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24.11.11

Mebyon Kernow Conference - the speeches

 

20.11.11

Jonathan Edwards MP - » Araith Mebyon Kernow – Unionism in Crisis

Gyfeillion, mae’n bleser cael bod yma fel cynrychiolydd plaid Genedlaethol Cymru yng nghynadledd plaid Genedlaethol Cernyw.

 Friends, it’s a pleasure to be here this afternoon representing the national party of Wales in the annual conference of the national party of Cornwall. And especially to be with you to help celebrate your 60th birthday.

It’s a particular pleasure to be here as a relatively newly elected Member of the Westminster Parliament. I send greetings on behalf of the Plaid – SNP parliamentary group.

We have recently been joined by Caroline Lucas the Green MP. With Scottish independence imminent, we are looking forward to the day when Mebyon Kernow Members of Parliament will join the group to make up for the six SNP Members we are about to lose!

In preparation for your arrival I should offer one word of warning. Westminster is a strange place for any nationalist. It is literally the belly of the beast. Aneurin Bevan used to remark how many a socialist would be seduced by the architecture of the palace – the high ceilings and large windows – how any individual entering that place feels extremely small and finds their core beliefs being compressed out of them. In the end it’s often easier to conform and become a mouthpiece for the establishment. It’s no surprise that many of the forbearers who went before me from the valleys of the South Wales coalfield representing the British Labour party quickly found themselves losing their accents and any sense of political radicalism.

Read the rest here: Jonathan Edwards MP - » Araith Mebyon Kernow – Unionism in Crisis Sat. November 19, 2011

19.11.11

Some ugly mugs


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Some ugly mugs


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18.11.11

Greens as they could be

Europe Ecologie's (the French Greens) candidate for the 2012 presidential election has spoken out in favour of the promotion and teaching of Frances 'regional' languages. Equally Eva Joly (pictured) has called for the reunification of Brittany with its historic capital Nantes coupled with a far greater degree of autonomy. 

Can the Cornish expect the same from Caroline Lucas? Why not take the time to write and ask her

Greens as they could be

Europe Ecologie's (the French Greens) candidate for the 2012 presidential election has spoken out in favour of the promotion and teaching of Frances 'regional' languages. Equally Eva Joly (pictured) has called for the reunification of Brittany with its historic capital Nantes coupled with a far greater degree of autonomy. 

Can the Cornish expect the same from Caroline Lucas? Why not take the time to write and ask her

Don't believe the hype!

After this tempting morsel - Clegg to discuss greater powers for Duchy with Cornish MPs - thrown to the Cornish by the LibDem leader, nodoubt desperate to win back a little credibility for his underlings in the Duchy,  I thought I'd return the favour.

Haven't we been here before? Didn't Cameron promise use a Minister for Cornwall? Didn't the various Cornish LibDems promise us an assembly as well as to fight all attempts at creating Devonwall?

Action not more bullshit please! 

If the ConDems are in anyway serious about Cornish devolution, rather than selling us Cornish parrots, then they will stop -WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT- all attacks on our territorial integrity.

Stop Devonwall now, hold a public inquiry into the Duchy of Cornwall and then give the people of our nation a referendum on their future governance.

15.11.11

Country Standard: Remember Cornish Spanish Civil War Hero - Pat Glasson

11.11.11

The Cornish Landscape Observatory

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Cornwall's Currency

Having blogged about the subject a few times here its gratifying to see influential people in Cornwall at last taking up the idea of a Cornish currency. Such a system would undoubtedly be a very effective way to protect the Cornish economy promoting local companies and produce. One for the Cornish movement to back unanimously!

6.11.11

The Duchy is a sovereign land – not a private company

 
The Venn Diagram above, borrowed from the the fascinating Grey's Blog, is perhaps the best way of understanding what Cornish constitutionalists have been claiming about Cornwall and its relationship to the Duchy of Cornwall and the wider UK. 

Clearly Cornwall is part of the island of Great Britain and, on a day to day basis, is largely run as a county of England. However, as explained in this article by Bert Biscoe of the Cornish Constitutional Convention, Cornwall also has a second hidden constitutional life. Hidden? Well perhaps not for much longer.

If I've followed correctly the arguments of our Cornish constitutionalists, rather than an English county, Cornwall has a legal position similar to that of Crown Dependency (see diagram). So, geographically part of the Island of Great Britain but, constitutionally legally, not part of England, the UK, or EU. Put Cornwall in the box with Jersey, Guernsey and, our brother Celtic nation, the Isle of Mann.

Cornwall leaping to such a degree of autonomy would change a great deal in how our little land is governed by hugely increasing how policy is decided in Cornwall.

Before anybody asks why a republican is requesting Cornwall be recognised as a Duchy let me explain. Our choice is between a Monarchy and a Duchy. The former relegating us to being a peripheral county of a much larger centralised nation, England, that cares not one jot for our identity or culture. The latter, whilst being far from perfect, would still see Cornwall obtaining a much increased degree of self-determination. Give Cornwall the autonomy first then we can open the debate on republicanism.

However this ends I hope the UK's well meaning democratic reformers, human rights campaigners and the public in general manage to take away one clear message. In Cornwall, for decades now, those 'loony Cornish nationalists' amongst whose number I count myself, where the only ones telling the truth about the feudal undemocratic powers of the Duchy of Cornwall.

5.11.11

Let them eat cake