Monday, 24 June 2019

The Laura Pidcock Drugs Challenge: Day 15

I have never taken any illegal drug, and I challenge Laura Pidcock MP to say the same.

This post will appear here daily until it has received an answer.

Healthy Discharge Watch: Day 61

It has now been more than 11 weeks since the jury in my trial, the third attempt at one, was discharged. The previous day, the star prosecution witness had been sent away to come up with the only piece of evidence, a single email that no one had ever asked to see until then.

As soon as they did, then he never reappeared on his video link from the United States, and the jury was discharged. More than 11 weeks later, that email, a perfectly simple thing to find, has still not turned up. It does not exist.

It is no wonder that we longer have even so much as a date for a Case Management Hearing, still less for a trial. There is no case against me. None. But this post will appear every day until further notice.

Beyond that, another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. It has become a local commonplace that I am on 30-30-30 with Labour and the Conservatives here at North West Durham, so that any one of us could be the First Past the Post. I will stand for this seat, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Your Future And Mine

Net zero emissions by 2050. Oh, and we are not trading enough with India. Spot the deliberate mistake. There needs to be an all-of-the-above energy policy, based around civil nuclear power and around this country's vast reserves of coal.

Do people think that wind turbines grow organically out of the ground? There are no renewables without a steel industry, and anyone who needs to do so needs to look up how steel is manufactured. For that reason, Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat Councillors recently resolved unanimously to sink a new deep mine at Whitehaven.

At least, that is the reason given at this initial stage in the process. 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.

"Do you regret the defeat of the miners in 1985?" is the Yes-No question that infallibly separates the real Left from the fake Left, and the real patriots and the real supporters of traditional family life from the fake patriots and the fake supporters of traditional family life. The correct answer is, "Yes." Britain was the world leader in clean coal technology until the Miners' Strike, and it ought to be so again. We need never fight another war over Arab oil or Russian gas. We ought never to have fought such wars in the first place.

As for trade with India, the more of it, the better. This is not about Imperial nostalgia, of which of course the Indians themselves have none. The people who ran the Congress Party in the olden days had more than might have been expected, but not as much as we liked to imagine. And the people who run the BJP today have none whatever. But so what? The business of business is business. Just as good relations with Pakistan are important for relations with China, and vice versa, so good relations with India are good for relations with Russia, and vice versa. All would be essential to any solution in Kashmir.

If there were to be an Indian Huawei, then we ought to consider its products on their merits. Of course, it would be better if there were a British Huawei, but here we are. It is not anti-Indian to support British participation in China's Belt and Road Initiative. If there were to be an Indian Belt and Road Initiative, then we ought to be on that, too. Be at the table, or be on the menu. Be on the bus, or be under it. And be clear that the abuse of Dalits, Christians, Muslims and others by the governing party's members and supporters in India is as bad as the abuse of anyone in China, and vice versa.

Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party will be registered before the House of Commons rises for the summer recess, even if I have to pay for it myself, ongoing lawfare or no ongoing lawfare. And I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

A Double Codswalloping

First Nick Clegg dismisses the idea of Russian interference on the Brexit referendum.

Then Arron Banks announces that he is suing Carole Codswallop.

The Observer needs to stop its cruel parading of this sad woman's delusions.

No Turkish Delight

Take no great heart from the result in Istanbul. Turkey does not really have a political spectrum. It has two Far Rights, an Islamist one and a secular Nationalist one.

The second most important country in NATO, from NATO's own point of view, is always run by one or the other. And we shall always bound to defend it. Until we have to wit to get out of NATO.

Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party will be registered before the House of Commons rises for the summer recess, even if I have to pay for it myself, ongoing lawfare or no ongoing lawfare.

And I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Not A Private Matter

An entire article in the Mail on Sunday pretty much called Boris Johnson a wife-beater. There is a sense that the public is being let in on something that political and media London has always known

Although Elizabeth Day's article was not illustrated with a picture of Johnson, but with a picture of Mark Field, who has to be kept on because the Conservative Party would now lose Cities of London and Westminster.

It has written off Brecon and Radnorshire so completely that it has selected as its candidate the sitting, convicted MP. And it is now a matter of record that a Johnson Government would not have a majority in the House of Commons, forcing a General Election at which several large donors to his party would simply have turned off the tap.

All in all, another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party will be registered before the House of Commons rises for the summer recess, even if I have to pay for it myself, ongoing lawfare or no ongoing lawfare.

And I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Sunday, 23 June 2019

The Laura Pidcock Drugs Challenge: Day 14

I have never taken any illegal drug, and I challenge Laura Pidcock MP to say the same.

This post will appear here daily until it has received an answer.

Healthy Discharge Watch: Day 60

It has now been more than 11 weeks since the jury in my trial, the third attempt at one, was discharged. The previous day, the star prosecution witness had been sent away to come up with the only piece of evidence, a single email that no one had ever asked to see until then.

As soon as they did, then he never reappeared on his video link from the United States, and the jury was discharged. More than 11 weeks later, that email, a perfectly simple thing to find, has still not turned up. It does not exist.

It is no wonder that we longer have even so much as a date for a Case Management Hearing, still less for a trial. There is no case against me. None. But this post will appear every day until further notice.

Beyond that, another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. It has become a local commonplace that I am on 30-30-30 with Labour and the Conservatives here at North West Durham, so that any one of us could be the First Past the Post. I will stand for this seat, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

The Mother of All Talk Shows

On Sputnik Radio at seven o'clock this evening.

Officers Attended?

When first asked about it, the Police lied about having been called to Boris Johnson's flat. Only when they had been found out did they admit that it had ever happened. That is how gangster states work, and this has been one longer than anywhere else in the world.

Although it has been a long time since we had a Prime Minister who embodied that status quite so completely or so brazenly as Johnson did. It will be interesting to see whether anyone will dare to press the Police and others on their protection of, and enforcement for, the Boss once he really is the Boss. Probably not.

So get used to this kind of thing. If, for some unknown reason, you were not already. Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party will be registered before the House of Commons rises for the summer recess, even if I have to pay for it myself, ongoing lawfare or no ongoing lawfare.

And I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Saturday, 22 June 2019

The Laura Pidcock Drugs Challenge: Day 13

I have never taken any illegal drug, and I challenge Laura Pidcock MP to say the same.

This post will appear here daily until it has received an answer.

Healthy Discharge Watch: Day 59

It has now been more than 11 weeks since the jury in my trial, the third attempt at one, was discharged. The previous day, the star prosecution witness had been sent away to come up with the only piece of evidence, a single email that no one had ever asked to see until then.

As soon as they did, then he never reappeared on his video link from the United States, and the jury was discharged. More than 11 weeks later, that email, a perfectly simple thing to find, has still not turned up. It does not exist.

It is no wonder that we longer have even so much as a date for a Case Management Hearing, still less for a trial. There is no case against me. None. But this post will appear every day until further notice.

Beyond that, another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. It has become a local commonplace that I am on 30-30-30 with Labour and the Conservatives here at North West Durham, so that any one of us could be the First Past the Post. I will stand for this seat, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Urgent De-Escalation

Dr Andrew Murrison is an interesting figure. He was one of only six Conservative MPs to vote against the Iraq War. As a Naval Reservist, he was then called up to serve in it.

When he arrives in Tehran, then he should simply refuse to leave without Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

One way or another, the next Prime Minister is going to need a Foreign Secretary. He could do a lot worse than the man who had pulled that one off.

Johnson's Britain

Applying the law bequeathed by the Thatcher Government, and already used by our next Prime Minister on at least one occasion. Good God, the man does not even know how many children he has. Keep saying that until it quite sinks in. Our next Prime Minister does not know how many children he has.

No one calls the Police just because the couple next door is having a late night slanging match about spilled wine. And while publishing a recording of that slanging match may not be the most broadsheet thing that The Guardian has ever done, it has at least drawn attention to Boris Johnson's chaotic domestic life, the centre which is about to be moved to 10 Downing Street.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party will be registered before the House of Commons rises for the summer recess, even if I have to pay for it myself, ongoing lawfare or no ongoing lawfare.

And I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

One-Fingered Salute

When Jack Letts went off to join the so-called Islamic State, then it was being funded, armed, trained, and very publicly supported by the United Kingdom and the United States. Or at least, it was being so on one side of the essentially imaginary Sykes-Picot Line. The side, in fact, on which he is still living. 

All in all, £223 from his parents, or even the extra thousand of which they have been acquitted, ought to be the least of anyone's concerns, and they ought to have been a long way down the list of people who needed to stand to trial.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party will be registered before the House of Commons rises for the summer recess, even if I have to pay for it myself, ongoing lawfare or no ongoing lawfare.

And I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Not Just Immoral, But Illegal; Not Just Heartless, But Hypocritical

Peter Oborne writes:

When I was at school, we were taught in history lessons about Britain’s shameful failure to take a stand against fascism in the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s.

I believe that future generations will look back with equal horror at our role in the Saudi bombing of Yemen over the past five years.

Britain has continued to supply arms and military assistance to the House of Saud while it has pursued a murderous policy of destroying the lives and livelihoods of thousands of innocent Yemeni people.

On Thursday, the Court of Appeal ruled in a landmark decision that Britain’s supply of arms to Saudi Arabia was not just immoral, but illegal.

It’s an episode that exposes Britain as not just heartless, but hypocritical.

Our protestations of horror against the atrocities of the Assad regime in Damascus carry no weight at all, given our readiness to stand idly by while nearby the Saudis inflict such bloodshed in the Yemen.

Even Jeremy Corbyn has failed to bring this back to the floor of the House of Commons, so many are his party's MPs who are in the very deep pockets of the House of Saud.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party will be registered before the House of Commons rises for the summer recess, even if I have to pay for it myself, ongoing lawfare or no ongoing lawfare.

And I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Friday, 21 June 2019

Blade Runner

Who is to blame for London's knife crime emergency? Is it Sajid Javid? Or is it Sadiq Khan? It is both of them. 

Javid's days are numbered. And as for Khan, it is time for Paul Embery to declare his candidacy for Mayor of London.

By The Neck

There was absolutely no risk that someone who had got in past the same security as Mark Field might have been armed. The Westminster Bridge attacker did not enter the Palace of Westminster, nor even enter New Palace Yard by normal means, so do not give me that.

And when you can be fined £150 for feeding a pigeon, then the Conservatives do not really believe that it is merely enough to suspend Field as a Minister. But they held onto Cities of London and Westminster by a mere 3,148 votes last time, when they were not on a mere nine per cent of the national vote. So they cannot get rid of him and risk a by-election.

Imagine that, say, Jeremy Corbyn had done what Field did. Or imagine that it had happened in a workingmen's club. Yet on this occasion, none of the numerous Police Officers present even made an arrest. Or, at least, they did not make an arrest of Mark Field. This is a gangster state, and men do not come much more made than the Conservative MP for Cities of London and Westminster. While there still is one.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party will be registered before the House of Commons rises for the summer recess, even if I have to pay for it myself, ongoing lawfare or no ongoing lawfare.

And I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Initial Approval?

If you believe that Donald Trump pulled back in the night from war with Iran, then you will believe absolutely anything. This is how psychological warfare works, and while he might not know that, the people around him certainly do.

The Democratic Party is determined not to nominate anyone worth voting for, so Trump is going to win again. That party will then have been defeated twice by Donald Trump. There will be no way back from that. It will not survive. Nor will it deserve to survive.

Remaining Difference

Laura Pidcock did well on last night's Question Time. But she said quite clearly that she was in favour of a second referendum on EU membership, leading to a Remain vote. Not, "Even Remain would be better than the deal on offer." Remain for the sake of Remain. That is not my view. In fact, I am not in favour of a second referendum at all.

I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Battle Field

If you thought that Mark Field was bad, then just wait until you hear what has been going on in France for months on end.

The Laura Pidcock Drugs Challenge: Day 12

I have never taken any illegal drug, and I challenge Laura Pidcock MP to say the same.

This post will appear here daily until it has received an answer.

Healthy Discharge Watch: Day 58

It has now been more than 11 weeks since the jury in my trial, the third attempt at one, was discharged. The previous day, the star prosecution witness had been sent away to come up with the only piece of evidence, a single email that no one had ever asked to see until then.

As soon as they did, then he never reappeared on his video link from the United States, and the jury was discharged. More than 11 weeks later, that email, a perfectly simple thing to find, has still not turned up. It does not exist.

It is no wonder that we longer have even so much as a date for a Case Management Hearing, still less for a trial. There is no case against me. None. But this post will appear every day until further notice.

Beyond that, another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. It has become a local commonplace that I am on 30-30-30 with Labour and the Conservatives here at North West Durham, so that any one of us could be the First Past the Post. I will stand for this seat, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Ad Multos Annos

I have been a Catholic for 20 years today.

God is good.

Corpus Christi

Two down, one to go, on getting back the proper Holy Days of Obligation, as kept by the rest of the world, including the Pope. Check his Twitter feed today if you do not believe me. He knows what day it is. Astonishingly, the Sacred Heart, the date of which is based on that of Corpus Christi, is still being kept on the right day, i.e., next Friday. Do they just not know, or something?

Anyway, to business. Do many Catholics still believe in transubstantiation? Well, if such things were ever taught in Catholic schools, then more of them might. But anyway, so what? What matters is that the Church teaches it. Catholics who dissent from the Teaching of the Church are just wrong, objectively speaking. That is all that there is to it.

Only the Catholic Church provides such objectivity, which is perfectly encapsulated in transubstantiation. It was only from Christianity in general, and from Catholicism in particular, that science acquired the idea that some propositions were just plain true, so that others were just plain false. And it was only from Christianity in general, and from Catholicism in particular, that science acquired the idea that there was an investigable order in the universe; even if that order is a law of chaos, then the point still stands.

Faced with a changed intellectual environment that denies those foundations rather than simply presupposing them, then science must return to the system that first asserted them in the midst of a former such environment. That system is Christianity in general, and Catholicism in particular.

Thus, for example, by affirming the objective existence of the substance distinct from the accidents, transubstantiation also affirms the objective existence of the accidents, which are the objects of scientific investigation. Transubstantiation is the bulwark against the Postmodern assault on science. Nothing else is.

The Laura Pidcock Drugs Challenge: Day 11

I have never taken any illegal drug, and I challenge Laura Pidcock MP to say the same.

This post will appear here daily until it has received an answer.

Healthy Discharge Watch: Day 57

It has now been more than 11 weeks since the jury in my trial, the third attempt at one, was discharged. The previous day, the star prosecution witness had been sent away to come up with the only piece of evidence, a single email that no one had ever asked to see until then.

As soon as they did, then he never reappeared on his video link from the United States, and the jury was discharged. More than 11 weeks later, that email, a perfectly simple thing to find, has still not turned up. It does not exist.

It is no wonder that we longer have even so much as a date for a Case Management Hearing, still less for a trial. There is no case against me. None. But this post will appear every day until further notice.

Beyond that, another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. It has become a local commonplace that I am on 30-30-30 with Labour and the Conservatives here at North West Durham, so that any one of us could be the First Past the Post. I will stand for this seat, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Rank

When he was about the age that I am now, then Gordon Brown was given the shock of his life when he was told for the first time that he was simply not posh enough for something.

Educated all the way to doctoral level entirely in Scotland, before having come up through the Scottish Labour Party to sit in Parliament for his own home town, it had simply never occurred to this son of a Church of Scotland minister, of such distinction that his collected sermons were in that very year published in book form, that anyone could possibly have looked at him and seen a pleb. But in an event that would by all accounts change his entire personality, suddenly he quite realised what it was to be Scottish or Welsh in England, or to be so at an English outpost such as Fettes. 

At half that age, I had the same experience of suddenly realising quite what it was to be from the North or the Midlands in the South, or at a Southern outpost even as far north as Durham. Bless him, and it was not his fault, but I remember how an exact contemporary of mine, from exactly the same background including a comprehensive school, was treated as stratospherically posher because he was from the South. That said, it never got him promoted over my head despite having been my apprentice. Brown wins the legitimate grievance stakes hands down with that one.

Now, I am not knocking God's Own University. It finally took away my staff card and email address at the start of the academic year that is now drawing to a close, because Oliver Kamm or some such person must have threatened to make a fuss about my case. But if it had held out until April, then I would probably still have had them. 

And I am still very much around the place. One of its most senior figures recently described me as "family", and introduced me to a very distinguished visitor as, "Once of the last links to the gentler old Durham." So I am not going back, because I have never gone away. Nevertheless, and in fact this is a good thing, it gave my 20-year-old self a class consciousness that I had never previously had, but which I have never lost. That would be downright preposterous to most people who met me in ordinary life. It would have been then, and it would be now, but here we are. 

In like manner, when I was at the very late age for such things of 25, the right-wing Labour machine in County Durham, which is now engaged in a criminal conspiracy to imprison me, made me politically black. At least half of people have to be told that I am mixed-race, and the most ethnic thing about me is my fondness for Saint Helenian food, a taste that was shared by my blond-haired and blue-eyed father. But if you are so black that Tony Blair's Chief Whip, who wnet on the garce the present MP for North West Durham's election literature in 2017, will not have you as a council candidate in her constituency, then you are politically black. Between that and the imperialist war, in April 2003, politically black was what I became, just as I had become politically working-class in October 1997.

Bringing us to Boris Johnson, who is part-Turkish, and who knows what else through the Ottoman Empire. His policy on Iran will presumably be directed by Darius Guppy. But more than being the heir to any of the Royal Families to which he is related, he is the Heir to Blair, in that a man with Johnson's record, a man who does not even known how many children he has, can become Party Leader and Prime Minister simply by pulling class rank.

Not only that, but no Gordon Brown figure presents himself. Jeremy Hunt may be stung to discover that he is "only Charterhouse", but that would not be most people's view of his alma mater. Even Michael Gove was at Robert Gordon's College, and in fact he has lived in the posher parts of England for most of his life. His survival in public life is due entirely to the principle that "posh people are allowed", even if it is starting to look as if the courts are applying a Gove's Law to drug offences, at least excusing people from prison because they are no worse than a former Lord Chancellor.

A quarter of a century on, and Tony Blair has finished the work of Margaret Thatcher in turning Britain into the country that Marxists had always said it was, even though before those two it never really had been. Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party will be registered before the House of Commons rises for the summer recess, even if I have to pay for it myself, ongoing lawfare or no ongoing lawfare.

And I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Block Voting

The Government needs to press ahead with its anti-pornography legislation, and it needs to go a lot further than that, too.

Since there cannot be a “free” market in general, but not in drugs or prostitution, including pornography, so there must not be a “free” market in general. Since there cannot be a “free” market in drugs or prostitution, but not in general, so there must not be a “free” market in drugs or prostitution.

We need to halt and reverse the proliferation of lap-dancing clubs, and we need to apply the technology that is already used for age verification in order to block pornographic websites altogether. Parliamentary Lobby access must be denied to the publications of companies that also published pornography, and to broadcasters that shared platforms with it, such as Freeview, Virgin or Sky. 

We need to define obscenity as material depicting acts that were themselves illegal or which was reasonably likely to incite or encourage such acts, with sentencing the same as for the illegal act in question in each case. And we need to make it a criminal offence for anyone aged 21 or over to buy or sell sex, with equal sentencing on both sides. This would apply in the same way to photographed or filmed prostitution as to any other kind. The Universal Basic Income, and Modern Monetary Theory’s Jobs Guarantee, would remove any conceivable excuse for prostituting oneself in any way. 

Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party will be registered before the House of Commons rises for the summer recess, even if I have to pay for it myself, ongoing lawfare or no ongoing lawfare.

And I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Leading The Charges

Remember Lockerbie? One acquittal. Acquittal. Found not guilty. And one obviously innocent man who ended up being released on "compassionate" grounds. That is a famous case, but not a particularly unusual one.

And now, quietness bellows around the naming of the "suspects" in the downing of MH17. Anyone would think that the world did not want to know. Anyone would think that nobody believed a word of it. Not about the Russians in Salisbury. Not about the Iranians in the Gulf of Oman. And not about this.

On each of these matters, Jeremy Corbyn's only problem has been his indulgence of any part of the official line. He ought to have led the charge against it. He is of course badly constrained by the dreadful body of MPs that he has inherited.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party will be registered before the House of Commons rises for the summer recess, even if I have to pay for it myself, ongoing lawfare or no ongoing lawfare. 

And I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Persian Versions

In a way, Mike Pompeo is right. There are certainly Sunni terrorists in Iran, in the form of Jundallah and its various splinters. They have links to "al-Qaeda". And "al-Qaeda", of course, was created by the CIA, which has never stopped funding, arming or training it against the right enemies. For example, Iran.

Who is saying any of this out loud? No one, that I can tell. Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party will be registered before the House of Commons rises for the summer recess, even if I have to pay for it myself, ongoing lawfare or no ongoing lawfare. 

And I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Questions And Answers

There can never be too much media exposure of Laura Pidcock as far as I am concerned. But two Conservative MPs, both of them serving Ministers, will make up a further 40 per cent of tonight's Question Time panel. This, and Stanley Johnson on Tuesday's Newsnight, are the BBC's idea of balance.

Now that there is officially an Israel Test for being so much as let onto a phone-in, to the extent that the BBC has apologised for its failure to apply that Test, take note that The Mother of All Talk Shows will return at seven o'clock on Sunday evening, but on Sputnik Radio, which interviews me from time to time, which is available online, and which, though based in Edinburgh, is beyond the reach of Ofcom.

Beyond that, another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party will be registered before the House of Commons rises for the summer recess, even if I have to pay for it myself, ongoing lawfare or no ongoing lawfare.

And I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

A Call To Arms

As arms sales to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen are ruled unlawful, the people who claim that Jeremy Corbyn is "defending Iran" are now also condemning him for having been right all along about this. The House of Saud has very deep pockets.

And the people who are in those pockets are not only on the Conservative side. The last time that Corbyn brought this matter to the floor of the House of Commons, then the Labour abstention rate was so high that he has never done it again. But he should. The list of Labour MPs with leave of absence should be published in advance, and Constituency Labour Parties invited to draw their own conclusions.

Having begun by asking, "Do I have the honour of addressing the great David Lindsay?", George Galloway once promised me live on air that he would put that suggestion to his friend, the Chief Whip, Nick Brown, before ending the call by expressing the hope that I would stand for Parliament. Well, over to George to bring this again to Nick Brown's attention.

Beyond that, another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party will be registered before House of Commons rises for the summer recess, even if I have to pay for it myself, ongoing lawfare or no ongoing lawfare. And I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

The Lanchester Review: Clueless and Shameless; Joe Biden, Staggering Frontrunner

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Restored To Full Functionality


After two weeks on Twitter's naughty step. Do please give me a Follow. Very many thanks.

Also, please Follow Consett Leftfooter, who has been invaluable through all of this. If I can rely on anyone, then it is on the Consett Leftfooters.

The Laura Pidcock Drugs Challenge: Day 10

I have never taken any illegal drug, and I challenge Laura Pidcock MP to say the same.

This post will appear here daily until it has received an answer.

Healthy Discharge Watch: Day 56

It has now been 11 weeks since the jury in my trial, the third attempt at one, was discharged. The previous day, the star prosecution witness had been sent away to come up with the only piece of evidence, a single email that no one had ever asked to see until then.

As soon as they did, then he never reappeared on his video link from the United States, and the jury was discharged. 11 weeks later, that email, a perfectly simple thing to find, has still not turned up. It does not exist.

It is no wonder that we longer have even so much as a date for a Case Management Hearing, still less for a trial. There is no case against me. None. But this post will appear every day until further notice.

Beyond that, another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. It has become a local commonplace that I am on 30-30-30 with Labour and the Conservatives here at North West Durham, so that any one of us could be the First Past the Post. I will stand for this seat, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Family Viewing

Last night's Newsnight, discussing the Conservative Leadership Debate, featured four panellists. One of them was Boris Johnson's father. They would not do that on the radio in Saint Helena. But no one at the BBC seemed to think that it was at all odd. So we had better get used to it.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party will be registered before the House of Commons rises for the summer recess, even if I have to pay for it myself, ongoing lawfare or no ongoing lawfare.

And I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

The Queen's Highway?

You can tell a lot about people from the fact that they keep crashing their motor vehicles into other people.

This is becoming quite a habit on the part of the Royal Family and its entourage.

Then again, it probably always was.

In The Black?

Will the travails of the Kier Group affect the construction of Blacklisting Towers?

That is the name by which the new headquarters of Durham County Council ought to be known. And will be known.

Words Have Consequences

So Imam Abdullah Patel dares to mention the level of Israeli political influence in the United Kingdom and the United States. If the people who run Israel are not Zionists, then what are they, and who is?

Patel employs a version of the line about the Holocaust and the Israelis that "the abused child has become the abuser", which used to be uttered publicly and in those words by Conservative MPs 20 years ago. "They think that it gives them the right to treat other people like that" was standard Tory fare into my adult lifetime, and if anything it is even more true in the Netanyahu years. Rory Stewart should ask his old regiment, with which my father served in Palestine, about the founders of the State of Israel.

And Patel agrees with the old guard feminists that all men are potential rapists. I do not agree with them on that, although I do agree with them on transgenderism, on prostitution, and on pornography. I strongly suspect that so does the Imam. If he had uttered his views on those issues, then today's reaction would have been just as virulent, and very largely from the same people.

He should have been "vetted" by whom, exactly? The Israeli Embassy? Yes. Yes, that is who the people who are saying this have in mind, and they regard that opinion as self-evident. They are aghast that it did not happen.

Wait until someone tells them that, whatever the view of the Crown Prosecution Service or of the "Equality" and Human Rights Commission, their funny little "International" definition of anti-Semitism is not in any sense the law. One of my lecturers on the Old Testament once told me never to trust anything with the word "International" in the title. He was right.

Some of us can spot a mile off the imported New York practice of branding as "anti-Semitic" any expression of uppity blackness even when it is toned down as mine. The right-wing Labour machine in County Durham unexpectedly made me politically black, when I was already well into my twenties.

The key figure was Tony Blair's racist Chief Whip, whose name, face, and words of endorsement graced the 2017 General Election literature of the present MP for North West Durham. That MP has since acquired a mixed-race son. Her predecessor but one, on the other hand, struggled with the concept of mixed race. She seemed to think that it was biologically impossible, and she would not have our kind as council candidates in her constituency. Yet the present MP must have sought, and clearly accepted, the endorsement of that predecessor but one.

Now, of course, the key figure is Simon Henig. With his criminal accomplices in the CPS, and like, for example, the EHRC, he embodies perfectly the hypocrisy of the racist Liberal Establishment, whether towards integration at home, or towards imperial wars and white settler colonialism abroad.

They accept that miscegenation is possible, because otherwise there could be no stricture against it. But they can conceive, so to speak, of nothing more distasteful than that practice or its products. Question any of this, or even point it out, and you are of course "anti-Semitic". Here comes the EHRC. Here comes the CPS. Here comes Simon Henig.

If you want to vote for people who accept no definition of anti-Semitism beyond that in the Oxford English Dictionary, "Hostility to or prejudice against Jews", then another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party will be registered before the House of Commons rises for the summer recess, even if I have to pay for it myself, ongoing lawfare or no ongoing lawfare.

And I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

At The Hub

If you have a British concept of distance, then Gatwick is a long way from the centre of London.

But that is not the case if you come from, say, Continental Europe, or the United States, or India, or China, or Brazil.

London's airport capacity needs to be expanded, but there is no case for a third runway at Heathrow when Gatwick offers a better alternative.

Pollution levels are already too high at Heathrow without a third runway, and adding a second runway at Gatwick would cause far less disruption than adding a third at Heathrow.

London can still thrive with two separate airport hubs.

Teaching Journalism

The Iranians should release Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, as they had been all ready to do until Boris Johnson blundered in.

They should do so while stating specifically that it was because they did not believe a word he said. 

If they did, they should emphasise, then she would still be locked up. But they didn't, so she no longer was.

Don't Be Dissolved In Acid

Hold the front page. Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud had Jamal Khashoggi murdered. Meanwhile, off we go to war with Iran on behalf of Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and even under his direction.

Merely to question this is treasonable according to all the candidates to lead the Conservative Party, according to the resurgent Lib Dems, and according to 85 per cent of Labour MPs. Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party will be registered before the House of Commons rises for the summer recess, even if I have to pay for it myself, ongoing lawfare or no ongoing lawfare.

And I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

The Target Audience

I wouldn't vote for any of them. You wouldn't vote for any of them. But that was exactly why they weren't talking to us, any more than Jeremy Corbyn is talking to them.

Alas, though, 85 per cent of Labour MPs do not talk to him, either, yet their objections to him are precisely the wrong ones.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it.

A new party will be registered before the House of Commons rises for the summer recess, even if I have to pay for it myself, ongoing lawfare or no ongoing lawfare.

And I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up.

I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so.

In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Actually Rather Similar

Both candidates for Leader of the Liberal Democrats have said that austerity was correct, and that Labour would also have done it. They are right on the second point, and of course the people who were running the Labour Party at the time said so with absolute frankness. But those people are no longer running the Labour Party. 

Alas, though, they continue to provide 85 per cent of Labour MPs. Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party will be registered before the House of Commons rises for the summer recess, even if I have to pay for it myself, ongoing lawfare or no ongoing lawfare.

And I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Eminently Feasible?

That's that, then. No candidate for Leader of the Conservative Party would take Britain out of the EU on or before 31st October. We always knew that. But now, it is official.

Boris Johnson is Tony Blair's supreme triumph. 25 years ago, Blair pulled plain, old-fashioned class rank to elbow aside the man with whom he had been assigned an office in order to teach him so much as the basics, and then to dismiss as also-rans two vastly more experienced candidates for Leader of the Labour Party. A generation later, and he we are. With this Conservative Leadership Election in general, and with Boris Johnson in particular.

Meanwhile, most Labour MPs continue to acknowledge no Leader but Blair. Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party will be registered before the House of Commons rises for the summer recess, even if I have to pay for it myself, ongoing lawfare or no ongoing lawfare.

And I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

No More For Dabbling


Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it.

A new party will be registered before the House of Commons rises for the summer recess, even if I have to pay for it myself, ongoing lawfare or no ongoing lawfare.

And I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. 

I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so.

In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

The Laura Pidcock Drugs Challenge: Day Nine

I have never taken any illegal drug, and I challenge Laura Pidcock MP to say the same.

This post will appear here daily until it has received an answer.

Healthy Discharge Watch: Day 55

It has now been more than 10 weeks since the jury in my trial, the third attempt at one, was discharged. The previous day, the star prosecution witness had been sent away to come up with the only piece of evidence, a single email that no one had ever asked to see until then.

As soon as they did, then he never reappeared on his video link from the United States, and the jury was discharged. More than 10 weeks later, that email, a perfectly simple thing to find, has still not turned up. It does not exist.

It is no wonder that we longer have even so much as a date for a Case Management Hearing, still less for a trial. There is no case against me. None. But this post will appear every day until further notice.

Beyond that, another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. It has become a local commonplace that I am on 30-30-30 with Labour and the Conservatives here at North West Durham, so that any one of us could be the First Past the Post. I will stand for this seat, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

London's Burning For Real Leadership

Nothing from Paul Embery saying no to the idea of him as a candidate for Mayor of London.

So let's make this happen.

Than To Burn?

Let us see what comes out of the Amazon Synod. 

The Catholic Church has always had married priests, only in greatly varying numbers at different points in history. They are of course the norm in several of the Eastern Catholic Churches, although there, as in Eastern Orthodoxy, it is often the case that most or all priests are in practice the sons of priests, while most or all priests’ wives are priests’ daughters. Something comparable has existed in numerous Protestant bodies, and still does. Do we really want to end up like that? I only ask.

Unlike the absolutely impossible ordination of women (an ordination ceremony performed to the letter on a woman, even by the Pope, would never have any sacramental effect), celibacy is a pastoral question, not a doctrinal one. And for those who like their Vatican II, Presbyterorum Ordinis 16 simply does not compromise the discipline of priestly celibacy in the Latin Church, but the very reverse.

Nothing could be more appropriate theologically and pastorally in the present age than the preservation of that discipline, while those who blame it for the shortage of priests in the tiny number of countries where there is such a thing need to be asked in exactly which of the last 50 years they imagine sex to have been invented, and exactly when they expect the rest of the world to become aware of it. Never mind what use they think that marriage would be in controlling a man whose sexual interest was in teenage boys. 

As for the exceptions to the Latin discipline, which are mostly for convert Protestant clergymen, they make perfect sense. We must be ruthless in counteracting those who would pass on what they know to be entirely baseless claims about celibacy and “pollution”, about celibacy as a Medieval innovation, about celibacy as concerned with questions of property, and so on. 

However, having mentioned endowments, it must be said that the Church of England, in particular, has married bishops and married presbyters because it can afford them. Where do the proponents of such a change among us imagine that widows’ pensions and the rest are supposed to come from? Or would they have our priests adopt the Eastern discipline and work the land?

Furthermore, as the Church of England has discovered, the benefits of spouses cannot legally be denied to civil partners, or now to legal spouses of the same sex. And then there is divorce. In any case, the mass laicisations of the 1960s and 1970s, at least ostensibly on the celibacy issue, now belong to a distant age.

But still, let us see what comes out of the Amazon Synod. Not much after all, I expect.

Listeria Life

A pregnant woman is at greater risk from listeria, because her immune system is lowered so that her body does not expel something that is a full 50 per cent genetically different from that body. 

In other words, something that is not a part of that body. 

Think on.

It's Enough To Turn Your Stella Creasy

If Stella Creasy got her six months maternity leave, then who would be the Member of Parliament for Walthamstow during those six months? 

And if MPs do not get maternity leave, then how did mine manage to take it for the whole of the second half of last year, which was hardly a period, so to speak, that was politically uneventful? Surely she cannot have given herself six months French leave? I mean, someone would have said something. Wouldn't they?

Proxy voting in the House of Commons is not a bad idea in principle, and by no means only for maternity or paternity purposes. But watch out for Cabinet Ministers whose proxy votes were permanently in the hands of the Chief Whip, so that they themselves hardly ever needed to go near the place. Who would be Caroline Lucas's proxy? Or Sylvia Hermon's?

And none of this answers the question as to who would be the MP for a seat while its MP were off on the maternity leave that does not in fact exist. This is not the 1970s. If maternity leave for MPs were possible, then it would have been in place for decades. Giving another MP your proxy vote is no more sufficient than saying that you still had constituency staff to advise callers to try leaving a saucer of milk at the foot of the tree.

Hong Kong Phooey

We had this about Iran some years ago, too. Teenage and scarcely older street protesters became heroes to people in the British media who would have despised them at home, who indeed who regularly did so.

Telegraph types, take note. Business in Hong Kong is ferociously pro-Beijing. Well, of course it is. And people who were barely or not born when colonial rule ended are not motivated by a desire to bring it back.

Then again, that was so unloved at the time that they might be the only people who could possibly wish to see it restored. But they don't. That is not at all what this is about.

People in Hong Kong either remember, or have been told, what your beloved Thatcher did to them. Telegraph types, take note.

Reflection

Owen Jones and others are banging on about the reasons why Boris Johnson could never become Leader of the Labour Party. But he is not attempting to become Leader of the Labour Party.

This is the mirror reflection of what happened in 2015, when the media interests that had long been used to the last word were beside themselves at the rise of Jeremy Corbyn.

Corbyn could never have become Leader of the Conservative Party, and to them that fact disqualified him from ever becoming anything. After all, Britain had been like that for a very long time.

Well, it is not like that now.

Monday, 17 June 2019

Whose Streets?

At this moment in London, the teenage boys, in particular, are under a kind of house arrest, for fear of their lives.

Sadiq Khan must not be reelected next year, and it is difficult to see why the Labour Party should nominate him again.

After his recent spot of bother, we had been hoping for Paul Embery as a parliamentary candidate. But he is probably going to stay in the Labour Party.

In which case, his robust brand of non-liberal left-wingery, not learned out of a book, is exactly what Labour should nominate for Mayor of London.

And if it did not, well, we shall indeed have our own party by then.

Tunnel Vision

All this fuss over far Hong Kong. 

Imagine if there were political unrest in a major foreign city that could be reached by train from London in well under three hours.

Imagine that that had been going on for months. Presumably, there would be little other news.

Would there?

The Laura Pidcock Drugs Challenge: Day Eight

I have never taken any illegal drug, and I challenge Laura Pidcock MP to say the same.

This post will appear here daily until it has received an answer.

Healthy Discharge Watch: Day 54

It has now been more than 10 weeks since the jury in my trial, the third attempt at one, was discharged. The previous day, the star prosecution witness had been sent away to come up with the only piece of evidence, a single email that no one had ever asked to see until then.

As soon as they did, then he never reappeared on his video link from the United States, and the jury was discharged. More than 10 weeks later, that email, a perfectly simple thing to find, has still not turned up. It does not exist.

It is no wonder that we longer have even so much as a date for a Case Management Hearing, still less for a trial. There is no case against me. None. But this post will appear every day until further notice.

Beyond that, another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. It has become a local commonplace that I am on 30-30-30 with Labour and the Conservatives here at North West Durham, so that any one of us could be the First Past the Post. I will stand for this seat, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

A Gulf In Their Thinking

And so Iran reacts in the only way that it ever could have done.

Japan, whose tankers they were, does not believe that they were attacked by Iran. But our supposedly Europhile and anti-Trump media ignore the European consensus that that charge is at best unproven, and instead repeat their trick from 2003, joining every candidate to lead the Conservative Party in screaming that the President of the United States must always be believed, and that so must "British intelligence", which in fact, as one of the precious "Five Eyes", lives on scraps from the Americans' table.

To anyone of a Peter Oborne or a Peter Hitchens cast of mind, with affinities towards American paleoconservatism or the Old Rights on the Continent, then the failure of any Conservative Leadership candidate to take any other line than this indicates that that party is not worth voting for. For the same reason, with the 2019 European Elections now out of the way, nor is the Brexit Party.

Most Labour MPs are at least as bad, of course. And this time, as on Libya, so are the Liberal Democrats. Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party will be registered before the House of Commons rises for the summer recess, even if I have to pay for it myself, ongoing lawfare or no ongoing lawfare.

And I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Pearl of Wisdom?

Hong Kong was no democracy when we ran it, although of course we never owned it. It always belonged to China. The late Andrew Alexander of the Daily Mail was a bone dry right-winger, and he is much missed today. As he asked in 1997, how grateful were the Chinese supposed to have been at the mere return of their own territory?

But anyway, Hong Kong was no democracy under us, and there was more than one outbreak of serious unrest over rampant poverty, slum housing, sweatshop working conditions, price increases, corruption, and the absence of representative government. Never mind Chinese agents. Those could not have exploited the grievances if the grievances had not existed in the first place.

Our repression of those outbreaks was merciless, and we are not talking about the Edwardian Period here. In fact, we are talking about a time when Britain had a Labour Government. A Labour Government that had presided over Hong Kong's rampant poverty, slum housing, sweatshop working conditions, price increases, corruption, and absence of representative government. At the time of the handover, which was also under a Labour Government, then no one took to the streets to ask the British to stay.

They may want democracy in Hong Kong now, but that is something different. As for the "Anglosphere" fantasists, quite apart from the fact that no part of the "Anglosphere" is doing anything for Hong Kong or has the slightest intention of doing so, it is side-splitting to watch the mutation into this of their old white supremacist ideology from the 1980s, which is heavily bound up with the cult of Margaret Thatcher.

Hong Kong? You really could die laughing. Exactly the same people took full British passports away from the Saint Helenians because, "Otherwise, we'd have to give them to Hong Kong." They have them back now, though. Whereas the Gibraltarians and the Falkland Islanders never lost them. Go onto Google images, and see if you can spot the difference. To the best of my knowledge, there has never been a riot in Saint Helena. There has certainly never been one against British rule. And Saint Helenians speak English. Not Cantonese. "Hong Kong, outpost of the "Anglosphere""? I ask you!

There is no nice way of putting this. Daniel Hannan grew up between public school and Peru. He was born in 1971, so ask him about the most popular television programmes in Britain in the 1980s. Ask him about the pop music. He couldn't tell you. He is obsessed with obscure Early Modern writers of whom it baffles him, if he even knows, that no one else has ever heard. Accordingly, he thinks that people hate the NHS. At the very least, he wonders why they don't. He knows absolutely nothing about this country.

Alas, though, he has a certain amount of influence in a party very much of which grew up nominally, but not in any meaningful way, in Britain. Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party will be registered before the House of Commons rises for the summer recess, even if I have to pay for it myself, ongoing lawfare or no ongoing lawfare.

And I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Least Worst Option

I am laughing long and hard at the old Blairites who are now falling over themselves to profess their love for Tom Watson, the man who did more than any other to remove Blair as Prime Minister. Until quite recently, Tom's Chief of Staff was my old university housemate, Tom Hamilton, who was never exactly noted as a Blairite back in the days of the Blair Government, and whom George Galloway once congratulated on having made "the speech of the night".

The people who elected Tom Watson as Deputy Leader elected Jeremy Corbyn as Leader at the same time. They knew what they were doing. For the Left to have one position, then the real Labour Right, which predated Blairism and which has outlived it, had to have the other one.

In any case, a Deputy Leadership challenge from the Left is impossible in the absence of the only credible challenger, Chris Williamson. I have no inside knowledge here, but I suspect that Tom might be seeking to provoke a challenge because not only would it probably not come, but he would certainly beat anyone other than Chris, who could not stand at the moment.

But then, Chris is also a Remainer. What Tom was articulating today was the view of the European project that much or most, but never all, of the Labour Right has taken since the 1950s, and which has been adopted far more recently by much, but very far from all, of the Left. They both know why the rest of us think that they are wrong to the point of being deluded, that the EU in which they believe simply does not exist and simply never will. 

But the Leader is surrounded by people of both views within the Left, and the Deputy Leader has close ties to Blue Labour. The debate has been going on for more than 60 years. Everyone knows where everyone else stands. What of it? No one votes for Parliament based on Brexit, as such, anyway.

In any case, another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party will be registered before the House of Commons rises for the summer recess, even if I have to pay for it myself, ongoing lawfare or no ongoing lawfare.

And I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Going Postal

Whether or not it made any difference at Peterborough, and whether or not Rod Liddle might have expressed the point well, that point still stands: it is now far too easy to obtain a postal vote.

Sunday, 16 June 2019

The Laura Pidcock Drugs Challenge: Day Seven

I have never taken any illegal drug, and I challenge Laura Pidcock MP to say the same.

This post will appear here daily until it has received an answer.

Healthy Discharge Watch: Day 53

It has now been more than 10 weeks since the jury in my trial, the third attempt at one, was discharged. The previous day, the star prosecution witness had been sent away to come up with the only piece of evidence, a single email that no one had ever asked to see until then.

As soon as they did, then he never reappeared on his video link from the United States, and the jury was discharged. More than 10 weeks later, that email, a perfectly simple thing to find, has still not turned up. It does not exist.

It is no wonder that we longer have even so much as a date for a Case Management Hearing, still less for a trial. There is no case against me. None. But this post will appear every day until further notice.

Beyond that, another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. It has become a local commonplace that I am on 30-30-30 with Labour and the Conservatives here at North West Durham, so that any one of us could be the First Past the Post. I will stand for this seat, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Blond Bombsite

The case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is being used to beat the drum of war against Iran. Yet not only ought it to have the opposite effect, but it ought also to end the public life of Boris Johnson.

Few or no Conservative supporters from 2017 could ever vote Labour now, or vice versa. But Johnson's only appeal is to people who have only ever voted Conservative at a General Election, and who almost certainly only ever would. 

Merely in order to consolidate that, plus holding on to a negligible number who, faced with Jeremy Corbyn, really might risk voting for Nigel Farage's star vehicle instead of the party that they had supported all their lives, Johnson would drive at least a comparable number of Conservative voters into the hands of the Liberal Democrats, lose several seats that were narrowly won from the SNP last time, and fail to pick up several more that would otherwise have been in play.

No matter what, another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party will be registered before the House of Commons rises for the summer recess, even if I have to pay for it myself, ongoing lawfare or no ongoing lawfare. 

And I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Favoured Deregulation?

I take great pride in the fact that, unlike the present Member of Parliament for North West Durham, I am not a member of the same political party as Tony Blair. 

Blair's latest performance as Norma Desmond has rightly attracted little attention for its own sake. But there has been consternation in certain quarters that Momentum has made the almost banal statement that the Blair Government's failure to regulate the globally important British banking sector was a significant factor in causing the Great Crash of 2009.

This critique carries weight because it comes from the Labour Left, which opposed the Blair Government's economic policies at the time. It would have carried no weight if it had come from the Conservative Party, which entirely failed to do so.

But at least one of the protesters has been a Labour MP who had first been elected only in 2017. That indicates how baleful the situation inside the Parliamentary Labour Party is going to remain for very many more years yet.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party will be registered before House of Commons rises for the summer recess, even if I have to pay for it myself, ongoing lawfare or no ongoing lawfare. 

And I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Father's Day

Only 35 years ago, a single manual wage provided the wage-earner, his wife and their several children with a quality of life unimaginable even on two professional salaries today. This impoverishment has been so rapid and so extreme that most people, including almost all politicians and commentators, simply refuse to acknowledge that it has happened. But it has indeed happened. And it is still going on.

If fathers matter, then they must face up to their responsibilities, with every assistance, including censure where necessary, from the wider society, including when it acts politically as the State. A legal presumption of equal parenting. Restoration of the tax allowance for fathers for so long as Child Benefit was being paid to mothers. Restoration of the requirement that providers of fertility treatment take account of the child’s need for a father. Repeal of the ludicrous provision for two women to be listed as a child’s parents on a birth certificate, although even that is excelled by the provision for two men to be so listed.

And paternity leave available at any time until the child was 18 or left school, thereby reasserting paternal authority, and thus requiring paternal responsibility, at key points in childhood and adolescence Of course a new baby needs her mother. But a 15-year-old might very well need her father, and that bit of paternity leave that he had been owed these last 15 years.

That authority and responsibility require an economic basis such as only the State can ever guarantee, and such as only the State can very often deliver. That basis is high-wage, high-skilled, high-status employment. All aspects of public policy must take account of this urgent social and cultural need. Not least, that includes energy policy: the energy sources to be preferred by the State are those providing the high-wage, high-skilled, high-status jobs that secure the economic basis of paternal authority in the family and in the wider community. So, nuclear power. And coal, not dole.

Moreover, paternal authority cannot be affirmed while fathers are torn away from their children and harvested in wars. Especially, though not exclusively, since those sent to war tend to come from working-class backgrounds, where starting to have children often still happens earlier than has lately become the norm. Think of those very young men whom we see going off or coming home, hugging and kissing their tiny children. You can believe in fatherhood, or you can support wars under certainly most and possibly all circumstances, the latter especially in practice today even if not necessarily in the past or in principle. You cannot do both.

Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party will be registered before House of Commons rises for the summer recess, even if I have to pay for it myself, ongoing lawfare or no ongoing lawfare. And I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Vital, Now


One day the letters OPCW could be as well-known as the initials WMD. And for similar reasons. 

Everyone now knows there were no Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, and the war we fought there was a disastrous crime. But lots of people were fooled.

In the modern world the only way to get a democracy into a war is to deceive kind, gentle people into thinking they are acting against an outrage. 

Sometimes these outrages are faked. Now it may be happening again. 

 In a strange, toadstool-shaped building in The Hague, a huge row is raging which could one day decide whether the world goes to war or stays at peace. 

The building is the headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). 

The row, as far as we can find out through rival leaks, is between some technical experts who doubt that Syria’s tyrant, Bashar Assad, in fact used poison gas in April 2018, and others who believe that he did use such gas at that time. 

The OPCW’s political chiefs seem to want very badly to believe that he did. This would suit several of the governments that pay for its existence. 

The OPCW is under constant political pressure. Most famously, the current US National Security Adviser, John Bolton, is accused of having openly demanded the resignation of the OPCW’s former chief Jose Bustani in 2002 because they disagreed about Iraq. 

Mr Bustani declined to go quietly. According to the New Yorker magazine, Mr Bolton – then an Under-Secretary of State – told the Brazilian diplomat: ‘We know you have two sons in New York. We know your daughter is in London. We know where your wife is.’ 

Mr Bolton denies this, but Mr Bustani stands by it; an internet search will reveal more details of the alleged event. 

Soon afterwards American pressure forced Mr Bustani out anyway.  Now, as I wrote here almost a month ago, the OPCW is in turmoil again. 

A leaked document shows at least one of its expert employees had grave doubts about Assad’s responsibility for the alleged gas attack in Douma in 2018 (I believe there are other dissidents who dare not speak out publicly yet).

It casts doubt on the legality of a joint US, British and French missile attack on Syria – supposedly in retaliation for this gas attack.

Western newspapers and broadcasters, apart from The Mail on Sunday and The Independent [and the Morning Star], have only just begun to cover this. 

The French news agency AFP finally noticed it on Thursday.

The BBC, to its lasting shame, has yet to touch it, even though the OPCW’s chief, Fernando Arias, confirmed it on a public stage to the BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner on June 6, in Bratislava of all places.

It is all very well being wise after the event over WMD. This time, could we try to be wise before the event? 

Public scrutiny of what is happening at the OPCW is vital, now.

Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. 

A new party will be registered before House of Commons rises for the summer recess, even if I have to pay for it myself, ongoing lawfare or no ongoing lawfare. 

And I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up.

I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so.

In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.