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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

Year Zero for Cornwall and Covid-19: all the new numbers start from here, as County Hall explains why it will not be publishing them

EXCLUSIVE: Boris Johnson gives Cornwall only £14.3 million for “shovel ready” economic recovery

80,000 holidaymakers are on their way to Cornwall – tourism boss

Questions over how many people in Cornwall have tested positive for Covid-19, as County Hall says it “needs permission” to publish the true figure

Here it is: the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Covid-19 Local Outbreak Management Plan

23 Cornish schools succeed in bids for essential repairs

Covid-19: 136 elderly patients were discharged from hospital into Cornwall’s care homes without testing

Covid-19: South West “R” number rises to 1.1 – possibly 1.8 – according to independent scientists

EXCLUSIVE: More people are moving to Cornwall than anywhere else in England or Wales, as the cities empty

Seven days to make Cornwall safe, as “Super Saturday” tourist invasion looms

Covid-19 and Cornwall’s local lockdowns: a tale of mystery and suspense

Cornwall’s leisure centre bosses urge government to say when they can re-open

Late, over-budget, and out of control: what the auditors found when they looked at key projects at Cornwall Council

Covid-19: The latest South West “R” number is between 0.4 and 1.6

Cormac-gate EXCLUSIVE: Corserv spent £2,000 trying to silence former council cabinet member

Day 3: Council leader denies any cabinet rift over tourism, saying “sometimes, occasionally, things are not reported in quite the way that we said them”

Will all of Cornwall’s leisure centres re-open next month? County Hall promises a statement soon

Day 2: Economy chief Tim Dwelly again tells the nation not to visit Cornwall (until later in the year)

Cornwall’s taxpayers to contribute £87,600 to retail boss Sir Philip Green as he dodges business rates

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council refuses to answer the public’s questions about Cormac’s health and safety failings

Covid-19: South West “R” number remains at 1 for the second week running

Covid-19: no new cases recorded in Cornwall in past 24 hours

Coming soon: Cornwall’s Covid-19 Local Outbreak Board, deciding who can go out, and who must stay indoors

Black Lives Matter across Cornwall, as anti-racism protestors show solidarity with worldwide campaign

Covid-19: New data reveals the “R” number in the South West is now at 1, the highest in the country, and rising, as 18 people in Cornwall find themselves in the government’s new “test and trace” system

Covid-19: Cornwall is “completely in the dark” about local lockdowns, says council leader

Covid-19: Detailed jobs figures show seven Cornish towns are among the worst affected in the country, with the Isles of Scilly worst of all

Another spike in Covid-19 infections is heading for Cornwall, say health bosses

Covid-19: Cornwall finally produces a plan for care homes

What’s the best way to spend £25 million in Camborne?

Devon and Cornwall police issued nearly 1,000 Covid-19 fixed penalty notices in two months – and 75% were to locals

“We’re in the money!” Penzance in line for a multi-million pound windfall, while North and East Cornwall can only wait for crumbs

EXCLUSIVE: County Hall steps in to rescue Corserv from insolvency

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall’s buses should be “80% back to normal” next week, but they won’t be free

Coastal tourism “will need taxpayer support for three years” to recover from Covid-19

Dominic Cummings must go, says Cornwall’s Conservative group leader councillor Linda Taylor

Public Health Cornwall asked to rule on “local lockdowns” to help prevent new Covid-19 flare-ups

Central government: “Don’t travel on buses unless you have to.” Cornwall Council: “Let’s make bus travel free from next Sunday.”


Newquay Spaceport still needs a customer: gravity wins again as Branson’s rocket crashes into the ocean, and Virgin Orbit goes back to the drawing board

County Hall gets ready to splash the cash – details of Covid-19 financial support for Cornwall’s small businesses

Branson: it’s the final countdown (and this time he might really mean it) as tycoon plans rocket launch this weekend

Should children go back to school on 1st June? It’s nothing to do with us, says Cornwall Council

Covid-19 shutdown causes huge job losses in Cornwall, with more than 19,000 now claiming benefit

Five out of six of Cornwall’s MPs voted to exclude “unskilled” migrant workers, putting agriculture and care sectors at risk

Old wine in a new bottle? Cornwall Council’s “Future Operating Model” looks very similar to the one which broke Barnet

Boardmasters cancels as Covid-19 social distancing rule makes festival impossible

Cornwall’s MPs vote to block measure which would protect local farmers against cheap US imports

BBC Radio Cornwall sheds 19,000 listeners in 12 months

Cornwall’s waste tips to open next Tuesday

Barnecutts the bakers is back on Thursday

Covid-19: Cornwall singled out for special treatment, as government’s “recovery road map”suggests that restrictions could be lifted here before the rest of the country

Government finally asks Public Health Cornwall to help test for Covid-19 in care homes

No cabinet reshuffle, so Tim Dwelly is County Hall’s new portfolio chief for Culture, Economy and Planning

Housebuilders plan to resume work in Cornwall on Monday

Cornwall Council finally sets a date for restoring democracy

Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry “will run out of cash in 12 weeks”

EXCLUSIVE: Your money or your life? Cornwall’s tourism industry eyes 26th May as the date for welcoming back holidaymakers, despite widespread public opposition

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council’s cabinet ignored Cormac whistleblowers’ letter, leaving 18 workers with 406 years’ service to ask “how you can carry on in an environment where you don’t feel safe?”

EXCLUSIVE: Health & Safety Executive never investigated “Cormac-gate” as internal documents reveal the anatomy of a cover-up

EXCLUSIVE: No new inquiry into Cormac-gate, say Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats

EXCLUSIVE: Bob Egerton resigns from Cornwall Council’s cabinet, with explosive allegations against County Hall and Cormac

EYEWITNESS EXCLUSIVE: “I have seen the future, and it doesn’t work” – government’s Covid-19 testing regime leaves Cornwall out in the cold

Cornwall’s taxpayers forced to give £50 million “cashback” to second-home owners because of Covid-19