REAL LIFE IN CORNWALL

2 June 2008

I wondered in this post why organised Cornish nationalism was not responding to Labour’s pauperisation of the poor. The government has since helped most of those affected but pro rata there are still nearly 10 000 people in Cornwall who have been only half-helped.

Consider also:

How many people in Cornwall are in fuel poverty, households where gas and electricity cost more than ten percent of income? How many people in Cornwall with low incomes are on prepayment meters which charge more for heating and cooking fuel than direct debit payments? How many, in rural places without mains gas, are paying heavily for heating oil? Of course these questions affect people all over Britain not just Cornwall and, apart from the prepayment issue, are not easily and immediately solvable by a national government without vast subsidies.

These are real life questions which affect the everyday life of too many in Cornwall. They are not remote questions, not issues in the far past, they are current, they are about real life now for people here.

Now another small entertainment. Using your knowledge, skill, and judgement, which of these do you think best represents the present overall position:

(a) Yes, organised Cornish nationalism and the Cornish nationalist websites collectively – the Cornish nationalist movement, if you will – are aroused and publicly campaigning hard on these issues, fiery with denunciation, and gung ho with ideas for remedies

or

(b) No, they’re saying nothing, zilch, nada, sod all, not a sausage.

(Of course, individual nationalists may be engaged with these issues.)

My own view is that the government should immediately urge the companies to eradicate completely the higher differential price charged to domestic customers, mainly among the poorest in our country, for prepayment meter fuel; and if urging does not speedily work, a way should be found to outlaw it.

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