>The new face of the extreme right in Cornwall

Posted: July 20, 2010 in BNP, identity groups, kernow defence league, racism

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A new wave of right-wing ethnic nationalism is spreading across Europe. Has it reached Kernow?

Worryingly for the Cornish movement, far from disparaging ‘regional’ identities, this latest version of the extreme right celebrates and promotes them.

Mixing the politics of regional autonomy and European federalism with far right ethnic nationalism and racial preference older forms of centralist state-nationalism are rejected in favour of a mixture of local identity and racial purity. That being said many of the founding figures of this new movement are old hands in various fascist groups and state-nationalist parties from around Europe.

The various identity groups often use the symbol of the wild boar as pictured above. With retrospect an unfortunate choice of image for the Cornish Fighting Fund from previous years.

Groups exist in a number of western European states notably France, Belgium and Spain. In the US a similar movement –national anarchism– can be found that mirrors many of the ideas of the identity groups.

Within France the Identity Bloc –Bloc Identitaire– has branches around the state. In Brittany for example can be found Jeune de Bretagne and Ti Breizh.

So how about Kernow?

Monkeying the English Defence League a group can already be found on Facebook calling itself the Kernow Defence League. The people behind the KDL make a point of claiming to be Cornish not English yet their sole purpose seems to be to stir up hatred against Muslims. The real economic, social, environmental and cultural problems facing the Cornish nation seem conveniently forgotten in favour bating religious minorities.

Within the BNP can be found members from Kernow who have pushed their Cornish identity to the fore and supplied articles on the Cornish language for the parties website. Unlike other far right state-nationalists the BNP seems intent on incorporating this new form of localist ethnic nationalism and to this end has recognised a ‘Celtic Cornish folk group’ amongst others.

One Kernow utterly rejects this ill founded form of racist ethnic nationalism. 

The  recognition of a Cornish ethnic group for the purpose of inclusion within the Council of Europe’s FCNM is a worthy goal, and one that would provide many benefits for the protection and development of Cornish culture. However such recognition should in no way be based on wrong headed concepts of racial purity or blood.

Equally, recognising the existence of the Cornish and promoting the culture of Cornwall does not have to be done to the detriment of other minority groups. Cornish culture must be open to change and welcoming to new arrivals in the Duchy if it is to have any future in an increasingly interconnected world.

A culture dependent on rejecting the other in order to survive has no future.

One Kernow calls on all within the Cornish movement to ensure that such xenophobia and ideas of racial purity are totally rejected.

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Comments
  1. PNJ@'druth says:

    >I suppose I agree . . .Personal view: When I heard about EDL,SDL,WDL &c I thought I'd be enraged by EDL supporters presuming to include Kernow in their campaign. Hearing that there's a KDL, however, that makes me feel pretty queasy. It's odd – a rock and a hard place. Support for such as the KDL is not right, ethnocentrism is wrong.So why can't I honestly summon much enthusiasm to condemn KDL ? Because a lot of their diametric opponents seem not to be good people, and have seemed hostile to Kernow. In decades past, the enthronement of politically correct culture (ostensibly dictating the equality of gender,race and creed) coincided in time, by design or accident, with a catastrophically impoverishing and humiliating time for the Cornish. How much of all the £ millions in support and resources mobilised in aid of politically correct social measures has gone to help us Cornish, among the poorest people in these islands ? Practically zilch,nada,zero %. Could the politically correct not have spoken out and just tried to help us as well during all that time ? Thus my distate for alignment with opponents of EDL/WDL/SDL/KDL – many of whom have, without provocation, starved us of resources, insulted us and acted like our enemies.As indeed have the kind of people who make up the EDL – all considered, Kernow's recent past is a chilling and uncomfortable place.I'd like to think that opponents of EDL/WDL/SDL/KDL are actually on the same side of right-and-wrong as those of us who love Cornwall and its people, and who have it in us to love all people, especially when we've got a square meal and a cheerful story inside us too – but history has left me unconvinced of who's on what side.I'll be watching. I think a lot of Kernowyon will be.

  2. Terence says:

    Im sorry but Cornwall is for the Cornish. Sure people can marry out but really at the end of the day if we flood it full of immigrants it won’t be Cornwall any longer.

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