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Cornwall should have same powers as Scotland according to Mebyon Kernow

By WBMiles  |  Posted: March 03, 2014

  • Dick Cole, leader of Mebyon Kernow, wants Cornwall to have the same powers as an independent Scotland.

  • Should Cornwall have the same powers as an independent Scotland?

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A political party is launching an appeal for Cornwall to have the same powers as Scotland.

Mebyon Kernow is launching its bid for a national assembly for Cornwall on Wednesday to coincide with St Piran’s Day.

The party, which now has five Cornwall Council members, has created a new document entitled Towards a National Assembly of Cornwall.

Dick Cole, leader of Mebyon Kernow, said: “The document sets out how a National Assembly, with powers broadly equivalent to the Scottish Parliament, would bring the majority of the public sector within Cornwall – including local government, educational institutions, health bodies and other public bodies – under proper democratic control.”

The party claims to be “a modern and progressive political party” which is campaigning for “a better deal for Cornwall and a fairer, more equitable world”.

The Mebyon Kernow website states: “It is our belief that the historic nation of Cornwall, with its own distinct identity, language and heritage, has the same right to self-determination as Scotland and Wales.

“We should have more say in how our lives are run and Mebyon Kernow is leading the campaign for the self-government of Cornwall, through the establishment of a legislative Assembly.”

The document will be formally launched at 11am on Wednesday in the function room of the County Arms in Truro and all are welcome.

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  • Slimslad  |  March 09 2014, 9:24AM

    "Source: Cornwall Council historical timeline" Is not a primary source. I suspect the primary source is the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles.

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  • westwelsh  |  March 04 2014, 8:02PM

    Cornwall should vote to get out of UK rule and become a part of federal Europe with our sister Celtic country Scotland.

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  • TheCornishDem  |  March 04 2014, 5:49PM

    Wouldn't it be good, just for once, if you could all be honest about why you don't like the EU. Have the courage of your convictions (some guts ***) and explain, really, why you are against UK membership of the EU. It's nothing to do with democracy in reality is it? The EU is not perfect but neither is the UK, and it's Westminster that has a far greater influence over our lives. The EU parliament is elected, more or less proportionally by us. The European Council is made up of European heads of state (or government) who are elected by us. The Council of Ministers is comprised of ministers from our democratically elected governments. The European Commission is made up of people appointed by our democratically elected governments. The EU also has a written constitution which enshrines the rights of citizens and the principle of subsidiarity. Not perfect, plenty of room for improvement, but not the dictatorship Ukippers would have us believe. Compare that to the UK where we have an unelected head of state which results in an unhealthy concentration of executive and legislative power in the hands of the government. Our upper chamber - 50% of our Parliament - is unelected. There is no written constitution or bill of rights. Unelected quangos litter the land. Our electoral system is not at all proportional. Power is centralised in London with only Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and London enjoying any kind of devolution. But does any of this bother your average Ukipper? No of course not because if truth be known they'd probably be happy with a dictatorship as long as it wasn't shared with "foreigners".

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  • AnBalores  |  March 03 2014, 8:43PM

    936 AD Athelstan's settlement fixes the east bank of the Tamar as the boundary between Anglo-Saxon Wessex and Celtic Cornwall. Source: Cornwall Council historical timeline (I work for the Council) But we are not talking independence as the badly written headline suggests. We seek devolution, like London has and like the North East of England is again seeking. Like someone else, it is gratifying to know that the people of Devon are so very happy with direct Westminster rule.

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  • break  |  March 03 2014, 8:41PM

    This isn't new news anyway, Cornwall's always wanted more independence. Now, its alright people complaining about services being cut, Cornwall being treated unfairly, and that London has no idea about running Cornwall, but, when someone comes up with a solution that solves all of those problems, don't then turn around and complain about that person suggesting some 'stupid' idea, that involves us deciding our own fate, rather than continuing to trust our fate in the hands of those that made Cornwall into the mess it is now. Local governance might not make any difference, but I doubt leaving the E.U and leaving the U.K in the hands of our politicians will change much either, but its a start and it at least sends out a message, or do you just want to continue to just complain on a website when more services get cut due to 'austerity' meaures?

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  • westwelsh  |  March 03 2014, 7:34PM

    You can twist history as much as you want Argyle, but the fact remains that Cornwall is a country with our own parliament, courts and laws, we are a Duchy not a county. We are Celts, the Devonians are Anglo Saxons. We have an existing Stannary Parliament, our own language, and a Duke, just like Wales. WE deserve our own Cornish Assembly to look after the interests of the indigenous population. 50,000 Cornish people declared so in a Mori poll.

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  • argyle6  |  March 03 2014, 5:15PM

    West Welsh thank you for your response in this interesting debate. During the period of Saxon rule in southern Britain (6th - 8th Century) England did not exist as a nation state. England only became a country in the late 9th Century so the argument that Cornwall was a separate nation is fallacious as every county of what is now England was 'separate' at that time. The Saxons ruled Cornwall, the Normans ruled Cornwall, the Angevins, Plantagenets, Tudors et al all ruled Cornwall in exactly the same way as they absorbed all of the other ancient Kingdoms of Southern Britain. On your other point, Dartmoor had a Stannary parliament before Cornwall did and also used the Brythonic language (which you call Cornish) until the 19th Century but no one is suggesting that Dartmoor or Devon are independent countries. Using your logic virtually every county and region of England could claim to be an independent nation. You would be much better off looking at devolving power to the regions through local government which would be a logical and workable way of helping Cornwall rather than rewriting history and stirring up elitist anti English neo-nationalism.

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  • willems  |  March 03 2014, 1:45PM

    Mr Cole,I'd concentrate on trying to achieve a fit for purpose county council first.

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  • YaddaYadda  |  March 03 2014, 1:36PM

    It's got nothing to do with ethnicity, where you were born, or how you feel. It's about ending the financial inequality inflicted on the people of Cornwall, whoever they are and wherever they're from, and making it a better place to live. You can support MK and an Assembly without being Cornish - they're a credible alternative to the mainstream parties who are all essentially the same these days. The historical and cultural arguments are there to show that Cornwall should have the same right as Wales and Scotland. Plenty of non-Welsh and non-Scottish people in both countries taking an active part in how they are run. The people of Cornwall deserve the same right.

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  • P2IsABigHotel  |  March 03 2014, 12:22PM

    You're only English if you live in London and the South East, fact! A little OTT maybe but like it or lump it, in financial terms it's probably correct. BTW I am a Devonian.

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