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25.8.11

MK stride out onto the World Wide Web

It is gratifying to see MK making a little bit more use of the Internet and the many keyboard campaigners ready to help them. To their note below I will just add that my first blog was in June 2007 and Dicks was in July - and the prise for first pro-Cornish blogger goes too... Equally not to be forgotten, Kernow X also has a blog.

In my opinion all the MK blogs could be tarted up a little and given a more unified party image, easily identifiable with the party and Kernow, but perhaps that's just me being anal. 

Other pro-Cornish blogs of note are: breselyerkeltic, Cornish Heritage, Save Cornwall, anhelghyer, and Madder do ee. Sadly the excellent OurCornwall seems to have been deleated but a new blogger, a Cornish Unionist no less, has created Kernow

MK note below: 

MK Party Leader Cllr Dick Cole has had a blog for over four years and the Cornish Republican has been a strong presence on the web for an equally long period.

More recently, they have been joined by other MK members who have launched their own on-line sites. These include Cllr Stephen Richardson, Robert Simmons and a new site from the Camborne and Redruth Constituency Party.

Simon Reed, who stood for MK in the St Ives Constituency in 2010, meanwhile adds a distinctive contribution through his site while the Cornish Zetetics site strongly critiques the actions of politicians and others in Cornwall.

Please support the hard work of MK activists and like-minded campaigners by visiting their sites on a regular basis and helping to promote them more widely

On-line petitions

The government has relaunched an e-petitions website. There are already two petitions on the site that are of interest to Cornwall and the Cornish. These are the establishment of a Cornish Assembly and the recognition of the Cornish as a National Minority. Please take the time to support the petitions and to promote them among your friends and colleagues.

Thank you.

The MK Campaign Team.

17.8.11

St Pirans day bank holiday - update


I'm stealing a chance to do some blogging here in my life which has suddenly become full of things to do. Yes, a bank holiday for St Pirans day, but it will only be realised if we put constant and unrelenting pressure on our elected representatives. A few letters to the papers wouldn't hurt as well. The Tories want to see the end of a May Day bank holiday and St Georges day is the favourite for England (and Cornwall).

The arguments for a St Pirans day holiday and responses to its critics need to be listed and then sent by all to all.

Some interesting comments from C24 can be found here: What does concern me is whether or not full council will vote for a bank holiday. It only got through in committee thanks to the chairperson's deciding vote, and already the umm-ers and the arr-ers at Lys Kernow are making noises, such as Steve Double and Andrew "on the fence" Wallis. They say it won't work because what if schools didn't have a day off when workplaces did? Erm, it's a bank holiday, the schools would be off!

And what about the chaos there would be with Cornwall not at work and the rest of the UK at work? Like the chaos there is on St Andrew's Day, or St Patrick's Day. And as we all know, the world's financial markets take a nosedive every time the NYSE closes for a public holiday...

12.8.11

Cornish federalism

A paper from the Federal Trust - A Federal Future for the UK: The options.

The flexibility about the precise size and number of English regions works in the opposite direction as well: it would be possible to have more than nine regions. Partly depending on how a federation is centrally organised, having more units of smaller size is arguably not a problem in the way that an overlarge component might be: the US manages with as many as 50 states; while Germany has 16. Nor need great variance in the size of the components of a federal UK be a problem. The US has states that range from under 1 million (Alaska) to over 35 million (California). Consequently there is no reason a territory such as Cornwall, with a population of around half a million, could not be a single component in a federal UK alongside other larger units. By this means strong regional identities such as that of Cornwall could be harnessed in order to facilitate a more cohesive federal UK.

The main text of Cornish interest from the paper is copied above but more can be found in a document well worth a read. Are our politicians and decision makers taking note?