Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Vires Acquirit Eundo?

On, then, to the High Court of Australia, the last institution capable of proving social media wrong in their assertion that Australia is pretty much a judicial hellhole for anyone who is not an "Anglo Mason" or what have you.

If you are, say, a Catholic, then even physical impossibility is not a defence. Tell me about it. You do not have to go to Australia for that. The charges against me are physically impossible. But they have still never been dropped, well over two years on. "Anglo Masons"? Well, something like that, no doubt. Durham County Council. Say no more.

At least until the High Court of Australia has ruled, although frankly even then, there is no grounds whatever for Cardinal Pell to be removed, either from the Sacred College of Cardinals, or from the clerical state. Between him and the failure to do anything to help Julian Assange, Australia is looking very, very bad at the moment.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Journalistic Standards

As a victim of political violence, I stand with Owen Jones.

If you stand with Owen Jones, then did you stand with Nigel Farage in May?

If you stand with Owen Jones, then did you stand with Julie Bindel in June?

If you stand with Owen Jones, then did you stand with George Galloway in 2014?

If you stand with Owen Jones, then do you stand with Diane Abbott, who was never asked whether or not Jess Phillips really had insulted her?

If you stand with Owen Jones, then do you stand with Jackie Walker, Marc Wadsworth and Tony Greenstein, who have never been approached to give their side of the story by any news outlet of the kind that the Labour Party Conference accredits?

If you stand with Owen Jones, then do you stand with the "state-controlled news media entities", obviously not including the British ones, that will no longer be allowed to advertise on Twitter?

If you stand with Owen Jones, then do you stand with Asa Winstanley?

If you stand with Owen Jones, then do you stand with Chris Williamson?

Above all, if you stand with Owen Jones, then do you stand with Julian Assange?

And what does Owen Jones himself have to say in answer to any of these questions?

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.

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. Buy the book here.

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.

Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

A Bridgen To Nowhere

Poor Andrew Bridgen on Newsnight knew how long ago the heady days of last month now were, and that he was just a rebel again now.

Some tweak to the backstop, but not so as to annoy the Irish enough to rule out a trade deal with the United States, and, er, that's going to be it. Other than that, Boris Johnson is going to leave Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement unaltered. Well, he did vote for it often enough.

The likes of the ERG can go hang. As for the Brexit Party, its only function now is to hand 30, 40 or even 50 Conservative seats to the Liberal Democrats, thereby making possible the reconstitution of the Coalition, a highly active Government (more was the pity) that lasted a full five years (more was the pity) before there was any such word as "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. 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. Buy the book here.

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. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Councillor Watch: Day 37

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 22

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 118

It has now been 20 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. 20 weeks later, and that email, a perfectly simple thing to find, has still not turned up. It does not exist.

Be at Durham Crown Court at 10 o'clock on Monday 2nd September, to hear that there is still no case against me. That will not be a trial, but just another hearing as to the evidence or lack of it. 2nd September 2019. I was arrested on 14th March 2017.

This post will therefore continue to 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. A new party is now in the process of registration.

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. Buy the book here.

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.

Sykes-Picot Lines

As Khan Sheikhoun is liberated, remember that it was occupied by the side that we back in Syria, but bomb in Iraq, while castigating Jack Letts for having gone to join it in Syria.

Most Labour MPs, most or all Conservative MPs, and all Liberal Democrat MPs, think that this is perfectly reasonable and sensible.

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.

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. Buy the book here.

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. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Come What May, Indeed

Ignore, as you have probably already ignored, the signing of some Order by the man who manages to be the Brexit Secretary without most people's ever having heard of him.

As that Order was made, so can it be unmade.

We are moving inexorably towards Boris Johnson's tabling of something that is not just Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement all over again, it's not, it's not, it's not.

Except, of course, that it will be.

And this time, it might even pass. Not on Labour votes, although there might be a few, but on Conservative ones.

Because it is not just Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement all over again, it's not, it's not, it's not.

Except, of course, that it will 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.

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. Buy the book here.

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. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

And When They Were Only Halfway Up?

Prince Andrew? Who cares? He has never run anything in his life. 

The story here, seen from Britain, is Jeffrey Epstein's connection, via Peter Mandelson and the Clintons, to New Labour, and, via the Maxwells, to the Old Labour Right, as well as to British, American, Israeli, and probably also ex-Soviet intelligence.

Robert Maxwell was at least a quadruple agent, while Epstein's wealth was completely inexplicable by any normal means, and he was permitted to operate at the very highest social and political levels despite the universal knowledge that he was a paedophile. He had "intelligence asset" written all over him.

The monarchy serves as a distraction from this kind of thing, thereby enabling genuinely powerful people to avoid proper scrutiny. That is one of the many ways in which it baffles me that the monarchy keeps sweet the people whom it does keep sweet, although I accept that it is useful insofar as it does do that.

I have hesitated, because I still think that Tom Watson is the best available candidate for Deputy Leader of the Labour Party (it would only be some Blairite otherwise, because candidates have to be nominated by the PLP), and because I still think that George Galloway should have gone for Birmingham Yardley instead.

But if the Maxwells are back, not that they ever really went away, then we need George back in the House of Commons, to speak under parliamentary privilege. 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.

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. Buy the book here. It is dedicated to George, among other people.

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. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Monday, 19 August 2019

Happy Birthday, Laura Pidcock

A big week for you, what with this and your GCSE results.

Councillor Watch: Day 36

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 71

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 117

It has now been more than 19 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 19 weeks later, and that email, a perfectly simple thing to find, has still not turned up. It does not exist.

Be at Durham Crown Court at 10 o'clock on Monday 2nd September, to hear that there is still no case against me. That will not be a trial, but just another hearing as to the evidence or lack of it. 2nd September 2019. I was arrested on 14th March 2017.

This post will therefore continue to 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. A new party is now in the process of registration.

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. Buy the book here.

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.

Fuel, Power


I was shaken from my Sunday morning Radio-4-induced doze by what could not have been thunder (the weather was all wrong). I worked out very quickly that what I had heard was the demolition of the last cooling towers of Didcot ‘A’ power station, around ten miles from my home.

I’d known it was coming, but I still felt a grim sense of foreboding. I watched, as an Oxford townie teenager, as Didcot ‘A’ was built. Didcot ‘B’ still continues as a gas-fired plant, for now. I have many times been amazed by how far away it can (or could) be seen, from the southern spur of the Chilterns near Ewelme, from the Wittenham Clumps or, most astonishingly, from south of the Berkshire Downs north of Newbury, where the top of its 650-foot chimney can still be seen above the line of the hills, puzzling until you have worked out what it is.

It is not as thrilling as the huge northern power stations I used to admire as I travelled to and from York by train in my student days – Ferrybridge and Drax. But it was an expression of peaceful power and developed civilisation, and a sign that somebody somewhere had planned intelligently for our national future.

I’ve never thought it especially ugly. Didcot was never a beauty spot. Windmills on previously unravaged moors and hills offend me far more. I visited it in the early 1970s when it was new and was impressed by its size and force, outdone for me only by the white-hot controlled fury and danger of steel rolling mills and the thunder of the old Daily Express rotary presses in Fleet Street.

The Didcot turbines, in those pre-EU days, were built by the once-great British engineering firm Parsons, long ago swallowed up by Siemens. I remember passing it daily during Arthur Scargill’s kamikaze summertime coal strike, noticing that it continued to run undisturbed. It’s a feature of my daily journeys to and from work. 

Since 2014, it has been less of one as the first three cooling towers and the enormous turbine hall were demolished by high explosive. This morning it was less still. It’s one of the few bits of Britain’s deindustrialization that I have watched in real time (the others are the old Morris and Pressed Steel factories in Cowley, on the eastern side of Oxford), rather than discovering on return visits that places which were once familiar are now unrecognisable.

That great chimney is next for the demolition men, and the thought of its inevitable destruction makes my heart sink, as it would to watch the disarming of some valued warship or regiment, as part of a surrender. In this case we are surrendering common sense and taking the yoke of a dogma that does not even make sense on its own terms, as I shall explain. 

I wonder if we could even build such a thing any more, if we ever realise our mistake. The immensely costly and delayed electrification of the Great Western railway line, and the surprisingly poor service which has resulted, does not fill me with confidence. I recall reports that a former worker at the coal-fired power station, who had been there from its 1970 opening and who was asked to switch it off in March 2013, confessed that he felt there was something wrong about closing it.

I agreed. It seemed to me to be an act of dogmatic self-harm, to shut down a modern, efficient generating station, which could easily have been modernised to make its emissions cleaner. Its entire capacity, 1,440 MW (1.44 gigawatts) is as nothing beside the gigantic and ever-expanding capacity of China’s coal-burning generation. An enormous 259 gigawatts of new capacity are under development in China, in such a way that central government can disclaim responsibility for them when it goes to Climate Change conferences. That’s on top of the 993 gigawatts (that is, I think, equivalent to 690 Didcot power stations) of coal-burning capacity China already possesses. 

The new stations which are to be built to achieve this increase will have the same capacity to produce electricity as the USA’s entire array of coal-fired generation stations. For details, see here. The UK’s whole electrical generation capacity, in all forms of power, is 85 gigawatts. If we gave up using electricity entirely, it would make no difference to the impact of Chinese coal burning, fuelled by enormous new coal fields in Inner Mongolia. I have seen the mile-long, frequent coal trains which thunder ceaselessly from this area to the rest of China.

If we completely abolish all our fossil-fuel generation, it would likewise not matter in the slightest. We are electrical hedgehogs next to China’s electrical elephant. China’s planned increase in coal power, alone, is three times the size of our whole electricity generation industry. If you believe that global warming is man-made (and I am not even going to bother to discuss this contention on this occasion, for it is irrelevant to my argument, so please don’t try to tempt me), then Britain’s coal shutdown will make absolutely no difference at all to the outcome you fear. 

On its own terms, the closure of coal-fired stations such as Didcot is futile, an act of puritanical self-flagellation, as weird as tying barbed wire garters round your thigh, except that you’re tying them round other people’s thighs as well, by bringing about power cuts that disrupt their lives and endanger everything from hospitals to traffic, not to mention food storage, the computers which supply vital information to all parts of our civilisation and govern our communications, and transport itself.

How fitting, in a way, that all this should happen less than a fortnight after the still-mysterious major UK power cut of Friday 9th August. Since then, it has emerged, as I wrote in my column, that power companies were boasting that they were approaching 50% wind generation, only a few minutes before the fuses blew and a large part of the UK was blacked out. Were these things connected? I doubt we shall ever know. There is, as far as I know, nobody non-partisan in the power industry or the government, who is prepared to examine the facts without worrying about upsetting the state dogma of warmist fanaticism. But I have read several articles by people who know more about this than I do. 

Yesterday my Mail on Sunday colleague Helen Cahill wrote this. It begins, ‘National Grid had evidence that the shift to renewable energy was putting Britain's electricity supply at risk months before the biggest blackout in a decade, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. The company, which is responsible for keeping the lights on, has downplayed the role of wind energy in the power cut that caused widespread chaos earlier this month.

‘John Pettigrew, chief executive of the FTSE 100 firm, described the outage as a “once-in-30-years” event and said there was “nothing to indicate there is anything to do with the fact that we are moving to more wind or more solar”. ‘Yet in April, National Grid published research warning that using more renewable power sources posed a threat to the network's “stability”.’ 

Today, Monday 19th August, there is one in The Times, alas behind a paywall, by Emily Gosden, the paper’s energy editor. It suggests that power generated by coal or gas possesses more ‘inertia’, and is therefore more resistant to fluctuations in frequency, than either wind power or power sucked into this country through the connectors which supply us with power from France (mainly nuclear), Belgium (heavily nuclear) and the Netherlands (which I believe is largely fossil fuel, but my information may be out of date). 

Ms Gosden writes that when demand is low and many big power stations are not running, ‘the system is particularly fragile’ because ‘unlike traditional plants, neither interconnectors, nor wind farms provide “inertia” or resistance to the change in frequency on the grid. That means frequency tends to be more volatile.’ She adds, ‘If frequency drops very rapidly, as it did on August 9, there may not be enough time for back-up plants to start up before it gets dangerously low. A rapid drop can also make other plants trip off, exacerbating the problem’.

As I said in my Sunday MoS column, there have been three near misses in three months before the recent cut. See here. We are far closer to major energy trouble than politicians, industry chiefs or many in the media, all lost in a fog of dogma, seem to have realised, though I, along with my friend, the late Christopher Booker, have been predicting power cuts for ages. I half expect to hear reports of sarcastic laughter from Christopher’s grave in Litton churchyard, Somerset.

Special Administrative Region?

Everyone knows that the British invented rubber bullets under the Labour Government of the late 1960s, but almost everyone seems to think that they did so in and for Northern Ireland. In fact, though, they did so in and for Hong Kong, where rubber bullets were used before they were ever used in Northern Ireland.

No, of course Hong Kong is not, nor has it ever been, "an island of freedom". Whatever else the two systems were ever supposed to have been, there was never the slightest suggestion that either of them was that.

Where have those British colonial flags come from? They were thoroughly unloved at the time. Clearly professionally produced, have people just had them in their houses all these years? Pull the other one. Someone is paying for all of this.

And notice that they are increasingly being supplanted by American ones. This is where the theory of the Anglosphere, the inventors of which went out of their way to keep the people of Hong Kong out of Britain in the 1980s, always ends up.

Except that these days, the Americans themselves are having none of it. Neoconnery about "islands of freedom" is not as out of vogue as some of us might have hoped that it would have been under Donald Trump, but he has at least had the wit to recognise that Hong Kong was "an internal Chinese matter".

Even if we wanted to, then there would be absolutely nothing that we could do about Hong Kong. However bad the regime in China may be, although we are closely allied to far worse and although the people who are being rounded up in Xinjiang would be rounded up in Bradford as well, even the most futile attempt at antagonising China would be the road to our own beggary by the middle of the present century. 

Such antagonism for the sake of some kind of lingering claim to a piece of territory seized during the Opium Wars, of all things, would be full-blown economic suicide. This is the real the world. Clearly, Trump is living in it. And so should we.

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. 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. Buy the book here.

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. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

The Perils of Adrenalin?

Yes, the Puerto Rican bust of Mountbatten made out of lard is a laugh-out-loud moment in Andrew Roberts's famous chapter on him in Eminent Churchillians.

But for me, the real gem is between the thought of him at Sir Billy Butlin's Variety Club dinner, and the fact that he catalogued his own relatives using a system designed for pedigree cattle.

Mountbatten, that is. Not Roberts.

I did think of writing Eminent Blairians. Until I realised that there had never been any. As for Eminient Corbynians, I intend to be, not the author, but one of the subjects.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

And How They Get Away With It

Owen Jones and I have not been speaking for some time, and that suits us both. 

But a long time ago, the Blairite Right, which was then the Government, tried to murder me. Hands around my throat, and everything.

It has now spent more than two years trying and failing to send me to prison. I am the victim of an active death threat from its pro-Modi and pro-Netanyahu allies in the United States. 

Through those common causes, it now has close ties to the Far Right, going to the very heart of the Parliamentary Labour Party.

So I send Owen all solidarity. If anything, I welcome him to the club.

Not least because we now have a Prime Minister who was caught on tape conspiring with a professional criminal to have a critical journalist beaten up. Britain is rotting from the head down. 

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.

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. Buy the book here.

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. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Councillor Watch: Day 35

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 70

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 116

It has now been more than 19 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 19 weeks later, and that email, a perfectly simple thing to find, has still not turned up. It does not exist.

Be at Durham Crown Court at 10 o'clock on Monday 2nd September, to hear that there is still no case against me. That will not be a trial, but just another hearing as to the evidence or lack of it. 2nd September 2019. I was arrested on 14th March 2017.

This post will therefore continue to 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. A new party is now in the process of registration.

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. Buy the book here.

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.

Senior Moments

Sometimes, it is necessary to state the obvious. 

Along with the reduction in state pension entitlement, sometimes to zero, for people with any other kind of provision, the raising of the age to 75, which most poor men and very many poor women never see, is a device to avoid paying it at all.

Yet a sovereign state with its own free-floating fiat currency has as much of that currency as it chooses to issue to itself, and ample means for controlling any inflationary effects. Pensioners stimulate economic growth by spending their money.

When did any of this become controversial, especially as it is all taken for granted in other areas of policy? What have we become, that we think that people living longer is anything other than an achievement? 

Of course, the underlying solution to all of this is the Universal Basic Income. 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.

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. Buy the book here.

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. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Letts Not

You do not have to like Jack Letts to be extremely concerned when politicians start revoking people's citizenship. If you would merely qualify for another nationality, whether or not you held it or wanted it, then your British citizenship can now be revoked at a stroke of the Home Secretary's pen.

Saint Helena has never become independent and it never will, so I am all right this side of Scottish independence. But beyond the fair South Atlantic, most of Britain's former colonies in the Caribbean are independent now. And 50 per cent of people in Britain with an Afro-Caribbean parent also have a white parent.

If you are in that position, even if your other ancestors have been Anglo-Saxon for as long as there have been any Anglo-Saxons, or even if Julius Caesar heard them speaking the language that is now Welsh, then your British citizenship could now be revoked at a stroke of the Home Secretary's pen.

If you are one of the huge proportion of the population of Great Britain with an ancestral connection to Ireland, or if you are almost any of the current inhabitants of Northern Ireland including all 10 DUP MPs, then your British citizenship could now be revoked at a stroke of the Home Secretary's pen.

And if you would qualify under Israel's Law of Return, which is considerably looser than the Rabbinical definition of who is Jewish, then your British citizenship could now be revoked at a stroke of the Home Secretary's pen. How about that for anti-Semitism?

All this, and the return of the sus law, too. This is the most racist British Government since the term became current. But then, look at the other side. Never mind the sus law. When that lot was last in, then it tried to introduce the pass laws.

Look at Margaret Hodge, who recently called Shraga Stern "a second-class Jew". Look at Nick Cohen, who has demanded that Stern be banished from public life on account of his Yiddish accent. Look at Jess Phillips, who has accused British Pakistanis of importing wives for their disabled sons, and who became famous by claiming to have been rude and abusive towards Britain's most prominent black politician, Diane Abbott.

Look at John Mann, who writes racist material against Gypsy, Romany and Traveller people, and who then distributes it to his constituents. Look at Ruth Smeeth, who organised a lynch mob of dozens of Labour MPs and Peers to march through London and demand, successfully, the expulsion of the immensely distinguished black activist Marc Wadsworth from the Labour Party, not for having lied about Smeeth, but for having been so uppity a Coloured as to have told the truth about her. 

Look at all of the BAME Labour MPs, not one of whom has defended either Wadsworth or Jackie Walker. Look at the newly martyred Owen Jones, who has likewise remained silent rather than support Wadsworth, or Walker, or Tony Greenstein, or Chris Williamson, or Julian Assange, or anyone else.

Look at Claire Kober, who sought to emulate apartheid South Africa by bulldozing Tottenham and building an all-white luxury gated community over its rubble. Look at David Miliband, who created the "Chagos Marine Protected Area" in order to prevent the Chagossians from returning to their homeland.

Look at Tony Blair, who with George Bush has killed more brown people than any other white man alive. Look at Hilary Armstrong, who at the same time as she was Chief Whip on the Iraq War was banning me from becoming a Labour District Council candidate in her constituency because I was mixed-race. Look at Laura Pidcock, whose election literature in 2017 featured Armstrong's name, face, and words of endorsement. 

And look at Simon Henig, the George Wallace of our time, who is now banned from the Durham Miners' Gala in solidarity with everyone from the Teaching Assistants, to the Palestinians, to me. Henig's attack on the Teaching Assistants is racist at least in effect, and they have been brought to their sorry pass by the treacherous political advice of Pidcock's Political Advisor, Ben Sellout. 

One could go on.

The Conservative Party is the party of the Windrush scandal and the party that, assisted by the Liberal Democrats, relegalised caste-based discrimination. Theresa May's Chief of Staff was Gavin Barwell, who as Housing Minister had caused the deaths at Grenfell Tower, itself a property of a flagship Conservative Council. In 2011, under the Coalition, teenage black boys were convicted of rioting based on CCTV footage of entirely different teenage black boys. "They all look the same," you see.

Boris Johnson calls black people "piccaninnies", and Muslim women "letterboxes". His Home Secretary, who has denaturalised Letts, is a close ally both of Narendra Modi and of Benjamin Netanyahu. Modi's Education Minister has slashed scholarships for Dalits (so-called "Untouchables"), while Netanyahu's Education Minister has described marriage between Jews and non-Jews as "a second Holocaust".

Meanwhile, the Labour Party has adopted the IHRA Definition of Antisemitism, a silencing of BAME, refugee and migrant voices redolent of Windrush and of Grenfell Tower. Labour submits to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which sacks its black and disabled staff first, which exonerated the Government in relation to Windrush, and members of which profited from Windrush and from blacklisting.

A Labour Government evicted the Palestinians. A Labour Government evicted the people of the Chagos Islands, at the same time as it was repressing demonstrations in Hong Kong far more brutally than is happening at the moment. As has already been mentioned, a Labour Government sought to banish the Chagossians permanently by creating the "Chagos Marine Protected Area".

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. 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. Buy the book here.

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. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Right Out

Remember when the media's official parliamentary voices of Brexit, pub bores whom Boris Johnson has declined to appoint to anything at all, thought that they had won? That seems like a very long time ago now.

This Government is precariously dependent on a dozen or more Conservative MPs' not voting to make Jeremy Corbyn Prime Minister, on the abstentions and preferably the votes of a handful of people who were elected as Labour MPs and who mostly hate Brexit but who all hate Corbyn even more, and on the abstentions of the Lib Dems for much the same reason.

The Right did better before the referendum. The Right did better under the Coalition, in which Mark Francois was a Minister. He is not a Minister now.

Making these people the media's official parliamentary voices of Brexit was an intentional tactic in the strategy to ensure that Brexit itself never happened. So far, that strategy is coming along nicely.

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.

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. Buy the book here.

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. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Councillor Watch: Day 34

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 69

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 115

It has now been more than 19 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 19 weeks later, and that email, a perfectly simple thing to find, has still not turned up. It does not exist.

Be at Durham Crown Court at 10 o'clock on Monday 2nd September, to hear that there is still no case against me. That will not be a trial, but just another hearing as to the evidence or lack of it. 2nd September 2019. I was arrested on 14th March 2017.

This post will therefore continue to 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. A new party is now in the process of registration.

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. Buy the book here.

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.

Check Her Privilege

Both of Greta Thunberg's parents have Wikipedia entries, as has her paternal grandfather.

How dare someone from quite so privileged a background presume to demand that our people either go back to, or remain in, our shacks and our hovels?

Here is one of mine for OffGuardian, from January of this year:

Look back to 1870, to each of what were to become the New Deal United States, Social Democratic Western Europe, and the Soviet Bloc. Then look at each of those in 1970. 

Neither laissez-faire economics, nor caring overly much about the fate of rare voles, had delivered electrification, or mass transportation, or decent accommodation, or proper sanitation, or universal vaccination, or space exploration. 

Are we to deny to Indians, or to Chinese, or to Brazilians, the same progress that we ourselves have made, and instead leave them defecating in communal pits while waiting to die of cholera or typhus? 

Are we to have the women of Africa continue to die, as the women of Europe did for thousands of years, from the fumes emitted by the open fires over which they cooked? 

This has nothing to do with post-imperial guilt, which is contestable. This has everything to do with common humanity, which is not.

I recently heard an ostensibly Corbyn-supporting youth, with that strange new accent of middle-class London, ask in all seriousness whether the miners had been defeated "for environmental reasons", as if the Government and the Police had been the Green Goodies.

Of course, Jeremy Corbyn himself, never mind Piers Corbyn who is a dedicatee of this book, could have set her right. But what next? Maggie's milk-snatching as a pioneering strike against the wicked dairy industry? Don't laugh, it could happen.

Mind you, several of my most stimulating political interlocutors on Left and Right are of Thunberg's age, or thereabouts. Theirs is a highly promising generation. The dedicatees of this book include James Draper, Aren Pym and Adam Young, who all have huge futures ahead of them. My objection to Thunberg is not that she is young. It is that she is wrong.

And the five people whom it will take to bring back her boat from New York will first fly over to the United States, meaning that in total her trip will end up creating six times the emissions that it would have done if she had just flown to New York in the first place.

All in all, then, I greatly look forward to welcoming this trio to campaign against me at North West Durham. At least in its intention, this picture is not satirical.


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.

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. Buy the book here.

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. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

All Aboard?

As the Ferguson shipyard is nationalised in order to supply the publicly owned Caledonian MacBrayne, notice that its ability to bid for private contracts will now be constrained by the EU's State Aid rules.

How does the SNP get out of that 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.

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. Buy the book here.

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. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

How The Right Lost Faith In Capitalism

Giles Fraser, a dedicatee of this book, writes: 

Last Friday, the National Grid shut down power to various parts of the South-East as two of its generators failed.

As the power cut began, my family and I were on a train coming back to London after a day trip to have lunch with my parents.

Facing unspecified delays, and with a small baby and a two-year-old in tow, we made an early and executive decision to call the local taxi firm and order a ride back to South London.

It cost us £120, which given the circumstances we were happy to pay. Fortunately, we made an early call. 

Many who made a similar decision later on found themselves at the mercy of Uber, facing huge price hikes. 

Apparently, the Uber algorithm, more sensitive than the local cab company to the fluctuations of supply and demand, sent prices through the roof. 

A similar power cut in March 2018 meant that stranded commuters were faced with Uber price surges of up to 500%. 

Amongst the most disturbing lessons that my father attempted to teach me as a child was that something is worth what someone is prepared to pay for it. 

There is no such thing as intrinsic value, he maintained. Value is simply a function of supply and demand. 

Well, I didn’t like it then and I don’t like it now.

For the kindly Muslim taxi driver that took us home, the algorithm was pretty simple: the job was worth his time plus his costs plus a reasonable profit. 

Our misfortune was not something to be exploited by a profit-maximising algorithm. And I thank him for that. 

Now it may have been entirely incidental that our cab driver was a person of faith. 

And I absolutely do not put his behaviour down to the fact that, as a believer, he was a better person than those greedy, pagan executives over at Uber. 

But what I did wonder, as we trundled down the M1, was whether we had been the beneficiaries of a world-view in which things do, in fact, have intrinsic value. 

The Uber algorithms, perfectly embodying the spirit of market forces, make all value beholden to fluctuations of supply and demand.

Here, nothing is fixed. Everything is relative. It’s a metaphysics, of sorts. Or perhaps – because it’s so wholeheartedly materialist – an anti-metaphysics. 

Capitalism represents the triumph of the immanent – that there is nothing to human value except the ebb and flow of human behaviour. 

Value is not rooted in anything transcendent, beyond the continual drift of human desire. This is why, at a philosophical level at least, capitalism and religious belief are fundamentally enemies. 

The former is inherently relativistic and free-floating, the latter rooted in a view of the world where there are immutable and stable values. 

I mention this little story only because it sits neatly alongside a movement that seems to be gathering force, especially in the US, in which conservatives – and often religious conservatives – are ousting socialists as some of the most thoughtful critics of capitalism.

Last year Peter Kolozi, an academic at the City University of New York, published a timely historical survey of the long tradition of anti-capitalism within US conservatism. 

To those who have become used to conservatives being capitalism’s most high-profile cheerleaders, this notion may seem odd. 

But there is no necessary connection between conservatism and capitalism: indeed, there is a strong case that they are antithetical. And that case is re-emerging.

For instance, as Kolozi points out, conservatism in the post-Bellum American South looked suspiciously upon capitalism as a northern phenomenon that threatened the traditional structures of community life. 

This was a version of conservatism that sought to maintain a form of life built upon racial privilege. And most of us are glad it was destroyed. 

But the South’s experience of capital’s power to destroy traditional community structures – for good or ill – formed an important part of the traditional conservative tradition (often known as paleoconservatism) and its attitude towards capitalism. 

As Kolizi explains, this tradition came to be obscured by the Cold War. 

Given the threat posed by communism, anti-capitalist conservatives threw in their lot with free-market conservatives, united against a common enemy. 

But the end of the Cold War, the 2008 financial crash, worries about globalisation, and the collapse of faith in the market’s ability to sustain community life – often code for church and family – has exposed old divisions within the conservative family. 

Thus people like Fox news presenter and Trump supporter Tucker Carlson are beginning to say things like this: “Market capitalism is not a religion. Any economic system that weakens and destroys families isn’t worth having.” 

Damning the “mercenaries” of the capitalist class, Carlson called for: “a fair country. A decent country. A cohesive country. A country whose leaders don’t accelerate the forces of change purely for their own profit and amusement.” 

 This could almost have been Bernie Sanders.

The conservative case against capitalism is built on three basic differences between the two ideologies. 

First, the obvious point. Conservatives like to conserve. By contrast, capitalism is the most powerful change-agent the world has ever seen. 

Karl Marx had it right when he explained capitalism in the opening chapter of The Communist Manifesto

“All fixed, fast-frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions, are swept away, all new-formed ones become antiquated before they can ossify. All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned.” 

To those who are capitalism’s most vigorous moral proponents, this is its virtue: creative destruction. 

When what is being destroyed is a society of racial superiority, as with the American South, that is a good thing. 

But when what is being destroyed is a whole infrastructure of mutual care and support – family, unions, church, stable communities – then we might think very differently. 

The second difference is the one alluded to in my taxi story: capitalism’s anti-metaphysics – or, to use Marx’s expression, the profanation of the holy. 

It is not incidental that religion has played an important role within the conservative tradition.

For religious belief locates value beyond the to-ing and fro-ing of human desire, beyond human subjectivity. 

God is the fixed point around which human value turns.

But hang on, weren’t the religious right of the Reagan era, for instance, capitalism’s biggest fans? 

Yes, but this was more to do with their pathological hatred of Soviet Communism and its programmatic atheism. 

During the Cold War, the Christian Right imagined that their enemies’ enemy – capitalism – to be their friend. 

The new style anti-capitalist conservative of the Carlson variety believes this alliance to have been short-sighted.

Third, anti-capitalist conservatives maintain that the moral life is a communal and necessarily rooted activity.

They put particular value on loyalty to place and kin as necessary constituents of moral formation and of human flourishing.

In this regard, they have begun to whisper to each other that the global reach of multi-national capitalism is undermining the very basis of moral existence and human happiness.

Capitalism severs people from their roots, treating human labour as just another commodity to be moved around the world at the service of supply and demand.

These new-look conservatives have a totally different feel to the ones that progressives have been used to dealing with. Take someone like Kentucky farmer and contemporary poet Wendell Berry. 

Radically committed to the environment, a lyricist of human rootedness, implacably hostile to technology, broadly Christian, in many ways he feels more Left than Right, yet his moral vision fits more comfortably within the old tradition of Southern Agrarians than it does within that of the progressives.

Or take American writer Rod Dreher, more obviously on the Right, yet whose Benedict Option advises a withdrawal from the values of capitalism:

“What has been missing from capitalism for a long time is any sense of morality, care for neighbor and community, and love for the “other” that Christianity absolutely demands, but that this current iteration of capitalism says is foolish.” 

The US TV Series American Gods is premised upon the idea of a war between the old Gods of religion and the new gods of technology and celebrity and finance.

This is the war that a new generation of American conservatives have now joined.

J. D. Vance, for example, the conservative author of Hillbilly Elegy, was baptised a Catholic last week. Agreeing with Carlson, he has asked:

“What happens when the companies that drive the market economy — and all of its benefits — don’t care about the American nation’s social fabric?” 

Even Vance, a venture capitalist, is wobbling in his faith in the redemptive potential of corporate finance. I suspect that is why he has chosen the old gods over the new.

Ironically, it is progressives – the Clintons, for example – who continue to look to the gods of finance to drive us all towards the sunny uplands of a bright new world. 

Historically, it is liberalism that was formed alongside capitalism, and liberalism – especially classical liberalism – that shares the same basic assumptions about the freedom of the individual. 

That is why, for instance, woke liberalism and Silicon Valley capitalism sit so neatly together.

And why, to the bafflement of many on the traditional Left, the case against capitalism is now being made more forcibly from the Right.

Lobby Fodder No More

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar would both be expelled from the British Labour Party. But then, all the best people have been, or very soon will be.

The United States pays Israel to exist, or it would collapse overnight. So any member of Congress, and perhaps especially of the House of Representatives where revenue-raising legislation must originate, has the absolute moral right to inspect Israel and the Occupied Territories at will.

Indeed, Israel should be required to give an annual account of what it did with America's money. The United States Congress should legislate to that effect: an annual report, accepted by a resolution of each House, or not a red cent more.

The Yellow Rose Again

Well, there you have it. Until further notice, the Lib Dems will abstain on any confidence motion while Jeremy Corbyn is the Leader of the Labour Party.

Since he is going to be the Leader of the Labour Party at least until the next General Election, then that is enough abstentions to keep the Conservatives in Government until 2022. 

Provided that they do what the Lib Dems want. Corbyn or no Corbyn, they can always change their minds.

For all practical purposes, the Coalition has already been reconstituted. Cancelling Brexit, even if only by endless delays, is the first item in the Coalition Agreement, though certainly not the last. 

The odds shorten by the hour on Ken Clarke as Prime Minister, at the insistence of the Lib Dems. Clarke is not in favour of a second referendum. Like most Conservative MPs really, he is just in favour of cancelling Brexit altogether, merely by saying so.

But normal people, by definition, do not care all that much about Brexit. They are too busy trying to keep body and soul together in a country where four out of 10 adults do not even earn enough to hit the income tax threshold.

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.

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. Buy the book here.

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. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Friday, 16 August 2019

Councillor Watch: Day 33

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 68

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 114

It has now been more than 19 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 19 weeks later, and that email, a perfectly simple thing to find, has still not turned up. It does not exist.

Be at Durham Crown Court at 10 o'clock on Monday 2nd September, to hear that there is still no case against me. That will not be a trial, but just another hearing as to the evidence or lack of it. 2nd September 2019. I was arrested on 14th March 2017.

This post will therefore continue to 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. A new party is now in the process of registration.

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. Buy the book here.

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.

By George

Has Harriet Harman been expelled from the Labour Party? If not, why not? I have no complaints, but I was banned for life from the Labour Party for far less than she has been doing over the last two days. To the best of my knowledge, the only other person subject to a lifetime ban in George Galloway. 

George is one of the people to whom this book is dedicated. He has never formally resigned as one of my Campaign Patrons. I wish that he had gone for Birmingham Yardley instead, but he is standing at West Bromwich East, even though he agrees with Tom Watson on at least some things, whereas he disagrees with Jess Phillips about everything.

And they have personal history. Or at least, she claims that they have. She is not always a reliable source of information. But the removal of Tom as Deputy Leader would see the Parliamentary Labour Party nominate unanimously the next Harriet Harman in line. Quite probably, that would be Jess Phillips. If not, then it would certainly be another enemy of Chris Williamson and of Julian Assange.

But hey ho. George is standing at West Bromwich East, and he is attracting quite a bit of attention. There is no political reason to support his candidacy there but not to support mine at North West Durham. Never mind the incumbent Labour MP. She has only been here five minutes, and she will be the candidate only if the Constituency Labour Party has not had the time to deselect her.

Unlike either George or me, she does not support Lexit, or Modern Monetary Theory, or the Universal Basic Income, or Julian Assange, or Chris Williamson, or the coal industry, or putting Tony Blair on trial over the war in Iraq. Unlike either George or me, she is not an opponent of Trident, or of NATO, or of Britain’s relationship with Saudi Arabia, or of gender self-identification, or of the IHRA Definition of Antisemitism. If I am incorrect as to her position on any of these points, then do please let me know, with supporting evidence. This list is not exhaustive.

But she is an irrelevance. My candidacy has been gestating for almost as long as she has been alive. 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. 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. Buy the book hereI 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. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Time For Some Red Dust

And so British Steel prepares to be bought by the Turkish Armed Forces Assistance Fund. Known as Oyak, it is really the pension fund.

From the constituency that contains Consett, look at what has become of British Steel. Isn't privatisation grand? Isn't deregulation? Isn't globalisation? Isn't the EU?

Services are all well and good. But you can't service nothing. The stuff itself has to come from somewhere.

Refusing to make our own goods, and to protect those industries, is how we have ended up in the middle of a trade war between China and the United States, which do still make things, and which do still protect their manufacturing base.

It is also what has destroyed our steel industry, without which a modern country simply cannot function, and in which we once led the world.

If our steel industry were owned by the pension fund of another country's Armed Forces, a country with an Islamist Government and with a history of military coups, then we could never be sure of keeping even what little remained of it.

Giles Fraser has an important article about the conservative critique of capitalism, and the liberal dependence on it, as well as vice versa. He is one of the people to whom this book is dedicated.

This is all lost on the Thatcherite-Blairite rump that makes up most of the House of Commons. 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.

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. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Origination

Poor Rashida Tlaib took Donald Trump at his word, and tried to go back to her parents' country of origin. But it wouldn't let her in. How about that?

What an insolent little colony Israel is. It takes billions of dollars from the United States, but it then presumes to deny entry to elected members of that House in which all bills for raising revenue must originate.

Those Representatives will have a quite a Bill to draft when they get home.

We Are Many, They Are Few

Today is the two hundredth anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre. Alas, I cannot make this event in Manchester on Sunday. But everyone who can, should.



Due to the fact that Chris Williamson, to whom this book is dedicated, is speaking, the Labour Council is refusing to supply power. Supply power by being there. It is beyond me why Chris still wants to be in the Labour Party. But he does, and the crowdfunder for his action is being run by the people who have held the line for the truth about Syria, so it is doubly worthy of support.

Beyond that, 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. 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. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Use Your Intelligence

I have kept away from the Jeffrey Epstein story, but the man's wealth was completely inexplicable by any normal means, and he was permitted to operate at the very highest social and political levels despite the universal knowledge that he was a paedophile. He had "intelligence asset" written all over him.

The most metropolitan, liberal and elite members of the metropolitan liberal elite are baffled that everyone else has responded to the news of Epstein's death with a shoulder-shrugging, "That's just what the Clintons do, especially her." 

But then, they are baffled by most things. Trump, Corbyn, Brexit, the failure of Change UK, the inability of the Democrats to take back the House without the likes of The Squad: all of these phenomena are as incomprehensible to them as the fact that everyone else just assumes the Clintons to be crooks, sexual perverts and serial killers, or the fact that everyone else just assumes, both that Tony Blair lied Britain into the Iraq War, and that Blair ordered the murder of Dr David Kelly.

Ah, yes, Tony Blair. The British figure of interest in the Epstein story is not Prince Andrew. Who's he, when he's at home? No, it is Peter Mandelson. With whom comes, of course, both Blair, and the Remainer and anti-Corbyn poster boy, Alastair Campbell. Like Al Capone and tax evasion, we might at last be on the cusp of at least getting that mob for something.

Meanwhile, 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. 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. Buy the book here.

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. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Assumpta est Maria in cælum!

Gaude, Maria Virgo, cunctas hæreses sola interemisti in universo mundo!

Councillor Watch: Day 32

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 67

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 113

It has now been more than 19 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 19 weeks later, and that email, a perfectly simple thing to find, has still not turned up. It does not exist.

Be at Durham Crown Court at 10 o'clock on Monday 2nd September, to hear that there is still no case against me. That will not be a trial, but just another hearing as to the evidence or lack of it. 2nd September 2019. I was arrested on 14th March 2017.

This post will therefore continue to 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. A new party is now in the process of registration.

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. Buy the book here.

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.

Trumped By Tulsi?

Alas, Tulsi Gabbard is not going to be next year's Democratic nominee for President of the United States. But what if she were? On what grounds would traditional conservatives vote for Donald Trump instead? Would they vote for Donald Trump instead?

I am profoundly sceptical of the claim that Trump has sorted out the Supreme Court on pro-life issues for a generation by securing the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh. But what if he has? With that out of the way, then why vote for him again? And why on earth vote for him against Tulsi Gabbard?

Freedom Movement? Volunteer Force?

Nancy Pelosi confirms what everyone already knew. In any dispute between Britain and Ireland, then Ireland would have the full support of the United States. For example, there would be no Anglo-American trade deal against the wishes of the Irish Government. That is just that. 

Think of those Saint Patrick's Day celebrations at the White House, and then consider that independent Ireland has never fought in any war alongside the United States. Not one. Ever. But that does not matter. While the rest of us have to pay our dues over and over and over again, America's love for Ireland is absolute and unconditional. As we now see. Again.

All in all, it is no wonder that yesterday's event for the fiftieth anniversary of Operation Banner was quite so muted. It is all going to turn out to have been for nothing.

The Conservative Party membership in the country at large would cheerfully see Northern Ireland, like Scotland or anything else, go for the sake of Brexit. That entity should be given the dignity of 100 years, far longer than anyone expected it to last in 1922. But its chances of lasting any longer than that are now vanishingly slim.

As much as anything else, Munira Mirza is now the Director of Boris Johnson's Number 10 Policy Unit. The Revolutionary Communist Party has now entered Government. Real Trotskyists, who really did support the Provisional IRA.

And the rest. Through the Irish Freedom Movement, the RCP opposed the Good Friday Agreement because it was still not the 32 County Republic, and supported those who fought on. Barely 20 years later, that tendency is now directing the Number 10 Policy Unit.

That old RCP crowd has a very colourful history. That ridiculous Aaronovitch creature, who has baggage of his own, once tried to link Jeremy Corbyn to Red Action, but it was in fact the lot who are now around Spiked, and several of whom are friends of mine, who were part of the Red Front electoral coalition with Red Action and others in 1987.

Red Action were no mere cheerleaders for the Provisional IRA and for the INLA. Two members were convicted of the Harrods bombing in 1993, and there have long been questions about its role in that year's Warrington bombing.

Yet today, Red Action's electoral allies from the height of the Troubles direct the Number 10 Policy Unit while also forming a key component of the Brexit Party, with several stalwarts already selected as its parliamentary candidates, and with several more to come. No one with anything remotely approaching that kind of background is anywhere near Jeremy Corbyn or even John McDonnell.

Then again, this can be seen as providing some sort of balance to the people who have spent the last two years in power but not in office. Sammy Wilson, who was then the DUP's Press Officer and who is now one of its MPs, chaired the founding rally of the Ulster Resistance, which has never disbanded or disarmed in any way. Ian Paisley (the Elder, so to speak) spoke at that rally, as did Peter Robinson and Ivan Foster.

Emma Little-Pengelly, who is now the DUP MP for Belfast South, is the daughter of Noel Little of the Paris Three. She owed her election in 2017, for a somewhat improbable seat, to the concerted efforts of the local Loyalist paramilitary organisations, to whom she extended barely coded thanks in her acceptance speech.

The Ulster Political Research Group's magazine The Loyalist said that it, "would strongly urge a vote for Emma Little-Pengelly." The UPRG is in fact the Ulster Defence Association. Little-Pengelly, Nigel Dodds and Gavin Robinson were all elected with the endorsement of the Loyalist Communities Council, which is supported by the UDA, by the Ulster Volunteer Force, and by the Red Hand Commando. She has defended the flying of UVF flags in her constituency. This is the Government's majority of one.

Corbyn is supposed to bring all manner of extremists into Government. But one of the most disappointing things about him is how boilerplate so much of it is, while many very original thinkers who initially supported him have not been brought on as they should have been. The Corbyn circle is downright dull compared to Boris Johnson's court of Dominic Cummings and of Steve Bannon, of the Ulster Resistance and of the Irish Freedom Movement allies of the Harrods bombers.

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. 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. Buy the book here.

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. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.