Colin Brewer, independent councillor for Wadebridge East – remember that name if you live in that area come the May elections- told a Disability Cornwall stand at Lys Kernow, “Disabled children cost the council too much money and should be put down.”.
An investigation ensued but he refuses to resign over the remarks which took place in October 2011. In my opinion he should be sacked, never mind resigning and also have a visit from the local Constabulary.
He wittered in his defence to Disability Cornwall: “While I meant no offence by my remarks to you I can see, in retrospect, that they were ill judged and insensitive and should not have been made at all.”
He later snivelled, “I had come to their stall after a long council meeting and I was probably a little bit het up. I used to be a salesman and I said it to provoke them into a discussion – I expected them to parry it and talk to me.”
Seemingly a ‘Class-A’ asshole and someone who most certainly, in 21st century Cornwall, should not be party to making any decsions that affect us at all.
In an epic show of riding rough-shod over local opinion and blatent pocket-lining, the laughing prince and his cronies are set to build on prime farmland with an unwanted development in Truro (big surprise!).
Our already gridlocked capital will receive among other things; housing, a Waitrose and a park and ride, in one of the most congested parts of the city. I shudder to think what effect all that hard-standing will have in the flood-prone area just below.
The sooner people get wise to the fact that Charles is effectively quai-sovereign of Cornwall, has the right of veto in the English (masquerading as a UK) parliament and along with his developer chums will summarily concrete Cornwall, the better for all. The Duchy of Cornwall is NOT a private estate.
As for the Duke’s green credentials? Well they’re akin to something you might find in the field he’s concreting over, once the cows have left!
Soon enough there will be nowhere for local people to live (don’t delude yourself into thinking the housing is for them!), and no fields to grow the produce the Duke wants to sell in his quasi farmers’ market.
We Cornish are used to assaults on our identity. It’s been happening for centuries. So it didn’t really come as much of a surprise that the Olympic Torch relay would be used as such.
In the preceding days before the relay, several Cornish campaigners were visited at their homes by the Devon police in Cornwall and warned off any protests should they be thinking of having them. In scenes reminiscent of Speilberg’s ‘Minority Report’, it now seems D&C Police have a ‘Future Crimes/Not Actually a Crime’ unit operating in this ‘democracy’!
Sgt Tom Cruise said, “We will show those pesky ‘Oo-Arrs’ a thing or two!”.
With the Olympics being a sporting event (and not a thinly veiled corporate/commercial juggernaut), lots of people in Cornwall were bewildered that Julie Kitchen – the Cornish woman ranked no.1 in the world for ladies Muaythai boxing and also a 14x world champion was overlooked to carry the torch. They were even more bewildered when a lot of the bearers didn’t even come from or live in Cornwall!
Next, is the archway at Pen an Wlas or Land’s End. A bilingual sign with the Cornish coat-of-arms and the flag of St. Piran proudly displayed. Not any more!
No Cornish Please…
New paint job and no Cornish, just as the world’s media descends on Kernow! Coincidence? Apparently not. The re-painting of the sign was only part of an ongoing refurbishment programme and had nothing to do with the torch relay event the management explained. However, an ITV reporter noted the smell of fresh paint the morning of the relay…
It’s not all bad though for Kernewek: “Cornish is displayed prominently as well as other languages on another sign within the attraction” say the bucket&spadebrigade entertainers. Great, lost with a multitude of other European languages.
See what Maga: the Cornish Language Partnership had to say here: http://vimeo.com/42544690
And so to Andrew Ball: the last runner in Kernow. In Saltash and carrying the flag of Cornwall along with the torch on his journey to England. Unconfirmed reports suggest the flag was unceremoniously ripped from his hand by one of his Metropolitan stormtrooper escorts.
The Met man, he no like Baner Peran!
Apparently the flag was ‘political’ and therefore could not be carried past all the Union flags being fluttered and flown! Orders had come from above ie. LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games), who seemingly now tell the police what to do!
I wonder, will the Welsh and Scottish people be stopped from running with their flags?
As a collegue pointed out: ‘Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination) of the Human Rights Act states that: “The enjoyment of the rights and freedoms set forth in this Convention shall be secured WITHOUT DISCRIMINATION on any ground such as sex, race, colour, LANGUAGE, religion, POLITICAL OR OTHER OPINION, ASSOCIATION WITH A NATIONAL MINORITY, property, birth or other status”. (My emphasis).
LOCOG and its partners breached this at least twice on Saturday.’
Very early on in the day the Met were already getting fired up!
Met police getting ‘heavy’ with a local
I expect old Adolf would have approved…
On a lighter note, David Beckham kindly thanked everyone at RAF (sic) Culdrose! Nice one Dave!
As you may or may not have been aware, a month or two ago, a new Cornish online newspaper entitled The Cornish Gazette blasted into existence.
It is essentially a satirical paper, (along the lines of a Cornish Private Eye) however some articles also cover important news and issues the ‘local’ press are perhaps, less inclined to print.
Satire within Cornwall has long been needed. Politics and politicians on the grand stage encounter it always – in Cornwall, someone writes a letter to the West Briton and that’s the end of that. Now our elected members of parliament in the Duchy, along with their counterparts in Lys Kernow are being scrutinised and parodied for their behaviour, as well as policy. It doesn’t stop with politicians though. Anyone or any company is fair game it seems!
So within, you have the floppy-haired Andy Gorge MP as well as positive news bringer Arabella Kingston (aping the typical Tory sloane journo-type), the Week in Gibberish (tackling nonsense), a rabid old fart and any number of comedic videos.
The latest edition is out on November 30th . This was intended as a heads up more than a review but it’s starting to sound like one, so I’ll just leave you with the link!