Thursday, 21 February 2019

Side Lines

I am going to keep making this point until people get it. 

When Shamima Begum went off to Syria, then she went to fight for the side that was supported by the British Government, and which that Government has never quite stopped supporting in Syria.

From Jeremy Corbyn, to Peter Hitchens, to your humble servant, some of us told you at that time that the so-called Islamic State held the views that Begum has now gone on British television to express, albeit not very well because she is clearly not very bright.

To put it mildly, we received no thanks, just as we have never had or expected any for pointing out that the so-called Islamic State was in fact Saudi Arabia, which is the paymaster of the British foreign policy elite, including an Independent Group that publicly announces this wretched connection by including Mike Gapes.

Nobody disputes what we are saying. Their objection is, and has always been, to the fact that we dare to say it. Hey, ho. Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it.

It has become a local commonplace that I am on 30-30-30 with Labour and the Conservatives here at North West Durham, so that any one of us could be the First Past the Post. I will stand for this seat, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Drawing The Line

On Monday, it was revealed that Jeremy Corbyn was a bit too left-wing for some people. Hold the front page. But yesterday, it became the official line that Theresa May was as far to the right as Corbyn was to the left. Hold the front page, indeed.

Corbyn supports the nationalised railways that existed on every day of Margaret Thatcher's Premiership, and a top rate of tax lower than during much of that period, but with a far higher threshold even when adjusted for inflation.

If that is so far to the left as to be not at, but beyond, the bounds of acceptable opinion or debate, so that anything even further left again cannot be admitted to exist at all, then May's position is indeed so far to the right as to be not at, but beyond, the bounds of acceptable opinion or debate, so that anything even further right again cannot be admitted to exist at all. 

The Times and The Guardian, the BBC and Sky News have spent four years telling us that Corbyn was indeed as left-wing as that. Therefore, May must be as right-wing as that. Yesterday, it officially became the line that she was.

Accordingly, just as Stephen Kinnock was the most left-wing MP of the four on last night's Newsnight, so the most right-wing was Damian Green, and even he had to balanced by Dominic Grieve. The Right had better get used to this. Welcome to our world.

But a realignment? If I had had a pound for every time that I had heard that one over the last 25 years, then I would have £37:46, and I would be glad of it. The two largest parties in the House of Commons, by far, are always going to be the Conservative Party and the Labour Party, with the Leader of one or the other as Prime Minister. That has nothing to do with ideology. That is just Britain. That is just the way that it is.

It is now impossible for either main party to win an overall majority on its own, but that has nothing to do with Brexit. Another hung Parliament is coming, therefore, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it.

It has become a local commonplace that I am on 30-30-30 with Labour and the Conservatives here at North West Durham, so that any one of us could be the First Past the Post. I will stand for this seat, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Toadmeister Watch: Day 69

I repeat my challenge to Toby Young to contest this parliamentary seat of North West Durham. Either that, or he has conceded every point here.

His party took 34 per cent of the vote at North West Durham last time. Labour, it and I are now universally accepted as being on 30-30-30, so that any one of us could be the First Past the Post. 

But I do not stand against people. I stand for things. Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it.

I will stand for this seat, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

This post will appear here daily until further notice.

Yaxley-Lennon Watch: Day 90

I warmly welcome Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, who calls himself "Tommy Robinson" but who would have to give his real name on the ballot paper, as the UKIP candidate for this parliamentary seat of North West Durham. Or, at any rate, as a candidate for this seat, of any party or none.

Either that, or he is running scared of the white working class. After all, I am mixed-race, and the sitting MP, who will presumably be the Labour candidate, has a mixed-race child. We are both impeccably middle-class (Google the house prices in Riding Mill, whence she hails), as the Conservative and the Liberal Democrat candidates will doubtless also be. 

From his own point of view, then, beating us ought to be a doddle.

Not that my candidacy is in any way conditional on his. Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. I will stand for this parliamentary seat of North West Durham, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

This post will appear here daily until Yaxley-Lennon officially runs away with his tail between his legs by denying that he is a parliamentary candidate for North West Durham.

Pidcock-Kamm Watch: Day 91

Either Laura Pidcock is proud that she is now Oliver Kamm's endorsed candidate for this parliamentary seat of North West Durham, or she will tweet the following:

"I reject the endorsement of @OliverKamm, and I have made a donation to @NeilClark66's legal fund against him," followed by the link to Neil's fund.

This post will appear here daily until that tweet has been posted.

Henig Watch: Day 97

Rather magnanimously, considering how he became the Leader of Durham County Council in the first place, the Durham Miners' Association has permitted Simon "Third Generation Who's Who Entrants Are Above The Law" Henig to sit on the platform of the last two Durham Miners' Galas.

On both occasions, he has of course shared that platform with the principal speaker, Jeremy Corbyn. It is therefore the least to be expected that @SimonHenig will tweet the simple formula, ".@jeremycorbyn is not an anti-Semite." This post will appear here daily until that tweet has been posted.

Councillor Watch: Day 98

Hilariously, the third attempt to put me on trial is due to begin on 1st April. That will be one year after the second failed attempt, and two years after I was charged. 

The only purpose of this whole business has been to stop me from standing for Durham County Council (failed), to stop me from being elected (succeeded, because nothing else would have done), and to stop me from standing for Parliament (also doomed to fail, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign).

No one, absolutely no one at all, has ever suggested that I committed the acts alleged, or even that those acts ever really took place.

Specifically, until such time as they notify otherwise to davidaslindsay@hotmail.com, then it is a matter of record that not only does every member of Durham County Council believe me to be innocent of the charges against me, but every member of Durham County Council believes that the acts alleged never happened in actual fact.

This post will appear here daily until further notice.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

The Mother Of All Windups

I have played the same trick myself in my time. George Galloway is winding you up. 

He knows pefectly well, just as I did, that he is never going to be let back into the Labour Party. And he knows perfectly well, just as I did, that he is better off out of it. 

But there is a world elsewhere. If there is one word of this with which he disagrees, then I should be fascinated to know which word it was.

Grotesque Chaos No More

Well, unless you count the Kinnocks.

I'll never forgive Militant for trying to deselect Peter Shore. 

But you do realise, don't you, that Derek Hatton is a 71-year-old property developer and former radio talk show host who has appeared on Come Dine With Me with Edwina Currie and Rod Liddle? 

The Eighties really were a very long time ago.

Ronan Reads

My friend Ronan Dodds is now recording written content, beginning with one of my posts. Do give him a listen.

Neither Honourable Nor Members

There is no Purple Momentum. If anything, expect some of the European Research Group to be deselected. But even that is unlikely.

While David Cameron has come out to express his regret at Conservative defections to the Independent Group, Tony Blair remains silent as to Labour ones. That silence speaks for itself. We can all see who is the Leader here.

But in this day and age (and yes, I am now so old that I use that one), no one would join a political party in which membership did not confer the right to vote in a Leadership Election.

Yet Chris Leslie has just publicly set his face against such a franchise in whatever the Independent Group eventually became. 

He actively does not want anyone outside Parliament to join the New Party. Politics is something to be done to the plebs, not by the plebs.

That is why it is now considered acceptable for a private company to have more parliamentary clout than the 689,901 people who voted either Green or Plaid Cymru, even though those parties won seats in the House of Commons.

If Leslie and the rest of them had the public support that they claim, then all of those millions of people, or at least a large proportion of them, would have paid three quid apiece and kept Jeremy Corbyn out of the Labour Leadership.

Or they would have joined the Labour Party, eventually to get rid of him, but in the meantime to stop the deselection of sitting MPs.

That neither of those things has happened proves, proves, that the Independent Group speaks for absolutely nobody at all.

Spoils of War

Even now, the British Government cannot bring itself to say that, on balance, it is at least relieved that the other side has beaten the so-called Islamic State in Syria. Shamima Begum went to fight for the side that the British Government was supporting. That support was wrong, although you had to have been Jeremy Corbyn to have said so at the time. But it was very fierce.

And it has never quite been given up. It cannot be, because of our foreign policy elite's dependence on Saudi Arabia, which is the obvious paymaster of the Independent Group, a fact that is proclaimed publicly by the presence of Mike Gapes.

So instead, we have the show of strength that is the revocation of the citizenship of a clearly not very bright teenager who has just given birth, and who will be coming back to Britain anyway, as a Commonwealth national with a British child.

This is eerily reminiscent of the way in which the nation thinks that is taking revenge on Tony Blair and, to an extent, on David Cameron by forcing returnees from the wars to sleep on the streets because staunchly Conservative businesses will not employ them, because staunchly Conservative landlords will not let to them, and because staunchly Conservative councils, or very right-wing Labour ones, will not do either.

Remember that, when you see those former Armed Forces personnel on the streets. The people who will give them neither work nor accommodation are many things. But they are certainly not members of Momentum.

The Road Back Can Be Rough

In Anna Soubry, the Independent Group has acquired its first former member of the SDP. 

In After The Party, a collection of reminisces published in 2011 to mark the twentieth anniversary of the dissolution of the Communist Party of Great Britain, Andrew Pearmain wrote:

"I started sleeping with other women on my trips to London, other Communist students and even a Tory member of the NUS Executive whose taste for rough sex really shocked me; she later joined the SDP."

And so it all comes full circle. So to speak.

Toadmeister Watch: Day 68

I repeat my challenge to Toby Young to contest this parliamentary seat of North West Durham. Either that, or he has conceded every point here.

His party took 34 per cent of the vote at North West Durham last time. Labour, it and I are now universally accepted as being on 30-30-30, so that any one of us could be the First Past the Post. 

But I do not stand against people. I stand for things. Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it.

I will stand for this seat, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

This post will appear here daily until further notice.

Yaxley-Lennon Watch: Day 89

I warmly welcome Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, who calls himself "Tommy Robinson" but who would have to give his real name on the ballot paper, as the UKIP candidate for this parliamentary seat of North West Durham. Or, at any rate, as a candidate for this seat, of any party or none.

Either that, or he is running scared of the white working class. After all, I am mixed-race, and the sitting MP, who will presumably be the Labour candidate, has a mixed-race child. We are both impeccably middle-class (Google the house prices in Riding Mill, whence she hails), as the Conservative and the Liberal Democrat candidates will doubtless also be. 

From his own point of view, then, beating us ought to be a doddle.

Not that my candidacy is in any way conditional on his. Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. I will stand for this parliamentary seat of North West Durham, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

This post will appear here daily until Yaxley-Lennon officially runs away with his tail between his legs by denying that he is a parliamentary candidate for North West Durham.

Pidcock-Kamm Watch: Day 90

Either Laura Pidcock is proud that she is now Oliver Kamm's endorsed candidate for this parliamentary seat of North West Durham, or she will tweet the following:

"I reject the endorsement of @OliverKamm, and I have made a donation to @NeilClark66's legal fund against him," followed by the link to Neil's fund.

This post will appear here daily until that tweet has been posted.

Henig Watch: Day 96

Rather magnanimously, considering how he became the Leader of Durham County Council in the first place, the Durham Miners' Association has permitted Simon "Third Generation Who's Who Entrants Are Above The Law" Henig to sit on the platform of the last two Durham Miners' Galas.

On both occasions, he has of course shared that platform with the principal speaker, Jeremy Corbyn. It is therefore the least to be expected that @SimonHenig will tweet the simple formula, ".@jeremycorbyn is not an anti-Semite." This post will appear here daily until that tweet has been posted.

Councillor Watch: Day 97

Hilariously, the third attempt to put me on trial is due to begin on 1st April. That will be one year after the second failed attempt, and two years after I was charged. 

The only purpose of this whole business has been to stop me from standing for Durham County Council (failed), to stop me from being elected (succeeded, because nothing else would have done), and to stop me from standing for Parliament (also doomed to fail, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign).

No one, absolutely no one at all, has ever suggested that I committed the acts alleged, or even that those acts ever really took place.

Specifically, until such time as they notify otherwise to davidaslindsay@hotmail.com, then it is a matter of record that not only does every member of Durham County Council believe me to be innocent of the charges against me, but every member of Durham County Council believes that the acts alleged never happened in actual fact.

This post will appear here daily until further notice.

Briding Her Time

When Shamima Begum went off to Syria, then the so-called Islamic State there was supposed to have been our side. We may have been bombing it in Iraq, but we were well and truly rooting for it in Syria.

The only voices against this madness were those of fringe figures such as Jeremy Corbyn.

And some of us were called lying stooges of Assad and Putin for daring to mention that the side that our country was backing held exactly the views that Begum has now expressed on British television.

As for the Manchester Arena attack, it was Theresa May who, as Home Secretary, turned Manchester into the world centre of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group.

It was the two Coalition parties and the Official Opposition that took out the bulwark against that kind of thing in Libya itself, turning the place into the hellhole that it is today.

Again, the only voices against this madness were those of fringe figures such as Jeremy Corbyn. And some of us were called ... well, you know how this one goes.

We have foregone the opportunity to investigate and, if appropriate, to prosecute Begum. Who will do so now?

But in any case, with a Commonwealth passport and with a small British son, she will be back in this country within three years. And no one will say a word.

#WhyAyeWeCan, #WhyAyeWeDid

Excellent news that my friend Jamie Driscoll has become the Labour Mayoral candidate in what we are now supposed to call "North of Tyne".

He has defeated the Hard Right Leader of Newcastle City Council, Nick "Slasher" Forbes, who is also the Leader of the Local Government Association's Labour Group. Although for how much longer, one does have to wonder.

For remember that we already know what the Labour Right would look like in power, since it already runs almost the whole of Labour local government. And that is not a pretty sight.

Slasher's defeat by Jamie is exactly what is needed by everyone concerned.

Defective

Now that George Galloway has dared to mention it on Sky News, will either that network or the BBC dare to show the film of Joan Ryan taking money from the Israeli Embassy in order to bring down Jeremy Corbyn? If not, why not?

And no, of course the thwarted careerist Luciana Berger did not really leave the Labour Party because of anti-Semitism. Don't be silly. Or is the Conservative Party now anti-Semitic as well, since three MPs have just left that for the same Group?

As a company rather than a party, the Independent Group marks the apotheosis of Blairism, with politicians privatising themselves. But for all that they have voted for everything nasty that this Government and its predecessor have done, the accession of Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston and Heidi Allen marks a sharp leftward shift in that Group.

Hitherto, it has been "the Tories" as imagined by Laura Pidcock: not paying staff, trying to privatise the Royal Mail, wishing the reimpose the pre-2015 austerity programme, demanding that British foreign policy be controlled by Saudi Arabia, calling for the abolition of trial by jury, extolling the wonders of water privatisation, insisting that the spooks be believed without question, warning against people with a funny tinge, being endorsed by Katie Hopkins, and  taking money from the Israeli Embassy in order to bring down Jeremy Corbyn.

Mercifully few, if any, of Pidcock's 16,516 Conservative-voting constituents, just over one third of the total, are like that. But the discovery of that happy fact would involve speaking to them. It has become a local commonplace that I am on 30-30-30 with Labour and the Conservatives here at North West Durham, so that any one of us could be the First Past the Post. I will stand for this seat, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Holding and Promotion

Shinzo Abe may or may not have nominated Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize.

But two Norwegian MPs, Per-Willy Amundsen and Christian Tybring-Gjedde, have already done so. And on the same grounds, that of Trump's work for peace in Korea.

Yes, Trump wants North Korea's coal for his own dynasty deep into the twenty-second century. And yes, he has done plenty of war-waging, with the threat of plenty more.

But plenty of previous recipients have had ulterior motives, and plenty have been belligerent in the round.

At the very least, Trump has done no less for peace, and he has no more for war, than Barack Obama ever did.

What Has The Monarchy Ever Done For Its Supporters?

Just The Job?

They are counting people as unemployed only if they are claiming JSA or Universal Credit. The latter is hard to get, and the former is now even harder. 

Meanwhile, "employment" now includes zero hours contracts, voluntary work, and "unpaid family work" such as looking after children or elderly relatives. 

If you do that, then they count you as having a job when they point to "record levels of employment". 

This is all a fiddle.

Burn With Rage

The tried to blame the miners for Orgreave.

They tried to blame the fans for Hillsborough.

And they are trying to blame the firefighters for Grenfell Tower.

Advanced and Advancing

Ren Zhengfei is of course entirely correct. Huawei is simply too advanced for the world to do without it. This is the world now. Be on the bus, or be under it.

Similarly, in order to bring about a solution in Kashmir, then the world needs China, which is closely allied to Pakistan, and the world needs Russia, which retains an alliance with India going back to the Soviet period.

This is the world now, the world of the BRICS, the world of Huawei, and the world of the Belt and Road Initiative. 

Criticise the Chinese, or the Russian, or the Indian, or the Pakistani Government all you like, and that ought to be a very great deal. But this is the world. Be on the bus, or be under it.

Justice For Our Boys

The man who killed Harry Rice, George Wilkinson and Josh McGuinness was on cannabis.

Make this about that. That, after all, was what this was about.

Grey Skies Thinking

As Angela Smith denounces "left-wing intellectuals", it is true that no one has ever accused her of being either of those things.

So many people have been changing the Independent Group's Wikipedia page, so that its official colour was altered from "Grey" to "A funny tinge", that it has stopped listing an official colour at all. Yes, really.

Still no policies from the Katie Hopkins Party, but we all know what they are going to be.

Chuka Umunna's unpaid internships, which even Theresa May has expressed a desire to ban. Chris Leslie's revival of the austerity programme that even the Government has moderated a very little bit.

Ann Coffey's abolition of juries in trials of her choosing. Mike Gapes's bought and paid for foreign policy that is pro-Saudi even by British Establishment standards, answering the question of who funds the Independent Group.

Angela Smith's bought and paid for enthusiasm for water privatisation. Her bought and paid for insistence that "the Intelligence and Security Services" must be believed without question, another obvious source of revenue. Her robust action against people who have a funny tinge, a remark that has been spookily ignored by the BBC in its endless puff pieces for this project.

And Luciana Berger's hallucinations about anti-Semitism, which have now been disproved twice. On the more recent occasion, one in five of all complaints, of which there were only a thousand and four hundred of those were against people who were not Labour Party members, were found to have come from the person who is known to the great Professor Norman Finkelstein as "Barking Yenta".

Plus, of course, the Labour Party Conference resolution on a second EU referendum. As if that superseded the most recent General Election manifesto. Try and imagine that someone had ever suggested that to Tony Blair: that a Labour Party Conference resolution had superseded the most recent General Election manifesto.

Feel The Bern Again?

Bernie Sanders would have beaten Donald Trump in 2016. But Trump is going to beat whoever the Democrats nominate in 2020. And Sanders is still wrong about drugs, not that he would be able to do much about that as President. However, he has also become more obviously wrong about foreign policy, joining in the Russia-baiting over Syria and other questions.

And what does Sanders offer to those who understand the need of an approach to climate change which protected and extended secure employment with civilised wages and working conditions, which encouraged economic development around the world, which upheld the right of the working classes and of nonwhite people to have children, which held down and as far as practicable reduced the fuel prices that always hit the poor hardest, and which refused to restrict travel opportunities or a full diet to the rich?

Is The Independent Group A Wind-Up?


Is the Independent Group a wind-up? We'll pass over Luciana Berger fluffing her lines and introducing herself as the Labour MP for Liverpool Wavertree at the launch.

TIG is incorporated as a private company to get around donation reporting rules for political parties. This move, which is without precedent as far as the party affiliation of sitting parliamentarians is concerned, is about preventing scrutiny of their finances.

And this is one eschewed even by Farage's new party, an outfit and a project that has serious questions to answer about past finances. Not the best way then to break the mould of the old politics.

Fancy another? TIG is owned (sorry, "supported") by a shell company going by the name of Gemini A (website registered in Panama [edit: see comments]). Looks suspect, yes? It gets better.

Not only is the business address a Wetherspoon's in Altrincham, a curious choice for an explicitly anti-Brexit "party", said pub trades under The Unicorn. You couldn't make it up.

They also thought it would be a good idea to poach a Tory, and so approached Ruth Davidson to be their leader. Having a sense of self-preservation and half a brain, she turned down their kind offer.

But still, Soubz is there waiting in the wings. She's already removed all mention of being a Tory MP from her Twitter bio in preparation for the jump.

And it would be remiss to forget Angela Smith's appearance on Politics Live where she did a racism. Lest we forget.

But you know what truly damns this clowns' car of an ego vehicle? It's the total lack of seriousness. They have learned nothing, nothing since 2015.

Like the ill-fated Corbyn coup, no ground has been prepared in the wider party. This is a gaggle of minor-to-anonymous parliamentary personages with no backing apart from shy rich people and naff celebrities.

They didn't try and win over other party members, let alone appeal to those who have left Labour. No work was done to reach out to the affiliated organisations or to try and get councillors on board.

In other words, the most basic organising, the 101 of launching a new party, has been set aside. Why? Incompetence is part of the story, but it's in equal part the arrogance that comes with launching an elite political project.

The truth is you, me, the little people don't matter. Politics is a plaything for MPs, Lords and Ladies, and the money bags who can buy their way in. Us? We're just voting fodder at best, and the people who politics is done to the rest of the time.

We don't understand, we don't get it, and we definitely should have no role to play in a political party above the station of envelope stuffing and leafleting. This is what their split is about.

It's no accident this comes after three of them got no confidence votes by the constituency parties, that similar moves were being made by another, and that Chuka Umunna's local party voted to move away from delegate-based to all-member meetings.

Democracy is only okay if it leaves them unchallenged and gifts them a job for life. Let's be honest. The Labour Party is well rid.

Toadmeister Watch: Day 67

I repeat my challenge to Toby Young to contest this parliamentary seat of North West Durham. Either that, or he has conceded every point here.

His party took 34 per cent of the vote at North West Durham last time. Labour, it and I are now universally accepted as being on 30-30-30, so that any one of us could be the First Past the Post. 

But I do not stand against people. I stand for things. Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it.

I will stand for this seat, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

This post will appear here daily until further notice.

Yaxley-Lennon Watch: Day 88

I warmly welcome Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, who calls himself "Tommy Robinson" but who would have to give his real name on the ballot paper, as the UKIP candidate for this parliamentary seat of North West Durham. Or, at any rate, as a candidate for this seat, of any party or none.

Either that, or he is running scared of the white working class. After all, I am mixed-race, and the sitting MP, who will presumably be the Labour candidate, has a mixed-race child. We are both impeccably middle-class (Google the house prices in Riding Mill, whence she hails), as the Conservative and the Liberal Democrat candidates will doubtless also be. 

From his own point of view, then, beating us ought to be a doddle.

Not that my candidacy is in any way conditional on his. Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. I will stand for this parliamentary seat of North West Durham, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

This post will appear here daily until Yaxley-Lennon officially runs away with his tail between his legs by denying that he is a parliamentary candidate for North West Durham.

Pidcock-Kamm Watch: Day 89

Either Laura Pidcock is proud that she is now Oliver Kamm's endorsed candidate for this parliamentary seat of North West Durham, or she will tweet the following:

"I reject the endorsement of @OliverKamm, and I have made a donation to @NeilClark66's legal fund against him," followed by the link to Neil's fund.

This post will appear here daily until that tweet has been posted.

Henig Watch: Day 95

Rather magnanimously, considering how he became the Leader of Durham County Council in the first place, the Durham Miners' Association has permitted Simon "Third Generation Who's Who Entrants Are Above The Law" Henig to sit on the platform of the last two Durham Miners' Galas.

On both occasions, he has of course shared that platform with the principal speaker, Jeremy Corbyn. It is therefore the least to be expected that @SimonHenig will tweet the simple formula, ".@jeremycorbyn is not an anti-Semite." This post will appear here daily until that tweet has been posted.

Councillor Watch: Day 96

Hilariously, the third attempt to put me on trial is due to begin on 1st April. That will be one year after the second failed attempt, and two years after I was charged. 

The only purpose of this whole business has been to stop me from standing for Durham County Council (failed), to stop me from being elected (succeeded, because nothing else would have done), and to stop me from standing for Parliament (also doomed to fail, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign).

No one, absolutely no one at all, has ever suggested that I committed the acts alleged, or even that those acts ever really took place.

Specifically, until such time as they notify otherwise to davidaslindsay@hotmail.com, then it is a matter of record that not only does every member of Durham County Council believe me to be innocent of the charges against me, but every member of Durham County Council believes that the acts alleged never happened in actual fact.

This post will appear here daily until further notice.

Monday, 18 February 2019

On Track

Rail fares are back in the news. Well, when could they not be?

Like the huge majority of the population across all political allegiances, and like so conservative a figure as Peter Hitchens, I support the renationalisation of the rail services as each franchise came up for renewal, and thus at no cost.

I would make that the backbone of a rebuilt network of public transport, eventually free at the point of use, and extending to every village in this or any other constituency.

Even prior to that, I would require the approval of the House of Commons for any increase in public transport fares, with the cost of HS2 diverted to reconnecting many towns to the rail network. That would include several towns in North West Durham.

Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. It has become a local commonplace that I am on 30-30-30 with Labour and the Conservatives here at North West Durham, so that any one of us could be the First Past the Post.

I will stand for this seat, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Not Such A Funny Tinge

Years, years, they planned and plotted this. But today, when it finally came, then what?

Lavishly covered by slavish media, they got all of seven people. They cannot even bring themselves set up a registered political party, because no one would join it. And one of the seven turns out to be Alf Garnett in drag.

Meanwhile, the official line of the Government is that one third of Conservative MPs are not really Conservatives at all, and should clear off to the latest vanity project of a man whose lifetime total of votes across his seven failed attempts to enter the House of Commons is lower than Diane Abbott's majority.

There was a rival claimant. But, in a notable departure from the Loony Right's strong support for Boer nationalism when it was running South Africa, he went on television and defended the British concentration camps during the Boer War.

Have Jacob Rees-Mogg and Angela Smith ever been seen together in the same room?

Toadmeister Watch: Day 66

I repeat my challenge to Toby Young to contest this parliamentary seat of North West Durham. Either that, or he has conceded every point here.

His party took 34 per cent of the vote at North West Durham last time. Labour, it and I are now universally accepted as being on 30-30-30, so that any one of us could be the First Past the Post. 

But I do not stand against people. I stand for things. Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it.

I will stand for this seat, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

This post will appear here daily until further notice.

Yaxley-Lennon Watch: Day 87

I warmly welcome Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, who calls himself "Tommy Robinson" but who would have to give his real name on the ballot paper, as the UKIP candidate for this parliamentary seat of North West Durham. Or, at any rate, as a candidate for this seat, of any party or none.

Either that, or he is running scared of the white working class. After all, I am mixed-race, and the sitting MP, who will presumably be the Labour candidate, has a mixed-race child. We are both impeccably middle-class (Google the house prices in Riding Mill, whence she hails), as the Conservative and the Liberal Democrat candidates will doubtless also be. 

From his own point of view, then, beating us ought to be a doddle.

Not that my candidacy is in any way conditional on his. Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. I will stand for this parliamentary seat of North West Durham, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

This post will appear here daily until Yaxley-Lennon officially runs away with his tail between his legs by denying that he is a parliamentary candidate for North West Durham.

Pidcock-Kamm Watch: Day 88

Either Laura Pidcock is proud that she is now Oliver Kamm's endorsed candidate for this parliamentary seat of North West Durham, or she will tweet the following:

"I reject the endorsement of @OliverKamm, and I have made a donation to @NeilClark66's legal fund against him," followed by the link to Neil's fund.

This post will appear here daily until that tweet has been posted.

Henig Watch: Day 94

Rather magnanimously, considering how he became the Leader of Durham County Council in the first place, the Durham Miners' Association has permitted Simon "Third Generation Who's Who Entrants Are Above The Law" Henig to sit on the platform of the last two Durham Miners' Galas.

On both occasions, he has of course shared that platform with the principal speaker, Jeremy Corbyn. It is therefore the least to be expected that @SimonHenig will tweet the simple formula, ".@jeremycorbyn is not an anti-Semite." This post will appear here daily until that tweet has been posted.

Councillor Watch: Day 95

Hilariously, the third attempt to put me on trial is due to begin on 1st April. That will be one year after the second failed attempt, and two years after I was charged. 

The only purpose of this whole business has been to stop me from standing for Durham County Council (failed), to stop me from being elected (succeeded, because nothing else would have done), and to stop me from standing for Parliament (also doomed to fail, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign).

No one, absolutely no one at all, has ever suggested that I committed the acts alleged, or even that those acts ever really took place.

Specifically, until such time as they notify otherwise to davidaslindsay@hotmail.com, then it is a matter of record that not only does every member of Durham County Council believe me to be innocent of the charges against me, but every member of Durham County Council believes that the acts alleged never happened in actual fact.

This post will appear here daily until further notice.

Cross The Mersey? Very Cross, Indeed

Labour took 80 per cent of the vote in Liverpool Wavertree, a 10 per cent increase between 2015 under Ed Miliband, and 2017 under Jeremy Corbyn. 

All the constitutional theory in the world cannot make it any less outrageous that the MP feels that she can now do this and stay in her seat.

And think of the Constituency Labour Party in Wavertree. Days after being pushed into withdrawing its motion of no confidence in the MP, she does this.

Yellows Unimperilled

"Centrist"? The Centre of what, exactly? 

The silence from the Lib Dems indicates that they do not take this any more seriously than anyone else does. 

But then, they opposed the Iraq War, at least until it had started. They opposed the Blair Government's assaults on civil liberties. 

And they are thorns in the side of many a ghastly right-wing Labour Council. Even the one that blocks the Independent Group's "pornographic" website.

Access Denied

The Independent Group's website is blocked by Durham County Council, of all things, as "Pornography & Adult Material". 

The Labour Right is split to the core.

It's Off To Work They Go?

Has John Woodcock joined the New Party? What are the Seven Dwarfs without Snow White?

Tony Blair is keeping very quiet. I expect that they have told him not to spoil things by showing his face. So the rest of us need to ask them what they think of him. That would be the end of them. 

And nothing from David Miliband, either. A high proportion of Labour's present activist base can have no memory of him. How time flies. 

Yet every time that there is a rumour of his return, then the media practically explode with glee. As if it were up to him. As if he could just come back as and when he pleased. 

Even Roy Jenkins lost the first by-election of his attempted comeback. He fought on, but that would crush Miliband, who has the bigger ego of a smaller man.

People You've Never Heard Of Leave Party They Were Never Really In

I appreciate that this applies more to some of the Seven Dwarfs than to others, but pretty people never turn into good politicians, even if they are sometimes electorally successful ones. They cannot have had the necessary formative experiences. Other things were open to them, which were more attractive at that age. 

If this whole thing were not a confection of the media, then the founding press conference would already have ended, and the project with it, when a journalist had asked about the Iraq War. Thereby exposing the last people, possibly in the world, who still thought that it had been a good idea.

More broadly, like Roy Jenkins, Shirley Williams, and most of the MPs who joined the SDP, this rabble has left a party that it had scarcely joined, no matter how long certain membership cards had been held.

They have little or no background either in the trade unions or in Labour local government. They never lived in or near their constituencies before being selected, and they have barely done so since. And they have independent means, or the reasonable expectation of a higher income outside Parliament than in it.

But at least the SDP expected that income to come from business. No business would employ this lot. That is why, for all their talk of the private sector, they are perfect strangers to it. No, they would be guaranteed gargantuan salaries and pensions by think tanks and other registered charities that were in turn dependent on public funding.

As for the private company through which the Independent Group is to be run, it was founded 33 days ago. Five weeks. Just think about that for a couple of minutes.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Indefensible

When he is not trying to magic up imaginary troops to man border posts in five Sinn Féin constituencies and directly facing four more, then Gavin Williamson is bemusing the Treasury, the Americans, and the inhabitants of Asia and the Caribbean, by proposing what would have to be equally unmanned new bases in Asia and the Caribbean.

But Williamson's otherwise comical buffoonery has now become gravely injurious to the national interest. Even less than Russia will China, "go away, and shut up." It is Gavin Williamson who should, and who must, do both of those things.

Like Pulling Teeth?

The Permissive Society legislation was barely noticed at the time. You have to scour the specialist Catholic press for much mention of it. Scarcely a soul voted against it. But then, nowhere near half of the House of Commons turned up to vote in favour of it, either. At the time, it was a sideshow.

Until the 1980s, the reputation of Roy Jenkins rested on his time as Chancellor of the Exchequer. Then Margaret Thatcher chose to make it about measures most of which she had supported, and none of which she ever attempted to repeal. In the case of abortion, quite the reverse. In 1990, she legalised it up to birth.

But in the debate on Second Reading of what was to become the 1967 Abortion Act, even Leo Abse expressed the hope that abortion would never come to be seen as just another operation, "like having a tooth pulled." Yet look at us now. And yet, look at us now. Look even at the BBC.

So no, abortion is not, and it never will be, a routine medical procedure. That fact is entirely unconnected to how much of it there might be at any given time. There is just something about it. And there always will be.

The Concentration of Camp

Jacob Rees-Mogg's overly long day in the sun probably ended on Thursday evening, when he defended the British concentration camps during the Boer War.

Unlike his father, he knows almost nothing. He just chooses to speak like that, quite unlike any of the numerous other Old Etonians in public life today.

But he really has delighted us for long enough this time. Still, think of it like this.

The previous generation of the Loony Right, and some of his own before they accepted the office that he has pointedly never been offered, would never have said such a thing.

They, you see, worshipped the Boers' revenge republic, and they were not infrequently on its payroll.

So there is that.

Unamendably Unamenable

The legalisation of uterine transplants into persons who had been born male, leading to deliveries by Cesarean section from bodies that had penises, would require an amendment to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990.

I would fight against any such proposed legislation, to my last breath. 

It has become a local commonplace that I am on 30-30-30 with Labour and the Conservatives here at North West Durham, so that any one of us could be the First Past the Post.

I will stand for this seat, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Don't Be Green All Your Lives

Correcting the #schoolstrike4climate from the Left.

Take a day off school and learn about this. Seriously. Educate yourselves.

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

It has become a local commonplace that I am on 30-30-30 with Labour and the Conservatives here at North West Durham, so that any one of us could be the First Past the Post.

I will stand for this seat, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Cardinal Truths

Note that Theodore McCarrick's alleged victim was 16. But even had he been three years younger than that, Catholic priests are the only people who would receive any social or legal sanction for having sex with teenage boys. 

For example, imagine that such a stricture were to be applied to the Anglo-American prestige media. It would as ruinous as an enforcement of the law against cocaine would be. Of course, that is why there will never be either.

More than 10 years ago, it might have been 15 or even slightly more, I was told that if the activities of Cardinal McCarrick ever became public knowledge, "then the dominoes really would start to fall." The dominoes really are starting to fall.

He had been a priest since 1958. How you howled on here when I stated matter-of-factly that while of course 50 per cent or slightly more of Catholic priests in the West were homosexual today, that was also the case in the 1950s, or the 1850s, or the 1750s, and on back, so that the whole thing had always been the stuff of popular humour in Catholic countries. 

None of that has anything to do with the morality or otherwise of acts, just as the fact that the Latin Church made a calculated choice in favour of this by superseding its previous practice of normatively married priests has nothing to do with the merits of that calculation or of that choice. 

This is not a doctrinal question (unlike, say, the absolute impossibility of the ordination of women), and the pastoral arguments in favour of a normatively celibate Priesthood remain very strong indeed. Such a Priesthood will, however, be at least 50 per cent homosexual, just as it always has been.

But you have always known all of this. It is just that you can no longer pretend that you did not.

A Week Is A Long Time In Politics

Pity poor old Tom Bower. The second part of the Mail on Sunday's serialisation of his almost completely ignored book on Jeremy Corbyn deals with the hoary old chestnut of anti-Semitism.

Yet it appears at the end of the week when there turned out to have been a mere thousand complaints, four in 10 of them against people who were not even in the Labour Party, and one in five from the same Barking woman, who is a Corbyn-hating fanatic of more than 30 years' standing.

It was she, in fact, who was responsible for the children's homes child abuse that they are trying to pin on Corbyn, since she was the Leader of Islington Council at the time.

As for the Churchill-inspired stuff from Andrew Neil, Andrew Roberts, and so on, the most sickening affectation of all is that they respected some past version of the Labour Party.

Everything, absolutely everything, that they are now saying against Corbyn and John McDonnell, they have also said against the Labour Party at every point in the past. Including against Tony Blair. 

And including while the Soviet Union still existed, while China was still what it claimed to be, and while the Troubles in Northern Ireland were still going on.

Where Money Really Comes From

Peter Franklin writes: 

Many years ago I had a thought. Quite a big one, actually. It was hardly original, but to my mind it raised a question that demanded an answer. 

The thought was this: the amount of money denominated in any particular currency isn’t fixed – in almost all cases it increases over time.

It must do, otherwise economies wouldn’t be able to grow (at least not in units of the aforementioned currency). 

The question, therefore, is where does the extra money come from?

Luckily, the place I was working at the time contained a number of people whose job was to know about the economy and economic policy.

Some of them would go on to related careers in government, journalism and finance. 

Surely they could tell me where money comes from. But here’s the thing, none of them could. 

It’s not that they were stupid. They knew the facts and could crunch the numbers required to get their degrees and do their jobs, but clearly that knowledge didn’t include an answer to my question. 

Of course, even I knew where physical money, i.e. cash, comes from. The notes are printed and the coins minted by the state.

However, in a modern economy, cash is the loose change of the money supply – most of which only exists electronically in the form of bank deposits and the like. 

So where does that sort of money come from? None of the people I asked knew.

It’s strange because while we talk endlessly about how money is earned, spent, taxed and redistributed, how it comes into being barely gets a mention. 

It is, however, the topic of an eye-opening article by Pierre Ortlieb for the Economic Questions website. 

Ortlieb tells us the truth, which is that most money is created by banks in the process of making loans. 

I mean that quite literally – the money that a bank lends to a borrower is simply brought into being at the stroke of a pen (or the click of a keyboard). 

Yes, really – they are allowed to do this. It’s all perfectly legal. In fact, it’s fundamentally what banks are for. 

When the loan is repaid, there’s another click of the keyboard and the money is destroyed, returning to the notional space from whence it came. (However, the interest paid on the loan is not destroyed and is instead trousered by the bank – a little thank you for their trouble.)

There are complications of course, but basically that’s where money comes from. 

Ortlieb is not revealing some deep dark secret here – prominent financial institutions have made it quite clear how it all works:

“For instance, in 2014, the Bank of England published a short, plainly-written paper that described in detail how commercial banks create money essentially out of nothing, by issuing loans to their customers. 

“The Bank author’s noted that ‘the reality of how money is created today differs from the description found in some economics textbooks,’ and sought to correct what they perceived as a popular misinterpretation of the credit creation process…” 

A lot of people, however, still believe in the ‘textbook explanation’ i.e. that banks expand the money supply by lending out their savers’ deposits.

As the Bank of England explains, the mere act of saving money doesn’t create anymore of it – because if it wasn’t being saved it would be spent.

In fact, spending the stuff may well be more of a stimulus to the economy than sticking it in a savings account.

The idea that commercial banks are creating money out of thin air is counterintuitive, indeed downright disturbing.

We assume that only the state can ‘print money’ and we hope that the printing press stays in the hands of sober and sensible central bankers.

But no, it turns out that commercial bankers have money creating powers too! 

That said, the central bank sets interest rates, putting a limit on what people can sensibly borrow and therefore what the commercial banks can sensibly lend. This constrains their money creating powers. 

With interest rates currently so low, central banks have been resorting to the alternative mechanism of quantitative easing to jumpstart the economy.

Ortlieb argues that the weirdness of QE has prompted the authorities to be much more open about how money works: 

“As quantitative easing has stoked public fears of price instability, monetary authorities including the Bank of England have sought to clarify who really produces money. 

“In this sense, taking steps to inform the public on the real source of money – bank loans – is a worthwhile step, as it provides constraints on what a central bank can be reasonably expected to do, and reduces informational asymmetries between technical experts and lay citizens.”

Perhaps the best way to assuage concerns that QE is ‘funny money’ is to be clear that it’s all funny money.

QE or no QE, the modern economy runs on a medium of exchange that is created out of nothing and is only worth something because everyone believes that it is.

This is the nature of a fiat currency, and in these troubled times Ortlieb urges those in charge not to hide the truth:

“Central banks would be better off engaging in a clear, concise, and careful communications program to inform the public of how credit actually works, even if they might not really want to know how the sausage gets made.” 

I’m sure that’s right, but all the same, it’s probably best that people aren’t thinking too hard about what’s in the sausage when they’re eating it.

Oh, but it is best that they are.

The Evidence Keeps On Coming


It is not all that long since people seriously tried to pretend that cigarettes were safe. Most of them were motivated by greed, and by fear that the truth would destroy their profits. 

Everyone now agrees that cigarettes cause lung cancer and many other diseases. But we forget the struggle that doctors and scientists had to fight, against Big Tobacco, to get this accepted.

Sir Richard Doll and Sir Austin Bradford-Hill established in 1950 that there was a clear link between smoking and cancer. A wider study in 1954 absolutely confirmed this. 

Yet such was the power and wealth of the tobacco giants that it was decades before anything serious was done to discourage smoking. It was not until 1971 that the first feeble warning was placed on cigarette packets in this country. 

As late as 1962, the cigarette-makers were still pretending there hadn’t been enough research, and even that tobacco was good for you, claiming ‘smoking has pharmacological and psychological effects that are of real value to smokers’. 

A Tory MP, Ted Leather, denounced the doctors’ warnings as ‘unscientific tosh’ and ‘hysterical nonsense’. Lung cancer was blamed on air pollution.

The prominent journalist Chapman Pincher proclaimed ‘cigarette risks are being exaggerated’. It was seriously argued that restrictions on smoking were an attack on liberty. 

I’d guess that many who made such claims lived to regret, bitterly and with some embarrassment, their part in covering up a terrible danger. 

Those who listened to them died, early and often horribly. They are still dying now, in cancer wards up and down the country. Earlier, firmer action would have saved them and their families from much grief. 

Those tobacco apologists all have their parallels now. I know, but will not name here, drug lobbyists, a Tory MP and several prominent journalists, who make the same excuses for marijuana, just as the evidence of its grave dangers piles up.

They claim the evidence against it is exaggerated. They claim it has medical benefits. They claim its effects are caused by something else. May God forgive them. I cannot.

Our society, learning nothing from the tobacco disaster, has for years been appallingly complacent about this terribly dangerous drug, whose effect on the brains and minds of its users can be utterly devastating.

Knowledge of its dangers does not show up in statistics which pay little attention to the sort of damage it does. The victims of marijuana seldom die (though they increasingly frequently kill others, in mad car crashes and violent crime). 

School failure, delinquency, delusional behaviour, persecution mania, young lives wholly blighted and continued only thanks to a devastating cocktails of antipsychotic drugs, do not register much in NHS figures. 

Nor do the special miseries of the families of these people, compelled to care, for life, for a husk of the person they once knew and had hopes for, and still love. Such families keep their grief to themselves. But there are many of them. 

Look, I am right about this. But it is no good being right if you are not believed. I and my allies are roughly where the doctors who warned against lung cancer were in the mid-1950s. 

The evidence keeps on coming. Last week’s report linking marijuana use to depression and suicidal feelings among the young is just the latest in a great mountain of such studies. But the popular culture continues to act as if there’s nothing to worry about. 

It is now seven years since I published a book which pointed out the truth – that the police and courts have given up prosecuting the major crime of marijuana possession. 

Back in 2012 I was denounced, snubbed, sneered at and told by distinguished academics that I was wrong and that there was a stern regime of cruel prohibition. Now everybody recognises that what I said seven years ago is absolutely true. 

It is hard not to do so when so much of our country openly stinks of marijuana. Even if the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Cressida Dick, cannot smell it, the rest of us can. 

Sooner than seven years from now, I suspect that the connection between marijuana and severe mental illness will also be widely understood and accepted. 

But will it be too late? Today’s Big Dope lobby wants to silence warnings about the dangers of marijuana until they have it legalised, and we can’t go back. 

They are like the Big Tobacco of the 1950s, a cynical greed campaign prepared to cause misery to others in the pursuit of riches. 

This is the reason for its busy Trojan Horse operation to portray marijuana as a medicine, a claim for which there is very little evidence. 

And in any case, what use would a medicine be whose users risked irreversible mental illness? Thalidomide was wonderful at treating morning sickness. But what does that matter compared with its terrible side effects?

Be on your guard. Make sure your MP isn’t fooled by Big Dope propaganda. Write to your MP when you see reports of crimes whose perpetrators were cannabis smokers. Your local papers will be full of them, if you look. Ask your MP to read the many reports linking this drug with mental illness. 

And don’t be fooled. All of us sympathise with the mothers of very sick children who seek remedies for them. But beware of the shadowy figures who often stand behind such stories, and who use this suffering to promote a nasty cause. 

It’s a race against time. If we lose it, the suffering which follows will be at least as bad as the suffering caused by cigarettes, and probably far worse.

Toadmeister Watch: Day 65

I repeat my challenge to Toby Young to contest this parliamentary seat of North West Durham. Either that, or he has conceded every point here.

His party took 34 per cent of the vote at North West Durham last time. Labour, it and I are now universally accepted as being on 30-30-30, so that any one of us could be the First Past the Post. 

But I do not stand against people. I stand for things. Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it.

I will stand for this seat, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

This post will appear here daily until further notice.

Yaxley-Lennon Watch: Day 86

I warmly welcome Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, who calls himself "Tommy Robinson" but who would have to give his real name on the ballot paper, as the UKIP candidate for this parliamentary seat of North West Durham. Or, at any rate, as a candidate for this seat, of any party or none.

Either that, or he is running scared of the white working class. After all, I am mixed-race, and the sitting MP, who will presumably be the Labour candidate, has a mixed-race child. We are both impeccably middle-class (Google the house prices in Riding Mill, whence she hails), as the Conservative and the Liberal Democrat candidates will doubtless also be. 

From his own point of view, then, beating us ought to be a doddle.

Not that my candidacy is in any way conditional on his. Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. I will stand for this parliamentary seat of North West Durham, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

This post will appear here daily until Yaxley-Lennon officially runs away with his tail between his legs by denying that he is a parliamentary candidate for North West Durham.

Pidcock-Kamm Watch: Day 87

Either Laura Pidcock is proud that she is now Oliver Kamm's endorsed candidate for this parliamentary seat of North West Durham, or she will tweet the following:

"I reject the endorsement of @OliverKamm, and I have made a donation to @NeilClark66's legal fund against him," followed by the link to Neil's fund.

This post will appear here daily until that tweet has been posted.

Henig Watch: Day 93

Rather magnanimously, considering how he became the Leader of Durham County Council in the first place, the Durham Miners' Association has permitted Simon "Third Generation Who's Who Entrants Are Above The Law" Henig to sit on the platform of the last two Durham Miners' Galas.

On both occasions, he has of course shared that platform with the principal speaker, Jeremy Corbyn. It is therefore the least to be expected that @SimonHenig will tweet the simple formula, ".@jeremycorbyn is not an anti-Semite." This post will appear here daily until that tweet has been posted.

Councillor Watch: Day 94

Hilariously, the third attempt to put me on trial is due to begin on 1st April. That will be one year after the second failed attempt, and two years after I was charged. 

The only purpose of this whole business has been to stop me from standing for Durham County Council (failed), to stop me from being elected (succeeded, because nothing else would have done), and to stop me from standing for Parliament (also doomed to fail, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign).

No one, absolutely no one at all, has ever suggested that I committed the acts alleged, or even that those acts ever really took place.

Specifically, until such time as they notify otherwise to davidaslindsay@hotmail.com, then it is a matter of record that not only does every member of Durham County Council believe me to be innocent of the charges against me, but every member of Durham County Council believes that the acts alleged never happened in actual fact.

This post will appear here daily until further notice.

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Lyndon LaRouche Is Dead, But We Are Alive

Lines of Thought

If Daniel Finkelstein would never have been born without Winston Churchill, then someone ought to have told Menachem Begin.

Margaret Thatcher had not wanted to meet that vicious anti-British terrorist at all, and she came away from their meeting wishing that she had stuck to her guns.

Churchill had been her hero, but Begin harangued her, perfectly accurately, about his refusal to bomb the railway lines to Auschwitz, resulting in the deaths of millions of Jews.

As for Jonathan Freedland's curious assertion that attacking Churchill would play badly with traditional Labour voters, who could now doubt that no one on The Guardian had ever met any?

In any case, Churchill led his party into three General Elections, he lost the first two outright, he lost the popular vote the third time, and that party, much of which had also always despised him, refused to give him a fourth bite at the cherry.

Shift The Sands

In the form of Jaish al-Adl, our foreign policy elite's paymaster, Saudi Arabia, the so-called Islamic State, is already at war with and in Iran.

Meaning that we are already at war with and in Iran, cheered on by most Labour MPs and by most or all Conservatives.

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

It has become a local commonplace that I am on 30-30-30 with Labour and the Conservatives here at North West Durham, so that any one of us could be the First Past the Post.

I will stand for this seat, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Golden Oldies?

That Radio Two is phasing out 1950s music ought to be a lesson to those who talk about a new political formation to the right of the Conservative Party.

If you were born on the last day of the 1950s, then you will turn 60 this year. If you were born on the last day before the War, then you will turn 80. Yes, eighty.

But half the population is under 40. That is, half the population has been born since the year in which Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister.

The number of people who remember Britain before the 1945 Election is very small, and it probably now decreases every day.

And the number of people who remember that Britain with any fondness, longing for life before the National Health Service, is negligible.

There is no electoral reservoir waiting to be tapped anywhere to the right of the Conservative Party. Those voters simply do not exist.

One Out, All Out?

I may not think much of the cause. 16 years ago, people who were then the same age made a far more valiant stand against the Iraq War, the youth being always the vanguard against wars.

But "Why didn't they go on strike in the holidays?" has me laughing until I am almost delirious. And in any case, the legal definition of acceptable school attendance is 95 per cent. 

You can take every other Friday off, or every Friday afternoon, and be entirely within the law. So they were arguably not on strike at all.

Every other Friday, or every Friday afternoon? Read a book. Write a book. Get an education.

Then again, schools close at three o'clock, they are closed at the weekends, and they are closed for three months of the year. So there is plenty of time to get an education. 

But that certainly would not be a strike. It has come to something when we have to say this, but you cannot go on strike when you are on holiday.

Check

Ever so quietly, even the BBC has admitted the truth about Ghouta. Ask the New Party about that. Or about Tony Blair.

In fact, if this whole thing were not a confection of the media, then the founding press conference would end, and the project with it, when a journalist asked about the Iraq War. Thereby exposing the last people, possibly in the world, who still thought that it had been a good idea.

More broadly, like Roy Jenkins, Shirley Williams, and most of the MPs who joined the SDP, this rabble is poised to leave a party that it had scarcely joined, no matter how long certain membership cards had been held.

Little or no background either in the trade unions or in Labour local government? Check. Never lived in or near their constituencies before being selected, and barely done so since? Check. Independent means, or the reasonable expectation of a higher income outside Parliament than in it? Check.

And at least the SDP expected that income to come from business. No business would employ this lot. That is why, for all their talk of the private sector, they are complete strangers to it. No, they would be guaranteed gargantuan salaries and pensions by think tanks and other registered charities that were in turn dependent on public funding. Do not take my word for that. Check.

Not Unnerved

I have every sympathy with the parents of Dawn Sturgess, and it is important that no recreational drug was found in her body.

No one has been charged in connection with her death, there has been no suggestion of another drop of Novichok in the Salisbury area, the Skripals are alive and (presumably) well, and the workmen who are dismantling Sergei Skripal's house are doing so in ordinary workwear.

But the Sturgesses are absolutely right that the British Government endangered the British people by ever allowing Sergei Skripal into this country in the first place.

Class of Degree

Angela Rayner is marvellous. And she shouldn't stop at universities.

By Statute, nothing should be permitted to pay any employee more than 10 times what it paid any other employee. That is quite liberal; that noted Maoist, Aristotle, wanted no one to be three times richer than anyone else. Three.

And of course the Government should safeguard enterprises that were essential to their local economies. The opportunities for that will be limitless once we are free of the State Aid rules of the European Single Market and Customs Union.

Bank On This

It turns out that public ownership was just what RBS needed.

Now, when do we, the owners, see this profit? How about dividing evenly among every National Insurance number?

Toadmeister Watch: Day 64

I repeat my challenge to Toby Young to contest this parliamentary seat of North West Durham. Either that, or he has conceded every point here.

His party took 34 per cent of the vote at North West Durham last time. Labour, it and I are now universally accepted as being on 30-30-30, so that any one of us could be the First Past the Post. 

But I do not stand against people. I stand for things. Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it.

I will stand for this seat, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

This post will appear here daily until further notice.

Yaxley-Lennon Watch: Day 85

I warmly welcome Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, who calls himself "Tommy Robinson" but who would have to give his real name on the ballot paper, as the UKIP candidate for this parliamentary seat of North West Durham. Or, at any rate, as a candidate for this seat, of any party or none.

Either that, or he is running scared of the white working class. After all, I am mixed-race, and the sitting MP, who will presumably be the Labour candidate, has a mixed-race child. We are both impeccably middle-class (Google the house prices in Riding Mill, whence she hails), as the Conservative and the Liberal Democrat candidates will doubtless also be. 

From his own point of view, then, beating us ought to be a doddle.

Not that my candidacy is in any way conditional on his. Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. I will stand for this parliamentary seat of North West Durham, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

This post will appear here daily until Yaxley-Lennon officially runs away with his tail between his legs by denying that he is a parliamentary candidate for North West Durham.

Pidcock-Kamm Watch: Day 86

Either Laura Pidcock is proud that she is now Oliver Kamm's endorsed candidate for this parliamentary seat of North West Durham, or she will tweet the following:

"I reject the endorsement of @OliverKamm, and I have made a donation to @NeilClark66's legal fund against him," followed by the link to Neil's fund.

This post will appear here daily until that tweet has been posted.

Henig Watch: Day 92

Rather magnanimously, considering how he became the Leader of Durham County Council in the first place, the Durham Miners' Association has permitted Simon "Third Generation Who's Who Entrants Are Above The Law" Henig to sit on the platform of the last two Durham Miners' Galas.

On both occasions, he has of course shared that platform with the principal speaker, Jeremy Corbyn. It is therefore the least to be expected that @SimonHenig will tweet the simple formula, ".@jeremycorbyn is not an anti-Semite." This post will appear here daily until that tweet has been posted.

Councillor Watch: Day 93

Hilariously, the third attempt to put me on trial is due to begin on 1st April. That will be one year after the second failed attempt, and two years after I was charged. 

The only purpose of this whole business has been to stop me from standing for Durham County Council (failed), to stop me from being elected (succeeded, because nothing else would have done), and to stop me from standing for Parliament (also doomed to fail, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign).

No one, absolutely no one at all, has ever suggested that I committed the acts alleged, or even that those acts ever really took place.

Specifically, until such time as they notify otherwise to davidaslindsay@hotmail.com, then it is a matter of record that not only does every member of Durham County Council believe me to be innocent of the charges against me, but every member of Durham County Council believes that the acts alleged never happened in actual fact.

This post will appear here daily until further notice.