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27.6.12

Brittany and the English-speaking world



This looks to be of great interest and note that Cornwall is distinguished from the South West of England.  You can also follow the project on Facebook.

Brittany and the English-speaking world



This looks to be of great interest and note that Cornwall is distinguished from the South West of England.  You can also follow the project on Facebook.

24.6.12

Identity

Following some recent developments identity seems to be a subject worthy of comment. 

First off there is the news concerning the Cornish populations genetic heritage.  

Lets take genetic surveys of this sort with a pinch of salt please. Every year new data is released that seems to contradict what was previously held to be true. If next year new research 'proves' the opposite - no genetic difference between the Cornish and English - would it changed anything within the Cornish movement? Would dedicated autonomists throw their hands in the air and give up the cause? Of course not! I can't speak for everybody but the basis of my political life is not genetic.

The information is interesting in that it supports what Cornish historians have claimed for decades now i.e. until relatively recently Cornwall maintained a distinct society from Devonshire and the rest of England but that's about all. It's certainly no road map for the future. The Cornish identity that we wish to see perpetuated should not be based on bloodlines but rather on a love of culture and heritage. The Cornish society that we wish to see empowered should not be one based on erroneous concepts of racial purity but rather one based on a desire to live and construct our future together. My Cornish nationalism is a project for Kernow's future that I'm more than happy to share with any other inhabitant of plant earth. If Cornish culture and identity are to have any future then they must stretch out beyond any potential Cornish gene-pool.

Then we have Ed Miliband talking up England whilst extolling the multi-layered nature of identity. 

I don't think their are many in the Cornish movement who would wish to try and impose an identity on anybody else. Unlike the imperial powers of yesteryear meddling with the perceptions people have of themselves and their history is not Mebyon Kernow policy. If people see themselves as Cornish, English, British, European and citizens of planet earth then good for them. I hope each aspect of their identity leads to them having a fulfilling and happy life. 

For me after studying part of my history, Cornish history, the words 'English' and 'British' leave a bitter taste. Based on an understanding of the historic relationship between Cornwall and the Anglo-British imperial project (one telling example) I can't comfortably use 'English' or 'British' to describe my identity. It's my choice and one I wouldn't impose on anybody else. For the moment 'European' doesn't catch in my throat but if the European project continues to serve our outdated nation states and insane capitalism rather than the people's of Europe, their multiple cultures and languages then who knows.

Identity is such a profound and personal issue. Lets ensure rather that our children grow up to be authentic individuals and autonomous thinkers so that they might make informed decisions about who they are.

19.6.12

The UDB enters Parliament

Great news in from the French parliamentary elections with the victory of Paol Molac, UDB member and chairman of Div Yezh organisation.

Equally the Breton speaking Jean Luc Bleunven (Parti Socialist), who’s children attend Diwan schools, was elected for Brest whilst Jean-Jacques Urvoas (PS) who supports the official recognition of Breton, was elected deputy for Kemper. 

Breton have also gone to Paris to take up roles in the new socialist government. Marylise le Branchu (PS) comes in as Minister for Decentralisation, with the Breton regional president and language supporter, Jean Yves le Drian (PS), in as Minister for Defence. 

Autonomists Femu Corse were unlucky not to win seats with Angelini and Simeoni both coming a close second in Corsica. Alsacian Armand Jung, who has defended 'regional' languages in parliament, returns for Strasbourg. Martinique also returned two independentist deputies, Alfred Marie-Jeanne and Jean Phillippe Nilor. Two of the four seats in on the Island are now held by independentists!  

To give you an idea of the victory from a Cornish perspective imagine if, supported by Labour and the Greens, Dick Coles was elected MP whilst Andrew George was given responsibility for devolution in the UK.

The UDB enters Parliament

Great news in from the French parliamentary elections with the victory of Paol Molac, UDB member and chairman of Div Yezh organisation.

Equally the Breton speaking Jean Luc Bleunven (Parti Socialist), who’s children attend Diwan schools, was elected for Brest whilst Jean-Jacques Urvoas (PS) who supports the official recognition of Breton, was elected deputy for Kemper. 

Breton have also gone to Paris to take up roles in the new socialist government. Marylise le Branchu (PS) comes in as Minister for Decentralisation, with the Breton regional president and language supporter, Jean Yves le Drian (PS), in as Minister for Defence. 

Autonomists Femu Corse were unlucky not to win seats with Angelini and Simeoni both coming a close second in Corsica. Alsacian Armand Jung, who has defended 'regional' languages in parliament, returns for Strasbourg. Martinique also returned two independentist deputies, Alfred Marie-Jeanne and Jean Phillippe Nilor. Two of the four seats in on the Island are now held by independentists!  

To give you an idea of the victory from a Cornish perspective imagine if, supported by Labour and the Greens, Dick Coles was elected MP whilst Andrew George was given responsibility for devolution in the UK.

16.6.12

The McKay Commission

Out of interest has anybody from Cornwall contacted the McKay Commission

You would expect that Mebyon Kernow, the Cornish Constitutional Convention, the Stannary Parliament, the Cornish Green Party, our pro-devolution MP's and any number of other Cornish organisations would quite naturally have been aware of its existence and submitted material appropriately. Then again how does that saying about assumptions go again?

The Commission’s terms of reference are: To consider how the House of Commons might deal with legislation which affects only part of the United Kingdom, following the devolution of certain legislative powers to the Scottish Parliament, the Northern Ireland Assembly and the National Assembly for Wales. 

Full contact details of the Commission can be found here

12.6.12

Civil War history reveals Cornish independence plan

6.6.12

HOPE not hate | Proud to be Cornish?

HOPE not hate are looking for your feedback and thoughts on national identity. You have the chance here to record your identity as Cornish (via the others option yet again sigh) so please take the time to let them know what you think. Find the page here: HOPE not hate | Proud to be British?

5.6.12

Too little, too late

Lets not be bought off by symbolic gestures empty of any real hope for Cornwall. 

We've been here before haven't we? Yet another attempt by the establishment to flatter the Cornish national identity but leading to what exactly? Can we now expect a Cornish assembly and inclusion in the framework convention for the protection of national minorities? Perhaps a Cornish-based educational curriculum in our schools and full public inquiry into the constitutional position of the Duchy are in the pipe line?  At least we can hope for an end to the threat that hovers over our border with England in the shape of constituency reform?

I won't be holding my breath.

The royals via the despicable Duchy have pumped Cornwall of its resources and now that the well has dried up they pillage our identity to sell biscuits. To hell with them!

Good on the members of the Kernow branch of the Celtic League who attended the Republic rally in London. Now is not the time to get dewy eyed about the Monarchy. Republicanism is the only answer. The Duchy must be liquidated with its constitutional powers being given to a devolved Cornish assembly and its assets invested for the people of Cornwall.

3.6.12

Republic

Why get rid of the monarchy? Hereditary public office goes against every democratic principle. And because we can't hold the Queen and her family to account at the ballot box, there's nothing to stop them abusing their privilege, misusing their influence or simply wasting our money. 

Meanwhile, the monarchy gives vast unchecked power to the government, shutting out the people from major decisions that affect the national interest. 

Expensive, unaccountable and a drag on our democratic process, the monarchy is a broken institution. A head of state that's chosen by us could really represent our hopes and aspirations - and stop politicians exceeding their powers. 

What's so good about a republic? A new constitution based on democratic values - not medieval ones - could give voters real power over their politicians and enshrine in our society ideas about the democratic rights of the people. 

A republic is more than just an elected head of state: it's a new way of doing politics that is centred around the power of the people. A new set of rules and reformed institutions would give voters more power of parliament (and importantly would limit the power of parliament over the people!) 

The Crown currently gives our government huge powers that it can use without needing parliament's permission - they include a long list of official appointments, signing treaties with the EU and foreign countries and declaring war. Getting rid of the Crown would give our elected parliament more power and control over the government. 

In a republic the head of state would be elected and would have a real job to do. She or he would not run the government - that would still be the prime minister. An elected president would act as a guardian of our constitution, protecting the rights of voters and ensuring the government doesn't over-step the limits of its power. They can also act as an arbiter when our MPs can't agree on forming a government if we have a hung parliament. 

Taken from the website of Republic.

2.6.12

Is Skinners brewed in England?


What is needed is a dedicated blog / website that would out all companies that denigrate or refuse the Cornish identity. A site that would inform readers and then urge them to contact offending companies whilst avoiding their produce. Who's up for it? If you'd like to tell Skinners what you think then click here.