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20.2.14

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?  



10.2.14

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.

2.2.14

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.