My article in this coming week’s Cornish Guardian will, rather unpredictably, focus on MK’s latest campaign initiative in support of a Cornish Assembly. The preview is as follows:
On St Piran’s Day, Mebyon Kernow launched a new publication titled “Towards a National Assembly of Cornwall.”
The document sets out how the devolution of significant political powers to
bringing the majority of the public sector under local democratic control,
could work for our local communities.
The document dispels the common misrepresentation that such an Assembly would somehow be independent of the
clearly stating that “it would be an integral and empowered part of the
governance of the United Kingdom.”
It also dismisses the claim that devolution equates to nothing more than local
Devolution has already led to the establishment of a Scottish Parliament, Assemblies for
and Northern Ireland,
as well as an Assembly for London. These
devolved institutions have certainly grown in stature and authority in recent
years, and constitutional change is rightly rising up the political agenda.
But the reality for the people of
is that democratically elected and locally accountable politicians presently have
limited say over vast amounts of public expenditure in our area.
Make no mistake, the
Kingdom – even taking into account the
devolved administrations in Scotland,
Wales and Northern
Ireland – is an over-centralised state,
dominated by London and the South
East of England.
The Coalition’s Business Secretary Vince Cable has even warned that
London was fast
“becoming a giant suction machine draining the life out of the rest of the
I believe that the unequal constitutional relationships between the various parts of the
need to be addressed, and action taken to combat the centralising influence of London.
I also believe that there should be a respectful and wide-ranging debate about the future governance of the whole of the
Kingdom, with our call for a National
Assembly of Cornwall at the very heart of that debate.
If you want to find out more, MK’s new document can be downloaded from www.mebyonkernow.org or a paper copy requested from MK, Meridian House,
Truro, . Cornwall,
MK is seeking the views of local residents and there is a consultation period until
2014. Comments on the document can be sent to the above address, or
by email to email@example.com.