Veto of The National Heritage Act 2002

Friday, October 27 2006 @ 08:56 PM BST

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Supported by the 'Copenhagen Criteria' which "guarantees respect for and protection of minorities", the Cornish Stannary Parliament, on behalf of the indigenous Cornish national minority of Britain and after careful deliberation, has, as provided in the Royal Charter of Pardon of 1508, vetoed the recent National Heritage Act 2002, chapter 14, which clearly makes the concept of intellectual integrity redundant in order to enable an English organisation to take possession of and exploit the Cornish intellectual property connected with the historic monuments of Cornwall which existed long before the arrival of the English in Britain.




Seneth an Stenegow Kernow
Cornish Stannary Parliament

Stannary Information Office
9 Coombe Park, Bal Lake, Camborne, Kernow GB TR14 0JG
phone - 01209-710938 (+ fax)
www.cornishstannaryparliament.org
info@cornishstannaryparliament.org

25th September 2002


The Rt. Hon. Michael Martin M.P.,
Speaker of the House of Commons,
Westminster,
London.

Dear Mr Speaker,

The VETO of a U.K. Act prejudicial to Cornish people

Notwithstanding our highest esteem and respect for the honourable members and the conventions of the Westminster Parliament, we are obliged to draw your attention to the provisions of an agreement between England and Kernow, Cornwall.

Supported by the 'Copenhagen Criteria' which "guarantees respect for and protection of minorities", the Cornish Stannary Parliament, on behalf of the indigenous Cornish national minority of Britain and after careful deliberation, has, as provided in the Royal Charter of Pardon of 1508, vetoed the recent National Heritage Act 2002, chapter 14, which clearly makes the concept of intellectual integrity redundant in order to enable an English organisation to take possession of and exploit the Cornish intellectual property connected with the historic monuments of Cornwall which existed long before the arrival of the English in Britain.

Of particular concern is section 4 of the National Heritage Act 2002 - New trading functions of the Commission (The addition of section 33B to the 1983 Act by section 4 of the Act of 2002) Powers to exploit intangible assets - 33B (1) "The Commission may exploit any intellectual property, or any other intangible asset, relating to ancient monuments or historic buildings". Administratively, England includes Cornwall as a county but constitutionally, Cornwall is a separate Duchy. This official lack of clarity has led to the undermining of our Celtic identity and language.

References to 'The Commission' in the Act are to the "Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England". This state funded Commission was created by the National Heritage Act 1983 and subsequently changed its name, without Parliamentary authority, to "English Heritage". Although the constitutional monarchy is British, no official British Heritage organisation has been created to promote British culture. The failure to create an overall official British Heritage to represent all British cultures, (with statutory conciliation procedures to adjudicate on the inevitable cultural disputes), shows that the English national majority have arbitrarily refused to be assimilated into the British nation. At the same time, they seek, without reason, to assimilate the Cornish into the English sub-division of Britain. The unwritten British constitution provides a legal and cultural vacuum enabling the state subsidised Monuments Commission, alias English Heritage, to glorify historical examples of English cultural aggression and racial discrimination.

The "National Heritage Act 2002" provides the Commission, alias English Heritage, with authority to back-date, rewrite and Anglicise British history and assert English racial superiority in its educational, cultural, employment and commercial activities.

The indigenous Cornish are widely accepted throughout Europe and the world to be of a different racial and ethnic origin to that of the Anglo-Saxon English national majority of Britain. "Intellectual property", however defined, relating to the pre-England period, or Cornish inspired, ancient or any other archaeological monuments of Cornwall, are indisputably the cultural property of the Cornish people both individually and collectively and have been inherited by birth. These ancient monuments are symbolic of our Cornish, Celtic and pre-Celtic roots and provide a visible link to our ancestors, the original architects.

The unseemly example of national majority dominance in Acts of expropriation, deception and misrepresentation is diametrically opposed to the conditions imposed by Member States of the European Union, in the Copenhagen Criteria, for future Member States in their relationship with their respective national minorities. The 'Major Findings' of the 'World Bank' in March 2000, reveal that conditions of compliance should apply "in both member and candidate states". Against this background, the "National Heritage Act 2002" is in fact a fabricated political claim by the English national majority of Britain to take over the intellectual property, and therefore, the cultural heritage, of the Cornish indigenous national minority of Britain. The Westminster Parliament would appear to be complicit in the cultural genocide of the Cornish people.






We consider that the English national majority have no valid reason for adopting the policy of ignoring the existence of the survivors of the original pre-English Cornish Celtic-Briton population of Britain. Failure to recognise the existence of an indigenous national minority by the permanent ruling national majority is an act of racial discrimination on a par with any of the legally defined forms of racial discrimination.

The "National Heritage Act 2002" has been uniquely designed to enhance racial and cultural pride as well as to secure economic benefits for people of the English ethnic and racial national majority of Britain at the expense of the Cornish. As applied in Cornwall, the "National Heritage Act 2002" ensures the corresponding exploitation, humiliation and degrading treatment of people of Cornish racial or ethnic origin, in contravention of the international human rights principles of equality before the law and of cultural diversity.


We note that constitutions across Europe are designed to prevent parliaments from passing Acts of racial discrimination. The Swedish Constitution, for example, at Article I.G. 15 affirms; "No Act of law or other statutory instrument may entail the discrimination of any citizen because he belongs to a minority on grounds of race, skin colour or ethnic origin". Moreover, it is also evident that the successors of the Spanish conquistadors in South America have never attempted to claim that the monuments of the indigenous peoples there are the intellectual property of the 'Spanish' national majority.

From the evidence provided, we are sure you will agree that we are justified in asserting the right of the Cornish national minority to the restoration of confiscated cultural property. It is unacceptable that there has been no consultation with members of the Cornish national minority and no attempt to justify a policy to suppress, or annex to England, the history, culture and identity of the Cornish people.


Yours faithfully,





E.R.Nute,
Keeper of the Seal,
for and on behalf of the
Cornish Stannary Parliament.

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