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A Seismic Shift: General Election in Cornwall

A SEISMIC SHIFT - REED

From The Cornishman 11 March

ELECTING a Mebyon Kernow (MK) candidate to Westminster would
be nothing short of a seismic shift in Cornish politics and would send a decisive message to a government of whatever colour that the people of Cornwall – regardless of origin, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, age or any other factor – deserve better than the present shoddy status quo.

By the people of Cornwall, I mean all the people of Cornwall. MK believes democratic power should be devolved to the lowest possible level of any community and that democratic institutions should reflect real communities.

Public services are underfunded in Cornwall and West Cornwall in particular.

Over the past decade hundreds of jobs have been lost in our
community and with the trend towards centralisation, this is set to continue.

Our health service is under perpetual pressure from Bureaucrats with little understanding of Cornwall’s unique situation and geography.

The environment is, of course, another crucial issue – sensible and considered development must bear in mind our unique environmental heritage.

Renewable energy provides Cornwall with a unique chance to lead the world in this crucial technology.

Jobs remain low paid, unemployment comparatively high and housing costs at times obscenely prohibitive to young and old alike. Many working families still cannot afford to buy their own homes.

Council tax remains the poorly thought-out sister of the long
abandoned poll tax, a flat rate that allows the very rich to pay less of a percentage of their income than ordinary people. It bites particularly hard in places like West Cornwall.
Our traditional industries continue to decline, while giant corporations like banks receive massive pay-outs.

While I have to say I know and respect a number of the candidates in this election, they remain tied to parties that will not take a position on many of Cornwall’s unique problems.