20 February 2015

Dick Cole, the Mebyon Kernow parliamentary candidate for St Austell and Newquay, has been raising election funds through crowdfunding.

It is a sound initiative and Cole should be congratulated on it. This sort of online fundraising enables people to contribute easily and has the potential to engage people in more active support. At the time of writing the online campaign has raised £1817 for his campaign, more than the target. In all forty eight people have contributed.

The crowdfunding has encouraged another dozen people to contribute offline and push the total raised so far to £2500.

And there’s the rub.

There are around 73 000 parliamentary electors in St Austell and Newquay. Not all the sixty contributors live in the constituency, but the sixty arithmetically represent about one in 1200 of the electors there; and of course in reality fewer when the non-resident contributors are stripped out. The party for Cornwall once again seems more like the party for a smidgeon of Cornwall. MK has not, so far at any rate, got widespread numbers of people here to back it with cash; large numbers have not been energised. As in elections generally, people have heard the MK trumpet of political nationalism and turned away: it is time the party asked why and stayed for an answer.