‘Rydhsys rag Kernow lemmyn’ (Freedom for Cornwall now), crys Lisa on a special Simpson Christmas message made especially for the UK recieving worldwide publicity for the Cornish cause.
Warlinenn – A Cornish Language site devoted a page to Lisa!…another chat room I visited promoted Cornish Language classes in the “strong Australian diaspora” which was cool cause I’ve done some!!! The best comment I’ve seen was on the Mebyon Kernow political party homepage.
Of the London papers, The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Mirror, The Daily Mail and The Times all covered the story. Predictably, The Sun managed to come up with the headline ‘Simpsons get corny.’
None of these papers managed any serious commentary on the future prospects for the Cornish language or the campaign for a Cornish Assembly. That was not surprising.
The campaign for a Cornish Assembly has, so far, been largely ignored by the London press. Even in 2001, when evidence for 50,000 declarations was taken to Downing St, the campaign met with complete metropolitan indifference. The event was only covered by one London paper – the Morning Star. One newspaper journalist had stated, in an email, ‘this is probably the most significant political story to have come out of Cornwall in decades …’ His publication however, along with all the other newspapers and magazines failed to cover the story.
And yet, when it is reported that a cartoon character is going to wave a cartoon flag and utter a phrase in Cornish, there has been a media furore. What a stark contrast to the lack of serious reporting of Cornish political issues.
Springfield = Park Gwenton
Crusty the Clown = Krevennek an Lorden
Donuts ! = Toesennow
Don’t have a cow man = A sos, bydh kosel
Nuclear power station = Tredanva nuklerek