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31.10.12

Independence and federalism?

Federalism is traditionally understood as being opposed to nationalism, but the idea that Scotland should be a member state of the EU in its own right rather than part of the member state called the UK is hardly an example of the kind of nationalism to which federalism is opposed. Scottish independence is better understood as a debate about the application of subsidiarity: what is the appropriate level for taking certain political decisions? There is no particular reason for federalists to take sides. 

Federal Union | The forthcoming referendum in Scotland

Mebyon Kernow have the respectable and reasonable goal of an assembly for Cornwall along similar lines to the one which is enjoyed in our sister nation Wales.

As an individual however, whilst supporting the objective of an assembly, I prefer to look beyond at what could follow. Am I a Cornish autonomist anymore than a federalist? Anymore than a republican for that matter? The Cornish Federalist would be an equally fitting name for this blog if it weren't for the feudal nonsense that is the Duchy. 

Anyway, I make no bones of hiding my point of view. An assembly within the UK is for me but a stepping stone to an independent Cornwall within a federal Europe. A vision I'd be happy to debate with anybody interested.

Keeping some perspective

If like me you've been totally underwhelmed by the Visit Cornwall and Cornwall Council websites to give any recognition to our culture, language and national identity then rest assured, you are not being a pessimist.

Even in the centralised Jacobin French state the council for the administrative region of Brittany has managed this: Lec'hienn Rannvro Briezh. Then compare Visit Cornwall's bland and uninspiring website, which some how is supposed to respect Cornishness by omitting the word county, to Tourism Bretagne's efforts here: Lec’hienn ofisiel Poellgor an Touristerezh e Breizh. There really is no photo.

24.10.12

The truth will out

Freedom of information campaigner and journalist Heather Brooke says the decision by the government to veto the release of letters from Prince Charles is almost feudal and an affront to democracy. Brooke says that while the coalition government has made the workings of the state more transparent, a 'ruling elite' is still defending secrecy.