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Census setback for Cornish nationals

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: December 03, 2009

Census setback for Cornish nationals
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A MOVE to include a Cornish nationality tickbox on the 20111 census has been rejected by MPs.

North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson's amendment to the Draft Census Order 2009 for England and Wales was defeated by 261 votes to 49.

It followed a Facebook campaign backed by more than 3,000 people. The issue of Cornish language and identity was "considered" by the Office of National Statistics but was "not included in the proposals for the 2011 Census".

Speaking after the vote, Mr Rogerson said: "Since we are printing and processing a census anyway, there can hardly be any additional cost to adding a further box for people who want to use it. 

"It beggars belief that Labour and Conservative MPs should have entered into this petty, unholy alliance against the Cornish interest. 

"What harm would it do to have a Cornish box there and let people tick it if they want?"

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    formerbrit, FL  |  December 03 2009, 4:37PM

    20111 - someone let Capt Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise know

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    Charles Henry 1945-(diuturnity), Somersetshire  |  December 03 2009, 2:53PM

    :) Quote:- "Cornish is special on akin to Wales and Scotland." Only in your dreams Taurus. . Have you been on the scrumpy again?

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    Taurus, Redruth, Cornwall  |  December 03 2009, 1:44PM

    I couldn't disagree more with Chris Cooke. Myself and indeed my ancestors are Cornish, and Cornish is special on akin to Wales and Scotland. The only thing that's spoilt is the influx of so many emmets we've allowed in.

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    Chris Cooke, East Devon  |  December 03 2009, 1:13PM

    Thank goodness - Most of my family comes from Cornwall and it is high time this nonsense is put to bed - we all live in England - it's hard enough keeping this together with the rest of Great Britain let alone internal squabbling with counties wanting independence!

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