 'Pays de la Loire' region to be reunified with the rest of Brittany following its separation, which was a measure designed to divide the Celtic nation in a way that has proved expedient for the French state ever since.

In recent year's though central government in Paris has began to show signs that they may finally be prepared to listen to the demands of the people, but plans to redraw the regional boundaries of France were scrapped last year. With the French presidential elections due in 2012 and a possible change of government, Breton activists realise that the forthcoming year could be crucial for gaining the support of politicians for their cause. The demonstrators were demanding that all the presidential candidates make their position clear on reunification and to show their support for a referendum. Many people in the Loire-Atlantique department however do not to let Pays de la Loire go, because they argue it plays an important industrial and economic role in their region.

Protesters at the demonstration sang Breton songs and held banners that read: Vichy is over. Reunite Brittany, but some protesters questioned the overall success of the demonstration. Kevin Jezequel, a writer and protester in Naoned, told the Celtic League that he had his reservations:

"For me the demo was not successful, because 2 years ago, we were between 10,000 and 15,000 [people] it is one more demo, and nothing new. The politicians from PS, UMP and the Greens don't want reunification and the Breton lobby does not have sufficient strength.

"It is necessary for the Breton lobby and Breton parties (UDB, Parti Breton and Christian Troadec) to meet and to think about what it is possible to do, to identify how to stop the unification process and put pressure on it."

A number of groups were behind the organisation of the protest, including Naoned e Breizh (Nantes in Brittany), Bretagne Reunie, 44=Breizh, Agence Culturelle Bretonne Morvan Lebesque and Kevre Breizh.

Rhisiart Tal-e-bot
General Secretary
Celtic League

29/06/11

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: +44 (0)1209319912
Mobile: +44 (0) 7787318666
Email: gensec@celticleague.net

Internet sites here: Celtic league - News Group.

Celtic Cooperation and the West Lothian Question

The General Secretary of the Celtic League has written to Lys Kernow/Cornwall Council to enquire what level of cooperation exists between it and the Breton Regional Council.

The letter from the GS follows a visit last week of the First Minister of the Welsh Senedd (Government) to reaffirm the 'special relationship' that exists between Wales and Brittany. The full text of the letter is set out below and has been copied to Minister Edwina Hart from the Welsh Senedd for their interest.

Councillor Leader Alec Robinson
Lys Kernow/Cornwall Council
28 June 2011
leader@cornwall.gov.uk

Dear Councillor Leader Alec Robinson

Memorandum of Understanding

I am writing to ask if Lys Kernow/Cornwall Council has considered the possibility of agreeing a 'memorandum of understanding' between Cornwall and Brittany in much the same way as Wales and Brittany signed such a memorandum in 2004.

You may be aware that last week (24th June 2011) Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones visited Brittany to talk at the Breton Regional Council, where he reaffirmed his administration's intention for continued cooperation between Wales and Briitany, while at the same time identifying other areas where cooperation could be further developed, such as in the field of climate change. Monitoring the effects of climate change I believe is an area of interest to Cornwall Council too and with the location of the United Nations CLIMSAT centre in Brittany, it may be mutually beneficial if a closer relationship was forged in this area.

With Cornwall and Brittany being in such close geographical proximity and the many existing cultural and linguistic links between the two areas, would it not be pertinent to formalise this relationship further with a 'memorandum of understanding'?

With regard to Wales, can I ask what level of cooperation is undertaken between Lys Kernow/Cornwall Council and the Welsh Senedd (Government)? I am aware that Lys Kernow/Cornwall Council has 'observer status' on the British Irish Council and that some forms of cooperation between Wales and Cornwall is inevitable in this regard, but what other measures of cooperative work is undertaken between the two administrations?

Also I would like to know who the Lys Kernow/Cornwall Council representative is on the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR), which I understand Cornwall Council to be a member of? I have copied Minister Hart from the Welsh Senedd into this correspondence, because I believe she may be able to give some indication about how the relationship between Wales and Brittany was initially formalised and any potential areas for further cooperation between Wales and Cornwall in the future.

Many thanks for your consideration in these matters.

The UK Government has announced that later this year a commission will be set up to consider the 'West Lothian' question and whether the influence of Scottish and Welsh Members of Parliament (MP's) should be restricted on matters that effect only England.

Since the devolution of Scotland and Wales unionist Members of Parliament (MP's) in England have complained about their colleagues from Scotland and Wales being able to vote on matters that only effect England, whereas English MP's have not been able to exert the same influence on matters that effect Scotland and Wales. The 'West Lothian question' was a term coined by former unionist Labour MP Tam Dalyell in the 1970's who claimed that if devolution ever occurred it would lead to what he thought to be an unfair advantage for Scottish and Welsh MP's over their English counterparts.

Since the announcement of the plan to form the commission by the Conservative Party, some Labour unionists are expressing concerns about how this development would affect the current Union between these countries. Shadow Welsh Secretary Peter Hain was reported in the Western Mail newspaper on Tuesday (28th June 2011) that:

"The whole principle that underpins the Parliamentary system in the UK is that all MP's have equal status. If Welsh and Scottish MP's were not allowed to vote on matters that superficially seem only to relate to England, that principle would no longer apply and MP's representing seats in Wales and Scotland would have an inferior second class status."

Mr Hain also claimed that the Conservative Party was prepared to allow the development because they knew that if votes were restricted it would severely weaken the power of Scottish and Welsh Labour MP's within the UK, adding:

"If that happened, there would be no question of any MP from Wales or Scotland ever becoming Prime Minister again."

At the same time Mr Hain said that he was opposed to a Parliament for England:

"There are around 50 million people in England and 10 million people in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland combined. If therer were a Parliament covering the whole of England, we would have a very imbalanced constitutional settlement that in my view would be unsustainable.

"I am extremely concerned that David Cameron has a ruthless agenda that is not about what is best for Britain, but what is best for the Conservative Party" In pursuing this agenda, the Tory-led Government risks breaking up the UK."

It must not be forgotten that the UK Labour Party is heavily dependent on voters in Scotland and Wales and without their support it is unlikely that the Party would win any general election in the UK. If voters in Scotland and Wales felt that the influence of their parliamentary representative was being restricted, then it would be interesting to see how that would affect the way they vote in general elections. It would therefore be extraordinary if it turned out that the UK Conservative Party, which champions itself as the defender of the Union, was in fact a catalyst in its speedy demise.

Rhisiart Tal-e-bot
General Secretary
Celtic League

29/06/11

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: +44 (0)1209319912
Mobile: +44 (0) 7787318666
Email: gensec@celticleague.net

Internet sites here: Celtic League - News Group.