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Kernow Matters To Us‘ (KMTU) utterly condemns the United Kingdom Government for failing to return £150,000 of Cornwall raised taxation in order to support the Cornish language.
It is possible that this move may be in contravention of the spirit of the Charter for Regional and Minority Languages in 2003 and the recognition of the Cornish people as a national minority in April 2014 and their incorporation into the Framework Convention for National Minorities.
This small amount which represents very little in terms of expenditure of taxation should be compared against the cost of each six hour RAF Tornado mission at around £210,000, adding to that cost is the use of four Paveway bombs at £22,000 each and two Brimstone missiles at £105,000 each. If all weapons are fired on an average mission the cost of each RAF mission is therefore £508,000*
Monitoring social media, our members have already noted that the move has outraged many in Cornwall with some threatening to withhold tax and other payments in protest.
Within minutes of the announcement, Dr Jon Mills had established a petition calling for the Westminster Government to reverse their decision. This petition may be found here:
It is well known that the Conservatives have little time for Cornwall other than to view it as a holiday resort and second homes venue with an extractive economy. This latest news is just confirmation of that and the widespread condemnation of the decision from all sectors of the community in Cornwall is evidence enough that a huge mistake has been made and that Cornwall continues to lose out under direct Westminster rule.
KMTU which is growing in terms of members at an enormous rate since its stand over Tintagel Castle and the actions and proposed actions of English Heritage there, is further considering a course of action over Westminster’s dubious and anti Cornish shortsighted decision.
The full Cornwall Council media release follows:
Cornwall Council condemns Government decision to cut funding for Cornish language
21 April 2016
Cornwall Council has condemned the Government’s decision to cut all its funding for the Cornish language with immediate effect.
The Government has provided up to £150,000 a year to support the Cornish language since it was recognised under the Charter for Regional and Minority Languages in 2003. This grant has been used to support the development of the language, including funding a range of educational activities. At the end of last year the Council was asked by the Government to submit a bid for funding for the current financial year. This bid was supported by MPs, George Eustice and Sarah Newton, as well as Cornish Members of the House of Lords, Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP.
The Council has now received a formal letter from the Department of Communities and Local Government stating that it was not providing any further funding to support the development of the Cornish language – despite the recognition of the Cornish people as a national minority in April 2014.
Criticising the decision of the Government Julian German, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture, said “The Cornish language is a great source of pride for Cornwall and is part of what makes Cornwall and the Cornish unique. Over the last five years use of the language has increased and this is reflected in street names, signage and on mainstream and social media. Just as importantly, it supports our local and visitor economy as the increase in the use of the language in marketing and tourism has proved.“
“The Government’s decision not to support Cornish with any funding whatsoever goes against the international agreements they have signed up to and that makes no sense at all. Cornwall has received funding from Government for a number of years and all we asked for was to continue at this level of funding.”
“The Prime Minister makes a point of telling us how much he loves Cornwall and the Devolution Deal highlights the Government’s recognition of our unique culture and heritage. However, when it comes to backing those statements up, the Government just doesn’t deliver for Cornwall.”
The decision has also angered Malcolm Bell, Head of Visit Cornwall, who said “The Cornish language is an essential part of the Cornwall brand”.
Cornwall Council will be working with the Cornish language, community and representative organisations such as the Gorseth to discuss how to protect and develop the Cornish language in the future.
Julian German, the Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture, Malcolm Bell, Head of Visit Cornwall and Toby Parkin, President of the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, are happy to do interviews on this.
· Julian German can be contacted on 07737 183690
· Malcolm Bell can be contacted on 07800 649178
· Toby Parkin can be contacted at 07977 933664
The petition raised by Dr Mills is here:
(*) 8th December 2015 Cost of Britain bombing of Syria
Oll an gwella / All the best

John, Teresa, Craig, Tony, Matt, Mike, Clive, Samuel and Ronan
Elected Members of the KMTU Steering Group

Beware the spurious comparison

Posted: February 26, 2016 in bsl, cornish language

Recently I was disappointed when a handful of Labour activists in the Duchy took it upon themselves to criticise the very meagre funding given to promote the Cornish language; suggesting that it would be money better spent on BSL. 

This kind of populist rhetoric has everything to get the heads nodding at the bar in the local pub, but does it stand up to closer scrutiny?
How very disheartening to see Labour members putting up one language community against another; trying to create unnecessary competition between two minority groups. So much for promoting community cohesion and solidarity! Instead of dividing the Cornish community wouldn’t it be much better to celebrate the funding Cornish gets (that Cornwall gets) from central government – funding that we wouldn’t otherwise obtain – and then go on to create as large a consensus as possible to demand support for BSL? I think I can safely say the vast majority of MK members would support the teaching of BSL.
In reality Cornwall has been desperately under funded by Westminster for decades. No doubt our overlords in London, irrespective of political alignment, are only too happy to see Cornish people at each others throats in this way – fighting for scraps from the masters table – instead of standing together to demand a better deal. 
So lets finish with: Not Cornish or BSL, but rather Cornish and BSL!

To: Department for Culture, Media and Sport 

Give Cornish language and culture the equal status, recognition, respect and prominence in public service broadcasting that it deserves. 
We believe the Cornish should have equal status with the other indigenous languages and cultures of Britain.

We want BBC Kernow | Cornwall to sit in it’s rightful place alongside BBC Cymru and BBC Alba on the iPlayer. 

We want appropriate commissioning and editorial processes to be established within the remit of the BBC Royal Charter from 2017 to develop and grow Cornish language and cultural programming.
Why is this important? 
Every culture should have their own voice represented in the world’s media, particularly in public service broadcasting. 
In 2003 the Cornish language (Kernewek) received official recognition under the European Charter for the Protection of Regional or Minority Languages. 
In 2014 the Cornish were granted protected national minority status under the Council of Europe Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. 
This means the Cornish have the same recognition as the Welsh, Scots and Northern Irish. 
Tweet #BBCKernow #yourBBC 
Please sign this petition to pledge your support for the establishment of BBC Kernow. 
How it will be delivered 
This petition will be delivered in person to Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. 
Sign the petition here:  BBC KERNOW
“I am a multiculturalist. In England, on the whole, when we talk about multiculturalism, we tend to talk about black people, Asian people and people who have brought their cultures here, and sometimes we forget that there are local cultures which are very different to English mainstream culture and literature. So when I come to Wales, I treat Wales like a different country with a culture and language of its own. And if Wales is a part of Britain, then that culture is an important part of Britain – as important as Jamaican culture, Trinidadian culture or Indian culture for example.

That’s why I’ve always said that the Welsh language should be taught in schools in England. Hindi, Chinese and French are taught, so why not Welsh? And why not Cornish? They’re part of our culture, and I know of people in England who don’t know that people in Wales speak Welsh, or that there’s a Scottish language.” – Dr Benjamin Zephaniah
“Dwi’n berson aml-ddiwylliannol. Yn Lloegr, yn gyffredinol, pan rydan ni’n trafod amlddiwylliannaeth rydan ni’n cyfeirio at bobl du, pobl Asiaidd a phobl eraill sydd wedi dod â’u diwylliannau yma, a rydan ni’n anghofio weithiau bod ‘na ddiwylliannau lleol sydd yn wahanol iawn i ddiwylliant a llenyddiaeth prif ffrwd Saesneg. Felly pan dwi’n dod i Gymru, dwi’n trin Cymru fel gwlad wahanol gyda’i hiaith a’i diwylliant ei hun. Ac os yw Cymru yn rhan o Brydain, yna mae’i diwylliant yn rhan bwysig o Brydain hefyd – yr un mor bwysig â diwylliant Jamaica, Trinidad neu India er enghraifft.

Dyna’r rheswm dwi’n dweud y dylai’r iaith Gymraeg gael ei dysgu mewn ysgolion yn Lloegr. Mae Hindi, Tsieinëeg a Ffrangeg yn cael eu dysgu, felly pam ddim Cymraeg? A pham ddim Cernyweg? Maen nhw’n rhan o’n diwylliant, a dwi’n gwybod am bobl yn Lloegr sydd ddim hyd yn oed yn gwybod bod pobl yng Nghymru yn siarad Cymraeg, neu fod ‘na iaith Gaeleg yn yr Alban.” – Dr Benjamin Zephaniah

The full article in Welsh and English can be found here: What the English could learn from the Eisteddfod – BBC Cymru Fyw

Fine sentiments from Dr Zephaniah and I can only hope the BBC in Cornwall, who at times appear rabidly anti-Cornish, take note. But as long as unhealthy relations abound between LibLabCon politicians and BBC journalists I won’t hold my breath.