Friday, 29 March 2019

Deal Me In

There were only five Labour rebels, and there were only 34 Conservative rebels, including six Remainers to whom even this deal was not Remain enough. So the previous question, "A General Election between whom and about what?", no longer quite presents itself.

The Conservatives are as near as hardly matters to being united behind Theresa May, and Labour is as near as does not matter one jot to being united against her. A General Election between those two? Why not? I am not predicting one. But I can no longer see any reason, from that point of view, why there should not be one.

And who, exactly, were the last ditch Blue Brexiteers? Peter "Mrs Bone" Bone, Suella "Cultural Marxism" Braverman, Christopher "Upskirting" Chope, Mark "I Was In The Army, Me" Francois, Anne Marie "Woodpile" Morris, Priti "Golan Heights" Patel, Owen "The Badgers Moved The Goalposts" Paterson. Which of these people ought to be Prime Minister, and why? Of course, none of them ever will be.

Still, an overall majority would be impossible at a General Election across the three polities of England and Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. That has nothing to do with who leads any party, or with any party's policy programme, or with anything very much at all. Another hung Parliament is coming, therefore, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it.

I expect to see "Change UK", the Independent Group's laughably misnamed party of the status quo of the last 20 years, here on the stump in North West Durham. Unless it considers that the electors of North West Durham deserve only the choice of me, Laura Pidcock, and, should they have the guts to put up, Toby Young and Stephen Yaxley-Lennon?

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.

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