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The day localism died as the Tory/ Lib Dem government seizes control of Cornwall's funding

Recently is has been announced that the coalition has done a u-turn on Cornwall's European funding. The thin veneer of localism has been worn through to expose the control freak heart of the coalition government. They may announce they want devolution to Cornwall in some unspecified and at some point in the future manner, but the reality is both Tory and Lib Dems are control freaks. Quite what our MPs are doing about it is unclear, I don't expect any coalition leaflets soon will state the benefits of having MPs 'at the heart of government.'

It shows the massive disparity between the centre and the periphery and Westminster and local government, when decisions like this are made without any form of consultation with officials in Cornwall, let alone the Cornish public. It had not even been explained to anyone, why this decision has been made. What possible benefits could there be placing these decisions hundreds of miles away from here and made by people that don't li…

superfast broadband comes to Penzance town centre, well soon anyway and a bit about the prom

I was very pleased to get confirmation at monday's town council meeting that the works on superfast in Penzance will be completed by the end of March. I'd hoped it would be sooner, but nevertheless it is finally coming, I hope that BT will stick to installing proper superfast aka fibre to the premises rather than a slower substitute like FTTC.

For whatever reason Jim McKenna choose to congratulate me in his Cornwall Councillor report to the town council. At the risk of being ungrateful and in all fairness, it was not just me, I was approached by businesses in the town centre concerned at the delay and many of them helped me out by putting pressure on the Superfast Cornwall Project. Some filled out the survey I did of town centre businesses and the need for superfast to help our shops and offices. I also secured the support of the town council. More of a team effort really, good to have some progress!

It was also encouraging from Jim to hear that funding has been secure to repa…

It's us or the Tories the Lib Dems might shout but they agree more than they'd like you to know

The starting gun for the election has well and truly started. Leaflets and press releases are hitting door mats and inboxes everywhere. Many of us wondered how the Lib Dems would fight this election, nearly 5 years in propping up the Tories, what would be left for them to crow about? This riddle is solved, with no hint of irony or is it self awareness? they squawk: it's us or them, no one can stop the Tories but us. The attacks on Mebyon Kernow have already started. But what's the truth of the matter? is there a choice between Liberal Democrat and Conservative? let's have a look at their voting records...

Firstly I have to draw attention to an attack by Dan Rogerson on the MK candidate in North Cornwall Orlando Kimber. Before the news of his candidacy had even hit the papers the usually shy and quiet Dan was on the warpath. The title of his missive doesn't mess about: Mebyon Kernow votes risk losing local champion. It continues: “Voting for Mebyon Kernow will only help…