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Reaction: What do you think of Cornwall's new 'National Minority' status?

By DaveCDM  |  Posted: April 28, 2014

Reaction: What do you think of Cornwall's new 'National Minority' status?
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The Cornish identity has been given official status today with news that the Duchy is being 'National Minority' status under EU law.

The announcement, which will be officially made by minister Danny Alexander during a visit to Newquay and Redruth later this morning, has seen Cornwall featured across the natinal press, as well as on TV and radio news.

The word 'Cornish' is also trending on Twitter this morning, with tweets including these:

We want to know what you think of the news. Should Cornwall push for more recognition as a minority nation? Could the Duchy be handed powers by Westminster to decide its own laws, in similar terms to those handed to Wales and Scotland?

Or is it all just a fuss about nothing, which will make no difference? Let us know what you think using the comment form below:

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56 comments

  • roystockdill  |  May 18 2014, 11:15AM

    Well, good luck to Cornwall, but could a Yorkshireman point out that if Cornwall is to have specially protected status and be regarded as a separate identity, then what about Yorkshire? A few facts: Yorkshire's population is TEN TIMES that of Cornwall, 5.3 million against 532,000! Cornwall is a midget compared to the giant that is Britain's largest county. Yorkshire's population is almost exactly equal to the whole of Scotland, bigger than Wales and Northern Ireland put together, and half a million more than the Republic of Ireland. Furthermore, Yorkshire too had an independent Celtic kingdom, the Kingdom of Elmet which existed from the 5th century to the 7th and which subsequently became the West Riding with its capital believed to have been based somewhere near what is now modern Leeds. Speaking of which, the population of Leeds alone is three-quarters of a million, bigger than the entire county of Cornwall! As I said, good luck to Cornwall but surely Yorkshire is just as deserving of being regarded as an independent country?

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  • roystockdill  |  May 18 2014, 11:11AM

    Well, good luck to Cornwall, but could a Yorkshireman point out that if Cornwall is to have specially protected status and be regarded as a separate identity, then what about Yorkshire? A few facts: Yorkshire's population is TEN TIMES that of Cornwall, 5.3 million against 532,000! Cornwall is a midget compared to the giant that is Britain's largest county. Yorkshire's population is almost exactly equal to the whole of Scotland, bigger than Wales and Northern Ireland put together, and half a million more than the Republic of Ireland. Furthermore, Yorkshire too had an independent Celtic kingdom, the Kingdom of Elmet which existed from the 5th century to the 7th and which subsequently became the West Riding with its capital believed to have been based somewhere near what is now modern Leeds. Speaking of which, the population of Leeds alone is three-quarters of a million, bigger than the entire county of Cornwall! As I said, good luck to Cornwall but surely Yorkshire is just as deserving of being regarded as an independent country?

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  • roystockdill  |  May 18 2014, 11:03AM

    Well, good luck to Cornwall, but could a Yorkshireman point out that if Cornwall is to have specially protected status and be regarded as a separate identity, then what about Yorkshire? A few facts: Yorkshire's population is TEN TIMES that of Cornwall, 5.3 million against 532,000! Cornwall is a midget compared to the giant that is Britain's largest county. Yorkshire's population is almost exactly equal to the whole of Scotland, bigger than Wales and Northern Ireland put together, and half a million more than the Republic of Ireland. Furthermore, Yorkshire too had an independent Celtic kingdom, the Kingdom of Elmet which existed from the 5th century to the 7th and which subsequently became the West Riding with its capital believed to have been based somewhere near what is now modern Leeds. Speaking of which, the population of Leeds alone is three-quarters of a million, bigger than the entire county of Cornwall! As I said, good luck to Cornwall but surely Yorkshire is just as deserving of being regarded as an independent country?

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  • MapSerpren  |  April 30 2014, 10:16PM

    The news is breaking! Treasury to "take seriously" Cornwall bid for EU spending autonomy. Following on fom official recognition, the dream draws ever near. Political autonomy! Read more: http://tinyurl.com/ovnuks6"

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  • Luke_Angove  |  April 30 2014, 10:02PM

    We can now declare that we are an independent Country recognised by the EU. We have all the rights of any other sovereign state. Once the people of Kernow realise what new rights and freedoms we have been granted, surely voting for independence will follow? This is it me boys!! Official recognition as a nation within the federation of EU nations. Vote Mebyon Kernow for us to leave the UK and become part of the federation of EU nations!!

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  • kernowmaid77  |  April 30 2014, 5:07PM

    Cheers Mapserpren for your kindness and rest assured I never feel alone I'm Cornish. My life is rich with warmhearted loving Cornish with passion and humor, values and respect for each other and Cornwall, Some bloody ansom people. Cheers Kernowyon

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  • MapSerpren  |  April 30 2014, 1:17PM

    Extremely well said Kernowmaid and rest assured that you are not alone in feeling the way you do. You can lawfully now identify as Cornish and not English. You are now guaranteed certain protections in law. As for martian1956, simply ignore him. He's probably too busy adjusting the silly ratings arrows in any case. Leave him to it for the law is now the law.

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  • kernowmaid77  |  April 30 2014, 11:26AM

    I've woken today and really cross at the personal attack because of my opinion, Isn't that what was asked for a reaction to the news of Cornish minority awarded by EU? I gave My reasons to celebrate and explained why, I know People don't like the truth about the repression of the Cornish but its true you only need to read to learn facts of days gone by. So I've been called a nutter and told to get medical advice LOL because I love Cornish history. (A predictable reaction to My thoughts because they stands strong and will not conform to hiding the repression of the Cornish.) I live happily with My knowledge and passion for seeking My heritage as a Cornish Maid learning from the past and looking to the future with hope for The Cornish cultures place in this ever changing World, I will Protect Cornwall and the Cornish from being lost again with knowledge of past, our heritage, My passion and the truth leading us forward. Thank god for evolution or I would now be being called a witch by the Yorkshireman and chucked on a fire! With all that agreed with his distaste of the truth cheering him on. Shame on the weak for not accepting the past as it was and for hiding from the truths of today and tomorrow. Kernow Bys Vyken

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  • kernowmaid77  |  April 29 2014, 11:10PM

    I didn't need you to tell me your not Cornish Martin1956 for me it was without question from your previous comments. You didn't need to tell me anything about your personal life I don't choose to call you names or attack you as you do me. I'm just telling people how I feel and I feel liberated at the news. I'm no longer to be know as anything other than Cornish. You questioned my opinion so I backed up my opinion with unquestionable truths. You feel threatened that I'm Cornish and proud thats your problem. Use google and find out the history of where you currently reside read some books on Cornwall through the ages you might find an understanding of the Cornish passion for Cornwall. My desire to protect Cornwall from becoming England is founded you only need to read the headlines this week, The evidence that English communities are broken is clear and very sad. I don't won't to wait for this culture to slowly become part of Cornwall I don't want anything to do with broken communities or broken hearts. Who would? No one this is why your here. So why don't you want to protect Cornwall why repress the Cornish? Cornwall is a beautiful place with beauti Cornish people thats why your here and not living in Yorkshire (lets take Yorkshire as an example to prove my point which is policing a population of 788,844 people. ) Yorkshire police in 2013 held a child sex exploitation campaign to increase awareness due to a 51 percent increase the previous year in sex crimes. The police delt with 5,227 violent crimes, 1,382 drug crimes, 3,189 burglaries, 4,209 other thefts, 4,265 arson and criminal damage crimes, 24,652 crimes of anti social behavior this is NOT ALL but you get the idea. I don't want this for Cornwall or the Cornish people do any of us? You are Cornish if your born here and your Cornish if your Cornish in your heart. For me Cornish is something you feel with Cornwall in your heart and trusted hands to protect. I'm Cornish a true Kernowek and I have the passion and birth right to say I'am.

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  • MapSerpren  |  April 29 2014, 9:39PM

    Calm down Martian1956 because if you don't you risk having a heart attack when the next news emerges later in the year or early next.

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