In an article today, the This is Cornwall website reported, that the long-awaited second stab at getting Cornwall recognised as a national and cultural minority, within the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, was going ahead.
Previously we had been denied this status on account of not being, according to the EHRC, a ‘racial group’. In order to become such, we, the Cornish (an indigenous people), would have to be successful in bringing a prosecution of ‘Racial Discrimination’ to the courts. The EHRC would not countenance such cases brought to them and so the Cornish were in limbo. (Incidentally, the English have said status.)
Meanwhile other groups, such as Travellers were recognised by the UK Government, albeit having likewise, no racial discrimination case brought to court. Go fathom…
(John Angarrack’s book ‘Scat t’Larrups? – Resist and Survive’, details the whole experience.)
Yesterday, ‘The Cornish National Minority Report 2’ was launched, with Bert Biscoe at the helm. We can only hope, as clearly much work (again) has gone into this, that this time we won’t be sidelined/ignored by the UK Government, who also ignored the Council of Europe last time round.
Andrew ‘on the fence’ George and Dan ‘piss my pants’ Rogerson presented the report to the ‘Communities and Local Government’ minister Andrew Stunell at Westminster, which probably means that’ll be that, from their end.
Copies have also been handed to Alec Robertson’s old trough buddy Eric Pickles, as well as Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dumber – Cameron & Clegg…
We, the Cornish, however, will not and must not let this pass. In twelve years, things have changed. The fact you’re reading this is a testament to it, (the internet has brought a greater awareness and accessibilty to all things Cornish). Things can’t subtly slide, quylkyn-like under the rug (or silk tie) of Duchy Hall.
Copies of the report are available from Duchy Hall or by e-mailing Bert Biscoe: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sometimes you have to wonder, why the English establishment are so threatened by a small, repressed nation like Kernow?
Or for that matter, Scotland, Wales, Ireland etc.
You might say they’re not threatened at all, how could they be?
If that is the case, why is so much done by them to try and keep the status quo?
Is it for the benefit of Cornwall to be denied her inalienable rights to be an independent, free nation? Is it in Scotland’s interests to be a part of an unbalanced, out-dated act of Union? And despite 300 years of formal annexation by England, is it in Wales’ best interests to continue in this way for another 300?
For centuries England has trampled across indigenous nations, waged war and interred dissidents but what makes the English establishment and certain English people so resistant to give back what was never theirs to take?
In the case of Cornwall, it never was taken. No formal records exist of annexation. Cornwall always existed separately from England and earlier Wessex. In 936, the ethnic cleanser Athelstan forced the boundary of Cornwall from the river Exe in what is now Devon, back to the eastern bank of the river Tamar where it remains, in constitutional law, today. Maps showed Cornwall as a separate country. Many writers, ambassadors and historians wrote of Cornwall and the Cornish alongside England and the English. At his coronation, the maniacal mass-murderer Henry VIII listed Cornwall separately from England, while his daughter Elizabeth apparently spoke nine languages: five were the languages of Britain and Ireland which included Cornish and she had stated that she didn’t rule Cornwall.
So what happened? After the war of 1549, England, in a fit of spite, “forgot” Cornwall existed as a nation and proceeded its insidious assimilation agenda which continues to this very day.
So why is this carrying on? Why are groups and individuals ridiculed and denigrated for speaking of such things?
It is because it has been erased from the collective consciousness, meaning those that do are loonies and fantasists. But who are the fantasists when the history is there for all who want it?
Go on any Cornish fora and see the abuse levelled by English participants who blatently refuse the evidence put before them yet offer none to support their end. The same goes for sites like Wikipedia.
What difference does it make to them?
Is the English establishment and those individuals who persist with this agenda frightened of groups of people with a strong identity?
Why can’t England exist peacefully alongside the other constituent nations of the British Isles? Perhaps they’re afraid we might all get together and give ’em a taste of their own medicine?
But this is 21st century Britain. What Cornwall and the other Celtic nations want is not enmity and strife, only to take care of their own affairs, not be controlled by power-hungry puppets hundreds of miles away, who have no concept of the issues affecting the people of said nations.
As we see from happenings in Scotland, things are changing, for the better. Kernow’s day too, will come.
The establishment don’t like it, the quasi-facist dream is coming to an end. They’re afraid and England is shaking like a shitting dog.
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Driving past Flambards in Helston the other day, I was dismayed to see, at their new entrance, five flags flying in the wind. Dismayed because out of the five, only one was the flag of St. Piran. The others? Two Union flags and two St. George Cross.
What are Flambards trying to say? ‘Hello visitors, yes, you are in England but we’ll fly this funny little black and white flag to keep the locals happy.’
It’s just not good enough!
When a lot of work is being done to get Cornwall recognition; the language back into schools and everyday life; heritage and identity promoted etc. this, from a major visitor attraction is frankly, a disgrace.
It is tokenism incarnate.
Presumably those who run Flambards, (a place that has been served well by the people of Cornwall over the last thirty five years), are unaware that Cornwall was never a party to the Act of Union in 1707 and has NEVER been a part of England.
It is hard enough to battle through the day-to-day drivel of ‘you’re English, Cornwall’s a part of England’ etc, without local businesses reinforcing the idea. The fact that that they have the Cornish flag flying in the middle, makes them seem even more confused!
To my mind there is absolutely no reason fly the Cross of St. George. Not only is it offensive to Cornish folk, it is as ridiculous as flying the French or the USA’s flag.
People understand we’re part of Britain, so the Union flag I can just about get my head ’round (I’d still rather not see it but hey!)
Other attractions around the Duchy fly the Cornish flag loud and proud, Geevor Tin Mine for example, flies St Piran’s flag all over its site and its staff!
Come on Flambards, show you’re proud to be Cornish, do away with the Butcher’s Apron and make being Cornish part of who you are because at £20 a throw, people don’t need brainwashing on top of wallet-rinsing!
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