Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Watts Stelling Is The One Splitting The Vote

Like all of the Independent Councillors, Watts Stelling has known for two years that I would be standing for this parliamentary seat of North West Durham when it next came up for election. He never expressed the slightest interest in trying for it himself.

No other Independent Councillor has nominated him, or even expressed any intention to vote for him. He has already failed to win this seat twice; I voted for him on both of those occasions, once over the Iraq War, and once over Labour's all-women shortlist. And he is now in his late sixties, whereas I could do the job for 25 years before reaching that age.

You would have to ask him why on earth he had thrown his hat into the ring one last time. But one thing is undeniable. He is the one who is splitting the vote. Nominated though she is by nobody who has ever been elected to anything, Watts Stelling is Laura Pidcock's best hope of re-election. My crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Up The Wall, Indeed

There is plenty wrong with Jeremy Corbyn. But tonight he will go head-to-head with Boris Johnson, who called the investigation into Medomsley Detention Centre "spaffing money up the wall".

Corbyn has serious political failings, and I am standing against one of his closest allies for a reason. But Johnson, whose fawning media coverage is torn apart by Peter Oborne, goes beyond that, by being morally unfit.

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Don't Be Monkeyed About

Arron Banks calls us "Northern monkeys", while the Brexit Party's number one target seat is Hartlepool. If you need to think about that one, then do.

Today, it has become a matter of record, where previously it was a only a very good guess, that the Brexit Party is a Conservative front organisation to keep the latter in power on the votes of people who would never vote for it, not only because of the 1980s, but because of the decade that is about to end.

But like Thatcherism before it, austerity is a consequence of EU membership. Against both, I am a candidate at North West Durham. My crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Justice For Julian

As Sweden drops its investigation into a "rape" that would not have been classified as any such thing anywhere else, Julian Assange, who has served his time for skipping bail, ought to be released immediately.

None of these people ought to be re-elected, but Chris Williamson must be at Derby North. George Galloway should be elected at West Bromwich East (what a pity that he did not go for Birmingham Yardely), both for Assange and because, with the Maxwells back from wherever it is that they have been, we urgently need the man who knows everything about them to be able to say it under parliamentary privilege.

And whereas Laura Pidcock, supposedly the Great Hope of the Left, has said and done absolutely nothing for Julian Assange, I invited him to become one of my Campaign Patrons, but his lawyer wrote back to say that he was too ill to accept. He may, however, consider it an open invitation. My crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Councillor Watch: Day 127

I hereby invite all Labour members of Durham County Council who believe me to be guilty of the criminal charges against me to email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com and say so.

I would not be able to reply to those emails, but every day the names of those who had sent them to me would appear here. So far, I have received none.

The Laura Pidcock Drugs Challenge: Day 162

I have never taken any illegal drug, and I challenge Laura Pidcock MP to say the same.

This post will appear here daily until it has received an answer.

Monday, 18 November 2019

Hong Kong Phooey

Let them into Britain? Precisely that possibility frightened the life out of you in the 15 years or so years leading up to the Handover.

Justiciary

Duly distracted from Peter Mandelson's and indeed Tony Blair's links to Jeffrey Epstein by those of the wholly inconsequential Prince Andrew, and duly distracted by this whole business from the farce of Boris Johnson's General Election "campaign", the BBC is casually mentioning Epsetin's "suicide" as if that were an established fact. But Epstein's was the most improbable suicide since that of Dr David Kelly.

Bringing us to the International Criminal Court and to its investigation into possible British war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq. Going after some squaddie is the wrong approach, and lets off the hook those who were really to blame.

A Chambers and Partners Band 1 legal practice is now on standby to pursue an action to bring about a Coroner's Inquest into the death of Dr Kelly, an action before the ICC against those who had brought slavery back to Libya, and an action before the High Court of Justiciary of Scotland inviting it to exercise its declaratory power against Blair and his accomplices in the aggression against Iraq in 2003.

All of these actions are to begin immediately upon my election to the House of Commons. I know the lawyers through a mutual friend, and I have left them in no doubt that I have no money with which to pursue these matters this side of my election, which is why I am not doing so. But as an MP, then I would have some access to funds, and a considerable platform from which to solicit more.

The lawyers quite accept that, and they are ready and waiting. My crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. (Why do the lawyers not chip in? Well, I am not sure what the situation would then be once I wanted to instruct them. So I shall not be broaching the subject with them.) Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Strictly Business

I mean this neither as a compliment nor as a criticism, but simply as a fact. Boris Johnson is a semi-aristocratic Classicist whom none of his hearers at the CBI would employ. They would not employ Jeremy Corbyn, either. But nobody has ever suggested or implied that they would. And I repeat that I mean this neither as a compliment nor as a criticism, but simply as a fact. 

A No Deal Brexit would hold no terrors for Corbyn, but it is the only thing that terrifies the people who fund the Conservative Party. Corbyn himself certainly does not. They have more than survived Governments well to the left of anything that he proposes these days, and they do business in countries where much of what he envisages is already in place.

Another hung Parliament is practically certain. The Conservatives had a larger poll lead at the beginning of the last General Election campaign than anyone gives them today, and look how that turned out. In any case, there would have to be another General Election within five years. Whereas a No Deal Brexit would be forever, or at any rate for an awful lot longer than one Parliament. 

Moreover, unlike the unions and Labour, they have no sentimental attachment to their party. They have no qualms about turning off the cash tap. It is not a familial relationship, as Labour has with the unions. It is strictly business. 

Unlike the BBC, they know perfectly well that nothing proposed by Corbyn otherwise exists only in Venezuela. There are things on Corbyn's To Do list that do exist in Venezuela. But those things also exist in, say, Germany. And the people who fund the Conservative Party are desperate to remain in a Single Market and a Customs Union with Germany. 

Then again, what if the full Brexit that everyone knows that Corbyn would really prefer were indeed to come to pass? Those companies would be at the front of the queue for State Aid, as they always were in the past. And why not? If New Labour was, and the Conservatives are perennially, "pro-business", then that was not and is not based on any identifiable experience of it. The three Leaders of New Labour were a barrister who had barely practised, a perpetual student, and a man who had never worked outside the public sector. 

Meanwhile, there have been 13 Leaders of the Conservative Party since the War, and beyond shareholding, or being married to businessmen, none of them has had any business background worth mentioning, if at all. They have had stopgap jobs and what have you, but nothing more than that, and not even that in some cases. Nearly half have been beneficiaries of the massive public subsidies to landowning. 

Winston Churchill, toff. Anthony Eden, toff. Harold Macmillan, toff enough. Alec Douglas-Home, toffee toffee toff toff. Ted Heath, full-time politician since university. Margaret Thatcher, millionaire's wife. John Major, full-time politician all his adult life. William Hague, full-time politician since childhood. Iain Duncan Smith, paid by the Army to go away. Michael Howard, full-time politician since university, more than 40 years earlier. David Cameron, toff. Theresa May, millionaire's wife. Boris Johnson, semi-aristocratic Classicist whom none of his hearers at the CBI would employ.

Where is the business experience there? Put together, they have all had less than Jon Lansman has. Use that as some context for the claims that Labour's worker-director proposals would put "a Momentum cadre on the board" of every company with 250 or more employees. Such a person might contribute far more usefully than anyone who had led the Conservative Party since 9th October 1940.

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 1977. That tradition corresponds closely but critically to the Hamiltonian American System as expanded by the American School, 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 rise and triumph of the Civil Rights movement.

That was achieved, by Democrats and Republicans alike, through the strict division between investment banking and retail banking, with large amounts of federal credit (in Britain, that would be central government credit), at low interest rates and over a long term, to build great national projects, notably enormous expansions in infrastructure, which then paid for themselves many times over. There were pro-business tariffs and subsidies, and there was a pro-business National Bank to promote the growth of productive enterprises rather than speculation.

Britain and America both need a lot more of this today. North West Durham needs it more than most. Of course, it is absolutely forbidden by the terms of the EU's Single Market and Customs Union, and it would continue to be so by the "level playing field" requirements of Boris Johnson's so-called Withdrawal Agreement, which the Brexit Party has now accepted, thereby rendering itself redundant.

For that among other reasons, I am standing as a pro-business, and therefore a genuinely pro-Brexit, candidate here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Indication of Intention

For this parliamentary seat of North West Durham, nobody who has nominated Laura Pidcock has ever been elected to anything, while Councillor Watts Stelling has not been nominated by any other member of Durham County Council.

I therefore invite the Labour members of Durham County Council for wards in this constituency to contact me on davidaslindsay@hotmail.com, to say whether or not they intended to vote for Ms Pidcock: Councillors Jane Brown, Joanne Carr, Malcolm Clarke, Jude Considine, Olwyn Gunn, Ivan Jewell, Ossie Johnson, and Fraser Tinsley.

And I invite the other Independent members of Durham County Council for wards in this constituency to contact me by the same means, to say whether or not they intended to vote for Councillor Stelling: Councillors Patricia Jopling, Peter Oliver, Stephen Robinson, Anita Savory, John Shuttleworth, and Alan Shield. Councillor Alex Watson has already indicated his intention to vote for me.

Immediately after 3pm on Friday 22nd November, I shall post here the complete lists of those Labour Councillors who had indicated their intention to vote for Ms Pidcock, of those who had not, of those Independent Councillors who had indicated their intention to vote for Councillor Stelling, and of those who had not.

Councillor Watch: Day 126

I hereby invite all Labour members of Durham County Council who believe me to be guilty of the criminal charges against me to email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com and say so.

I would not be able to reply to those emails, but every day the names of those who had sent them to me would appear here. So far, I have received none.

The Laura Pidcock Drugs Challenge: Day 161

I have never taken any illegal drug, and I challenge Laura Pidcock MP to say the same.

This post will appear here daily until it has received an answer.

Sunday, 17 November 2019

Winning The Derby

Ignore all other suggestions. There are two reasons why Chris Williamson is not a Labour candidate at this General Election.

He was the only member of the last House of Commons actively to support Julian Assange. And he was the only member of the last House of Commons openly to take Modern Monetary Theory seriously.

On both grounds, it is all to the good that he faces a Labour opponent at Derby North. And on both grounds, it is absolutely imperative that he be re-elected there.

Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. I am standing for Parliament here at North West Durham.

I did invite Julian Assange to become one of my Campaign Patrons, but his lawyer very kindly wrote back to say that he was too ill to take on even that level of commitment.

The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

The Lib Dems: The Doubt Never Went Away

Richard Murphy writes: 

All parties hope to start elections well. The result is a reflection of how things continue. For the Lib Dems I have to say credibility disappeared on Friday. The Independent reported late on Friday night that: 

The government should run a permanent spending surplus, the Liberal Democrats have said in a bid to position themselves as the toughest party on public finances.

Laying out the party's economic pitch in a speech in Leeds, deputy leader Ed Davey insisted the Conservatives and Labour were offering "fantasies" which would wreck the public finances.

Sir Ed said that if they got into government, the Lib Dems would run a 1 per cent surplus on current spending - meaning that day-to-day costs of public services would be lower than the amount raised in taxes. 

He claimed a "Remain bonus" would help shore up state finances. Borrowing would only be allowed to pay for capital investment projects judged by an independent watchdog to generate more money for the taxpayer than their initial cost. 

Let me summarise what this means.

First, it means that the government will perpetually reduce the UK's money supply, because government spending creates that supply. That guarantees either vulnerability to commercial banks, who will have to lend more to make good this deficit and so make the economy more unstable at a time when we know private debt is already dangerously high, or it means there will be credit squeezes.

Second, it means that the government will run perpetual austerity. That's the state we're in now and since there are no serious Lib Dem proposals to alter the tax take in the country, barring a token 1p on income tax, that means this is the state we must stay in. This is the core of the plan, whatever else is said.

Third, this means that what the Lib Dems are saying is that in the event of another crash resulting in reduced government revenue, as happened in 2008, they will cut all spending to balance the books, so reinforcing the downturn in the economy, whilst leaving millions of people without the help they will need, including the essential public servants like teachers and nurses, careworkers and those in the fire service who would have to be made redundant to achieve this goal of a balanced budget in that case.

Fourth, it means that spending policies - like the Green New Deal - would have to pass commercial viability tests, no doubt enforced by an unaccountable 'great and good' drawn from the ranks of commerce because politicians like the Lib Dems clearly do not have any confidence in their own judgement (which begs the question as to why we should when they don't?), when such a criteria would clearly not be fit for this purpose.  

I could go on. But let me summarise instead. This is hard-core, right-wing neoliberal economic illiteracy. It manages to make George Osborne look left-wing. And it shows not the slightest understanding of economics, the role of government in society or the nature of money and its relationship to tax. It's also callously indifferent to society, the role of government, all who work in it and all who are dependent upon it.

For all those who had, like me, considered voting Lib Dem for tactical reasons I do seriously wonder whether it might be time to think again. The idea that the Lib Dems should ever be trusted near government ever again does look to be in doubt once more, although I am aware that for many the doubt never went away.

Better Than Precept

“One of the consequences of the universality of the British Health Service is the free treatment of foreign visitors. This has given rise to a great deal of criticism, most of it ill-informed and some of it deliberately mischievous. Why should people come to Britain and enjoy the benefits of the free Health Service when they do not subscribe to the national revenues? So the argument goes.

No doubt a little of this objection is still based on the confusion about contributions to which I have referred. The fact is, of course, that visitors to Britain subscribe to the national revenues as soon as they start consuming certain commodities, drink and tobacco for example, and entertainment. They make no direct contribution to the cost of the Health Service any more than does a British citizen.
“However, there are a number of more potent reasons why it would be unwise as well as mean to withhold the free service from the visitor to Britain. How do we distinguish a visitor from anybody else? Are British citizens to carry means of identification everywhere to prove that they are not visitors? For if the sheep are to be separated from the goats both must be classified. What began as an attempt to keep the Health Service for ourselves would end by being a nuisance to everybody.

Happily, this is one of those occasions when generosity and convenience march together. The cost of looking after the visitor who falls ill cannot amount to more than a negligible fraction of £399,000,000, the total cost of the Health Service. It is not difficult to arrive at an approximate estimate.

“All we have to do is look up the number of visitors to Great Britain during one year and assume they would make the same use of the Health Service as a similar number of Britishers. Divide the total cost of the Service by the population and you get the answer. I had the estimate taken out and it amounted to about £200,000 a year. Obviously this is an overestimate because people who go for holidays are not likely to need a doctor’s attention as much as others. However, there it is, for what it is worth, and you will see it does not justify the fuss that has been made about it.

“The whole agitation has a nasty taste. Instead of rejoicing at the opportunity to practice a civilized principle, Conservatives have tried to exploit the most disreputable emotions in this among many other attempts to discredit socialized medicine.

“Naturally when Britons go abroad they are incensed because they are not similarly treated if they need the attention of a doctor. But that also I am convinced will come when other nations follow our example and have health services of their own. When that happens we shall be able to work out schemes of reciprocity, and yet one more amenity will have been added to social intercourse. In the meantime let us keep in mind that, here, example is better than precept.”

With my emphasis added, Aneurin Bevan, In Place of Fear: A Free Health Service, 1952.

The Grand Old Duke of York

Prince Andrew has played a blinder. It is now absolutely impossible for a jury to be impanelled in order to try him. 

And if people do not like either that or him, then what are they are going to do? Abolish the monarchy? Well, there you are, then. 

One Year On

France is now a year into the gilets jaunes phenomenon and its increasingly brutal suppression.

What a bastion of freedom and democracy the EU is.

Look over there. Yes, all the way over there, to Hong Kong.

Target This

There has been righteous anger that secret targets for conviction have led to a reduction in the number of rape cases prosecuted, with only the easiest to convict brought to court.

Much the same argument is used about drugs, and especially about cannabis: make it legal, and by definition there would be less crime. Well, make rape legal, and by definition there would be less crime, but that is not an argument for doing so.

Most recently on the reality of cannabis, see here. It will be entirely lost on most British politicians. Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it.

I am standing for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Unobservant

"But I can find only two occasions between 1994 and 2010 when Tony Blair and Gordon Brown imposed candidates on Labour-held constituencies: Alan Johnson in Hull and Chris Leslie in Nottingham," writes Nick Cohen.

I am so old that I can remember when he was worth reading. He was paid for this. But it would be better not to speculate as to by whom.

So Yeah, Go Boris?

The BNP endorsed Boris Johnson for Mayor of London, and now he is endorsed for Prime Minister both by Toby Young and by Stephen Yaxley-Lennon ("Tommy Robinson").

Both Young and Yaxley-Lennon have run away and hidden from the prospect of contesting North West Durham against me, although Young has recently tweeted that I am "a menace". High praise indeed from the world's leading eugenicist, who is also a self-confessed sexual assailant and supplier of Class A drugs.

But that is by the by. The present point is this. Is Johnson just very, very, very misunderstood? Or might there be, you know, something about him that attracted the likes of Young, Yaxley-Lennon, and Nick Griffin?

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. I am standing for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Councillor Watch: Day 125

I hereby invite all Labour members of Durham County Council who believe me to be guilty of the criminal charges against me to email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com and say so.

I would not be able to reply to those emails, but every day the names of those who had sent them to me would appear here. So far, I have received none.

The Laura Pidcock Drugs Challenge: Day 160

I have never taken any illegal drug, and I challenge Laura Pidcock MP to say the same.

This post will appear here daily until it has received an answer.

Saturday, 16 November 2019

The Plurinational State No More

Whatever the rights or wrongs of Evo Morales as a politician, the first Amerindian President anywhere has been overthrown by an American-backed military coup, and that in an overwhelmingly Amerindian or part-Amerindian country.

The white five per cent of Bolivia now holds every position in a regime that has just granted immunity from future prosecution to its Police and to its Armed Forces. There has not been a cause more central to the anti-racist struggle since the fight against apartheid in South Africa.

As Latin America rises, who in British politics has any specialist knowledge of it? In the last House of Commons, only Jeremy Corbyn and Chris Williamson sprang to mind, with George Galloway also active in both the old and the new media. The Right can whinge about their analysis, but it cannot question their knowledge, which it has chosen not to share.

The re-election of Chris at Derby North is therefore imperative, as is the election of George at West Bromwich East. And if you wanted at least one other member of the next hung Parliament who was willing to listen to the people who had bothered to learn the facts, then I am standing here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Not A Priti Sight

"I remember that at the end of the last war appeals were made on the basis that the youth of Germany were suffering from malnutrition and rickets and that we ought to do something to save them from the dreadful conditions under which they had to live. Good gracious me! Those were the people who became Hitler's S.S. men twenty-five years later. Do not let us run into that kind of stupidity again this time."

So said Lord Llewellin, in the House of Lords on 5th December 1945. Having been Minister of Food during the War, he was opposing the expressions of sympathy for the starving children of the ethnically German communities that were then being expelled from Central and Eastern Europe.

Both he and his peers seem to have been quite unaware that there might have been a reason why the malnourished and rickety children of the British blockade of Germany at the end of the First World War might have grown up into quite such implacable enemies of Britain.

And so to 2019, and indeed to 25 years hence. In a crowded field, Priti Patel may well turn out to be the worst Home Secretary ever. If these abandoned "ISIS children", who are British citizens, survived to adulthood, then what does she think that they would become? But then, she pretty much thinks that they were born that way, and that they are incurable. 

You see, she is a supporter of Narendra Modi, and indeed she holds her office largely at his insistence. She is a hardline Hindu nationalist and upper-caste supremacist of the kind that is electorally so important to the Conservative Party in certain marginal constituencies that this country's infinitesimal high caste population has managed to bag no fewer than three seats in the present Cabinet.

Background is one thing. But there is simply no excuse for having a person of such views as Home Secretary. Or, indeed, as anything very much else. Nor are her views confined to her party. Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. I am standing for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Fired Up

Flammable cladding again.

The news broadcasters cannot even bring themselves to mention it.

But we can.

Classics For The People

Letting The Side Down

Prince Andrew is not, and has never been, a person of any consequence whatever.

When is Peter Mandelson going to be interviewed, on Newsnight or anywhere else, about his links to Jeffrey Epstein?

Emily Maitlis, over to you.

"We Don't Need Broadband, We Need Buses"?

We need both, free at the point of delivery. And we can have both, free at the point of delivery. Anyone who says otherwise is a Blairite. Do you want to be a Blairite? Well, there you are, then.

Sadly, most Labour MPs will want to be Blairites. Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it.

I am standing for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Councillor Watch: Day 124

I hereby invite all Labour members of Durham County Council who believe me to be guilty of the criminal charges against me to email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com and say so.

I would not be able to reply to those emails, but every day the names of those who had sent them to me would appear here. So far, I have received none.

The Laura Pidcock Drugs Challenge: Day 159

I have never taken any illegal drug, and I challenge Laura Pidcock MP to say the same.

This post will appear here daily until it has received an answer.

Friday, 15 November 2019

Bonding Exercise

If the main shareholders in the things that are being talked about for nationalisation really are pension schemes, then the government bonds with which they would be issued ought to suit them down to the ground. Government bonds are not very exciting. But when it comes to the investment of people's pensions, then excitement is the very last thing that anyone needs.

Hardly anyone in politics understands this. Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. I am standing for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

A Modest Proposal

There are at least 77 names here. Of those, precisely two are members of Durham County Council, Watts Stelling as a candidate, and Owen Temple as the Liberal Democrat's proposer. Extremely few have ever been on that, or on the previous Derwentside and Wear Valley District Councils, although a former Deputy Leader of the County Council is my proposer.

Unless I am very, very, very much mistaken, then nobody who has nominated Laura Pidcock has ever been elected to anything, including at Parish level. She seems to be supported largely by people who have never voted in a General Election, having been under 18 years of age two and a half years ago.

In any case, she has no interest in being a constituency MP. In order to contest the forthcoming Labour Deputy Leadership Election, and then the next Labour Leadership Election, she does have to be the MP for somewhere. But she does not care where that is.

The Conservative, Liberal Democrat, and Brexit Party candidates do not live here. Indeed, the first lives well over 100 miles away. Beyond a tiny handful of seats of which this is not one, nobody puts up as a Green with any serious view to winning.

And I have a lot of time for Watts Stelling. The Independents were stalwart supporters of the Teaching Assistants, before that they were integral to the great successes of Derwentside under Alex Watson, and I have voted for Watts for Parliament twice in my time.

But I first did that in 2005, and even then he would have been about 10 years older than I am now. Watts cannot now realistically wish to be any more than a two-term or even a one-term MP. He cannot commit to long-term projects within and beyond the constituency. At 42, I can. My crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Taking It To The Wire

When did Japan turn "Communist"? Or South Korea, of all places? The Conservatives will eventually claim to have invented the idea of universal free broadband, in the way that James Cleverley claimed on last night's Question Time that they had invented the idea of the NHS. Not that it had been in all three manifestos in 1945, which is true. But that his party had thought of it in the first place, which is not.

But in the meantime, we must make do with the likes of Chris Leslie, who apparently spent last night tweeting his distaste at the notion of such luxury as Internet access for the common little oiks. For years, Leslie used his position as a Labour MP as a platform from which to advocate permanent austerity as a matter of principle, with the British State doing nothing at home except punish all behaviour other than the pettiest of the petty bourgeois, and doing nothing abroad except fight whichever war Saudi Arabia happened to order up at the given time.

Harriet Harman made this creature the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer. And most Labour MPs are still going to be like him, since not a single one has been deselected, although other means have been used to remove from the Labour Party the only MP known to engage with Modern Monetary Theory, Chris Williamson. That engagement will turn out to have had far more to do with his expulsion than anything else had.

But Chris is seeking re-election at Derby North. Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. I am standing for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Councillor Watch: Day 123

I hereby invite all Labour members of Durham County Council who believe me to be guilty of the criminal charges against me to email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com and say so.

I would not be able to reply to those emails, but every day the names of those who had sent them to me would appear here. So far, I have received none.

The Laura Pidcock Drugs Challenge: Day 158

I have never taken any illegal drug, and I challenge Laura Pidcock MP to say the same.

This post will appear here daily until it has received an answer.

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Statement of Persons Nominated

It took its time, but here it is.

Your candidates are:

Richard John Holden, the second Conservative candidate in 48 hours (there was none at all before that), lives in Lancashire.
Me, proposed by a former Deputy Leader of Durham County Council.
Michael Peacock, Liberal Democrat, does not live in this constituency.
Laura Pidcock, none of whose signatories has ever been elected above Parish level, if at all. Just think about that.
David Sewell, a Green who does at least live here, so we can concentrate on how wrong he is politically, which is at it should be.
Watts Stelling, whom you would have to ask why he was doing it again (that he might was why Alex Watson declined to sign my nomination papers, although he has asked me to assure people that he is voting for me), and who does not appear to have been nominated by any other County Councillor.
John Wolstenholme, the second Brexit Party candidate in 24 hours, and who unlike his disappeared predecessor does not live in North West Durham.

My crowdfunding page is here.

Open, Reach

It is nearly three years since this site first advocated the public ownership of Openreach. As for free broadband, now that it is on the agenda, then one way or another it is bound to happen. The Conservatives will jeer at it until the second that they do it, at which point their media will announce that it was obviously common sense and a patriotic duty.

But there will still be the Liberal Democrats, and there will still be the Blairite 85 per cent of Labour MPs. Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. I am standing for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Not The White Mountains

Whether Evo Morales was right or wrong on this or that issue, you have absolutely no anti-racist credentials or, as you might wish to claim in relation to Hong Kong, anti-imperialist credentials, unless you are standing with the 95 per cent of the people of Bolivia who are either at least partly indigenous in background or, in the case of about one per cent, Afro-Bolivian.

Standing with them, that is, against the military coup that has installed an all-white regime of no constitutional or democratic legitimacy whatever, with deep roots in the School of the Americas and in the internship programmes of the FBI.

Almost no British politicians understand any of this. Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. I am standing for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Values Diverge

Alan Beith used to vote against abortion when he was Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, and of course David Alton sat as a Liberal and then a Lib Dem MP. Four Lib Dem MPs voted against same-sex marriage.

But now Rob Flello cannot even be a parliamentary candidate for that party, because of his views on those issues. Then again, with views like that, he could not be a first time Labour or Conservative candidate, either.

The Guido Fawkes blog attacks potential Labour candidates from certain religious backgrounds who tweeted against the same-sex marriage legislation at the time. It attacks them specifically for having done so. The line from the people running the Conservative Party is clearly that such views were and are the Mark of the Beast of Bigotry. As for abortion, let's just say "Boris Johnson" and leave it at that.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. I am standing for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Taking The Empire Biscuit

Still known to the Irish as the German biscuit. They never adopted the First World War change of name.

Anyway, there has not been a British Empire in a very long time, Donald Tusk. What we want to is to be free of the EU Empire.

Some hope with any of the political parties. Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it.

I am standing for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Now Declare

Nick Robinson: “Is it the Lib Dem view that if I now declare as a woman you want the law to treat me as a woman?” 

Luciana Berger: “Yes.”

Vote Liberal Democrat, or indeed Green, and this is what you are voting for. But then, vote Conservative or Labour and this is also what you are voting for.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. I am standing for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

The State of Whom, Exactly?

Of course the Conservative Party ought to stay as far away as possible from the issue of immigration, on which its record is one of comical failure. No specific commitment on numbers will appear in its manifesto this time.

It would also do well to keep Priti Patel out of view. If there are people who can stand her, then they must already be voting for her party. Patel is one of no fewer than three high caste Hindus, a tiny proportion of the British population, in the present Cabinet. They are aghast at being associated with lower-born brown persons, never mind with the blacks. Various aspects of domestic and foreign policy reflect their importance as a Conservative vote bank in certain key marginal seats.

But things are no better on the other side, in the funny little world of Laura Pidcock. Try and plan an economy while having no idea how many people you were planning it with or for? Honestly, the state of them these days. The state of whom, exactly? Well, that is a good question. To have arrived at "free movement" among other conclusions (support for the EU, gender self-identification, anti-industrial Malthusianism), what on the Left can they ever have read? Little or nothing, I reckon.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. I am standing for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Councillor Watch: Day 122

I hereby invite all Labour members of Durham County Council who believe me to be guilty of the criminal charges against me to email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com and say so.

I would not be able to reply to those emails, but every day the names of those who had sent them to me would appear here. So far, I have received none.

The Laura Pidcock Drugs Challenge: Day 157

I have never taken any illegal drug, and I challenge Laura Pidcock MP to say the same.

This post will appear here daily until it has received an answer.

Let Me Be Blunt: Vote For Me

The Conservatives have drafted in one of their faithful workhorses from Durham City as their last minute candidate at North West Durham.

The Brexit Party candidate has changed overnight, and the old one, who had been working the seat for as long as the Brexit Party had existed, has even deleted his Twitter account. 

Oh, and Laura Pidcock had a car crash interview on the Today programme, failing five times to say what Labour's policy on immigration was.

Let me be blunt. Vote for me.

The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Don't Stand Down, Stand Up

Nigel Farage and his followers were always going to go home eventually. But most of us had expected them to get the General Election out of the way first. And the role of the former Revolutionary Communist Party, a pillar of the Brexit Party while also ensconced in Boris Johnson's office, cries out for further investigation.

The seats that matter most this time are those marginals which are currently held by Labour. And those seats have been completely unaffected by Nigel Farage's announcement yesterday. The Brexit Party will not be standing down in them, and the Conservative Party will not be standing down anywhere.

That said, there is still no Conservative candidate here at North West Durham, where that party took 34.5 per cent of the vote last time. But that is probably just a cock-up. And you can still vote for Boris Johnson as Prime Minister by voting either for the Brexit Party, which now openly exists for no other purpose, or for the Liberal Democrats, who would spend a week or so pretending to be wring invisible concessions out of him before going back into Coalition with the only partner that they would ever accept.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. I am standing for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Deport Hillary Clinton

Who decided to allow this person into my country in the first place? And while we were at it, sack whoever at the BBC has chosen to regurgitate her "Russia" hallucinations as fact.

In which vein, whoever wins this General Election will now have to as hawkish as hell against Russia, and therefore on a whole host of other issues. or face being accused of having come to office due to "Russian interference".

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. I am standing for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Councillor Watch: Day 121

I hereby invite all Labour members of Durham County Council who believe me to be guilty of the criminal charges against me to email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com and say so.

I would not be able to reply to those emails, but every day the names of those who had sent them to me would appear here. So far, I have received none.

The Laura Pidcock Drugs Challenge: Day 156

I have never taken any illegal drug, and I challenge Laura Pidcock MP to say the same.

This post will appear here daily until it has received an answer.