Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Councillor Watch: Day Nine

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 44

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.

Healthy Discharge Watch: Day 90

It has now been more than 15 weeks since the jury in my trial, the third attempt at one, was discharged. The previous day, the star prosecution witness had been sent away to come up with the only piece of evidence, a single email that no one had ever asked to see until then.

As soon as they did, then he never reappeared on his video link from the United States, and the jury was discharged. More than 15 weeks later, and that email, a perfectly simple thing to find, has still not turned up. It does not exist.

Be at Durham Crown Court at 10 o'clock on Monday 2nd September, to hear that there is still no case against me. That will not be a trial, but just another hearing as to the evidence or lack of it. 2nd September 2019. I was arrested on 14th March 2017.

This post will therefore continue to appear every day until further notice. Beyond that, another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration.

I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Not So Yellow After All

Jo Swinson says that she would not accept the result of a second referendum, if that result were to leave the EU. She should be applauded for that. She thinks that Britain should be in the EU, she won't stop fighting for that no matter what, and the party that she now leads will be led in that way. I don't agree with her, but at least she's honest. And there are plenty of votes in this. Not mine. But there are. 

You see, another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration. I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Barking No More?

Shagra Stern, who is a member of the Labour Party and who met Jeremy Corbyn in that capacity, has made a formal complaint against Margaret Hodge for anti-Semitism, pointing out her long history of hostility towards Orthodox Jews.

In that context, ponder the fact that on last night's Newsnight, entirely uninterrupted by the interviewer, Tony Blair directly equated anti-Semitism and criticism of Israel. The cat is out of the bag. Of course, although he told people to vote for other parties in 2017, for which anyone else would have been expelled, Blair is presumably still a Labour Party member. Therefore, he is now obliged under the IHRA Definition to define anti-Semitism in those terms.

Making it all the more remarkable that that party received only 1,106 allegations of anti-Semitism between April 2018 and February 2019, of which 433 did not involve its members at all. 220 of the remaining 673 were rejected for lack of evidence, leaving 453 allegations to be investigated. Even if those had each been against a different individual, then that would have added up to 0.08 per cent of the membership.

200 allegations, more than one in six, came from just one MP, Margaret Hodge, who has had a feud with Corbyn for decades. Those turned out to relate to 111 individuals, of whom only 20 were Labour Party members. It is absolutely imperative that Jackie Walker contest Hodge's seat at the next General Election, just as it is that Marc Wadsworth put up against Ruth Smeeth, who was doing her tiresome Ruth Smeeth impersonation on the Today programme this morning. Getting Tony Greenstein into Parliament would also be a great achievement.

By the way, no BAME MP has defended Walker or Wadsworth. Not one. When it comes to that kind of thing, and to the de facto proscription of the Black Left, as well as of the Jewish Left, by means of the IHRA Definition, then I am keeping my powder relatively dry for the entry into electoral politics of someone very specific.

Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration. I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Star of India?

I am very pleased for the Indian space programme. But India continues to receive aid from Britain.

We do need the specification in the Statute Law that the United Kingdom's aid to any given country be reduced by the exact cost of any space programme, or of any nuclear weapons programme, or of any nuclear submarine programme, or of any foreign aid budget of that country's own, but with the money thus saved remaining within the budget of the Department for International Development, and with the 0.7 per cent target still resolutely intact. 

Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration. I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

How I'm Missing Yer?

"It's a pity that only one of them can lose," said Henry Kissinger of the Iran-Iraq War. That is my favourite quotation. I find it endlessly useful. But never more so than in reference to Hilary Armstrong and Laura Pidcock. It's a pity that only one of them can lose.

With Alex Watson as one of my Campaign Patrons, my own core support is, I suppose, the formidable machine, then-Labour and otherwise, that used to run the greatly missed Derwentside District Council.

It had absolutely no time for Armstrong; while she was a Cabinet Minister in that there London, senior Labour Councillors and their Officers in Consett used to put the phone down on her staff, and possibly also on her. As for Pidcock, those same people now refer to me as "Speedboat": "Here's what you would have won."

Bringing me to a stalwart of those glory days, the very longstanding Councillor for Lanchester, Ossie Johnson, whom I have known for, what, 40 years? It is not quite that. But it is not very far off. 

Anyway, Ossie has been moved from the County Council Cabinet to the Vice-Chairmanship of the Council, giving a boost to his pension entitlement if he were to retire from the Council with that position. Reelection in 2021 would leave him in office until he was over 80. Two and two together, and all that. Standard stuff, and universally expected.

Except that then came Friday's Annual General Meeting of the Constituency Labour Party, right here on Ossie's patch. Would he be prepared to give up his seat to a member of Pidcock's entourage, and perhaps even to her very bedfellow (who is still a good Lexiteer, by the way, but even so)? Watch this space.

Pfeffel

Raise a glass to the one in eight paying members of a major political party who, when given the chance to vote directly for the Prime Minister, decided not to bother.

Boris Johnson has been elected with only half as many votes as Owen Smith managed in 2016. But those who did support him have won. The Hard Right is now the Government. For the first time in at least 29 years, it can no longer blame anyone else.

Beyond that, another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration. I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Monday, 22 July 2019

Blair's Heiress?

It is probably nothing, of course. But rumour has it that Tony Blair is preparing to endorse Jess Phillips for Leader of the Labour Party.

Oh, please let it be true. Please, please, please let us have the likes of Oliver Kamm, David Aaronovitch, Nick Cohen and Harry's Place forced to support a candidate who, at least in the Authorised Version, had resigned from the Labour Party in protest at the Iraq War.

I told George Galloway that he ought to stand at Birmingham Yardley. But anyway, Laura Pidcock fanboys of both sexes, has your heroine endorsed George at West Bromwich East? Well, there you are, then. If George is still one of my Campaign Patrons here at North West Durham, and the MP here has given him no reason not to be, then, while I think that he has picked the wrong seat and the wrong opponent, loyalty is a two-way street.

Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration. I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Winning Here?

Jo Swinson introduced the £1200 charge to take your employer to an Industrial Tribunal. This is the person over whom The Guardian will be gushing tomorrow. Well, of course it is.

At least as notably, however, she only narrowly won back her seat last time, and she could easily lose it again. 

It is also perfectly plausible that Boris Johnson might lose the seat that he has single-handedly turned into a marginal. His majority is now even smaller than Swinson's is.

Still, he does at least have any majority there. We are now hours away from a Prime Minister who will enter office more than 100 seats short of an overall majority in the House of Commons.

Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration.

I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up.

I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so.

In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Mandate

The Chinese have made no bones about the fact that they are enforcing in Hong Kong the laws that they inherited there from the British. One country, two systems, indeed. 

For that matter, the Chinese are enforcing those laws a great deal less brutally than the British did, above all under the same Labour Government that so grievously wronged the people of the Chagos Islands.

But "We are only enforcing the laws from the Colonial Period" is a familiar refrain the word over. If people wish to indicate their distaste in Hong Kong by unfurling the old flag, then the same might pointedly be done in Sur Baher, the demolition of which began today.

Let those whose homes are being demolished march under the flag of the British Mandate of Palestine, and see how much the "Anglosphere" fantasists, who hated the Hong Kong Chinese viciously when it mattered but who love the Israelis more than they love their own children, can bring themselves to dare to hate them then.

Flagging Up The Facts

It may have had a British flag, but the tanker seized by Iran had a crew of 23 men, of whom 18 were Indians, three were Russians, one was a Latvian, and one was a Filipino. Of course they should all be set free. But this is is no pretext for war. Let the two seized tankers, this one and the one that we seized off Gibraltar, be exchanged for each other.

No one in Parliament is saying any of this. Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration. I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Dire Straits

Michael Burleigh wants to know why we seized an Iranian tanker in the first place.

And Mark Curtis sets out the "exceptionally close", but almost never mentioned, relationship between Britain and Oman, "in effect, a giant British military and intelligence base."

Don't Go Yellow At The Edges

This afternoon, we shall discover who the new Leader of the Liberal Democrats is going to be.

Both candidates were Ministers in the Coalition, both continue to defend the austerity programme, and both continue to defend the war in Libya.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration.

I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up.

I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so.

In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Specific Forms

It is too late now, but Jeremy Corbyn should never have indulged any of this nonsense.

The Labour Party received 1,106 allegations of anti-Semitism between April 2018 and February 2019, of which 433 did not involve Labour Party members at all.

220 of the remaining 673 were rejected for lack of evidence, leaving 453 allegations to be investigated.

Even if those had each been against a different individual, then that would have added up to 0.08 per cent of the membership.

200 allegations, more than one in six, came from just one MP, Margaret Hodge, who has had a feud with Corbyn for decades. Those turned out to relate to 111 individuals, of whom only 20 were Labour Party members.

And yet, here Corbyn is.

By the way, so what that 40 per cent of Labour members, or thereabouts, want rid of him? 40 per cent of Labour members, or thereabouts, voted for Owen Smith. This is not new.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration.

I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up.

I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so.

In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Councillor Watch: Day Eight

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 43

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.

Healthy Discharge Watch: Day 89

It has now been more than 15 weeks since the jury in my trial, the third attempt at one, was discharged. The previous day, the star prosecution witness had been sent away to come up with the only piece of evidence, a single email that no one had ever asked to see until then.

As soon as they did, then he never reappeared on his video link from the United States, and the jury was discharged. More than 15 weeks later, and that email, a perfectly simple thing to find, has still not turned up. It does not exist.

Be at Durham Crown Court at 10 o'clock on Monday 2nd September, to hear that there is still no case against me. That will not be a trial, but just another hearing as to the evidence or lack of it. 2nd September 2019. I was arrested on 14th March 2017.

This post will therefore continue to appear every day until further notice. Beyond that, another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration.

I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Saturday, 20 July 2019

Rocks In Their Heads?

Of course the root of the problem is that Donald Trump tore up the nuclear deal with Iran.

But what did Jeremy Hunt expect to be the result of his act of piracy against Iran off Gibraltar?

Oh Dear, How Sad, Never Mind

I Googled "Gloria", and this was what came up. This lady feels less than tolerated by the Leader who made her a Shadow Minister. Oh dear, how sad, never mind.


One Giant Leap

50 years since my great-great-grandmother, by then blind and in her nineties, flatly refused to believe that a man had walked on the Moon, and reproached my mother and her seven siblings to attend to their schoolwork rather than filling their heads with such nonsense.

Classically Trained

I have found something good to say about the prospect of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister. A Prime Minister with a Classics degree would be the most glorious two-fingered salute to Tony Blair and to the ghost of Margaret Thatcher.

For 40 years, we have been told that an education system stripped of anything that was not "useful" to "business" would sort the wheat from the chaff, with the chaff by definition deserving of the good kicking that the State has then been more happy to deliver, seeing itself as morally obliged to do so.

Everything about Johnson is a standing contradiction of all of that. He is going to be a very bad Prime Minister, although probably not for very long. But there is at least this.

Councillor Watch: Day Six

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 41

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.

Healthy Discharge Watch: Day 87

It has now been more than 15 weeks since the jury in my trial, the third attempt at one, was discharged. The previous day, the star prosecution witness had been sent away to come up with the only piece of evidence, a single email that no one had ever asked to see until then.

As soon as they did, then he never reappeared on his video link from the United States, and the jury was discharged. More than 15 weeks later, and that email, a perfectly simple thing to find, has still not turned up. It does not exist.

Be at Durham Crown Court at 10 o'clock on Monday 2nd September, to hear that there is still no case against me. That will not be a trial, but just another hearing as to the evidence or lack of it. 2nd September 2019. I was arrested on 14th March 2017.

This post will therefore continue to appear every day until further notice. Beyond that, another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration.

I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Emergency, Motion

I am told that an Emergency Motion to expel Hilary Armstrong from the Labour Party was passed at last night’s Annual General Meeting of North West Durham Constituency Labour Party (yards from my front door, as it goes, and in a club of which I am a longstanding member). I feel like John the Baptist, or like Moses on the mountaintop. Ho, hum.

But I am not sure on what grounds, exactly, it was resolved to seek to expel Armstrong, since she and Laura Pidcock are at one on everything that matters. Pidcock now favours a second EU referendum and a campaign to Remain. She accepts the unsubstantiated existence of widespread anti-Semitism in Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, she accepts the IHRA Definition, she accepts the authority of the “Equality” and Human Rights Commission to proceed as if that Definition were the law of the land, and she does not support the reinstatement of Chris Williamson.

By the way, what does the EHRC propose to do? Levy a fine? And when that were not paid, then what? The EHRC is made up of profiteers from the Windrush and blacklisting scandals. Such people are everything that was and is wrong with Blairism, with the metropolitan liberal elite. Just ignore them. They would really hate that.

Anyway, to return to Pidcock, she has never expressed any acceptance of Modern Monetary Theory, or any support for the Universal Basic Income. She does not oppose the extradition of Julian Assange. She is in favour of gender self-identification. One could go one. Between her and Armstrong, Freud’s narcissism of small differences has become the narcissism of no difference at all.

All in all, then, it is no surprise that Armstrong’s name, face, and words of endorsement, appeared on Pidcock’s election literature in 2017. Yes, the name, face, and words of endorsement of the Government Chief Whip at the time of the Iraq War, of the sometime MP for this seat whose lack of support began the process that may now lead to the loss of any hospital provision in Consett, of the sometime MP for this seat who had been forced to stand down for having fiddled her expenses, and of the sometime MP for this seat who had banned me from being a Labour District Council candidate in her constituency because I was mixed-race.

Few things can be said for certain in politics, or indeed in life. But one of those things is that the name, face, and words of endorsement of Hilary Armstrong will never appear on any election literature of mine. Do not take my word for that. Ask her. She would tell you. In no uncertain terms.

I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Be On Your Revolutionary Guard

They always balked at Iran. Even they were not that far removed from sanity. But these are different times. These days, they are.

Against this background, John McDonnell announces the insourcing revolution. Time was when politics used to be about things like that. But the "wrong" people always won the arguments, even if not the parliamentary votes.

Then along came the wars, and the discussion ceased. That was not exactly intentional. But it was more than a mere coincidence.

Still, different times, and all that. It is four years today since Labour whipped an abstention on the Welfare Bill, unwittingly guaranteeing that the only Leadership candidate to vote against, Jeremy Corbyn, would storm to victory among the disgusted members. The rest is history.

And so today, we see an Official Opposition that might oppose a war outright, while at the same time it announces a plan to end the privatisation of public services. Neither of those things would have happened if Corbyn had not been broken that whip to abstain, and then ridden his having done so all the way to 59.5 per cent of the vote for Leader.

A thoroughly spooked Conservative Government is offering significant increases in public sector pay, while Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt both propose huge increases in expenditure, in Johnson's case by means of infrastructure projects that are pretty much copied directly from those of McDonnell, whom Johnson affects to hate and fear with a particular passion as a "Marxist". Whereas he calls Corbyn a "semi-Marxist", whatever that may be.

Alas, though, most Labour MPs are, and will remain, economically well to the right of Johnson or even of Hunt. Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration.

I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Being Honest About Jews, Jewish Identity and Zionism in an Age of Identity Politics, by Tony Greenstein

Because we try not to be too controversial in The Lanchester Review.

Submissions welcome: davidaslindsay@hotmail.com.

Friday, 19 July 2019

Councillor Watch: Day Five

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 40

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.

Healthy Discharge Watch: Day 86

It has now been more than 15 weeks since the jury in my trial, the third attempt at one, was discharged. The previous day, the star prosecution witness had been sent away to come up with the only piece of evidence, a single email that no one had ever asked to see until then.

As soon as they did, then he never reappeared on his video link from the United States, and the jury was discharged. More than 15 weeks later, and that email, a perfectly simple thing to find, has still not turned up. It does not exist.

Be at Durham Crown Court at 10 o'clock on Monday 2nd September, to hear that there is still no case against me. That will not be a trial, but just another hearing as to the evidence or lack of it. 2nd September 2019. I was arrested on 14th March 2017.

This post will therefore continue to appear every day until further notice. Beyond that, another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration.

I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Routine

Andrew Neil began last night's last ever This Week with a routine about how the pundits had been wrong about everything in the last 15 years or more.

The audience found it funny. As did I, and as should you. But for an entirely different reason.

Squad Rotation?

To which country is Rashida Tlaib, who is a Palestinian, supposed to "go back"? Surely Donald Trump is not suggesting that there ought to be a country called...?

There are plenty of political grounds on which to criticise any one or more of Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley, as well as plenty on which to applaud them. But the likes of Jess Phillips, Margaret Hodge and Luciana Berger, who are all vocal in support of The Squad against Donald Trump, are the kind of people who, as House Democrats, would vote to recognise him as a racist but not to do anything about it. Well, if a racist could not be President, then where would that leave Joe Biden? Where, indeed?

And under the terms of the IHRA Definition, Tlaib, Ocasio-Cortez, Omar and Pressley would all be ineligible for Labour Party membership, meaning that they would be expelled if they were already in the party.

While agreeing with their identitarian social policies and with their anti-industrial Malthusianism, Phillips, Hodge, Berger and the rest are implacably opposed to The Squad's anti-war foreign policies and to their more anti-neoliberal economic policies, to the point that Berger has helped to set up one or more breakaway parties, it can be difficult to keep track, even after Labour's adoption of the IHRA Definition.

That adoption, which has happened under the Leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, has banned both the Black Left, as such, and the Jewish Left, as such, from the Labour Party. It is now compulsory, both to support a white settler colonial state as a first principle, which the Black Left can never do, and to hold that that state is fundamental and central to Jewish identity, which the Jewish Left can never do.

Effectively, therefore, both the Black Left and the Jewish Left are now proscribed. It is no surprise, then, that they are being purged. Along with the closely connected treatment of Chris Williamson, that is the real purge in Corbyn's Labour Party. Just as no other MP has defended Williamson, so no MP, not a single one, has been deselected. On this as on so many other grounds, one wonders quite what Blairite grandees think that they have to complain about, and one wonders quite what the point of a Deputy Leadership Election would be. A Deputy Leadership Election about what, exactly?

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration. I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Cut It Out

As expected, the arguments advanced on BBC One last night in defence of male genital mutilation were parental choice, that the boys were still largely or completely insentient even at eight days after birth, and that the practice would only be driven underground.

"Choice." "They can't feel pain yet." "Backstreets." We have heard it all before. You cannot hold the line, either against abortion, or against the genital mutilation of children in the name of transgender ideology (about which all three of these absurd claims will soon be made, if they are not already), unless you also hold the line here.

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Fighting On, Indeed

I was going to write that the impending retirement of Roberta Blackman-Woods was, as he himself might put it, the "piss or get off the pot" moment for Ben Sellout.

But in the last few minutes, the following has appeared on a highly supportive Twitter account: "Following the retirement of @robertabwMP , which of the @TAs_Durham is going to be the next MP for Durham City? Notice that I have not specified a party. @davidaslindsay @georgegalloway #MOATS"

Now, that is a very good idea. A very good idea, indeed. Over to the County Durham Teaching Assistants. Which of you is going to be the next Member of Parliament for the City of Durham?

Bunkers To That

Why is the Labour Right wasting its time trying to defend Baroness Hayter? She compared the Leader to the Führer. Come on. A line does have to be drawn somewhere. Call it the Siegfried Line. 

Not Corbyn's style, I suppose, but imagine that, say, John McDonnell had called Blair "Hitler" back in the day. How would those defending Hayter have reacted? How would Blair have reacted? How do they think that Blair ought to have reacted?

"It's The Law"?

"We leave on 31st October" is only "the law" while the Supreme Court says that it is, or does not say that it isn't. Clue's in the name.

The Supreme Court would certainly rule that there were no such law if anyone were to bring a case.

You will have noticed that Gina Miller is on television again these days.

Remotely Approaching

This afternoon saw a rebellion by 47 Conservative MPs, including the Chancellor of the Exchequer, leading to the Government's crushing defeat by 41 votes on Dominic Grieve's amendment to prevent Boris Johnson from proroguing Parliament. It is clear that the coming Johnson Government already does not have a majority in the House of Commons, or indeed anything remotely approaching one. Be that a good thing or a bad thing, it is a fact. 

Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration. I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Councillor Watch: Day Four

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: 39

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.

Healthy Discharge Watch: Day 85

It has now been more than 15 weeks since the jury in my trial, the third attempt at one, was discharged. The previous day, the star prosecution witness had been sent away to come up with the only piece of evidence, a single email that no one had ever asked to see until then.

As soon as they did, then he never reappeared on his video link from the United States, and the jury was discharged. More than 15 weeks later, and that email, a perfectly simple thing to find, has still not turned up. It does not exist.

Be at Durham Crown Court at 10 o'clock on Monday 2nd September, to hear that there is still no case against me. That will not be a trial, but just another hearing as to the evidence or lack of it. 2nd September 2019. I was arrested on 14th March 2017.

This post will therefore continue to appear every day until further notice. Beyond that, another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration.

I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

A Cut Too Far

Notice the absence of a question mark in the title to this post.

If the practice that is to be shown at 10:35 tonight on BBC One were peculiar to Muslims, then it would already be illegal.

Indeed, as the cutting of bits off babies, it already is. But there is no enforcement.

You cannot hold the line, either against abortion, or against the genital mutilation of children in the name of transgender ideology, unless you also hold the line here.

Not The Red Benches

Labour Peers? Who cares? 

But when Donald Trump accuses Ilhan Omar of a history of "vicious anti-Semitic screeds", then he says what Their Lordships really think, namely that any criticism of any Israeli State action is by definition anti-Semitic, and namely that the Palestinians do not exist.

Unfortunately, by its adoption of the previously unheard of IHRA Definition, both of those are now the formal positions of the Labour Party, to the point that deviation from either of them is now grounds for expulsion. The responsibility for that state of affairs rests with Jeremy Corbyn.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration. I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Race For The White House

If you say a racist thing, then you are a racist. You are not necessarily David Duke. But you are a racist. All of the House Democrats and four of the House Republicans have already accepted that, therefore, Donald Trump is a racist. 

But in voting to impeach him on that basis, only 95 of the House Democrats and none of the House Republicans believe that that racism constitutes a disqualification from the office of President of the United States. 

The impeachment would have failed in the Senate. And these things ought to be judged by the voters, anyway. But America does choose to have this procedure, and the success of a motion pursuant to it would have made a point. 

Instead, though, quite a different point has been made. Racism is regrettable, in the way that bad table manners are regrettable. But one may still be the President of the United States and have bad table manners. And one may still be the President of the United States and be a racist.

Step forward, Joe Biden.

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Councillor Watch: Day Three

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 38

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.

Healthy Discharge Watch: Day 84

It has now been 15 weeks since the jury in my trial, the third attempt at one, was discharged. The previous day, the star prosecution witness had been sent away to come up with the only piece of evidence, a single email that no one had ever asked to see until then.

As soon as they did, then he never reappeared on his video link from the United States, and the jury was discharged. 15 weeks later, and that email, a perfectly simple thing to find, has still not turned up. It does not exist.

Be at Durham Crown Court at 10 o'clock on Monday 2nd September, to hear that there is still no case against me. That will not be a trial, but just another hearing as to the evidence or lack of it. 2nd September 2019. I was arrested on 14th March 2017.

This post will therefore continue to appear every day until further notice. Beyond that, another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration.

I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Bigot Countries

"I invite defenders of Trump to imagine a future progressive president who denounces a Nigerian-born black pastor, or a US-born Arab Christian or Muslim, for their opposition to transgender rights, telling them that this is America, and if they don't like it, they can go back to their bigot countries."

So writes Rod Dreher in The American Conservative. He is talking about something that already happens in Britain. Remember, or Google, Eunice and Owen Johns, who were taken to court by a Conservative Government amid screams of "Go back to you own country if you don't like it" in the comments section of the Daily Telegraph no less than of The Guardian.

That was when it first quite hit me that Christianity was being deliberately reclassified in Britain as "a black thing", in the way that Islam was classified as "a brown thing", an immigrant phenomenon to be tolerated only within very strict limits, so that those who professed it were somehow less than fully British.

And this very day, Guido Fawkes, a major cheerleader for the man who will be Prime Minister this time next week, is castigating Jeremy Corbyn for meeting a leading Haredi figure because those are the "wrong" Jews, being of the view that marriage ought to be between a man and a woman, the man being defined as having a penis and the woman being defined as having a vagina.

When the supporters of Boris Johnson say that they are conservatives, then this is what they want to conserve. Anyone who does not like it can "go home", can "go back to where they came from", can "go back to their bigot countries".

Go Back To Where They Are Coming From

Of course "Go back to where you came from" is racist. But having accepted that, then all of the House Democrats and four House Republicans have to vote to impeach Donald Trump. Either that, or they are saying that a racist President is acceptable. Step forward, Joe Biden.

Oh, I do love elite liberal hypocrisy, which is never more obvious than over racial integration at home and imperialist wars abroad, as well as the combination of the two in the form of white settler colonialism You Know Where.

If it is not the House Democrats and four House Republicans, then it is 67 Labour Peers (let me tell you about Hilary Armstrong), and The Guardian, and the "Equality" and Human Rights Commission, and the Crown Prosecution Service, and the pariah Simon Henig, who dared not show his face at the Durham Miners' Gala.

It is not that they deny racism. It is just that they have no problem with it. Why would they have, being racists themselves?

This Is Your Legacy, Mr Corbyn

Since when did Labour Peers run the party? What is this, the Lib Dems? Bernard Donoughue, a sound opponent of anti-industrial Malthusianism, is a disappointment. But there is at least one reassuring absence. And there are things that could be said about the records of several of these people in relation to Tony Blair's wars. Never mind the two who were selling peerages under Blair. Or the one who, in a former life as a Conservative MP, invented the Poll Tax.

But the real point is to wonder what they think that they have to complain about. Jeremy Corbyn has accepted the unsubstantiated existence of widespread anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. He has taken with complete seriousness the self-appointed "community leaders" such as the Board of Deputies, the Jewish Leadership Council, and the Chief Rabbinate (of whom?). He has accepted the IHRA Definition, and he has submitted to the authority of the EHRC to enforce it as if it were the law of the land.

Under Corbyn's Leadership, Tony Greenstein, Jackie Wilson and Marc Wadsworth have all been expelled from the Labour Party, something of which Tony Blair could never have dreamed. Nobody expects that the Labour Whip will ever again extend to Chris Williamson. Pete Willsman has been suspended for having dared to mention something that had been caught on film. Both Labour Party membership and the Labour Whip can now be refused or revoked at the mere stamp of the Israeli Ambassador's foot.

Over the last four years, we have all come to recognise that this is vintage Corbyn. He has overlooked his supporters by appointing his enemies to frontbench and other positions. He has permitted a free vote on Syria. He has whipped an abstention on Trident, which there is absolutely no suggestion that a Corbyn Government might scrap, while there is more chance that Donald Trump's America might leave NATO than that Corbyn's Britain might do so. Corbyn has never brought the arming of the Saudi war in Yemen back to the floor of the House of Commons for another vote.

Corbyn's housing and transport policies go nowhere near far enough. He has done nothing to bring into the mainstream the Modern Monetary Theory that saw Stephanie Kelton designated as Chief Economist for the Democratic Minority Staff of the Senate Budget Committee, hotbed of Trostkyism that that is. Nor has Corbyn done anything to bring into the mainstream the Universal Basic Income that has been accepted even by the Adam Smith Institute.

Corbyn supports gender self-identification, and he sides with neoliberal capitalism on the issues of drugs and prostitution. He has allowed, and even caused, the dissipation of his initial following among the young male victims of anti-industrial economic policy and of belligerent foreign policy.

Corbyn wants a Customs Union with the European Union, possibly even at the price of accepting its State Aid rules. He is open to a second referendum on EU membership. He has accepted some of the Government’s baseless and collapsed claims about Salisbury, Amesbury, and Douma.

Corbyn has acted against the social and ethnic cleansing of Labour Haringey, but he has failed to secure justice for the 472 Teaching Assistants in Labour Durham. He has reacted wrongly, but very much as his internal party critics had wished, to the provocative extension of a State Visit to President Trump. As surely as he has failed to defend Chris Williamson, Corbyn has failed to defend Kelvin Hopkins.

And Corbyn has failed to insist that Julian Assange not be extradited to anywhere under any circumstance, which is the wedge issue that is being used to define a pantomime Left that would be acceptable to the official media for the purposes of pretended balance.

That brings us to Laura Pidcock, a Deputy Leadership challenge by whom would be completely meaningless in policy terms. She shares every single one of Corbyn's failings. No signatory to today's advertisement in The Guardian, an amusing throwback to when they and it were both relatively important, would have any policy reason not to vote for Pidcock. In which case, there is no point to her.

If this Deputy Leadership Election were to happen, then the two thirds of Labour Party members who supported Chris Williamson ought to abstain, along with all supporters of Lexit, all those who at least accepted the result of the referendum, every proponent of Modern Monetary Theory, every proponent of the Universal Basic Income, everyone who believed that women did not have penises, and everyone who opposed the extradition of Julian Assange.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration. I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Councillor Watch: Day Two

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 37

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.

Healthy Discharge Watch: Day 83

It has now been more than 14 weeks since the jury in my trial, the third attempt at one, was discharged. The previous day, the star prosecution witness had been sent away to come up with the only piece of evidence, a single email that no one had ever asked to see until then.

As soon as they did, then he never reappeared on his video link from the United States, and the jury was discharged. More than 14 weeks later, and that email, a perfectly simple thing to find, has still not turned up. It does not exist.

Be at Durham Crown Court at 10 o'clock on Monday 2nd September, to hear that there is still no case against me. That will not be a trial, but just another hearing as to the evidence or lack of it. 2nd September 2019. I was arrested on 14th March 2017.

This post will therefore continue to appear every day until further notice. Beyond that, another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration.

I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Equalise This

With no interest in the economic equality without which there can be no other, the "Equality" and Human Rights Commission is the Blairiest body imaginable. The phrase "metropolitan liberal elite" could have been invented for it, so that Left and Right alike ought to laugh it out with scorn. In the best tradition of such circles, it has the authentic Donald Trump or Joe Biden attitude to uppity Coloureds.

And that characteristic approach to racial integration at home is matched by the characteristic approach to white settler colonialism abroad. For the EHRC is judging whether or not the Labour Party is anti-Semitic by reference to the IHRA Definition, as if that were the law of the land. Many local authorities now do the same thing, especially in order to persecute the trade union representatives of their workers. I need hardly add the name of our dear friends, the Crown Prosecution Service. But nobody has ever voted for this. Not even the House of Commons has ever voted on it.

Oh, well, what is the EHRC going to do, anyway? Impose some fine? Do not pay it, and then dare the EHRC to send Jeremy Corbyn to prison or what have you. But of course that is not going to happen. Corbyn has accepted all of this. He has failed to encourage Martin Luther King-style civil disobedience of the EHRC. Instead, he has allowed it to go about its Dixiecrat way. He has accepted the IHRA Definition, and he is doing absolutely nothing for Chris Williamson. The same is of course true of all of the rest of them, including Laura Pidcock.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration. I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Moonbase 2029

We have to go back to the Moon, and we will. To the Moon, and beyond. Or are we to keep sending children down mines for lithium, because that is supposedly more left-wing, or more in keeping with our Christian heritage, or both?

The challenge of space is the test to destruction of the ideological denial to the State of any economic role beyond the enforcement of anti-industrial Malthusianism. If God had not intended us to explore space, then He would not have put anything there for us to find. But the "free" market will no more enable us to find those things than the "free" market has ever won a war.

Life is the geological force that shapes the Earth, and the emergence of human cognition fundamentally transforms the biosphere, not least by the uniquely human phenomenon of economic growth, so that human mastery of nuclear processes is beginning to create resources through the transmutation of elements, enabling us, among other things, to explore space and to exploit the resources of the Solar System.

Yet Mother Gaia reigns supreme, and we are expected to fight wars for Her even while, under Her petticoats, we shiver and starve in the dark. But Vladimir Vernadsky and Krafft Ehricke will yet have their day. Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration.

I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

@AbolishEton?

I am the first to say that the condition of a commercial school’s continuing charitable status should be its having been adjudged good or better by the same means as a state school, using the same criteria as for a state school, with the report published, and with the value-added measure applied, thereby requiring that school to have demonstrated how it had improved pupils’ abilities. 

But the benefits conferred specifically by commercial schools are not academic. They are socioeconomic. To have gone to Eton matters so much more than to have gone to Oxford that Boris Johnson, rather than any of his Oxford contemporaries, is about to become Prime Minister.

And commercial schools do regularly provide left-wing figures with a platform that they are seldom or never afforded by the schools of the municipal Labour Right. Jeremy Corbyn no doubt turns down numerous invitations. George Galloway regularly accepts them.

While we are seeking to make the world better, then we still have to live in it as it is. It is not hypocritical to do so as best we can. The hypocrites are the highly activist, usually Conservative, Education Ministers who buy their own children out of the practical application and implications of their policies. Their hypocrisy is never, ever called out. Well, it would certainly be called out by me. 

The Left and the working class, and perhaps especially the rural working class, need to bypass both the municipal Labour Right and the Liberal Establishment both in education and in the media. The EU referendum result has confirmed that the workers, and not the liberal bourgeoisie, are now the key swing voters who deserve direct representation on local public bodies, on national public bodies, in the media, and at the intersection of the public and media sectors.

Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration. I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Non Sanz Droict

If George Galloway is indeed determined to stand at West Bromwich East, then who is going to stand at Birmingham Yardley?

There is nobody else suitable with anything like his national and international profile, so it is over to the people on the ground.

Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration.

I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up.

I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so.

In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

A Deputy Leadership Election About What?

If there were indeed to be a Deputy Leadership Election between Tom Watson and Laura Pidcock, then what would it be about? What would be the issues?

Watson does not openly dissent from any part of the 2017 Labour manifesto except that, like Pidcock, he now favours a second EU referendum and a campaign to Remain. Nor has he dissented from Jeremy Corbyn's call for an end to British complicity in the Saudi war in Yemen.

Meanwhile, Pidcock accepts the existence of widespread anti-Semitism in Corbyn's Labour Party, she accepts the IHRA Definition, she accepts the authority of the "Equality" and Human Rights Commission to proceed as if that Definition were the law of the land, she does not support the reinstatement of Chris Williamson, and she has not deviated from Corbyn's acceptance of at least some of the Government's collapsed and discredited claims about Salisbury, Amesbury, and Douma.

Unlike Williamson, neither Watson nor Pidcock has ever expressed an acceptance of Modern Monetary Theory. Both of them are in favour of gender self-identification, but Watson is more conservative on gambling and on substance abuse, making him the more reliable opponent of neoliberal capitalism. In itself, though, that difference hardly seems to be worth the trouble of holding a Deputy Leadership Election.

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration. I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham even if I can raise only the deposit, which I could do by going pretty overdrawn, although that was not how I was brought up. I would still prefer to raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign, but I am no longer making my candidacy conditional on having done so. In any event, please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.