Saturday, 25 September 2021

Richard Holden Promotion Watch: Day Two

People have been in touch to ask why I never criticised Richard Holden. But I am highly critical of this Government, of which Richard is the strong supporter that he was elected to be. I like him, not that that has anything to do with politics. I like a lot of what he is doing, or trying to do. He is, however, a political opponent.

The reshuffle has put everything in place for a General Election in May 2023. Yet there is no sign of the name of a loyal, and obviously ambitious, former special adviser to several Cabinet Ministers.

Perhaps he has turned down offers? The alternative is that the composition of the Government is being determined by the Prime Minister's wife. Therefore, Richard needs to be asked the question. He may consider it asked here and now. And every day until further notice.

In Its Own Terms

On Thursday, I turned 44, making me older than two Prime Ministers of my adult lifetime.

Mine is the Blair generation, first eligible to vote at a General Election in 1997, 2001 or 2005. We were born between 10th April 1974 and 5th May 1987, so that even the youngest of us is now 34, while the eldest is 47. Blairism may be judged on how well we have fared politically.

On the verge of leading their respective parties, Rishi Sunak and Angela Rayner were both born, less than two months apart, in 1980. Both were first time voters in 2001, the high water mark of Tony Blair.

Sunak had been Head Boy of Winchester, and had still yet to do a day's work in his life. Rayner had left school with literally nothing fully five years earlier, and was to make her way through her trade union. Make what you like of either of those backstories, but the fact that those are the Generation Blair figures on the brink of Leadership makes Blairism a failure in its own terms.

Yet in the zeal to restore it, there are breathtaking stories coming out of Brighton tonight. They are jaw-dropping, even to those of us whose jaws very rarely drop. And this is still only the first night.

A Forde In The Road To Nowhere

Imagine that any previous Labour Leader had announced a change as big as a reversion to the Electoral College, but had then had to pull it because he had stood no chance of being able to get it through Conference. You can't. Of course you can't. Keir Starmer is the worst Leader in the history of the Labour Party.

The Government, which is going to be comfortably reelected in any case, is cruelly failing to arrange a judgeship to put Starmer out of his misery. Doesn't Boris Johnson want to see David Miliband lose the Holborn and St Pancras by-election? Everyone else does.

Starmer is left with a few proposed constitutional changes that, like the big one, are completely irrelevant on the cusp of what, regardless of the weather (and we had a hot summer), is going to be the hardest winter in many decades.

It is already practically impossible for a Constituency Labour Party to deselect a Labour MP as a parliamentary candidate, and it is extremely rare for it to want to. When did that last happen? When was it last attempted? Raising the threshold for it would be even more elitist and anti-democratic than the present arrangement, but it would not change anything in practice.

The registered supporters scheme was already unlikely to have been run again, and requiring people to have been members for six months before they could vote in a Leadership Election would be contrary to the Right's own entryist aspirations. But what of the proposal that Leadership candidates be nominated by 20 per cent of MPs?

In 2020, Starmer would have been elected unopposed. In 2015, Liz Kendall as well as Jeremy Corbyn would have been disqualified. In 2010, only the Miliband brothers would have made it onto the ballot paper; under the 25 per cent rule that the ultra-Right wants, only David Miliband would have done so, meaning another unopposed election. As it turned out, the Milibands' mother got to vote for Diane Abbott against both of her own children. It is called the Hard Left for a reason.

Michael Howard, Gordon Brown and Theresa May were elected Leaders of their respective parties unopposed, and how well did they do with the voters? About as well as Starmer is going to do, if he is very lucky indeed. Someone leak the Forde Report, and by the end of this coming week we could all have moved on to the imminent hilarity of David Miliband's crushing defeat at Holborn and St Pancras.

Labour Candidate Watch: Day 10

10 days after the Cabinet reshuffle that called a General Election for May 2023, there is still no Labour candidate at North West Durham, which in 2019 Labour lost for the first time and by only 1,144 votes.

By contrast, I have been a candidate for North West Durham at the next General Election since even before the last one, fighting 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. Contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com.  

Or contact nwdclp.campaigns@gmail.com if you wanted permanent austerity at home, if you wanted forever war abroad, and if you did not want a mixed-race MP for this seat. This post will appear daily until someone had proven to be so pro-austerity, so pro-war, and so racist, that even the Labour Party was sufficiently impressed.

The Adrian Hilton Challenge: Day 49

Adrian Hilton, I had to Google you, and I still have little or no idea who you are, so when, exactly, have I ever "stalked" you at all, much less "for longer than [you] care to remember"? 

This post will appear daily until further notice.

The Oliver Kamm Challenge: Day 49

Oliver Kamm, whose signature to this do you claim that I forged? Name the name.

Oliver Kamm, when, exactly, have I ever been found to have accused anyone of child abuse?

Oliver Kamm, when, exactly, have I ever called for anyone to be murdered?

And Oliver Kamm, since I am a declared and active candidate for the parliamentary seat of North West Durham, are you? If not, why not?

I could go on at very great length, but these questions will do for now.

This post will appear daily until further notice.

The Representatives Challenge: Day 49

As already stated on the day after my release: "The instant that Labour lost control of Durham County Council, then I was granted an unsolicited tag for more than 10 weeks of future good behaviour. I invite each and every Member of Parliament for the area covered by Durham County Council, each and every member of Durham County Council, and each and every member of Lanchester Parish Council, to contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com if they thought that I was factually or morally guilty of any criminal charge that had ever been brought against me. Not legally guilty; Bill Cosby is legally innocent. Factually and morally guilty. No name would be published except at the request of its bearer, but if anyone ever did get in touch, then the readers of this site would be the first to know." The current total is zero.

Furthermore, I invite each and every other candidate for the parliamentary seat of North West Durham to contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com if they thought that I was factually or morally guilty of any criminal charge that had ever been brought against me. Not legally guilty; Bill Cosby is legally innocent. Factually and morally guilty. In this case, names most certainly will be published, including as part of my election literature. The current total is zero. If that remained the case when the next General Election was called, then my literature would state that each and all of my opponents, by name, did not think that I was factually or morally guilty of any criminal charge that had ever been brought against me.

This post will appear daily until further notice.

The Clergy Challenge: Day 49

I invite each and every bishop, priest and deacon of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle to contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com if he thought that I was factually or morally guilty of any criminal charge that had ever been brought against me. Not legally guilty; Bill Cosby is legally innocent. Factually and morally guilty. No name would be published except at the request of its bearer, but if anyone ever did get in touch, then the readers of this site would be the first to know. The current total is zero.

Since, as private citizens, none of them has resigned as a Patron of my parliamentary campaign at North West DurhamI invite each and all of the 12 archbishops and diocesan bishops of the Red Wall dioceses of Birmingham, Hallam, Hexham and Newcastle, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Northampton, Nottingham, Salford, Shrewsbury, and Wrexham, to contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com if he thought that I was factually or morally guilty of any criminal charge that had ever been brought against me. Not legally guilty; Bill Cosby is legally innocent. Factually and morally guilty. No name would be published except at the request of its bearer, but if anyone ever did get in touch, then the readers of this site would be the first to know. The current total is zero.

And since none of them has resigned as a Patron of my parliamentary campaign at North West Durham, I invite each and all the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, the Franciscan Custos of the Holy Land, the Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of Jerusalem, the Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Jerusalem, the Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarchal Vicar in Jerusalem, the Ethiopian Orthodox Archbishop of Jerusalem, the Maronite Patriarchal Exarch of Jerusalem and Palestine, the Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem, the Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, the Syrian Catholic Patriarchal Exarch of Jerusalem, and the Armenian Catholic Patriarchal Exarch of Jerusalem and Amman, to contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com if he thought that I was factually or morally guilty of any criminal charge that had ever been brought against me. Not legally guilty; Bill Cosby is legally innocent. Factually and morally guilty. No name would be published except at the request of its bearer, but if anyone ever did get in touch, then the readers of this site would be the first to know. The current total is zero.

The scandalous allegation against me on 2nd March 2020 was recanted under oath at Durham Crown Court on 11th of that month, calling gravely into question my convictions the next day by exposing that key character witness as unreliable, a fact that was not mentioned in closing statements or in summation. Unless, as is widely assumed, the real reason for them is the content of this book, then the sanctions imposed upon me in my absence on 2nd March 2020 are void. I expect a written apology by 30th September 2021, and for it to be published in full in The Northern Cross. Financially, I would then settle for the reimbursement of my victim surcharges. One would not wish to have to sue the Church. If I were still subject to any sanction by the Church at the time of the next General Election, and if I were to be defeated at that Election, then I would seek to have that result overturned in the courts on grounds of undue spiritual influence.

This post will appear daily until further notice.

Friday, 24 September 2021

Richard Holden Promotion Watch: Day One

People have been in touch to ask why I never criticised Richard Holden. But I am highly critical of this Government, of which Richard is the strong supporter that he was elected to be. I like him, not that that has anything to do with politics. I like a lot of what he is doing, or trying to do. He is, however, a political opponent.

The reshuffle has put everything in place for a General Election in May 2023. Yet there is no sign of the name of a loyal, and obviously ambitious, former special adviser to several Cabinet Ministers.

Perhaps he has turned down offers? The alternative is that the composition of the Government is being determined by the Prime Minister's wife. Therefore, Richard needs to be asked the question. He may consider it asked here and now. And every day until further notice.

Heart of Darkness

I first blogged about it on 18th December 2008.

Some of us have been trying to tell you about Rwanda for years, and years, and years.

No Turning Point

She was not given to allusions either to Sophocles or to Kermit the Frog. But apart from that, Boris Johnson's speech to the United Nations General Assembly was vintage Margaret Thatcher.

Although she began to blather on about environmentalism as a means of Socialist control once she had the dementia that also turned her into a born again Eurosceptic, Thatcher was very Green indeed as Prime Minister, shocking first the Royal Society, and then another United Nations General Assembly, with her passion on the subject.

Next up, her milk-snatching as a pioneering strike against the wicked dairy industry. Don't laugh, it could happen.

Voting Rights

When it does, then the Conservative Party elects its Leader by One Member One Vote, and there is no suggestion that it regress to anything else.

In 2019, that system gave it a Leader about whom the majority of its then MPs was at best ambivalent. A few months later, it won a General Election by a landslide. It had lost its overall majority at the previous one, under a Leader who had been chosen only by those MPs. 

It is laughable to suggest that MPs, who are mostly lifelong political obsessives and who are all on vast salaries plus gargantuan expenses, are more in touch with ordinary people than ordinary people are.

Just as it is laughable to suggest that anyone would now join a party that did not elect its Leader by One Member One Vote, instead expecting the common people to gaze in awe on the dazzling brilliance of, for example, the Parliamentary Labour Party.

Labour Candidate Watch: Day Nine

Nine days after the Cabinet reshuffle that called a General Election for May 2023, there is still no Labour candidate at North West Durham, which in 2019 Labour lost for the first time and by only 1,144 votes.

By contrast, I have been a candidate for North West Durham at the next General Election since even before the last one, fighting 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. Contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com.  

Or contact nwdclp.campaigns@gmail.com if you wanted permanent austerity at home, if you wanted forever war abroad, and if you did not want a mixed-race MP for this seat. This post will appear daily until someone had proven to be so pro-austerity, so pro-war, and so racist, that even the Labour Party was sufficiently impressed.

The Adrian Hilton Challenge: Day 48

Adrian Hilton, I had to Google you, and I still have little or no idea who you are, so when, exactly, have I ever "stalked" you at all, much less "for longer than [you] care to remember"? 

This post will appear daily until further notice.

The Oliver Kamm Challenge: Day 48

Oliver Kamm, whose signature to this do you claim that I forged? Name the name.

Oliver Kamm, when, exactly, have I ever been found to have accused anyone of child abuse?

Oliver Kamm, when, exactly, have I ever called for anyone to be murdered?

And Oliver Kamm, since I am a declared and active candidate for the parliamentary seat of North West Durham, are you? If not, why not?

I could go on at very great length, but these questions will do for now.

This post will appear daily until further notice.

The Representatives Challenge: Day 48

As already stated on the day after my release: "The instant that Labour lost control of Durham County Council, then I was granted an unsolicited tag for more than 10 weeks of future good behaviour. I invite each and every Member of Parliament for the area covered by Durham County Council, each and every member of Durham County Council, and each and every member of Lanchester Parish Council, to contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com if they thought that I was factually or morally guilty of any criminal charge that had ever been brought against me. Not legally guilty; Bill Cosby is legally innocent. Factually and morally guilty. No name would be published except at the request of its bearer, but if anyone ever did get in touch, then the readers of this site would be the first to know." The current total is zero.

Furthermore, I invite each and every other candidate for the parliamentary seat of North West Durham to contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com if they thought that I was factually or morally guilty of any criminal charge that had ever been brought against me. Not legally guilty; Bill Cosby is legally innocent. Factually and morally guilty. In this case, names most certainly will be published, including as part of my election literature. The current total is zero. If that remained the case when the next General Election was called, then my literature would state that each and all of my opponents, by name, did not think that I was factually or morally guilty of any criminal charge that had ever been brought against me.

This post will appear daily until further notice.

The Clergy Challenge: Day 48

I invite each and every bishop, priest and deacon of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle to contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com if he thought that I was factually or morally guilty of any criminal charge that had ever been brought against me. Not legally guilty; Bill Cosby is legally innocent. Factually and morally guilty. No name would be published except at the request of its bearer, but if anyone ever did get in touch, then the readers of this site would be the first to know. The current total is zero.

Since, as private citizens, none of them has resigned as a Patron of my parliamentary campaign at North West DurhamI invite each and all of the 12 archbishops and diocesan bishops of the Red Wall dioceses of Birmingham, Hallam, Hexham and Newcastle, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Northampton, Nottingham, Salford, Shrewsbury, and Wrexham, to contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com if he thought that I was factually or morally guilty of any criminal charge that had ever been brought against me. Not legally guilty; Bill Cosby is legally innocent. Factually and morally guilty. No name would be published except at the request of its bearer, but if anyone ever did get in touch, then the readers of this site would be the first to know. The current total is zero.

And since none of them has resigned as a Patron of my parliamentary campaign at North West Durham, I invite each and all the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, the Franciscan Custos of the Holy Land, the Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of Jerusalem, the Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Jerusalem, the Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarchal Vicar in Jerusalem, the Ethiopian Orthodox Archbishop of Jerusalem, the Maronite Patriarchal Exarch of Jerusalem and Palestine, the Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem, the Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, the Syrian Catholic Patriarchal Exarch of Jerusalem, and the Armenian Catholic Patriarchal Exarch of Jerusalem and Amman, to contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com if he thought that I was factually or morally guilty of any criminal charge that had ever been brought against me. Not legally guilty; Bill Cosby is legally innocent. Factually and morally guilty. No name would be published except at the request of its bearer, but if anyone ever did get in touch, then the readers of this site would be the first to know. The current total is zero.

The scandalous allegation against me on 2nd March 2020 was recanted under oath at Durham Crown Court on 11th of that month, calling gravely into question my convictions the next day by exposing that key character witness as unreliable, a fact that was not mentioned in closing statements or in summation. Unless, as is widely assumed, the real reason for them is the content of this book, then the sanctions imposed upon me in my absence on 2nd March 2020 are void. I expect a written apology by 30th September 2021, and for it to be published in full in The Northern Cross. Financially, I would then settle for the reimbursement of my victim surcharges. One would not wish to have to sue the Church. If I were still subject to any sanction by the Church at the time of the next General Election, and if I were to be defeated at that Election, then I would seek to have that result overturned in the courts on grounds of undue spiritual influence.

This post will appear daily until further notice.

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Over The Water?

As the Government has to reassure the country that there will be electricity at Christmas, the Official Opposition is talking about how it is going to elect its next Leader. Sooner than its present Leader thinks.

Keir Starmer is a politician of immense inexperience, but the likes of David Evans and Peter Mandelson know exactly what they are doing. This whole business is about fixing it for David Miliband.

Miliband, however, would have to get back into the House of Commons. These days, no matter where they put him up, then he would come third behind, in either order, the Conservative Party candidate and George Galloway.

That would have been the result for Labour at Batley and Spen if it had fielded anyone other than the sister of the murdered former MP, and David Miliband is not the sister of any murdered former MP. That Labour understood this was clear from its selection of Kim Leadbeater, who holds no specific political opinion, and who has no identifiable capacity to formulate any.

It would almost be worth supporting the return of the Electoral College for the sight of its only intended beneficiary placed third behind, in either order, the Conservative Party candidate and George Galloway. Not that that would stop the regress towards the arrangement whereby irremovable MPs alone chose a Leader who would then have the sole say over policy.

40 years ago, rather than accept any challenge to that catalogue of privilege, much of the Right broke away from the Labour Party altogether. On no grounds whatever, their successors are equally convinced of their own dazzling grandeur.

Labour Candidate Watch: Day Seven

Seven days after the Cabinet reshuffle that called a General Election for May 2023, there is still no Labour candidate at North West Durham, which in 2019 Labour lost for the first time and by only 1,144 votes.

By contrast, I have been a candidate for North West Durham at the next General Election since even before the last one, fighting 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. Contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com.  

Or contact nwdclp.campaigns@gmail.com if you wanted permanent austerity at home, if you wanted forever war abroad, and if you did not want a mixed-race MP for this seat. This post will appear daily until someone had proven to be so pro-austerity, so pro-war, and so racist, that even the Labour Party was sufficiently impressed.

Crossing The Street

When an Emeritus Professor makes a point of crossing the street to shake one's hand and to implore one to stand for Parliament again, then one really ought to stand for Parliament again. Thankfully, one was already standing for Parliament again.

I am told that I am being unduly harsh on the Constituency Labour Party here at North West Durham. Apparently, I have rather stung it, so delicate are its sensibilities. Well, 22 years ago this month, the then Prime Minister, Tony Blair, gave a Party Conference speech in which he blamed the mere existence of the Conservative Party for the imprisonment of Nelson Mandela, for the assassination of Martin Luther King, and for the murder of Stephen Lawrence.

When the Labour Right was having one of its fits of the vapours during the Corbyn years, then an old friend of mine on the blue team told me that, "Now they know how it feels to be a Tory." "I don't doubt it," I replied, "and now they know how it feels to be on the Left." He concurred. So no, I am not going to be letting up between now and the General Election. Quite the reverse, in fact. It is not going to be another snap Election, so get ready for a proper fight from me this time.

Sore Winners

Of course Sharon Graham has better things to do than spend a week arguing about how the Labour Party should elect its Leader. Haven't we all? It will take the Labour Right about 45 years, all told, but it is going to bring about its longed for regression to the arrangement whereby irremovable MPs alone chose a Leader who would then have the sole say over policy.

40 years ago, rather than accept any challenge to that catalogue of privilege, much of the Right broke away from the Labour Party altogether, although the figures in question were markedly more distinguished than the present Blairite rabble. They were wrong to see themselves as that grand, but it is possible to see why they did. Think about that, and then look at today's efforts.

A Leader who was comfortably elected by the present system wants to tear it up, while a Government that stormed home under the present system wants to suppress much of its own vote, and those are the people without photo ID these days, at the same time as abolishing many of its own newly won seats by means of boundary changes. It is all very strange.

Leaning Towers?

The new regime at County Hall in Durham proposes to solve the dispute between the old County Hall and the new County Hall by building a third County Hall.

This has the air of the Council of Pisa about it.

The Adrian Hilton Challenge: Day 46

Adrian Hilton, I had to Google you, and I still have little or no idea who you are, so when, exactly, have I ever "stalked" you at all, much less "for longer than [you] care to remember"? 

This post will appear daily until further notice.

The Oliver Kamm Challenge: Day 46

Oliver Kamm, whose signature to this do you claim that I forged? Name the name.

Oliver Kamm, when, exactly, have I ever been found to have accused anyone of child abuse?

Oliver Kamm, when, exactly, have I ever called for anyone to be murdered?

And Oliver Kamm, since I am a declared and active candidate for the parliamentary seat of North West Durham, are you? If not, why not?

I could go on at very great length, but these questions will do for now.

This post will appear daily until further notice.

The Representatives Challenge: Day 46

As already stated on the day after my release: "The instant that Labour lost control of Durham County Council, then I was granted an unsolicited tag for more than 10 weeks of future good behaviour. I invite each and every Member of Parliament for the area covered by Durham County Council, each and every member of Durham County Council, and each and every member of Lanchester Parish Council, to contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com if they thought that I was factually or morally guilty of any criminal charge that had ever been brought against me. Not legally guilty; Bill Cosby is legally innocent. Factually and morally guilty. No name would be published except at the request of its bearer, but if anyone ever did get in touch, then the readers of this site would be the first to know." The current total is zero.

Furthermore, I invite each and every other candidate for the parliamentary seat of North West Durham to contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com if they thought that I was factually or morally guilty of any criminal charge that had ever been brought against me. Not legally guilty; Bill Cosby is legally innocent. Factually and morally guilty. In this case, names most certainly will be published, including as part of my election literature. The current total is zero. If that remained the case when the next General Election was called, then my literature would state that each and all of my opponents, by name, did not think that I was factually or morally guilty of any criminal charge that had ever been brought against me.

This post will appear daily until further notice.

The Clergy Challenge: Day 46

I invite each and every bishop, priest and deacon of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle to contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com if he thought that I was factually or morally guilty of any criminal charge that had ever been brought against me. Not legally guilty; Bill Cosby is legally innocent. Factually and morally guilty. No name would be published except at the request of its bearer, but if anyone ever did get in touch, then the readers of this site would be the first to know. The current total is zero.

Since, as private citizens, none of them has resigned as a Patron of my parliamentary campaign at North West DurhamI invite each and all of the 12 archbishops and diocesan bishops of the Red Wall dioceses of Birmingham, Hallam, Hexham and Newcastle, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Northampton, Nottingham, Salford, Shrewsbury, and Wrexham, to contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com if he thought that I was factually or morally guilty of any criminal charge that had ever been brought against me. Not legally guilty; Bill Cosby is legally innocent. Factually and morally guilty. No name would be published except at the request of its bearer, but if anyone ever did get in touch, then the readers of this site would be the first to know. The current total is zero.

And since none of them has resigned as a Patron of my parliamentary campaign at North West Durham, I invite each and all the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, the Franciscan Custos of the Holy Land, the Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of Jerusalem, the Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Jerusalem, the Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarchal Vicar in Jerusalem, the Ethiopian Orthodox Archbishop of Jerusalem, the Maronite Patriarchal Exarch of Jerusalem and Palestine, the Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem, the Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, the Syrian Catholic Patriarchal Exarch of Jerusalem, and the Armenian Catholic Patriarchal Exarch of Jerusalem and Amman, to contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com if he thought that I was factually or morally guilty of any criminal charge that had ever been brought against me. Not legally guilty; Bill Cosby is legally innocent. Factually and morally guilty. No name would be published except at the request of its bearer, but if anyone ever did get in touch, then the readers of this site would be the first to know. The current total is zero.

The scandalous allegation against me on 2nd March 2020 was recanted under oath at Durham Crown Court on 11th of that month, calling gravely into question my convictions the next day by exposing that key character witness as unreliable, a fact that was not mentioned in closing statements or in summation. Unless, as is widely assumed, the real reason for them is the content of this book, then the sanctions imposed upon me in my absence on 2nd March 2020 are void. I expect a written apology by 30th September 2021, and for it to be published in full in The Northern Cross. Financially, I would then settle for the reimbursement of my victim surcharges. One would not wish to have to sue the Church. If I were still subject to any sanction by the Church at the time of the next General Election, and if I were to be defeated at that Election, then I would seek to have that result overturned in the courts on grounds of undue spiritual influence.

This post will appear daily until further notice.

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Labour Candidate Watch: Day Six

Six days after the Cabinet reshuffle that called a General Election for May 2023, there is still no Labour candidate at North West Durham, which in 2019 Labour lost for the first time and by only 1,144 votes.

By contrast, I have been a candidate for North West Durham at the next General Election since even before the last one, fighting 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. Contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com.  

Or contact nwdclp.campaigns@gmail.com if you wanted permanent austerity at home, if you wanted forever war abroad, and if you did not want a mixed-race MP for this seat. This post will appear daily until someone had proven to be so pro-austerity, so pro-war, and so racist, that even the Labour Party was sufficiently impressed.

Priority

Today is Saint Matthew's Day. Consider that that erstwhile tax-collector is the Patron Saint of Bankers.

Consider also that that strange and increasingly unfashionable thing, Biblical criticism, purports to read the Bible "as if it were any other ancient text", yet in fact subjects it to a series of methods that would be laughed out in any other literary or historical discipline. Those methods are carefully constructed to "prove" the presuppositions of that strange and increasingly unfashionable thing, liberal theology.

Thus, if two Biblical books are word for word alike, as Matthew, Mark and Luke certainly are in parts, then they must have been copied from each other, since there is no way that God could have inspired them all and, funnily enough, done so in such a way that they confirmed each other's accounts.

Hence the theory of Markan Priority, that Saint Mark's Gospel was the first to be written, and that Saint Matthew and Saint Luke copied out great chunks of it word for word. And hence the theory of Q, the compendium of the material found in Matthew and Luke but not in Mark; no copy of Q exists anywhere.

Jesus simply did not claim divinity for Himself, so that rules out John at a stroke. Miracles simply do not happen, a position not even compatible with agnosticism. Style simply does not develop (seriously), so Saint Paul cannot have written several of the Epistles beginning with the words, "From Paul". And so on, and on, and on.

Perhaps a gentle fillip from the wider culture might be in order? Although they differ in length, the different structures of the Gospels mean that they could each be dramatised in 12 episodes of one hour apiece, perhaps running from January to March, i.e., more or less from Christmas to Easter. The order ought to be as in the Bible – Matthew, Mark, Luke, John – exactly as if any other ancient text were the subject.

That might even provide an opportunity to do some taking apart of the ridiculous theories of Markan Priority, of the interpolation of Mark 16, of "the Gospel of Thomas" and other such Dan Brown drivel, and of the historical unreliability of Saint John's Gospel on the grounds that Jesus "never claimed to be divine", the "proof" of which is held to be the historical unreliability of Saint John's Gospel.

All of these pieces of nonsense continue to be peddled by half-formed schoolteachers, and by clergy too old to have been part of the traditionalist revival among Catholics or the Evangelical revival among Protestants. Markan Priority was disproved a very long time ago by Saint Augustine, whose Wikipedia pages in Portuguese and Slovene are significant source of traffic to this site, as is the page on U and non-U English. Make of those facts what you will.

Acts could also be dramatised in this way, and it has some great stories in it. But it looks as if they would do the Ramayana first, and stick to the text if they did. That is not treating the Bible as a work of world literature, which is what they would claim that it was, and which, among other things, it is.

Why not dramatise the Ramayana, exactly as it is? Why not dramatise the Odyssey, exactly as it is? And why not dramatise the Four Canonical Gospels and Acts, exactly as they are? Of what are the television companies afraid? Of what, in practice even though not in principle, would anyone be afraid?

Wholesale

If we were serious either about Islamism, which is a real threat, or about Vladimir Putin's Russia, which for all its unpleasantness is not and which in fact we need against the real one, then we would be pursuing the energy independence for which we were more than blessed with the resources.

No Government would allow the big energy companies, at least, to go bust, meaning that they are effectively underwritten by the State. If you imagine that those "loans, not grants" would ever be repaid, then I have some magic beans to trade for your cow.

For both of those reasons, each of which is fundamental to the other, the energy companies ought to be in public ownership. And so much for the alleged lunacy of the underrated Ed Miliband's energy cap now.

"In A Separate Development"

Aren't we all supposed to be frightened of China these days, anyway? There is something of a lag between that and today's nostalgic attempts to frighten us about Russia again.

Alexander Litvinenko was such an obviously shady character that he should never have been let into this country in the first place. If we import these people, then we import everyone who might ever come looking for them.

Andrey Lugovoy has been reelected to the Duma, and not for Vladimir Putin's party, which took 49 per cent of the vote. Crooked though those elections undoubtedly were, dictators in general, never mind those who aspired to world domination, do not allow themselves to make do with a declared result of a mere 49 per cent.

And what a coincidence, that on the day that the European Court of Human Rights handed down its ruling to order in the Litvinenko case, then we have this "development" in relation to the Skripals, who are still alive.

Novichok has killed, at most, one person ever, and that would have been an accident. When is there going to be a Coroner's Inquest into Dawn Sturgess? And we are expected to believe that the GRU either cannot afford a gun, or does not know where to find one, or does not know how to use it.

Broken Lock

Last night, no one who had been elected as a Labour MP voted to save the Triple Lock that itself guaranteed only the most meagre pension in the developed world. No one. Even the DUP managed it. The Liberal Democrats managed it during their Conference. But none of them. Not even Jeremy Corbyn.

That absurd party is now planning to bring back its Electoral College, because a man elected by the members thinks that the members are scum. It is hilarious that in this day and age, there are supposedly serious figures who imagine that anyone would join a party in which their only role would be to curtsy to the passing limousines of any MPs, much less of the Parliamentary Labour Party's dismal collection of middlebrows with silver spoons sticking out them.

But why does Starmer want to give so much power to the MPs, anyway? Throughout the Corbyn years, they were depicted as a vast reservoir of untapped talent. But Starmer thinks so little of them that he wants to flood the Parliamentary Labour Party with people who had never voted Labour in their lives. Perhaps the Electoral College would return only once Labour MPs were like that?

It was only ever an unwanted compromise, so the obvious end is once again to have the Leader elected only by the MPs. He in turn would once again have the sole say over policy, and they would be in the same position as they had always been, effectively irremovable as parliamentary candidates. Constituency Labour Parties long ago lost what little role they had ever had in selecting even first time candidates, and the rest will be abolished very soon.

Starmer and his circle truly believe that the serfs are so dazzled by their brilliance that they would join a party like that. A party whose every MP had failed to vote to save the Triple Lock that itself guaranteed only the most meagre pension in the developed world.

The Adrian Hilton Challenge: Day 45

Adrian Hilton, I had to Google you, and I still have little or no idea who you are, so when, exactly, have I ever "stalked" you at all, much less "for longer than [you] care to remember"? 

This post will appear daily until further notice.

The Oliver Kamm Challenge: Day 45

Oliver Kamm, whose signature to this do you claim that I forged? Name the name.

Oliver Kamm, when, exactly, have I ever been found to have accused anyone of child abuse?

Oliver Kamm, when, exactly, have I ever called for anyone to be murdered?

And Oliver Kamm, since I am a declared and active candidate for the parliamentary seat of North West Durham, are you? If not, why not?

I could go on at very great length, but these questions will do for now.

This post will appear daily until further notice.

The Representatives Challenge: Day 45

As already stated on the day after my release: "The instant that Labour lost control of Durham County Council, then I was granted an unsolicited tag for more than 10 weeks of future good behaviour. I invite each and every Member of Parliament for the area covered by Durham County Council, each and every member of Durham County Council, and each and every member of Lanchester Parish Council, to contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com if they thought that I was factually or morally guilty of any criminal charge that had ever been brought against me. Not legally guilty; Bill Cosby is legally innocent. Factually and morally guilty. No name would be published except at the request of its bearer, but if anyone ever did get in touch, then the readers of this site would be the first to know." The current total is zero.

Furthermore, I invite each and every other candidate for the parliamentary seat of North West Durham to contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com if they thought that I was factually or morally guilty of any criminal charge that had ever been brought against me. Not legally guilty; Bill Cosby is legally innocent. Factually and morally guilty. In this case, names most certainly will be published, including as part of my election literature. The current total is zero. If that remained the case when the next General Election was called, then my literature would state that each and all of my opponents, by name, did not think that I was factually or morally guilty of any criminal charge that had ever been brought against me.

This post will appear daily until further notice.

The Clergy Challenge: Day 45

I invite each and every bishop, priest and deacon of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle to contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com if he thought that I was factually or morally guilty of any criminal charge that had ever been brought against me. Not legally guilty; Bill Cosby is legally innocent. Factually and morally guilty. No name would be published except at the request of its bearer, but if anyone ever did get in touch, then the readers of this site would be the first to know. The current total is zero.

Since, as private citizens, none of them has resigned as a Patron of my parliamentary campaign at North West DurhamI invite each and all of the 12 archbishops and diocesan bishops of the Red Wall dioceses of Birmingham, Hallam, Hexham and Newcastle, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Northampton, Nottingham, Salford, Shrewsbury, and Wrexham, to contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com if he thought that I was factually or morally guilty of any criminal charge that had ever been brought against me. Not legally guilty; Bill Cosby is legally innocent. Factually and morally guilty. No name would be published except at the request of its bearer, but if anyone ever did get in touch, then the readers of this site would be the first to know. The current total is zero.

And since none of them has resigned as a Patron of my parliamentary campaign at North West Durham, I invite each and all the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, the Franciscan Custos of the Holy Land, the Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of Jerusalem, the Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Jerusalem, the Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarchal Vicar in Jerusalem, the Ethiopian Orthodox Archbishop of Jerusalem, the Maronite Patriarchal Exarch of Jerusalem and Palestine, the Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem, the Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, the Syrian Catholic Patriarchal Exarch of Jerusalem, and the Armenian Catholic Patriarchal Exarch of Jerusalem and Amman, to contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com if he thought that I was factually or morally guilty of any criminal charge that had ever been brought against me. Not legally guilty; Bill Cosby is legally innocent. Factually and morally guilty. No name would be published except at the request of its bearer, but if anyone ever did get in touch, then the readers of this site would be the first to know. The current total is zero.

The scandalous allegation against me on 2nd March 2020 was recanted under oath at Durham Crown Court on 11th of that month, calling gravely into question my convictions the next day by exposing that key character witness as unreliable, a fact that was not mentioned in closing statements or in summation. Unless, as is widely assumed, the real reason for them is the content of this book, then the sanctions imposed upon me in my absence on 2nd March 2020 are void. I expect a written apology by 30th September 2021, and for it to be published in full in The Northern Cross. Financially, I would then settle for the reimbursement of my victim surcharges. One would not wish to have to sue the Church. If I were still subject to any sanction by the Church at the time of the next General Election, and if I were to be defeated at that Election, then I would seek to have that result overturned in the courts on grounds of undue spiritual influence.

This post will appear daily until further notice.

Monday, 20 September 2021

Labour Candidate Watch: Day Five

Five days after the Cabinet reshuffle that called a General Election for May 2023, there is still no Labour candidate at North West Durham, which in 2019 Labour lost for the first time and by only 1,144 votes.

By contrast, I have been a candidate for North West Durham at the next General Election since even before the last one, fighting 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. Contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com.  

Or contact nwdclp.campaigns@gmail.com if you wanted permanent austerity at home, if you wanted forever war abroad, and if you did not want a mixed-race MP for this seat. This post will appear daily until someone had proven to be so pro-austerity, so pro-war, and so racist, that even the Labour Party was sufficiently impressed.

Turning On The Light

The case for taking the utilities back into public ownership is now beyond obvious. But instead, there is going to be some sort of bailout for the gas companies, or at least for the Big Six.

Well, if the money can be found for that, then there is obviously no need to reverse the uplift in Universal Credit, and to break the Triple Lock on pensions, at the same time as putting up National Insurance.

Proposes To Undergo?

The Metric Martyrs were 20 years ago, and the best known has been dead for 17 of them. Most small traders are decidedly right of centre, and perhaps even more so in those days, yet precisely five in the entire country could be found, even then, to demand the right to label their wares in imperial measures alone.

Were the law to be changed to allow that, then it is more than likely that absolutely no one at all would now take advantage of that change. Buying and selling things in imperial weights and measures is already a perfectly simple, everyday occurrence, as it always has been.

Similarly, Section 7 of the Equality Act already protects anyone who is undergoing, or who has undergone, or who proposes to undergo a process, or part of a process, to change their legal sex. Gender self-identification would greatly endanger women and girls, especially, while affording any new protection to, again, absolutely no one at all.

Like the obstinate refusal even to display metric units alongside imperial ones, the demand for gender self-identification has the strong sense of what happens when being "a bit of a character" gets out of hand. But it is a vastly more dangerous variation on that theme.

The Adrian Hilton Challenge: Day 44

Adrian Hilton, I had to Google you, and I still have little or no idea who you are, so when, exactly, have I ever "stalked" you at all, much less "for longer than [you] care to remember"? 

This post will appear daily until further notice.

The Oliver Kamm Challenge: Day 44

Oliver Kamm, whose signature to this do you claim that I forged? Name the name.

Oliver Kamm, when, exactly, have I ever been found to have accused anyone of child abuse?

Oliver Kamm, when, exactly, have I ever called for anyone to be murdered?

And Oliver Kamm, since I am a declared and active candidate for the parliamentary seat of North West Durham, are you? If not, why not?

I could go on at very great length, but these questions will do for now.

This post will appear daily until further notice.

The Representatives Challenge: Day 44

As already stated on the day after my release: "The instant that Labour lost control of Durham County Council, then I was granted an unsolicited tag for more than 10 weeks of future good behaviour. I invite each and every Member of Parliament for the area covered by Durham County Council, each and every member of Durham County Council, and each and every member of Lanchester Parish Council, to contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com if they thought that I was factually or morally guilty of any criminal charge that had ever been brought against me. Not legally guilty; Bill Cosby is legally innocent. Factually and morally guilty. No name would be published except at the request of its bearer, but if anyone ever did get in touch, then the readers of this site would be the first to know." The current total is zero.

Furthermore, I invite each and every other candidate for the parliamentary seat of North West Durham to contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com if they thought that I was factually or morally guilty of any criminal charge that had ever been brought against me. Not legally guilty; Bill Cosby is legally innocent. Factually and morally guilty. In this case, names most certainly will be published, including as part of my election literature. The current total is zero. If that remained the case when the next General Election was called, then my literature would state that each and all of my opponents, by name, did not think that I was factually or morally guilty of any criminal charge that had ever been brought against me.

This post will appear daily until further notice.

The Clergy Challenge: Day 44

I invite each and every bishop, priest and deacon of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle to contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com if he thought that I was factually or morally guilty of any criminal charge that had ever been brought against me. Not legally guilty; Bill Cosby is legally innocent. Factually and morally guilty. No name would be published except at the request of its bearer, but if anyone ever did get in touch, then the readers of this site would be the first to know. The current total is zero.

Since, as private citizens, none of them has resigned as a Patron of my parliamentary campaign at North West DurhamI invite each and all of the 12 archbishops and diocesan bishops of the Red Wall dioceses of Birmingham, Hallam, Hexham and Newcastle, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Northampton, Nottingham, Salford, Shrewsbury, and Wrexham, to contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com if he thought that I was factually or morally guilty of any criminal charge that had ever been brought against me. Not legally guilty; Bill Cosby is legally innocent. Factually and morally guilty. No name would be published except at the request of its bearer, but if anyone ever did get in touch, then the readers of this site would be the first to know. The current total is zero.

And since none of them has resigned as a Patron of my parliamentary campaign at North West Durham, I invite each and all the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, the Franciscan Custos of the Holy Land, the Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of Jerusalem, the Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Jerusalem, the Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarchal Vicar in Jerusalem, the Ethiopian Orthodox Archbishop of Jerusalem, the Maronite Patriarchal Exarch of Jerusalem and Palestine, the Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem, the Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, the Syrian Catholic Patriarchal Exarch of Jerusalem, and the Armenian Catholic Patriarchal Exarch of Jerusalem and Amman, to contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com if he thought that I was factually or morally guilty of any criminal charge that had ever been brought against me. Not legally guilty; Bill Cosby is legally innocent. Factually and morally guilty. No name would be published except at the request of its bearer, but if anyone ever did get in touch, then the readers of this site would be the first to know. The current total is zero.

The scandalous allegation against me on 2nd March 2020 was recanted under oath at Durham Crown Court on 11th of that month, calling gravely into question my convictions the next day by exposing that key character witness as unreliable, a fact that was not mentioned in closing statements or in summation. Unless, as is widely assumed, the real reason for them is the content of this book, then the sanctions imposed upon me in my absence on 2nd March 2020 are void. I expect a written apology by 30th September 2021, and for it to be published in full in The Northern Cross. Financially, I would then settle for the reimbursement of my victim surcharges. One would not wish to have to sue the Church. If I were still subject to any sanction by the Church at the time of the next General Election, and if I were to be defeated at that Election, then I would seek to have that result overturned in the courts on grounds of undue spiritual influence.

This post will appear daily until further notice.

Sunday, 19 September 2021

Labour Candidate Watch: Day Four

Four days after the Cabinet reshuffle that called a General Election for May 2023, there is still no Labour candidate at North West Durham, which in 2019 Labour lost for the first time and by only 1,144 votes.

By contrast, I have been a candidate for North West Durham at the next General Election since even before the last one, fighting 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. Contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com.  

Or contact nwdclp.campaigns@gmail.com if you wanted permanent austerity at home, if you wanted forever war abroad, and if you did not want a mixed-race MP for this seat. This post will appear daily until someone had proven to be so pro-austerity, so pro-war, and so racist, that even the Labour Party was sufficiently impressed.

Weighty Measures?

Emails from old friends across the Atlantic and in the far Antipodes ask what Britain's precise role in AUKUS is supposed to be, confirm that Australians and New Zealanders assume Britain to have been fully metricated for as long as their own countries have been, remind me that Americans assume that Britain has always been completely metric simply because of where it is on a map, and add that they also generally assume that we use the euro.

We are just another European country to the Americans, as they themselves have never denied. We happen to be a particularly craven and compliant one, but that is up to us. There is a story, which may even be true, that Yale originally arranged to pay Tony Blair in euros, on the assumption that that was his London bank account usually took. After independence from the EU, independence from the US.

I have also been asked how hard it already was to buy a pound of apples in Britain. The answer is, not at all. We do it all the time. It is just that a metric equivalent is also displayed, and you can buy in metric units instead if you prefer. I honestly cannot see what any legislative change would even be, much less achieve. You call this a culture war? You call this Brexit? I could give you some decidedly more concrete proposals for each and both.

What Life Is Like For Most People

It is what the young people call top trolling on the part of Boris Johnson to have replaced Gavin Williamson with a gentleman of swarthier hue.

Wes Streeting's tantrum about Nadhim Zahawi's private schooling suggests that Streeting knows what he has done. He sees himself as a potential Prime Minister, which is never the mark of a sane person, but he realises that his own support for Tony Blair and Keir Starmer contributes to the impossibility of a state educated occupant of 10 Downing Street.

When Harold Wilson died, then The Guardian said that he had been an unimaginable Prime Minister until he had happened, after which it had been his predecessors who were unimaginable, while the Daily Telegraph bemoaned that he had made it impossible to become Prime Minister from a major public school, thereby getting in a sly dig at Fettes. How little they both knew.

Although it is probably going to be earlier, assume a General Election on the official date of Thursday 2nd May 2024. That will be 32 years after anyone from a state school had last led a party to an overall majority, and 60 years after the only occasion on which a state educated Leader had ever won an overall majority against a public schoolboy, in the year of Boris Johnson's birth.

Yellowing Paper


There was much hullabaloo when The Guardian endorsed the Lib Dems in 2010, but that was the third General Election in a row at which it had done so, as had always been its norm. It was the endorsement of Labour in 1997 that had been an oddity. It had opposed the creation of the National Health Service on eugenic grounds, and it had therefore advocated a vote for the Conservatives in 1951.

Still, say what you like about The Guardian, and I certainly do, but  it was only 60 years ago this month that it even started to be printed in London. Before that, it had been one of several purely Mancunian newspapers. Yet now, it is namechecked in Hollywood films on the assumption that a global mass audience will know what it was, and an entire generation of journalism students will settle for nothing else as a career goal. Make of any of that what you will, but there we are.

As to the Lib Dems, they were such stalwarts of the County Durham Teaching Assistants' campaign, which the results on Super Thursday may reasonably be said to have reactivated, that even I voted in 2017 for Owen Temple rather than for the lukewarm Laura Pidcock. And I have nothing but goodwill towards any administration that has overthrown the corrupt and brutal right-wing Labour machine in County Durham after more than 100 years.

But it was the Conservatives who were the moderating party in the Coalition. However slowly or slightly, austerity did begin to be eased once the Cabinet no longer contained the most direct and explicit heirs of the Whigs, of the Gladstonians, and of the Callaghan Government, including the Lib-Lab Pact.

Ever since the 2016 referendum, it has been obvious that there was a natural party of the well heeled, NIMBYish, Thatcherite, socially ultraliberal, and ferociously pro-EU section of the electorate. Had the 2015 Parliament run its course, then the Lib Dems would have taken scores of seats from the Conservatives in the South outside London, where such voters did and do predominate and even dominate. In 2024, they finally will.

Not that Boris Johnson needs to worry. The Conservatives will remain in office, not only by holding their gains from 2019, but by offsetting their losses to the Lib Dems with seats that had voted twice for Jeremy Corbyn's economic programme, as the 2019 seats would also have done if Corbyn had held the Bennite line against Keir Starmer on Brexit. The people and places that had long ago voted three times for Margaret Thatcher will be Lib Dem, and the Conservative Government will owe them nothing. It will owe us instead. It already does. Let's fill our boots.

Quite Some Front

The long moral collapse of Nick Cohen is complete. He rebrands even Jobbik because it is opposed to a politician to whom he is also opposed, and he praises an electoral pact with it, before suggesting something similar between Labour and the SNP, a party that he used to despise. He also despised the Labour Party until not very long ago, as he had despised it under Tony Blair until the invasion of Iraq.

The only good thing in this article is that Cohen concedes that after Brexit, we are no longer funding the supporters of Viktor Orbán. Except that we are, through NATO, which sends material into schools all over Eastern Europe depicting the wartime collaborators as the good guys against the Soviet enemy. We are paying for this.

We are, however, no longer subject to the legislative will of Fidesz, or to that of numerous other factions of the kind that Cohen vigorously opposes in Britain, but would cheerfully impose on Hungary as part of what he offensively calls a popular front. But we are still committed to defending them. And since we teach children that many of them stand in the glorious tradition of the 1940s, then why not?

Let’s Eat Like We’re French

Peter Hitchens can find nothing to say about the overhyped reshuffle, or that carry on with Australian submarines, or that Late Silly Season story about imperial weights and measures. Instead, he writes:

Amazing now to remember that in my childhood British children were not supposed to eat between meals and generally didn’t. This rule must have collapsed some time in the 1960s, like everything else.

Yet somehow the French have managed to retain it, along with a good deal more parental power than we have. The French Bake Off star Manon Lagrève says:

‘In France you don’t snack. You just have your meals... at ten, you might have an apple, then lunch. You’re sitting at the table with all your friends and family and you spend five hours. You have appetisers, starter, main, cheese, dessert.’ 

I’m not sure about five hours, but the idea is sound. We used to think the French were chaotic and a bit feeble. Now they outclass us in this important area. We should copy them.

The Adrian Hilton Challenge: Day 43

Adrian Hilton, I had to Google you, and I still have little or no idea who you are, so when, exactly, have I ever "stalked" you at all, much less "for longer than [you] care to remember"? 

This post will appear daily until further notice.

The Oliver Kamm Challenge: Day 43

Oliver Kamm, whose signature to this do you claim that I forged? Name the name.

Oliver Kamm, when, exactly, have I ever been found to have accused anyone of child abuse?

Oliver Kamm, when, exactly, have I ever called for anyone to be murdered?

And Oliver Kamm, since I am a declared and active candidate for the parliamentary seat of North West Durham, are you? If not, why not?

I could go on at very great length, but these questions will do for now.

This post will appear daily until further notice.

The Representatives Challenge: Day 43

As already stated on the day after my release: "The instant that Labour lost control of Durham County Council, then I was granted an unsolicited tag for more than 10 weeks of future good behaviour. I invite each and every Member of Parliament for the area covered by Durham County Council, each and every member of Durham County Council, and each and every member of Lanchester Parish Council, to contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com if they thought that I was factually or morally guilty of any criminal charge that had ever been brought against me. Not legally guilty; Bill Cosby is legally innocent. Factually and morally guilty. No name would be published except at the request of its bearer, but if anyone ever did get in touch, then the readers of this site would be the first to know." The current total is zero.

Furthermore, I invite each and every other candidate for the parliamentary seat of North West Durham to contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com if they thought that I was factually or morally guilty of any criminal charge that had ever been brought against me. Not legally guilty; Bill Cosby is legally innocent. Factually and morally guilty. In this case, names most certainly will be published, including as part of my election literature. The current total is zero. If that remained the case when the next General Election was called, then my literature would state that each and all of my opponents, by name, did not think that I was factually or morally guilty of any criminal charge that had ever been brought against me.

This post will appear daily until further notice.

The Clergy Challenge: Day 43

I invite each and every bishop, priest and deacon of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle to contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com if he thought that I was factually or morally guilty of any criminal charge that had ever been brought against me. Not legally guilty; Bill Cosby is legally innocent. Factually and morally guilty. No name would be published except at the request of its bearer, but if anyone ever did get in touch, then the readers of this site would be the first to know. The current total is zero.

Since, as private citizens, none of them has resigned as a Patron of my parliamentary campaign at North West DurhamI invite each and all of the 12 archbishops and diocesan bishops of the Red Wall dioceses of Birmingham, Hallam, Hexham and Newcastle, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Northampton, Nottingham, Salford, Shrewsbury, and Wrexham, to contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com if he thought that I was factually or morally guilty of any criminal charge that had ever been brought against me. Not legally guilty; Bill Cosby is legally innocent. Factually and morally guilty. No name would be published except at the request of its bearer, but if anyone ever did get in touch, then the readers of this site would be the first to know. The current total is zero.

And since none of them has resigned as a Patron of my parliamentary campaign at North West Durham, I invite each and all the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, the Franciscan Custos of the Holy Land, the Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of Jerusalem, the Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Jerusalem, the Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarchal Vicar in Jerusalem, the Ethiopian Orthodox Archbishop of Jerusalem, the Maronite Patriarchal Exarch of Jerusalem and Palestine, the Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem, the Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, the Syrian Catholic Patriarchal Exarch of Jerusalem, and the Armenian Catholic Patriarchal Exarch of Jerusalem and Amman, to contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com if he thought that I was factually or morally guilty of any criminal charge that had ever been brought against me. Not legally guilty; Bill Cosby is legally innocent. Factually and morally guilty. No name would be published except at the request of its bearer, but if anyone ever did get in touch, then the readers of this site would be the first to know. The current total is zero.

The scandalous allegation against me on 2nd March 2020 was recanted under oath at Durham Crown Court on 11th of that month, calling gravely into question my convictions the next day by exposing that key character witness as unreliable, a fact that was not mentioned in closing statements or in summation. Unless, as is widely assumed, the real reason for them is the content of this book, then the sanctions imposed upon me in my absence on 2nd March 2020 are void. I expect a written apology by 30th September 2021, and for it to be published in full in The Northern Cross. Financially, I would then settle for the reimbursement of my victim surcharges. One would not wish to have to sue the Church. If I were still subject to any sanction by the Church at the time of the next General Election, and if I were to be defeated at that Election, then I would seek to have that result overturned in the courts on grounds of undue spiritual influence.

This post will appear daily until further notice.

Saturday, 18 September 2021

Labour Candidate Watch: Day Three

Three days after the Cabinet reshuffle that called a General Election for May 2023, there is still no Labour candidate at North West Durham, which in 2019 Labour lost for the first time and by only 1,144 votes.

By contrast, I have been a candidate for North West Durham at the next General Election since even before the last one, fighting 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. Contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com.  

Or contact nwdclp.campaigns@gmail.com if you wanted permanent austerity at home, if you wanted forever war abroad, and if you did not want a mixed-race MP for this seat. This post will appear daily until someone had proven to be so pro-austerity, so pro-war, and so racist, that even the Labour Party was sufficiently impressed.

Liz or Lilibet?

Until her recent appointment as Foreign Secretary, Betty Gusset had been known for two things. One was her adultery. The other was that she had tried to persuade her then party, the Liberal Democrats, to adopt a policy of abolishing the monarchy. She is never asked about either. She ought to be.

The abolition of the monarchy is the logic both of Thatcherism and of Blairism, yet neither Conservative, nor right-wing Labour, politicians are ever asked about it. We now have a Foreign Secretary who has actively campaigned for it. She needs to be asked the Yes-No question of whether she had changed her mind.

And what if she had not? On balance, I would not abolish the monarchy. I do not want either a Bullingdon Club member, or a huge campaign donor to the likes of Keir Starmer, as my Head of State, and the former would beat the latter every time, with no one else on the ballot paper. But a lot of people take a different view, so there ought not to be the taboo that there is around this issue, anymore than there is around nuclear weapons, or around rejoining the EU, or until very recently around leaving the EU.

Ask her the question. The next time that she is interviewed, then ask her the question, "Do you still want to abolish the monarchy?" If so, "Why?" If not, "Why not?"

Power and Energy

The new Australian submarines will at least demonstrate a preference for nuclear over diesel. Much of the gas that is used in Britain comes from Qatar, the host and sponsor of the Taliban, but world shortages of either gas or oil ought not to concern us.

Instead, we need an all-of-the-above energy policy based around nuclear power and this country's vast reserves of coal, as well as its increasingly evident reserves of lithium, and as well as its own oil and gas reserves, not least the Cambo oil field west of the Shetland Islands.

Among other things, that would make possible an all-of-the-above transport policy with public transport free at the point of use, plus electricity free at the point of use up to really quite a high level of usage, with only a nominal charge thereafter. This is why we have a State.