Cornish Democrats ... for
a Better Cornwall
Modern Politics - Strong Traditional Values
The Cornish can justly claim a special place as the true Brythonic
(or Brittonic) ie British people. Cornwall must therefore play its full and active
part in the life and governance of Britain.
The Cornish Democrats is a Cornish party that is committed to
increasing Cornwall's role and influence within Britain, believing
that Cornwall's values and heritage reflect the views of the majority of
Britain's people far more accurately than the new generation of the
London-based political elite.
We seek to uphold the following time-honoured principles and
institutions of British life:
Parliamentary democracy; constitutional monarchy; the rule of law; the
Christian worldview; English liberty; the independent nation state;
good governance; the common-law system; habeas corpus; presumption of
innocence; trial by jury;
free-trade; private capital; ecclesiastical independence from Rome;
freedom of conscience; small government; the state as servant of the
The Cornish Democrats reject the notion that Cornwall should seek to
separate itself from Britain, but rather that we should influence
Britain for the better, leading by example, and upholding our traditional
Christian-based values that have stood the test of time.
We maintain that the Cornish people should be recognised for their
unique identity amongst the peoples of Britain and that Cornwall
should therefore be accorded a special status within Great Britain.
We acknowledge Queen Elizabeth the Second as our Sovereign and we
recognise Her Majesty's Government in Westminster as the rightful
government of England and of Cornwall.
We reject the legitimacy of the European Commission and the European
Parliament to exert any powers of governance over Great Britain
believing such action to be in contravention of Her Majesty The
Queen's coronation oath.
As a British party we shall contest Westminster parliamentary seats
and our policies are thus national and international in scope, but
with particular emphasis on Cornish matters.
We shall also contest the Southwest European Parliamentary seat with the specific
aims of seeking Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, and
reducing the scope of EU influence in the life of the peoples of
Britain, Ireland, Scandinavia and Europe.
Curbing Bonuses; Tighter Rules On Liquidity; Splitting Of High
Street Banks From 'Casino Banks'; Retention Of Cheque Books
The banking crisis has highlighted the vulnerable business model that
many banks operate.
The Cornish Democrats will support regulation forcing high street
banks to operate within more robust liquidity ratios. We shall
also press for the splitting of 'Casino' banks from high street banks
so that high risk investments to not jeopardise the traditional
Our policy on bonuses is that any bank employee's bonus in excess of
£50,000 shall be paid retrospectively and subject to sustained
increases in the bank's profits over each of the subsequent three
More Regional Broadcasting; A Leaner & Cleaner BBC; A Ten
Year Licence Fee Freeze; Retention Of Analogue Radio
Britain arguably has the best broadcasting system in the world, though
in recent years an explosion in the number of channels has resulted in
a trend towards greater volume of output often at the expense of
The BBC has responded to the multi-channel environment by vastly
expanding the number of channels it operates and by moving into new
media. With this expansion the licence fee has risen.
The Cornish Democrats will campaign for the licence fee to be capped
at its current level for ten years, and for the BBC to reduce its
wasteful capital expenditure schemes (it relocates key departments on
a regular basis and continues to build brand new studios and
facilities). The recent announcement that two of the
corporation's narrow-interest digital radio stations will be cut is to
be welcomed but this needs to result in overall savings, not in a
redistribution of funds.
In addition The Cornish Democrats will press for better standards of
taste and decency in the BBC's output. It is entirely
unacceptable that the BBC should broadcast material that offends so
many of the people who fund it. Gratuitous violence, vulgarity and bad
language are not accepted in public, hence there is no justification
for their being everyday constituents of programming. The over-used
excuse that it is 'freedom of expression' or that it is 'art' simply
does not wash, and it betrays the huge gulf that exists between the
general public and those in 'media-land'.
The pressure on older established broadcasters from declining
advertising revenues has been severe. ITV1 has suffered more than most, to
the extent that it no longer operates as a network of independent
regional broadcasters. The concentration of ITV production
centres in Manchester and London has been to the detriment of regional
output. Maybe not everyone regarded Gus Honeybun's TV
appearances as the height of regional culture, but the passing of Westward, TSW and the assimilation of
Westcountry into ITV1 are certainly to be regretted.
The Cornish Democrats will campaign for greater regional production
and for greater scheduling autonomy for the ITV1 regions as
advertising revenues recover.
We shall also oppose plans to close analogue radio channels which
would render millions of radio receivers obsolete.
Cornish Culture, Identity &
Stronger Identity and Regionality
A culture is primarily defined by its people. Culture is also fluid
rather than being set in stone. However a culture can be fostered and
encouraged through cultural symbols, by policies and programmes to
promote heritage. This can be a catalyst for regional pride and
is it is also appealing to tourists.
The Cornish Democrats will seek to promote Cornish culture and Cornish
identity in a positive way, and in a way which is not divisive or seen
to be 'separatist'.
We support the campaign to list 'Cornish' alongside 'English' as one
of the ethnicity tick-box options on the 2011 census
We support the judicious inclusion of Cornish alongside English on
certain road signs provided that this does not pose a danger through
information-overload, and provided that this is done on a replacement
We will press for a regionalised version of route destination signs to
give them a Cornish flavour, just as some
American states and Canadian provinces use subtle variations of the
national signage system to indicate regional variety.
We support the selective use of Cornish alongside English on certain
major public buildings, in order both to build familiarity with basic
vocabulary and to create a distinct regional identity. Signs for
post offices and public libraries would be prime candidates.
We also support increasing the number of nurseries and playgroups
where Cornish is used as the primary speech (and song) medium. We
will seek funds to make available dubbed versions of iconic TV series
ranging from Postman Pat to Thunderbirds in Cornish. Learning should always be fun!
We shall campaign for St Piran's flag to be the default option for
Cornish vehicle registration plates rather than the European Union
Federal flag (but people must continue to have the freedom to choose the
symbol they prefer).
We support the campaign for a St Piran's Day holiday.
A Vibrant, Debt-Free Economy; Full Employment
The Labour Party has badly mismanaged the economy. Most
economists gasped when Gordon Brown ramped up public spending several
years ago - long before the funds were available to support it. He
gambled that the economy would grow for ever and that eventually tax
receipts would match spending. It didn't happen. The economy
grew for a time, driven by increasing consumer debt, and as with all
economic bubbles it burst. With nothing kept aside for a rainy day the
government has had to resort to further borrowing.
Ken Rogoff, Professor of Economics at Harvard, has identified that
countries whose total public borrowing approaches 90% of GDP leave themselves
extremely vulnerable to sudden economic paralysis as international
confidence is lost. Britain's net debt has already leapt to 67% of
GDP and is forecast to increase substantially again this year. As
Britain's debt rises it is the sovereign wealth countries and China in
particular who will have to service our debt, giving them additional control
over our economic fortunes.
Meanwhile Britain's balance of trade has continued to deteriorate to
record levels despite the recession. This is entirely
The Cornish Democrats will campaign for the following measures to bring
the economy back into balance.
Total debt to be reduced by 30% in 3 years (by 60% in 6 years) through:
sustainable economic growth; curbs in wasteful public spending;
reductions in overseas military campaigns; cessation of costly EU
In 1900 the civil service totalled 116,000 people - they ran the entire
British Empire (20% of the world).
In 2010 the civil service totals 500,000 people (besides the myriad of
quangos) with only the UK to run
and despite the use of computers.
Britain's Trade Deficit:
Britain to return to a trade surplus within 5 years through:
introduction of compulsory percentages of British-made goods in public
procurement; obligation upon supermarkets to reduce total food miles
& thereby increase local sourcing; compulsory marking of products to
indicate country of origin; public education about the damage caused by
'buying-foreign' on employment, economic prosperity and public finances.
The UK's trade deficit is now a colossal £100bn per year. Put crudely,
Britain buys WAY too many foreign-made goods (ranging from German cars
to Chinese TVs) and foreign services (such as accounts with
foreign-owned banks, utility suppliers and phone companies).
The Cornish Economy:
To raise Cornwall's GDP per capita to the national average by 2020
through: increased inward investment; public capital expenditure
projects on infrastructure (energy, rail, roads); a programme to double
Cornish food exports to the rest of the UK; compulsory percentages of
Cornish goods, services and food to be used in local public spending
(schools, hospitals, leisure facilities etc); the council to impose
Cornish-sourcing obligations on supermarket chains seeking permission
for new stores.
Cornwall's GDP per capita is currently only 75% of that of the UK as a
It is vital that Britain keeps its own currency. Joining the Euro would
mean abandoning any control over our interest rates and losing our
freely floating exchange rates - both of which would be disastrous for
The Cornish Democrats will vigorously oppose any moves to push Britain
into the Eurozone.
Greece, Ireland, Spain and Portugal are all experiencing a financial
crisis resulting directly from their participation in the Euro, whilst
Germany's exports have been badly hit by having too expensive a
Emphasis on Character, Values & Citizenship
Whilst the attainment of good minimum
standards in reading, writing and maths is vital, in recent years the
core curriculum has become over-prescriptive and burdensome. This
combined with the present governmentís unhealthy obsession about SATS
crowded the curriculum at the expense of other important aspects of
early school life, in particular social development, the building of
character, and enjoying community.
Few claim that todaysí students are better prepared for life than
those of a generation ago.
It is The Cornish Democratsí policy to
return to a more balanced school life that takes care of the
developmental needs of the whole person: mental, physical,
spiritual, social and moral. The importance of school assemblies as a
corporate gathering and as an act of Christian worship - the first
activity of the day - must be enshrined in the ethos of every school.
Activities like singing and playing together must be valued and
cherished rather than being squeezed out of daily life.
Wider availability of high quality pre-school places.
Reduced emphasis on SATs, greater emphasis on whole-child development to build responsible
citizens of integrity for the future.
High academic attainment to be complemented by wider access to modern
skill sets such as economics, commerce and finance. 'Character',
'Values' and 'Citizenship' to be integral to the curriculum.
Grammar school system to be retained and expanded throughout the UK.
Tertiary / Higher:
No reduction in university places. The government's proposed
cutbacks must be firmly opposed.
The government's recent concession allowing faith schools to teach
sex education in a manner that is sympathetic to their core beliefs is
Yes to First Past the Post - No to Proportional Representation
The Liberal Democrats have been itching to dismantle Britain's
traditional 'first past the post' electoral system for their own electoral
advantage, and now even Labour is making tentative overtures as a means
of appeasing the Lib Dems.
The Cornish Democrats are resolutely opposed to losing Britain's tried
and tested electoral system in favour of the highly flawed proportional
representation systems in use in many countries.
Advocates of PR enthusiastically cite New Zealand as being a recent
convert to their cause. They would do well to ask the New Zealand public
what they think of PR. The Kiwis were peddled the same propaganda
that Britain is now being fed by the so-called modernisers, and they are
now saddled with an inferior system.
The fact is that proportional representation may sound reasonable but it
invariably results in a number of very undesirable and unintended
(1) PR concentrates power into the hands of the minorities
(2) PR removes the vital connection between the local constituency and
(3) PR results in hung parliaments
(4) PR encourages political horse-trading in order to broker power
(5) PR perpetuates unhealthy political coalitions that are hard to
unseat through the electoral voting system
Despite the fact that the Cornish Democrats would, in purely
self-interest terms, stand to gain by the introduction of PR we
nevertheless firmly oppose it and will vigorously campaign against it as
a matter of principle.
Cornwall's Unitary Authority - It was not the People's Choice
Whilst the Cornish Democrats will always seek to co-operate with the
council where possible, it is a matter of great regret that the former
borough and district councils were abolished despite the express will of
the people of Cornwall to retain them.
A Carbon-Neutral Future
There is not a shadow of a doubt that all countries need to do far more
to ensure the sustainability of our planet.
Regardless of the causes (and few
seriously doubt that human activity is to blame) CO2 levels ARE rising,
and the ice caps ARE melting.
Our response matters: sea-levels are
rising, the oceans are becoming more acidic, marine life is threatened.
many scientists believe that we are close to a tipping point.
The Cornish Democrats will press Britain
into taking moral leadership in this area.
The push towards a carbon-neutral society
must be our goal. And this will be costly. However Cornwall is
strategically placed both geographically and economically to benefit
from the global shift towards a sustainable future.
The world-wide demand for environmental
solutions to energy-supply, transportation, agriculture and industry
will create enormous economic opportunities in new fields. We in
Cornwall need to be at the forefront of research, development and
investment in ecological innovations.
Our aim: to make Cornwall known as the
Green County and to be a world leader in the environment
Cleaner Towns and Countryside
People's quality of life is profoundly affected by the environment in
which they live. The Cornish Democrats will press for:
- More aesthetically pleasing urban planning
- Cleaning up of urban eyesores such as poorly maintained public
- Stiff penalties for littering and graffiti
- De-cluttering of excess signage
- No encroachment of new housing into designated greenbelt zones
Housing & Land Usage
Cornwall's population density is currently 390 people per square
This is TWICE the density of other rural areas with significant areas of
moorland such as North Yorkshire, Cumberland, Westmoreland and
Northumberland. It is also 30% more dense than neighbouring Devon.
In terms of sustainability and given factors such as infrastructure
loading and water availability The Cornish Democrats will lobby for new
housing development in Cornwall to be capped at the growth rate of the
UK as a whole. It is entirely unacceptable for the region to be
earmarked for disproportionate levels of new housing.
Britain's Waters for Britain's Fishermen & Women
is vital that Britain becomes a free sovereign nation again. Withdrawal
from the European Union will restore our countryís right to govern
Freed from the Common Fisheries Policy
Britain will once again have rights over one of its most important
assets - its fishing grounds.
is of the utmost importance that Britain both OWNS and CONTROLS its own
waters, and that each of Britainís fishing regions has its own say over
the size of the catch.
Cornwall has a huge vested economic interest in this sector of the
economy and it has been badly let down by each of the three main parties
with their enthusiasm for the EU.
The Cornish Democrats will campaign for a
free Britain, and will work with all honourable parliamentarians who
oppose Britainís membership of the EU. We shall make the case for the
independence of our fisheries industry.
Promotion of Democracy; Independence from EU, Strengthening of Commonwealth
The Cornish Democrats are committed to the promotion of democracy, human
rights, good governance, individual liberty, free trade and the rule of
law. To these ends we campaign for:
Britain to develop a strong economy of its own and to seek to encourage
trade and investment with other free democracies in order to ensure that
economic and political power does not drift away from the Western
hemisphere towards fast-growing economies such as China where human
rights and democratic freedoms are not enjoyed.
Britain to avoid engaging in conflicts that are not legitimate under
international law or in conflicts whose aims are not achievable.
Growth in the influence of the Commonwealth - home to 2 billion people -
in the arenas of economic development and the promotion of
The dismantling of the European Union as an apparatus of
government. The EU is deeply undemocratic and unaccountable.
History shows that every empire or federation that fails to take account of the needs and aspirations of
the citizens of its constituent nations will come to an end - some by
peaceful unravelling and others by bloody conflict. We must act
now to ensure that the EU comes to an end amicably, before national
resentments boil over into conflict.
Commitment to World-Class Free Healthcare
The Cornish Democrats are committed to the principle of free universal
healthcare (including dental care), to be provided by the NHS.
The standard of healthcare in the UK is extremely variable. At its
best it is excellent, but at its worst it lags far behind acceptable
The urgent objective is to raise standards to the levels achieved in
France, Sweden and Spain.
The Cornish Democrats' healthcare policies include:
Joined-up healthcare: a seamless integrated service free of the unwieldy
burden and the wastage of internal markets and bureaucracy.
An NHS focussed on delivering world-wide best practice both in terms of
patient outcomes and in terms of patient satisfaction.
A new emphasis on professionalism throughout the NHS. The
reintroduction of Matrons responsible for among other things, ward
cleanliness standards. Minimum standards of written and spoken
English to be compulsory for all grades of staff.
Phasing out of sub-contracted cleaning and catering services to ensure
proper standards are maintained.
All capital projects to be government-funded rather than PFI-funded to deliver
long-term value for money.
A root and branch commitment to patient safety, with mandatory
investigations into any actual or potential lapses of standards that
could risk patients' health. All staff to adopt a culture of
self-criticism rather than a culture of cover-up.
A pro-active approach to disease prevention. The legal age for the
purchase of tobacco to be raised by one year every 12 months for the
progressive elimination of smoking within each new generation. The
outright banning of alco-pops and all 'legal' highs including mephedrone.
compulsory reduction in the saturated fat, trans fat, sugar and salt
content of foods and beverages. Active monitoring for early signs
of cardio-vascular health issues amongst the healthy population.
Whilst free universal healthcare must always be a right, it should not
be a right devoid of responsibilities. This will require the NHS to
hold patients to account for their health too. It should become
standard practice for hospitals to require patients to give up smoking
or to lose weight as part of their treatment. Any 'no-shows' for
appointments or treatment must carry financial penalties reflecting the
fact that patients must not waste tax-payers' money.
Control European Immigration and Eliminate Illegal Migration
Britain's immigration is out of control - of that there is no
doubt. The Labour Party has been painfully slow to acknowledge
that there is a problem, and slower still to act.
All of the macro-indicators point to the fact that Britain's
infrastructure is already over-stretched: Demand for accommodation
has seen house prices soar during the past 20 years (only massive
encroachment onto our green belt will satisfy current demand); Britain
is only able to grow enough food for around 75% of its population; many
of Britain's roads are at full capacity; Britain's health service is
having to ration its resources; Britain is no longer self-sufficient in
energy; its classrooms are over-full and its welfare state is bankrupt.
The simple fact is that there is no more capacity.
Of course Britain must always be prepared to take an appropriate share
of genuine asylum seekers - that is a moral responsibility. It is
also right that we permit people from the Commonwealth who have long
historic and family ties to the UK to live and work here. However
the problem is excessive migration and this has stemmed from three
(1) Britain's membership of the EU. This is the equivalent of
leaving our front door wide open. The common market that Britain
joined in 1973 comprised a small number of countries with mature
economies - a fairly stable free trade area. The EU of today is a
sprawling political superstate. It includes many countries with poor
economies that have only just emerged from dictatorship or communist
rule, and it gives the automatic right to its citizens to live in any
member state. Little surprise then that a million Polish people
have rushed to make their home in Britain - who can blame them! The
numbers will increase further with the
accession of Romania, Turkey etc. It is entirely inconsistent that Britain makes
it very difficult for our kith and kin from wealthy countries with close
ties to ours such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US to come
and work here, whilst we open our gates wide to foreign nationals, many
of whom have
no historic ties to this country.
The Cornish Democrats will campaign for Britain's withdrawal from
the EU and for the restoration of our right to control European
(2) A lack of control over illegal workers. It is disgraceful that
millions of pounds are spent by the police and HM Revenue in detecting
and identifying illegal workers, but instead of their being arrested
they are simply asked to appear in court or to visit the immigration
office in Croydon at a future date!
Needless to say in the majority of cases they do not attend court, but
simply disappear - not from the UK but from the radar.
The Cornish Democrats will campaign for the arrest and deportation
of illegal foreign workers and for the seizing of the business assets of their
(3) A lack of control over tourist visas. It is all too easy for
people to visit Britain 'on holiday' and never to leave again.
The Cornish Democrats will campaign for the introduction of
non-returnable bonds for 'non-leavers' from high risk countries and for large penalties to be
levied against airlines that bring 'non-leavers' to our shores.
Law and Order
Zero Tolerance of Drugs, Knives & Gangs
The reported crime figures suggest that crime is falling, yet British
people instinctively feel that it is on the rise. This is due in
part to the increasing prevalence of anti-social behaviour and what is
(wrongly) termed 'low-level' crime - drunkenness, disorderliness,
graffiti, vandalism, bullying, littering, road rage. There is a
suspicion that things have become out of control with drug abuse, knife
crime and gun crime becoming more widespread and a feeling that the
police and the justice system are failing to take the public's concerns
The Cornish Democrats are committed to the principle that our streets
and public places should be reclaimed for our decent law-abiding
citizens. We do not accept that any parts of our towns should be
no-go areas. The measure of a decent society is that even its most
vulnerable members should have the right to safety and enjoyment within
our public spaces.
We shall campaign for the following:
(1) Stiff penalties for 'low-level' crimes such as vandalism and a commitment to tackling
such crimes. (New York experienced a dramatic fall in serious crimes
when the city's police began tackling low-level crime seriously).
(2) Zero tolerance of drug and knife possession - with the penalty of high fines
and community service. (A very large proportion of crime is
(3) Zero tolerance of drunk and disorderly behaviour - fines rather than
cautions to be issued by the police.
(4) Police powers to disperse gangs.
(5) Minimum pricing of alcohol.
(6) A rise in the minimum drinking age.
(7) Restricted opening times for premises selling alcohol.
(8) Spot screening for weapons and drugs in schools.
The British public is right to be frustrated with the often feeble
sentences handed down to serious criminals and repeat offenders.
The Cornish Democrats will campaign for proper sentences to be issued,
ones in keeping with the severity of the offence and the number of
previous convictions. In particular we shall press for:
(1) A 'three-strikes-and-you're-out' policy with long custodial
sentences for repeat offenders
(2) A very robust community service programme on top of custodial
sentences, including physically strenuous public works schemes, such as
The average short-sentence prisoner has no fewer than 14
Moral & Ethical Issues
Restoration of Traditional Values
Abortion: The Cornish Democrats are committed to the
principle that everyone, including an unborn baby, has the right to
life. The mark of a civilised society is that the innocent and the
vulnerable should be protected and children, more than any, need that
protection. Five million children in Britain have been killed by
'medical procedures' since the passing of the 1967 abortion act, a mass
killing that is fast approaching that of the holocaust. This has
to stop and we must resist the siren voices that demand the so-called
'right' to choose. It is accepted that, where a mother's life is
in grave danger, there are grounds for the termination of a
pregnancy. However in all other cases abortion must be made
unlawful. This will demand that our society provides extensive and
compassionate support services for those who have unwanted pregnancies,
and who find themselves unable to care for their
Assisted Suicide & Euthanasia: The Cornish Democrats
will oppose any moves to legalise assisted suicide or euthanasia.
Those who are elderly and those who are physically or mentally
disabled or who are suffering in other ways need to know that our
society does not regard their life as of no further worth.
Marriage & Civil Partnerships: At present the tax
system disadvantages married couples compared with those who are
co-habiting. Down through history and throughout the
world marriage between a husband and wife has been the accepted pattern of an
ordered society, with the family being the core unit. This must
remain the case and the law should not be used either to disadvantage
marriage or to accord special
honour or special favour to other types of relationship.
Human Cloning: The Cornish Democrats do not support the
legalisation of human cloning.
Stem Cell Research: The Cornish Democrats will seek to ban
the use of foetal stem cells in research. The use of foetal stem
cell tissues conveys no research benefits over and above the use of
other stem cells.
Pensioners & The Elderly
Honour, Dignity, Excellent Healthcare & Living Standards
The Cornish Democrats hold our older citizens in high regard. The
generation that has gone before us, that has fought the good fight and
that has guarded our liberties, often at great personal cost, deserves
We will not let their efforts be forgotten, and we shall not let them
become marginalised members of our society. In particular we shall press
- A proper state pension that adequately reflects the cost of living
- Full pensions for those who have retired to Commonwealth countries
- Healthcare that does not discriminate against the elderly
- Full access to services (without the need for personal computers or
- Proper representation in the media
- Full legal protection against sharp selling practices
- An irrevocable legal ban on Euthanasia
- Funding care for the elderly
Speaking the Truth with Courtesy and Without Fear
The Cornish Democrats will always seek to uphold respect for the
individual and to maintain standards of decency and civility.
absolutely reject the trend towards politically-correct language and,
worse still, the notion that political correctness should become an
over-arching moral compass.
Political correctness has at its core an ideology of militant liberalism that
effectively stifles all opinions but its own. It erodes free speech
and has a corrosive effect on healthy debate and discourse. Very
few people like it, but most people feel bullied into accepting
The Cornish democrats shall at all times endeavour to state what we
believe plainly and clearly, without spin, without evasiveness and with
conviction. We shall seek to restore the traditional mix of robust
debate combined with personal courtesy.
Rebuilding Broken Britain
Britain's society is broken, and sadly Cornwall is not exempt from the
In many parts of the country neighbours do not know neighbours, people
live in fear of crime and anti-social behaviour, whole districts are
no-go areas at night, teenage pregnancies and abortions are at record
levels, substance abuse is rampant - the list goes on. In short
our once green and pleasant land is, for many of us, far from pleasant.
The Cornish Democrats regard our broken society as the single most
urgent area for remedial work. We shall continue to campaign for:
- An education system that has at its very core the three vital elements
of Character, Values and Citizenship
- Support for the family as the essential building block of
- Decent housing for all
- A vibrant economy and workplace opportunities
- A clean environment
- Giving neighbourhoods the resources and police support that they need
There is no simple fix, but our future as a nation depends upon
returning to traditional values where other people matter, and where
society is something to be embraced, fostered and celebrated.
Fair Taxation Now - Lower Taxes in the Longer Term
The overarching economic priority right now is to service the immense burden of
government debt with which Britain has become saddled. General taxation
must not be increased to pay for the shortfall - this would kill the
economic growth that is so desperately needed - but urgent reform is
required to make the taxation system more fair. In particular the
Cornish Democrats will campaign for:
- Elimination of tax loopholes such as offshore trusts and non-domicile tax
- A crackdown on VAT fraud
- Severe penalties for tax evasion
- Removal of tax penalisation of married couples
In the longer term the goal will be significantly to reduce the UK's tax
burden as a proportion of GDP. Government spending must only be
allowed to increase at a rate that is lower than the growth in
The Cornish Democrats firmly believe in lower taxation and higher growth
as the right way to manage the economy. As prosperity rises the
long term strategy will be to move to a flat level of taxation such as
is enjoyed in many modern economies around the world.
Council tax to be frozen for two years. For funding local government we are committed to the
principle of a
local income tax rather than council tax or other forms of asset tax.
We firmly believe that inheritance tax is fundamentally wrong and should
Major Investment in Infrastructure and Services
Cornwall's main road and rail arteries are absolutely vital to its
prosperity. These links to the rest of the UK must be improved in
order to both to build tourism and to facilitate Cornish exports to the
rest of the UK.
A30 / A303 trunk road to be dualled (or where this is not possible to be
improved) for its entire length
from Penzance to London to reduce journey times (especially through the
Blackdown Hills in Devon).
(1) Electrification of the Great Western route from London to
Penzance must be added to the Great Western electrification
scheme. Electrification is not only environmentally sound but has
been proven to increase rail use.
(2) Reinstatement of Cornwall to London Waterloo services, with
dualling of the Exeter to Salisbury section of line to improve journey times and
remove train-path conflicts resulting from the single line sections.
(3) Reinstatement of the central Devon line (Plymouth -
Okehampton - Exeter) as a relief line. Cornwall and West Devon's
railways are currently only connected to the rest of the network by the
vulnerable sea-wall line through Dawlish (a congestion point where
freight, regional and intercity passenger services share the same line).
(4) Reinstatement of former branch lines, plus passenger services
on the Fowey line.
(5) Reinstatement of Southwest to Northwest intercity services.
Fact: The rail journey time from London to Paris is now 2
hours 20 minutes. From London to Penzance it is 5 hours, yet the
distance is similar. This disparity must be reduced.
Key stations in the southwest urgently need to be modernised.
Whilst we welcome the very modest station improvements planned for
Penzance, nevertheless the overall drab appearance and dreary ambience
of what is the western terminus of the Once-Great Western Railway is a
disgrace. Compare this with Eastbourne station which is now bright
and airy and highly appropriate for a coastal town.
Public Ownership & Reduction in Water Rates
The Cornish Democrats are in favour of free trade and a vibrant
enterprise economy. We also believe that there are some essential
services that should be held in not-for-profit public ownership.
Water is the foremost example of this. The Cornish Democrats will
campaign to reverse the ill-judged programme of water
privatisation. The water industry is a structural monopoly that
offers no opportunity for downward price pressure through
competition. As a result Cornwall has been saddled with excessive
Weights & Measures
The Legal Right To Use Our Traditional Weights &
The enforced metrication programme that resulted in the use of Britain's
weights and measures being made a criminal offence was the result of an
EU directive over which our parliament had no authority.
The Cornish Democrats will campaign to ensure that the British people
have the right to use whichever measures they customarily prefer to use
for commerce. In particular we shall seek to legalise the use of
pounds and ounces, and thus bring Britain back into line with the other
English-speaking countries of the northern hemisphere. (Our units are
widely used in the USA, Canada and the Caribbean, and on an unofficial
basis in Eire).
We shall also campaign to decriminalise the use of yards, feet and
inches, gallons, hundredweight and pints in commercial
We shall lobby to ensure that our road signs continue to be denominated
in miles, mph, yards and feet.
Modern Politics - Strong Traditional Values
Jonathan Rogers MA, MSc, MBA will contest the Westminster
Parliamentary seat of the St Ives constituency in the 2010 British
general election. The St Ives constituency includes the towns of
Penzance, Helston, St Ives, as well as The Lizard, Penwith and the
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