Ever since Henry VIII ripped up Magna Carta to impose his state religion, the English national majority has attempted, as a right of conquest, to eliminate the Cornish as an indigenous Celtic national minority. However, recent advances in international human rights law now give Cornish people the right to expect, "equality of cultural development".
Although Cornwall is widely accepted as a Celtic country, the ruling English national majority of Britain refuse to recognise the Cornish as an indigenous British people. The Cornish were in control of their own culture and institutions at the beginning of the Christian era centuries before the words 'England' and 'English' ever existed. If the English national majority of Britain can make laws to assert its right to exist as a separate cultural identity and secure British government funding as a sub-division of "Britain" or "British nationality", then, on the basis of "equality before the law", so also should the pre-England Celtic "Cornish" have access to the legal means to achieve a similar state funded status.
The principle of equality before the law is not guaranteed in English law. In Britain, there is no British Heritage. This permits the state funded English Heritage to promote English nationalism. The world accepts that Incan monuments do not become Spanish heritage by conquest, but in Britain, where pre-conquest Briton/Celtic monuments are confiscated and converted to English Heritage by Act of Parliament, only the few dare speak the truth.
"Everyone has the right to freedom of expression without interference by public authorities". (The Human Rights Act 1998, ECHR Article 10). This means that school children have the right to declare their Cornish identity without intimidation and without being automatically registered as English. Pressure is exerted through lessons in British history which begin "Romans and Anglo-Saxons" and offer no explanation as to the reason why the original Celtic civilisation of Britain has been eliminated from the curriculum.
The history of the relationship between the heir to the throne and the Cornish mining heritage is also taboo in schools and a royal injunction prevents questions concerning the Duchy of Cornwall in the House of Commons. Special courts are provided for Prince Charles, who disapproves of human rights, so that he can protect his "rights, property and profits", (Crown Proceedings Act 1947 s.40g). Back dated claims to land are still possible under the Duchy of Cornwall Management Acts 1863-1982 s.33 while the three Duchy of Cornwall charters of 1337/8 still grant profits of courts and a tax on tin production, etc.
The Duke can claim all minerals; intestate estates and treasure trove in Cornwall, build without planning permission, and is exempt from competition laws. (For full details see "The Cornish Constitution", price £6.00 incl. p&p.). Such measures conceal from public view the many "privileges, rights, exemptions and powers" (Tamar Bridge Act 1998 s.41) provided for the heir to the throne. These 'rights of conquest' are still being granted by the permanent English majority in Parliament to the Prince of Wales to exploit the cultural heritage and resources of Cornwall. Parliamentary and public scrutiny is avoided by giving
the scheme the appearance of a 'private' income independent of direct public subsidies.
A written constitution is designed to control people in power. It would guarantee equality before the law, legal clarity and rights for minorities. A written constitution would include a provision to render void any Act of Parliament which discriminated on racial grounds.
The English device of an unwritten, "flexible" constitution renders official aims and objectives invisible and beyond the scrutiny of world public opinion. If written, it would expose the right of the heir to the throne to exploit Cornwall at will. It hides the truth and permits silence on questions regarding anti-Cornish Acts of Parliament. It has been rejected by every Commonwealth country as being contrary to the principles of (the written) Magna Carta. In practice, the unwritten constitution provides a blank cheque to promote English racial supremacy. By such means are the Cornish robbed and told they have nothing.
Note: The Lord Chancellor has described the constitution as "flexible" with checks and balances which, it is assumed, are also "flexible" and unwritten!!!
The official policy of an unwritten constitution opens the door for M.P.s and state officials to join in the conspiracy of denying racial equality for the Cornish and their right to exist as a national minority. The policies of eliminating the Cornish Celtic minority from the record go hand in hand with the elimination of every reference to the unwritten commercial constitution designed to secure income in Cornwall for the heir to the throne rather than burden the English national majority with taxation for the upkeep of the Duke of Cornwall.
Published by the Cornish Stannary Parliament - 01209-710938 January 2003