Sunday, 14 October 2007

Handbags in Kernow?

Whilst the ranks of Cornish nationalism cannot claim the mass support of similar movements in Ireland, the Basque country or even Wales or Scotland, it is by no means irrelevant. The Cross of St Piran is much in evidence from Padstow to Bodmin, Land's End to Looe.

Mebyon Kernow, the left-leaning Cornish nationalist party can be well proud of its representation in local government and can take some credit for nationalism's steady progress in Cornwall. Berrocscir's Banner then, is saddened, yet not completely surprised to hear tell of a split in the ranks. Apparently it's all about a faction unhappy about MK's opposition to the creation of a Cornish unitary authority, and probably also due to Left/Right divisions within MK. MK is horribly pro-EU, which no doubt irks MK's more conservative elements. A breakway group is setting up a new Cornish National Party, probably nothing to do with an earlier incarnation of the CNP led by Leonard C. Trelease, a former MK leader, in the 60s. Confusingly another CNP, claiming lineage to 1975 are here:

If a split in MK has occured, this is awful news. Berrocscir's Banner appeals to the splitters to stay in MK and fight their corner. Breaking away over what are pretty minor differences can ultimately only serve the enemies of Cornwall. Win the arguments, don't walk away.

Eighteen leaders from the banned Basque nationalist Batasuna party were arrested on October 4. The Spanish state should know that they can ban organisations and lock up individuals, but they can't ban or lock up an ideal.

Berrocscir's Banner supports the goal of an independent Basque homeland if the majority there want one. However, this blog does call on ETA to call an immediate and permanent ceasefire and to pursue their goals politically. Their homeland is a relatively prosperous and stable one. There is no mass support for armed struggle and certainly no justification for killing in the name of Basque freedom. Stop the killing. Release all Basque nationalists. Start talking.

In 1066, Harold, the last Anglo-Saxon King of England, fell on Senlac Hill at the Battle of Hastings along with his Fighting Man and Golden Wyvern standards. In recent years an increasing popular commemoration has taken place at Hastings to mark this pivotal point in English history and this blog sends greetings to those people gathered there yesterday, people who care about English history and culture.