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26.5.13

Bursting Labour bubbles.

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Following this sloppily thrown together conjecture by English Labours Adam Cickett perhaps its time to remind Eltham's Adam of a couple of things:

1) Labour are not a socialist party. They are not even social democrats. The best we can say about them is that they are social liberals. Take for example this:  Praising Tony Blair and criticising Ralph Miliband, the Labour leader said the choice was not between socialism and capitalism but "responsible" and "irresponsible" capitalism. 

2) If supposed yet-to-be-proved cooperation between one MK councillor and the Tories is enough to discredit MK and cast the party as a right-wing then, following this revelation, I wait with anticipation Adams resignations from Labour. Oh yes Adam! Your irreproachable left-wing - snigger - Labour party is in coalition with Ukip. That's right Adam - people like this! Adam quite correctly is a gay rights campaigner - good on him for that - but what does he think of his party being in coalition then with these outright homophobes from Ukip? 

But is any of this a surprise we can ask ourselves when we see the kind of people Labour will accept into its ranks.

20.5.13

Regional language campaigners denounce France to UNESCO

Regional language campaigners denounce France - Features - Al Jazeera English: Basque, Catalan, Alsatian and Corsican speakers deliver petition to UNESCO in Paris asking for "cultural asylum".

It's worth noting that Frances Jean-luc Mélenchon - the darling of the alternative left in the UK - is as hostile to these linguistic minorities as is Frances far-right Marine le Pen.

The attacks by Mélenchon on projects to protect minority languages and his misrepresentations of language campaigners, and even the languages themselves, leave nothing to be envied by the far-right. A very small selection of his nonsense can be found here on 7 Seizh (French).


To give you an example of the intolerance within the French state towards its regional languages I've included a map that was published in 2003 in a Geography manual destined for French colleges. The map marks the regions where there is a risk of 'repli identitaire', in other words xenophobia and cultural isolationism.

Regional language campaigners denounce France to UNESCO

Regional language campaigners denounce France - Features - Al Jazeera English: Basque, Catalan, Alsatian and Corsican speakers deliver petition to UNESCO in Paris asking for "cultural asylum".

It's worth noting that Frances Jean-luc Mélenchon - the darling of the alternative left in the UK - is as hostile to these linguistic minorities as is Frances far-right Marine le Pen.

The attacks by Mélenchon on projects to protect minority languages and his misrepresentations of language campaigners, and even the languages themselves, leaves nothing to be envied by the far-right. A very small selection of his nonsense can be found here on 7 Seizh (French).


To give you an example of the intolerance within the French state towards its regional languages I've included a map that was published in 2003 in a Geography manual destined for French colleges. The map marks the regions where there is a risk of 'repli identitaire', in other words xenophobia and cultural isolationism.

19.5.13

Petition the government to make tax avoidence illegal


We ask government to introduce Tax Avoidance legislation to make the practice unlawful. We want parliament to ensure everyone pays their fair share and make tax avoidance a crime. Many tax avoidance schemes exist which cost our country BILLIONS. From wealthy overpaid millionaire professional footballers to large corporations should pay up to help our country in difficult times. Save our country BILLIONS and make tax avoidance illegal

18.5.13

But what about economic benefit and growth for the rest of us?!


It should be noted that whilst Scotland and Wales have their own parliaments to fight their corners, and the North of England has the UK Labour party, Cornwall has nothing. Strangely it was the Labour government of the time that decided to deny us a Cornish assembly. I wonder why?

12.5.13

Far-right confusion

1) The English Defence League - Cornwall Division (Kernow), committed to protecting Cornish communities and not at all racist or English supremacist, is run in part by Dorsets Tim Ablitt who also happens to be a member of the extreme-right British Freedom party. The other EDL organisers for Cornwall being Kieron Hallet and Jennie Maynard. So not really very Cornish, English or British then - just racist.

2) Recently Brittany's administrative capital Rennes a member of the extreme-right  Jeune Bretagne was seen keeping company - engaging in acts of vandalism and violence - with members of Jeunesse Nationaliste, a French neo-nazi organisation hostile to all forms of regionalism and 'regional' languages. Amazingly Jeune Bretagne claim to want to defend Breton culture and obtain regional autonomy.  So, Breton or French then? See above for the appropriate response.

9.5.13

The Ascent of Autonomous Nations

6.5.13

Petition - Money collected from Cornwall's dead should stay here

4.5.13

Being different

I'm sure that in the days to come we will have some more detailed analysis of the Cornish elections, but that's not what this short post is about. 

Politically speaking, the varying numbers of Lib Dem, Labour, Conservative, Ukip or Independent councillors in Kernow don't go to make us stand out from the crowd of English counties. What makes Cornish political life different - and therefore infinity more interesting - is Mebyon Kernow, and today we have one more Cornwall councillor

I know for a fact that many a Cornwall councillor will be secretly pleased that MK has maintained its presence, and grown, even if they, personally, have made the choice to pursue their own political careers in one of the mainstream UK parties. They are fully aware of what makes the Cornish political scene different even if they themselves don't have the stomach to take risks. 

My sincere congratulations to our four elected MK councillors and the people that helped it happen. Well done to all those that aided Cornwall affirm its difference and find its voice against the London hegemony. 

To those that didn't get elected this time around, but who fought their campaigns with dignity and integrity, you have done us proud. Now build on what you have started and ensure that Cornwall's voice can be heard above those that defend the interests of the London establishment and its lackeys. Time to shout louder perhaps.

3.5.13

The shame of Wadebridge

BBC News - Local election 2013: 'Put disabled down' councillor re-elected in Cornwall: A Cornwall councillor who quit after saying disabled children should be "put down" has been re-elected to the unitary authority.

Nationalia - Parties, organizations call for reunification and autonomy for Brittany

Nationalia - Parties, organizations call for reunification and autonomy for Brittany: Parties, organizations call for reunification and autonomy for Brittany