But since those joyous days, the British government has not been doing enough to address the cultural needs of communities in the far south-west of Britain, according to the Council of Europe.
The council’s advisory committee monitoring the protection of national minorities has criticised UK ministers for cutting funding for the Cornish language, and suggested they work harder to devolve power and raise the profile of Cornish life.
On the language issue the committee was particularly scathing. “The advisory committee was disconcerted to learn that the UK government decided to cut all funding for the Cornish language,” it said. “The committee strongly regrets a decision which is considered to have a major impact on the continued revitalisation of the language.”
The number of native speakers of Cornish is zero. The language died 250 years ago.
Sure, it’s an interesting version of Celtic, along with Breton, Welsh, Erse, Scots and so on, but it is dead. If people want to try to revive it then good luck to htem. But there’s absolutely no reason why the kitchen hand in Keithly should be taxed to teach Celtic in Kernow.