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Cornwall, so far and yet so close / Kernev-Veur, ken pell ha ken tost…

This months edition of the Breton magazine Bremañ (Now) has three articles about Cornwall and the Cornish. Here you will find the opening editorial from Bremañ and its English translation. You can find Bremañ on Facebook here

It is with Skol an Emsav, who produce Bremañ, that I started to study the Breton language in any seriousness. Many thanks to them and their team.

Kernev-Veur… Un tamm douar en tu all da Vor Breizh. E Stad Breizh-Veur. Ha ni, e Stad Frañs. Gwallzarvoudoù an Istor… Petra ’reoc’h? 

Mat eo lavaret hag adlavaret ez eo Kernev-Veur ar vroad tostañ dimp e pep keñver. N’eus ket da glask pemp troad d’ar maout. Aze emañ hor breudeur hag hor c’hoarezed nesañ. Gwir eo e sellomp aesoc’h hag aliesoc’h ouzh Kembre. Bev ar yezh du-hont. Aes a-walc’h tapout tammoù kembraeg en ur gevredigezh ma c’haller c’hoazh kembraegañ e-mesk an dud. Met Kernev-Veur eo ar vro dostañ dimp e pep keñver. N’eo ket ar c’herneveureg pempvet rannyezh ar brezhoneg. Diskouezet eo bet splann gant Ken George. Ar yezh predenek tostañ dimp ez eo avat ha diarvar eo kement-se. 

Trawalc’h e vefe kement-se evit ma vefe gwir genlabour etre Breizhiz ha Kerneveuriz evit lakaat tostaat an div yezh predenek. Ha pelloc’h c’hoazh, perak chom hep hunvreal? Lakaat an teir yezh predenek da dostaat en-dro, war dachenn an ezhommoù nevez? En hon dalc’h emañ kement-se, penn-da-benn. Ober a reomp bremañ, ken aes ha tra, gant ar ger “kleweled”. Piv a oar ez eo ar ger kembraek clyweled? N’eus forzh, graet en deus e dreuz. Peogwir e oa da vezañ evel-se. Adkavout a reer ar memes ger e kerneveureg evit an anv-gwan klywwelyek. Ur skouer hag a vefe brav heuliañ en dazont, pa gaver ar memes gwriziennoù en teir yezh. Pep hini eus an teir yezh predenek he deus traoù da reiñ d’an div all. 

 Embannet e Bremañ Du 2014, niv.397. 

"Dyski kernewek nyns yw pur gales!" da lavaret eo: “deskiñ kernewek nend eo peur galet” pe “deskiñ kerneveureg n’eo ket diaes-tre.”

In the English translation that follows I have tried my best to stay as close as possible to the Breton so that it will be easier for Cornish speakers to compare the two languages. This results in English that may seem a little unusual or clumsy at times, but it provides a better idea of how things are expressed in Breton. Please do feel free to suggest changes or corrections. I would be most grateful of the help. 

Cornwall a stretch of land on the other side of the British Sea [the Channel]. Inside Great Britain. And us [Breton's] inside the French state. The mishaps of history. What to do? 

It is good to say and say again that Cornwall is the nation closest to us in all ways. No need looking for five legs on a ram (in looking for complications). Over there are our closest brothers and sisters. It is true that we look to Wales with greater facility, and more often. The language is alive there. It's easy enough to pick up bits of Welsh in a society where one can still speak the language amongst the people. However, Cornwall is the country closest to us in all ways. Cornish is not the fifth dialect of Breton. This has been clearly demonstrated by Ken George. The closest brythonic language to ours, it is however, without risk (without doubt).

That should be enough for there to be a true collaboration between the Bretons and the Cornish to draw together these two brythonic languages. And why not dream of going further? Why not draw the three brythonic languages together again with regards to modern needs? All this is completely in our hands. We use the word kleweled [audiovisual] with no great difficulty. Who knows that there is a Welsh word clyweled? Anyway, this word has gone the distance (been accepted). Because it was to be that way. We find the same word in Cornish klywwelyek as the adjective. An example that would be great to follow in the future when we  find the same root-words in all three languages. Each of the three brythonic languages has something to offer to the two others.

Publish in Bremañ November 2014, No 397

"Dyski kernewek nyns yw pur gales!" that is to say: “deskiñ kernewek nend eo peur galet [learning Cornish is not too hard]” or “deskiñ kerneveureg n’eo ket diaes-tre [learning Cornish is not very difficult].”


The Dream Team - SNP, Plaid, MK, Greens and English Regionalists

SNP Should Team Up With Plaid Cymru And Greens To End Coalition's 'Austerity Economics': The SNP could team up with parties such as Plaid Cymru and the Greens at Westminster to build a new alliance in a bid to bring an end to the "austerity economics" pursued by the major parties there, Scotland's new First Minister said.

Yes, they most certainly should, and what's more, they should invite Mebyon Kernow, the various English regionlist parties and any other democratic reformers, federalists and socialists out there - those who have seen through the LibLabCon scam - to join them. After the Scottish referendum that would make politics interesting again. Whilst I know the above article refers to a parliamentary pact for which a party would need MP's I think I can still dream of a large based anti-austerity coalition fighting the next general election.

Perhaps it's naive on my part - I have very little experience of electioneering or being a politician; and I know there is some bad-blood between different parties - but I can't help imagining taking a cocktail shaker pouring in the SNP, Plaid Cymru, the various Green parties from the UK, Mebyon Kernow, Yorkshire First, North East Party, Wessex Regionalists and any other democrats, reformers, socialists and federalists disillusioned with the what's been on offer to present, and then serving up a most palatable drink to the UK electorate.

On the English regionalist front the latest developments include:

The launch of a cross party Campaign for the North, who made some very positive comments about Cornish devolution when questioned via social media.

Talks between the North East Party and Yorkshire First concerning an electoral alliance. It should also be noted that Paul Salveson of the Hannah Mitchell Foundation has joined Yorkshire First and will be their candidate for the Colne Vally.


Let her stay!

At Mebyon Kernow’s Annual conference on Sunday, members were urged to support the petition in support of Allen Muriel and his wife Karina from Pendarves Inn, Carnhell Green who are struggling to stay in the country after Karina who comes from Columbia was refused indefinite leave to remain even though she had been granted a fiancée visa which enabled her to marry Allen in Cornwall. 

 This local couple who reinvigorated the Pendarves Inn in Carnhell Green are threatened with being split up due to administrative blunders. Tell David Cameron you want to support Karina to stay in Cornwall and carry on contributing to the Cornish economy.  


Could the BBC be clear about Cornwall?

UK devolution: Could Cornwall be independent? Could the BBC, one day, explain clearly that the Cornish want devolution not independence?  

Greater self-determination, autonomy or devolution, call it what you will, the vast majority of Cornish campaigners and group are not calling for Cornish independence from the United Kingdom. So why then does the BBC wish to misrepresent us as all fervent separatists?


Westminster has failed Cornwall! LibLabCon have failed the Cornish!

To download the full pdf click here

This data was produced by Eurostat, the data agency of the European Union. They measured GDP per head in regions across the EU, taking into account the different prices in different regions. The full data is available here. We have classed the countries listed above as ‘Northern Europe’ because they are our nearest geographical neighbours and are commonly considered to have similar levels of prosperity as the UK (unlike countries in Southern Europe or the former Soviet Bloc). As members of the EU, Eurostat provides comparable data for each of these countries.


Economic Value of [Cornish] Culture


Yes Scotland: dalc’h an dizalc’hiezh


Ma teu bro-Skos da vezañ dizalc’h, petra a vezo graet gant an eoul-maen, al lur Sterling hag Unaniezh Europa ? Er vandennad-treset "Yes Scotland" omp bet oc’h ober un tamm tro en Highlands, dastumet hon eus soñjoù ha goulennoù ar Skosiz. P’emañ bro-Skos o vont gant un hent disheñvel, hag istorel. Setu pezh a zispleg deomp Keith Dixon, kelenner war sevenadur Breizh-Veur.



The BBC is Killing Democracy - A MUST-WATCH!

THE BIGGER THE LIE - Media Bias in the Scottish Independence Referendum 

Of course this will come as no surprise to Cornish campaigners who have long been aware of the unhealthy links between the English nationalist Labour party and the BBC in Cornwall.


Le référendum sur l’indépendance transformera le Royaume-Uni

Ecosse: le référendum sur l’indépendance transformera le Royaume-Uni - Libération:  Que ce soit en Irlande du Nord, au Pays de Galles, et même dans certaines régions de l’Angleterre comme la Cornouailles (sud-ouest) ou le Yorshire (nord-est), le vote écossais a attisé l’opposition latente à la domination de Londres.

Les trois principaux partis politiques du pays ont promis de déléguer davantage de pouvoirs budgétaires au Parlement écossais si l’indépendance était rejetée, comme le laissent pour l’instant présager les sondages. Des concessions que ne manqueront pas de réclamer d’autres régions du Royaume, et en premier lieu le parti indépendantiste gallois Plaid Cymru, comme les nationalistes d’Irlande du Nord ou le parti Mebyon Kernow qui fait campagne pour obtenir une assemblée en Cornouailles. 


Campaign against royal secrecy in the Duchy

Whilst I doubt that Cornish republicans and British republicans will ever agree on some fundamental issues there are still occasions where common ground can be found. Perhaps this latest campaign from Republic is a good example: Campaign against royal secrecy | Republic


Eurostat / Regional Statistics Illustrated

You can find interesting if depressing statistics for Cornwall and the UK illustrated here:


Karenza Cornish is for Everyone

Movyans-Skolyow-Meythrin - Working to provide bilingual Cornish/English language educational opportunities for children of nursery school age in Cornwall


Lyver Lywans Bukkyas Keltek yn Brythonek

This is a great acquisition being as it is a book full of Celtic mythological beings and the first in a tri-lingual format - Welsh, Breton and Cornish. A book for young and old alike in a large A4 format. At just £2.95 it's a bargain! Available from Agan Tavas ray@agantavas.org
Not read it yet but soon will.



Tenniñ a ray ma fennad d’ar gouelioù etrekeltiek, en Oriant, an taol-mañ. N’eo ket ne vehe netra da lâret a-ziàr ar peurrest. Ret e vo din anzav kentoc’h, izel ma c’hribenn, em eus tremenet ur lodenn vat a ma amzer er gouelioù-mañ, tostik-mat ar re-mañ d’ar gêr, gwir eo. Bourraplted, sonerezh ha mignoniezh, met ivez euriadoù ha na vezont ket gouestlet da labourioù arall, pand eo ker berr ha prizius an amzer neoazh. Kement-mañ evit displeg an tu teñval, an tu “izel ma c’hribenn”.

Ma ! A-fet sonerezh e vez kont èl da gustum en Oriant : doc’h un tu e vez ker a-walc’h ar sonadegoù “bras”, an arvestoù, met doc’h an tu arall e c’heller klevet sonerezh ag ar c’hentañ troc’h evit ur priz dister pe a-vad. Ha paeiñ evit monet a-barzh ne dalv ket dalc’hmat e vo bravoc’h an traoù.

En ur sal-arvestoù propr ha brav hor boa selaouet doc’h daou strollad tud varrek met borodus ar sizhun dremenet. Padal, e-dan un deltenn digor d’an holl, àr un tammig leurenn e koad savet àr barrikoù goulle, setu daet deomp klevet ur strollad entanus, kement ha ken bihan ma faot din menegiñ o anv e-raok donet da galon ma c’haoz. “Pan de capazo” a vez graet anezhe, ur strollad ag ar Galiz, etre sonerezh ar vro-se ha sonerezh Hungaria mod klezmer. Pemp paotr barrek àr o benveger met ivez, ar pezh a zo a-bouez, mistri àr an energiezh ha tre da lakaat ur saliad tud da vreskenn en ur par berr. Hag oc’hpenn an dra-se c’hoazh, tud amiapl, sichant. Ur misi !

C’hoant am boa da lakaat ar gaoz amañ àr lec’h ar yezhoù keltiek er gouelioù. Pas kement-se ar brezhoneg – moaien zo er c’hlevet hag er gwelet er festival, gwir, met chom a ra e-leizh a labour d’ober evit ma vehe lakaet yezh ar vro àr wel hag en implij èl mand eo dleet – met ar yezhoù keltiek arall. Ma klaskec’h dizoloiñ ar gouezeleg pe ar c’hembraeg, pe donet da vout barrekoc’h er yezhoù-se, e oa paour ar peuriñ ar blez-mañ c’hoazh. Lâromp memes tra, evit bout onest, e veze graet un tañva, bep mintin, d’ar brezhoneg, d’ar c’hembraeg ha d’an iwerzhoneg. Met a-hend-arall, e teltennoù pep bro e veze diaes kavout peadra da ouiet pelloc’h àr ar yezhoù-se. Evit ar c’hembraeg, levr ebet er yezh pe a-ziàr ar yezh.

En despet da vro-Iwerzhon bout e-kreiz ar jeu ar blez-mañ, ne oa netra naket a-ziàr ar gouezeleg e-dan o zeltenn vras. Pas muioc’h e teltenn bro-Skos pe enez Manav. Neoazh eh eus ur vro hag a oa disheñvel er c’heñver-se : teltennig Kerne-Veur a oa enni ur stalennad levrioù hag ar braz anezhe a oa pe e kerneveureg, pe evit deskiñ ar yezh. Ha moaien a veze klevet kerneveureg get ar werzherion. Istoer ispisial ar c’herneveureg a zo kaoz marse o deus klasket lakaat o yezh àr-wel èl-mañ, met plijadur en deus graet din gwelet aze tud fier ag o yezh ha doc’h he diskouez dirak an holl, touristed ha-razh. Rak ar yezh(où), en-reizh, a zelehe bout, hag a vez lies e gwirionez, unan ag an traoù a zedenn an dud en ur vro bennak. Kement-mañ zo kaoz e fell din lâret bremañ evit o zrugarekaat : “Meur ras dhywgh !”.

Ha c’hoant am behe da lâret muioc’h a draoù c’hoazh, e gwirionez, met aze e chom labour din… Er blez 2015 e vo enoret Kerneveur hag enez Manav en Oriant, hervez-an-dailh. Un digarez e vo pechañs da vonet e darempred arre, hag a-dostoc’h get ar yezh c’hoar d’ar brezhoneg !



Direct action for Breton

Ai’ta! is a group whose primary objective is to defend and promote the Breton language, and ensure that it remains a living language in all areas of society. To achieve this it is vital that everybody be allowed to see, hear and speak Breton in public life… A language which cannot be used in day-to-day life is a language condemned to die. For this reason we demand that Breton, along with those who speak it, be respected everywhere in Brittany. To this end it is indispensable that our language be given official recognition.

Whilst waiting for that inevitable step on the road to the re-appropriation of the Breton language by the Breton people, the group lacks no imagination and organises numerous actions to inform the largest number of people, and develop the space given to Breton in society. However, and this is vitally important, our actions are always guided by a sense of humour and playful spiritthat in noway stop us from respecting or helping public service users. Indeed, Ai‘ta ! has chosen non-violent direct action as a means of expression to ensure that we are heard. 

Read more here: What is Ai'ta?


A million signatures for self-determination

I support the initiative for the right to self-determination of the European Peoples to be formally expressed within the European Union as a fundamental human right and for its institutions to support all European Citizens and their nations should they wish to exercise this right. 


True devolution? Has localism merely meant passing power to unelected micro-quangos?

Professor Richard Batley, University of Birmingham (School of Government and Society) writes in the FT: “Constitutional devolution, convincingly argued, could be attractive in England, as well as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland . .. . Westminster seems not to appreciate that irritation at the centralisation of power and wealth in London is not confined to the Scots”.

A historical perspective is given by the LSE’s Professor Tony Travers: “At the turn of the 20th century, local government ran nearly all public services in Britain . . . Parliament, with an empire to run, busied itself dealing with the colonies, dominions and war . . .” He continued:

“By common consent, the UK is (now) a highly centralised country. Most taxes are set by the chancellor, while decisions that in most democracies would be made in town halls are handed down from desks in Whitehall . . . In countries as diverse as the US, Sweden, Germany and France, municipalities play a far greater part in democracy. . ..

“The northeast wisely rejected a toothless regional assembly in 2004. The current government, like its predecessor, has struggled to deliver “localism”, which has generally meant passing power from councils to unelected micro-quangos such as schools, clinical commissioning groups and local enterprise partnerships”.

Following an earlier contribution on devolution the writer asked, “Will it happen?” Philip Hosking answered: “It already has: in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and London. If we want it enough we will get it”.

He continued: “There is much movement in English regionalist circles at the moment with Yorkshire First, Yorkshire Devolution Movement, Northumbria People, Hannah Mitchell Foundation and more besides.

“Perhaps now is the time to relaunch Mercian / Middle England’s aspirations for devolution. What with the referendum in Scotland I think England’s regions (plus Cornwall) together need to make a clear, coherent case for a decentralised England that's not just city regions, LEPs or government zone regions”. 

Taken from the Localise West Midlands blog.

As a general update on English regionalism, as well as the above group, mention should be made of the new North East Party formed only recently by  ex-labour man Hilton Dawson.


Lammoù Kalon e Palestinia Heart beats in Palestine ضربات القلب في جنين

With English subtitles.


The 'flaws' of French democracy

BBC News - The 'flaws' of French democracy: Is France a democracy? Most people would assume there is a straightforward answer - "Yes". After all, France has free and fair elections. However, there is more to a truly democratic society than elections alone, writes Simon Baptist of The Economist Intelligence Unit.


Thoughts on Brittany from Wessex

The Summer of Discontent - David Cameron would like to think of Scotland’s referendum as a little local difficulty.  Perhaps that’s why the mainstream media stay so quiet about the widespread discontent now simmering across Europe as our continent awakes to new possibilities.  Catalans are ignoring Madrid’s refusal to allow them a vote on independence.  Basques are thinking along the same lines.  Venetians have already voted for independence from Rome, in an unofficial poll, and are now agitating for the right to hold a real one.  Plaid Cymru’s leader has recently renewed the call for Welsh independence, proclaiming that ‘independence is normal’.

Mebyon Kernow has published a consultation document on establishing a National Assembly of Cornwall.  (Labour continues to brief against the idea.)  In Northumbria, a plethora of groups is staking a variety of territorial claims, with the regional political party model increasingly pulling ahead of the old mantra of ‘working within the Labour Party’, the ‘big red thumb’ under which so many live, that has so clearly failed to deliver.  The Wessex Regionalists, encouraged by the official flying of Wessex flags on St Ealdhelm’s Day, are beginning to draft proposals to put to the electorate in 2015.  Even the BBC is clumsily beginning to explore the deeper England of the future.

In many ways, across many countries, this is looking to be the hour.  And in France, the stakes could not be higher, with a new regional map about to be imposed, one a lot worse in many areas than the current one and consequently already leading to vigorous action against the Paris regime.  The best that can be said about it is that it could actually have been worse still.  Relief?  Well, no – revolutions often kick off when expectations that events are finally moving in the right direction are cruelly dashed, revealing how real reform has never even been on the agenda.  The one thing leading Parisian politicians all seem to agree upon is that there must not be a region that covers Brittany, the whole of Brittany and nothing but Brittany, whatever the Bretons think.

Brittany is a kind of Scotland.  Each has a Treaty of Union with its larger neighbour, the one in 1532, the other in 1707.  Although both were the result of bribes and duress, these treaties guaranteed the continued existence of certain historic national institutions and the freedom of local folk to make at least some of their own decisions.  The concessions won by Scotland have grown to the point where it may even put the Union behind it.

Brittany has fared much, much worse.  French revolutionaries ignored the treaty and, abolishing the Breton institutions, launched two centuries of systematic persecution that has never fully abated.  In 1941, the collaborationist Vichy regime redrew the regional map of France.  Brittany, traditionally five départements, was reduced to four, with the ancient ducal capital of Nantes attached to an artificial ‘Loire Country’ region, where it remains to this day.  The Paris technocracy won’t be budged from the view that a single region with two large cities – Nantes and Rennes – just won’t work.  Try it and see then.  You know, like Edinburgh and Glasgow, Cardiff and Swansea, Bristol and Southampton.  No.  That’s too empirical by far.

François Mitterrand of the Parti Socialiste came to power in 1981 pledged to decentralise power.  There were bold changes.  Elected regional councils, and the abolition of tutelage, the system whereby local decisions could be blocked or reversed by the departmental Prefect acting as guardian of the centralist interest.  But the boundaries of the regions remained unchanged.

Now another ‘socialist’ President, François Hollande, has grasped the nettle.  France’s 22 regions are to be reduced to 14.  ‘Socialism’, one would think, is about society.  And society is made up of communities, intermediate powers between the centre and the individual that need to be cherished.  Not so for Hollande, ever true to the Jacobin ideal that the job of the State is to nip community in the bud, in the name of the one true community – itself.  So the claims of Basques, Catalans and Savoyards to separate regional status continue to be ignored.  Those of Alsatians, long recognised, are to be overturned.  Small but distinctive regions like Auvergne, Limousin and Picardy are likewise to be abolished.  In the one piece of good news, if the reforms do happen, the two half-Normandies are (as we predicted) to be re-united at last.  The result will be a single region with two large cities, Caen and Rouen.  Yet by a stroke of the same pen, Brittany is to remain partitioned.

Does it make any sense, other than in the terms of continuing Parisian supremacy?  Of course not.  But any questioning of the new arrangements is to be suppressed.  The new law will make it impossible for a département to choose to change the region in which it is placed.  You will have the identity that Paris decides that you will have.  Having your own, real identity is a threat to the unity of France and that would never do.  Why is that, when a France divided, along traditional lines, would be so much more pleasant and interesting than the dull conformity of a united one?  It’s a French thing, the wholly irrational foundation of the supposedly rational Republic, as indivisible as the Holy Trinity.  There are questions you just don’t ask because the mental capacity on the other side just isn’t there.  Those in the UK who remember Labour’s regional White Paper from 2002, Your Region, Your (Lack of) Choice will find all this refusal to engage in debate irritatingly familiar.

Hollande already has a good deal of Breton fare on his plate, put there by the Bonnets Rouges – ‘the Red Caps’ – a movement recalling a 17th century tax revolt with constitutional issues thrown in.  Like all successful reform movements, the new Bonnets Rouges cross class lines, combining traditional autonomist thinking with the aspirations of a new generation of entrepreneurs for whom a more distinctive Brittany is just part of the real world of 21st century economics.  It’s a point we’ve often made about Wessex – that we simply have to get our act together as a region for marketing purposes, building a ‘brand’ with a reputation for quality and reliability.  Otherwise we shall have Labour’s alternative thrust upon us – our cities, with their hinterlands, set against each other within a British/English framework that allows London to tax the fruits of our efforts and then give us back what we beg for nicely.

France proclaims its values, supposedly universal, to be liberty, equality and fraternity.  It honours none of these because in every case they are applied in a partisan way by a State that cannot understand why it, as the judge of them, should be bound by them too, even to its own disadvantage.  There is no liberty for conquered nations, their once treaty-assured rights trampled underfoot.  There is equality for those who think, speak and act French and an unconscious, sneering hatred for those who demand to be different.  There is fraternity only in the sense that Big Brother is watching you and legislating you out of existence.

Is the French Republic sustainable on such terms, in a broader Europe that is keen to appear just and civilised, two things that France is not?  Its ruling class, stuck in the 18th century, remain in denial about the new Europe now emerging around and below them.  Happy to embrace as their national anthem a bloodthirsty and dishonest hymn of racial hatred, while treating attacks on the communities that form the building blocks of the French State as normal, reasonable behaviour.  Those who believe these psychopaths are ready for the chop deserve the support of freedom-seekers everywhere.  Why abolish regions to save money when you think how much could be saved just by devolving 99% of the central State?  France, one and indivisible; the sovereignty of the Crown-in-Parliament.  Call it what you will, centralism is a common enemy.  So bring on the real revolution: the sooner France has proper regions with recognisable names and boundaries, and proper, regionally-rooted powers, the sooner Wessex and other English regions can point to their example.

Taken form the Wessex Regionalists blog. 


Time for solidarity with Brittany NOW!

The Breton press are reporting that in France's regional boundary changes proposals there will be no Breton reunification, the current Breton region will stay the same while it is proposed that southern Brittany/ Loire Atlantique is retained by the Pays de Loire region.

However, the debate is not over. Apart from numerous negative economic side effects the move will act to undermine the growth of Breton-medium education in Loire Atlantique.

Breton leader Christian Troadec said: "This is a new blow to the reunification of Brittany.. political courage would have been, under the land reform, to have an immediate end to this separation decided by the Vichy regime and Marshal Petain. Nantes in Brittany... has been claimed and reaffirmed by the Bretons in the five departments at every visit, every survey!

"The future of Britain has again been decided by technocrats in an office in Paris... Paris has once again butchered Brittany.. With 5 departments, we would have counted more than 4.5 million people and could talk to other European states or countries like Scotland, Catalonia, the German landers ... Our economic development capacity would have seen a tenfold increase. Our jobs and our standard of living too."

To help oppose the move and to support reunification please write asap to Mr Hollande: http://www.elysee.fr/ecrire-au-president-de-la-republique/

You can sign the petition on the Bretagne Réunie website here:  http://www.bretagne-reunie.org/soutenir/signez-la-charte/

Equally you can contact the collective 44=BZH and ask how you can help: http://44breizh.com/


Election results from Brittany

In Breizh (Brittany) with three separate election lists for Breton parties (Christian Guyonvarc’h, heading the open list made up of Union Démocratique Bretonne (Unvaniezh Demokratel Breizh) (UDB) non/members of the party; Christian Troadec heading the joint Parti Breton, Mouvement Breton et Progrès, Alliance Federalist Bretonne, Breizh Europa list and the Breizhistance/Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste list), the share of the vote was good overall, but no MEP was elected from any of the lists. 

Breizh shares its European parliamentary constituency with areas of West France, outside of its traditional territory.

Already talk can be heard of a Breton democratic front for the regional elections to come. 

Text provided by the Celtic League and map from Geobreizh


Spoilt for choice in Brittany's European election

Whilst in Cornwall we won't have the chance of voting for a Cornish party in the forthcoming EU elections, in Brittany - also buried in a much larger European constituency - things are quite different.

Three lists are running that can be classified as autonomist or independentist. 

The first is from MK's sister party, the Union Démocratique Bretonne. The open list, headed by regional councillor Christian Guyonvarc'h, includes personalities from outside the UDB's membership. Their slogan is: "I vote Brittany for a social Europe".

Next we have Nous te ferons L'Europe. This list includes the Parti Breton, Mouvement Bretagne et Progrès, Alliance Federalist Bretonne, Breizh Europa, and is spearheaded by Christian Troadec of Bonnets Rouge fame.

Last, but by no means least, we have Breizhistance - indépendence et socialisme - and Frances Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste forming a list on the radical left. They are campaigning for a 'Europe of peoples and workers'.

With the redrawing of Frances regional map on the table pro-Breton parties will need to make a big impact in all forthcoming elections, which leads me to wonder if 3 separate lists will not dilute the vote and confuse people. Who will I vote for? Well Breizistance seem to have a blind spot when it comes to the existence of the Cornish question and that's not for want of reminding them.


Ukip in a flap over Cornish recognition.

Amongst the outpouring of happiness and positive responses we note with interest the embittered and bigoted remarks made in social media and elsewhere by the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), whose self-appointed and blinkered local spokespersons appear to show complete ignorance of the differences between the Council of Europe and the European Union.

More on Ukips incompetence and incoherence can be found in the article linked to above. Yes indeed; they don't even know the difference between the European Union and the Council of Europe. For them, it all boils down to 'johnny-foreigner' sticking his nose in and making it difficult for bosses to exploit workers and for the conservative establishment to hold on to the reigns of power.

The European Union

The Council of Europe

OK! So, one more time then. It's the Council of Europe who produced the framework convention for the protection of national minorities (FCNM) under which the UK government has decided to recognise the Cornish. 

Wouldn't it be good - just for once - if you could all be honest about why you don't like the EU. Have the courage of your convictions - some guts lets say - and explain why you are against the UK's membership of the EU. It's nothing to do with democracy in reality is it? 

The EU is not perfect but neither is the UK, and it's Westminster that has a far greater influence over our lives. The EU's parliament is elected - more or less - proportionally by us. The European Council is made up of European heads-of-state (or government) who are elected by us. The Council of Ministers is comprised of ministers from our democratically elected governments. The European Commission is made up of people appointed by our democratically elected governments. The EU also has a written constitution which enshrines the rights of citizens and the principle of subsidiarity.  Not perfect, plenty of room for improvement, but not the dictatorship Ukippers would have us believe. 

Compare that to the UK where we have an unelected head of state resulting in an unhealthy concentration of executive and legislative power in the hands of the government. Our upper chamber - 50% of our Parliament - is unelected. There is no written constitution or bill of rights. Unelected quangos litter the land. Our electoral system is anything but proportional or representative. Power is centralised in London with only Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and...ummm...London enjoying any kind of devolved government.

Does any of this bother your average Ukipper? No, of course not, because if truth be known they'd probably be happy with an British dictatorship as long as it wasn't shared with European "foreigners".


An update on English regionalism

The Yorkshire Devolution Movement now has a new website and seem to be managing to get increasing press coverage.

The Yorkshire Devolution Movement is an independent pressure group set up in 2012 to campaign for a directly elected regional assembly for Yorkshire. It has no party political affiliations but is open to working with those who share our aims.

A new regionalist political party - Yorkshire First - has been created in time for the EU elections.

Yorkshire has a larger population than Scotland and an economy twice the size of Wales, but with the powers of neither. We support the devolving of powers to the least centralised authority capable of addressing those matters effectively – within Yorkshire, the United Kingdom and Europe.

Devolve Deliver is a grass-roots campaign from Labour members. 

The UK is one of the most centralised countries in the developed world. This holds us back. Join our campaign to devolve powers to regions and local areas and help us all deliver a better future.  

Northumbria People is a regionalist blog from Hilton Dawson. There is talk of a new Northumbrian party in the offing.

Why is the North East expected to make do with some sort of hotch-potch, spatchcock, papering over the cracks instead of having real power, real devolution, real democracy here ?

Autonomous England  started out as Mercian regionalists on Facebook only to change name later.

Autonomous England is a loose confederation of activists who seek to radically alter the way England is run, both democratically and economically. We aim to create an England which is not ruled from outside or above but instead governed by its people, regardless of their race, gender, creed or sexual orientation.

To keep an eye on all such developments, as well as older more established regionalists, I've set up this twitter list imaginatively named: Regionalists

Kan Etrebroadel al Labourerien - The International in Breton


Kan Etrebroadel al Labourerien

War sav! tud daonet deus an douar !

kent mervel gant an naon, war sav

Ar skiant a gomz hag a lavar

Reiñ an diwezhañ taol-chav !

Ret eo teuler ae bed-kozh d'an traoñ

Mevelien paour war-sav, atav !

Greomp evit mad dezhi he c'haoñ

Bezomp mestr lec'h bezaň esklav !

An emgann diwerzhañ zo

Holl war sav hag arc'hoazh

Na vo er bed met ur vro

Da vihan ha da vraz

Etrezomp na n'eus salver ebet,

Na pab, na doue, na den all !

Ha deomp hon unan a vo ret

Ober amañ ar gwir ingal

A-benn harzh laeron bras da noazout

Derc'hel ar spered en e blom

C'hwezomp hon c'hovel pe 'vefomp boud

Ha dav d'an houarn keit m'eo tomm !

Ar stad a zo fall, pep lezenn kamm

An deog a wad ar paour-kaez den

Deverioù d'ar re vras n'eus foeltr tamm

Gwirioù ar paour-kaez zo ven

Awalc'h eo dindan vestr kastiañ

Al lealded c'houlenn traoù all

Dindani vefomp holl memes tra

Gant deverioù droejoù ingal.

Ken hudur en kreiz o brazoni

Hon mistri

war an holl labour

Deus graet biskoazh nemet ransoniñ

Laerezh poan ar micherour

Rag en prez kloz an dud didalvez

Kement vez krouet vez teuzet

Goulennomp vo rentet hep dale

D'ar bobl kaez ar pezh zo dleet !

Holl micherourien ha kouerijen

Memproù a labour er bed-mañ

Ar bed-mañ zo d'al labourerien

An dud didalvez diwarnañ

Deus hon c'hwezenn gwelit int lard mat

Na pa deufe ur seurt brini

Un deiz ar bed paour-mañ da guitaat

An heol zalc'ho da lugerniñ.

Garzh ebet ken kreiz-entre pep bro

An holl dud breudeur war ar bed

Ar brezeloù diot er blotoù

Dav d'ar re vraz c'hoazh mar bez ret

Evite na n'afomp biken ken

A-vilieroù d'en em drailhañ

War sav pa 'mañ ar skiant o ren 
Deomp vo ret terriñ pe blegañ.

An Internationale

Laket en brezoneg gant Marcel Hamon


Blaming Immigrants...

Well done Swansea. Some inspiration for Cornwall perhaps.


Une bonne nouvelle pour le peuple cornique

Bonne nouvelle. Le Gouvernement britannique a annoncé aujourd'hui la reconnaissance du peuple cornique (Cornouailles britannique) en tant que minorité nationale sous la "Convention-cadre pour la protection des minorités nationales" (article wikipedia), convention signée et ratifiée par la quasi-totalité des États européens sauf la France, la Turquie, la Grèce (consulter la carte).

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The UK Government have announced today that the Cornish people will be officially recognised as a national minority under the Council of Europe Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

Dick Cole, leader of Mebyon Kernow- the Party for Cornwall, said: "This is a fantastic development. This is a proud day for Cornwall…. A lot of people have been working for many years to get Cornwall the recognition other Celtic people of the UK already receive.”

UK Communities Minister Stephen Williams added: "This is a great day for the people of Cornwall who have long campaigned for the distinctiveness and identity of the Cornish people to be recognised officially. The Cornish and Welsh are the oldest peoples on this island and as a proud Welshman I look forward to seeing St Piran's Flag flying with extra Celtic pride on 5 March next year." => Consulter l'annonce de l'Alliance Libre Européenne

Union Démocratique Bretonne
02 96 61 48 63 • udbcontact@udb-bzh.net • http://udb-bzh.net • 4 rue Menou 44000 Nantes
L'UDB est membre de Régions et Peuples Solidaires (RPS) et de l'Alliance Libre Européenne (ALE).

Unvaniezh Demokratel Breizh 
02 96 61 48 63 • udbcontact@udb-bzh.net • http://udb-bzh.net • 4 straed Menou 44000 Nantes
Un ezel eus Rannvroioù ha Pobloù Kengred (RPK) hag Emglev Libr Europa (ELE) eo UDB.


10,000 for the reunification of Brittany

Over 10,000 people marched in Brittany's historic capital on the 19th of April 2014 to demand the administrative reunification of Nantes and its surrounding department, Loire Atlantique, with the rest of Brittany.

The French administrative region of Bretagne minus Nantes and Loire Atlantique department.

Currently Brittany is divided between two bodies of regional governance: 4 departments are regrouped in the administrative region of Brittany, whilst the 5th historic department of Brittany, Loire Atlantique, is attached to the totally artificial technocratic Pay de la Loire region.

The historic borders of the Duchy of Brittany.

It's worth noting that Nantes and the Loire Atlantique department were separated from Brittany by the collaborationist French 'Vichy' government during the second world war.

The current French socialist government has promised to reduce the number of administrative regions and simplify local government by abolishing the departments. Breton campaigners have therefore seized the chance to powerfully restate their desire for a reunified Brittany in which the councils of the 5 Breton departments and the regional council are fused to form a single assembly for Brittany. Another alternative being touted by some French politicians is the creation of a Grande Ouest region much like a South West or Devonwall region for Cornwall but on a much larger scale.

Grande Ouest


Indigenous Tweets: Mapping the Celtic Twittersphere

Read more here.

I must admit that it's sad to see that there are no conversations in either Breton or Cornish between Brittany and Cornwall. 


Why is Cornish devolution politically incorrect?

A letter to my daughter and son-in-law in Scotland | openDemocracy: David Cameron encouraged the people of England, Wales and Northern Ireland to contact their loved ones in Scotland about the independence referendum. Here a father in the north of England writes to his daughter and son in law in Scotland.

You can read the rest of Paul Salvesons letter here. It's a great letter that, with a healthy dose of sarcasm, makes the case for breaking Westminster's stranglehold on the rest of these Isles.

An external observer might expect that left-leaning Cornish autonomists and Northern English decentralist socialists would have more in common than most and enjoy a productive camaraderie. Sadly however this is far from the case. Whilst mention is made of Wales and Northern England - even Devon and Somerset find a place - not a jot in recognition of Cornwall. Nothing about our movement that is approaching its centenary. Not one word of the petition of 50,000 signatures calling for a Cornish assembly. Silence but for a chill wind blowing from the North.

Mr Salveson is aware of Cornwall and has clearly made the choice (on more than one occasion) to ignore us, but why? I'd really like to know. Why  is campaigning for Cornish self-determination politically incorrect in certain circles?  How are we seen by people that, normally, we might consider to have much in common with?  


Gwenno Saunders

Gwenno Saunders: This is Cymru Calling - welshnot: How do you feel about relative lack of attention that Cornish language/culture gets? 

I speak Cornish most days but I’ve spent very little time there over the years unfortunately so I don’t know if I have any authority to say. I’ve met a lot of Cornish speakers on twitter etc. and I’ve learnt that there are a lot of people out there who are putting a huge amount of time and effort into raising the profile of the language and culture but it’s completely underfunded and I think that’s a major issue.

There’s a massive problem in that the government in Westminster won’t acknowledge Cornish history, and that trickles down to local government. Cornwall has a distinct territory with borders that haven’t changed for over a thousand years.

There’s a close identification of the people with their historic territory and their unique way of life, and with their culture, language and law. The Duchy holds archaic power over the land and profits from it without paying corporation tax (which could be reinvested) so I think the fact that the Cornish language and the Cornish identity exist at all is just a massive credit to all those people who are dedicating their lives to their heritage and their language.


Brittany/Cornwall: what relations? Bretagne/Cornouailles (britanniques) : quelle relations ?

Here's one I just bought in from Coop Breizh that looks to be full of fascinating stuff for those interested in Brittany, Cornwall and the relations that exist between our two countries.


Redadeg 2014 - Run for Breton

From 24th to 31th May, from Morlaix to Glomel, 1500 km in Brittany !

The Redadeg, launched in 2008, is a relay race which takes place every two years.

Popular and festive, it crosses Brittany, day and night to symbolise the transmission of a lively, creative and dynamic Breton language, across the generations and territories.

To back the projects in support of the Breton language the kilometres are sold and the profits are redistributed. These new initiatives are selected based on application, they are very diverse and can relate to teaching, leisure, media, sport or culture but they all promote the use of Breton in social and family life. The race goes through the 5 Breton departments over 1500kms and crosses more than 300 municipalities.

(consult the route map and the municipalities crossed by clicking on Route)

The Redadeg defends the idea « Brezhoneg ha plijadur » ! « Breton language and pleasure » ! You can run with your family, friends or colleagues, in disguise, with music, follow the race on foot, or on roller-blades, in pushchairs or on bikes....organise some entertainment or take advantage of the local festivities, concerts, theatre, stands, breakfasts....organised according to the time and place of the race passing. The main idea is to take part, to be seen, to have fun and it’s also the opportunity to hear, to use and to make Breton be heard!

The baton, symbol of the Breton language, carries a secret message, it is passed from hand to hand and is read at the finishing line.

For the start of the 4th edition in 2014, the race will leave from Morlaix on Saturday 24th May and arrive in Glomel on Saturday 31st May in the middle of the International Festival of Clarinettes, Gouel an Dreujenn Gaol.

The Redadeg is an event which is uniting, sporting, cultural, popular and festive all at the same time.

The Redadeg is an event with a strong media (in Brittany and elsewhere), economic (direct and indirect) and cultural, impact.

This is one Cornishman with a dream. Imagine, one day, the Redadeg starting in Cornwall before crossing the sea, as once did the Breton language, to continue its route in Breizh.