10 Questions to ask John Pollard about
‘A Case for Cornwall’
The new Conservative government will be bringing forward plans to create a Devonwall parliamentary
constituency. A major part of the justification for ‘A Case for Cornwall’ is that Cornwall is a single political
entity - what do you intend to do to ameliorate the threat of Devonwall to Cornwall’s distinct
‘A Case for Cornwall States’
“An increasing number of Cornwall’s towns and villages have more than 1 in 5 dwellings classed as second homes, which are distinct from holiday homes in that they are invariably empty for large periods of the year. We want to work with the Government to develop proposals that would enable local communities to have a greater control over the numbers of second homes to maintain a more balanced housing market.”
What are the proposals that have been formulated to be ‘developed’ and why don’t you simply call for the devolution of all planning policy, procedures and appeals in Cornwall to Cornwall?
‘A Case for Cornwall’ claims that recognition under the Framework Convention for the Protection of
National Minorities gives us ‘parity’ with the Welsh, Irish and Scottish parts of the UK. If this is so then
the ‘ambitious’ thing to do would be to call for a legislative assembly for Cornwall to match our
counterpart nations. Why does Cornwall Council’s ambition fall well short of real ‘parity’
with the other nations of the UK?
- If you are ambitious for Cornwall why not support the creation of a legislative Assembly, similar to the Scottish Parliament?
You have used the phrase ‘Stand up for Cornwall’ as a tag line for your proposals and encouraged the
idea that people who support ‘A Case for Cornwall’ are ‘Standing up for Cornwall’. Does this mean
that people who do not support ‘A Case for Cornwall’ do not ‘Stand up for Cornwall’?
What is the difference between ‘worklessness’ and ‘unemployment’?
- ‘A Case for Cornwall’ claims that: Cornwall Council has “a strong and proven track record of strong financial management”. Do you maintain that Cornwall Council can be trusted with even more of our money following the recent debacle surrounding the Council’s failed contracts with BT?
8. How will you make sure that the people of Cornwall rather than multinational corporations benefit from Cornwall's natural resources?
- The theme that runs through ‘A Case for Cornwall’ is that Cornwall Council wants to ‘work with
government’. Recently ‘working with government’ has resulted in £196 million of cuts in public services in
Cornwall. Why would the people of Cornwall expect Westminster to change its approach
to Cornwall Council in the future?
‘A Case for Cornwall’ cites Newquay Airport of Cornwall’s successes. In 2011 the LEP’s chairman
claimed that the Aerohub would create 1000 new jobs - but the number is well below this. It seems that
every day a new tranches of public money is given to the LEP which claims that it will create thousands
of new jobs. The LEP consistently fails to deliver on promises of creating jobs - who is the
LEP accountable to and what procedures are in place for reviewing the performance of