“I was sent this email memo marked 'unrestricted' from an Independent at the Government for Cornwall - Lys Kernow. I, my family and others are heartened:
"Belatedly, a good, clear outline of just some of the reasons why Cornwall should and could pursue autonomy. The research being conducted on the constitutional status of the Duchy and Duke of Cornwall also needs to be included in the reasons why Cornwall is historically a different political unit from England.
Just today it has been announced that prospecting operations at South Crofty has revealed that a whopping £1.5 billion of metallic minerals would be recoverable from resumed operations in the area. The announcement suggests 220 new jobs but how much of the profit will actually remain in the Duchy? Albeit that the company running the operations (a complex corporate arrangement involving three companies) has major Australian and Canadian investment, if Cornwall had the powers to tax profits on resuming mining activities it could see much needed and deserved income stay in the Duchy. For the announcement see:
Similarly the lack of support shown to Cornish towns has meant that out-of-scale and out-of-town multiples are siphoning off profits raised from the money people spend in Cornwall. And this in some places is even actively supported by the local authority and chambers of commerce (e.g. PZ Chamber of Commerce supporting the proposed Sainsbury's development at the heliport).
Cornish cultural, linguistic, historic, constitutional and economic distinctiveness and needs should be better promoted outside the Duchy. In many cases it is not the fault of people in England for thinking Cornwall is part of the same unit as them because it has never been properly and persistently explained to them. Cornwall's assumption in the 'South West' does not help either.”
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