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The translation of the Communist Manifesto into Cornish has been reported on the Breton website Bretagne Info – Indépendance et Socialisme, a site associated with the left-wing group Breizhistance. Thanks to them for promoting the Cornish cause in Brittany. 

Ra vo Breizh ha Kerne-veur dishual ha sokialour!
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In Breizh (Brittany) with three separate election lists for Breton parties (Christian Guyonvarc’h, heading the open list made up of Union Démocratique Bretonne (Unvaniezh Demokratel Breizh) (UDB) non/members of the party; Christian Troadec heading the joint Parti Breton, Mouvement Breton et Progrès, Alliance Federalist Bretonne, Breizh Europa list and the Breizhistance/Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste list), the share of the vote was good overall, but no MEP was elected from any of the lists. 
Breizh shares its European parliamentary constituency with areas of West France, outside of its traditional territory.
Already talk can be heard of a Breton democratic front for the regional elections to come. 
Text provided by the Celtic League and map from Geobreizh
Whilst in Cornwall we won’t have the chance of voting for a Cornish party in the forthcoming EU elections, in Brittany – also buried in a much larger European constituency – things are quite different.
Three lists are running that can be classified as autonomist or independentist. 
The first is from MK’s sister party, the Union Démocratique Bretonne. The open list, headed by regional councillor Christian Guyonvarc’h, includes personalities from outside the UDB’s membership. Their slogan is: “I vote Brittany for a social Europe“.

Next we have Nous te ferons L’Europe. This list includes the Parti Breton, Mouvement Bretagne et Progrès, Alliance Federalist Bretonne, Breizh Europa, and is spearheaded by Christian Troadec of Bonnets Rouge fame.

Last, but by no means least, we have Breizhistance – indépendence et socialisme – and Frances Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste forming a list on the radical left. They are campaigning for a ‘Europe of peoples and workers’.

With the redrawing of Frances regional map on the table pro-Breton parties will need to make a big impact in all forthcoming elections, which leads me to wonder if 3 separate lists will not dilute the vote and confuse people. Who will I vote for? Well Breizistance seem to have a blind spot when it comes to the existence of the Cornish question and that’s not for want of reminding them.
Before the French presidential elections so much was promised to Brittany. Radical decentralisation to the regions and the ratification of the charter for minority languages were clearly stated as objectives by the to-be-victorious Socialist candidate. However, following ‘advice’ from an obscure constitutional committee, the president has decided not to ratify the charter and his radical decentralisation has turned to farce. 
Leaving aside the small circle of loons from the far-right, Brittany has many other organisations   campaigning for its democratic, cultural and social rights.

In an effort to address the governments broken promises, by mobilising Breton civic society, the Galv Pondi (facebook) – the Call from Pontivy in Breton – has been issued. Expressly excluding the far-right, Galv Pondi is open to all individuals and organisations to sign up to and support. So far the Union Démocratique Bretonne, Parti Breton, BreizhistanceMouvement Bretagne et progrès, Europe Ecologie les Verts, Bretagne Réunie, Ai’ta, 44=Breizh and Kevre Breizh have signed. What are the Celtic League, Celtic Congress and a whole list of others waiting for? Please visit the website of Galv Pondi, sign the manifesto, leave messages of support and then share with your friends.

The UDB has also created a petition on Avaaz.org to support the campaign. They write: Accordingly, the undersigned people urge the President François Hollande : – To ratify the European Charter for Minority Languages, as promised by the President of the French Republic, François Hollande, his campaign pledge No. 56. – To make, without delay, the necessary arrangements for the reunification of Brittany. What is possible in Alsace should also be so in Brittany – To enable and support the creation in Brittany of a bilingual public television station following the example of Stella Via Corsica, transmitting to the five Breton departments. – To give Brittany, in the context of the future decentralization law, a special status that – inspired by those of Scotland, Wales and Catalonia. If special statuses are available for major cities of Paris, Lyon and Marseille why not for Brittany? The signatories want to bring these claims to the State so that our basic democratic rights are finally met. For more information follow the link beside : http://www.breizh-united.net

The above Breizh United  / Galv Pondi is a continued effort at dialogue hoping to apply pressure on the government in Paris and politicians in Brittany. The campaign Yes Breizh (facebook) on the other hand is explicitly aimed at independence. Wishing to capitalise on developments in Scotland and Catalonia, Yes Breizh is a platform designed to promote public awareness and debate. They write: “Yes Breizh is an educational process that aims to unchain speech and thought on the issue of an independent Brittany. Because there are always several alternatives in the destiny of nations, it is urgent to keep the door open to other visions of the future for Brittany”. Not a bad idea for Cornwall perhaps. Again you can help by signing their petition and circulating their website.
 
Both the former manage to avoid contamination by the far-right by, in the case of Galv Pondi, simply banning them from taking part or, as does Yes Breizh, only allowing people in their individual capacity to sign the petition. Unfortunately Kelc’h An Dael, (facebook) an association to promote the establishment of a Breton parliament – in itself a great idea –  has chosen neither option. KAD clearly display the support they receive from the far-right nationalist party Adsav. The result being that the vast majority of other Breton groups want nothing to do with them going as far as to exclude members of their organisations that have joined KAD.

Leaving aside the ethical arguments of giving any publicity to the far-right just imagine Mebyon Kernow openly standing beside a Cornish equivalent of the National Front or BNP and I think you’ll understand the simple tactical error. Have various manifestations of the far-right brought Catalonia and Scotland to the brink of independence? Have the centre-left in Scotland or centre-right in Catalonia achieved so much by associating with racists, islamophobes, homophobes, eurosceptics and conspiracy theorists? A parliament for Brittany is such an important idea why tie a lead weight to its neck by association with fascists?