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Stannary Parliament passes 'law' backing holiday on St Piran's Day

By West Briton  |  Posted: March 01, 2012

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THE CORNISH Stannary Parliament has claimed that anyone of Cornish descent is free to enjoy a national holiday on St Piran's Day.

It has published a statement citing the European Convention of Human Rights as a basis for having a day off on March 5.

However, Cornwall Council said it would not acknowledge the claim and staff would have to use annual leave to take the day off.

The parliament's proclamation said: "From this day forward, all and any people of direct Cornish descent are entitled to celebrate St Piran's Day on March 5 as being the national holiday of the Cornish Nation without let or hindrance from any other authority whatsoever."

It said it passed the agreement into law on February 6 "under the authority of the Seal of the Comunitatis Stangnatorum Cornubia and signed by the appointed Keeper for and on behalf of the Stannators of the Cornish Stannary Parliament".

It added that the right to the day off was confirmed "under Act 5 of The Constitution of Cornwall which incorporates the European Convention of Human Rights" – specifically, the latter's Article 10 guarantee to freedom of expression.

The Cornish Guardian asked Cornwall Council whether it would recognise the new "law".

A spokeswoman said: "As St Piran's Day is not officially recognised as a public holiday, any request for leave will be considered in the same way as other requests at any other time of the year, to take into account operational requirements."

Last year, the council agreed to write to the Government to request that, if proposals went through to replace the May Day public holiday with a new one, in Cornwall it should be on St Piran's Day.

No decision has been taken yet by the Government.

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  • Taxman100  |  March 21 2012, 2:48PM

    Truro_England. Spot on! It is only the Cornish Nationalists who believe themselves to be different from the rest of us normal mortals; although they are not. It is also those same idiots who jeopardise Cornwall's future - particularly where inward investment is concerned.

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  • Truro_England  |  March 21 2012, 1:12PM

    Theres over half a million people in the county! many Cornish over the years have sold there houses to new comers and many Cornish have moved around the world. Why is it ok for the Cornish to move anywhere in the world they please but people cant move to Cornwall??? Also i meet many people in Cornwall with non Cornish accents who class themselves has 'Cornish' !!!

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  • Taxman100  |  March 06 2012, 3:02PM

    In 2000 the number of adults living in Cornwall and eligible to sign a petition was approximately, 300,000. The petition in question was said to have been signed by 50,000. Therefore 1 in 6 of the Cornish adult population is supposed to have signed the petition. Yet, I have never met anyone who signed, or was even asked to sign the petition - including myself. Why is that? Perhaps, it is because it was signed by those who had no connection with Cornwall - including some signatories who lived in western Europe?! What I would like to know is, who decided St. Piran (the Patron Saint of Miners) was the Patron Saint of Cornwall? The 'Cornish Window' in Westminster Abbey, erected in 1888 to commemorate Richard Trevithick, shows St Michael in the prime position. ie: surmounts all other Cornish Saints. In addition, references are frequently made in Cornish history to St Michael being the Patron Saint. Perhaps, this decision was taken by the Pixies - disguising themselves as Cornishmen of Celtic origin by wearing a Tartan (circa 1985), Sporran, waving a black and white flag and playing the Great Pipes?

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  • Big_Ger  |  March 02 2012, 8:06PM

    Cheekyman, I wish I'd seen this mythical petition, I'd have certainly signed it. The idea that in a referendum the people of Cornwall would vote to give county hall MORE POWERS is either; a) Accusing us Cornish of being bl00dy stupid. b) Delusional. c) The funniest joke for many years. d) All of the above.

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  • sandyshaw  |  March 02 2012, 6:10PM

    Supporting an independent assembly for Cornwall is completely different to supporting racism.

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  • cheekyman_jr  |  March 02 2012, 4:16PM

    Big_Ger...weren't 50,000 signatures collected calling for a referendum? So you're right...the Cornish do sign when it's something that matters!

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  • sandyshaw  |  March 01 2012, 11:56PM

    +10 million green arrows. That effectively completely outnumbers the red arrows now. The only way they can counter that is by making a comment.

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  • josdave  |  March 01 2012, 11:51AM

    Strange that the only green arrows have been given to the only person supporting this stupid idea. Myself I have never used an arrow green or red as I think that is another stupid idea.

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  • youngcornwall  |  March 01 2012, 9:10AM

    by Big_Ger "Are we Cornish just not bothered to sign petitions?" Only petitions that the nasty nationalists and the Celtic league have any involvement in. Thank goodness these are an embarrassment and a turn off for any right thinking Cornish person.

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  • Big_Ger  |  March 01 2012, 8:42AM

    1. The Chief Executive, following consultation with the Leader, be requested to write to central government stating (1) that, in principle, any change in the May Bank Holiday should lead to the creation of a public holiday in Cornwall on St Piran's Day and (2) that the government should press ahead with full consultation on the issue of replacing the May Bank Holiday. 2. The Chief Executive consider how to undertake most effectively a test of public opinion on the issue of creating a St Piran's Day Public Holiday in Cornwall and report back to a future meeting on the options including the cost implications. Cornwall county council petition; http://tinyurl.com/72wfwph The Kernow Branch of the Celtic League have set up a petition calling for Cornwall Council to vote in favour of making St Piran's Day (5th March) an annual public holiday in Cornwall and recommending to the UK Government that they do the same. The petition can be signed by clicking on the link below: http://tinyurl.com/6fff99f This article prepared for Celtic News by Rhisiart Made Up Name, General Secretary Celtic League, and a proud Welshman. Stephen Richardson Illogan, Kernow I am a member of Mebyon Kernow - the Party for Cornwall. I live in Illogan. My wife and I moved to Cornwall in 2008 and we have three children. If you would like to sign the Cornwall Council online petition to make St Piran's Day a Bank Holiday then visit: PETITION And after all this effort, they got? 312 signatures! (Most of which came from their facebook friends in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Australia.) Are we Cornish just not bothered to sign petitions? Nope, not when it's about something that actually matters to us! Let's see now; Sports fans who want a stadium built in Cornwall are to present a 10,000-signature petition to the county council. http://tinyurl.com/7tntqnp MORE than 2,000 signatures – including some from local doctors – have been gathered on a petition calling for opposition to the Government's Health and Social Care Bill. http://tinyurl.com/789z8vh More than 6,000 people had signed the Save Our NHS Cornwall petition. http://tinyurl.com/7yxyqm9 A 900-SIGNATURE petition protesting at the islands' Wildlife Trust's fencing programme on Scilly headlands has been handed to St Ives MP Andrew George. http://tinyurl.com/7jleqvc A PETITION with almost 32,000 signatures opposing plans to move specialist cancer services out of Cornwall will be presented to Cornwall Council today. http://tinyurl.com/7dlcttj A PENSIONER who has seen five generations of his family work at Falmouth Docks has collected 1,000 signatures on a petition calling for the access to the harbour to be dredged http://tinyurl.com/79q2877 SUPPORTERS of the ambitious plans to berth a Royal Navy warship, HMS Plymouth, in Hayle have called on councillors to back the scheme after more than 1,000 townsfolk signed a petition in favour of giving the vessel a permanent home. http://tinyurl.com/73qxb5e NEARLY half the population of Wadebridge have backed a campaign to keep supermarkethttp://tinyurl.com/7tgrcmh out of the town.

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