On 5th December 2016, the Boundary Commision quango stops taking views on the Devonwall proposal. Although a quango, the Boundary Commision has said that Devonwall is a proposal put foward by the Government and that it has no power to change the proposals.
The Boundaries Commission are contactable at: Boundary Commission for England, 35 Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BQ and / or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Boundary Commission has also set up a new website through which people can comment on the proposed new constituencies. This can be found at:www.bce2018.org.uk
Cornwall has long battled for a Cornish Assembly, which the Cornish Nationalist party Mebyon Kernow still campaigns for, Cornwall being the only Celtic area of the UK not to have an Assembly. Its the MK members that speak out on public matters more than other politicians, regularly criticising work done in Cornwall and putting right any wrongs. So much for the other parties. Devonwall will put a halt to any Cornish Assembly, it’ll be the start of less power held in Cornwall and result in less of a voice of the Cornish inhabitants. Already with the creation of Cornwall Council, we’ve lost a number of voices to speak on our behalf, Cornwall Council replacing the older system of district councils and even now being forced to lower its number of councillors, putting foward the idea that a combining of Cornwall and Devon councils could be in the mix. Cornwall lies bang on the south-western tip of the UK, mainly countryside and industrial ruins. Its miles from anywhere important so is regularly ignored and penalised for its remoteness,but it has been this that has allowed the Celts of Cornwall to live as part of England until this day. Until in recent decades, this has been at threat from the greed of the powerhouses of the UK that see our countryside as a prime site for expensive homes and see the brownfield industrial sites as development sites to house the poorer people of the UK. The Cornish inhabitants have no way to afford these homes built because of the neglect shown towards them in recent decades. Its these old industrial sites that provided the jobs, now gone to make way for corporate greed. Where do you get money from without jobs? How do you make jobs without spending money? You don’t.
Instead the Cornish have had to rely on the EU to provide funding for its essentials, but even then its Government that controls where the money is spent. It was found last year that almost £500 million provided just over 3500 jobs, seeing the way projects are run thats no surprise. Londoners come down to oversee projects, pick what they like, choose their mates to do jobs at extortionate rates, only to run out of funding halfway through a project, which is when the Londoners bog off. Its been the reckless idea’s and neglect of Westminster that has led to calls for more of a voice to the Cornish, first through the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages and then through the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM), which has had no effect in Cornwall. Westminster will happily resort to nasty tricks and illegal activities, It was the response from English Heritage and the outcome that led me to look into the politics of Cornwall, put simply I’m surprised they bothered to reply. Government may indeed say Cornwall recieves enough funding to fund its language but its the responsability of the state to ensure funding is given, not individual councils. Still, doesn’t matter, we’re Cornish.
So what is all this to do with Devonwall? Everything, only by seeing the past treatment of Cornwall can you see the familiarity in Government actions. When the UK signed up to the FCNM, it was Cornwall that was ignored, the argument being Cornwall was not being discriminated against so the decision would have no effect, and that the Cornish Celts do not represent a culture. Devonwall contributes more to the blissful and deliberate ignorance shown by Westminster, who wish Cornwall to become so poor that it will have to rely on development as its main industry, whilst the developers lobby for evermore non affordable housing. It wants to push the Cornish out of their homes by increasing house prices, by reducing jobs so that only the rich can live there, who will sun themselves in the beautiful countryside. The remaining Cornish will see their race dwindle and foreigners increase, diluting evermore the Celtic identity, until eventually Cornwall will be seen as a normal English county. To the outsider it may appear this way now but to us Cornish Cornwall is special. To some Cornwall is different, has a different culture but Government only see’s that which provides it a profit, to this extant Cornwall is poorer than the usual regions. And the only way this will ever change is through a Cornish Assembly, the want of any Government to improve Cornwall doesn’t exist, they don’t understand us, they don’t want to, they only want to line their pockets. At the expense of people’s lives.
In short, Devonwall will result in fewer representtatives, it will flood out the voices of an already forgotten nation, it will result in more inequality but its the drowning out effect which the Government wishes. It can say it spent £trillion in Devonwall, whilst Cornwall recieves not one penny, thereby continuing its discrimination, as is seen with the South West region Cornwall is part of. At the very least, my talking may seem to be nonsense concerning a place people care little about but its doing what I want it to do: to make people aware that there’s a region in the UK which is experiencing one the most important parts of its history, a region which may soon be history. So thanks for your help.
Edit: For anyone thinking Cornwall is just another English county, read these;