Politics

Cornwall’s Boer war memorials: a cause for celebration, or a warning from history?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The historic status of many war memorials has again been called in to question following a council’s decision to “explain” the Boer war of the early...

Cormac-gate was deliberately covered up, and I challenge Corserv to sue me for libel, says former councillor

By Graham Smith The former Cornwall councillor who led a campaign to uncover the truth about a serious industrial accident involving a Cormac worker has again challenged Corserv to...

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

By Graham Smith Housing campaigners in Cornwall are watching to see what happens in Wales when the Labour government there announces details of a pilot scheme to crackdown on...

Named and shamed: government’s housing watchdog publishes formal notice of how Cornwall Council failed its tenants

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has now been “named and shamed” by the government’s housing watchdog. The Regulator of Social Housing has formally published its verdict on the council,...

You can’t talk about the closure of Launceston’s Minor Injury Unit, officials tell councillors

By Anne North Cornwall councillors are angry that they have been denied an emergency meeting of their health scrutiny committee to question the sudden closure of Launceston’s Minor Injuries...

Who can translate “Boris Johnson stultus est?” Cornwall’s schools ponder the government’s new push to impose Latin onto the curriculum (or should that be curricula?)

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Campaigners for the Cornish language are to intensify their efforts to secure more government funding after Education Secretary Gavin Williamson announced £40 million to boost Latin...

The end of the affair? Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, a love-child of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government, appears to facing the axe

By Julia Penhaligon The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership might not survive until the end of the year, its members heard this morning (Wednesday.) Chairman Mark...

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

By Peter Tremayne The empty shelves confronting Cornwall’s supermarket shoppers have their origin in a complex interaction of several factors, including the Covid “ping-demic.” But the shortage of lorry...

Cornwall Council shortlisted for three national awards

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has been shortlisted in three categories at this year’s annual Local Government Chronicle awards. County Hall has a chance of a “gong” for its...

China Clay villages should stick together in Parliamentary boundary review, say councillors

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s “clay country” should stay together in the St Austell and Newquay Parliamentary constituency, councillors decided this morning (Tuesday.)  Cornwall Council also wants to keep Threemilestone...

Trust us, say health chiefs, as another of Cornwall’s Minor Injury Units joins the “temporary” closure list

By Anne North Cornwall’s health bosses have finally explained the sudden closure of Launceston’s Minor Injury Unit, part of the town’s community hospital. NHS Kernow said patients from that...

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

By Anne North The number of patients with Covid-19 occupying beds at the Royal Cornwall hospital, Truro, has rocketed since the start of June, according to NHS data. The...

TUC report highlights the impact on Cornwall of £20-a-week cut to “post-Covid” Universal Credit

By Julia Penhaligon A new report from the TUC says Cornwall will be one of the worst-hit parts of the country when the government cuts £20-a-week from Universal Credit....

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

By Anne North One of the country’s top Covid scientists has claimed that government policy towards events such as the imminent Newquay Boardmasters’ festival are part of a deliberate...

Who’s to blame? Cornwall’s new rubbish collection and approach to recycling delayed again

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council’s new rubbish and recycling collection service has been delayed again and will now not start until 2023 – three years later...

Cornwall Council’s change in political control means no change for couple caught in cycle trail compulsory purchase ordeal

By Richard Whitehouse A couple have told of the nightmare they have experienced due to their home being in the middle of a major Cornwall Council project to create...

Isles of Scilly council reveals the public cost of getting Covid patients back to the mainland – and the value of holding meetings in public

By Anne North Seven people have had to be evacuated from the Isles of Scilly, at public expense, because of Covid in recent months. Unlike Cornwall Council, the Council...

Who is running Cornwall’s health service? It’s not who you voted for

By Anne North A scheduled meeting of Cornwall’s Health and Wellbeing Board – the first since before the 6th May local elections - has been postponed.  The notice of...

Row over plan for “affordable” homes highlights the issues which frame Cornwall’s housing crisis

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Plans to build 40 “affordable” homes have come up against objections from a number of local residents. The issue highlights many aspects of...

MP secures meeting with Boris Johnson to discuss Cornwall’s “Oven Ready Brexit” daffodil crisis

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Boris Johnson is to meet Truro and Falmouth MP Cherilyn Mackrory to discuss the crisis facing Cornwall’s daffodil growers, whose crops were left to rot in...