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Trust me, this is a bad idea

So it looks like the Cornish folks are all excited about being called a minority. For the life of me I can’t understand why. Trust me boys, I’ve been through this shit in Wales, it’s a bad idea; it’s one of the reasons I left.

Sure, they get to pretend they are victims, but I’ve never heard anyone engaging in anti-Cornish discrimination. “Don’t give him a job, he’s from St Austell” No, never heard that.
“Dick Cole, leader of Mebyon Kernow, which campaigns for Cornish devolution, said: “This is a fantastic development. This is a proud day for Cornwall.”
Is it really? You now get to play the helpless victim card like the rest of the Celtic drones. This amounts to “give us money you English bastards” Congratulations, you must be very proud; you are now an officially sanctioned regional beggar.
Can it be long before you start badgering Tesco to put up Cornish signs in the supermarket; remind me, what is the Cornish for Tikka Masala? Will you want bi-lingual road signs like we have back home? What is the Cornish for speed camera?
And why the hell do you need a bunch of political sociopaths to recognise your victimhood? I don’t care if the government publish official information denying I like beer, cricket or beautiful women. The truth is eternal, despite what they may claim.
Gay people don’t need the government to validate their marriage and you don’t need Cameron and his chums to admit you are Cornish.
And don’t even start on this preservation of culture stuff. A culture that needs a government subsidy to survive is a re-animated corpse. If it’s meaningful, it will survive on its own. It doesn’t need rent seekers. If not, let it be buried in peace, it’s already dead.
A truly sad day for a once-proud people. You just signed on the regional dole. Have some f*cking self-respect.


  1. Jim says:

    The only people rubbing their hands at this are the usual middle class folk who will end up on nice little public sector sinecures, fighting ‘cultural inequality’ wherever they can possible argue it exists, just to ensure their jobs continue. These people will be from the usual PC Common Purpose mold, most likely not even from Cornwall. There won’t be many actual Cornishmen who gain much from it at all.

  2. Paul Marks says:

    The post (and the comment) says it all.

    I agree.

  3. Ed P says:

    Is the EU in favour of diversity suddenly? Regional nonsense vs. overall dictatorial control make a strange mixture. There must be a hidden agenda to this, perhaps deflecting Euro criticism by pandering to minorities.
    Who’s next? Norfolk with their “special genes”? “Oyl ov white” wiv their red squirrels? Neucassel?

    Whilst we’re distracted by this superficial stuff, there’ll be some treaty quietly passed, inevitably detrimental to the UK.

  4. CountingCats says:

    Ed P,

    In the context of the EU it makes all the sense in the world. Divide and conquer, right?

    Just another manifestation of the divisive mindset behind multiculturalism.

  5. RAB says:

    I left Wales because there were no friggin jobs in the early 70′s.

    At least Wales has a language which, although only spoken by about 19% of the total population, is the oldest written language in Europe, and quite beautiful if you can get your head around it; Cornish on the other hand has never been written down and died out in about 1920 when the last speaker died. They don’t even know what it sounds like cos types like Cecil Sharp never bothered to record it. So somebody is having a Giraffe with the language thing. Sorta Jethro Esperanto… Talking of which… National Anthem anyone?

  6. Mr Ed says:

    The sense of distinctness on entering Cornwall by land is profound, a bit like Wales but without the Welsh, and the undercurrent of socialist envy. The Labour Party got around 8% of the vote in 2013 Council elections for Cornwall.

    As you enter Cornwall on the A30, the main interior road, village names change from Devon’s ‘Shire-esque’ Broadwoodwidger, to places like Polyphant, Tregadillett and Lewannick.

    A county with men like Trevithick and Davy in its history does not need to be given ‘protected’ status. I think that this move is designed to (i) enhance victimhood and hence the State and (ii) boost the victim vote in the May European Parliamentary elections lest UKIP do too well.

  7. Ian says:

    As this is an EU gimmick – and praised by the ConDems accordingly – it is safe to assume that its intention is to help break up the UK.

  8. John Galt says:

    I left Wales because there were no friggin jobs in the early 70′s.

    Interesting. I thought you wanted to do something related to the legal profession rather than the rather outdated role of maritime sail suspension. :-)

  9. RAB says:

    Oh tres droll John.

    I wanted to be a Solicitor, but couldn’t get Articles (The early 70′s was only a few years after they changed the rules so you didn’t have to pay the Solicitor for your apprenticeship and instead had them pay you slave wages for doing all the conveyancing while they were on the golf course). And if I couldn’t get Articles with my connections (referees… Town Clerk, S Tapper-Jones, Detective Chief Superintendant, David Morris, head of S Wales CID, and George Thomas MP, later Speaker of the House) then nobody could. So I joined the Lord Chancellor’s Office on a fast track graduate scheme, got posted to Bristol, and ze rest is history.

  10. Sam Duncan says:

    “You now get to play the helpless victim card like the rest of the Celtic drones.”

    Yep. (With the usual proviso that most Scots aren’t Celtic at all.) In a world where “victims” are rewarded, you’d be mad not to be one. Next up, Northerners, I reckon. Ground under the heel of oppressive London rule for centuries, forced into soulless factories to produce luxuries for soft southern bastards. Or something.

    Cats and Mr. Ed are right, too. Take us here in Scotland. Regardless of the result of this year’s referendum, the EU has already won from the process itself. Why is UKIP so much weaker up here than in England (and Wales, even)? Because the Scottish polity has spent the last 25 years or so contemplating its own navel instead of noticing that there’s no sovereignty worth speaking of to be won from Westminster any more. Get ‘em arguing amongst themselves and you can nip round the back and take the Crown.

    In fact, the best outcome for Brussels might be a “no” vote. A decade of recriminations followed, Quebec style, by yet another plebiscite, would be greatly preferable to the Scots actually noticing that London is the least of their worries.

  11. Mr Ed says:


    ‘Ground under the heel of oppressive London rule for centuries, forced into soulless factories to produce luxuries for soft southern bastards.’

    Well at least they have some factories up north that make things, e.g. in Leicestershire (north enough to a Londoner) they make things such as buffers for train carriages and cruise missile components, transformers and generators.

    In London they have bureaucrats, corporate and state, financial services leeching off the vast flow of money from the Bank of England but not much else. Were the fiat money well in the City to be turned off, theypn the consequences would most likely be that the ‘financial’ sector would contract, bankers vanish by the thousand and the sucking of wealth from the outer areas of the UK into London would cease, raising the relative standard of living outside London and the Home Counties, although the latter have plenty of high tech jobs that might actually prove productive.

    I would dearly wish to set that process in motion.

  12. Red Admiral says:

    When Wales introduced the bi-lingual road signs, my Welsh-speaking uncle was furious. “Do they think I’m ignorant? Do they think I can’t read English?”

  13. Mr Ed says:

    I laughed at myself when driving to Wales for work along the M50, where the border was not marked and it was a very rainy trip when I saw a sign to ‘Gwasanaeth Services’ and I noticed that this sign was often repeated so I imagined that Gwasanaeth was a hitherto obscure large town in Wales with multiple exits to its services, before I twigged that ‘Gwasanaeth’ means ‘Services’ (i.e a fuel stop, café, loos etc.).

    I was heading for a farm to meet a client, my satnav failed me and my map was inaccurate. I stopped in heavy rain half a mile from my ultimate destination, by a field full of llamas, to phone the client for directions, he was unable to recognise my location by reference to the livestock, although every other field for 5 miles around had sheep.

    Most Cornish place names beginning with Tre- are so long that on a dual carriageway there isn’t time to read them anyway.

  14. London used to be a great industrial city. But, yes, it is not now.

    New York also used to be great industrial city also – and it no longer is either.

    Both are credit bubble cities – supported by monetary expansion.

  15. The Celtic language ancestral to Cornish was also the language of a good chunk of Devon and lingered well into the 19th Century. Independence for Dumnonia!

  16. Red Admiral says:

    I was once trapped in a cable car at Masada with a bunch of singing Cornishmen. It was Hell. Anyone wants to persecute them, fine with me.

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