Thursday, 21 April 2016

Mebyon Kernow slams shameful cuts to Cornish language funding

On behalf of Mebyon Kernow – the Party for Cornwall, Cllr Loveday Jenkin has condemned the decision of the Conservative Government to end funding for the Cornish language.

In a statement issued today, she said:

“In 2002, the Cornish language was recognised through the Council of Europe’s Charter for Regional and Minority Languages and, in April 2014, central government also recognised the Cornish as a national minority through the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

“Through these treaties, central government gave a commitment to support Cornish identity, culture and language.

“It is therefore absolutely shameful that they have pulled the plug on vital funding for the language, reneging on their obligations, and showing their total disrespect for Cornwall’s national language.

“It is also extremely sad that local Conservative MPs, some of whom even took their parliamentary oaths in Cornish, have failed to fight for the language.”

Cllr Jenkin has also confirmed that Mebyon Kernow would fight this decision, adding that:

“I would appeal to all supporters of the language to lobby central government and local MPs by writing hundreds and hundreds of letters to them – all in Cornish!”

1 comment:

Edwina Cousins said...

I started my letter in Cornish, however knowing that there is a greater chance of him ignoring it and not responding, as it is hard enough to get any response normally, so I wrote most of it in English.