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“Ever popular Mebyon Kernow Councillor Stephen Richardson explains the meaning of the commonly used phrases in Cornwall, 'Westminster based party' and 'London based party' in his award winning blog

The Westminster Parties
Hands up - who knows what is meant by the Westminster or London based political parties? This term seems to have become quite poular over recent months and it seems that your local Westmister representatives aren't too pleased at its use.

It's a fairly simple concept really. The Conservatives, Lib Dems, Labour and UKIP parties all very much centralise investment and decision making to Westminster, London and the South East. Whenever an important decison is to be made it's London and Westminster that has the first bite of the apple before English regions get a sliver and places like Cornwall get thrown the scraps if anything at all.

All the London based parties are guilty of this no matter how they attempt to make out otherwise. They're all the same whether it's Labour imposing 'bonkers' housing targets on us - the Tories gerrymandering our historic border to ensure a better probability of returning more Conservative MPs - or the LIb Dems jumping on any bandwagon going that they think might turn them a vote or two.

In Cornwall we have Cornwall Labour or Cornwall Liberal Democrats (already showing disregard by ingnoring the adjective 'Cornish' and choosing the anglicised use of Cornwall as an adjective) and the Tories who I'm not sure even bother with a Cornish branch. They all claim to be fighting for Cornwall - whether it's through the coalition London parties having 'MPs at the heart of government' or by Labour reminiscing about the scraps thrown to us by Blair and brown and making them seem like a banquet.”

By TheTruronian Posted: April 01, 2013


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  • TheTruronian  |  April 01 2013, 10:41AM

    In reality, the Cornish branches of the London parties are disregarded almost as much by their political masters in their Westminster offices as the people of Cornwall are disregarded. Time and again our local Westminster representatives have to make up fairy tales to excuse how their bosses in London have most recently sidelined Cornwall for the benefit of London in an attempt to keep alive the myth that their government cares about us. This is what is meant by Westminster or London based parties. Only Mebyon Kernow is based in Cornwall, fighting for the people of Cornwall. Only Mebyon Kernow can say that evrything they stand for is for the benefit of ordinary people right here in Bodmin or Boswinger, in Illogan or Indian Queens. Only Mebyon Kernow have social and economic policies which have the primary purpose of improving the lives of Cornish people within the setting of the UK, Europe and the world. A vote for a Westminster based party is a wasted vote. No matter who you vote for you end up with the London government which will keep Cornwall's GDP below 75% of the European average. Just as they have for decades now. Only Mebyon Kernow believes in building houses for local needs only, in growing social housing stock instead of selling it off. Only Mebyon Kernow will fight for fair funding for Cornwall - to ensure that Cornish children receive the same opportunities that are available in the City of London. Only Mebyon Kernow will campaign for a fairer local tax system that will protect services essential for the most vulnerable in our society. http://tinyurl.com/cuqvc9v Well said Councillor Richardson!

  • ThomasFlamank  |  April 01 2013, 8:54PM

    The M25 is as far as these Westminster politicians see. Beyond that, it is a waste land. Beyond that lay the Celtic fringes, ripe for them to exploit.

  • Tolgus  |  April 02 2013, 8:44PM

    They are "Westminster-based" because they were elected, democratically , by the people. They have something that MK long for. A seat in the House.

  • ThomasFlamank  |  April 02 2013, 10:41PM

    Westminster parties because they are elected by the barest of margins and then answer to political bosses in England. No where near Cornwall.

  • Tolgus  |  April 03 2013, 7:34AM

    "Westminster parties because they are elected by the barest of margins" ..And "ever popular Mebyon Kernow Councilor" elected on the barest of apathy vote with 70% of the total vote. 187 souls.

  • Big_Ger  |  April 03 2013, 9:32AM

    " Only Mebyon Kernow will campaign for a fairer local tax system that will protect services essential for the most vulnerable in our society." Should read: "Only Mebyon Kernow are proposing "Cornwall only" taxes, so they can spend more of your money." Or; "Only Mebyon Kernow are proposing to tax you £££millions to waste on a Cornish Assembly."

  • polgooth  |  April 03 2013, 12:01PM

    Cornish Parliament costs. Let's assume we can utilise existing infrastructure and reconfigure the executive to provide support. Then scrap the 6 Westminster MP's who cost an average 250,000 each, get rid of the 130 plus current CC members who cost a conservative average of 10,000 each and say reduce them to thirty. That gives a working budget of more than 2.5 million. So let's then give the new thirty members a very competitive salary of 50,000 plus and that still leaves some to spare. So rather than a waste of millions a net financial and democratic gain me thinks.

  • Big_Ger  |  April 03 2013, 8:14PM

    £2,500,000 all funded from Cornish taxation I take it Polgooth? Good luck with that one. Do you know that in 2005-2006, the costs of running the Welsh Assembly was £246,600,000?

  • Tolgus  |  April 03 2013, 9:07PM

    "Let's assume"? Enough said.

  • Splan  |  April 03 2013, 10:45PM

    The Welsh Assembly has a budget of some £15 billion for 2013-14. This isn't any more of a cost than if the Assembly didn't exist. It is simply £15 billion over which Welsh people have the final say, instead of being spent by Westminster. Devolution for Cornwall is not about costing anyone more or less money, it is about giving the people of Cornwall power over their own destiny.

  • polgooth  |  April 04 2013, 6:51AM

    The point i was trying to make (clearly badly for which apologies) was the multitude of potential governance models available and their related cost structures. Some light touch and relatively cheap based upon existing resource others grander and more expensive. However, until we are in a position to have a proper debate and design associated costed governance architecture options from the current status quo, to devo-max through to all out independence (or models in between) and then ask the people of Cornwall what they want I'm afraid Tolgus a degree of assumption will unfortunately be required. The first step we need to address, irrespective of where you sit in the debate, is to set a date and mechanism for a referendum so that the people of Cornwall can once and for all make their clear views known and articulate what kind of future they want for Cornwall. Brgds.

  • TheTruronian  |  April 04 2013, 7:41PM

    You are wasting your time with Bigger/Tolgus, Polgooth. They are Tories (although Bigger does have UKIP tendencies) and in for a few shocks in coming elections.

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