Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Kick Them In The Ballots

We do not need the EU for workers' rights. What workers' rights? If the EU had been any good for that kind of thing, then the areas that swung the referendum would have voted Remain. 

Contrast the wealth and power of those areas and of the workers in 1972 with the poverty and powerlessness of those areas and of the workers in 2016 or today. Powerlessness, that is, apart from the power to vote Leave in the referendum and the power to vote for the Brexit Party on Thursday.

Subscribers to the Two Tribes theory of Brexit Britain ought to consider that its organisational manifestations, Change UK and the rump of UKIP, are going to win no seats and scarcely more than no votes. One Nation, indeed.

If Michael Heseltine is out of the Conservative Party for having told people to vote Lib Dem, then why are Tony Blair and Margaret Hodge not out of the Labour Party for having told people to vote for Change UK? Is it because no one was going to vote for Change UK, anyway? No doubt it is.

Add to that the body blows to the two main parties that, while still improbable, are no longer out the question. The Conservatives might fail to win the 10 per cent necessary for one seat in the South East. And Labour might fail to top the poll in the North East. Each of those would hit the party in question very hard indeed. It would be a real kick in the teeth. Let's do it.

Beyond that, 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.


  1. We don’t just need to hit the two parties, we need to end them. They’re both a bad joke.

    Once again, what Peter Hitchens has said for a decade is now accepted by everyone.

    He never predicted their collapse but he’s been campaigning to bring it about since back when.

    1. No, I'm sorry, but it is more than 20 years since he first predicted that they would be gone within 10 years. That is not going to happen, but nor are overall majorities while Scotland and Northern Ireland exist. What matters, therefore, is holding the balance of power.