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You don’t have to be mad to work here, but it helps: Why Tony Blair is both right, and wrong, about Afghanistan


The more things change the more they stay the same: will the real winners of the Cornwall Council election please stand up?


Here is the news


Everyone’s a winner: there is no need to wait until 7th May to find out who triumphed the previous day


Elections 2021: The Battle for County Hall – what do you think of it so far?


Inside the G7: how to make a drama out of a crisis


“Winning here” and other lies: get ready for a bulging sack of political waste paper


Hot Gossip: nothing is proven, everything is possible


Inside the G7: A letter from America


Inside the G7: so true, it has to be made up


I brief, you leak and she’s just been charged under Section 1 of the Official Secrets Act


As Cornwall falls off a Covid cliff, will 2021 be the year the Boris Bug triggers yet another coup within the Conservative party?


“Clarification is not to clarify things. It is to put one’s self in the clear” – why the Cormac-gate review must ask the right questions


Out of the mouths of babes: why Cornwall’s Conservatives need to swallow hard, and admit they have got it badly wrong on free school meals


Living by numbers: As the government wrangles over tougher Covid-19 restrictions, is it time to embrace logic and consistency?


Covid-19 and Cornwall at the tipping point: will the lessons be learned?


Remember, remember, the 5th of November and how Cornwall Council ended up sleepwalking into “reasonable” constitutional chaos


Black lives matter everywhere, but who controls the past controls the future: Cornwall’s uncomfortable history with slavery


Will the war against Covid-19 end the same way as most wars, with refugees evacuated by helicopter from embassy roofs even as the politicians declare victory?


Covid-19: A postcard from Midwich, village of the damned


Ring A-Ring O’Roses, A Pocket Full of Posies, and other ways to Keep Calm And Carry On


Look North, in wonder, as Scotland edges closer to affordable local government by pioneering Britain’s first tourism tax


Cornwall is going to be Conservative for a very long time – we just have to get used to it


If you tolerate this, then your children will be next


Is the Newquay airport goose being fattened up for privatisation?


Getting into space is about maths and physics, not public relations: why Cornwall Council should say “no” to Richard Branson


A lesson for Cornwall? Why Brecon & Radnor might not be the Brexit game-changer the bookies are forecasting


After Peterborough: while politicians try to understand what happened, Labour should bring back its £3 supporters’ scheme and then ballot to determine Brexit policy


Why Cornwall should brace for defeat next week


Why only Jeremy Corbyn can beat Nigel Farage, and why it’s all about the turnout – a partisan view


Inside Kennally Care: details start to emerge of how charities and companies are now taking over Cornwall’s health service – with orders to cut spending


Glittering Prizes – The Cornwall Reports New Year Honours


A day in the life of the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator


All the way from Arabia – a sci-fi vision of Cornwall’s future?


Got an allotment? Get ready to once more Dig For Victory, as the new Agriculture Bill looks set to devastate Cornwall


Slow Train Coming: why the Devonwall boundary changes are not entirely welcome news for the Tories


Cornwall’s local government: no place for grown-ups


Cornwall and the idea of a tourism tax: a tale full of sound and fury, signifying nothing


Jumpers for goalposts: Why we need a Cornwall United to get serious about public health, and why the council should start its own football club


In a sleepy part of rural North Cornwall, another revolution is underway


Tragedy, farce, repeat: why County Hall would be an ideal location for Midsummer Murders


Bucaneers and Pirate Ports: time for Cornwall’s LEP to re-think its strategy on Economic Zones


After the football – business as usual with Cornwall’s NHS, and why it’s important to keep an eye on what’s happening in Parliament


The best possible birthday present for Cornwall’s NHS would be management from outside Cornwall


Cornwall, Your Cornwall


A design for life


Bread & Circuses, joining the dots between the Coliseum and a Stadium for Cornwall


Is dementia to blame for Brexit? In Cornwall, it’s a serious question


Why badgers should take extra care on the A38, and why I miss the sight of a squashed hedgehog

Cornwall, the Final Frontier, and how to make “devolution” more inspirational than a stale fart


Struggling in the stormy seas of shrinking ratings, BBC local radio’s “Dementia FM” heads for its iceberg


Newquay spaceport: reach for the stars, but watch your wallet and beware of half-baked big ideas


Drive for 30 minutes before going for a swim, says council, as it lays out its case for closing four of Cornwall’s leisure centres

Covid-19 forces school closure in Cornwall



Covid-19: Cornwall now safer than England for first time since June


EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council leisure centre hit list aims to close Falmouth, Launceston, Saltash and Wadebridge


Unemployment in Cornwall much lower than same period last year, as Covid vaccine gets people back to work


I’m going to double council tax on second homes to fix Cornwall’s housing crisis, says council leader Linda Taylor


All six of Cornwall’s MPs abandon their election promise and vote to increase tax for health and social care


EXCLUSIVE: Time is running out for any taxpayer-bailout to keep aircraft flying between Newquay and London


EXCLUSIVE: The Covid-19 postcode lottery which says that if you don’t wear a mask on the Isles of Scilly you won’t be allowed to fly, but when you land at Newquay it’s a matter of individual choice


EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council gets ready to use compulsory purchase powers to progress Truro New Town


South West Water restores supplies to thousands of homes after damage to mains pipe in west Cornwall


Watching the detectives: scientists poised to unwrap the DNA of Newquay’s sewage to find out if a new “Cornish” variant is behind the exponential increase in local Covid infection


Covid-19: Government poised to send “Surge Rapid Response Team” to help deal with Cornwall’s dramatic increase in new cases


The new Covid map of England: Cancellation of Bristol Pride festival poses more questions for Cornwall, as different local councils descend into “two tiers” of public health protection


Covid-19: Cornwall goes from “safest” to “most dangerous” in less than three months, with infection rate now double that of England


“Wait and see,” says County Hall, when asked how many Afghan refugees can be housed in Cornwall


Covid-19: Cornwall’s infection rate now 25% higher than national average


Bringing it all back home: lest we forget the Cornish blood spilled in Afghanistan


Why did Devon and Cornwall police return gun licence to Plymouth mass killer? Independent Office for Police Conduct announces an inquiry


The lonely life and death of 22-year-old man who killed five in Plymouth before shooting himself


Six killed in Plymouth shooting


Covid-19: New data reveals how the Royal Cornwall hospital is coming under increasing strain, as new cases become new patients


Tamar Bridge tolls set to rise by 30% as Torpoint ferries face uncertain future


Covid-19: new cases rising across Cornwall, Newquay is now three times higher than the average for England, and County Hall begs businesses to get their staff tested


Camborne & Redruth MP George Eustice at the centre of row over death sentence for Geronimo


Cornish nationalist Graham Hart jailed for antisemitism


EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council spent more than £750,000 per acre for Langarth farmland


Cornwall watches Wales for clues about how to tackle the housing crisis


Covid-19: Cornwall’s summer of festival fun, or a series of super-spreader events?


Empty supermarket shelves should be no surprise – Cornwall is at the end of the line


Cornwall’s fishing industry “needs a new course” as report reveals workforce has more than halved in 20 years


Covid-19: the number of patients occupying Cornwall’s hospital beds is going up, as government wonders just how bad it has to be before bringing back restrictions


Concern over County Hall’s approach to Boardmasters’ festival, as councillor breaks ranks and says that a “be careful” message is not enough to protect the public


Covid-19: three more deaths in a week at the Royal Cornwall hospital


Unauthorised building work at the Carbis Bay Hotel – will it ever come before a planning committee?


We’re still aiming to be carbon neutral by 2030, promises Cornwall’s climate change chief


“Just because the rules say you can do something, doesn’t mean you have to” – South West Public Health boss warns of the dangers caused by tomorrow’s “Freedom Day”


Cornwall’s Covid board will continue to meet in secret, despite pre-election promise of greater transparency


Climate change in Cornwall – new Tory council lowers its sights, as carbon-neutral deadline is fudged by up to 20 years


Rame Head AONB planning application finally rejected by 5 votes to 4


REVEALED: The exclusive inside story of Cornwall’s G7 “Legacy Board” – the detailed story of how organisers decided the official version of the summit’s place in history


Covid-19: virus claims three lives in eight days in Cornwall


Cornwall’s housing crisis – let battle commence


Covid-19: South West “R” number now 1.3-1.6, the highest in England


Covid-19: steep rise in new cases increases pressure on Cornwall’s hospitals


Police use rare powers to evict travellers from Devon – sending them into Cornwall


Cornwall Housing: County Hall writes to 10,500 tenants, finally admitting that the repairs and maintenance backlog is unacceptable


Royal Cornwall hospital bosses forced to give new “undertakings” to NHS England to improve management


Covid-19: Top scientist says G7 Summit “cannot be ignored” as a factor behind Cornwall’s huge increase in infection

Nearly 43,000 sign petition calling for tougher tax regime to discourage second homes


Covid-19: Tall Ships race is called off, new drive to vaccinate every adult, and continuing row over the impact of the G7 Summit


Covid-19: The G7 Summit was not a super-spreader and contrary views are “a conspiracy theory and a distraction” says Cornwall Council


Covid-19: “Summit-gate” cover-up poses political threat to Cornwall’s Tories


Covid-19: Cornwall is now three times more dangerous than Devon, according to latest data


Cornwall to keep its Covid street marshals until who-knows-when


G7 Summit: police arrest seven at Hayle, suspected of “conspiring to be a nuisance”


On yer bike: Boris Johnson reveals Cornwall’s G7 “legacy”


No Devonwall – Cornish border survives intact after Boundary Commission review of Parliamentary constituencies


County Hall buys another 185 homes, but they are not for anyone on the council’s own housing waiting list


G7 Summit: Cornwall’s legacy is to be more rough sleepers forced back to the streets


Falmouth businesses forced to close for more than two weeks because of G7 Summit


The world’s deepest swimming pool sets its sights on Cornwall (only £145 million still needed)


Three weeks until the first meeting of Cornwall’s new cabinet – with Covid-19 at the top of the “to do” list


Cornwall’s health chiefs warned to expect 15% increase in tourists


Still secret: County Hall refuses to publish damning consultants’ report which details serious, dangerous failings at Cornwall Housing


Inside Tregover: the council flats which are not available to people on the council’s housing waiting list


Conservative Linda Taylor elected as the new leader of Cornwall Council

Are you local? Police give details of G7 roadblocks and checkpoints, as St Ives residents are told they will have to prove their identities to access their own homes and businesses


Judge quashes Cornwall Council’s approval of large detached house in Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty


Cornwall councillor Dulcie Tudor enters “coalition” with County Hall’s Conservatives

The thin blue line is about to become highly visible, as 6,500 police look forward to their G7 visit to Cornwall – and the use of a floating spa and beauty salon



Mebyon Kernow-Green Party alliance at County Hall to help secure committee places


Truro’s Viaduct car park – at the heart of controversial £170 million redevelopment project – is closed suddenly on safety grounds


Police “raid” Penryn boatyard and Mabe quarry in pre-emptive strike against possible G7 protest


David Cameron used collapsed firm’s private jet to visit Daymer Bay – and then asked government chums for a bail-out


EXCLUSIVE: Edwina Hannaford elected to lead Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats at County Hall


Not so fast with Truro New Town, government tells County Hall, as Highways England questions the impact of additional traffic


Conservative Alison Hernandez wins another term as Devon & Cornwall Police & Crime Commissioner


Power to the people! The “Popular Front for the Liberation of Bude” takes control, as town and parish councils get the taste for democracy


EXCLUSIVE: Police are having second thoughts about use of Truro’s Lemon Quay for “authorised” G7 protests


Conservatives take control of Cornwall Council


Camborne MP George Eustice is caught in the cross-fire, as feud between Carrie Symonds and Dominic Cummings touches on animal rights


Counting the cost after fertiliser fire destroys barn near Summercourt


Record rise in sheep worrying, as farmers blame Covid for increased dog ownership


G7 Summit: Protest in Truro and Falmouth only, and give us six days’ notice, say police


Serious failings at Cornwall Housing, demanding urgent inspection of old electrical fittings


“We would never support a Tory takeover of Cornwall Council,” pledges Lib Dem group leader


EXCLUSIVE: Natural England asks Cornwall Council to pause housebuilding because of serious, long-term damage to important wildlife sites


Talk of any post-election coalition is premature, say Labour and Greens


Green Party “could support Tories”after Cornwall Council elections

Pydar 2: deadline today for residents to respond to County Hall’s latest pre-application lobbying for £170 million vision of Truro


Somewhere over the rainbow: Labour would consider an anti-Tory coalition to keep the Conservatives out of power at County Hall


Cornwall health boss “approved £30,000 payment” to former chief executive to fund doctoral research


Government abandons its “Pick for Britain” scheme as local workers shun long, hard hours outdoors


Covid-19: One week after the easing of lockdown, Cornwall’s numbers start going up again


EXCLUSIVE: This is what to expect if the Conservatives take control of Cornwall Council


Blood on the carpet: the County Hall contests which see sitting councillors fighting each other for survival


Lockdown rules eased, as Cornwall’s Covid rate nearly one third of English average


All in one place: the full list of the Cornwall Council candidates


EXCLUSIVE: the curious case of the private mental health company set up by the NHS boss in charge of Cornwall’s mental health