Wednesday, 8 July 2015

George Osborne has spoken …

In his emergency budget speech, the Chancellor made a short statement with regard to Cornwall. I understand that George Osborne said: “We are making major progress on plans to give Cornwall greater say in decisions.”

There was no meaningful detail about the nature of what might be included within any arrangement, but Mr Osborne did also refer to it as his “first new county deal.”

It is disappointing that, from the Government’s perspective, the context is not the need for a distinct constitutional settlement for the unique nation of Cornwall, but a “county” one.

I would imagine that this is a likely indication of what might be offered to Cornwall in the coming weeks.

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