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Scottish independence debate helps raise the issue of Cornish devolution

By DaveCDM  |  Posted: August 28, 2014

Stephen Richardson

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The Scottish independence referendum is helping to raise the issue of devolution for Cornwall.

That's the view of Stephen Richardson, who will contest next year’s General Election in Truro and Falmouth for Mebyon Kernow, the party which wants a Cornish Assembly and promotes “a confident and outward-looking” county.

Mr Richardson says the build-up to the Scottish independence referendum on September 18 has prompted a fresh conversation about potential new powers for Cornwall in the future.

“It’s certainly needed and it’s certainly deserved,” Mr Richardson said. “It’s something we have been fighting for for 60 years and I think this vote in Scotland has brought the issue to people’s attention.”

If Mr Richardson wins his seat in May next year his area would include the Fal Estuary, north of Falmouth, where a recent report claims nuclear warheads could be stored if they are moved from Faslane in Scotland.

He says campaigners on both sides of the Scottish debate are “trying to make all sorts of political capital” out of the independence issue, and feels that any move to bring submarines or missiles to the South West is some way off.

“It’s entirely dependent on Scotland voting yes in the first place,” he said.

“Mebyon Kernow has always had a long-standing policy that we should not be having Trident anyway,” Mr Richardson said. “In these times of supposed austerity I don’t think we should be spending money on Trident at all. Perhaps if Scotland does go independent it would be a good chance to get rid of it.

“In Falmouth there are not many people who would welcome it, it’s not a suitable site either. It just seems to make Cornwall a bit of a target.”

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  • Doitdreckley  |  September 04 2014, 9:36AM

    To add to the good point made by APengelly. At least 30% of Scottish Labour voters appear to be voting for independence Devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and London have all been non nationalist in their time The Cornish Constitutional Convention since it started has had support from members of the Conservative, Labour, MK, Liberal Democrat and Green party both within Cornwall and from elsewhere.

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  • APengelly  |  September 01 2014, 10:48AM

    And incidentally 'parsnippasty' despite your outburst regarding MK which is highly inaccurate, I have checked their website and read it with interest. I am not a member and suggest that you and your friends don't assume that MK is the only political party passionate about a Cornish constitutional settlement. They are not.

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  • APengelly  |  September 01 2014, 10:45AM

    'parsnippasty' talks of the Channel Islands as though being tax havens is a problem. I have relatives there who are working folks and they enjoy better services than we do here. Cornwall can be compared easily with a whole host of small autonomous and sovereign places and also areas with regional parliaments. We are well able to govern ourselves and increasing confidence will see this happen. What is good enough for London and it's Assembly is good enough for us. We don't need the utterly discredited Westminster parliament tarred with utter scandal any more. We can do better.

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  • rickoon  |  September 01 2014, 9:09AM

    The biggest setbacks for Cornish politics and Cornwall, nothing forthcoming is original, copycat and more copycat "oh that looks good we will try that" and in the meantime the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Yes Cornwall will end up being a haven of sorts, in a lot of respects it is not far off that now, so any changes if any will not be for the betterment of the ordinary person in the street directly, whatever comes, those who pull the strings determine what is best for Cornwall Scotland and elsewhere.

  • parsnippasty  |  August 31 2014, 7:30AM

    @Buststopbob "And whilst we are at it parsnippasty, let's compare Kernow with the Isle of Man," you say. OK lets! The Isle of Man is a low tax economy with no capital gains tax, wealth tax, stamp duty, death duty or inheritance tax and income tax rates of 10% and 20%; corporation tax is at 0% . Jersey and Guernsey have, since the 1960s, become major offshore financial centers & tax havens on the scale of the Cayman Islands or Bermuda. Is that how you see Cornwall under MK rule, a tax haven? Well, well, well, the truth soon comes out! Vote MK for tax avoidance and financial ruin for Cornwall.

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  • rickoon  |  August 30 2014, 9:27PM

    PetersHenry "Hardly bellyaching rickoon boy."……..That is good, try a little welcome on the mat approach Henry, you may not come over seeming so bitter and twisted then maybe, all the best with your campaigning, don't forget to smile though.

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  • PetersHenry  |  August 30 2014, 8:58PM

    Hardly bellyaching rickoon boy. I am a Cornishman and I am in Cornwall and I am a member of a political party, I will leave you figure which one Cornish Liberals/Lib Dems/Greens/MK and I have campaigned hard to put in place politicians who will achieve what we want. 2002 Official Recognition of the Cornish language 2014 Official Recognition of the Cornish 20** A devolved parliament for Cornwall Do you campaign or just troll and get kicked off websites rickoon?

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  • rickoon  |  August 30 2014, 1:36PM

    PetersHenry I have said on more than one occasion as far back as the old BBC boards, "you can take the man out of Cornwall but you cannot take Cornwall out of the man" so get over it boy, unless you can come up with something that I have said that could be detrimental to Cornwall and the people of Cornwall, otherwise keep on smiling or bellyaching the choice is yours.

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  • rickoon  |  August 30 2014, 9:42AM

    This obsessive interest in "rickoon" can only mean one thing, what is being written is making an impact, whatever reason could it be for this fixation, apart from a very childish attitude by some. You couldn't make it up…………..cweatherhill "Next, Wales, then Kernow."……Wales maybe but for Cornwall without outside help it will be a very long time coming, if ever. The Cornish are outnumbered even MK needs and appreciates the financial help that comes from ex-pats and the like just to keep ticking over I bet.

  • JohnM  |  August 29 2014, 7:25PM

    Ah dear rickoon. Neither Cornish nor in Cornwall. Meanwhile, good to see that on the back of Scottish independence, the North of England is now seeking devolution as well with a growing campaign Free North Campaign: http://tinyurl.com/pc39b2c



      Do you think Cornwall should be granted more powers to govern its own affairs through a Cornish Assembly?