This is a great initiative! Well done to those involved. Now, how about an interactive map for the whole of Cornwall, not forgetting the Duchy of course - probably one of the biggest tax-dodgers of them all.
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This kind of populist rhetoric has everything to get the heads nodding at the bar in the local pub, but does it stand up to closer scrutiny?
How very disheartening to see Labour members putting up one language community against another; trying to create unnecessary competition between two minority groups. So much for promoting community cohesion and solidarity! Instead of dividing the Cornish community wouldn't it be much better to celebrate the funding Cornish gets (that Cornwall gets) from central government - funding that we wouldn't otherwise obtain - and then go on to create as large a consensus as possible to demand support for BSL? I think I can safely say the vast majority of MK members would support the teaching of BSL.
In reality Cornwall has been desperately under funded by Westminster for decades. No doubt our overlords in London, irrespective of political alignment, are only too happy to see Cornish people at each others throats in this way - fighting for scraps from the masters table - instead of standing together to demand a better deal.
So lets finish with: Not Cornish or BSL, but rather Cornish and BSL!
As you are aware there is an upcoming Referendum proposed by the Government, to decide on our membership of the European Union.
Mebyon Kernow will be holding a Spring Conference on Saturday 2nd April, and one of the key items for discussion will be MK’s official position on the referendum vote.
The National Executive is presently working on a proposal for the Conference and we are keen the hear the views of party members as we produce this document.
Firstly it would be good to remind ourselves of the section of our Manifesto which directly refers to the European Union.
It is our belief that nations and regions throughout the World should work together, but that does not mean we are not critical of how the European Union is presently constituted.
The Europe of today is one of centralisation, limited democratic control, big business and bureaucracy, and MK – along with many other progressive groups in the European Free Alliance - is campaigning for the increased democratisation of the EU, greater transparency and increased Cornish representation.
Mebyon Kernow believes that sovereignty resides with the people, and that responsibility for decision-making should be retained at the most local level possible. Our compelling task is to build a decentralised Europe on this basic principle, which means we must limit the centralisation of powers both to Europe and to the current state capitals such as London and Paris.
We must create a new Europe that is relevant to the needs of ordinary people.
Since Cornwall was recognised as a European region, it has secured significant and much-needed investment through structural funds, including Objective One and Convergence, but over the last five years the cost of EU membership to the UK taxpayer as a whole has quadrupled, which needs to be addressed as part of future reforms.
As mentioned in the Manifesto we are members of the European Free Alliance, which comprises 45 progressive, nationalist, regionalist and autonomist parties. It is a pro-European party, which endorses the European Union values, namely the principles of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and the rule of law. Through membership of this grouping both Mebyon Kernow and the People of Cornwall have a stronger and louder representation with Europe, which would be lost should the UK leave the European Union.
In summary, Mebyon Kernow is fundamentally a pro-European Party and considers that membership of the EU provides us with a stronger platform to argue for the rights of Cornwall and its people. But importantly, we must continue to argue that the EU does need radical reform – as set out in the above manifesto segment.
Please take the time to make your feelings and thoughts known to the NEC and Leadership Team.
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