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the Coastguard announcement, good news and bad

We'll have the good news first, Falmouth Coastguard will not be closed or downgraded to a daytime only role as the government had wanted. So congratulations to everyone who has lobbied and argued for Falmouth to maintain it's important position. It even looks as though the government may increase the importance of Falmouth and more than likely employ more staff to cover other closures, which brings me to the bad news....

Although there is much fanfare and sympathetic news reporting that the government has listened and done a u- turn, this is simply not true. Despite the consultation period not being over!?! they have announced, Coastguard stations to remain open will be Falmouth, Milford Haven, Holyhead, Belfast, Stornoway, Shetland, Aberdeen, Humber and London. To close are Swansea, Liverpool, Clyde, Forth, Yarmouth, Thames and Brixham. This is still a massive blow to maritime communities throughout these islands and Brixham currently provides cover for South East Cornwall, s…

The 2nd Cornish National Minority Report, some comments

I am certainly not the first to blog about the Cornish submission to the UK government to be included in the Framework Convention  for the Protection of National Minorities, for example see The Cornish Republican: the 2nd Cornish national minority report and  An Helghyer: Recognition at last?. Both are good posts and well worth a read and I just have some comments to add and feel that I can't let something like this go unblogged.

Firstly and foremostly the submission is excellently put together, written and researched and well worth a read for those interested in Cornish history, Cornish identity and why the Cornish do represent a national minority. Here is the submission as a pdf: Cornish National Minority Report 2. It makes a compelling case that Cornish national identity is no more nor less valid than other national identities within the UK and ought to be recognised as such in the Framework Convention.

Secondly and I feel this is a very important point and hopefully a junctur…

Some news about Culdrose and Cornwall's search and rescue provision

It seems the UK government has given a reprieve to the UK Search and Rescue service, the privatisation has been halted and the Coastguard/ Royal Air Force/ Royal Navy will continue running the service for the meantime.

As anybody that lives in Cornwall will know the grey and red markings of the Royal Navy's search and rescue Sea Kings is an ubiquitous sight around the Duchy. 771 squadron stand ready 24 hours a day to rescue people at distress on the high seas off the Cornish coast and at times 200+ miles away, they also have rescued people in trouble on cliffs and aided the Cornish Air Ambulance when otherwise engaged. The helicopters are particularly important for the people on the Isles of Scilly as in an emergency it is the quickest way of getting a serious casualty or woman in labour from Scilly to Treliske hospital (the air ambulance lacks the range and night time capability for the Isles of Scilly). My point is that the helicopters are a vital service for the whole of Cornwa…