2014: Cornish identity was finally recognised:
The decision to recognise the unique identity of the Cornish, now affords them the same status under the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities as the UK’s other Celtic people, the Scots, the Welsh and the Irish’

2022: This so-called ‘protection’ of the Cornish national minority has failed. Continued marginalisation has seen their communities decimated; Cornwall’s housing stock purchased by the affluent to enhance their multi-property portfolios has served to inflate housing prices beyond the affordability of local people. 

Image credit: Natasha Carthew

Cornish writer, Natasha Carthew:
“Because I grew up in poverty, I’ll never be able to afford to live by the sea in the Cornish village where I was born and raised, where the average house price is £700,000, I can only visit, collect the pieces of me that I left in the undercurrent, before leaving again”

Given the situation in which the Cornish find themselves its surprising that the nation, and indeed the wider population of Cornwall, has yet to demand Cornwall’s autonomy. 

The decades of over-centralised policies from Westminster (including inflated housing targets) enacted by Cornwall Council, has served to create the housing debacle;  the creation of an unsustainable external demand for in-migration and development, at the expense of local-housing need, impacting heavily upon Cornwall’s essential services, AONB, landscape and loss of agricultural land.

Yet there remains a suborn, aggressive even, resistance against Cornwall having a different form of governance that positions Westminster at ‘arm’s length’ through a Cornish Parliament; an elected body with primary legislation to represent the best interests of Cornwall and its people.