Recognition Of Cornwall Provokes Establishment Rant

Charles Moore, a columnist for The Telegraph and mouthpiece for the British establishment, has an opinion piece in The Telegraph in which he insults the Celtic nation of Cornwall and shares his animosity to the announcement by the UK government that Cornish will join the Irish, Scottish and Welsh as a Celtic national minority.  The rant is best captured by the following quote: “There is something unhealthy and divisive about this obsession with legally defining minorities. People say it “celebrates diversity”, but actually it forces people into tortuous self-definitions which do not reflect modern reality; and it is uncomfortable for those it excludes...whenever a “national minority” is given special legal status, a small attack is made on our common citizenship.”

The provocative thing about Mr. Moore’s tirade is that in 14 well written paragraphs reflecting his status as a leading British journalist, he fails to use the words Celtic, Cornish Language or Stannary laws. This guy is having a meltdown and sees the recognition of Cornwall as just another blow against the United Kingdom.  That’s fair enough, but if you are going to demean and belittle the aspirations of an ancient people it is not asking so much to feign some knowledge of Kernow.

Charles Moore writes the main op-ed for the Saturday Telegraph and has been editor of The Spectator (1984-90), the Sunday Telegraph (1992-5) and The Daily Telegraph (1995-2003). He is the authorised biographer of Margaret Thatcher and continues to write for The Spectator and The Daily Telegraph.

From the website of the Cornish Stannary Parliament – The Cornish Agenda:

  • To promote the introduction of a written one-stop British Constitution to provide all British peoples and individuals with a central reference point on information regarding their rights and the means to control people in power.
  • To re-instate Cornish rights under the Charter of Pardon 1508.
  • To work for the transposition of United Nations Declarations, Conventions and Covenants into British law, including:- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948; The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination 1969; The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 1976; The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 1976; Declaration on the Rights of Persons belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities, No. 47/135/1992.
  • To ensure that the public has the right to expect that all persons acting in an official capacity apply the principle of equality before the law in all their decisions and provide a guarantee to the right of equality before the law for everyone.
  • To secure inclusion of the Cornish within all the human rights provisions of the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.
  • To achieve parity with the administration provisions of Scotland and Wales.
  • To expose and confront the abuse of power behind a secret constitution.
  • To establish an official British definition of :- constitution, national minority, race, diversity, ethnicity, property, impartiality, culture, remedy and freedom.
  • To expose the fraud of state subsidised English political parties using taxpayers money to promote English nationalism in Cornwall as a disgrace to the principles of democracy sponsored by the United Nations.
  • To obtain financial and legal support for High Court action against the incumbent Government of the United Kingdom to end institutionalised discrimination against the Cornish. “The courts will not assume without the clearest language that Parliament intended to destroy common law rights of the Crown’s subjects by placing them at the mercy of an irresponsible tribunal or irresponsible department of state”. (Rendall v. Blair [1890] 45 Ch.D. 139, at p.155, per Bowen L.J.).

Cornish Stannary Parliament, Camborne, May 2008

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