22 July 2011

Well, Mebyon Kernow (MK) has gone down to another defeat and I’ve reached the startling end of the biblical verse that I have used these last months to chart its electoral failures and those of political nationalism.

In the by-election for Truro council yesterday MK, with a good candidate, polled 144 votes, 12.2 percent of the votes cast. That means the party for Cornwall got about 3 percent of the electors to turn out and vote for it. This was a town election and even at this level MK loses.

MK, the party, has been decisively rejected by the people of Cornwall – again. It is not the party for Cornwall; its subtitle looks like braggadocio. I think Mebyon Kernow, the Cornish nationalist party, is looking like an ex-parrot of Cornwall.

You can track MK’s failure, and that of Cornish political nationalism, here:

Lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice 17 June 2011

Publish it not in the streets of Askelon 27 May 2011

Tell it not in Gath 22 February 2011

32 vote for Mebyon Kernow 17 January 2011

I see too that Labour improved its take in the by-election. The party in Cornwall appears to be well out of the slough.

The turnout in the elections I have noted has been low. Perhaps that’s an uncast vote of no confidence in all of the parties and politics, a plague on all your houses. I think there’s a case for free delivery of an election leaflet in local elections as well as national ones. That way we can be sure that every voter sees what he can vote for or stay at home against. That way the well-heeled parties and candidates have some of their advantage shaved off. That way we might improve the turnout. We should give it a try.


Result of the Truro Boscawen ward by-election 21 July 2011: Conservative 469 votes, Liberal Democrat 322, Labour 246, MK 144; turnout 24.6 percent.

Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon, lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph: 2 Samuel 1.20