Message 3 - posted by sullivanthepoet, Oct 30, 2007
Now... As a Plymothian with a long Anglo/Irish paternal ancestry on the one hand, and an equally long maternal Cornish ancestry; I have been following the devolution debate with interest.
It strikes me however that amongst all the rhettoric about land rights and ancient bequests; feudal charters and royal precedents, one obvious question, as is so often the case in these mateers, has been overlooked:
If Westminster were, en masse, to take to strong drink and mind altering drugs, and grant Cornwall independence; would they be able to AFFORD it? I believe even a cursory examination of what Cornwall raises in taxes, as a percentage of what it actually spends in the county in a fiscal year, would bring a tear to even Trelawney's eye!
Or do they perhaps wish to follow the 'Scottish Model' of devolution? Complete autonomy in all things - but on english money?