Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Over The Water?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Labour Candidate Watch: Day Seven

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

By contrast, I have been a candidate for North West Durham at the next General Election since even before the last one, fighting to strengthen families and communities by securing economic equality and international peace through the democratic political control of the means to those ends, including national and parliamentary sovereignty. Contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com.  

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

Crossing The Street

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

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

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

Sore Winners

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

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

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

Leaning Towers?

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

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

The Adrian Hilton Challenge: Day 46

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

This post will appear daily until further notice.

The Oliver Kamm Challenge: Day 46

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

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

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

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

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

This post will appear daily until further notice.

The Representatives Challenge: Day 46

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

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

This post will appear daily until further notice.

The Clergy Challenge: Day 46

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

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

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

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

This post will appear daily until further notice.

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Labour Candidate Watch: Day Six

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

By contrast, I have been a candidate for North West Durham at the next General Election since even before the last one, fighting to strengthen families and communities by securing economic equality and international peace through the democratic political control of the means to those ends, including national and parliamentary sovereignty. Contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com.  

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

Priority

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wholesale

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

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

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

"In A Separate Development"

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

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

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

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

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

Broken Lock

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

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

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

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

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

The Adrian Hilton Challenge: Day 45

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

This post will appear daily until further notice.

The Oliver Kamm Challenge: Day 45

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

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

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

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

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

This post will appear daily until further notice.

The Representatives Challenge: Day 45

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

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

This post will appear daily until further notice.

The Clergy Challenge: Day 45

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

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

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

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

This post will appear daily until further notice.

Monday, 20 September 2021

Labour Candidate Watch: Day Five

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

By contrast, I have been a candidate for North West Durham at the next General Election since even before the last one, fighting to strengthen families and communities by securing economic equality and international peace through the democratic political control of the means to those ends, including national and parliamentary sovereignty. Contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com.  

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

Turning On The Light

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

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

Proposes To Undergo?

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

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

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

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

The Adrian Hilton Challenge: Day 44

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

This post will appear daily until further notice.

The Oliver Kamm Challenge: Day 44

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

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

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

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

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

This post will appear daily until further notice.

The Representatives Challenge: Day 44

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

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

This post will appear daily until further notice.

The Clergy Challenge: Day 44

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

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

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

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

This post will appear daily until further notice.

Sunday, 19 September 2021

Labour Candidate Watch: Day Four

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

By contrast, I have been a candidate for North West Durham at the next General Election since even before the last one, fighting to strengthen families and communities by securing economic equality and international peace through the democratic political control of the means to those ends, including national and parliamentary sovereignty. Contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com.  

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

Weighty Measures?

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

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

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

What Life Is Like For Most People

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

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

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

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

Yellowing Paper


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

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

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

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

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

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

Quite Some Front

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

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

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

Let’s Eat Like We’re French

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

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

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

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

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

The Adrian Hilton Challenge: Day 43

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

This post will appear daily until further notice.

The Oliver Kamm Challenge: Day 43

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

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

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

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

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

This post will appear daily until further notice.

The Representatives Challenge: Day 43

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

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

This post will appear daily until further notice.

The Clergy Challenge: Day 43

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

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

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

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

This post will appear daily until further notice.

Saturday, 18 September 2021

Labour Candidate Watch: Day Three

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

By contrast, I have been a candidate for North West Durham at the next General Election since even before the last one, fighting to strengthen families and communities by securing economic equality and international peace through the democratic political control of the means to those ends, including national and parliamentary sovereignty. Contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com.  

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

Liz or Lilibet?

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

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

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

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

Power and Energy

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

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

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

Slight

Boris Johnson signed up to AUKUS for the jokes about the French, but the French have not even noticed that we were in it, so the joke is on us. As ever, that joke is Johnson. Have the Americans or the Australians noticed that we were in AUKUS? Not noticeably. The submarines are going to built in Australia after all, so we have no role in it.

If anything, the French think that recalling their Ambassador to Washington effectively recalls their Ambassador to London. Even Australia, which has been an American client-state for as long as anyone can remember, is treated as more of a sovereign entity than Britain is by three other permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, while the Russians just buy us up.

Cultural Sensitivities?

You call this a culture war? If there really were one, then the Secretary of State for Health would have stopped the appeal against the original ruling in favour of Keira Bell, not least because the Prime Minister would have made him.

But instead, we have yesterday's ruling by the Court of Appeal that puberty blockers were controversial at the moment, but so was 12-year-olds having sex in 1985, and almost no one would think like that now. The ruling almost uses those words. That, pretty much, is now the law.

Where is the primary legislation to ban puberty blockers and to abolish Thatcher competence, which ought to be named after the woman who fought to impose it, not the woman who fought to stop it? I have never met Victoria Gillick, but I have once had a telephone conversation with her, so long ago that her reaction to a mention of the Conservative Party was, "I spent 18 years fighting against them."

For as long as I can remember, pro-life material has used terms such as, "Margaret Thatcher and her anti-life and anti-family policies." Although it rarely mentions her now, with the emphasis, like all other sound people's, having shifted to the baleful legacy of Tony Blair. He has been gone a long time, though. How many of yesterday's judges were appointed to the Court of Appeal before 2010?

Likewise, the Government that fought Mrs Gillick to the bitter end, establishing in law that 12-year-olds could have sex and can therefore also now be given puberty blockers, was not only a Conservative Government, but that Conservative Government, headed not only by a Conservative Prime Minister, but by that Conservative Prime Minister.

And that is why neither this nor any other Conservative, or New Labour, Government is ever going to do anything about it. You call this a culture war?

Made To Measure?

Brexit makes it possible to renationalise the railways, but no one is trying to do that anymore. Brexit ought to be a spur to pursue an independent and peaceable foreign policy. But after a very brief moment of hope, then no one is trying to do that anymore, either.

Instead, we have had blue passports, which we could always have had if we had wanted them, and which look nothing at all like the old ones, since those were black. The new, blue ones are being made in Poland by a company that is French and Dutch.

And now we have the Conservative Party's vague suggestion that it might repeal its own Act of Parliament outlawing some, but not all, use of the imperial system of weights and measures. Have you ever had any trouble buying a pint of beer? Good luck to any licensed premises that sought to revert to the old measures of spirits, since those were shorter.

Practically nothing will change here. Corporate retail giants have absolutely no intention of adopting the imperial system, but, as it should be, small traders will be free to use it if customers wanted it. At a significant markup, I expect. Almost no one under 60 will ask for imperial, since almost no one under 60 has ever been taught it, but by all means let those who wanted it have it. If they can afford it. That's the market. There is no suggestion that it would be taught in schools, since who could possibly teach it?

Although using much of the same vocabulary, the American system is different, because it is older than the imperial system. Far from being Arthurian, the latter dates only from 1824, making it not yet 200 years old. It suppressed numerous customary weights and measures across these Islands and the Empire, replacing them with ones that often bore the same names, as certain customary units on the Continent still have names such as livre, but which had most definitely been devised by a committee. Scottish pints and gallons were more than halved.

Corresponding to the lazy assumption that the imperial system is ancient is the lazy assumption that the metric system is foreign. In fact, it was devised by John Wilkins, who manged to be both a brother-in-law of Oliver Cromwell and later a bishop in the Church of England. The first attempt to mandate it in Britain was made in 1818, six years before the imperial system existed. Britain legalised its use in 1875. Numerous industries have used nothing else in living memory, if ever.

Britain joined the EU in 1973. New Zealand has had only metric road signs, which there has never been any serious suggestion that Britain might adopt, since 1972. Was that the work of the EU? Although New Zealanders still sometimes give their height in feet and inches, and by convention announce their children's birth weights in pounds, they have, again since 1972, measured even milk in the metric system, unlike the practice in Britain.

By 1973, all schools in Australia were teaching only the metric system. Was that the work of the EU, too? All road signs there converted to metric in July 1974, and all cars made after that year have had only metric speedometers. Australians now rarely even convert their babies' birth weights into pounds, and such units are employed for trading purposes only when exporting to the United States. Where there is residual use of imperial units in casual conversation in Australia, then it tends to attributed to the cultural transmission of American English.

And so on. Let anyone who wanted to do it buy or sell a pound of potatoes, although that is not an arduous thing to do within the present law. But if this and the complete novelty of blue passports are all that we are getting out of Brexit, then we need a Government in the tradition of those who had always opposed the EU, and not made up of the fanboys of a Prime Minister who had gone off it only when we now know that she had been in her early dotage.

Community of Fate


When Kabul fell in mid-August, almost the first reaction of European leaders was fear of another wave of refugees arriving on the continent. “We must anticipate and protect ourselves against major irregular migratory flows,” said the French president, Emmanuel Macron.

Armin Laschet, the Christian Democrat candidate hoping to succeed Angela Merkel as German chancellor in the election that takes place in two weeks, said there could be no repeat of the refugee crisis of 2015, when Germany received more than a million asylum seekers. 

By the end of the month, the European Council had agreed to “act jointly to prevent the recurrence of uncontrolled large-scale illegal migration movements faced in the past”. The focus on “protecting” Europe from an influx of asylum seekers reflects a troubling transformation of the European Union over the past decade.

There was a time when “pro-Europeans” were confident that the world would almost inevitably be remade in the image of the EU, as it endlessly expanded its rules and exported its model centred on the “social market economy” and the welfare state.

Since the eurozone debt crisis began in 2010, however, Europeans have become more defensive and now see the world largely in terms of threats. Against this background, Europe also increasingly conceives of itself in cultural terms.

As the European model has become less credible and compelling – in part because, led by Merkel, Europeans have hollowed it out in an attempt to become more “competitive” – “pro-Europeans” now talk endlessly of “European values”. 

Ursula von der Leyen’s “geopolitical” European Commission even includes a commissioner for promoting the European way of life (it was originally “protecting” rather than “promoting”), who is responsible for asylum and immigration issues.

When Macron became French president in 2017, he spoke of a Europe qui protège – “that protects”. This was initially, above all, about protecting citizens from the market; he hoped to reform the eurozone to create a more redistributive EU.

But his plans were blocked, or rather simply ignored, by Merkel. Since then, under pressure from the far right and increasingly mimicking it, Macron has reinvented the idea of cultural, rather than economic, protection – in particular, from Muslims.

“Pro-European” centrists such as Macron increasingly think of international politics in terms of a Huntingtonian “clash of civilisations” – but whereas Samuel Huntington saw the west as one civilisation that would find itself in conflict with China and Islam in the post-cold war period, they see Europe as a civilisation that is distinct from, and which must also assert itself against, the United States. 

The civilisational turn in the European project complicates the story of Brexit we have told ourselves. Leavers have often been portrayed as yearning for a white Britain before mass immigration began in the 1950s. But the reality is more complex.

For example, one-third of Britain’s black and Asian population voted to leave in 2016. As political scientist Neema Begum has shown, many did so because they saw the EU as a “white fortress” – and even those who voted to remain tended not to identify as European. 

Continental Europe generally lags behind the UK in terms of racial equality – for example, Brexit dramatically reduced the number of MEPs from ethnic minorities in the European parliament. (There are no exact figures because member states such as France and Germany do not collect ethnic data.)

On the continent, “pro-Europeans” believe they have something in common with other Europeans that separates them from the rest of the world – they think of Europe as what the Germans call a Schicksalsgemeinschaft, or community of fate.

Few remainers think in this way; many are genuine cosmopolitans. The problem is that they are often as ignorant of the reality of the EU as leavers are and support an imaginary EU rather than the real existing EU. In particular, many on the British left imagine the EU to be much more open and progressive than it really is.

Michel Barnier, the EU’s Brexit negotiator and now a candidate for the Republican nomination in the French presidential election next year, last week called for a suspension of immigration from outside Europe.

It is particularly odd, when you think about it, that identifying with “Europe” should be thought of as an expression of cosmopolitanism. Europe is not the world and supporting the EU, or thinking of yourself as European, does not make you a “citizen of the world”, let alone a “citizen of nowhere”, as Theresa May famously suggested in 2016. 

Rather, it makes you a citizen of a particular region – one that happens to be the whitest on earth. In fact, historically, “European” and “white” were largely synonymous – think, for example, of what “European” meant in apartheid South Africa. 

It is true that, after the Second World War, a new, more civic European identity emerged, at least among elites, that was centred on what became the EU. But it constantly drew on older ethnic or cultural ideas of Europe for legitimacy and pathos – for example, the most prestigious prize for “pro-Europeans” is awarded in the name of Charlemagne, the embodiment of a medieval European identity synonymous with Christianity.

As even the term “pro-European” illustrates, civic, ethnic or cultural ideas of European identity were always being elided. 

Moreover, while the EU was based on learning the lessons of centuries of conflict within Europe that culminated in the Second World War, and gradually also came to incorporate the collective memory of the Holocaust into its narrative, “pro-Europeans” did not even attempt to learn the lessons of what Europeans had done to the rest of the world and never had anything to say about the history of colonialism.

The EU has become more embattled during the past decade as the far right surges throughout the continent and increasingly sets the agenda for the centre right and even some centre-left parties, such as the Danish Social Democrats.

This means that the fragile civic identity that emerged during the postwar period seems to be giving way to a more cultural or even ethnic identity – defined, in particular, against Islam. In other words, whiteness may actually be becoming more, not less, central to the European project.

The Adrian Hilton Challenge: Day 42

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 42

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 42

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 42

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

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

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

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

This post will appear daily until further notice.

Friday, 17 September 2021

Third Out Of Two

If Britain mattered in AUKUS, then the French Ambassador would have been recalled tonight.

Who Will Be Insulated?

This week's activities by Insulate Britain were already illegal. But there is in practice no form of demonstration that will not be illegal once the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill was on the Statute Book.

Once Britain had become that full-blown international disgrace, then it will be interesting and important to see who was given the Insulate Britain treatment by the Police, by the Crown Prosecution Service, and by the Courts. And who was not.

Heads On The Block

Flags? Statues? Imperial delusions in the Indo-Pacific? Imperial weights and measures that were certainly not going to be used by the supermarket chains that funded the Conservative Party and which fed almost everyone?

If there really were a culture war, then there would be primary legislation to ban puberty blockers before the age of 16, which still seems rather young. This is something concrete; something very, very real. As such, it is an overdue test of the Government's seriousness.

And the Court of Appeal said today that at the time of the Gillick ruling, then contraception for the under-16s was as controversial as puberty blockers were today, but that no one could imagine that now.

Couldn't they? A good generation on, and it is very high time to revisit the allegedly uncontroversial practice of putting underage girls on the Pill, which can have only one purpose.

If the Government were serious about a culture war, then it should be doing this, and to hell with the giant Union Flags that Ministers had rather oddly found lying around their houses.

Labour Candidate Watch: Day Two

Two 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.

Sub Standard

It turns out that the submarines are going to be built in Australia. So what, exactly, is Britain's role in any of this? Boris Johnson has signed up to it purely as a public school joke, because he wanted to be in on a lark that was going to annoy the French. And are these Chinese artificial islands in the Channel? In the North Sea? In the Irish Sea? In the North Atlantic? How are they our problem?

No party to AUKUS is under any treaty obligation to defend Taiwan, or even has diplomatic relations with it. Neither Australia nor the United Kingdom has anything remotely comparable to the Taiwan Relations Act, the practical effect of which for the United States would have to be tested before the Supreme Court should the situation ever arise, at which point it would arguably be too late.