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Republicans head for Cornwall in bid to scrap Duchy

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 24, 2012

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An anti-monarchy group is launching a campaign to “abolish” the Duchy of Cornwall in what it says is an attempt to make the royal family more accountable.

Members of the Republic group will meet residents in Cornwall – one of the heartlands of both support for and opposition to the Duchy – during a “summit” on Saturday.

Their aim is to “get rid” of the private estate, which funds the public, charitable and private activities of Prince Charles and his family.

Much of the Duchy’s land is in the south west of England, where the Prince and his family are regular visitors.

Republic chief executive Graham Smith said: “The monarchy needs to be held to account (and) open to scrutiny – abolition of the Duchy will be a step in that direction.

“We will be launching the campaign in Cornwall. We want to hear what Cornish people have to say about the future of the Duchy. But this is a national issue and we’ll be campaigning on it up and down the country.”

The Prince is admired across much of Cornwall, partly through his close links with the county, and his support is boosted by regular public appearances.

He is patron of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association, which runs the county’s annual show and of which he was joint president with Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, in 2010.

Charles also joined Prime Minister David Cameron in visiting the worst-hit areas of Cornwall when floods devastated towns and villages in the middle of the county in November that year.

But the Duchy’s involvement with Waitrose and Cornwall Council in a retail and accommodation development on the edge of Truro has upset some residents and business leaders, who are concerned about the impact the “urban sprawl” will have on existing traders and traffic.

Republic, which campaigns for a “democratic Britain with an elected head of state”, will this year begin campaigning to include the royals in Freedom of Information laws and to abolish the royal veto over legislation.

The Prince has in the past been accused of interfering in plans for a prestigious building project by one of the world’s leading architects.

In 2009, a planning application for a modernist steel and glass development for London’s Chelsea Barracks site was dropped by the developer after Charles wrote privately to the company’s chairman expressing his concern about what he later described as the “insane” plans.

The Republic meeting will be held at Truro Community Library from 1.30pm on September 29.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman declined to comment.

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  • PaddyTrembath  |  September 27 2012, 10:51PM

    Big_Ger, KernowGB and Calmer waters/Carbon Boot, are not the same person/s. Posters accusing others of sock puppetry caused a lot of problems on this site some time ago, lets not start it all up again. KernowGB has, on a number of occasions, requested that you, and others, provide a counter argument to his, instead of just mocking it. The question is, can you provide such an argument? Lets have a real debate, instead of a slanging match, are you up for it?

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  • KernowGB  |  September 27 2012, 1:53PM

    by Big_Ger - Thursday, September 27 2012, 1:04PM "I don't believe you." "You couldn't make it up!!" ---------------------------------------------------------------- a) - What's new? b) - Then why do you do so?

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  • Big_Ger  |  September 27 2012, 1:04PM

    I don't believe you. Your syntax and phraseology is identical to Calmer waters/ Carbon Boot, snooty, sneering and wrapped in pseudo-intellectual garb that a five year old could see through. :-). But still, as I say to him/her, please do keep leaving your messages and views here. I can think of nothing more damaging to the Cornish "nationalist" cause than the views you espouse., You couldn't make it up!!

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  • KernowGB  |  September 27 2012, 11:05AM

    @Big_Ger (re Wednesday, September 26 2012, 9:06PM) No! Wrong again. I respond to posters as I find them. Please do not confuse confidence with pedantic, because you (and your friends) only offer innuendo and invective and, to my knowledge, have never substantiated anything that you can only insinuate within your negative agenda. You seek to assert that I express, in your words, a " paranoid conspiracy theory". I can say without fear of contradiction that I have never ever done any such thing. What I do have to say is well documented here -- http://tinyurl.com/d9o8gx4 -- and on other threads and is evidence-based argument, which you (and your friends) are welcome, in fact invited and encouraged, to counter with your own evidence-based argument. The fact that you all walk away from such a discussion and only contribute 'denial', 'denigration' and 'divertion' speaks for itself. May I also say that your comment about a 'Cornish Paradox' is more than a little disingenuous, considering the amount of times that phrase has been used within these topics and your rather cautious browse of the Tyr-Gwyr-Gweryn website back in March. Enlightenment is a personal thing, which only requires self-empowerment to overcome. Oh! and a genuine will to search for 'the truth'. --------------------------------------------- "The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is. " Winston Churchill ---------------------------------------------

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  • Big_Ger  |  September 26 2012, 9:06PM

    Kernow GB, would I be right in thinking you are the person who has posted messages here as Carbon Boot/ Calmer waters? Your pedantic, obtuse and rather snooty way of expressing yourself, as well as the "paranoid conspiracy theory" content is very very similar. So now we have a "Cornish Paradox" to contend with, us poor unenlightened Cornish folk, how will we survive? Oh me , oh my!!

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  • KernowGB  |  September 26 2012, 3:28PM

    by Slimslad (re Wednesday, September 26 2012, 2:08PM & 2:07PM) [...] "little of real substance." ------------------------------------------------ A bit like your usual group's postings, then? :-)

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  • Slimslad  |  September 26 2012, 2:08PM

    I suppose you are correct, YC. Kilts, flags and beards, and little of real substance.

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  • Slimslad  |  September 26 2012, 2:07PM

    I suppose you are correct, YC. Kilts, flags and beards, and little of real substance.

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  • youngcornwall  |  September 26 2012, 12:58PM

    Thanks for that Charles. by Slimslad "Watching with interest here." Pretty predictable really, the nationalists will go along with whatever, you only need to read previous postings to give a little insight into their tumbleweed way of goings on, "recognition" seems to be their aim in life, they are certainly being recognised, all for the wrong reasons if you ask me lol.

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  • KernowGB  |  September 26 2012, 12:20PM

    by Big_Ger - Tuesday, September 25 2012, 9:10PM [...] "Kernow GB, I think your tinfoil beanie has slipped a bit there my friend!" ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Not a bit of it. I am a hatless, clear-thinking Cornish person that is proud of his Cornish history and culture and has unselfishly taken the time and trouble to understand, and unravel, the origins of the Cornish Paradox and more than prepared to travel that extra mile to defend and protect a true Cornish Identity.

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