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Should Cornwall have more power?
"Currently our taxes travel 300 miles, there they decide how to spend it and send the money back. People that make these decisions aren’t elected by the people of Cornwall and they don’t have to live with their decisions day in day out."
For me the question: should Cornwall have more power? Is like asking if I’d like to spend my money or if I’d like someone else to spend it. Although I might sometimes spend my money wisely and other times come back with magic beans, it’s about choice. I’d prefer it was my decision, so I could spend my money, on my priorities and if I end up with a beanstalk, I’ve only myself to blame!

That is the nub of it, currently our taxes travel 300 miles, there they decide how to spend it and send the money back. People that make these decisions aren’t elected by the people of Cornwall and they don’t have to live with their decisions day in day out. We need decision making by people that live here and are accountable to us.

For too long we’ve seen our industries fade, earnings fall and house prices rise with little interest from successive Westminster governments. This situation must stop. We need the powers to make our own policies: to foster Cornish successes and address our own problems. Cornwall needs a law making assembly.

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Published on 16th January 2015.

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