Mebyon Kernow was today featured in an article in the
magazine section of the Observer newspaper. Sadly, it is a bad article. It
contains errors and badly misrepresents what Mebyon Kernow stands for.
It was written by Robert McCrum, but he clearly chose to ignore what I told him when he visited
In our interview, I explained to him, in considerable detail, that MK was not campaigning for independence, but greater self-government / devolution through a National Assembly for
I am angry that he chose to ignore this and base large parts of his article around vague and unsubstantiated notions of “separation,” “independence,” and an “independent
I am also appalled that in writing about the director of the St Moritz Hotel at Trebetherick, for example, McCrum states that: “he has a global vision and represents the polar opposite of Mebyon Kernow.” I find it objectionable that he infers MK is not an outward-looking political party.
For the record, he is also disrespectful about the Cornish language and writes that “the inconvenient truth … is that it is about as lively as Monty Python’s parrot.”
And in what century is it acceptable to describe Cllr Dr Loveday Jenkin, a respected professional woman, as “a charismatic MK pixie.”
I could dissect the article in even more detail, but have chosen not to. If you wish to read the article on-line, it can be found at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2012/jun/24/free-cornwall-independence-campaign?INTCMP=SRCH
In recent months, MK has had positive publicity through a wide range of UK-wide newspapers including the Independent, Telegraph and Times, as well as the Observer’s sister paper, The Guardian.
I have to say, it therefore saddens me greatly (as someone who has read the Guardian / Observer newspapers for most of my adult life) that it is the Observer that has done a hatchet job on the Party that I am proud to lead.
I will be buying the Observer next week to see if they publish my letter of complaint. After that …who knows?