Friday 3 May 2024

The Peckham Spring?

Those SOAS students may be woke, but like a lot of the woke, they are obviously fiscal conservatives, and this time it is just as well. We are paying £400 million per year to rent the Bibby Stockholm, a 48-year-old engineless barge that cannot be worth more than a few million pounds. Political kickbacks? What do you think? And to only one party? What do you think? Lovely jubbly, I do not think.

But when I tell you that there is going to be a hung Parliament, then you can take that to the bank. I spent the 2005 Parliament saying that it was psephologically impossible for the Heir to Blair's Conservative Party to win an overall majority. I predicted a hung Parliament on the day that the 2017 General Election was called, and I stuck to that, entirely alone, all the way up to the publication of the exit poll eight long weeks later. And on the day that Rishi Sunak became Prime Minister, I predicted that a General Election between him and Keir Starmer would result in a hung Parliament.

I have no plan to join the Workers Party of Britain, although nor would I expect to stand against it. But if it did not contest North Durham, then I would. To strengthen families and communities by securing economic equality and international peace through the democratic political control of the means to those ends, including national and parliamentary sovereignty, we need to hold the balance of power. Owing nothing to either main party, we must be open to the better offer. But there does need to be a better offer. Not a lesser evil, which in any case the Labour Party is not. We have made a start.