In this lifetime, I have been lucky enough to have been born and bred a Cornishman.
I grew up in a land of cliff tops, coves and villages; of valley gardens and boats waiting on the outhaul for high tide; of sailing and camping up creeks in a Swallows and Amazons idyll.
The downside of course is that, when an adult and off travelling the world and trying to make some sort of living, always at the back of the mind are thoughts such as “This is very nice – but Cornwall is better”. Nothing quite compares.
Another downside is the sky-high cost of living in a county full of second or even third home owners and retirees who in their perfectly legitimate wish to own a piece of heaven, have succeeded in pushing house prices to levels where locals are priced out of their own county and wages for Cornish men and women are amongst the lowest in the country.
Now, in this period of stagnation with the economy effectively turned off for party political reasons! Cornish towns are struggling to survive. One town that has been in the economic mire for years despite having architectural merit is Redruth. Many commercial buildings have been empty for years – it really does need some help economically.
Not all is doom and gloom however, Objective One funding and other bodies have been restoring Cornwall’s industrial and mining heritage.
Here are a few photographs, taken over the years that explain in a visual way, my love for the land of my birth.
Cornwall’s mild climate means that many crops including bulbs come to fruition months before they do in other agricultural areas of the country.
Rich incomers, second home owners and the tourist industry are not enough to maintain Cornwall as a viable economy The jobs that are created in supermarkets and care homes are mostly part time and pay the minimum wage. This turns hardworking Cornish folk into claimants as the rents are too high to pay without claiming housing benefit and the strictures imposed on claimants who are in work, let alone those who are out of work are becoming truly savage.
Cornish people deserve a living wage and real jobs.