A report in BBC Books entitled “The Story of English” observed: “The Anglo-Saxon race war against the Celts preserved virtually no trace of the Celtic language in English”.  (By Robert McCrum et al, Faber and Faber, London, 1992). 

The war continues as a war of words in a constitutional context.

In an interview with the ‘West Briton’, Save Cornwall, when asked to comment on the Oxford University positive findings on the Celtic DNA of the Cornish, said; “This is a very competent study which confirms our position”.  Two days later in an interview with Pirate F.M., the comment was;    “We’ve been saying we are different and we have our own cultural heritage and we are the original indigenous people of Britain.  We deserved to be recognised as such but we are not.   It is a milestone in the sense that this is proof that the Cornish are also genetically distinct in their own way, of Celtic origin and not Anglo-Saxon as are the English”.

In January 2004 the United Nations produced a definition of “Indigenous Populations”,   (Ref:- PFH/2004/WS.1/3), stating:-   “Common ancestry with the original occupants”.  In the case of the Cornish the Oxford University DNA result proves that the Cornish existing today have a Common ancestry with the original occupants of Cornwall and therefore they qualify as an indigenous people with the right to be recognised as such.

“This”, concluded the United Nations, “preserves for these communities the sovereign right and power to decide who belongs to them, without external interference”.

Taking the origins of the Biblical message as the starting point in the evolution of the modern Gregorian calendar 2012 years ago, Britain was a British and Celtic island.    To avoid this fact Anglo-centric historians have created: “The Iron Age”  and:  “The Dark Ages” to avoid the use of: “The Pre-England Age”.   “The Roman Invasion of Britain” is given prominence but: “The Anglo-Saxon invasion of Britain” is not. 

Since then, the war of words has revealed a politicised English history, compulsory in Cornish schools, inculcating pride in a succession of crusades against other nations. The process of selecting the right words to obtain public support for crusades has inevitably created a national sub-conscious catalogue of races deemed to be either superior or inferior depending on which side they were on.   

Ultimately, the claims of such concepts as “indigenous Celts” and “pre-England”  are placed on the side of the inferior category by over zealous state funded educationalists attempting by the astute use of words to back-date the appearance of the English in Britain to enhance racial pride. 

There is clearly an official policy of support for on-side English interests taking precedence over the other side British interests.  This is most evident in the third Duchy of Cornwall Charter of 3rd January 1338.   King Edward the third declared that his first born son had been created Duke of Cornwall to maintain himself:  “in a manner becoming the nobility of his race”.    

The Duchy of Cornwall charters are a prominent example of a DNA or racial qualification deemed necessary for the Duke of Cornwall, heir to the throne, to exercise the privilege of ruling over the Celtic Cornish by the monopoly power of: “the King’s Writ, Summons of Exchequer and do any other official act there”. (i.e. in Cornwall). 

The retention of the Duchy of Cornwall Charters arouses the suspicion that the English authorities are preoccupied with race or English DNA.   In addition to an English DNA requirement to hold the Duchy of Cornwall estates, this condition appears to have been extended to the world of inventions.  The English education system has demonstrated its preference for political decisions rather than academic impartiality as revealed in its false claim that the Englishman Stephenson and not the Cornishman Trevithick is accredited with the invention of the self-propelled steam locomotive.  This sort of politicised education is even more astonishing when it is noted that it disregards the Encyclopaedia Britannica and the Reader’s Digest, ‘Man the Inventor’ which properly accredit Trevithick as the man who modernised mobility.   This substitution exposes a political attempt to have the Cornish accept and respect English Anglo-Saxon DNA at the expense of denying their own Celtic DNA.

The constitutional function of the Duchy of Cornwall to provide an income for the heir to the throne has been subjected to a word revision.   It is now a ‘private’ estate which is protected from any liability by crown immunity and enjoys exemption from the Freedom of Information Acts.   Obviously, the selection of the word ‘private’ has created an unwritten: ‘Private British Constitution’ as a device to avoid transparency and prevent legitimate investigation into constitutional law relative to Cornwall and the Cornish.

The words chosen in 1337 for all three Duchy of Cornwall charters, therefore, bear no relationship to either the principles of democracy or of equality before the law.  A long overdue revised modernised text should be comparable with the objective constitutions found in Europe and America.   To include the Cornish people within the Duchy of Cornwall’s civic duties, the words of the Complete Oxford English Dictionary definition of democracy would be appropriate.    It reads:  “Democracy;  From the Greek, People rule”  and, “A social state in which all have equal rights without hereditary or arbitrary differences of rank or privilege”.  “Society characterised by tolerance towards minorities”. 

It would appear that: ‘democracy with equality before the law in a written public constitution’ has become a purely overseas export project.  This applies to the new Iraq constitution (agreed by the government of the UK)  which provides a guarantee of equality before the law.   At the very least this is a worth while ambition to achieve control over people in power which is not possible in the UK.  English people in power appear to rely solely on the political word ‘no’ to outvote the indigenous Cornish national minority by excluding them from the human rights provision of the Framework Convention for National Minorities for English racial advantage.

In other words, after twelve years of requests from Cornish organisations to be included in the Framework Convention, the official scene has been set to disregard the Oxford University British DNA proof of the indigenous status of the Cornish.   

More evidence requires a deeper look into Cornish history.  Is the evidence in support the privatisation of Cornish culture for the benefit of the English national majority ego to be found in an untouchable, unquotable and unwritten private constitutional law? 

We find that the Duchy of Cornwall is exposed as having no justification under human rights law to claim or exercise authority, based on an entry in its inaugural charter of 1337, to control the Celtic icon of Tintagel as if it were English property and handing it over to English Heritage without public consultation.  Clearly, it is a political act of wishful thinking to attempt to change the DNA of our Celtic ancestors with a racially motivated ‘private’ act. 

The DNA evidence confirms that Tintagel, whether fact or legend remains historically British and Celtic and not English heritage.  That is not all.  Words of deception abound.   Our central Cornish Mining World Heritage site, recognised by UNESCO in 2006, has been Anglicised to ‘Heartlands’.   Prince Charles, Duke of Cornwall, opened the historic mining site at Pool, near Redruth on 2nd July 2012, apparently having forgotten that he had received the official UNESCO document establishing Cornish Mining as World Heritage.   The absence of an official British Heritage can be independently understood as representing an Anglo-centric denial of a shared British history in a multicultural society.

There is a long history of Celtic national symbolism associated with Cornwall.  In the story of ‘Bewnans Ke’,  (The Life of Ke,  original written in Cornish c.1450), the Roman Emperor declares;  “There is a cause that has made me depressed, he is called Arthur the Cornishman”.    (Bewnans Ke, line 1658.  Edited by Thomas and Williams, National Library of Wales, 2007).

Modern civilisation accepts the word authenticity as a basic indispensible principle in identifying the essential characteristics in the dating process of historic peoples and their cultural works and sites.  In Europe, except the United Kingdom, the national decision making process of a state is constitutionally required to apply the principle of equality before the law or publicly explain the reason for its absence in each applicable case. 

Official current policy retains in force, in the original Latin words comprising the text of three racially motivated English feudal royal charters of 1337/8, for the Duke of Cornwall, when human rights and democracy were unknown and racism was the accepted cut and thrust of politics.  These grossly outdated Duchy of Cornwall charters grant only to a person of English DNA, the privilege and absolute power to claim intestate estates, minerals, treasure trove and cultural sites etc., in Cornwall under cover of crown immunity.   The records over centuries reveal the imposition of the English double taxation for ‘foreign’ produce made applicable to Cornish mineral production compared with the standard tax for Devon.  This was replaced in 1858 with extensive mineral rights in Cornwall and compensation for the Duchy in Cornwall.  The separate Duchy of Cornwall double taxation system for Cornwall confirms official English knowledge of the difference in nationality between the indigenous Cornish and the English settlers.  Even so, authenticity is abandoned when it comes to the Anglicisation or ridicule of matters associated with the indigenous Cornish, in particular, the Cornish Celtic identity, the Brythonic language and the DNA evidence.   

A war of words is adopted  rather than making a commitment to bring fourteenth century racial exploitation to a speedy conclusion.

The outdated racially motivated policies of the Duchy of Cornwall charters, predicated on the denial of the existence of a Cornish Celtic DNA, should be repealed. An independent public inquiry into the policies of the Duchy of Cornwall is long overdue.  Ideally, the terms of reference for any serious investigation of the powers and privileges of the Duchy of Cornwall would include the definition of the word Democracy in the Complete Oxford English Dictionary

© Save Cornwall – 3rd July 2012

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2 Responses to THE WAR OF WORDS

  1. Greg Woods says:

    Thank you for the good work that you are doing, As long as people like yourselves abound there is hope. I believe that the next 20 years will bring huge changes worldwide. and from the ashes, may Cornwall once again find it’s rightfull place.
    You are the guardians of our heritage

    Kernow Bys Vyken


  2. Davey Eddy says:

    Meur ras from this very proud indigenous native!

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