Category Archives: alternatives

What do we want? Reflections on housing, ‘growth’ and the Cornish crisis.

After launching the Charter for Cornwall campaign we were asked by one sceptic what exactly it was that we wanted. The question niggled. How do we sum up the big issue facing Cornwall in a sentence or two? We’re quite … Continue reading

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Can we take back our country Cornish-style?

The clock is ticking. Time is running out. Time, that is, before we’re granted our four-yearly chance to have our ‘democratic say’ on Cornwall Council in next May’s elections. Since the last election in 2013 our elected representatives have shown … Continue reading

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Don’t moan, organise 4: some possibilities sketched out

So are we in a position to sketch out this as yet non-existent organisation, one that would fill the political gap between tribalist Westminster-orientated party politics and local campaigning groups? For a start, it would have to foster an image of … Continue reading

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Don’t moan, organise 3: the lessons learnt

What can we learn from other areas? We have a couple of examples from different parts of England. In Herefordshire, campaigners against a major building scheme in Hereford and plans for hundreds of houses in the countryside joined force with … Continue reading

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Don’t moan, organise 2: a way forward charted

When a Strategic Planning Committee meeting at Cornwall Council ended up granting permission for two massive housing schemes, involving almost 1,000 houses and the destruction of a large swathe of countryside west of Truro, there was an angry outcry. The social … Continue reading

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Don’t moan, organise 1: the problem re-stated

Exactly a hundred years ago American labour activist Joe Hill, facing execution, urged supporters not to mourn, but to organise. In Cornwall these days, many mourn the loss of our countryside and heritage. Campaigners are also very likely to moan … Continue reading

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The lessons of the tour of Cornwall’s building sites

Before I go and lie down in a darkened room for the next two weeks to recover let’s pull together some of the lessons of this two-week tour of Cornwall’s towns. Pity about the Morris Minor though. What can we … Continue reading

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