So says Kevin Cahill, a House of Lords scholar and researcher with no Cornish nationalist axe to grind.
“Cornwall really is a separate kingdom, as has long been claimed by activists west ot the Tamar.” so says Martin Hesp, a Western Morning News journo with no Cornish nationalist axe to grind.
So what the hell is going on? Well, Mr Cahill has published a facsimile of an old manuscript known as the ‘Second Domesday’ or more correctly, ‘Return of Owners of Land, 1873’. This dusty tome shows who owns what in Britain and as we in Cornwall have known for a long time, you don’t own squat.
Talking to people in my job, they are always amazed when I mention the Duke of Cornwall owning everything in Cornwall; the land, the trees, the leaves on the trees, your house (or at least the land it stands on) etc. Across the border in merrie England, it’s the Crown.
Here, is one more thing to further our cause. We don’t make things up, we are not fantasists. We put our argument forth with pure, hard and substantiated fact. Just because authority has chosen to keep the people in the dark, does not mean it’s not true. You’d think people would get that in the 21st century more than ever…
So here is a scan of the article that appeared in the WMN. You can’t find it online as they (WMN) haven’t deemed it worthy of putting up. Well, we wouldn’t want the populous to know the truth now, would we? It’s a wonder this article was ever printed at all but it was and it boosts Cornwall’s cause no end.
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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.
All hail the 1%!
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Over the past few days, info has been coming out about Prince Charles’ meddling in Parliamentary affairs. There seems to be a lot of surprise over this.
We in Cornwall of course, have known for years how the Duke acts. It seems his cosy little arrangements with government departments are now creeping out into the fresh air.
Pandora’s Box is opening and this can only be good for the people of Cornwall.
Some links below. The last contains a letter from John Angarrack.
For more info on the constitutional status of the Duchy of Cornwall, see here: http://duchyofcornwall.eu/
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Some weeks ago, Charles Saxe Coburg-Gotha or ‘Windsor’ as he likes to call himself, aka The Duke of Cornwall, very ‘kindly’ sent a cheque, for an undisclosed amount (£500 according to An Helghyer’s sources) to the people raising money to erect a statue in memory and honour of the countless miners who lost their lives or suffered debilitating illness from their work underground in the St Just and Pendeen districts.
Now, the good people of St Just and Pendeen have, for years, been doing all they can to raise money to have made and erect this fine statue.
It is expected to cost around £40,000 and they, through various auctions, public events etc have raised thousands towards it but are struggling to reach the target.
My point, is this: I find it a bit sick that the Duke of Cornwall couldn’t have coughed up the remainder in order for this statue, which was first mooted in 2000, to be made.
Since the creation of the Dukedom in 1337, the successive Dukes have made a pretty penny out of Kernow over the years, with Charles being the latest leech.
For all the Duchy of Cornwall’s contemporary talk of a ‘Private estate’, anyone with an ounce of historical knowledge knows this to be blatantly not the case. (see here for more info)
In terms of why this is relevant to mining and a miners’ statue is as follows: for a five hundred year period, ‘tribute’ or ‘coinage’ was levied against the tinners of Cornwall by the successive Dukes of Cornwall. This meant vast sums of money worked for, by Cornishmen in blood and sweat, leaving the country and going into the pockets of the gad-about Dukes to lead excessive and lavish life-styles.
It has been worked out, that in today’s money, the revenue from tribute over the five hundred year period it lasted, is around £20 billion.
Even after tribute had ceased, vast sums still poured (and still does) from Cornwall to the Duke.
Edward Albert Saxe Coburg-Gotha (Edward VII) was Duke of Cornwall from 1841 until he became King in 1901. At 19, his wealth from the Duchy stood at, in today’s terms, £60,000,000. Huge amounts of Duchy income were spent on his gambling and the debts there accrued. In 1847, whilst the Cornish men, women and children from whom the spoils were drawn, were dying in the streets from starvation, the Duke was living it up, sailing down the Nile, accompanied by an entourage of boats containing some ten thousand pints of beer, three thousand bottles of champagne and four thousand bottles of claret!
And so to today. Ol’ Charlie can only spare a donation. You’d think that out of some sort of thought for the common man, whom over the centuries has created the wealth and paid for the homes this peculiar man now enjoys, he might see his way to shelling out forty grand (a paltry sum) in order to honour some of the bravest men who ever lived (and who actually knew what a hard day’s work was!).
Alas no. After all, he’s only the head of a Private Estate, isn’t he?
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Cornwall and her people have a lot to contend with day to day: low wages; high unemployment; house prices beyond the reach (and then some) of the ordinary hard-working Cornish person; the usual misrepresentation of who they are and where they are; crass overdevelopment in our towns for the benefit of others, (not the folk of Cornwall but the folk from Anytown, England); visitors who, not content with their idyllic holiday, feel the need to spout the virtues of their ideal i.e. a ‘nice hotel’ built smack-bang on the cliffs of one of West Cornwall’s stunning vistas, thinking that would be better than fields, burras and an unspoilt view of the Atlantic looking toward the Scillies!
Wading through that mire, is tough enough but made particularly tougher when you suddenly find yourself fighting a fellow countryman – the enemy within.
There are in Cornwall today, certain folk who are regarded by many, myself included, as Quislings. There is a long antecedent in Cornwall – types like John Kessell, who in the 1549 Anglo/Cornish War betrayed his employer Humphrey Arundell by supplying the English Army with the military plans of the Cornish forces of whom Arundell was Commander. Others of that period included Sir William Godolphin. Later; the oft sung bishop, Sir Jonathan Trelawny, relayed Cornish Stannary Parliament proceedings to the English Parliament in London.
In terms of today, of the many, one sticks in my craw more than most. Councillor Graeme Hicks.
Years ago as an Independent councillor in Redruth, Hicks stood by the people and fought for them, giving them a voice, making changes and generally being, what a good local boy turned councillor ought to be.
Fast forward to the juggernaut that became the unwanted Unitary Authority and suddenly, the Hicks we all knew and loved, turned in to some festering monster, dinged up behind a desk at Duchy Hall with a new title and a bewildering, new outlook. The new ‘Cabinet Member for Transportation and Highways’ was to become a figure of hate, particularly in West Cornwall.
Of the many things he is responsible, (these days, his abuse and strange descisions, flying in the face of Kernow, history and heritage, seem to know no bounds!) most will associate him with the ferry-link debacle in Penzance. Not content with abusing the electorate and those who dared to disagree, he rode rough-shod over democracy – when plans for his farcical Option A were rejected by the Council’s own Planning Dept. (an overwhelming majority of Cornish residents had objected), he smacked them through again, though this time to be, somewhat, suprisingly granted. ‘Surprisingly’, as the same people had objected yet again!
More abuse toward the electorate followed and it finally came to a head a few months ago when the Department for Transport refused to fund the by now maniacal Hicks’ and cronies’ plan.
The whole farce cost the rate-payer of Cornwall £724,606.32!
Broken down, it looks like this:
ECI contractor (design preparation) £463,507.96
Legal & internal consultancy £227,326.81
Other Costs £33,771.55
(All history of the above can be found online)
Curious to know what those ‘other costs’ included.
So, how does this make Cllr. Hicks a Quisling? Good question!
What turns a man who fought and spoke for Cornish folk in his ward? A man who seemed to want to make their lives better and to see a better environment surrounding them and no doubt had the same outlook for the rest of Kernow? How does the same become what has been described above? What happened?
Presumably with the foundation of the UA some councillors were give a set of cloth ears as standard, (with Hicks at the front of the queue). Perhaps being given a grandiose title and being part of a ‘cabinet’ went to their heads?
Or maybe something else…
I’m not saying any councillor including Hicks was tapped by a certain jug-eared secret monarch of a certain Celtic Nation but I bet I know what’s in his biscuit tin…
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