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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The case for Cornwall: http://www.opendemocracy.net/blog/ourkingdom-theme/tom-griffin/2008/11/15/the-case-for-cornwall
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a bit of info on how to vote for greater Cornish self rule with the new British Library -Taking Liberties- interactive website.

The homepage for the site is here: Taking Liberties :: home

To vote however you must visit the interactive section here: British Library - Taking Liberties

Wait for the flashy intro to pass and then click on the 'UNITED KINGDOM?' option at the top of the page. You will then be given the option of 'Cornish Independence' amongst others. Click on this and you will have some presentations as well as some opinions to vote for. The English devolution option is also worth a look as are many other issues in other sections.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm glad to see this happening. Some respectable

For all the naysayers who claim Cornwall is too small, by area or population for home rule, have they ever been to the Channel Islands or Isle of Man? Why one rule for them and another for Cornwall?

The results that poll gives are really obscure!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frankly, if the British Library can only find an academic who rests his argument re Cornwall's population being the main factor in devolution on the entirely spurious, and completely incorrect figure of a third of a million, then it doesn't inspire much confidence in the exercise.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agreed Kerrow and thats why I wrote a long e-mail to them explaining what a missed chance it was to treat the Cornish question, and if they don't respond I'll savage them with complaints and the FOI act.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good for you.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2008 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm glad it's at least covered. But when the woman talks about it being a "county of England", I think she is missing the point entirely. At least it is dealt with separately... but it talks about "independence", whereas I think that devolution is the main object just now, and probably a lot more comfortable for most Cornish people just now.

Why can't the British Library find, say, a Manx politician, a Channel Islander, a Luxemburger, Icelander, Maltese etc? (Iceland probably not a good idea just now with their bank problems though!)

That said, with English (not Cornish) local devolution, I think that Prezza missed a trick when he offered it to artificial regions. It would have been far more sensible to offer it to, say, Yorkshire, which has a reasonably solid identity, which some vague amorphous "north east" region doesn't.

Mind you, that's the same complaint Cornish nats have about this "south west" nonsense.

The English need to face up to the fact that Cornwall is a nation, not a county or a region. (Mind you, some of them think in terms of Scotlandshire about us too!) Some Cornish people need to face up to the facts as well, by the looks of things. Devolution is evolution, if you catch my drift.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a bit late in the day for the CFF but this in from some Catalan well wishers: http://www.nationalia.info/en/news/338

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Cornish seek political autonomy and recognition as a people
05/12/2008

SPECIAL REPORT. Main Cornish nationalist party confident it will do well in next local elections ·

Over half Cornwall’s population support self-government based on the Welsh and Scottish model · One group intends to take the United Kingdom to the European courts for failing to recognize the Cornish as a people.

Could a fourth autonomous parliament, in addition to those in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, soon be on the cards in the United Kingdom? The people of Cornwall, one of Europe's smallest stateless nations (3,563 sq. km. and a population of 526,000), certainly think so. The Cornish are not only adapting their ancient Celtic language for the twenty-first century, they also want London to recognize their distinctiveness and acknowledge them as one of the UK's "home nations". And progress is beginning to be made in the land of King Arthur.

In administrative terms, Cornwall is part of South West England, one of the nine regions that make up England. England's regional assemblies are not elected by voters, as they are, for instance, in Spain, and in 2010 they will be replaced by two new parallel structures, forums and agencies. Before the new system is introduced, many have spoken out in favour of Cornwall having its own democratically elected, autonomous assembly based on the Welsh and Scottish model. A survey carried out in 2003 suggested 55% of people in Cornwall would be in favour.

Mebyon Kernow (MK, ‘Sons of Cornwall' in Cornish) is the most active political proponent of a Cornish Assembly. At the party's annual conference two weeks ago, MK leader Dick Cole reiterated one of the demands his party has been making for years: an autonomous assembly that responds to the needs of the Cornish people. But this time Cole went further, calling on his supporters to "defeat" the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats in next year's local elections: "We have to [...] put Cornish nationalists at the heart of local government in Cornwall," Cole said.

Dick Cole's strategy is to show voters that Mebyon Kernow is the only alternative to "undistinguished politicians that cannot be trusted to defend Cornish interests." The nationalist party is changing tack, not simply stressing Cornwall's cultural and linguistic distinctiveness, but its economic and social interests too. MK is now campaigning against unchecked urban expansion and campaigning in favour of keeping post offices open, for example.

How likely is it that Mebyon Kernow will succeed? The party is convinced that it will make major progress in next year's local elections. There is some evidence that MK is right to be optimistic: in the 2005 general election MK won 3,200 votes in Cornwall and in local elections two years later they attracted 10,000 votes (although in local elections voters can choose two candidates representing different parties). MK is now hoping to win over disgruntled Liberal Democrat and Labour supporters. The Lib Dems are accused of disrupting local government; Labour of failing to invest in the region.

Fighting to be recognized as a people

Cornish nationalists are aware that, for the time being at least, securing their own assembly will be difficult. But forcing the United Kingdom to recognize the Cornish as a distinct people would undoubtedly be a step in the right direction. Last year, the Council of Europe urged the United Kingdom to "examine" the possibility of defining the Cornish as a distinct "racial group". If the Cornish people were given the same status as the Irish, Welsh, Scottish, Roma and Sikhs, they would be entitled to protection under the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, which the United Kingdom has signed.

London has not yet acted on the Council of Europe's advice, so the Cornish have taken matters into their own hands. Last May, the Cornish Fighting Fund was set up to raise enough money to take the United Kingdom to the European Courts. By early December, 36,000 pounds had been pledged to cover legal costs. Supporters of the Fund want to force London to acknowledge the existence of the Cornish people, which may open the way for Cornish history and language to be taught in Cornwall's schools, and put an end once and for all to the "forced assimilation" and "ethnocide" of the Cornish people.

Revival of a language

The Cornish language is undoubtedly one of the most important symbols of the Cornish revival of Cornish. An ancient Celtic language, Cornish was spoken until the eighteenth century and began to be revived at the start of the twentieth century by Cornish enthusiasts. Their efforts are beginning to pay off. Today there are several hundred fluent speakers of the language and some parents are transmitting Cornish to their children. The United Kingdom officially recognized Cornish as a regional language in 2003, and although the protection it receives is slight compared to Welsh, the future of Cornish seems fairly bright.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Cornish Law: http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/philip_hosking/cornish_law
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 The Cornish Rebellion of 1497 was a popular uprising by the people of Cornwall in the far south west of Britain. Its primary cause was the raising of war taxes by King Henry VII on the impoverished Cornish for a campaign against Scotland, motivated by brief border skirmishes that were inspired by Perkin Warbeck's pretence to the English throne. Tin miners were angered as the scale of the taxes violated previous rights granted by Edward I of England to the Cornish Stannary Parliament which exempted Cornwall from all taxes of 10ths or 15ths of income. The Cornish had little sympathy for English wars against Scotland, considering that most Cornish were not English speakers at that time.  


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