Monday, 27 January 2020

Starmered From The Start

Oh, what fun Boris Johnson could have as soon as Keir Starmer became Labour Leader. As the Prime Minister most independent of the United States in living memory, he could release Julian Assange. He could find ways to reopen the cases of Ian Tomlinson and Jean Charles de Menezes. He could do the same in relation to torture and extraordinary rendition, and in relation to the effectiveness or otherwise of 10-year sentences for "benefit cheats". And so on.

Then he could put down a Commons motion approving of his having done each and all of those things, and he could force a  Division of the House. Labour MPs would then be able to vote for Assange, for Tomlinson, for de Menezes, against torture and extraordinary rendition, and against 10-year sentences for "benefit cheats". Or they would be able to vote for Starmer. But they would not be able to do both. Their Constituency Labour Parties would be watching.

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Towering Hypocrisy

Crocodile tears for Grenfell Tower from those, of whom the Conservative Party is tellingly not one, who subscribe to the IHRA Definition of Antisemitism.

That is a denial of Black And Minority Ethnic, refugee and migrant experience, of the kind that leads to the Windrush scandal and to the fire at Grenfell Tower.

It is also a denial of the ancient indigenous Christian presence in the Holy Land. As such, it contributes significantly to the worldwide persecution of Christians.

You cannot now be a member of the Labour Party, much less a parliamentary candidate for it, without subscribing to the IHRA Definition.

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Towering Truth

As the inquiry into Grenfell Tower gets back underway, the official line of blaming the firefighters and the residents has already been laughed out by the public, even before the report has officially been written. 

It is already in the same bin as the blaming of the fans for Hillsborough, and the blaming of the miners for Orgreave. 

In all three cases, certain proprieties still have to be observed in the courtier media. But not for much longer in the first two cases. The dead can't sue. In any case, everybody already knows.

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Councillor Watch: Day 197

I hereby invite all Labour members of Durham County Council who believe me to be guilty of the criminal charges against me to email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com and say so.

I would not be able to reply to those emails, but every day the names of those who had sent them to me would appear here. So far, I have received none.

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Aperuit Illis

On this inaugural Sunday of the Word of God, buy the book here:

Vatican II certainly did define the primacy of Scripture in teaching and practice, not that there was anything even vaguely or remotely novel in that. It certainly did not define the primacy, or even the admissibility, of secular and secularising Biblical criticism. 

The Authorship of God’s Written Word is, like the Person of His Incarnate Word, both fully human and fully divine. The Bible comes only with, in and through the Church that defined its Canon and has preserved it through the ages, and its implications for doctrine, for morality and for future hope are integral to its literal, Authorially original sense. 

The founders of Protestantism spoke of Scripture’s plain sense, but that sense is in fact canonical and ecclesial, allegorical and typological, tropological and moral, anagogical and eschatological, while also including the historical factuality of the events recorded as such at least from the Call of Abram onwards, with apparent difficulties finding their resolution precisely in Canon and Church, in Tradition and Magisterium. It is that which enjoys priority in faith and practice.

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God’s Book of Scripture begins by recording the beginning of God’s Book of Nature, presenting the Author of both as creating, naming and commanding: He is concerned with being, knowing and doing; with ontology, epistemology and ethics. Throughout the Old Testament, God raises up priests, prophets and kings accordingly, corresponding to that with which each of these branches of philosophy is concerned, until the Perfect Form of all three appears in and as the Person of Jesus Christ, Who proclaims Himself to be the Ethical Way, the Epistemological Truth and the Ontological Life, and Who commissions His Ecclesial Body to teach epistemologically, to govern ethically, and to sanctify ontologically.

The Septuagint translators had no problem identifying that creating, naming and commanding Author of both Books with and as the Logos of their wider Hellenistic culture, while the New Testament writers had no problem presenting the Perfect Priest, Prophet and King as the Incarnation of that same Logos, recognised in both the Septuagint translators’ own and the New Testament writers’ own Hellenism by the Semites who compiled the Septuagint. Is it possible that they recognised in the Hebrew concept the root of the Hellenistic concept? Or rather, is it possible that they did not do so?

One might add that “He saw that it was good”, and that “Behold, it was very good.” Beauty discloses being, truth and goodness: the really identical categories of being (i.e., of being created by God), of being true and of being good are in turn really identical with being beautiful. What could be more Platonic or more Thomist, not to mention saner or more commonsensical? And what could be more Biblical, when one looks at the very first chapter of the Bible?

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Just as “conservatives” are challenged by the fact that the Bible, of all things, is an integral part of the roots of Western philosophy, but only if at least initially Afrocentric and related insights are taken on board, so “liberals” are equally challenged by the fact that it is the Bible, of all things, that is a standing contradiction and critique, both of the Eurocentrism of those who see philosophy as beginning with the Greeks, and of Greek misogyny when one contrasts the Greek belief that heredity was only on the male side with the Hebrew presupposition, seen in the purity and incest laws, of a biological relationship with both parents.

This latter difference has, in turn, profound class implications: the Greek theory was devised by members of a homosocial urban leisure class, whereas the Hebrew writers were working farmers, not to mention husbands and fathers. It is the Bible that is on the side of the working class, reflecting its practical wisdom. And it is the Bible that is on the same side as feminism, precisely because these parts of it were written by patriarchs. One might add that several Old Testament books, such as Ruth and Esther, although their precise authorship is unknown, were clearly written by women, just as, say, Pride and Prejudice would clearly have been written by a woman even if one had never heard of Jane Austen. So women were clearly literate in Hebrew culture, just as much of the Old Testament presupposes mass popular literacy generally.

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In order to be more fully Herself, the Catholic Church needs to encourage large numbers of Her members to learn the culture of the Word from that Evangelical tradition which is historically, if even in its own terms no longer necessarily, separated from Her full communion. Such a culture is one in which the defining narratives are those of the Old and New Testaments. All cultures define and perpetuate themselves by telling stories, and the Bible culture initially arose in order to fill the gaps left after the Reformation where the Lives of the Saints had previously been.

Catholicity, however, requires both, not least in order to express the indivisible continuity between the Bible and the Church. Catholics are not being asked to take on anything remotely Protestant as such here: look at the Liturgy, look at the Fathers (up to and including the Medieval Doctors), look at the Medieval and post-Medieval mystics, and look at the iconography and other spirituality of the Christian East, whether Catholic or separated. Taking on is a defining mark of Catholicism, which radically and fundamentally distinguishes the Catholic Church from the giving up that characterises Protestantism.

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While the heart of the Catholic Faith is indeed God’s incarnational redemption of human life and history from within, the various Quests for the Historical Jesus have floundered due to the lack of agreement as to the objective criteria for determining which parts of the Gospels are, and which are not, historical in the post-Enlightenment sense. It is absurd to assume, apparently a priori, that Saint John’s Gospel, the Infancy Narratives and anything involving miracles are by definition unhistorical. An absolute insistence that miracles do not ever happen is not even compatible with agnosticism, much less with Christianity.

On the matter of John, it is very much worthy of note that even Professor Dennis Nineham, in his epilogue to The Myth of God Incarnate, cites B H Streeter’s calculation that, except for the 40 days and nights in the wilderness, everything attributed to Jesus in all four Gospels could have happened in a mere three weeks. (This argument is also very useful against those who would deny the authority of the Apostolic Traditions.)

In any case, historical criticism cannot be treated as if it existed apart from the several other means of engagement with the Biblical text; they need all to be applied within the context of each other, even if sometimes to demonstrate why some of them are potentially useless, and even dangerous. And after all, both the Historical Jesus and the Historic Christ are here and now in the form of the Church, which is the Body of Christ and “Christ in action”. There is no human being without the stories about him or her, and without the community defined by those stories. There is no Historical Jesus without the Gospels and the Church. No such Jesus exists.

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Useful though the Jerusalem Bible’s footnotes are, the text itself is frightful. The Revised Standard Version is preferred by all sensible people, and certainly not the New Revised Standard Version with the masculine pronouns taken out to the ruination of the sense; if the Bible is that bad, then why use it at all? At least until such time as anyone has the wit to reissue the RSV Edition of the Missal, authorisation of which has never been withdrawn, those reading at Mass (or, of course, on other liturgical occasions) should read out the appointed passage from the superlative Ignatius Bible, which no English-speaking Catholic should be without. Nothing could better accompany the move to a more accurate translation of the Mass, suitable for properly educated people. Above all, away with the atrocity that is the Happytudes instead of the Beatitudes.

Combat Support?

If there were to be a case for electing Keir Starmer as the Official Opposition's potential Prime Minister, then it would be that Boris Johnson might have a "Yah Boo Sucks" moment and release Julian Assange. He ought in any case to do so if Anne Sacoolas were not extradited by a given date. Very generously, let us call that the end of February.

Already operating the British foreign policy most independent of the United States since 1941, Johnson ought at the very least to say that RAF Croughton and another nine or more American spy stations in Britain were going to lose their fake British names. Ideally, he would close them, as he is the first Prime Minister who might ever have the nerve to do. Spooky Starmer would certainly never do that.

Although the electorate deserves better, Starmer is the Leader that the Labour Party, left to itself, might very well now deserve. He is the nearest thing available to Benita Mehra, who might very well end up as a Labour MP, but who is even more likely to end up as a Labour Peer via a few "advisory" roles. While anti-racism and anti-imperialism are absolutely fundamental to the struggle for economic equality and for international peace, the one per cent can be as diverse as it likes and still be the one per cent.

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The Chemical Atrocity That Never Was

Peter Hitchens writes: 

Compare and contrast. 

Here is Mr Eliot Higgins.

He dropped out of a media studies course, is a keen video gamer and once worked in the ladies' underwear industry.

He runs a website called Bellingcat, which (what luck!) is partly financed by the United States government through its 'National Endowment for Democracy'. 

His pronouncements on the war in Syria and many other things are treated respectfully by many media.

He was recently accorded a pretty generous personal interview by the BBC World Service. 

Now here is Mr Ian Henderson.

He is a chemical engineer and a military veteran, who served in the artillery of his country's army, with considerable practical experience in ballistics.

He worked first for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) from 1997 to 2005, having risen to the post of inspection team leader.

Then he left the OPCW (which prefers its staff to work on brief contracts rather than for life) and went to work in the chemical industry.

Very unusually, because of a shortage of expertise, he was rehired by the OPCW in June 2016. 

He was there until May 2019 when he was suspended from duty following the leaking (not by him) of some of his work on the alleged poison gas attack in Douma, Syria. 

He did some tough jobs. He was the OPCW team leader who developed and launched the highly intrusive inspections of the Barzah scientific centre, just outside Damascus.

He has been, personally, to the scene of the alleged poison gas attack in Douma, which was used as a pretext for a joint French, British and American missile strike on Syria in April 2018.

Last week he gave brief but devastating evidence to a special meeting of the United Nations Security Council, in which he said that the findings in the final OPCW report on Douma 'were contradictory, were a complete turnaround' from what the on-the-spot investigators had understood during and after their inspection.

He added: 'By the time of the release of the interim report in July 2018, our understanding was that we had serious misgivings that a chemical attack had occurred.' 

Media, who are quick to take seriously Mr Higgins and his Bellingcat organisation on this subject, have totally ignored this astonishing testimony. 

I think they have the whole thing upside down. Listen to Ian Henderson. He knows what he is talking about.

Councillor Watch: Day 196

I hereby invite all Labour members of Durham County Council who believe me to be guilty of the criminal charges against me to email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com and say so.

I would not be able to reply to those emails, but every day the names of those who had sent them to me would appear here. So far, I have received none.

Saturday, 25 January 2020

Unconfined

The Government that is standing up to the United States on Huawei, on Iran, on taxing the tech giants, and on Anne Sacoolas, has now moved Julian Assange out of solitary confinement.

What with this and the huge projected investment along the old Red Wall, anyone would think that Jeremy Corbyn had won. At any rate, this is all a very long way from Assange's persecutor, Keir Starmer.

Assange has served his sentence for skipping bail, and the Swedish rape case against him has been dropped. So if the Americans refused to extradite Sacoolas by a given date, then Assange should be released. Would you put that past Boris Johnson? I wouldn't.

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Funding The Fundaments

I did not blog on Thursday, because I was having a splendid afternoon. Venison bolognese, guinea fowl, white chocolate panna cotta, a more than passable cheeseboard, a bottle of Bordeaux, and then off to several good pubs, one of which did various flavours of pork scratching. Some people have children. My friend and I have this. (My friend, by the way, is a staunch Tory who once looked Nicky Morgan straight in the face and announced, in his best public school voice, "Madam, you are nothing but a c*nt.")

But privilege confers responsibilities towards the less fortunate. So tonight, as he begins his six week waiting period for Universal Credit, I am making up a food parcel for Simon Henig. One would not wish him to run into any Teaching Assistants at the foodbank. That would be embarrassing for all concerned. If Henig does not need his food parcel this year, then he will certainly be needing it next year. It is said that £10 million might be cut from the budget of Durham County Council. But the blame for that will be attributed, not to central government, but to Councillors. 

This and numerous other Red Wall councils were already on course either to turn blue or, as in this case, to go to No Overall Control, with the high likelihood that a Conservative might then become the Leader. To put the belt and braces on that, in Boris Johnson's mind, these cuts will have to be made. At least some of that money will then come back after the local regime change. Durham's mere £10 million could perfectly easily come back in full.

Frankly, if we want it back, then we know what we have to do: take the Council to No Overall Control, as we were going to do anyway, and ensure that Labour lost the Leadership. All eight of the Labour County Councillors in North West Durham voted for me, albeit for reasons ranging from being practically family to me, to despising me but hating Laura Pidcock even more. But at least one of them is retiring. Except where the other seven were seeking reelection, and with one other possible exception, then vote for whoever was best placed to defeat Labour in your County Durham ward next year.

That Durham County Council had passed out of Labour control would not change the fact that the Durham Miners' Gala, which is suddenly the hottest ticket in town, was a Labour Left event, with anyone welcome to attend, but with neither the Labour Right nor the non-Labour Left among the speakers, still less anyone else.

It would, however, bring even more sharply into focus the question of whether such an event could claim to be simply "the culture" here, take it or leave it. The drive from Lanchester to Wolsingham and back again on the Sunday between Christmas and New Year did not show me anything that made me feel that it was at all unnatural for this seat to have a Conservative MP. Politically undesirable, you might argue. But not somehow cosmically out of place.

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Good Move, Bad Move

As Julian Assange is moved out of solitary confinement, the last thing that anyone needs is the author of his fate as the Leader of the Opposition.

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Combat Stress, Indeed

There are too many military charities, and in any case looking after veterans is not the responsibility of private charity. They were sent to war by the State, and it is the responsibility of the State to look after them when they come back.

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Humanity

It is all good fun to imagine Simon Henig as one of Durham County Council's Teaching Assistants following the closure of the University of Sunderland's Department of Politics, along with those of History and of what might have been regarded as the rather employable Modern Languages.

But the assault on the humanities is real. A Prime Minister with a Classics degree, for all that he has come a cropper in that regard recently, seems to be doing nothing about it, while it seems to be motivated in no small part by a dislike of him and of what he is seen to represent.

The fine arts, the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences are all essential to the formation of communities that are capable of radical self-improvement. They are as essential as the absence of the mass chemical stupefaction that is also, and once again, being actively encouraged by those who would keep down the great mass of humanity.

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Face Facts

How about this for facial recognition? Foot patrols.

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Block This

My friend and sometime editor, Tomasz Pierscionek, is a practising psychiatrist.

He asks, "We have legal age limits for driving, voting, and having sex, why not for transgender treatment?"

Why not, indeed?

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The Climate Emergency Is A Threat To Democracy

Tim Black has the measure of this elite backlash. Red and Green should never be seen.

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Detecting The Heartbeat

Nobody, but nobody, believes that Donald Trump is personally opposed to abortion, and his much-heralded judicial nominees have so far failed to do anything about it, either. Brett Kavanaugh is on the Supreme Court only because he assured Susan Collins that he would not do anything about it. Republican Senators gave a standing ovation to her speech confirming that assurance.

Trump's speech to the March for Life was not very good, although at least he turned up. But Katrina Jackson's speech was outstanding. She is the author of Louisiana's heartbeat law, which will come before the Supreme Court this spring. It was signed into law by Governor John Bel Edwards. Like her, he is a Democrat. A pretty left-wing one by today's standards, in fact. In Louisiana, they do not just talk about pro-life. They do it.

The March for Life was founded by Nellie Gray, a pro-labour Democrat who was a Democratic National Convention delegate for Ellen McCormack. In 1976, running on a purely pro-life platform, McCormack appeared on the ballot in more states than any other woman from either party had done up to that point, and she was the first woman Presidential candidate to raise enough money to qualify for federal matching funds and for Secret Service protection. Her name was placed in nomination, and she engaged in debate with Jimmy Carter, among others.

No doubt 2020 will be remembered as the March for Life to which "the President came", four years into his time in office, in his reelection year, and in the middle of an impeachment trial. "But at least he came." Yes, but he did not really say anything. And he plans to do absolutely nothing at all. The 2020 March for Life would have been better remembered as the beginning of the Presidential campaign of Katrina Jackson, a pro-life black woman Democrat from the Deep South, with a proven record of delivery.

Councillor Watch: Day 195

I hereby invite all Labour members of Durham County Council who believe me to be guilty of the criminal charges against me to email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com and say so.

I would not be able to reply to those emails, but every day the names of those who had sent them to me would appear here. So far, I have received none.

Friday, 24 January 2020

Freedom, Justice And Equality

I would like to welcome Prince Charles to the club of those of us who are ineligible for membership of the Labour Party. And note that the British media would interview imams, but not the Christian clergy by whom he was visibly surrounded.

You must never, ever, ever mention the Holy Land’s Christians, who are predominantly descended from the ancient indigenous inhabitants that the Bible and all other sources depict as having been conquered but not destroyed by the Israelites, who converted to Christianity between the Day of Pentecost and the official Christianisation of the Roman Empire, and who adopted Arabic at the time of a conquest contemporaneous with the Saxon Conquest of what is now England.

The Romans, the Byzantines, the Crusaders and the British have made Christian sovereignty the historical norm in this Land where Christianity began, and where Christians are the oldest population group. The Jerusalem that the Muslim Arabs conquered in AD 637 had been entirely Christian for centuries. Those Christians invented the modern concept of Palestine. But you must never mention any of this.

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Radical And Extreme Positions

Not that he said anything much, but Donald Trump's presence at the March for Life did make the point that the pro-life movement was too close to the ungrateful and undeserving Republican Party.

That movement has told its supporters to vote for Ronald Reagan (who had legalised abortion in California, and who went on to appoint no fewer that three supporters of abortion to the Supreme Court), for George Bush, for Bob Dole, for George W. Bush, for John McCain, for Mitt Romney (who derived an income from the public funding that he introduced for abortion in Massachusetts), and for Planned Parenthood's very own major donor, Donald Trump.

But that party has never done anything for it, and it holds and implements economic and foreign policies that are repugnant to Catholic Teaching. Policies, in fact, that are identical to those of the Clinton-Biden-Pelosi Democratic Party. As, for all practical purposes, are the Republican Party's policies on the issues addressed by the March for Life. 

This problem has become particularly acute among Irish-Americans. Long the richest group in the United States, something that is rarely appreciated outside, they have largely forgotten their own radical history, and their own quite recent experience of extreme racial discrimination and violence. Nadir, at least for now, was reached with the confirmation to the United States Supreme Court of Justice of Brett Kavanaugh. 

Kavanaugh was unknown to the pro-life movement, which had submitted the names of dozens of potential nominees, all of which had been rejected by a President who, say it again, had previously been a major donor to Planned Parenthood. Republican Senators voted to confirm Kavanaugh after he had promised Susan Collins that he would uphold Roe v. Wade, Doe v. Bolton, and Obergefell v. Hodges. They gave Collins's speech a standing ovation. In her words:

"Opponents frequently cite then-candidate Donald Trump's campaign pledge to nominate only judges who would overturn Roe. The Republican platform for all Presidential campaigns has included this pledge since at least 1980. During this time, Presidents, Republican Presidents, have appointed Justices O'Connor, Souter, and Kennedy to the Supreme Court. These are the very three justices, Republican-president-appointed justices, who authored the Casey decision which reaffirmed Roe." 

Quite.

And say it again, a Republican standing ovation. Thus did they secure a Justice with the most egregious record on torture, Guantánamo Bay, mass surveillance, workers' rights, consumer protection, environmental responsibility, treaties with Native Americans tribes, and healthcare for people with preexisting conditions. On any one of those issues, Kavanaugh could have been blocked, with all Democrats and enough Republicans voting against him.

But the Democrats chose to make it about #MeToo instead. The confirmation of Kavanaugh will be the only lasting legacy of the #MeToo phenomenon. But that is another story. Or at any rate, it is a different chapter in the story of the baleful decline of both main political parties in the United States. Neither of them deserves a free pass. Or very much else at all.

The Lanchester Review: Lisa Nandy Should Be Our Candidate

On Four Fronts

On Huawei, on Iran, on taxing the tech giants, and on Anne Sacoolas, this Government is in dispute with the United States on no fewer than four fronts. If a Labour Government were in that position, then there might perfectly conceivably be a CIA-backed military coup in Britain. Yet here we are, under a Conservative Prime Minister who was an American citizen for the first 52 years of his life.

Boris Johnson knows that he will remain Prime Minister only if he retains the Red Wall seats that require the huge levels of State investment and preference that Brexit will make possible, as part of a Neither Brussels Nor Washington economic policy that can exist only in the closest connection to the Neither Brussels Nor Washington foreign policy.

At this rate, he might even release his inner Peter Oborne and Peter Hitchens, his inner ghost of Andrew Alexander, and repeal this country's disgracefully one-sided extradition arrangements with the United States. Frankly, as a matter of principle, we ought not to extradite anyone to the American penal system. We certainly ought not to do so by means or in circumstances that would not be reciprocated.

I have been as scornful as anyone of Jeremy Corbyn's claim to have "won the argument", but he may have spoken truer than he knew. Although be in no doubt that, while anyone may attend the Durham Miners' Gala, it is not just "a good day out", or a celebration of "heritage" that might as well be held at Beamish. It is also, and fundamentally, a very specific political event. There is no more a place on its platform for Conservatives than there would be for those of us who were on the Left but not in the Labour Party.

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Worse Than Useless

The impeachment circus continues, as if the United States Senate had nothing else to do. 

When it comes to the bread and butter, paycheck concerns of real life, then the Republican Party is useless, and the Democratic Party is worse than useless.

Of course I am glad that Donald Trump is attending the March for Life. It will be good to hear his fulsome expression of his repentance and of his recantation. 

In any case, what with the ascent of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, then isn't it all supposed to be over? Doesn't someone just have to bring a case, and hey ho, Roe v. Wade will be reversed? Or have I missed something? 

When it comes to pro-life, then the Democratic Party is useless, and the Republican Party is worse than useless.

Demonstrable

The huge demonstrations in Iraq, demanding an end to the occupation, are reported in Britain as merely "anti-government".

The colossal demonstrations in France, a mere 20 miles away and which have been going on for a very long time, are not reported in Britain at all.

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Scientiam Dulce Hauriens

Indeed, I am.

As the University of Sunderland prepares to close its Department of Politics, feel free to suggest alternative employment for Simon Henig.

Councillor Watch: Day 194

I hereby invite all Labour members of Durham County Council who believe me to be guilty of the criminal charges against me to email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com and say so.

I would not be able to reply to those emails, but every day the names of those who had sent them to me would appear here. So far, I have received none.

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

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Maple Leaves?

Prince Harry, or whatever we are now supposed to call him, has only just arrived in Canada. Yet he has already threatened to sue the media there, for practices that his family's arrival has imported from London and Los Angeles. They are already sick of the Markles over there. But then, Canada has kept the monarchy for so long mostly by forgetting that it still had it. 

Canada banned the acceptance of British knighthoods and peerages a very long time ago, so that Conrad Black had to renounce his Canadian citizenship in order to enter the House of Lords. Canada waited a week in September 1939 before declaring war on Germany, in order to assert that Britain's declaration was Britain's business, and that Canada would decide for itself. 

There were armed republican uprisings in Upper and Lower Canada as long ago as 1837, and in 1937, when Canada was giving a greater proportion of its population as volunteers for the Spanish Republic than any other country apart from France, then they called themselves the Mackenzie–Papineau Battalion, or Mac-Paps, in honour of the rebel leaders from a century before. And so on.

Harry is not very bright, and Meghan is not particularly well-informed. They will rue the day that they stepped on this hornets' nest.

School Daze?

Ofsted bemoans examination instead of education? I have heard it all now.

And as for all this "Sex and Relationships" carry on, even to very small children, where does the curriculum time come from? What is not taught in order to make room for this?

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Nonce Sense?

Tom Watson's peerage strongly suggests that the cases against Leon Brittan and Greville Janner are far from considered closed. Everyone who was anyone has always known, and some of us have been trying to tell you for years. We will continue to do so.

I will be standing for Parliament again here at North West Durham next time, so please give generously. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Dig For Victory

On the day that Conservative MPs were demanding the right to attend the Durham Miners' Gala (to which anybody can just turn up; do you think that the Labour Party would choose to have me there?) the Government assured the new Conservative MP for Rother Valley that there would be no return to fracking.

The Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat members of Cumbria County Council have already unanimously approved a new deep coalmine at Whitehaven. As soon as Margaret Thatcher died, then we knew that the miners would be back.

As soon as Jeremy Corbyn became the Leader of the Opposition, then we knew that the miners would be back within 10 years. As soon as Donald Trump became the President of the United States, then we knew that, by crossparty consensus, the miners would be back within five years. And now, here we are. Greta who?

I will be standing for Parliament again here at North West Durham next time, so please give generously. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Councillor Watch: Day 192

I hereby invite all Labour members of Durham County Council who believe me to be guilty of the criminal charges against me to email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com and say so.

I would not be able to reply to those emails, but every day the names of those who had sent them to me would appear here. So far, I have received none.

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Live Forever?

Official Labour Party magazines from 1995 and 1996, sent out free to all members. The people who shouted at me for laughing at all of this are now the age that Tony Blair was then, and they know that he was no better than they are. Almost none of them is still politically active, whereas I stood for Parliament in 2019, and I will do so again in 2024. You see, you grow out of this kind of thing.




Those same people also used to laugh, shout or scream at me for taking the Durham Miners' Gala seriously. They were still doing so right up to the recent General Election. But now, even Conservative MPs want to attend it, while Jess Phillips has had to pull out of the Labour Leadership Election.

I will be standing for Parliament again here at North West Durham next time, so please give generously. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Curse of Blair, Curse of Kamm

Farewell, then, to Jess Phillips. Off to the dancing, and the jungle, and that jaw-dropping thing where they sing in disguise. Or, perhaps, off to Canada.

But remember, she was so much more capable and popular than Jeremy Corbyn, while his Leadership was keeping down the talent in the Parliamentary Labour Party.

Still, no matter who had become the Leader of the Labour Party or anything else, I will be standing for Parliament again here at North West Durham next time, so please give generously. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Perennial Prophets of Doom, Indeed

Davos. What a load of trash. I've come home. I refuse to keep such low class company. 

Of course Donald Trump did not write that speech himself. But they never do. This is not about him. They have all had "media training".

Someone else decides what they say, what they wear, to whom they give interviews, which coffee they drink, the lot. And people vote for them!

I will be standing for Parliament again here at North West Durham next time, so please give generously. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Councillor Watch: Day 191

I hereby invite all Labour members of Durham County Council who believe me to be guilty of the criminal charges against me to email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com and say so.

I would not be able to reply to those emails, but every day the names of those who had sent them to me would appear here. So far, I have received none.

Monday, 20 January 2020

The Temple Walls

It is a bit of a culture shock for the Conservatives to have to deal with Catholic rather than Anglican clergy as key points of contact along the Red Wall, but it is incomprehensible to the metropolitan liberal elite to have to do anything remotely like it.

Oliver Kamm's furious bafflement is real. He genuinely has no idea how things work up here. Why would he have? Whereas it is second nature to Rebecca Long-Bailey. Or to Richard Burgon, come to that.

Or, indeed, to me. I will be standing for Parliament again here at North West Durham next time, so please give generously. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Render This

In 2012, it was Keir Starmer who announced that MI5 and MI6 agents would not face charges of torture and extraordinary rendition during the Iraq War. He had concluded that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute. Well, I know a thing or two about quite how little evidence the Crown Prosecution Service requires. In my case, literally none.

Starmer is an Establishment shill from central casting. No one seriously doubts that he is some kind of spook. On torture, on extraordinary rendition, and on everything that was and is bound up with them, he was and is a kind of Anticorbyn, like the Antichrist. He must be stopped.

But no matter who had become the Leader of the Labour Party or anything else, I will be standing for Parliament again here at North West Durham next time, so please give generously. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Choose Life

The immediate priority of the British pro-life movement is the election of Rebecca Long-Bailey as Leader of the Labour Party.

It would be a stretch to describe her as one of us, but her election would mean that the debate on abortion had been reopened, and that by means of a significant defeat for the other side.

By 5pm today, join the Labour Party here.

Take Up The Burgon

The immediate priority of the British Left in general, and of both the Lexit and the pro-Palestinian movements in particular, is the election of Richard Burgon as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.

Indeed, supporters of Palestine from across the political spectrum ought to be working flat out in this cause.

By 5pm today, join the Labour Party here.

To Stop This Jockeying For Position?

Does anyone else remember what caused the Libyan Civil War in the first place?

I do.

And I will be standing for Parliament again here at North West Durham next time, so please give generously. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Councillor Watch: Day 190

I hereby invite all Labour members of Durham County Council who believe me to be guilty of the criminal charges against me to email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com and say so.

I would not be able to reply to those emails, but every day the names of those who had sent them to me would appear here. So far, I have received none.