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2nd home voters; a lot of fuss about nothing.

Cornwall Council has decided to strike off second home owners from the electoral register. Headlines, praise and criticism include Cornwall second home owners banned from votingTake your vote home with youNo taxation without representation. This is a welcome move, it is an unacceptable situation when ordinary Cornish people who live and work in the community they are part of have as much say as some rich person from London who spends a few weeks there a year. One person one vote, ought to be the principle adhered to, it is fundamentally undemocratic and unfair that people who own second homes get to potentially vote multiple times where they live and where they own a holiday home. That said this is no big deal, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats are busy telling everyone that they have made Cornwall more democratic or fairer but this is at best a half truth.

Cornwall Council's actions actually mean very little, existing legislation means that it is illegal to vote in a g…

Cornwall Council talking tough on emergency tugs...

The council has sent a very strong message to government, they argue that the Maritime Incident Response Group (MIRG) should not be scrapped. The centerpiece of the Cornish MIRG is the West Cornwall based Emergency Tow Vessel (ETV). (I have blogged before on this subject e.g. is the government oblivious to maritime safety?)  Some choice phrases to Westminster from Cabinet Support Member for Community Safety and Public Protection Lance Kennedy included:

"This is a reckless decision which will have very serious consequences for both the safety and economy of coastal areas such as Cornwall."

To which I can only agree, also he goes on to say:

"I find the decision to discontinue the MIRG in favour of a system of assessment and advice using commercial salvers to be unbelievable."
(Both from Atlantic FM news)
Well done Lance Kennedy, it's a very strong statement to Westminster highlighting the strength of feeling over this vital service. This strong message was the firs…

Devonwall is not about fairer votes

The Coalitions plans to reduce the number of MPs also includes plans to equalise constituencies. The primary government aim is to save money by reducing the number of MPs. In a distant second, the argument goes that numbers of voters in seats should be more equal to make democracy fairer, to rid ourselves of the system whereby some voters have more influence than others. A laudable aim indeed, but this is part of plans that will impose a Devonwall constituency on Cornwall and rob us of half an MP, is this too much of a compromise for fairness? I think so. But the new system will not be fair to Cornwall anyway, it takes democratic representation away from Kernow and will not give us parity with any other area.

For in Cornwall we have a democratic deficit, that is to say Cornish voters have far less power than voters up country. As people no doubt remember, the district council tier of government was stripped from Cornwall by the last Liberal Democrat administration at County Hall and …

Devon and Cornwall Police relocate their helicopter to Cornwall

Only joking it's nowhere near Cornwall, it's moving further away.
Last week in the news, was the story that the police force have relocated the force helicopter from the Headquarters in Exeter to Exeter airport. The move will bring the police millions of pounds by freeing up the Middlemoor site (for development presumably) this in itself is good news, this is the sort of thing that should happen before sacking people and raiding people's pensions. The news story is here on the BBC Devon site. I must confess at the outset that I had no idea that D&C police even had a helicopter, until the Keep Cornwall Whole rally in Saltash last October (where it was buzzing overhead). The simple reason for this is that is based miles away from Penzance in Exeter. Even with such a new and fast machine the chances of it getting this far west in time to do anything useful are very slim.

So I wondered why is the helicopter based in Exeter and funny enough this is answered on the police web…

Total Politics left wing blog awards: great news for Mebyon Kernow

Regular readers will have seen my post thanks to all my readers about my surprise and delight at coming 39th in the Total Politics non-aligned blogs awards. Today Total Politics announced the top 75 left wing blogs, again I am surprised and pleased that I came in at 65. But the real success story is for Mebyon Kernow, with Dick Cole's http://mebyonkernow.blogspot.com/ coming in at 42 and Stephen Richardson's http://illoganblogger.blogspot.com/ coming in at 54. I think this is a real testament to the work put in by both of them and I always enjoy reading their blogs, their opinions and research are always informative and important. I do hope next year that the newest MK blog http://camborneandredruthmk.blogspot.com/ will be rewarded too

Generally as a party, I think Mebyon Kernow can take a lot of heart from this, we're a small force in politics, we don't have great amounts of cash and we are given short shrift by the mainstream media. These awards are a real sign that…

The new Devonwall (Bude and Bideford) constituency

The Boundary Commission intial proposals for new constituencies has been leaked by Tory blogger supremo Guido Fawkes, they of course will reignite the debate about the new Devonwall constituency proposed by the Conservative/ Liberal Democrat government. The axe will fall in the north, crossing Cornwall's millennia plus old frontier over the small land crossing. The new constituency will be called Bideford and Bude and incorporate everywhere from Tintagel and Camelford east and north incorporating Bude and Launceston and up across out of Cornwall to include Bideford. By the numbers the new seat will include 35,272 Cornish voters and 39,413 Devonian, again the balance is against the Cornish truly DEVONwall.

The total number of registered voters in Cornwall and Scilly (not including of course those not on the electoral register and those that shouldn't be i.e. second home owners) is 458,278. By the Coalition's "mathematics only" considerations the desired number of e…

Thanks to all my readers!

Hi all, just a quick blog to say thanks for reading my blog and I am highly honoured to make it into the Total Politics top 50 non-aligned blogs, http://www.totalpolitics.com/ If you voted for me thanks very much, it's nice to know that people enjoy reading my blog and come back for some more. Also, thanks to all the people that follow me on twitter and read my blog, putting up with my ranting through two different mediums is commendable in itself. I am not a good enough writer to express how happy I am about making it to 39th, umm!?! I just can't believe that my little blog focussing on Cornish politics and Mebyon Kernow is somehow in the same competition as some of the other names on the top 50 list.


Again thanks for reading my blog, I've been blogging just over a year now, I really enjoy writing it and I hope you all like reading it, cheers! (",)

Fair funding for Cornwall, an insight into Cornish democracy?

On the 27th of July 2010, at a full meeting of Cornwall Council Mebyon Kernow councillors Dick Cole and Stuart Cullimore, proposed and seconded respectively a motion for fairer funding of Cornwall. The vote was passed and so accepted by the council, quoting from the minutes on http://democracy.cornwall.gov.uk/ (Agenda no 15.2 pages 19/20)


RESOLVED that Cornwall Council :  (a) Notes that hospitals, schools and vital public  services in Cornwall  receive less funding than other parts of the United Kingdom;  (b) Notes that public sector cuts will have an especially adverse impact on  Cornwall, if we continue to receive less than our fair share of government  expenditure in the first instance;  (c) Writes to the new Coalition Government to seek  a Commission to  investigate the full extent of the underfunding of Cornwall, similar to the  recent Holtham Commission in Wales;  (d) Agrees to produce a briefing document, outlining our broad concerns  about the underfunding of Cornwall, which can also  b…