Duchy grants 'morally wrong'

Tuesday, January 25 2011 @ 05:53 PM GMT

Contributed by: Admin

It is long overdue for Cornwall to receive European grants to rectify the abuses of economic power to which we have been subjected over the centuries.

The Editor, 25th January 2011
Western Morning News,
Plymouth.

Dear Sir,

Your front page article “Duchy grants ‘morally’ wrong” of today once again reveals how English politicians hide their benefits received from the Crown Estate.

It is long overdue for Cornwall to receive European grants to rectify the abuses of economic power to which we have been subjected over the centuries.

Under section 4 of the Crown Estate Act 1961 the Crown Estate is required to provide: “Grants for public and charitable purposes” that is, throughout the UK except Cornwall. There is no such charitable requirement in the Duchy of Cornwall Management Act 1982. Devon has been the beneficiary of Crown Estate largesse with its Community Support and Marine Stewardship Fund especially for Exmoor and Dartmouth.

Historically, there was the double-tax imposed on Cornish tin production compared to Devon production for five centuries up to 1838 because we, as Celts, were treated under English law as foreigners in our own land. (The Stannaries, by G.R.Lewis, Harvard, 1908).

English politics has no practical concept of cultural diversity as in the case of Tintagel being claimed as English. This is done by an Act by a Parliament with a permanent English majority, allowing English Heritage to retain all the proceeds for investment wherever it chooses. Unrestrained by an Act of Parliament, the Duchy of Cornwall has for centuries invested its profits elsewhere in the UK and even overseas.

Unlike the Devon councillors in your report, we have never referred to this difference as ‘morally wrong’ because we believe English people appear to lack the ability to consider themselves ever to have been ‘morally wrong’ in their attitudes and policies towards the Celts of Cornwall and elsewhere in the UK.

Is change possible for the English nationalism that currently fears an open debate on the feudal racism that has been institutionally retained in the English system?

Yours sincerely,

Colin Murley,
Stannary Information Office.

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