Politics

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

By Peter Tremayne One of the first key workers to use one of the government’s new Covid-19 testing centres has told Cornwall Reports of the complex challenges which seem...

Yes! Yes! Yes! Minister – St Austell & Newquay MP Steve Double was only trying to be helpful

By Peter Tremayne We’ve all done it.  Pressed “send” and, too late, realised that it’s all gone horribly wrong. St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has accidentally emailed...

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

By Richard Whitehouse Holiday home owners have claimed £50 million of the grants which were made available for small businesses in Cornwall to survive during the Coronavirus crisis. The...

Covid-19 testing for all key workers goes live – but not in Cornwall

By Anne North The Local Resilience Forum for Devon and Cornwall has started inviting members of the public to contact it directly with requests for Covid-19 testing, and Personal...

I cancelled next month’s cabinet meeting because there is nothing to talk about, says Cornwall Council leader

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council leader Julian German has promised to bring some form of “virtual” democracy to County Hall in early May – but says this will not...

Cornwall waits for clarity, as government ponders a lockdown extension which would ban Boardmasters and the Royal Cornwall Show

By Graham Smith High-profile outdoor events in Cornwall, including the Boardmasters festival at Newquay and the rescheduled Royal Cornwall Show at Wadebridge, are waiting anxiously for the government to...

Cornwall Council praises Citizens Advice for Covid-19 help, two years after a backbench councillor revolt helped ensure the charity’s survival

By Anne North Cornwall Council has praised Citizens Advice for its help during the Coronavirus crisis - two years after proposed County Hall budget cuts threatened the charity’s future....

Police caught between town and country over “drive to exercise” Covid-19 rules

By Peter Tremayne The difficulty of consistent policing during the Covid-19 lockdown has been thrown into sharp relief by a call from the Rural Crime Network for a change...

Why the Council of the Isles of Scilly is far ahead of Cornwall Council when it comes to public scrutiny

By Graham Smith The Council of the Isles of Scilly has successfully held a full council meeting, open to scrutiny by members of the public, using basic social media...

Now even Cornwall Council’s cabinet meeting is shelved, as County Hall remains a democracy-free zone

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has cancelled next month’s scheduled meeting of its ruling 10-member cabinet, amid further signs that the authority’s senior officers are in no hurry to...

We need clarity about Cornwall’s Covid-19 care home deaths, says chairman of council’s scrutiny committee

By Graham Smith The chairman of an important Cornwall Council scrutiny committee has added his voice to calls for County Hall to publish what it knows about Covid-19 Coronavirus...

Pick For Britain initiative stuggles to find Cornish farm workers, as Daily Mail cheers “Romanians to the rescue”

By Anne North Cornwall’s fruit and vegetable growers are hoping to attract some of the Romanian pickers who arrived in Britain this week, as the recent warm weather has...

Lift the Covid-19 lockdown early in Cornwall, says former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt

By Graham Smith Former health secretary Jeremy Hunt has suggested that the Covid-19 lockdown could be lifted in Cornwall, before the rest of the country. Mr Hunt, who is...

We are still not ready to restore democracy, says Cornwall Council leader, after porn attack on South Somerset’s virtual planning committee

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council will not hold “virtual” committee meetings until County Hall is confident it has the technical know-how to prevent the sort of hack-attack which saw...

Cornwall Council edges closer towards the restoration of democracy, but will still be three weeks behind the rest of the country

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s failure to restore democratic scrutiny of its work, despite a government regulation encouraging it to do so, is about to take a sharply more...

Cornwall is a hotspot for illegal fox hunting, claims League Against Cruel Sports

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The League Against Cruel Sports has alleged 23 incidents of illegal fox hunting in Cornwall since last October, in a new report. The League has collected...

Covid-19 triggers new crisis for Cornwall’s dairy farmers

By Julia Penhaligon Environment Secretary and Camborne & Redruth MP George Eustice is next week expected to respond to an urgent call to bail out dairy farmers, following a...

Covid-19: Cornwall now supplying its own frontline, as overdue PPE delivery allows some care homes to reopen to new admissions

By Anne North Cornwall’s shortage of Covid-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) should be eased somewhat this week as a local manufacturer steps up to meet demand. The shortage of...

Council leader rejects suggestion that lockdown might be eased early in Cornwall, despite huge regional variations in the numbers of Covid-19 cases

By Julia Penhaligon Any suggestion that the Covid-19 social movement lockdown might be eased in Cornwall ahead of some other parts of the country should be examined extremely carefully,...

It will be business as usual after Covid-19, says Cornwall’s Local Enterprise Partnership, while plans for Truro New Town are still on track

By Graham Smith The captains of Cornwall’s economy have said they hope to resume their pre-virus strategies as quickly as possible, once the Covid-19 lockdown ends. Insisting there is...