Message from Colin Murley, Save Cornwall
The Cultural Future of the Cornish People
The decision of the UK Government of 24th April 2014 to include the Cornish within the terms of the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities comes fifteen years after its official ratification in1999. The determined 83,499 Cornish people who made the effort to “write in” their “other” national identity on the 2011 Census form should be given credit for this decision.
It would appear that the 125% increase in the official Census figures for the “Cornish” population for 2011, compared with 2001, finally penetrated the official mind that the Cornish were not going to give up their birthright any time soon. However, the policy of delay in ignoring the positive evidence submitted from many quarters, has proved advantageous for the majority while subjecting the claims of the Cornish minority to cheap ridicule and instant rejection. It is, therefore, very important to secure the immediate implementation of the spirit and the letter of the Convention, in particular, Articles 4 and 5 without further delay. We need to establish a firm foundation for the survival of, and respect for, all the aspects of life which comprise the Cornish identity with regard to the individual, the national group and future generations.
Section II Article 4
In order to establish a multi-racial “right to equality before the law” and “protection from assimilation”, all UK government sponsored and protected organisations currently operating in Cornwall to promote the majority culture, such as, “English Heritage”; “Duchy of Cornwall”; “English Nature”; “The National Trust” and “English Tourist Board”, should be required to make immediate preparations to cease operations in Cornwall and transfer all assets held in Cornwall into the administrative protection and control of the duly elected Cornish Council at Truro.
Your support would be appreciated,
Save Cornwall, Camborne, Kernow
28th April 2014
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