Here is your 'critical mass';factotum wrote:Gower @
Please show us your evidence that there is increasing demand for Cornish autonomy, what an inspiration that would be! More to the point perhaps, what steps are being taken to achieve this end, whether political, social, cultural, financial etc. My impression, and hence my depression, is that things seem to have gone backwards not forwards. Show me how wrong I am, but with evidence, not assertions.
Here is what will make it happen;
These are small steps but political change cannot occur without the cultural change no matter how much people talk about 'Assemblies'. So to some extent you are right.
Here is a case book example;
When Pearse and others led the Easter Rising and read the Proclamation of Independence crowds in Dublin still booed them.Patrick Pearse, the editor of An Claidheamh Soluis—and later a revolutionary leader in the Easter Rising—wrote poetry, short stories and plays. He is considered the first modernist writer in Irish. Pearse rejected what he called the imposition of "dead linguistic and literary forms on a living language", but at the same time rejected the idea that only native speakers like Ua Laoghaire could produce "Irish Irish". He produced two books of short stories, Íosagán agus Scéalta Eile (1907) and An Mháthair agus Scéalta Eile (1916).His collection of poems, Suantraithe agus Goltraithe (1914) contains his most famous poem, "Mise Éire" ("I am Ireland").
Two years later the election results speak for themselves http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Irish ... n_1918.png
Cornwall is not Ireland but you can find EXACTLY THE SAME kind of trajectory in the independence struggle of other small nations around the world - Cornwall is no exception. In order for there to be a political change there first has to be a cultural inspiration to that which draws people to that movement for social change. The critical mass changes because it is changed often by determined individuals at an individual level who people will listen to. In Ireland where nationalist writers found no nationalist culture they would CREATE IT.