Tuesday, 25 January 2022

Weapons of Mass Distraction?

The last time that all parties were agreed on a war was Libya, and the one before that was Afghanistan. How did those turn out? Both frontbenches were also in agreement on Iraq.

We are sending troops to Hungary, which there is no suggestion that anyone might invade, although the regime there does exemplify the sort that our membership of NATO now obliges us to defend.

This distraction is not going to work. It is perfectly possible to change Prime Ministers both in the run-up to a war, as happened in 1990, and during a war, as happened twice during the Second World War.

Chris Grieve Watch: Day 101


I have never heard of you, and I was not in Durham that Thursday evening. Or any evening in that period. I was on a tag.

Why do people feel the need to suck up to Kamm like this?

This post will appear daily until you account for yourself.

Adam Langleben Watch: Day 101


I have never heard of you, and "JLM" sounds like a pop group, although not one with which I have ever communicated.

Why do people feel the need to suck up to Kamm like this?

This post will appear daily until you account for yourself.

Labour Candidate Watch: Day 132

132 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 171

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 171

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 171

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 171

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 had not received a written apology by 30th September 2021, nor was any such thing to be published in full in The Northern Cross.

Financially, I would then have settled for the reimbursement of my victim surcharges. One would not wish to have to sue the Church. But while I am not yet in a position to act on it, I must now declare my intention in principle to do so. And if I were to be defeated at the next General Election, then I would seek to have that result overturned in the courts on grounds of undue spiritual influence by the Safeguarding Office of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, naming all relevant persons in the court papers. It has come to this.

This post will appear daily until further notice.

Monday, 24 January 2022

The History Book On The Shelf Is Always Repeating Itself

Readers in my native Saint Helena, can you hear the laughter in the air? That is the ghost of Napoleon, as we prepare to invade Russia in the winter. What could possibly go wrong? And the moment that any of our Armed Forces entered Russia, then that would be what we would have done. We would have invaded Russia, and we could expect a robust response.

Ethnic Russians were over half the population of Kiev at the turn of the twentieth century. Their presence in Ukraine is not a product of forced Soviet resettlement. But even if it were, what of it now? It is no wonder that the people who are making this point are so fond of Svoboda, Pravy Sektor, the Azov Battalion, and all the rest. Imagine what they would really like to do to everyone who was descended from immigration to Britain since 1917.

Resigned To Rishi

Lord Agnew's resignation ought to be a much bigger story. The Government has written off £4.3 billion of the £5.8 billion that has been stolen from its emergency Covid-19 schemes. On the Government's own figures, benefit fraud in 2020 amounted to £65 million, around 1.5 per cent of that write-off.

There was no check that companies had HMRC reference numbers, or that furlough claimants had National Insurance numbers. Yet the man responsible for this is still the best available candidate to become Prime Minister. Including the Leader of the Opposition.

Insurance Policy Void

If the National Insurance increase were indeed to be cancelled, then where would that leave Christian Wakeford? His welcome into the Parliamentary Labour Party was Keir Starmer's announcement that while Labour might have voted against that and all the other dreadful things that Wakeford had supported, although in fact it had only abstained on several of the very worst, nevertheless it had no intention of repealing any of them.

Come that, where would it leave Starmer? He has been allowed to survive his flagrant breach of the lockdown, which was itself not the first sign of his alcohol problem. He illegally left the scene of a traffic accident rather than be breathalysed. I am medically not allowed to drive, but can you be insured as a driver if you have done that?

Good Value For Whose Money?

Rachel Reeves is more than happy to see higher public subsidies to the railways than they ever had in public ownership.

She is more than happy to see privatised energy prices go up by seven per cent last April, by 12 per cent in October, and by 50 per cent a few short weeks from now. She is perfectly happy to have a war with Russia for the source of much of that energy. 

This may not strike you or me as good value for money. But she is not talking about us. She is not thinking about us. She is barely aware that we exist, and she rather wishes that we did not.

Blowing Out The Candles

This time, Carrie Antoinette really did say, "Let them eat cake." And Lulu Lytle is obviously a drag name. But whose? If it turns out to be Owen Paterson's, then the Government must fall in the next 24 hours.

This is the best leaking operation that we have ever seen. Every time that the Government looks as if it might get back up again, then it is whacked with something else about which the people wielding it had known ever since it was happening.

A resigning Prime Minister recommends a successor to the Queen, and while she would have every reason to tell Boris Johnson where to stick it, she would be most unlikely to do so. Someone would become Prime Minister on the spot, making a Leadership Election wildly unlikely.

Meaning that we might already have seen the last ever Leadership Election in either main party, even with a franchise restricted to MPs. The provision would still exist, but it would never be used. Whenever a vacancy arose, then someone would just emerge, and there would never be enough people to make a fuss.

Labour has already changed its rules to make it practically impossible for more than one person to stand for Leader, and it is also busily taking away what little say constituency parties have over the selection of parliamentary candidates. Being less inclined towards committees or to writing things down, the Conservative Party will find even more insidious ways of doing the same thing. The best that we can say is that far more constituencies are meaningfully competitive now than was the case three years ago.

Elections are a recent innovation in Britain, and we still avoid them as much as possible. If you knew people who were in their eighties or older at the turn of the millennium, then you knew people who had been born before either women since 1832, or working-class men ever, had had the vote.

It has been 25 years since anyone has become, rather than remained, Prime Minister by winning an overall majority at a General Election, and that was the first time that it had happened in 18 years. Two of the last four Prime Ministers have never won an overall majority.

Destiny In Quite A Similar Way?

What are they going to do with the revived Waterloo Road? It was barking mad by the end. On the original premise, they could have run it forever, as they could have run a series set in a London comprehensive school, or in a youth club in Newcastle.

We used to laugh at the lack of swearing in Grange Hill, of which there is apparently going to be a film, and in Byker Grove, which launched no small careers either in number or in impact. But they had everything else in them, and that was why we watched them. If they could be made at all now, then they could not have actors who were the same age as the characters, nor could they be broadcast at what used to be called teatime.

Chris Grieve Watch: Day 100


I have never heard of you, and I was not in Durham that Thursday evening. Or any evening in that period. I was on a tag.

Why do people feel the need to suck up to Kamm like this?

This post will appear daily until you account for yourself.

Adam Langleben Watch: Day 100


I have never heard of you, and "JLM" sounds like a pop group, although not one with which I have ever communicated.

Why do people feel the need to suck up to Kamm like this?

This post will appear daily until you account for yourself.

Labour Candidate Watch: Day 131

131 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 170

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 170

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 170

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 170

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 had not received a written apology by 30th September 2021, nor was any such thing to be published in full in The Northern Cross.

Financially, I would then have settled for the reimbursement of my victim surcharges. One would not wish to have to sue the Church. But while I am not yet in a position to act on it, I must now declare my intention in principle to do so. And if I were to be defeated at the next General Election, then I would seek to have that result overturned in the courts on grounds of undue spiritual influence by the Safeguarding Office of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, naming all relevant persons in the court papers. It has come to this.

This post will appear daily until further notice.

Sunday, 23 January 2022

Fair Comment In The Public Interest

Carole Cadwalladr is practically being carried through the streets in triumph. This is despite, or because of, the legal discovery that she had obtained her story about Arron Banks, who may yet win his case, from "a contractor to the UK security services".

That could only have been either the Institute for Statecraft, which runs the Integrity Initiative in which Cadwalladr has been an enthusiastic participant as a spooks' sewer, or Christopher Steele, to which she has connections through his company, Orbis. By the way, Orbis also has ties to Pablo Miller, the MI6 handler of Sergei Skripal.

What a thoroughly unedifying spectacle, to rank even with the award of the Pullitzer Prize to Cadwalladr for a story that the Information Commissioner found to be totally false. There was absolutely no link whatever between Cambridge Analytica and the Leave campaign.

Against Banks, Cadwalladr is not even running a defence of truth, but only a defence of fair comment in the public interest. If it is a real journalist that you want, then be outside the Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand from nine o'clock tomorrow morning, to wait for the ruling at 10:45 as to whether or not Julian Assange would be permitted to appeal to the Supreme Court.

Making Colleagues Uncomfortable

"Muslimness" is not a word. But if Mark Spencer considers that Nusrat Ghani has defamed him, then he ought to sue her.

And it says a very great deal that the Government thought that this ought to have been the subject of an internal party inquiry. It no longer sees any distinction between the party and the State.

Something Profoundly Decadent

"There is also something profoundly decadent about Britain's obsession over a party that took place in May 2020, when more than 100,000 Russian troops are massing on the Ukrainian border, Chinese fighter jets are probing Taiwanese airspace, and Iran has reportedly returned to enriching uranium for a bomb that, with the right delivery systems, could reach the UK."

Massing how close to the Ukrainian border, which as the Russian border has 120,000 Ukrainian troops right up against it? And how is any of this our problem? Probing how, and what Taiwanese airspace? Since when did Britain recognise a country called Taiwan, much less have any obligation to defend it?

Iran has "reportedly" been enriching uranium since time immemorial, and "with the right delivery systems" a bomb could reach Mars, but there is absolutely no evidence that either any such bomb or any such system exists in actual fact. Again, though, even if they did, then what would that be to us?

Why is Andrew Roberts so desperate to save Boris Johnson? Whichever potential alternative he fears sounds just the ticket. We know that that cannot be Liz Truss, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove, Penny Mordaunt, or indeed Keir Starmer. Whom does that leave?

Between Bread And Freedom

Extremely recent Nazi officers were prominent among the founders of NATO and of what is now the EU. The publications of the former, in particular, depict Russia as having always been the enemy, and therefore glorify the "freedom fighters" who were in fact the collaborators with the Third Reich.

The explicit successors of those collaborators have queued up to join both NATO and the EU, and they have been welcomed with open arms, so to speak. At least until Brexit, we were subject to the legislative will of numerous of them in the Council of Ministers and in the European Parliament. We remain signed up to defend them.

One searches in vain for when or where we signed up to defend the ones in Ukraine, but here we are. Through Svoboda, Pravy Sektor, the Azov Battalion, and all the rest, NATO and the EU intend to acquire another vast territory, but one that needed to be purged of its eight million ethnic Russians, an intolerable presence inside those bodies. 

When  it came to getting rid of them, and of anyone else who might prove inconvenient, then no one could be more efficient or effective than the literal swastika-wearers who paraded the images of Stepan Bandera, Symon Petliura and Roman Shukhevych. They make no attempt to disguise who or what they are. We should take them at their word. They have certainly been as good as it, as they still are.

And yes, of course Vladimir Putin is also awful. But we are quite rightly not arming him, much less are we sending our Armed Forces to train his militias as a cynical tripwire to oblige us to join in a war that did not need to concern us in the least, what with our coal, our oil, our gas, our lithium, our nuclear power, and our renewables.

In Return


If Vladimir Putin is stark, staring mad, then he will invade Ukraine. But I have seen little evidence he is. He is nasty, cruel, sinister, intolerant and many other things. But you do not remain in power in Moscow for so long if you are a lunatic.

If there is one single action which would be bound to destroy his regime and wreck Russia’s long-term hopes of recovering its position in Eastern Europe, it is an invasion of Ukraine.

So why are so many yelling that such an invasion is about to take place? In many cases it is because they know nothing of the issue, could not find Odessa on a map and are joining the crowd because they feel safe doing so. For these days, if you don’t join such crowds you will be accused of being a ‘Putin apologist’ and worse.

In other cases it is because of the tragic spread of ‘Munich Syndrome’. Sufferers from this incurable complaint believe every foreign crisis is an exact repeat of September 1938: a certain chosen foreign despot is Hitler; last time this was Saddam, now it is Putin.

Anyone who proposes a peaceful way out is a modern version of the doddering weakling, Neville Chamberlain. And the politicians who want war are modern versions of Winston Churchill. Such simple-minded piffle.

Ukraine is not Czechoslovakia. Putin is not Hitler or Stalin. He has no ideology, racial or social. He has been complaining for years, using every peaceful means, against the expansion of Nato into Eastern Europe. He has asked, quite reasonably, who it is aimed at.

Nato was set up to deter aggression by the USSR, an empire which ceased to exist 31 years ago. Russia is not the USSR. Keeping Nato in existence is like maintaining an alliance against the Austro-Hungarian or Ottoman Empires, which vanished a century ago – a job-creation project.

He rightly points out that Moscow (mostly without violence) let go of vast tracts of Asia and Europe, and unwillingly permitted the reunification of Germany – something Margaret Thatcher was pretty reluctant about as well.

In return, the then leaders of the West said they would not expand Nato to the east. A huge archive of documents at George Washington University in the US confirms this.

The greatest anti-Soviet diplomat of the era, George Kennan, warned against doing any such thing. He said: ‘The expansion of Nato right up to the Russian borders is the greatest mistake of the post-Cold War period.’ 

So did Russian liberals of the sort we claim to support. Yegor Gaidar, admired in the West for his economic reforms, contacted Canada’s ambassador, Chris Westdal, in Moscow in 2004, to say he had come ‘to beg, to plead’ to advise Ottawa against further Nato expansion which would, he warned, ‘bring out the worst of Russian instincts’. And so it has.

If you poke a bear enough with a sharp stick, he will attack you. When he does, you should perhaps not blame the bear.

Chris Grieve Watch: Day 99


I have never heard of you, and I was not in Durham that Thursday evening. Or any evening in that period. I was on a tag.

Why do people feel the need to suck up to Kamm like this?

This post will appear daily until you account for yourself.

Adam Langleben Watch: Day 99


I have never heard of you, and "JLM" sounds like a pop group, although not one with which I have ever communicated.

Why do people feel the need to suck up to Kamm like this?

This post will appear daily until you account for yourself.

Labour Candidate Watch: Day 130

130 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 169

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 169

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 169

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 169

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 had not received a written apology by 30th September 2021, nor was any such thing to be published in full in The Northern Cross.

Financially, I would then have settled for the reimbursement of my victim surcharges. One would not wish to have to sue the Church. But while I am not yet in a position to act on it, I must now declare my intention in principle to do so. And if I were to be defeated at the next General Election, then I would seek to have that result overturned in the courts on grounds of undue spiritual influence by the Safeguarding Office of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, naming all relevant persons in the court papers. It has come to this.

This post will appear daily until further notice.

Saturday, 22 January 2022

Steppe Back While We Still Can

What, exactly, is Britain's alliance with Ukraine? Since neither NATO nor the EU has any territory to defend in Ukraine, then they can be deploying forces there only in order to acquire some. And then, what?

They have let in Latvia, a quarter of the population of which is ethnically Russian, but that adds up to no more than half a million people. There are well over eight million ethnic Russians in Ukraine. Neither NATO nor the EU would ever tolerate a population of eight million Russians, much less along a very long border with Russia.

The internal borders of the Soviet Union were never designed for international use, and they do not work for such purposes, but there is nothing that anyone can do about that. The dissolution of the Union deserved its massive unpopularity at the time, but it happened, and it happened quite a while ago now.

Allied to Svoboda, Pravy Sektor, the Azov Battalion, and all the rest of them, NATO and the EU would seek to clear Ukraine of most or all of its eight million Russians, plus anyone else who might get in the way of the charming company that NATO and the EU kept.

Does that make NATO and the EU racist? Of course it does. But we always known that, or at least anyone who has been paying attention has always known it. We have left one, and now we need to leave other. Before we become everything that almost everyone who was now alive in Britain had always most despised.

Share The Values?

Rachel Reeves may imagine that Jeremy Corbyn flooded the Labour Party with at least 150,000 heaven-knows-whats who, despite comprising a body bigger than the Army, had never previously been so much as visible to anyone, including each other. But when it came to the sorts of connections that she seems to fear, then no Labour Leader since the death of John Smith has had fewer of them than Corbyn.

Tony Blair drifted from being a hanger on of the International Marxist Group at Oxford to being a hanger on of Eurocommunism. Gordon Brown rose prodigiously through the Labour Party in Scotland when it was largely controlled by unions that were heavily influenced by the Communist Party. Ed Miliband was Ralph Miliband's son. Keir Starmer's involvement in the publication that had introduced Pabloism to Britain was his only political experience until he joined the Labour Party no earlier than December 2013. 

Corbyn has simply been a Labour Party member since 1965, having first been elected as a Labour MP before Christian Wakeford was born. Factions and tendencies that attached themselves to Corbyn's Leadership campaign and then to his Leadership did precisely that. They attached themselves to him, not he to them. People who had ever so much as spoken to their newspapers were denied Labour Party membership, or expelled from the party even after many decades. That happened under Corbyn. The idea is beyond preposterous that there were ever 150,000 or more of them, never mind that those had all retained membership until the Starmer Leadership.

If it is entryism that you want, then look to the Eurocommunists, to the Pabloists, and to the six Conservative MPs who have joined the Labour Party in the last 27 years alone, an average of one every four and a half years, always without having recanted any part of their previous records. Peter Temple-Morris was ennobled. Shaun Woodward was put in the Cabinet. Quentin Davies was made a Minister and then a Peer. And consider the case of Robert Jackson. On defecting from Michael Howard's party to a warmly welcoming Blair's, then he stated that he wanted to be in a party that was led by a Christian. Did someone say something about anti-Semitism?

Right Off

If Boris Johnson were still there a week tomorrow, then he would quite possibly be there until the next General Election, which he would then stand a good chance of winning. Never, ever, ever bet against him.

But Jacob Rees-Mogg and Nadine Dorries are becoming hysterical in their defence of Johnson because they know that the end of him will be the end of them. Although it must be said that neither of them needs the money. They are true believers.

With Steve Baker having ruled himself out, the Right, as such, is looking at having no Leadership candidate at all. Rishi Sunak is a big spending Brexiteer. Liz Truss is a small spending Remainer, although I do not know who told her that wars came cheap. Someone like Jeremy Hunt is a big spending Remainer.

The small spending Brexiteers have no candidate, which strongly suggests that they cannot agree on one among themselves, or that they have insufficient numbers anyway, or both. Of course, it is both.

Chris Grieve Watch: Day 98


I have never heard of you, and I was not in Durham that Thursday evening. Or any evening in that period. I was on a tag.

Why do people feel the need to suck up to Kamm like this?

This post will appear daily until you account for yourself.

Adam Langleben Watch: Day 98


I have never heard of you, and "JLM" sounds like a pop group, although not one with which I have ever communicated.

Why do people feel the need to suck up to Kamm like this?

This post will appear daily until you account for yourself.

Labour Candidate Watch: Day 129

129 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 168

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 168

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 168

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 168

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 had not received a written apology by 30th September 2021, nor was any such thing to be published in full in The Northern Cross.

Financially, I would then have settled for the reimbursement of my victim surcharges. One would not wish to have to sue the Church. But while I am not yet in a position to act on it, I must now declare my intention in principle to do so. And if I were to be defeated at the next General Election, then I would seek to have that result overturned in the courts on grounds of undue spiritual influence by the Safeguarding Office of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, naming all relevant persons in the court papers. It has come to this.

This post will appear daily until further notice.

Friday, 21 January 2022

Understanding and Intelligence

It has all gone quiet over there about Pope Benedict and child abuse. In stark contrast to the specific canonical offence of sexual contact with anyone under the age of 18, the age of consent in Germany is 14.

Although even that is better than England and Wales, where as long ago as 1985, 37 years ago, the Thatcher Government secured a judicial fiat that, without bothering to ask Parliament, abolished the age of consent altogether.

Gillick competence ought instead to be called Thatcher competence, but bodies, including the State itself, that act on it have no moral authority to criticise the Church with regard to child sexual abuse.

The Major Government did write Thatcher competence into the Age of Legal Capacity (Scotland) Act 1991. But it is applied in Northern Ireland on no authority that is apparent to anyone. And even in England and Wales, it has never been subject to a parliamentary vote. Well, it would be if I were in Parliament. See you there.

Energy

In conveying the wonderful news about Britishvolt, Kwasi Kwarteng even used the word "reindustrialisation". Ian Lavery's concerns are pertinent, but perfectly easy to address.

The more electric cars, the more electric anything, the better, powered by an all-of-the-above energy policy that took full advantage of this country's vast resources, delivering heat and light at minimal cost while keeping us out of wars for oil or gas and while ensuring an all-of-the-above transport policy.

This is why we have a State. Now we just need to ensure that a Prime Minister who has become a distraction is not succeeded either by Liz Truss or by Keir Starmer.



Served By The Programme

If Christian Wakeford is such a warrior against anti-Semitism, then why has he joined a party that supports the Azov Battalion? Yes, he has also left one. But even so. Indeed, Liz Truss has not been over there to express support in person. David Lammy has.

Wakeford's new party, like his old one, also supports the Saudi war in Yemen, and indeed most or all other things that Saudi Arabia ever does. Despite the immensely long history of Jews in the territory that is now covered by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, they are forbidden to enter it. Antony Blinken, think on.

Wakeford voted for the Borders and Nationality Bill, under which the Home Secretary will not even have to give notice when, entirely at her own discretion, she revoked the British citizenship of anyone whom she merely considered might be eligible for any other nationality. That includes all British Jews. Of course, Wakeford's new party has no policy of repealing that provision.

On what issue, exactly, has Wakeford changed his mind? He has yet to state one. He just thinks that Keir Starmer would be better than Boris Johnson at running the same thing. Sadly, he is right. Wakeford does indeed share the values of today's Labour Party, just as the 150,000 people so far whom Rachel Reeves is glad to see leave it do not.

"They should never have joined," says Reeves. "We joined before you were born," counter many of them. They disagreed profoundly with Tony Blair, but they could stand him, and he could stand them. Yet they cannot stand Keir Starmer, who joined the Labour Party no earlier than December 2013, and he cannot stand them, either.

It has been 45 years since a Labour MP last joined the Conservative Party, and that was only the third time that it had ever happened. Both earlier cases had been in 1948, and both had been over the nationalisation of steel. By contrast, Wakeford is the sixth Conservative MP to have joined the Labour Party in the last 27 years alone, an average of one every four and a half years.

If it is entryism that you want, then there it is, because none of them has ever professed to have changed his mind. He has merely seen Labour as a more useful vehicle for his existing position, usually including his personal ambition. In every case, he has been right, including a deviser of the Poll Tax and a man who had served in the Shadow Cabinets of Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Howard. Both of those are now Labour Peers. Why is "my party has left me" never challenged in defectors? That is a reason to leave a party, but how is it a reason to join another one in particular?

Frank and Substantive

23 years ago, one of the most distinguished Orthodox theologians in the world told me how acutely Russians felt the loss of Mother Kiev.

Now, be in no doubt at to my own view. The present Patriarchate of Moscow is in fact a state-sponsored schism from the ancient Patriarchate of Kiev, which reacceded to Petrine Unity by desire in 1594, by Papal recognition in 1595, and by ratification at the Synod of Brest-Litovsk in 1596, all in the tradition of Prince Izjaslav of Kiev's placing of his lands under the protection of Pope Gregory VII in 1075, of Danylo of Halič's reception of his Crown from Pope Innocent IV as late as 1253, and of the events of 1458, when the schismatic Jonah had been proclaimed "Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia" while the Catholic Gregory had remained Patriarch of Kiev.

It was not until 1807, following the Tsar's forcible suppression of the See of Kiev, that the Holy See erected the Archbishopric of Leopolis (Lviv). Among its occupants, Andrzej Szeptycki, in office from 1900 to 1944, was so tireless, alike for the Union of Brest-Litovsk, for theological study, for the monastic life, and for Ukrainian history and archaeology, that he was known as "the Father of the Ukrainian People" by Catholics and Orthodox alike. Let his successors, in turn, be so known. Let them act as such. A common identity based on being children of the Kievan Rus' is more than possible and desirable.

But I say again that it has been 23 years since one of the most distinguished Orthodox theologians in the world told me how acutely Russians felt the loss of Mother Kiev. The internal borders of the Soviet Union were never designed for international use, and they do not work as such, nor will they ever. The dissolution of the Union itself was massively unpopular at the time, and subsequent events continue to vindicate that unpopularity, but that dissolution has happened, so the people there are stuck with these problems, effectively forever. They are their problems, though. They are not ours.

Joe Biden has just said that no country with nuclear weapons had invaded any other country since 1945. Yes, he really has said that. But now, apparently, there are "100,000 Russian troops on the border with Ukraine". Where, exactly, are these "100,000 Russian troops"? How close, exactly, are they to the border with Ukraine? And whom, exactly, are we arming and training in Ukraine? The Azov Battalion? Such were the forces that the Obama Administration, in which Biden was Vice President, used, and was by, in the coup of February 2014.

And such remains the base of the regime there. By deploying our Armed Forces to assist them, then it is we who have, already, invaded Ukraine. The Russian troops have just left Kazakhstan, if anyone remembers that. So much for never being able to get them out of your house. But it took us 20 years to get out of Afghanistan. The best for which we could hope would be that the Russian Armed Forces, with at least three million active-duty and reserve personnel to our fewer than 200,000, would find us a great deal quicker to defeat than a scratch militia from the Pashtun hills did. But that militia did.

The Americans have no concept that there is a sovereign state in Ukraine. One side in Geneva sees it as an American protectorate that could continue to be run by actual Nazis as long as they delivered the goods for Uncle Sam as similar regimes did in many places during the Cold War, while the other side sees it as part of Russia, indeed as the birthplace of Russia.

None of this is worth one drop of our blood or one penny of our treasure, and our personnel who have cynically been deployed as a tripwire should be withdrawn immediately, with all arms supplies ended forthwith, and with a turn instead towards the exploitation of our own vast reserves of energy so that we never again had to care about Russian gas.

Gone When The Morning Comes

Meat Loaf was not the novelty act that people are trying to say that he was. He had a good voice, and he knew what to do with it.

The point of popular music is to sell records by the shipload while packing venues to the roof; the clue is in the name. He did it. And he was a damn good singer with it. Is that what people dislike? Yes, and that says everything about them.

He was good actor, too. Credited even in the decidedly song-free Fight Club as Meat Loaf rather than as Michael Lee Aday, he truly inhabited the persona.

Chris Grieve Watch: Day 97


I have never heard of you, and I was not in Durham that Thursday evening. Or any evening in that period. I was on a tag.

Why do people feel the need to suck up to Kamm like this?

This post will appear daily until you account for yourself.

Adam Langleben Watch: Day 97


I have never heard of you, and "JLM" sounds like a pop group, although not one with which I have ever communicated.

Why do people feel the need to suck up to Kamm like this?

This post will appear daily until you account for yourself.

Labour Candidate Watch: Day 128

128 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 167

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 167

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 167

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 167

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 had not received a written apology by 30th September 2021, nor was any such thing to be published in full in The Northern Cross.

Financially, I would then have settled for the reimbursement of my victim surcharges. One would not wish to have to sue the Church. But while I am not yet in a position to act on it, I must now declare my intention in principle to do so. And if I were to be defeated at the next General Election, then I would seek to have that result overturned in the courts on grounds of undue spiritual influence by the Safeguarding Office of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, naming all relevant persons in the court papers. It has come to this.

This post will appear daily until further notice.

Thursday, 20 January 2022

And Sanctioned By The State

Preparation for the Synod continues apace with a hit job on Pope Benedict.

It is a specific canonical offence to have sexual contact with anyone under the age of 18, regardless of any lower local age of consent. The age of consent in Germany in the late 1970s and early 1980s was, as it still is, 14.

"These cases concern abuses committed during [the then Archbishop Ratzinger's] tenure and sanctioned by the State." Take note. Not least in the gloating BBC. The late 1970s and early 1980s, indeed.

Value For Money

The Prime Minister's only degree is in Classics. He may be useless, but he is clearly not unemployable.

If there are useless or unemployable degrees, then they are not necessarily what the people who smugly bandy about such terminology think that they are.

What Shall It Profit?

Rail fares are to go up by 3.8 per cent.

BT's prices are to go up by 9.3 per cent.

Isn't privatisation grand? Rather a lot of grand, in fact.

Meaning Business

For their visceral hatred of us crips, I refer to Rachel Reeves and Yvette Cooper as "the Bloods". And we all know what Reeves means when she strikes preemptively against a Sunak Government by announcing herself "pro-business".

In fact, Reeves's position is markedly less pro-business than Rishi Sunak's would be with someone like Richard Holden as Chancellor of the Exchequer and with the likes of Liz Truss banished, perhaps to international appointments. It is if anything even more markedly less so than that of Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell would have been.

The withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, including the Single Market and the Customs Union, provides a double opportunity, both to reorganise the British economy under State direction, and to begin to develop a fully independent British foreign policy, including in relation to the United States. On that basis, Britain could be entering a new pro-business age.

The pro-business tradition came down to the Attlee Government from the ultraconservative figures of Colbert and Bismarck, via the Liberals Keynes and Beveridge, and it held sway in Britain until the Callaghan Government's turn to monetarism in December 1976.

That tradition corresponds closely but critically to the Hamiltonian American School as expanded by the American System of Henry Clay, a pro-business tradition that between the 1860s and the 1970s worked to make the United States the world's largest economy, with the world's highest standard of living, culminating in the glorious achievements of the New Deal, which in turn made possible the Civil Rights movement.

With a strict division between investment banking and retail banking, large amounts of central government credit, over a long term and at low if any rates of interest, would build great national projects, notably enormous expansions in infrastructure. Those would then pay for themselves many times over, ably assisted by pro-business tariffs and subsidies, and by a pro-business National Bank to promote the growth of productive enterprises rather than speculation.

A sovereign state with its own free floating, fiat currency has as much of that currency as it chooses to issue to itself, with readily available fiscal and monetary means of controlling any inflationary effect. Those means therefore require to be under democratic political control.

For the good of business, we should implement Theresa May's original Prime Ministerial agenda of workers' and consumers' representation in corporate governance, shareholders' control over executive pay, restrictions on pay differentials within companies, an investment-based Industrial Strategy and infrastructure programme including greatly increased housebuilding, action against tax avoidance including a ban on public contracts for tax-avoiding companies, a real cap on energy prices, a ban or significant restrictions on foreign takeovers, a ban on unpaid internships, and an inquiry into Orgreave.

For the good of business, all tax havens under British jurisdiction should be closed, non-domiciled tax status should be abolished, the Big Four accounting firms should be broken up, auditors should be banned by Statute from selling extras, they should have unlimited liability, Crown immunity should be abolished, and Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Partnerships should be required to have at least one member who was a natural person resident in the United Kingdom.

For the good of business, the State should buy a stake in every FTSE 500 company, large enough to secure Board-level representation, for the exercise of which both the First Lord of the Treasury and the Chancellor of the Exchequer would be accountable to the House of Commons, so that after any investment in public services, the dividends would be distributed equally to everyone by the Treasury. 

And for the good of business, public bodies and public contractors should be required by Statute to buy British wherever possible and to buy local wherever possible, while employment rights should begin with employment and apply regardless of the number of hours worked, leading to a four-day working week by 2100.

Wraggtime Blues

William Wragg was much better when he was a folk singer, but perhaps I am getting confused. "Political party does politics" is not the most shocking story that I have ever heard, and if you are capable of being "pressured" or "intimidated" like this, then you should not be politically active. I have a similar reaction when people allege "pork barrel politics". Or, as it is otherwise known, politics.

Today, Richard Holden has had to say that he would not be joining the Labour Party, while Pat Glass has had to say that he would not have been welcome, anyway. Each of them has felt the need to say it. With his fondness for new hospitals and for new railway lines, Richard would in any case have been far too left-wing for Keir Starmer.

Neil Kinnock said that even the broadest church needed walls. Richard would have been outside the Labour Party's left wall with Jeremy Corbyn. There is no right wall, but there never has been, including under Corbyn. Yesterday, even Dehenna Davison had to deny that she was on the cusp of defection. And after Christian Wakeford, why not?

If even Richard Holden is not prepared to be the Labour candidate at North West Durham, then who is? The Constituency Labour Party may or may not know this, but in anticipation of the imposition of a candidate at the last minute by the National Executive Committee due to the failure to produce a local one, other people whose paths have crossed mine over the decades have been seeking to entice all sorts of my old mates, my exes, and so on, in the hope that I might go easy on such a figure. Am I such a sentimental old softie? I am not, and no one knows better than the right-wing Labour Party machine why I am not.