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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


Cornwall Care to be taken over by Sanctuary, as County Hall agrees to surrender properties in bid to rescue failing residential market and ease hospital “bed blocking” crisis


EXCLUSIVE: is this the final whistle for the Truro stadium project?


Monkeypox arrives in Cornwall


EXCLUSIVE: without involving a single elected councillor, County Hall calls in estate agents to consider the future of Newquay Airport


Does the Truro New Town scheme, with 65% of it intended for the open market, justify Compulsory Purchase Orders?


EXCLUSIVE: Saints Trail inquiry “will not attribute blame” as councillors face long wait for answers


St Ives MP Derek Thomas, having declared no confidence in Boris Johnson, demands government action on Cornwall’s housing crisis as the price of future support


Mount Hawke murder: Devon and Cornwall police “tapped on the window” and then left


EXCLUSIVE – more than 700 people housed in “temporary” accommodation are to be given higher priority for Cornwall Council houses – meaning others on the waiting list will have to wait even longer


Louis Gardner joins Cornwall Council’s cabinet, giving St Austell and Newquay 40% of County Hall’s power while South East Cornwall has zero


Linda Taylor sees off leadership challenge 45-33 to maintain her grip on Cornwall Council


Cornwall and climate change: three years after declaring an “emergency” County Hall is already 13 years behind schedule


Five of Cornwall’s MPs voted against emergency budget and a windfall tax on energy companies, as profits soar and inflation hits 40-year-high of 9%


Cornish police officer “would have been sacked” if she had not resigned, says disciplinary panel


Coming soon to a Town Hall near you: the Mayor for Cornwall roadshow


Situations Vacant: Cornwall Council, having just made more than 410 people redundant, now wants to hire more bosses


EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council promotes the chief executive’s wife to £80,000 – £120,000/year senior job


Cornwall Council wants to spend £27 million on robots. What could possibly go wrong?


Real grass is not sustainable, says Eden Project, as it rolls out the plastic and annoys environment campaigners


Petition launched to force a one-person-one-vote referendum on whether Cornwall should have a Mayor


Poll boost for Cornwall’s Labour and Green parties, suggesting two Tory MPs face defeat in a general election


How will County Hall exercise its “discretion” over who will get help with energy bills?


Party-gate fines: Truro & Falmouth MP says “wait for Sue Gray” before passing judgement


That’s all folks – government’s “Shared Prosperity Fund” gives Cornwall less than a fifth of the “penny for penny” pre-election promise to replace European money


Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is an “opportunity” to divert attention from Downing Street parties, says top Cornwall Tory


Councillors told they can’t talk about a Mayor


Padstow’s ‘Obby ‘Oss festival will never be the same, as inquest concludes that local woman’s death was an accident


Cornwall councillors launch “Say No To A Mayor” campaign


Cornwall’s Conservatives close Falmouth’s leisure centre


Talks start over whether Cornwall should have a directly-elected Mayor


Covid-19: Cornwall’s infection rate now at an all-time high as County Hall defies government to advise self-isolation for people with symptoms


Don’t make any plans for Wednesday next week, County Hall warns its ruling cabinet, as the future of Falmouth’s leisure centre goes to the wire


Six Ukrainian women to seek homes on Tresco this week, as Cornwall leads in the race to help refugees


Jamaica Inn bans fox hunts, ending 100-year tradition


Hospital bosses who refused £500 Covid bonus for frontline workers got up to £10,000 themselves


Earthquakes halt Eden Geothermal drilling


EXCLUSIVE: Some of Cornwall’s health workers to get a one-off £500 Covid “thank you” bonus while others are left with nothing but the memories of grateful people clapping


Cornwall Council’s ruling cabinet votes to close Falmouth’s Ships & Castles leisure centre


The pasty pound pulls out of Russia, as Cornwall Council’s pension fund disinvestment denies Putin millions


Falmouth leisure centre should close, but Wadebridge survives, according to council officers


Cornwall and Wales form “strategic alliance” to tackle second homes and pursue “sustainable” tourism


West Cornwall police constable sacked for gross misconduct


Police arrest teenagers after video shows violent assault on homeless man in Truro car park


Carbis Bay Hotel’s “G7 meeting rooms” cause “very significant harm” and must be removed, says planning inspector


Covid-19: virus kills 10 in Cornwall in a week as Boris Johnson plans yet another “freedom day”


Cornwall’s Tories don’t want a Mayor, says South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray


Who might be Cornwall’s first mayor? Tories realise there is little point asking the question if they don’t already know the answer


Devolution Deals? Here’s one we hyped earlier


Party-gate: Cornwall’s six Conservative MPs so far have “no comment” on Boris Johnson’s future


Covid-19: Is Cornwall’s infection rate on the increase again?


EXCLUSIVE: Who runs Newquay Airport? It’s not you, new managing director tells councillors


Cornwall Council will continue to pay Covid grants to second home owners


Carry on trail hunting: Cornwall Council to take no action on 10,000+ petition calling for a ban


Branson’s rocket reaches the skies: next stop Newquay


Partygate: half of Cornwall’s MPs would lose their seats in Parliament if Boris Johnson remains as Prime Minister, according to YouGov


Boris Johnson “should consider his position” if reports of lockdown-busting booze parties in Downing Street are proven, says St Ives MP

Covid-19: is Cornwall now at “peak Omicron?”



Devolution or corporate takeover? Gove bags Cornwall for his first major experiment


Covid-19: Another year over, and new infections in Cornwall are clearly getting much worse


EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council again invited to give millions of pounds to second home owners as part of the government’s Covid Christmas present


Derek Thomas a lonely rebel as five out of six of Cornwall’s MPs back Covid passports


Has County Hall become a centre for drug-dealing? Cornwall Council questioned about its emergency, temporary accommodation scheme


Cornwall’s leisure centres under renewed threat as County Hall officials sideline councillors and push ahead with closure plans


EXCLUSIVE: The party’s over – Cornwall Development Company axed


£2.60 to cross the Tamar Bridge, as public consultation gets underway on 30% toll increase


The end of tax-and-spend: Cornwall’s Conservatives unveil their budget, cutting £55 million in a year and slashing jobs


Nine years later, we discover that it was “not in the public interest” to tell the public that Bude’s spy station had polluted a local stream


Cornwall’s housing crisis: there is now a plan, but does it go far enough?


EXCLUSIVE: “I would resign rather than accept the closure of my leisure centre” – Tories starting to lose their grip on County Hall as Launceston rebellion threatens their council majority


 

Who will profit from the flattening of Pydar? Cornwall Council still pushing its Private Finance Initiative agenda, as bulldozers aim to start demolition in January


“If you tolerate this, then your leisure centre will be next” campaigners tell councillors


Newquay Airport boss quits


#sewage: another of Cornwall’s MPs tries to explain why he voted against making sea dumping illegal


Covid-19: Royal Cornwall hospital declares “critical incident” just 24 hours after health secretary says NHS pressure “is not unsustainable” – Cornwall’s MPs vow to act


EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council set to axe hundreds of jobs