An end to austerity politics
Mebyon Kernow – the Party for Cornwall is working with progressive alternatives across the United Kingdom, such as Plaid Cymru and the SNP, to bring an end to the austerity agenda of the London-based political parties.
Decent public services for all
Mebyon Kernow – the Party for Cornwall is committed to a just and fair society. We believe effective public intervention is needed to combat poverty, tackle social deprivation and fight for the disadvantaged, and to tackle ills in Cornish society, such as social deprivation, unemployment, low wages and poor housing.
A strategy for a sustainable economy
Mebyon Kernow is campaigning for the rebalancing of the United Kingdom economy, away from the present concentration on London and the South East of England. This includes a commitment to an Economic Fairness Act to ensure that Cornwall gets its fair share of government investment.
A fair tax system
MK is committed to effective public intervention to tackle ills in society such as unemployment and poor housing. This means that there is a need for a sufficient public resource and this implies fair and redistributive taxation.
Planning in and for Cornwall
Mebyon Kernow – the Party for Cornwall supports well-balanced planning policies which protect the Cornish countryside, while allowing appropriate developments that meet the needs of local communities (ie. proper local-needs housing).
Affordable homes for local people
Mebyon Kernow – the Party for Cornwall believes that local families have a fundamental right to good quality housing, both for purchase and rent, in their own communities and at a price that is truly affordable to people of Cornish wages.
A Climate Change Act for Cornwall
Mebyon Kernow understands that unsustainability is truly global and must be tackled through action at worldwide as well as local levels.
Fair funding for Cornwall
Mebyon Kernow – the Party for Cornwall has a proud record of campaigning for fair funding for Cornwall and its local communities. We know that Cornwall gets a raw deal from Westminster.
Greater self-government for Cornwall
Mebyon Kernow believes that the historic nation of Cornwall, with its own distinct identity, language and heritage, has the same right to self-determination as other constituent parts of the UK, such as Scotland and Wales.
A more just and peaceful World
Mebyon Kernow is an internationalist and outward-looking political party. Our vision for Cornwall and the World is underpinned by respect for the diversity of the planet, both its human cultural traditions and its natural environment.
A reformed Europe
It is our belief that nations and regions throughout the World should work together, but that does not mean we are not critical of how the European Union is presently constituted. The Europe of today is one of centralisation, limited democratic control, big business and bureaucracy, and MK – along with many other progressive groups in the European Free Alliance – is campaigning for the increased democratisation of the EU, greater transparency and increased Cornish representation.
Recognition for Cornwall
In 2014, central government bowed to years of pressure and recognised the Cornish people through the Framework Convention on National Minorities. This cultural recognition, embodied in minority status, is a landmark ruling. The challenge now for the people of Cornwall must be to achieve a wider acceptance of our right to greater control over our political, civic, and economic lives through the creation of a legislative National Assembly of Cornwall.
Putting Cornwall First
Our policies are founded on three core values:
- Prosperity for all
- Social justice
- Environmental protection
Mebyon Kernow members will be meeting in St Dennis on Friday 12th February to plan a wide-ranging campaign on matters relating to planning and housing.
A leading member of the Cornwall Waste Forum addressed a recent meeting of Mebyon Kernow members in St Austell and Newquay, when he criticised Cornwall Council for failing to meet its responsibility to properly monitor air quality in the Mid Cornwall area.
Mebyon Kernow has challenged the Westminster political parties to make 2016 “the year of Cornish recognition.”
A senior Mebyon Kernow spokesman had condemned the decision by First Great Western, who operate the rail franchise linking Cornwall with London, to carry out 'informal testing' of reduced carriage lengths at peak times across the Duchy last year.
Mebyon Kernow has received its first response from the "BBC" following our formal complaint about the lack of coverage during the 2015 General Election and in the period leading up to that election. The MK complaint letter was posted on this blog earlier this week.
I have today seen the publicity generated by the Green Party regarding fair political coverage on BBC television. It has prompted me to share the letter that I sent to various representatives of the BBC prior to Christmas, including Chairman of the BBC Trust, the BBC Chief Advisor on Politics (Editorial Policy and Standards), as well as representatives of BBC South West and BBC Sunday Politics.
The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has just released the latest GVA (gross value added) figures, which record economic performance across the UK.
The petition to safeguard the sky-tip near Penwithick (which has been under threat from the proposed development of a so-called eco-community) secured great deal of publicity last week.