Guernsey government may be model for Cornwall

Posted: September 1, 2011 in constitution, duchy of cornwall

BBC News – Guernsey government may be model for Cornwall. Well done to the Cornish Constitutional Convention for keeping the debate about Cornish autonomy in the media and, most importantly, in peoples minds.

It has been noted by our constitutionalists that if the Duke rebooted his duchy as the government for Cornwall then we would have a constitutional position approaching that of a Crown dependency. Would we want to become another tax haven though? One more parasite on the world economy of interest only to the rich. 
Anyway, I’m sure that the Convention isn’t considering tax haven status and offshore banking for Cornwall’s future but rather simply studying governmental practises in a small autonomous community looking for good ideas for Cornwall.
In the BBC article linked to above it was good to see the following stated: The former Cornwall county council commissioned a Mori poll in 2003 which showed 55% of Cornish people were in favour of a democratically-elected, fully devolved regional assembly for Cornwall. If we want to see Duchy issues tackled or greater autonomy brought to Cornwall then we are going to need to see this 55% of the population motivated and voting for a Cornish future. 

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