MORE OF A LIGHT-YEAR THAN A RIZLA

28 March 2010

Look at the latest post on Cornish numbers. Parents of around 37 percent of children in Cornwall schools describe them as Cornish in the latest annual school census. Look at the figures in that post for other adults in Cornwall who describe themselves as Cornish.

Now look at the vote of Mebyon Kernow, the party of explicit Cornish political nationalism. In the European and unitary elections of 2009 MK polled 7 percent and 4 percent of the votes cast in Cornwall.

That gap’s not a Rizla but a light-year.

Looking at the wider Cornish identity numbers, I’ve said before in the post What does it mean to be Cornish? that

“There is a chasmic dissonance between the numbers describing themselves as Cornish and the numbers voting nationalist or actively belonging to or actively supporting political nationalist groups. Most people describing themselves as Cornish do not back political nationalism; their understanding of their ethnic identity does not necessitate belief in nationalist constitutional positions and that particular interpretation of history; it does not in itself have implications for governance.”

I think these latest figures underpin that. I explain in that post why there is a dissonance.

It will be interesting to see what MK polls in the coming general election when it is contesting all the seats; and I’ll have a closer look at the PLASC figures in a later post.

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