ALL UNDER ONE BANNER KERNOW
ALL UNDER ONE BANNER KERNOW
Is a grassroots campaign movement formed to act as a catalyst to promote greater discussion of the future of Cornwall. They will be holding a March for Cornwall, with musicians and members of other organisations representing many issues and working hard to alleviate the challenges faced by the people of Cornwall.
Cornwall faces major economic, social, and cultural issues that affect its people day-to-day. Self-determination, to which Cornwall has a historic right, will allow its people to revitalise democracy to address these issues, such as homelessness; hunger; the destruction of our towns, villages, and historic green spaces; a lack of meaningful jobs with a living wage; and others such as loss of support for our language and cultural programs.
The outside promotion of Cornwall as a holiday playground takes jobs and homes from local people and takes economic prosperity out of Cornwall. It replaces true industry and commerce with low-paying temporary jobs for the tourist industry. High streets no longer have shops to provide for the community’s needs but to cater to holidaymakers. Structural support is not sufficient to allow Cornish people to stay and support themselves or raise their families.
Once traditional and community-led, local events have been turned into commerce opportunities for outsiders. At the same time, the distinct identity of the Cornish people was declared under European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities; its language and history are derided and erased in efforts to make Cornwall seem merely a part of England. Greenfields and historical parks in towns and villages have been developed to allow second homes, empty most of the year, to predominate communities.
We have been a forgotten nation for hundreds of years, so when we join up with YesKernow on visible action days, we talk to as many people as possible and often hear that they have no idea of the problems we face. We reach out to many media outlets, but they never want to run a story about the problems, we often hear we are anti-England and the English, but this is far from it, we merely want recognition as a nation like Ireland, Wales, and Scotland. We also hear that Cornwall is not rich enough to be a stand-alone country, however people don’t realise our GDP in 2019 was £13.7 billion that is with a population of 573,299
In the 1990s, the UK government joined the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. This was an agreement that recognised the separate identity of certain people in Europe. It also protected the rights of these people. When the UK government joined the Framework, it ensured that English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh people were protected. However, the government did not include the Cornish people.
In 1999, influential people in Cornwall wrote a detailed document arguing that the Framework should also protect Cornish people. The document was called the Cornish National Minority Report and it was sent to the UK government. However, the government did not agree with the document and the Cornish people remained unprotected by the Framework. For the next 10 years, Cornish people continued to campaign to be included. The issue was even taken to court in London, but the UK government would not change its mind. In 2011, another document was written called the Cornish National Minority Report 2. Again, this gave reasons why Cornish people should be protected. Finally, on 24th April 2014, the UK government announced that the Framework would protect the Cornish people.
Cornwall has never signed the act of union of the United Kingdom.