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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2011 10:09 am 
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It seems that the tissue of lies woven by the Duchy of Cornwall, and the various UK governments that have conspired with it over the years, is starting to unravel. For years now, contrary to the research we have undertaken, Cornish campaigners have been told by the Duchy and successive governments that the Duchy of Cornwall is simply a private estate, a collection of properties, and not a public body.

Perhaps the first nail in the coffin of this lie has been nailed home: Letters: Prince Charles's secret fiefdom | UK news | The Guardian

Tribunal judge says Duchy of Cornwall is a public authority, not a private estate

Over the years, on many a forum, I've encountered those who have been quick to claim the Duchy is but a private estate. To all those sock puppets, trolls and stooges - some in the pocket of the Duchy/establishment, and some, no doubt, simply gullible - well I think you can imagine what I'd like to say to you all ;-)

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Excellent news, and not before time. I seem to recall the Cornish Stannary Parliament a few years ago removing English Heritage signs and trying to get themselves arrested for vandalism, so that they could make statements in court which might then be reported by the press. Strangely enough, their cases never seemed to come to court...

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The Duchy is a sovereign land – not a private company | This is Cornwall

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The Duchy has always enjoyed powers and privileges of sovereignty. It was deemed, in 1858, in the Duchy Foreshore case, to be "quasi-sovereign" in Cornwall – in other words, sovereign but loyal to the Crown. Cornishman Lord Godolphin, Queen Anne's Lord Chancellor, drafted the 1708 Act of Union, which remained silent about Cornwall. At this point the veil of secrecy began to slowly descend.

The last independent parliament to convene in Britain between 1709 and the devolved Scottish Parliament in 1999 was the 1753 Cornish Stannary Convocation, called by the Duke of Cornwall, which re-enacted its entire body of legislation, thereby asserting its sovereignty. Why did this third invigoration of difference happen? Was it a constitutional act of a "county" subsumed into a "commonweal of England", or was it a clear assertion of constitutional identity?


The Duchy of Cornwall is an Achilles heal for the UK and it's unwritten constitution. Those who want change, choose carefully where to apply pressure.

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As I understand it, the Duchy of Cornwall is the ghost of the Cornish kingdom. King got turned into earls, and the earldom transferred to the English crown and renamed a duchy. Duchy then becomes a slush fund for the heir to the English throne.

I've always wondered, do Charlie's titles Lord of the Isles and Duke of Rothesay also have certain "rights and privileges"?

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Part 1 of an expose from Cornish historian John Angarrak: Laws surrounding Duchy of Cornwall seen as 'mysterious, complex and arcane' | This is Cornwall

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Recent media disclosures concerning the little-known rights and powers of the Duke of Cornwall only touch the surface of this secretive constitutional arrangement. While it has been correctly stated that the Duke has the right to veto Westminster legislation, there is more to this than meets the eye.

The fact that he has this right is a reflection of Parliament's inability to freely legislate in respect of the Duchy of Cornwall. In essence, the Duchy of Cornwall is, in many respects, extra-jurisdictional to the UK Parliament.

Barrister David Gollancz writes: "The Duchy exercises a unique range of legal powers, which elsewhere are reserved for the Crown (in other words, the Government)."

This remarkable situation stems not just from the formal elevation of Cornwall into a duchy in 1337/38, but also from a time much earlier.


Follow the link to read more.

As I've said. Those that want radical democratic reform need to know where the week spots are and when to apply pressure.

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Last weekend saw two brilliant essays by John Angarrack on the Duchy and Cornwall’s constitutional status appear in the Western Morning News of all places! Read them here:

Laws surrounding Duchy of Cornwall seen as 'mysterious, complex and arcane' | This is Cornwall

It's time to challenge 'private estate' claims | This is Cornwall

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Formal acceptance and recognition of Cornwall's constitutional status is long overdue. After slowly unmasking the long-held "private estate" charade, researchers are piecing together an evidence-based argument that Cornwall Council could rely upon to investigate the possibility of taking legal action, clarifying and stabilising the constitutional position of Cornwall and transferring appropriate Duchy powers, income and status to Cornwall's elected body. Given the prize, this should be a priority.

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