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In the audience on Bali Breizh

In the audience on Bali Breizh



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Vote on Scottish independence and show some Cornish difference here!

Lets demonstrate Cornish difference again by showing the Scots some solidarity. Enter your Cornish post code and vote for independence!  


Regionalism - a response from John Baxendale

In response to my blog here the English Regionalist John Baxendale wrote the following thought provoking comments. I'll try and respond myself when I get some time but in the meanwhile all thoughts would be most welcome. 

I was very interested to read your response to my piece on the North of England, and to get a Cornish take on the issues I raised. One of my main concerns in writing the piece was nationhood: what is a nation, what privileges does nationhood bring (even without a state), how does the perception that Scotland is a nation and Yorkshire, with much the same population, isn’t, affect the way the two are viewed and treated within the polity of the UK? Everybody seems to agree that Scotland is a nation in some sense(whether or not they think it should remain in the UK), and nobody – not even the most rabid Yorkshireman – seems to think that Yorkshire is (although as I argued, if you go back a thousand years or so it easily could have been). Much the same could be said of Northumbria, Wessex and Mercia. So what is it, other than historical accident, that makes a nation a nation?

You argue that ‘Cornwall has a distinct national identity’, and I respect this view, although I would still ask what that means: is it enough to have a historic language, even if most of the population no longer speak it – or an autonomist movement, even though it doesn’t as yet attract much support at the ballot-box (and I do know the ballot-box isn’t everything) – although I have to admit that Yorkshire, Northumbria etc. have neither of these. Before you choke on your pasty again, I’m by no means dismissing out of hand your belief in Cornish nationhood, still less the existence of a ‘Cornish question’. Being a nation isn’t a simply yes/no issue, with an answer fixed for all time, but a product of history and struggle. The history of European nationalism suggests that the most crucial element in the emergence of nations is the existence of a body of people who believe there is a nation there, and are prepared to organise, agitate and argue the case for it. Languages can be re-learned, distinct cultures identified and strengthened: others have done it, so why not Cornwall? 

The other question my piece asked was medium-term and practical: if Scottish independence is coming (and why not, if the Scots want it) how do we stop my part of the world and yours being crushed by the London/South-East juggernaut? And what role could ‘regional’ identity play in that struggle? Here I entirely agree with your closing paragraph. In the hearts and minds of the people English regional identities are strong, but as a political force they hardly exist, and few regard them as a basis for resisting the London dominance they grumble about so much. Whether such resistance takes the form of regionalism or nationalism seems less important than the need for it to be expressed more strongly and seriously and politically than it is. From what you say, Cornwall, though it still has a long way to go, is rather further along this road than the rest of us.

The Cornish devolution EDM in the papers


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Blydhen Nowydh Da - Bonne Annee - Bloavezh Mat - Happy New Year