Saturday, 7 December 2019

It Was The Russians Again

Well, of course it was. Each main party sincerely believes (yes, I do now think that they do) that the other one is controlled by the Russians. And the Lib Dems thinks that they both are.

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

Pidcock's Progress

Laura Pidcock and her supporters went round Lanchester this morning and did literally nothing apart from take down my posters. 

They couldn't even get rid of about half of them, which were all in plain sight, as is rather the point. 

Particularly amusingly, the ones closest to her front door are still there.

Public Knowledge

Well, here it is, as a matter of record.

Before the close of nominations, every Labour member of Durham County Council for a ward in North West Durham, and every Labour member of Lanchester Parish Council, was tipped off in the post that Laura Pidcock and her menagerie of hangers on were under investigation for links to numerous terrorist organisations and to all the usual scary foreign countries.

The postmarks were not local, or these letters would have been binned as the usual crank material that politicians received all the time. My guess is that they were probably sent from London, which really would have had an effect. But, like the fact that it seems to have been sent to me but never to have reached me, be that as it may.

Some or all of the recipients then went to see Pidcock, whose answer was not the one word, "No." At that point, all of them refused to sign her nomination papers, something that even Labour Councillors who would not have spat on Hilary Armstrong if she had been on fire still managed to do for her. This Constituency Labour Party nominated Andy Burnham for Leader in 2015 and Jeremy Corbyn in 2016, so the problem was not that Pidcock was on the left of the party.

There can be no doubt that at least some of the Councillors will also have forwarded the letter to the Police, who, by the way, are currently concerning themselves very thoroughly with my safety from the Oliver Kamm-associated Twitter account, @DanThaddeus. They regard it a physical threat to me, and they are acting accordingly.

The Police have my fingerprints, my DNA, and so on, meaning that there is no possible link between the Pidcock letter and me, or else they would have found it. Does that sound familiar? It certainly should.

And the Police did not simply tell the Councillors to ignore this letter, as, for example, they did with the letter that Simon Henig and his cousins in the Crown Prosecution Service have tried and failed to pin on me. Rather, the order has clearly come down to fob them off because what they had been told was true and this investigation really was in progress. But these are not people to be fobbed off. They will have recognised instantly what was going on. As, no doubt, they were supposed to.

Yesterday, a copy of the letter that I had always been intended to receive finally popped through my letterbox. Had I had it before the close of nominations, then Pidcock would never have been on the ballot paper, because the Constituency Labour Party, which had never asked for her, had already been determined to deselect her, but had been thwarted by the calling of a snap General Election. Had I had this before the close of nominations, then the CLP would have had its second imposed candidate in as many years.

As it is, though, no Councillor signed Pidcock's nomination papers, even in addition to the fact that several of them had in any case been anywhere between highly likely and absolutely certain to vote for me. As I ask all of you in North West Durham to do. Come along to the hustings at Lanchester Cricket Club from seven o'clock on Monday evening, and see whether Pidcock can explain herself. See if she even turns up, to a venue at the end of the street where she lives.

In the meantime, will the Labour Party confirm that in the event of Laura Pidcock's re-election, then it would not extend its whip to her while this investigation was going on, as the fact that it is going on is now a  matter of public knowledge? If not, why not?

Councillor Watch: Day 145

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 181

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, 6 December 2019

And Others Who Need To Know

This has been popped through my letterbox without even so much as an envelope, but with a covering note saying: “Received in the post before close of nominations. Didn’t you get it? We’re all surprised you never mention it”: 

To Councillor Joanne Carr, Councillor Ivan Jewell, Councillor Jane Brown, Councillor Malcolm Clarke, Councillor Jude Considine, Councillor Ossie Johnson, Councillor Olwyn Gunn, Councillor Fraser Tinsley, Councillor Elizabeth Cook, Councillor Alison Gray, Councillor Bill Gray, Councillor Margaret Gray, Councillor Kevin Leary, Councillor Lorraine Montgomery, Councillor Stuart Walker. 

On 23 or 24 September 2019, on the personal orders of Home Secretary Priti Patel, the following people were placed under investigation by MI5 and Special Branch for ties to terrorist organisations in Ireland, Syria, Lebanon, “Palestine” and Kashmir, and for ties to the governments of Russia, China, Venezuela and Iran: Laura Pidcock MP, her partner Daniel Kebede, her political adviser Ben Sellers, and Sellers’ associates Charlotte Austin and Tom Raeside. 

Pidcock and Kebede’s home in Lanchester, Pidcock’s office in Consett, and Sellers’ home and shop in Durham, are all under surveillance as a top priority, along with all these people’s mobile phones, email addresses, social media accounts and so on. If you sign Pidcock’s nomination papers for the General Election or actively support her in any way, you too will immediately become subject to the same treatment. In fact that would happen as soon as she won her seat again: you would all be placed under surveillance for possible ties to terrorist organisations in Ireland, Syria, Lebanon, “Palestine” and Kashmir, and for ties to the governments of Russia, China, Venezuela and Iran. 

This letter has been copied to Councillor Amanda Hopgood, Councillor Alan Shield, Councillor Richard Bell, Councillor John Shuttleworth, the Northern Echo, the Lanchester Village Voice, David Lindsay, and others who need to know.

Gosh. Well, where does one even begin? At the beginning, I suppose.

Councillor Joanne Carr, Councillor Ivan Jewell, Councillor Jane Brown, Councillor Malcolm Clarke, Councillor Jude Considine, Councillor Ossie Johnson, Councillor Olwyn Gunn, Councillor Fraser Tinsley, Councillor Elizabeth Cook, Councillor Alison Gray, Councillor Bill Gray, Councillor Margaret Gray, Councillor Kevin Leary, Councillor Lorraine Montgomery, and Councillor Stuart Walker, some of whom are very old and dear friends of mine, did you, or did you not, receive this communication? 

Is it, or is it not, the reason why none of you, who are the Labour members of Durham County Council in this constituency and the Labour members of Lanchester Parish Council (where Laura Pidcock lives), has signed Laura Pidcock’s nomination papers, or has appeared to do the slightest campaigning on her behalf?

Laura Pidcock, Daniel Kebede, Ben Sellers, Charlotte Austin and Tom Raeside, at least to the best of your knowledge, on 23rd or 24th September 2019 (that is, during the Labour Party Conference), were you placed under investigation by MI5 and Special Branch for ties to terrorist organisations in Ireland, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Kashmir, and for ties to the governments of Russia, China, Venezuela and Iran? 

At least to the best of your knowledge, are Pidcock and Kebede’s home in Lanchester, Pidcock’s office in Consett, and Sellers’s home and shop in Durham, all under surveillance as a top priority, along with all these people’s mobile phones, email addresses, social media accounts, and so on? I suppose that you do now know these things, since the Councillors who received this letter will have told you.

And Councillor Amanda Hopgood, Councillor Alan Shield, Councillor Richard Bell, Councillor John Shuttleworth, the Northern Echo, and the Lanchester Village Voice, since I never received this, did you?

I do not know from where this was posted, but if it had had a local postmark, then it would probably have been laughed out. I am guessing that it came from London. And it certainly did its work.

I look forward to seeing one and all at the hustings at Lanchester Cricket Club on Monday evening from seven o’clock.

Democratically Controlled

Poor Boris Johnson probably thought that he would have a good day with the story about whether EU nationals would vote in a second EU referendum.

But not even Guido Fawkes has covered it, because these days it is news that the Prime Minister did not say something jaw-droppingly racist such as, "I'm in favour of having people of colour come to this country, but I think we should have it democratically controlled."

Notice that nobody seems to have found it remotely implausible that he might have said that, in public, at a General Election rally, in front of all manner of recording devices. This is the man who not only holds the office of Prime Minister, but whom at least two other candidates here at North West Durham wish to keep in that office.

Vote for me.

False Account

A very kind and friendly call this morning from Durham Police, after they had missed me twice yesterday afternoon, to warn me against the Twitter account, @DanThaddeus.

Three calls. They are taking this seriously, unprompted by me.

They say that I should contact Twitter to have that account taken down. Anyone who is still on Twitter, please do so. Very many thanks.

Councillor Watch: Day 144

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 180

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, 5 December 2019

North West Durham Constituency Hustings


See you there.

Britain Is A Banana Monarchy

They must teach that "chessboard" line about the monarchy at public school. Hence, if you point out that it is rubbish, then they just keep saying it ever more loudly. That is what they do with those lines. There are quite a few of them. Knowing them, and sticking to them, is part of being in the club.

In reality, the monarchy enables the Prime Minister to occupy the entire board. Boris Johnson remained Prime Minister for months after having lost a confidence motion, and he openly intends to do so if he loses his seat in the House of Commons. The Queen appointed him, only she can remove him, she acts only on the advice of the Prime Minister (even when he has been found in court to have lied to her), and he is the Prime Minister. So there.

Many of the usual republican arguments are still very weak. But none is quite as weak as the claim that the monarchy occupies a space that politicians therefore cannot. That is the opposite of the case. 

Nor is the United Kingdom singularly "stable", with its very long and quite recent history of serious political violence, with its third General Election in four and a half years, with its third Prime Minister in four years, with its all of two years of majority Government out of the last nine, with one third of its territory dominated politically by a separatist party, with the tipping point bound to come in the next five years when a border poll had to be held in Northern Ireland, and so on, and on, and on. This is a banana monarchy.

And how is Defending the Faith coming along? Three Commonwealth Realms retain that title, although oddly none of them is in the godly Caribbean. Tellingly, it is not used even in Barbados, which is proportionally the most Anglican country in the world. No, those three are the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand.

The present reign will last about 70 years. The Soviet Union also lasted about 70 years. But by the end of that, then there were still relatively few people who were coming of age as third generation atheists. In Britain, Canada or New Zealand today, though, that is the norm. Their grandparents lapsed a long time ago. Their parents may or may not have been baptised in infancy, also quite a long time ago. And they themselves have never had any kind of religion. Of course, even the most secularised society will acquire a religion eventually. Think on.

I repeat that the standard republican arguments remain profoundly unconvincing. "Come into the twenty-first century"? Into which year of the twenty-first century? 1949? 1919? 1917? 1789? 1776? 1649? 1291? 1115? 697? 509 BC? And who would want a "meritocracy", in which the people with wealth and with paper qualifications determined "merit" on the basis of wealth and of paper qualifications? It is no wonder that Thatcherites have mostly been covert republicans, while Blairites have mostly been overt ones.

Thatcher and Blair themselves, on the other hand, recognised that the Crown gave them the power to behave in absolutely any way they pleased, although on that score even they are being put to shame by Johnson. Having the monarchy serves only to obscure many, many problems from the people who would otherwise recognise them and take steps to address them. What has it ever done to address those problems? How has it ever prevented them in the first place? Those questions are not rhetorical.

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

"Go And Join The Tories"

Oh, how they used to react to that one during the early Corbyn years. But let us now recite the names: John Woodcock, Ian Austin, Ivan Lewis, Joan Ryan.

Meanwhile, the Brexit Party lot were always going to go home eventually, even if most of us had expected them to get the General Election out of the way first. The Brexit Party gave in when it stood down its candidates in every seat that the Conservative Party had won last time. If you want Boris Johnson as Prime Minister, then simply vote Conservative. If you want Boris Johnson as Prime Minister, then no doubt you will.

But the narrowing polls show that Labour's message is cutting through: reducing rail fares by a third, compensating the WASPI women (for which the Government will have made full contingency plans in case it had lost their court case), and Johnson's intention to sell the NHS to the American healthcare companies and to Donald Trump, which crystallises every doubt that floating voters have had about the Conservative Party since 1948.

Alas, though, most Labour MPs are going to be thoroughly unsound on all three issues, and very much akin to Woodcock, Austin, Lewis and Ryan. Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. I am standing 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 143

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 179

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, 4 December 2019

The Laura Pidcock Hustings Challenge: Day Three

I cannot speak for any of the other five candidates here at North West Durham, but I will hust against Laura Pidcock at the time and place of her choosing.

I can be contacted on davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. This post will appear here daily until further notice.

The Smoking Gun


Unfortunately, most Labour MPs are still going to be like this. Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it.

I am standing 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.

No More Hot Air

And so carbon dioxide emissions rise, despite the evisceration of the coal industry. That news provides 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 this 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.

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 have not had their skulls cracked by mounted Police, who may or may not really have been the Police at all. But 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, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. I am standing 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.

Watford Gap

The media are determined to praise the NATO jamboree, but in fact it resembles the funeral, wake and will-reading of someone whose numerous descendants, having turned up for the sausage rolls, realise that they have very little in common, that they often do not like each other very much, and that they are not even sure who many of each other are.

Even the claim that NATO "won" a generation ago does not really stack up. Its enemy collapsed exactly as and when it always would have done, and then it turned out never to have been a serious military threat in the first place. The only ever invocation of the NATO Charter has been the war in Afghanistan, and look how that has turned out.

Yet there NATO still is, throwing its birthday bashes and what have you. We pay two per cent of our Gross Domestic Product for this, and even the manifesto of Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party commits us to it. Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. I am standing 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 142

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 178

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, 3 December 2019

The Laura Pidcock Hustings Challenge: Day Two

I cannot speak for any of the other five candidates here at North West Durham, but I will hust against Laura Pidcock at the time and place of her choosing.

I can be contacted on davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. This post will appear here daily until further notice.

On A Silver Platter?

We already do a roaring trade with the United States. The only significant reason for a trade agreement was in order to threaten the National Health Service. And there is now no such reason. According to Donald Trump.

Well, make of that what you will, but another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. I am standing 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.

Deus Dat Incrementum?

Prince Andrew is, and has always been, an utterly unimportant person. Somehow, Panorama broadcast the name of Peter Mandelson. But do not expect anybody to chase that up.

That points to the real problem with the monarchy. It has nothing to do with Pizza Express in Woking. It is that, far from the claim that it occupied a space that politicians therefore could not, it enables the Queen's Ministers to behave in absolutely any way they please.

Boris Johnson is openly planning to remain Prime Minister if he lost his seat, on the entirely constitutional grounds that he was appointed by the Queen, only the Queen can remove him, she acts only on the advice of the Prime Minister, and he is the Prime Minister.

I have shied away from making this next point, but it is inescapable, and it is here that the circles in which Prince Andrew has certainly moved, whatever his personal conduct, do become pertinent.

Although there has been some revival on the Evangelical wing of what is otherwise the very rapidly declining Church of England, the part that is bound up with the monarchy is a fringe of a fringe. 

To provide us with a Head of State, we are expected to depend on that tiny if decidedly upper-crust section of the Church of England which combines complete doctrinal and moral licence (at least for the right sort) with an almost morbidly conservative liturgical and cultural life.

People marrying into the Royal Family are now expected to attach themselves to that, despite having no such previous affiliation to it. One of them has had no such previous affiliation despite having gone to Malborough. There is no suggestion that our Princes and Princesses might any longer have any luck finding spouses from within this dying sect within a sect.

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

Election Communication

The Conservatives' leaflet for North West Durham, where they took 34.5 per cent of the vote last time, has finally arrived.

It is a national stock one, with a few photos of the Lancashire-based candidate, including one of him next to a road sign in order to try and make him look "local". Whether in words or in pictures, there is no mention of Boris Johnson. 

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. I am standing 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 141

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 177

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, 2 December 2019

The Laura Pidcock Hustings Challenge: Day One

I cannot speak for any of the other five candidates here at North West Durham, but I will hust against Laura Pidcock at the time and place of her choosing.

I can be contacted on davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. This post will appear here daily until further notice.

Of Wars Fought, And Not

It is simply a fact that there would have been no Islamic State without the Iraq War for which Boris Johnson voted, but which Jeremy Corbyn voted against. That said, Usman Khan was on cannabis. Bet your house on it. Peter Hitchens's The War We Never Fought ought to be taught in schools.

We need a single category of illegal drug, with a crackdown on the possession of drugs, including a mandatory sentence of three months for a second offence, six months for a third offence, one year for a fourth offence, and so on.

Most certainly, that must include cannabis, which is linked to violent psychosis, and any medicinal properties of which are no more applied by smoking a spliff than those of opium would be by injecting heroin, or than those of aspirin would be by ingesting bark.

Radical change would be impossible if the workers, the youth and the poor were in a state of stupefaction, and that baleful situation, which has been contrived in the past, is being contrived again today.

I have never taken any illegal drug, and I challenge each and every other candidate for the parliamentary seat of North West Durham, either to say the same thing, or to give a full account of any past transgression, remorsefully acknowledging it as such.

As for radicalisation, IDF rabbis teach that Gentiles are created as beasts of burden, that churches must be burnt down because they are idolatrous (all of them, because Christianity itself is idolatry), and that IDF soldiers may rape Arab women in order to relieve themselves. Does that last apply to all beasts of burden? Is it permissible to relieve oneself in a donkey?

Yet returnees from the IDF are never monitored for signs of radicalisation, and I write as one who has been subject to a death threat from that political tendency for more than two years and counting. Imagine if there were to be such monitoring. Imagine the screeching about "anti-Semitism".

But anyone may convert to Judaism. Jews are no more a "race" than Christian or Muslims are. Indeed, whereas most Jews pass unnoticed in White British society, most Muslims and a growing number of Christians do not. Are Jews stopped and searched by the Police? Are returnees from the IDF monitored in any way at all by the intelligence and security services? Well, there you are, then.

The only anti-Semitic attacks, as such, are against people who are visibly Jewish in ways that the screechers against anti-Semitism hold in contempt, who are not in any way represented by the screechers' "communal bodies" or "communal voices", and who have particularly good relations with Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott.

Most Labour MPs will be as bad on all of this as they have always been. Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. I am standing 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.

Auntie's Favourite Nephew

The BBC and the Labour Left are about the same age, and they have always hated each other. There was going to be trouble from the day that Jeremy Corbyn became Leader of the Labour Party. And then, along came the man with the closest ties to the BBC of any Prime Minister ever, a man whom the BBC had single-handedly made famous, and a man whom it calls "Boris" as if he were still one of its light entertainment personalities, allowing him to send along his father to deputise for him.

Boris Johnson's other media base is of course the Telegraph-Spectator family, which has now functioned for 20 years primarily as an arm of his campaign for the Premiership. Thus backed to the hilt, he intends to remain Prime Minister even if he has lost his seat in the House of Commons. By the way, there is no comparison with the case of Sir Alec Douglas-Home, who had not been rejected by the electorate.

The idea is that the job in the House would be done by Dominic Raab as First Secretary of State. But there is an outside chance that Raab, too, might be defeated at the General Election. No matter, though. Like that of Prime Minister, the appointment of First Secretary of State is made by the Queen. And if there just could not be any Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, well, the Prime Minister is not answerable to it, but to her.

This is what the monarchy does. It allows the Queen's Ministers to behave in any way they please. If the answer to a question is "the Queen", then it is really "the Prime Minister". So if the question is "To whom is the Prime Minister answerable?" or "Who is to stop the Prime Minister from doing that?", then the answer is "Nobody". It is already a matter of record that this Prime Minister has lied to the Queen but remained in office, just as he has also remained in office despite having lost what he had declared to have been a vote of confidence.

It is sometimes argued that no British monarch could have the domestic arrangements of President Mitterand, whose publicly maintained second family became known to the public only by its attendance at his state funeral. Yet although the number of one's children affects one's entitlement from the public purse, when it comes to the man in whom the powers of the Crown are in fact vested, no one will even ask him how many children he has.

But then, who could ask him? His once and future employers at the Daily Telegraph? His once and future employers at The Spectator? His mates at the BBC? Well, there you are, then. Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. I am standing 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.

Growth and Stability

As the NATO circus comes to town, then all the attention will be on Donald Trump. But he is the least of our worries. He has already described NATO as "obsolete", which is more than the Labour manifesto has managed to do.

NATO, and thus also the Labour manifesto, commit us to the defence of Turkish Islamists and of Eastern European neo-Nazis, with more of the latter to come, and with Latin American caudillos also waiting in the wings. Of course, it was founded by people who had very recently been senior Nazi officers.

As was the EU, which even now remains committed to eastward military expansion, as well as to permanent austerity through such things as the Growth and Stability Pact. Hence, on both counts, the enthusiastic support of the Liberal Democrats.

With the completely ignored pro-Brexit Left, the Lib Dems are the only people in Britain who even seem to know what everyone on the Continent understands implicitly about the EU. Britain has been in it longer than almost anywhere else, yet the EU remains an entirely foreign land to most people here.

With a million people in the United Kingdom employed by American companies, and with a million people in the United States employed by British companies, then where is the need for a free trade agreement? The whole thing is being mooted purely in order to threaten the National Health Service.

And if Rishi Sunak truly believes that the Russians have activated a weapon of mass destruction, even if to no mass destructive effect, on the soil of the United Kingdom, then the deterrent value of Trident has already been proven to be nil.

There is only 57 per cent public support for Trident. There was a lot more than 57 per cent public support for EU membership a mere five years ago. The anti-Trident case could be won, if anyone could be bothered to make it. Once again, then, it is a shame about the Labour manifesto.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. I am standing 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 140

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 176

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, 30 November 2019

Panel Beating?

It turns out that no hustings are being held at North West Durham because the great and the good of the Constituency Labour Party refuse to allow Laura Pidcock to be put up against me. Yes, really. None of them had met her two and half years ago, and none of them has signed her nomination papers this year, but most or all of them have known me for anything up to 35 years.

Meanwhile, her own exotic entourage is falsely telling potential venues that hustings with me on the panel would be a breach of my bail conditions. Either on principle, or because they are registered charities such as churches or community centres, or both, those venues are not prepared to hold hustings without inviting all of the candidates. Of course, Pidcock's camp followers have known that that would be the situation.

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

The Liberal Democrats did not moderate the Conservatives during the Coalition. If anything, it was the Conservatives who moderated them. The Governments since 2015 have been economically well to the Coalition's left, and they have embarked on no military adventure that has been remotely as bad as the war in Libya.

We now see the Lib Dems as they truly are, believing in perpetual austerity in order to run a deranged permanent budget surplus, and gleefully announcing their willingness to launch a nuclear attack while sincerely convinced that the Conservative, Labour and Scottish National Parties are all controlled by "Russia".

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Simply British?

The Good Friday Agreement requires that a border poll be held if the Secretary of State has reasonable grounds to believe that it would result in a majority for a United Ireland. Most obviously, that would be if Nationalist parties received more than half the votes cast at an election in Northern Ireland. That point will be reached in the next five years.

The UUP is trying to sell itself as the party for people who have been to Great Britain and quite liked it, or who have heard about Great Britain and would therefore quite like to go there, as against the DUP as the party for people who have never been to Great Britain, or who have been there and hated it, or who have heard about it and are therefore determined never to go there.

How well each of them had done by comparison with the other will therefore have profound implications for the question that is almost never asked, namely whether the people of Great Britain had any desire to hold on to Northern Ireland.

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Marr It For Him

During Boris Johnson's "interview" with Andrew Marr, Jeremy Corbyn should tweet his intention to abolish the BBC licence fee, and Andrew Neil should tweet his resignation from the BBC before going on Sky News to tell us all what a bunch of shills the BBC were.

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They Are Getting Snappy

"A snapshot, not a prediction." "This would be the result if there were a General Election this week, but there isn't." They took one look at what was supposed to have been the game-changing YouGov MRP poll, and they ran a mile.

They spent about two months last time claiming that Dennis Skinner was going to lose his seat, and that the Conservatives were going to take Tony Blair's old one. How did either of those work out?

Not that this is new. When I think of some of the claims that Blair groupies made during the General Election campaigns of 2001 and 2005. But they had no social media to amplify their idiocy, or to record it for posterity.

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Build A Bridge And Get Over It?

As if this lot were capable of organising a false flag. Pull the other one.

Jeremy Corbyn is wrong about a very great many things, but there would have been no Islamic State at all if people had listened to him about Iraq.

And automatic release after half a sentence was introduced a long time ago by the Conservatives. If they now disagree with it, then they have had nine years in which to correct it.

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

Happy Birthday To You, And To Your Spirit

Today is the fiftieth anniversary of the coming into effect of Blessed Paul VI’s Apostolic Constitution Missale Romanum, which mandated the celebration of the New Rite of Mass from the First Sunday of Advent, 30th November 1969. Although the Vatican is tellingly not marking this anniversary in any way at all, here, by way of a shameless plug, is a passage from my next book:

Although they might have been dramatic at the time, there was nothing remarkable about the Latin Church’s restoration of vernacular liturgy, of Communion in both kinds, of concelebration, or of the Permanent Diaconate in general and that of married men in particular.

Although it is probably too late to do anything about it now, the first would have been better gone about by reference to those Protestants who were in the 1960s maintaining in the vernacular something approaching the classical liturgical life of the Western Tradition.

The same attentiveness would have made possible the second on certain occasions even in what is now called the Extraordinary Form, one of several reforms that the Council really does mandate.

Instead, it was the decision of Catholics to render the Sacred Liturgy into the language of the public house and the betting shop that moved Anglicans and Lutherans to do likewise, not without bitter resistance and significant loss of attendance. 

Eastern Catholics have always had concelebration, with no more concelebrants than can be accommodated in the sanctuary, all in full vestments, and all reciting the Eucharistic Prayer inaudibly along with the principal celebrant; they are rightly horrified at our “mob concelebrations”, our parcelling out of the Eucharistic Prayer, our distracting cacophony as if that Prayer were addressed to the congregation rather than to God, and so forth.

There is nothing new about the celebration of Mass facing the congregation, which was done routinely for educational and other purposes before the Council. But nor is there any denying that, in the intellectual and cultural context of the period, its near-universal adoption has had the effect of turning the congregation in on itself, and of expressing a certain solidarity of the bourgeoisie with itself, easily collapsing into smugness and disengagement. Such trends need to be checked. 

The utterly non-theological non-argument that “the Latin Mass was the same everywhere” would have no force even if had any factual basis, which it does not.

The historically late and even aberrant Low Mass, never designed for congregational use, has been made the model when in fact the normative form, historically and ecclesiologically, is the Solemn Pontifical Mass celebrated, at least on Sundays and other great festivals, by the Bishop in his Cathedral Church. It is to this that all other celebrations, at least on those days, should approximate as closely as possible. 

Children are brought to Mass, and it is vitally important that they be so. But even in a school context, still less anywhere else, it is never about them. That way lies mass lapsation in the secondary school years.

The normative music of the Western Rite is Gregorian Chant and the Sacred Polyphony based on it, to which all other music should likewise approximate as closely as possible. Alongside the Mass settings, the art of good hymnody urgently needs to be revived. We must never forget that the use of secular music is explicitly banned, just as we must never forget that certain modifications of the Immemorial Roman Rite as celebrated in the 1960s are explicitly required by the Council.

Useful though the Jerusalem Bible’s footnotes are, the text itself is frightful. The Revised Standard Version is preferred by all sensible people, and certainly not the New Revised Standard Version with the masculine pronouns taken out to the ruination of the sense; if the Bible is that bad, then why use it at all? 

At least until such time as anyone has the wit to reissue the RSV Edition of the Missal, authorisation of which has never been withdrawn, those reading at Mass (or, of course, on other liturgical occasions) should read out the appointed passage from the superlative Ignatius Bible, which no English-speaking Catholic should be without.

Nothing could better accompany the move to a more accurate translation of the Mass, suitable for properly educated people. Above all, away with the atrocity that is the Happytudes instead of the Beatitudes.

The God Who Speaks

As the Year of the Word begins tomorrow, here are a few passages from, ahem, my own forthcoming book. Shameless, I know:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Councillor Watch: Day 138

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 174

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, 29 November 2019

A Boy Named Sue?

Everyone thinks that I should sue for malicious prosecution and so forth. Well, perhaps I am too magnanimous for my own good, but I would settle for four times the Durham County Councillor's allowance that I would have had for at least four years if I had not been maliciously prosecuted. That allowance is £13,300, so the sum would be £53,200. Net, of course. That State need not think that it would be taxing half of it back.

I would be awarded a lot, and I do mean a lot, more than that if I sued. It is an almost invisibly tiny proportion of what this whole business has already cost. But be warned. This offer lasts only until the General Election. If I were also not to be elected on that occasion, then it would go up by five times the MP's salary that I would have had for at least five years, an addition of £397,340. Giving a total of £450,540. Again, net, of course.

What's that, you say? Laura Pidcock would have beaten me, anyway? Laura Pidcock would have beaten me, anyway? Frankly, I would like to see that one tested in court. I would like to see each of us brought before a jury, after which it would be asked to consider, all other things being equal, which of us it would have elected to Parliament, and which of us it would indeed have assumed to have been an MP if it had not known otherwise.

At least one other candidate would also testify that he would not have stood against me at all if the criminal action against me had not still been ongoing at the time, despite already having been shown in open court to have been so baseless that the prosecution's star witness had had to be made to disappear overnight four thousand miles away in order to cause the jury to be discharged and the whole thing to be dragged out for another year, entirely at public expense.

A vote for Pidcock is in any case a vote for a by-election within a year. Politically, she is entirely dependent on Ben Sellout, who is the bromantic partner of Simon Henig (and thus the only other person on the planet who can stand Henig on a personal level), and who has been Henig's accomplice in cutting the pay of 472 Teaching Assistants by 23 per cent.

This time next year, Henig and Sellout will be looking forward to their first of five or more Christmases in the same cell, as two of the people who are going to be sent to prison for having tried to send me there. At least for Sellout's role in that, if not for her own, Pidcock's own position will be untenable. Indeed, no longer being an MP might be the only thing that could save her from an exemplary custodial sentence.

And in view of the circumstances giving rise to the North West Durham by-election of 2020, I would win it by a mile. So possibly out of compassion for the feeble-minded and thus easily-led Pidcock, and certainly for the sake of sheer efficiency, it would just be easier to vote for me on 12th December 2019. My crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

White Noise

That is what all "Labour and anti-Semitism" stuff should now be called.

It is by its subscription to the IHRA Definition of Antisemitism that Labour is now a racist party. That Definition is a silencing of BAME, migrant and refugee experiences of the kind that leads to the Windrush scandal and to the fire at Grenfell Tower.

If at all possible, do not vote for anyone who subscribes to that racist Definition. Including any Labour candidate at this General Election, if at all avoidable. Theirs is the party from which Jackie Walker, Tony Greenstein and Marc Wadsworth have all been expelled. Those were members in good standing under Tony Blair. But under Jeremy Corbyn, they have been expelled. White noise, indeed.

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A Legitimate Question

There are numerous public policies relating directly to children, several of which are to the financial benefit of their parents, so Boris Johnson should have been asked under parliamentary privilege how many children he had.

Anything other than a precise numerical answer would have exposed his fundamental unfitness for office. As it still would, if that question were to be put to him by, say, Andrew Neil. Alas, though it probably never will be, just as it never was by any MP on the floor of the House.

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Decriminalise This

Those who are either revolting or rejoicing at the prospect of the decriminalisation of abortion, when was an abortion last refused under the current law?

At what point in at least the last 30 years might decriminalisation not have been passed if it had been presented to either House of Parliament? And following what possible outcome of this General Election might decriminalisation not be passed were it to be so presented?

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. I am standing for Parliament here at North West Durham, where I am the only pro-life candidate, having been proposed by the man who ran pro-life for many, many years in one of the most Catholic towns in England.

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Drawing Down

Of course the Trump Administration is talking to "the Taliban", meaning that the war in Afghanistan was all for nothing. That is how these things always end. Alas, though, scarcely a soul in the next House of Commons will understand what once almost all MPs would have understood implicitly.

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Other People Are Responsible?

So now we know.

The BBC subjected Jeremy Corbyn to an extremely hostile interview before it had even booked Boris Johnson, it still has not done so, Johnson himself regards whether or not he appears as above his pay grade, and the BBC is on course to give his puppet-masters the interviewer of their choice.

If that last came to pass, or if there never were a Johnson interview, then Andrew Neil ought to resign.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. I am standing 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 137

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 173

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, 28 November 2019

Never Walk Alone

I still believe in things like the need for a unanimous jury in order to convict beyond reasonable doubt, and the absolute protection against double jeopardy. David Duckenfield has been found not guilty, and as far as I am concerned, that is that.

But 96 people were unlawfully killed, so somebody must be responsible. And if the Crown Prosecution Service cannot get Duckenfield convicted of any of the 95 charges that it brought against him, then how does it imagine for one second that it stands at least a 50 per cent chance, which is its own criterion, of getting me convicted of either of the ones against me, both of which had already been torn apart in open court when the prosecution's comically incredible star witness disappeared overnight in the United States, causing the jury to have to be discharged?

There are six other candidates here at North West Durham. Six. But none of them ever mentions the charges against me. Ever even mentions them at all. Nor does The Northern Echo, which reported my trial on its front page earlier this year, and which had a reporter at my hearing last week. He would appear to have filed no report, although I am a parliamentary candidate on his paper's patch. Utter silence all round. There is a reason for that.

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Fiscal Studies

The Institute for Fiscal Studies was founded to oppose the introduction of corporation tax and capital gains tax. That the BBC regards it as independent and respected says everything that needs to be said about the BBC.

And that the Liberal Democrats are the only party that it would now support says all that needs to be said about the Lib Dems. Far from their having restrained austerity, the Conservative-only Governments since 2015 have been economically well to the Coalition's left. As a party, the Lib Dems alone remain committed to austerity. Hence their endorsement by the IFS.

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What Should MRP Stand For?

Answers in the comments, please.

This ridiculous poll does not even mention Chris Williamson at Derby North, where he is seeking re-election and where he has the deepest possible political roots. Roger Godsiff apparently does not exist, either. He, too, is just another "Other", to be given somewhere under 10 per cent of the vote as a formality. Like Williamson. Or like the unmentioned George Galloway at West Bromwich East, where he has already forced the mighty Tom Watson out of the race.

This poll is a joke. Never mind me. On these figures, the other Independent at North West Durham, the very long-serving and well-known Councillor Watts Stelling, would get fewer votes than at either of his previous attempts, and he would lose his deposit for the first time. He kept it against Hilary Armstrong, but he would lose it 14 years later against Laura Pidcock? If you believe that, then you will believe absolutely anything at all.

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Now That's Just Cheap

The Northern Echo has always been a right-wing paper, as the local papers in Labour fiefdoms generally are. And it has clearly taken an editorial decision to back the Brexit Party. But in listing the other candidates, it could at least get my name right. 

Despite the fact that until I became a parliamentary candidate I was a regular contributor to its letters page, and despite the fact that I was on its front page earlier this year, it persistently calls me by a middle name by which I have never been known, as if to suggest a different person. Now that's just cheap. 

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Poll Dancing To Oblivion

YouGov is claiming that the hugely unpopular Laura Pidcock is going to do better than she did last time, before we got to know her. No doubt its predictions everywhere else are just as laughable. It assumed that this poll would be huge news, but it just isn't. Of course it isn't.

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Not The Right Way Forward

In admitting that austerity had always been both a political choice and a mistaken one, Boris Johnson has admitted, not only that Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell had been right all along, but that all four people whom Corbyn had ever beaten for Leader of the Labour Party had been wrong. Sadly, though, most Labour MPs are still going to agree with those four defeated candidates.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. I am standing 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 136

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 172

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, 27 November 2019

Outgun This

If it is the case that we would be "outgunned and outranged" in a military conflict with Russia, a country with an economy only the size of Italy's, then here's a thought. Let's not have a military conflict with Russia. Let's cut all ties that might pull us into one.

No such luck from the Conservatives, of course. Never mind the Liberal Democrats, whose hawkishness is now alarmingly unhinged, and calls to mind the likes of John Bolton. Or from most Labour MPs, who will still be living in the Bush and Blair years, and who think that Boris Johnson is a Russian asset. Or even from the Labour Party itself, whose manifesto even this time extols the glories of NATO, and also of nuclear weapons. So much for Jeremy Corbyn.

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

Stars In Our Eyes

The United Kingdom ought indeed to increase its subscription to the European Space Agency. This Government gets almost nothing right, but its enthusiasm for space exploration is an important, if rare, exception. 

Life is the geological force that shapes the Earth, and the emergence of human cognition fundamentally transforms the biosphere, not least by the uniquely human phenomenon of economic growth. Thus is human mastery of nuclear processes beginning to create resources through the transmutation of elements, enabling us, among other things, to explore space and to exploit the resources of the Solar System. Vladimir Vernadsky and Krafft Ehricke will yet have their day.

The technologies that will bring us to that day have always been impossible without public funding, and they always will be. As much for that reason as for any other, outer space is the province of all humanity, the property of us all. In fact faithful to the principles set out by President Eienhower when he addressed the United Nations General Assembly on 22nd September 1960, Britain and others must insist on this common ownership against American, increasingly also Asian, and other corporate interests. 

And that is where confidence in this Government breaks down. But what of the other lot?

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. Meaning that these days, the ostensible heirs of those traditions would resist any and all of those developments. In parts of the world where they do not have to live, they actively do resist them.

The all-women shortlist system, of which Laura Pidcock is a beneficiary, has done more than anything else to turn the Parliamentary Labour Party from 50 per cent Broad Left in 1994 to 85 per cent Hard Right today. The changes to the British economy since 1977 have turned into the ruling class the public sector middle-class women who dominate the PLP, while the wars waged since 1997 have barely affected them, having largely been waged for explicitly feminist reasons, albeit to no good effect for the women of Afghanistan, and to catastrophic effect for the women of Iraq and Libya.

A position of being anti-industrial at home but pro-war abroad is ridiculous in itself, and bespeaks a total lack of comprehension of how wars are fought. But those MPs are Thatcher’s Daughters, unable to understand the rage against deindustrialisation and against the harvesting of young men in endless, pointless wars, and probably unaware of a growing number of young men’s closely connected discovery for themselves of the various schools of heterodox economics, and of the traditional Great Books that, for ostensibly if questionably feminist reasons, have been excluded from school and university curricula.

Mother Gaia reigns supreme, and we are expected to fight wars for Her even while, under Her petticoats, we shiver and starve in the dark. Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. I am standing 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.

Inspired By Their Zionist Masters?

I remember when Conservative MPs used to say far stronger things from the same position than have ever been uttered by Apsana Begum or Claudia Webbe.

But with the Palestinian cause at the front and centre of the global struggle against racism and imperialism, to exclude views such as Begum's and Webbe's would be to exclude almost all politically conscious and active people of colour in the world. Upper caste Hindu supremacists would be the only significant exception.

It would also exclude one of the great pillars of the anti-racist and anti-imperialist struggle, the Jewish Left, as well as at least half of Orthodox Jews in the world, including by far the fastest growing section of the Jewish population of Britain. To both of those, the identification of Zionism as fundamental to Jewish identity is anathema.

Although it would appear that the matter was not being pressed, Begum and Webbe are both in breach of the IHRA Definition of Antisemitism, by which all members of the Labour Party are now bound on pain of expulsion, and which constitutes a denial of BAME, migrant and refugee experience of the kind that leads to the Windrush scandal and to the fire at Grenfell Tower.

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

For The Life

I am all for opposing the abortion policies in the Labour and Liberal Democrat manifestos. But I cannot see how much their implementation would change in practice. And I cannot for the life of me see what difference voting Conservative would make.

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

No Allowance Made

Who knew that the marriage allowance still existed? If its purpose is to encourage marriage or to discourage divorce, then it is an abject failure.

I am all for encouraging marriage, and I am all for discouraging divorce. Such encouragement and discouragement needs to be by means that are not so ineffective as to lead most people to assume that they must have been abolished decades ago.

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

Unredacted

Yes, the NHS would be up for grabs in any trade agreement with the United States negotiated by Boris Johnson or his party.

It was also up for grabs under the European Union's TTIP, the principle of which will still be supported by most Labour MPs, as it still is by the Liberal Democrats, therefore by their assortment of newfound hangers on, and also by the SNP.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. I am standing 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 135

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 170

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, 26 November 2019

Blondie Goes Yellow

Michael Heseltine privatised more of the British economy than any other Minister, ever. He destroyed Britain's, including County Durham's, coal industry. And now, he endorses the Liberal Democrats. Think on.

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

Reflects The Despair?

Is Ephraim Mirvis even a British citizen? If so, then when, exactly, did he become one? And what, exactly, qualifies one as a "major religious leader", since the United Synagogue has a nominal membership of 40,000 and a fully active membership that is almost certainly a great deal smaller than that? In any case, those members never signed up to the political opinions of the Chief Rabbi of the day.

Staying with the numbers, fewer than 20 people per year are convicted of anti-Semitic crime in this country. Less than one such conviction per year, on average, is for a violent offence. Is the entire criminal justice system part of the anti-Semitic conspiracy? Or is there no wave of anti-Semitic incidents in the first place?

Oh, and do not think about Jeremy Corbyn's interview with Andrew Neil. Corbyn's supporters hate Neil, anyway. The media in general, the BBC in particular, and Neil perhaps above all. They probably did not even watch it. The Labour vote next month will show the media quite  how many people like that there now were on the Left (there are also people like that on the Right). But the media will pay absolutely no attention.

Equality, Act

Parents are the first educators of their children. And what was in dispute at Anderton Park was not an examination subject. Birmingham Hall Green should return Roger Godsiff to the coming hung Parliament.

Also on the principle that parents are the first educators of their children, I am standing 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.

Compelled To Make?

I am glad that Justin Welby has come out in support of Ephraim Mirvis. Does everyone in the Church of England, never mind all Christians in the United Kingdom, agree with the Archbishop of Canterbury? Well, then, nor do all British or Commonwealth Jews agree with "their" "Chief Rabbi".

Meanwhile, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has no interest in the economic equality without which there can be no other, and it sacks its black and disabled staff first. Every member of it will have voted for Change UK. To hell with the metropolitan liberal elite within the metropolitan liberal elite. Welcome the hatred of Blairism Enthroned.

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