Monday, February 11 2013, 8:44PM
“And after the failure of the amendment, five of Cornwall's six MPs trotted through the division lobby to vote for the Bill in the full knowledge that this would lead to "Devonwall." But when plans for Lord's reform stalled, the Liberal Democrats withdrew their support for the boundary changes, claiming that the Conservatives could not "pick and choose" which Coalition policies to support. The Tories meanwhile pointed out that the boundary changes and Lords reform were not linked in the Coalition agreement, and that it was a "cynical" move by the Lib Dems to halt a measure that would have greatly benefited the electoral hopes of the Conservative Party. Following last week's parliamentary vote, local Liberal Democrats are crowing that they have defeated "Devonwall," while accusing the Conservatives of putting their "party's interest before that of Cornwall." They seem to have conveniently forgotten that it was Liberal Democrat MPs, including those from Cornwall, who voted through the legislation for the boundary changes in the first place, and the reason for their shift had nothing to do with the views of the people of Cornwall. All three Cornish Tories last week voted for the boundary changes and "Devonwall." They seem to have conveniently forgotten their opposition to the creation of such a seat, which included Sheryll Murray MP telling campaigners at the Saltash Keep Cornwall Whole Rally in October 2010: "We must fight the destruction of our historic border by the political map … we will fight on and on …" The truth is that the whole episode has highlighted the cynicism all too often found at the heart of politics, as well as the shameful double standards of the Coalition parties.”
Monday, February 11 2013, 8:50PM
“With the main political parties standing and not very able leaving Cornish people with crumbs from the table Is this what Cornish people have come to deserve or does it go against the grain and touch a raw nerve Who is the only political party for Cornwall you may well askwith the needs of the Cornish people firmly their taskEvery trick in the book is being used to keep them at bay they need help and with your help closer will come their day Slowly but surely time is on their side there isn't any great rushOne thing to remember though when you are out and aboutMK can be so easily tarred with any old not so clean paint brush. yc”
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