“Another excellent posting from Mebyon Kernow's Stephen Richardson. Stephen is a local businessman.
My letter to Nick Clegg
Here is the text of a letter that I have written to Nick Clegg:
Dear Mr Clegg,
The Constitutional Status of the Duchy of Cornwall
Someone once remarked:
“It’s the Tamar not the Amazon, for heaven’s sake.”
The Tamar may not be the second longest river in the world, up to six miles wide in places or carry twenty per cent of the world’s fresh water to the ocean but it does provide a natural border for the historic nation of Cornwall.
As the Deputy Leader of Mebyon Kernow, Cllr Andrew Long pointed out:
“While the people of Cornwall don’t need a lesson in geography from him, David Cameron could do with a history lesson from us.”
The river Tamar is the ancient boundary between England and the Duchy of Cornwall. It marks where many constitutional privileges which accrue to the Queen end. It also marks where many constitutional privileges which accrue to the Duke of Cornwall begin.
Today it’s not the history of the Duchy of Cornwall that needs to be discussed but its future.
It is the official line that the Duchy of Cornwall is simply a “private estate which funds the … activities of The Prince of Wales”. Yet, recently, the Duke of Cornwall and his Duchy have been much in the news - news which has often been at odds with this claim - news which has damaged the public perception of the Duchy of Cornwall.
Doubts have been cast on the status of the Duchy. If it is a private estate it is a very peculiar private estate.
Questions are being asked. People are querying whether the ‘private estate’ is just a device which allows the Duchy to escape public scrutiny? An issue which Mebyon Kernow – the Party for Cornwall has been querying for many years.”
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