Monday, 21 October 2019

Virtus Vera Nobilitas

There is a passage in Nicholas Coleridge's new autobiography in which he describes arriving at Trinity College, Cambridge and being invited, as an Old Etonian, to a reception with the Master. 

There were three such: one for those from major public schools, with champagne; one for those from minors and grammars, with red and white wine (although probably still pretty good red and white wine there); and one for us plebs, with beer and cider. No doubt the food matched the booze, and no doubt the dress code matched them both.

Oh, how I wish that this had existed at Durham in 1997. I would have been perfectly happy with my beer and my meat pie, in my lounge suit. But I can think of others who would also have been so classified, yet who would have insisted that they ought to have been at least black tie and wine, if not white tie and champagne. They would still have been going on about it, 22 years later. And it would have been very, very, very funny.

Then again, 22 years later, I would not be at all surprised if this were once again rather the done thing. And the man responsible would be the man who had become Prime Minister weeks before my arrival at Durham. The very last vestiges of that world ought to have been swept away by the Labour Government that ought to have arrived in the natural course of events in the middle to late 1990s. But we all know what we got instead. As a result, we all know what we have had since, and we all know what we have now.

Most Labour MPs still think that Tony Blair was their party's greatest ever Prime Minister, and most of them are still going to be there after the next General Election. Another hung Parliament is coming, however and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration.

After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Who Might Come To Hand

The DUP has been in coalition with Sinn Féin for at least 12 years, and arguably for 21. Arlene Foster attended the funeral of Martin McGuinness. People who are expressing their incredulity that the DUP might do a deal with Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell need to get out more.

Likewise those who wonder how the DUP could possibly, in effect, block Brexit. If the Big Man had been dead slightly longer in 2016, then the DUP would have campaigned "reluctantly" for Remain. Its only true aim is that there be a homeland for that minority of Ulster Protestants which looks to the Ulster Revival of 1859, a homeland on as much of Ireland as can be held for the purpose. 

It cares not who holds its homeland, be that the British Army, or the Ulster Resistance that has never so much as declared a ceasefire, or the UDA and the UVF that it is "consulting" right now even though mere membership of either of them is an imprisonable offence, or anyone else who might come to hand at any given time.

And it cares not who pays for its homeland, be that Britain, or be that, too, anyone else who might come to hand at any given time. For example, the European Union, with which it therefore pays to keep in. After all, hours from now, abortion and same-sex marriage will become the law in Northern Ireland, so what has Britain ever done for the Spirit of 1859? The EU could not do any worse.

Such is the party that holds the balance of power in our Parliament. Another hung Parliament is coming, however and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration. After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Councillor Watch: Day 99

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.

The Laura Pidcock Drugs Challenge: Day 134

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.

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Dealing Ourselves In

So, are the DUP "Remoaners"? Are the Brexit Party? It is Dominic Cummings who has always been on record that he would not countenance No Deal under any circumstances. Not only that, but he has now seen the EU, and he quite fancies it as larger playground for his ego. Married into Northumberland gentry he may be, but he is no Ronnie Campbell.

I do not agree with the Labour MPs who voted with the Government yesterday, but nor do I blame them. This deal, the only one that the EU would ever sign, would tie us forever to the EU's State Aid rules, and to its public procurement requirements. But at the same time, we do not need the EU for workers' rights. For that, we need a British Government that believes in workers' rights. And if we want that Government, then we have to vote for it.

UKIP was supposed to win hundreds of seats and "replace Labour in the North", but where is it now? The Brexit Party is not going to win any seats, either. It will not even hand a few from Labour to the Conservatives, since more than half of its voters at a General Election would have come from the latter. Quite typically, its candidate here at North West Durham policed the Miners' Strike.

No, the big stories are going to be the Labour loses to the Liberal Democrats in London, the Conservative losses to the Lib Dems in the rest of the South, and the Conservatives' loss of most or all of their seats in Scotland to the SNP. Another hung Parliament is coming, therefore, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration.

After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Petie And The Paedo

Prince Andrew is a person of absolutely no importance. This is the story here. It has been noticed in New York.

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

After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham.

The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

The Measures Or Conduct

One can easily imagine the ghastly mid-Atlantic accents of those who are proposing a British version of the Logan Act, under which nobody has been indicted since 1852 and nobody has ever been convicted at all. In fact, some of us do not need to imagine their ghastly mid-Atlantic accents.

For behind Andrea "Wouldn't Have Been Selected If They'd Thought She Might Win" Jenkyns, who would have lost her seat back to Ed Balls if he had put up in 2017, is the Henry Jackson Society. Unlike Jenkyns, the stalwarts of the HJS know perfectly well that the United Kingdom is still part of the EU, so that it is not a foreign power. 

Yet they do not seem to have worked out that they themselves, and the politicians of whom they most approved, would be liable to prosecution under this legislation for their dealings with the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, plus any Guaidó regime that might eventually be installed in Venezuela. Notice the oiliness. Anything but the return to this country's vast reserves of coal.

Indeed, such prosecutions would be necessary only because we were squeamish about treason trials, which would be at least as appropriate. Either way, though, we would be talking about the removal of a huge proportion of our Political Class. Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration.

After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Councillor Watch: Day 98

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.

The Laura Pidcock Drugs Challenge: Day 133

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.

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Sign Away?

This is the best reaction to Chris Bryant's rubbish about childcare costs for MPs today. But has any money been paid? Will it be? Permanently controlled by Bryant's fabulously rich right wing of the Labour Party, Durham County Council cut the pay of 472 Teaching Assistants by 27 per cent. How about that for childcare?

You poor pet lamb MPs who cannot put up with a bit of booing, jeering and heckling, some of us have had direct attempts on our lives in our time, and some of us have been living for years under international death threats. Bringing us back to the Labour Right. Although when it comes to the source of the attempt to murder me, then it was a long time ago, and we are all friends now. Call it to the Laura Pidcock Effect. She is nothing if not a unifying force.

Pidcock has been touring the radio and television stations expressing her belief, either that there will never be another Labour or Labour-led Government, or that it would be incapable of legislating for workers' rights. Considering most of the Parliamentary Labour Party, most of whom will be still be there in the next Parliament, then she may have a point. Although in that case it is impossible to see the point of the Shadow Secretary of State for Employment Rights.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration. After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Time Is Not A Friend?

This afternoon, Radio Two played Julian Lennon's Saltwater. From 1991. It could have been written today. You see, 28 years later, the Extinction has still not occurred.

For anything up to 90 years, they are going to be telling the story of how, in October 2019, they were ever so slightly roughed up by the Police after they had decided to go ahead with a demonstration that had been banned, in the expectation that the ban had been less than fully meant, so that any breach of it would be let go. The miners, they are not.

And for anything up to 90 years, they are going to be able to tell that story, because the world is still going to be here. But in the meantime, alas, they may well have succeeded in imposing all manner of privations on the rest of its inhabitants.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration. After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Councillor Watch: Day 97

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.

The Laura Pidcock Drugs Challenge: Day 132

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.

From Behind The Curtain

As Tulsi Gabbard replies to crazy old Hillary Clinton's shout at the clouds that Gubbard and Jill Stein are Russian "assets":

Great! Thank you, Hillary Clinton. You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain.

From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a concerted campaign to destroy my reputation. We wondered who was behind it and why. Now we know — it was always you, through your proxies and powerful allies in the corporate media and war machine, afraid of the threat I pose.

It’s now clear that this primary is between you and me. Don’t cowardly hide behind your proxies. Join the race directly.

She already has. From the outburst that has occasioned this, she is in the race. So she will be the nominee, because the Democratic Party is useless like that. And Donald Trump will beat her a second time.

Friday, 18 October 2019

We Should Simply Have Left

This wretched deal would commit us forever to the EU's rules on State Aid and on public procurement, making radical action impossible.

It is also, and for precisely that reason, the only deal that the EU would ever have signed, or would ever sign in the future.

That is why there should never have been one. We should simply have left, from the Left.

Do not say a word against Ronnie Campbell when you should have listened to him from the start.

Political Reasons

Of course American military aid to Ukraine was cut "for political reasons". American or any other military aid to Ukraine or anywhere else is only ever extended in the first place "for political reasons".

If it is seeking to impeach Donald Trump, then the liberal wing of the Democratic Party clearly does not believe that it can beat him at the polls. It's right. It can't.

Too Eager By Far?

Most people do not realise quite how comprehensively devolved Northern Ireland is. Why does the DUP, which yesterday decided that the Good Friday Agreement was sacrosanct after all, regard different tariffs or VAT rates as a threat to the Union when different Social Security benefits are not? The Union is whatever the Parliament of the United Kingdom says that it is at any given time.

The DUP may sincerely believe that it prizes the Union even over Brexit, but it also embodies a tradition, which was always there but which was not given any real prominence until the emergence of the late Ian Paisley, the only true desire of which is for a homeland for the fundamentalist minority of Ulster Protestants in as much of Ireland as could be held for the purpose.

And held by whoever: by the Ulster Resistance that has has never so much as declared as ceasefire, by the UDA and the UVF that are "consulted" despite the fact that mere membership of them is an imprisonable offence, by whoever.

People of that mind are entirely clear-eyed about the fact that that homeland could never pay for itself. Hitherto, they have expected Britain to pay for it. But they are keeping their options open. They know that the United States would flatly refuse any trade agreement with the United Kingdom unless the Irish Republic had approved it. And if the 10 votes of the DUP were just enough to stop Brexit in practice, then the EU would notice, and it would not forget.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration. After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

To Have A Chat?

Yes, Ronnie Campbell has an accent. So have you. You may find his funny, but most people find yours hilarious. We can all hear where he got his; we in the North East can do so with great precision. But how on earth you ever came by yours is a complete mystery.

Ignore anyone who claims to know what might happen tomorrow. And do not judge any Labour MP, at least, for voting either way. This deal has a worse political declaration than even Theresa May's had, and it would still tie us to the EU's State Aid and competition rules. But we do not need the EU for workers' rights.

We have been in the EU for 46 years, and we are not exactly living in a workers' paradise. The people and places that would have benefited from that were the people and places whose votes swung the referendum for Leave. If we want workers' rights, then we need a British Government that is committed to them. And if we want such a Government, then we need to elect it.

Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration. After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Councillor Watch: Day 96

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.

The Laura Pidcock Drugs Challenge: Day 131

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.

Thursday, 17 October 2019

By Hook Or By Crook

But who needs the DUP, anyway? Boris Johnson is relying on enough Labour rebels to get him over the line without them. Next up, then, a "confirmatory referendum". Leading to a Remain vote, because even Remain really would be better than this deal. Johnson will pretend to oppose such a referendum, and he will bellyache on television when the House of Commons voted for it. But he will hold it. He has never really believed in Brexit, anyway.

At one time, Dominic Cummings probably did believe in Brexit. But the thing about megalomaniacs is that no stage or canvas is ever big enough for them. Cummings might have been content with running a post-Brexit Britain, until his move into 10 Downing Street made him aware of the rest of the world, or at least of the EU. So, by hook or by crook, we are not Leaving after all. And then he intends to take over Europe.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration. After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Final Demand?

Not for the first time, Ben Sellout has quite some nerve. But the anger over stitched up Labour parliamentary selections continues to grow. "How do they get away with it?" Well, it is almost never mentioned, but in addition to the individual moneybags who hang around the Labour Right, it also has a large and independent fiscal base, enforceable on pain of imprisonment.

The media have a recurring obsession with "left-wing Labour Councillors", but out of six thousand Labour Councillors in the country, no more than about one in 10 could realistically be so described. The Right, and the people who being fundamentally apolitical will side with the Right as required, continue to control pretty much the whole of Labour local government.

That includes the great majority of the most populous local authorities. With their Council Tax. With their business rates. With their pension schemes, looking to invest. With their opportunities for backhanders and freebies, such as the outright corruption of at least one person who has been longlisted for one of the nominations that is arousing controversy. And so on.

Most Labour MPs have emerged from that little world, and it has become clear this week, as if there had ever been any doubt, that most of them will continue to do so. Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration.

After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Tunnel Vision?

It is a Yes-No question, "Do you regret the defeat of the miners in 1985?" 

I would use British coal, and nuclear power, to generate the electricity to run the public transport that Extinction Rebellion has today disrupted. If they want to know who does, and who does not, take the Tube, then they need to ask themselves how often, if ever, their own parents do so.

These shenanigans provide a welcome opportunity for me to repeat my invitation to Greta Thunberg, who is highly commended by Laura Pidcock. Moreover, if Ms Pidcock had her way, then Ms Thunberg would already be of voting age.

During the impending General Election campaign, Ms Thunberg's considerable family wealth, and her vast corporate sponsorship, would easily stretch to bringing her here to North West Durham, with its former steel town and with its former pit villages.

In that town and in those villages, she could extol the wonders of deindustrialisation. Then I and others could reply. Come on, Greta. I dare you.

In Wrath

Oh, you fools, you fools. You thought that the DUP were Tories. Cousins rather than siblings, but family all the same. You carried on thinking that even after each of their 10 votes had cost you £100 million, despite the fact that the alternative had been John McDonnell as Chancellor of the Exchequer. In similar vein, Sinn Féin still would not take their seats, not even to make that happen. Take note, those on the Labour Left whose view of Sinn Féin is similar to yours of the DUP.

No, like every other party that is not "the Tories", the DUP was set up specifically not to be "the Tories", in those days in the form of the UUP. Its true view of you, you fools, remains unchanged from 1985: "We hand this woman, Margaret Thatcher, over to the Devil that she might learn not to blaspheme. And oh God, in wrath take vengeance upon this wicked, treacherous, lying woman. Take vengeance upon her, oh Lord."

Councillor Watch: Day 95

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.

The Laura Pidcock Drugs Challenge: Day 130

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.

The Blond Leading The Bland

And here it is again. The guiding principle of contemporary British politics. Call it the Rees-Mogg Rule.

Something was wrong, it was obviously absurd, and it was downright treasonable, when Theresa May or anybody else said it or did it.

But that same thing is right, it is obviously commonsensical, and it is a patriotic duty, as soon as Boris Johnson says it or does it.

Even some Labour MPs look set to submit to this.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration.

After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham.

The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Consult This

Ulster Resistance has never so much as declared a ceasefire, yet the chairman of its founding rally is now a DUP MP alongside the daughter of one of its three leading gunrunners.

But leaving aside even that, it is taken as a given that when the DUP is consulted on anything, and it is now consulted on everything, then it in turn consults the UDA and the UVF.

Both of those are proscribed terrorist organisations. That is to say, they are illegal. Mere membership of them is an imprisonable offence. By the last days of the Troubles, they were killing more people than the IRA was.

Yet by such are we now governed. Remember that when Jeremy Corbyn, for all his faults, is called "a terrorist sympathiser" or what have you. The Conservative Party remains in office on the votes of actual, active terrorists.

Active? Is that not a bit strong? Well, when the UDA and the UVF get the vote out for the DUP, and it openly owes at least one of its seats to those efforts, then in what terms do they express themselves?

Furthermore, Corbyn's Labour enemies also routinely have some very colourful contacts in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere. The Jo Cox Foundation funds the White Helmets. Is that even legal? If it is, then it ought not to be.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration.

After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Down By The Riverside?

Louise Ellman's predecessor as the Member of Parliament for Liverpool Riverside was the late Bob Parry.

In April 1992, Parry, whom the "anti-totalitarian" Oliver Kamm describes as "among the thickest parliamentarians I can recall", was arrested in Tiananmen Square for unfurling a banner in protest against the 1989 massacre there. He later came into the House of Commons to vote against Maastricht one day after he had undergone a quadruple heart bypass. 

By contrast, Ellman has done, well, what, exactly? In 22 years in the Commons, what has she achieved? Her beloved Tony Blair never made her the Minister for anything, despite her obvious craving for office, and look at some of the people whom he did prefer.

Ellman has no backbench accomplishments worth mentioning, either. "A highly effective Chair of the Transport Select Committee"? What would transport in this country be like if there were a useless Chair of the Transport Select Committee? It does not bear thinking about.

Until she became a professional anti-Corbynist, 18 years into her time in Parliament, then nobody had ever heard of Louise Ellman. At 73 and with a record like that, then she was understandably about to be deselected. Anti-Semitism, you say? Funny how there is never a specific incident to back up any allegation of that. I know whereof I speak.

In that vein, for a party that came third there in 2017 with all of 6.6 per cent of the vote, Luciana Berger looks set to win Finchley and Golders Green because she comes from exactly the right ethnic minority and because she holds exactly the right views in relation a foreign state.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration. After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Common Security?

There are those, including almost all Labour MPs, who insist on support for NATO because of the role of the Attlee Government in its creation.

But they rarely, if ever, take that view of the public ownership of the commanding heights of the economy, and they rarely do so much more than notionally in relation to the National Health Service.

Yet neither of those was also founded by extremely recent Nazi Officers, nor does either of them commit us to the defence of today's Eastern European neo-Nazis, or of Turkish Islamists, or, very soon, of Latin American caudillos.

Add in these selective Attlee-invokers' record on civil liberties during their 13 years in power, and while they may profess to be keen on "defence", they are actively hostile to anything that might be worth defending.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration.

After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Block Voting

The morally repugnant Boris Johnson has decided not to press ahead with Theresa May’s anti-pornography legislation. Not only ought that to happen, but matters need to go a lot further than that.

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 is now in the process of registration. 

After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. 

The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Not Extinction, But Rebellion

The coalfield communities are still called that because the coal is still there. A thousand years' worth of it. Yet, with a population larger than that of Scotland, they remain vastly worse off than the rest of the country by every index. So much for 10 years of the MP for Sedgefield as Prime Minister.

Extinction Rebellion may have been banned from London, but their skulls have not been cracked by mounted Police, who may or may not really have been the Police at all. That was what happened to the people who tried to save the United Kingdom's energy independence from oil in unstable places, to save its status as the world leader in clean coal technology, and to prevent the creation of a country within it, as large as several European states, but defined by extreme and unrelenting poverty, ill health, low educational attainment, heroin use to dull the pain, and so on.

All the while, though, the coal has still been there. A thousand years' worth of it. Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration. After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Back On Track?

And so Grant Shapps prepares to renationalise Northern Rail, as never done by the last Labour Government. There would be a Commons majority at least for the taking back every franchise as it came up for renewal. Were it not the Parliamentary Labour Party, economically far to his right.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration. After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Select All?

I am always proud that Tony Blair banned me for life from the Labour Party. The news coming out of the City of Durham parliamentary candidate selection process makes me especially so at the moment. There are similar horror stories emerging from several other constituencies.

North West Durham has of course been there and done that. Its Constituency Labour Party was given absolutely no say whatever in the selection of its parliamentary candidate last time, and it ended up with somebody who had never previously set foot here.

The official line from the party nationally was that nobody in North West Durham was capable of being a Member of Parliament, or even of having any role in selecting a candidate. The only sitting Councillor to sign the candidate's nomination papers, something that hardly anybody did, had been elected for the first time only days before. With a candidate who had given an address in Sussex on the ballot paper, the Conservatives still managed to take 34.5 per cent of the vote.

As for the machinations next door, and in other places besides, look at the wealth of Blair and his circle, and then consider the fact that the right-wing-if-anything municipal machine controls more or less the whole of Labour local government. For all practical purposes, the Labour Right has limitless funds. Limitless.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration. After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Councillor Watch: Day 94

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.

The Laura Pidcock Drugs Challenge: Day 129

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.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

At Any Given Time

The meaning of being "part of the United Kingdom" has never been clearer. It means being subject to the sovereign jurisdiction of the Crown in Parliament of the United Kingdom and, unlike an Overseas Territory or a Crown Dependency, returning members to the House of Commons. That's it.

If the sovereign will of that Parliament were that Northern Ireland should stay in the Customs Union while Great Britain left it, so that the United Kingdom itself would no longer be a customs union, well, then, that would be that.

Northern Ireland would stay in the Customs Union while Great Britain left it, so that the United Kingdom itself would no longer be a customs union. But it would still be the United Kingdom, because that is nothing other than whatever the Crown in Parliament of the United Kingdom says that it is at any given time.

In the same way, the secession of anywhere, such as Scotland, would not, and in 1922 did not, affect the definition of the United Kingdom, which is nothing other than the territory that is subject to the sovereign jurisdiction of the Crown in Parliament of the United Kingdom, and which returns members to the House of Commons, at any given time.

Animus In Consulendo Liber

Someone called Dominic Raab (no, me neither) has today tried to make hay with Jeremy Corbyn's past opposition to NATO.

Like Enoch Powell back in the day, and like Peter Hitchens in our own time, Corbyn was right about NATO in the past, and I have no doubt that in private he still is. 

Turkey. Monkey-chanting, Nazi-saluting Bulgaria, and that is before Ukraine is let in. "Montenegro, it's to die for."

British troops deployed to Estonia as a tripwire, because only by making an attack on the Baltic Republics an attack on British troops by default might we be cajoled into fighting for those Republics.

50, fifty, American spy bases on our soil, hiding behind fake British names and diplomatic immunity, so that we are more of a colony than a sovereign state.

And so on. Away with the whole thing.

Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration.

After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham.

The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Councillor Watch: Day 93

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.

The Laura Pidcock Drugs Challenge: Day 128

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.

Monday, 14 October 2019

Not The Loyal Address

Well, you can see why Boris Johnson wanted five weeks off to write that, can't you? What a masterpiece. What a tribute to his Classical education.

No Homage To Catalonia

Like the SNP and the Lega Nord, Catalan separatism is of the "taxpayers' revolt" variety, as if Thatcherism had ended up as an independence movement in the Home Counties.

Or in Scotland, yet holding the balance of power at Westminster.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration.

After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham.

The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Identity Politics

The poor cannot afford to drive. They certainly cannot afford to travel when, even in full time work, they are struggling to eat. Yet, or indeed therefore, here comes Jim Crow voter identification again.

Of course, behind all of this is the Home Office's solution in search of a problem since time immemorial, identity cards. Not for the first time, it is attempting to convince us that there exists a malady for this remedy already decided upon.

But electoral fraud is vanishingly rare in Britain, if it exists at all here. Across all elections held in 2015, when there were local elections and a General Election on the same day, there were 51.4 million votes cast. 

There were only 26 allegations of in-person electoral fraud. Twenty-six. And there were no convictions. Not one. Yet we became a different country on 3rd May last year, as people were denied their right to vote because they had failed to present their State papers. Guess which people.


What next? The Jim Crow Poll Tax? Nor will it end there. Unless we stop this whole trend, right here and now. The voter ID "experiment" has failed. Far from being extended, it must be discontinued forthwith.

But the Blair Government loved identity cards, and most Labour MPs remain Blairite to the core. Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration.

After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Offending The Audience

The hysterical reaction to Peter Handke's Nobel Prize is the death rattle of those who know that they have been found it. 

Everyone now sees that the dismemberment of Yugoslavia was the beginning of the neoconservatives' programme of "regime change" in alliance with Wahhabi Islamism. 

The war in Afghanistan distracted from Saudi Arabia's guilt for the events of 11th September 2001, and in any case we were hardly going to install the Kardashians in Kabul.

The rest have been simple removals, or an attempted removal, of the House of Saud's enemies, the bulwarks against their terrorist proxies in Iraq, Libya and Syria.

Syria has now been invaded by an Islamist regime inside NATO. 

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration.

After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham.

The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Councillor Watch: Day 92

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.

The Laura Pidcock Drugs Challenge: Day 127

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.

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Orate Pro Nobis

Five new canonised Saints today. 

One is a world historical figure, almost indescribably famous and influential. To have lived to see his canonisation is the reason why I am nearly in tears.

But the other four are also well worth looking up, because they are not world historical figures. They are not almost indescribably famous and influential. 

Yet they were all canonised today. There is hope for us all yet.

Prize Turkeys

Of course the Turkish invasion of Syria is setting free the prisoners who had been fighting for the so-called Islamic State. Yet Islamist Turkey is our NATO "ally".

But then, the Saudi, and increasingly also Emirati, nerve centre of global Islamist terrorism has our governing party and most of the Official Opposition's MPs deep in its pocket.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration.

After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham.

The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Do We Have A Caste Problem?

BBC One will ask that question at 10:30 tonight.

And the answer is yes. Our governing party holds several marginal seats on the back of cultivating the British section of Narendra Modi's Christian-slaughtering, "Untouchable"-oppressing base. It has even re-legalised caste discrimination in Britain. There is a reason why Britain's tiny upper-caste community has three seats in the present Cabinet. 

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration. After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. 

The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

The Rees-Mogg Rule

That which was barking mad, and treasonable, when anybody else proposed it, becomes purely commonsensical, and a patriotic duty, when it is proposed by Boris Johnson.

It is possible that even the DUP submits to this, the Rees-Mogg Rule. The so-called Spartans do. And even some Labour MPs might yet.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration.

After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham.

The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Off The Rails?

And so Boris Johnson concedes that the privatisation of the railways has been a disaster. There would be a Commons majority for the obvious solution. Were it not the Parliamentary Labour Party, economically far to his right, and preparing to put Jess Phillips on the next Leadership ballot on that ticket: economically far to the right of this, or the last, or very probably the next, Leader of the Conservative Party.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration. After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Oliver Kamm Is Still Cross

Councillor Watch: Day 91

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.

The Laura Pidcock Drugs Challenge: Day 126

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.

Saturday, 12 October 2019

O Loving Wisdom of Our God

The Pope's grandparents will have been born while Newman was still alive.

Hours from now, England and English will be recognised, not only as a land and a language of people who died for the Faith a long time, but as a land and a language in which the Faith is written in the modern age.

We did it. We have lived to see this.

Praise to the Holiest in the height, 
And in the depth be praise;
In all His words most wonderful,
Most sure in all His ways.

Councillor Watch: Day 90

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.

The Laura Pidcock Drugs Challenge: Day 125

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.

Friday, 11 October 2019

Oculi Mei Defecerunt In Salutare Tuum

There have been Catholics in the Amazon Basin for 500 years, so whose fault is it there has never been an indigenous Priesthood?

As they always do, the usual suspects are invoking Santo Subito John Henry Newman's Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine. There are three things that must always be borne in mind about that remarkable work.

First, he wrote it before he had become a Catholic. Secondly, it is not even his own last word on the subject. And thirdly, it is not in any sense part of the Magisterium.

Built On Sand

The mighty Saudi Arabia has retaliated against the Iranian or Iranian-sponsored bombing of the money wells of its terrorism on our streets by attacking an Iranian-owned oil tanker.

There has been no loss of life but some loss of oil, although that leak into the sea has since been plugged.

That's it.

Stop being frightened of Saudi Arabia. Stop taking its money. And stop voting for anyone who is or who does.

Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration.

After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham.

The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

The Principles of Necessity and Proportionality


Unlike Laura Pidcock, I stand with Chris Williamson.

Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration.

After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham.

The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Councillor Watch: Day 89

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.

The Laura Pidcock Drugs Challenge: Day 124

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.

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Ends Up

Yes, some of us have indeed seen where liberal theology ends up. We have also seen where something else ends up, and it is at least as pertinent.

All the incense in the world, all the birettas in the world, all the Plainsong in the world, all the holiness of life from the USPG mission fields to the old County Durham coal belt to Chad's Chapel, do not in themselves add up to Unity with the Successor of Peter.

And if you have spend all your time explaining why you are not a "Roman Catholic", or why you think you are one even though the Pope says that you are not one, or why you and he both say that you are one but you devote yourself to criticising and disobeying him, then everything else also begins to slide very, very, very quickly.

Doctrine itself. Liturgy, where overdone is as bad as underdone, and prissy is as bad as slapdash. Public and private morality, in what can become nests of rancid politics, and sexual immorality, and endemic alcoholism. Everything. Oh, yes. Some of us have been here before. Some of us have seen where this ends up.

Follow Peter.

Elemental

There have been some snide remarks in certain circles that the author of this considers himself fit for public office: 

"Outside the uniquely self-existent and the infinitely perfect God of Abrahamic monotheism, this or that generic, dependent, finite and imperfect deity may or may not exist in actual fact. Who knows? But each of them speaks of and to the human experience of something that is absolutely real, namely Saint Paul's elemental spirits, which are Saint John's fallen angels. Even in the House of Israel, there were prophets of Baal as well as prophets of God. And there still are."

Well, millions of Saint Paul's elemental spirits, which are Saint John's fallen angels, are worshipped in India, and Britain's present governing party has been forging a communal alliance with those worshippers for some years, even to the point of having re-legalised the caste discrimination that the the last Labour Government had outlawed. There are three Brahmins in the present Cabinet. Are they, the hereditary priests of Saint Paul's elemental spirits which are Saint John's fallen angels, also unfit for public office?

Not that Paganism is resurgent in our midst only because of relatively recent immigration from parts of the world where it remains the norm. Alain de Benoist may not be a believing Pagan, as Charles Maurras was not a believing Catholic, but, like Maurras, he expects and prefers that those who are knowingly or unknowingly influenced by him will have none of his own supposed sophistication. And all the way down to Wotanism, they do not.

There will be more of this, among other things such as the spread of Islam in the West, again with little or nothing to do with immigration. De Benoist has long been favourable to Islam as an alternative both to American materialism and to Marxism. He envisages an alliance, but many of his successors will not. Conversion to Islam will be obvious to those who were not willing or able to follow Aleksandr Dugin down the path of adherence to an esoteric branch of the Old Believers.

As both the Nouvelle Droite and Eurasianism collapsed under the inherent contractions of Nietzsche and Heidegger respectively, so, again, Islam would fill the vacuum. Over on the neoconservative side, where Iran was now the great enemy, conversion to Sunnism would be just about the most pointed way of declaring one's rejection of Shi'ism, and there is plenty of Gulf money in it.

Correspondingly, the Islam that would be most likely to attract reactionary critics of the order that neoconservatism sought to impose on the world would be the Shia Islam of the neoconservatives' enemies rather than the Sunni Islam of the neoconservatives' paymasters. But even more likely than any of this would be the emergence of a neo-Judaism that expressed and then justified neoconservative economic, social, cultural and political aspirations and actions. The converts to this would be relatively few, but they would be hugely influential.

None of this ought ever to have been on the cards. But as the old liberal Modernity has collapsed, then the Catholic Church has largely failed to articulate from the treasures of Her own Tradition the reasons why that collapse was always inevitable, and the answers to the questions that that collapse has presented. So people have looked elsewhere. While the Church abides in apology rather than in apologetics, then they will continue to look elsewhere. Yet those treasures are there, in the Tradition. Those reasons are there, in the Tradition. Those answers are there, in the Tradition.

Do not be distracted. Clerical celibacy is a disciplinary issue, and the Amazon Synod was never going to change it, anyway. But the worship of fertility symbols is heresy, blasphemy, idolatry and sacrilege. It is clearly already going on. And it is not only going on up the Amazon, or when the Amazon might occasionally flow into the Tiber. Nor, at this rate, will it be.

Councillor Watch: Day 88

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.

The Laura Pidcock Drugs Challenge: Day 123

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.

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

The Original Amazon Synod


Rojava Reality

The United States has always had to side with NATO Turkey, and the Islamist regime in Turkey today doubles that requirement by making it what Saudi Arabia wants.

The Kurds now need to look to Damascus, and to Tehran, and to Moscow, and to Beijing. Not because any of those is perfect. But because the real world is the real world.

They are not the only ones.

Dough

Pizza Express on the brink? How the world turns.

20 years ago, the greatest of all the Chad's Young Fogeys expressed to me his horror that the paintings in the Durham one were not hanging in somewhere like the Great Hall of the Castle.

"Well, Michael," I assured him, "they are indeed hanging in one of the principal dining areas of this university."

Cummings, Not Goings

The thing about megalomaniacs is that no stage or canvas is ever big enough for them. Dominic Cummings might have been content with running a post-Brexit Britain, until his move into 10 Downing Street made him aware of the rest of the world, or at least of the EU. So, by hook or by crook, we are not Leaving after all. And then he intends to take over Europe.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration. After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Councillor Watch: Day 87

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.

The Laura Pidcock Drugs Challenge: Day 122

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.

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Keep Yourselves From Idols

Do not be distracted. Clerical celibacy is a disciplinary issue, and the Amazon Synod was never going to change it, anyway. But the worship of fertility symbols is heresy, blasphemy, idolatry and sacrilege. And it is clearly already going on.

Outside the uniquely self-existent and the infinitely perfect God of Abrahamic monotheism, this or that generic, dependent, finite and imperfect deity may or may not exist in actual fact. Who knows? But each of them speaks of and to the human experience of something that is absolutely real, namely Saint Paul's elemental spirits, which are Saint John's fallen angels.

Even in the House of Israel, there were prophets of Baal as well as prophets of God. And there still are.

Would Actually Be An Improvement

Here in North West Durham, at least two Labour County Councillors are now openly canvassing for the parliamentary nomination at the General Election after next. They have written off this seat this time.

As a member of the National Executive Committee has said to me, "She lost Cramlington to the Tories, so losing North West Durham to either you or the Lib Dems would actually be an improvement."

And as a Shadow Cabinet member has put it to me in writing, in the absence of a Conservative candidate of sufficient local prominence, "You and Owen Temple are the only serious challengers to each other."

Like the NEC member, the Shadow Cabinet member takes it as a given that Laura Pidcock will come no higher than third. That is clearly also the view of at least two Labour County Councillors here. It is probably the view of all of them.

Like most or all of the Independents, most or all of those Labour Councillors were already going to vote for me, even if, pointedly unlike last time, they signed Pidcock's nomination papers. And now, at least two of them more or less publicly have every reason to contribute to her defeat.

Both of my interlocutors are of the view that Labour voters who voted for the Brexit Party earlier this year will just stay at home in most constituencies, costing Labour seats even by doing only that, but those voters would actively turn out and vote for me if I could reach them.

The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Councillor Watch: Day 86

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.

The Laura Pidcock Drugs Challenge: Day 121

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.

Monday, 7 October 2019

Bloc Voting

If the Conservatives could take 34.5 per cent of the vote at North West Durham, even with a candidate who lived in Sussex, then why do they hold no council seat here above Parish level, and not even very many of those? Well, in our fairly typical rural and small town way, we elect a lot of Independent Councillors.

Although there are exceptions, they and their voters tend to be the kind of people who vote Conservative at General Elections, who voted for the Brexit Party at the last European Elections, and who voted UKIP at the ones before that. This does mean, though, that while we have essentially Tory local politicians of some distinction, they have no formal connection to the Conservative Party.

Hence, while nobody entertains for one second the ludicrous suggestion that the sitting Labour MP might be reelected or even come second, the latest polling casually allocates North West Durham to the Liberal Democrats as if that were uncontroversial. Owen Temple is a very well-known and well-respected local figure. Unfortunately, however, he is also wrong about enough, and especially about Brexit.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration. After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham.

I would appoint an Independent, a Labourite, a Conservative and a Liberal Democrat in each of the County Wards, ideally including at least one person in each of the former District Wards, to work with me and with local people. I would also appoint a Political Advisor from within each of the Independent, Labour, Conservative, and Liberal Democrat blocs. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Councillor Watch: Day 85

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.

The Laura Pidcock Drugs Challenge: Day 120

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.

The EU Is Not DUPed

Nobody imagines that the Government is actively pursuing a Brexit deal. But they are just playing it for laughs now. Every four years, the thing will have to be approved by the DUP? At this point, across the Chancelleries of Europe, they look up the DUP.

They are acquainted with the United Kingdom from more than 60 years of popular music and from their own frequent visits to London, the most liberal city in the world, New York without the United States. They are acquainted with Ireland from Leo Varadkar and from the odd weekend in twenty-first century Dublin.

But neither of those acquaintances will have prepared them for the DUP. And nothing could entice them to accept that such a party should have any kind of power over anything at all. Of course Boris Johnson, who himself has nothing whatever in common with the DUP, understands all of this perfectly well.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration. After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Onside

They say that Blue Labour never achieved anything, but Labour's new policy on football clubs was one of our headliners back in the day.

In fact, ours was more radical than this. It still is.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration.

After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham.

The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Shades of Yellow?

Stephen Dorrell was John Major's Health Secretary, and thus a particularly comical candidate for Change UK.

I once heard him make a very rude speech about the Liberal Democrats. When, exactly, did he decide that he was one?

I am no Lib Dem, but there are real ones, and I have been known to campaign alongside them on local issues. 

They are staunch Remainers, but they did not sign up for some universal anti-Brexit welcome wagon.

They have not decided that they were not Labour only in the last four years, and they have not decided that they were not Conservatives only in the last three months.

They are going to want their party back sooner rather than later, and my money would be on sooner.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration.

After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham, which the latest polling casually allocates to the Lib Dems as if that were uncontroversial.

The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Blow Your Own Whistles

What Donald Trump may or may not have done may or may not be grounds to impeach him. But what Joe Biden has certainly done is certainly grounds not to vote for him.

Longstanding insiders know what kind of corruption is legally and socially acceptable, because they themselves decide such things. But they themselves should not and need not decide elections. In this case, they must not do so.

Don't Be Beeched

Once you are dead, then you are an historical figure. No historical figure is automatically regarded as "innocent" simply for the want of a criminal conviction in life. Carl Beech was the last person to accuse either Leon Brittan or Greville Janner. But he was very far from the first. Let there be no whitewash here.

The Hard Rights of both main parties, and the Cyril Smith wing that is dominant in economic policy terms within the Liberal Democrats, are so shot through with the sexual abuse of children that they are more or less defined by it. And like illegal drug use, sexual behaviour is never purely "private". Both of them open up the participants to blackmail.

Moreover, the intellectual contortions necessary to justify them in the minds of those participants have vast philosophical and political consequences, taking those minds from a broadly Conservative or Labour position to an explicitly Thatcherite or Blairite one.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration. After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Immunity?

The name of RAF Croughton might suggest that it was something to do with Britain. But beyond being located here, it is no such thing.

It has been an American base for nearly 70 years, wholly beyond the law of this land for most legal and all practical purposes.

Its presence, like that of several others with fake British names, has never been authorised by Parliament.

Despite that, BT provides Croughton's state of the art connections to another American base, in Djibouti.

From there, drone strikes on Yemen are launched, contributing significantly to the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today.

Following my reproduction of his article on Julian Assange, Gavin Lewis has kindly sent me this, which provides a useful context to all of this.

All of this, which includes the American sanctioning of an invasion and an impending de facto annexation of Northern Syria, as surely as of Northern Cyprus, by NATO, Islamist Turkey.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration.

After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham.

The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Declared Interest

Well, that's a yes, then, from Jennifer Arcuri.

Piers Morgan, who was right about Iraq and who has never been forgiven for it, will never be forgiven for this, either. But hey, ho.

Boris Johnson has improperly channelled public money to the other participant in one of his numerous adulterous affairs.

That is now a matter of record.

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Face Facts

Face-covering is either acceptable both in Britain and in Hong Kong.

Or it is unacceptable both in Britain and in Hong Kong.

Which is it, and why?

Arbitrary, Indeed

In Saudi Arabia, they would have been beheaded. But in Iran, prisoners are now starting to be released.

Iran should now offer to release Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, as demanded by the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, if Britain also released Julian Assange, as demanded by the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

Sadly, the truth is that almost all British MPs would rather leave her to rot than see him set free. Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration.

After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.