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Blog Posts with the Tag "democracy"
Votes at sixteen is a campaign that I have always supported and I was pleased when the Scottish Parliament allowed 16 and 17 year olds to vote in the 2014 independence referendum. It was particularly heartening when the Parliament then legislated to lower the voting age for all subsequent Scottish elections (including local councils).
Published: 21st May 2018
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Mebyon Kernow has just published the latest edition of its Cornish Nation magazine, which has been emailed or posted to all MK members.
Published: 28th October 2017
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In this week's Cornish Guardian, my article looked at the continued threat of a Devonwall seat and the launch of the latest “Boundary Commission for England” consultation. The article includes material already published on this blog, but the article is here for the sake of completeness.
Published: 28th October 2017
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Earlier this week, I attended a briefing about the work of the organisation known as South West Councils. It’s website claims that it seeks to, amongst other things, “support authorities in having a voice, built on consensus, of issues on national policy and funding working with national Local Government Group, when this is deemed appropriate by Members.
Published: 30th June 2017
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Just over twelve months ago, the Local Government Boundary Commission “for England” (LGBCE) descended on Cornwall. Councillors were informed that there was going to be a review of the number of elected members on the unitary authority, and that then new divisional boundaries would have to be agreed. Our strong objections were ignored and we were told it had to happen – regardless of what we thought.
Published: 30th June 2017
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"Cornwall needs an Assembly with real powers so that the people of Cornwall can have control over issues such as strategic planning, European funding, housing, health, emergency services, energy policy and transport that are currently directed by Westminster."
Published: 19th January 2015
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Over the last few weeks the Liberal Democrats have started to campaign on the issue of Cornish devolution. Various pleas have gone around to mount a campaign and lately even a survey on people's ideas. My plea here is for them to stop reinventing the wheel and work with the campaign Mebyon Kernow already have.
Published: 20th September 2014
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"Mebyon Kernow is calling for a true National Assembly for Cornwall. An assembly which can do away with unelected and politically appointed quangos such as the LEP and tie public spending to public accountability."
Published: 20th September 2014
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Following the fantastic news that the Government has confirmed the Cornish will be recognised as a national minority through the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection for National Minorities (FCNM), talk is already turning to the “devolution” to Cornwall. Danny Alexander, the Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury – who announced national minority status on the 24th April – has also confirmed that the Government would “take seriously” any bid from Cornwall to control the next tranche of European funding which will be worth more than £500 million.
Published: 17th May 2014
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"MK is a collaborative party, we don't believe in the isolationist and separatist politics of UKIP and the Tories. For me it makes no sense for anyone living in Cornwall to vote to leave Europe. The investment that we receive from Europe would never be matched by a Westminster government that was outside Europe. Cornwall receives far more cash from the EU than we pay into it in the form of taxation through Westsminster."
Published: 19th April 2014
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