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25.4.12

Come to the Pasty March 29th April at 2pm on the Moor, Falmouth!


21.4.12

The European Network Against Racism

Here is just a little quick publicity for the European Network Against Racism and the work they do. You can visit their site and sign up for their weekly newsletter full of information on projects to combat racism and discrimination from around Europe. 

ENAR is a network of vibrant NGOs working to combat racism in all EU Member States and represents more than 700 NGO's throughout the European Union, as well as in Croatia and Iceland. ENAR is determined to fight racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, to promote equality of treatment between European Union citizens and third country nationals, and to link local/regional/national initiatives with European Union initiatives.

15.4.12

The Federalist Party on Cornwall

The UK is and always has been a profoundly unequal union.  

Although the late 1990s saw gigantic strides forwards in Scotland and to a lesser extent in Wales and Northern Ireland, England as a result has found itself in an unusual position, no longer dominating the UK in the way it once did, but also lacking political institutions to call its own. It is abundantly clear that we are witnessing a resurgence in English identity which until now had largely remained confined to football and rugby stadiums. At the same time the institutions established in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have different powers and areas of responsibility. Cornwall, an historic nation with solid cultural and statutory grounds to claim equality alongside Scotland and Wales has been ignored to such an extent that it isn’t considered to hold any more than its de facto status as an English county. 


Now for some wishful thinking but couldn't such federalists along with the various grass-roots English regionalists and reformers like the Democratic Reform Party create something new and interesting together?

14.4.12

Cornish Culture - Good for business

Cornish Culture - Good for business: So, when it comes to thinking and talking about Cornwall, let us consider our commercial future when we use words that enhance the Cornish distinctiveness. Are we a county like Devon, or can we be that Duchy of distinctiveness? Are we selling British just as Surrey is, or are we selling Cornish with a Celtic history stretching back to pre-Roman times? Are we talking to clients about London-centric values, or are we creating an emotional attachment by helping people dream of Alec Robertson’s ‘small Celtic country’?

11.4.12

Kernow Calling

A new pressure group -Kernow Calling- is trying to take off and has set up a presence on Facebook inviting one and all to get involved. 

They write: Kernow Calling are a pressure group newly set up after years of planning and ideas come together. The whole purpose of the group is to include everyone in Cornwall regardless of nationality, ethnicity, age or membership of other Cornish organisations.

Some quick pieces of advice to them then. Take your time before you make public statements on your Facebook  page. Read and re-read everything before making it public. Define your objectives clearly and keep them simple. Don't tie yourself to any existing party or organisation. Your support for MK is laudable but you can support them by joining them or Kernow X. A pressure group should stay, as far as its remit allows, open to people from all parties or none.  Perhaps look to other stateless nations for examples of pressure groups and the actions they take.

Best of luck.

7.4.12

Mebyon Kernow - The Party for Cornwall - New Website!


Mebyon Kernow - The Party for Cornwall has a brand spanking new website that I invite you all to visit and then feedback to MK your thoughts. Above all read MK's policies as they are set out and then let the party know what you think.

4.4.12

Regional Devolution by the Democratic Reform Party

Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales each have their own Parliament or Assembly with powers over education, health and other areas. But MPs from these devolved nations can still vote on laws that apply solely in England, where English MPs cannot do the reverse. 

Controversial laws on fees for English universities, foundation hospitals and the third runway at Heathrow have been passed thanks to the votes of non‐English MPs. However to create an English Assembly would ignore the fact that 5/6ths of all UK citizens live in England, and it would also ignore the calls for further decentralisation. England does not have an homogenise society, and nor do all English people share the same concerns.  

Indeed, Cornwall has a long established claim to being a nation in its own right with a nationalist movement demanding recognition. 

There are also some regions that have a strong cultural identity where the people believe that they can organise their local affairs much more productively than our current centralised system. 

We propose that that the people should decide where power lies. That’s why we pledge to hold referenda in all regions/nations requesting one as to whether or not a regional/national assembly should be established. The powers invested in these assemblies will be negotiated between the newly formed assembly and Westminster based on the principle of subsidiarity (the principle that power be held at its lowest possible level).” This is not about breaking up our union; it’s about making it stronger, fairer, more democratic and more balanced.

3.4.12

75 words for cheese


"A France that can preserve its 400 types of cheese must be able to find a way to safeguard its 75 ‘regional’ languages", said Charles Kergaravat the president of BZH New York at a seminar concerning Frances 'regional' languages at the CUNY University of New York, Saturday 1pm. 

"Une France qui peut préserver ses 400 fromages doit trouver les moyens de sauvegarder ses 75 langues minoritaires", a déclaré Charles Kergaravat, le président de BZH New York au cours d’un séminaire sur les langues 'régionales' de France à la CUNY University de New York, samedi après-midi à 13 heures. 

The Languages of France.


75 words for cheese


"A France that can preserve its 400 types of cheese must be able to find a way to safeguard its 75 ‘regional’ languages", said Charles Kergaravat the president of BZH New York at a seminar concerning Frances 'regional' languages at the CUNY University of New York, Saturday 1pm. 

"Une France qui peut préserver ses 400 fromages doit trouver les moyens de sauvegarder ses 75 langues minoritaires", a déclaré Charles Kergaravat, le président de BZH New York au cours d’un séminaire sur les langues 'régionales' de France à la CUNY University de New York, samedi après-midi à 13 heures. 

The Languages of France.