Friday, 20 September 2019

Councillor Watch: Day 68

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 103

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.

A Healthy Development

I am told that the Department of Health and Social Care intends to progress the Shotley Bridge scheme with an identified funding source, although I do not yet know who or what that is. The Pre-Consultation Business Case in expected by the end of 2019, to be followed by the assurance processes and then by the public consultation. 

Onwards to that, then. The first major campaign in which I was ever involved, including my first ever appearance on television, was in defence of Shotley Bridge Hospital. More than 20 years later, my view remains fundamentally unchanged.

That site is coming to the end of its natural life. These things happen. But the proximity of the Lanchester and Langley Park areas to Dryburn, and the relative proximity of the Stanley area both to Dryburn and to Chester-le-Street, mean that at least the same range of services must be relocated within the Consett area.

To be clear, while there was always going to have to be a new site eventually and that time is now upon us, we need to protect the coverage of this area both at Durham and at Consett. At least the same range of services must be retained at Durham, and at least the same range of services must be relocated within the Consett area. We can do this. So let’s do it.

After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. In the coming hung Parliament, I would not support any Government that did not guarantee at least the level of hospital provision in Consett in July 2019. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Definition Phobia

Like Christianity or Judaism, anyone may convert to Islam. Therefore, like Christianity or Judaism, Islam is not a "race". But of course we all know that it is used as a proxy for bigotry against brown people. To that extent, then, there is such a thing as Islamophobia, and it is a real and growing problem.

Beware, though, of the impending attempt to define it. We have been here before with the IHRA Definition of Antisemitism, subscription to which is now compulsory in all three political parties, yet the position underlying which has just been defeated at the polls in Israel.

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. After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Action 4 Life


“No action will be taken against today’s strikers,” says the City of New York. Similar things are being said explicitly or implicitly all over the world. These are licensed strikes. And I cannot stop laughing at the whole concept of licensed strikes.

We need an approach to climate change which protected and extended secure employment with civilised wages and working conditions, which encouraged economic development around the world, which upheld the right of the working classes and of non-white people to have children, which held down and as far as practicable reduced the fuel prices that always hit the poor hardest, and which refused to restrict travel opportunities or a full diet to the rich.

I challenge the practices of the meat, fish, egg and dairy industries from the perspective of those of us who have no objection in principle to them, and who wish to continue to consume and enjoy their products.

The problem with the world is not that it has people in it. Which people, exactly? We must celebrate the full compatibility between the highest view of human demographic, economic, intellectual and cultural expansion and development, and the most active concern for the conservation of the natural world and of the treasures bequeathed by such expansion and development in the past. That expansion and development must now include space exploration, fuelled by, and fuelling, fusion power.

I strongly support the exploitation of the vast reserves of coal in this country and in this county. That, and the extension of civil nuclear power, are the backbone of an all-of-the-above energy policy, and they are the means of delivering highly paid, highly skilled, high status, unionised jobs while securing independence from Arab oil, from Russian gas, and from coal that has been mined using child and slave labour. For example, wind turbines are largely made of steel, yet many people seem to be blissfully unaware of how steel is made.

From Venezuela, Donald Trump intends his dynasty to supply a dependent world with oil deep into the twenty-second century. And from North Korea, Trump intends his dynasty to supply a dependent world with the coal of the Kim dynasty deep into the twenty-second century. Yet we have our own coal, right here under our feet. Britain was the world leader in clean coal technology until the Miners’ Strike. Britain can and must be that world leader again.

It is a Yes-No question, “Do you regret the defeat of the miners in 1985?” The correct answer is, “Yes.” Horror stories about how coal was burned or mined in the Britain of the twentieth century have no relevance to the Britain of the twenty-first. At the same time, I am totally opposed both to open-casting and to fracking, which extract hardly anything while employing hardly anyone.

The all-women shortlist system, of which the present MP for North West Durham is a beneficiary, has done more than anything else to turn the Parliamentary Labour Party from 50 per cent Broad Left in 1994 to 85 per cent Hard Right today. The changes to the British economy since 1977 have turned into the ruling class the public sector middle-class women who dominate the PLP, while the wars waged since 1997 have barely affected them, having largely been waged for explicitly feminist reasons, albeit to no good effect for the women of Afghanistan, and to catastrophic effect for the women of Iraq and Libya.

A position of being anti-industrial at home but pro-war abroad is ridiculous in itself, and bespeaks a total lack of comprehension of how wars are fought. But those MPs are Thatcher’s Daughters, unable to understand the rage against deindustrialisation and against the harvesting of young men in endless, pointless wars, and probably unaware of a growing number of young men’s closely connected discovery for themselves of the various schools of heterodox economics, and of the traditional Great Books that, for ostensibly if questionably feminist reasons, have been excluded from school and university curricula.

It is possible to detect a connected failure to appreciate that life is the geological force that shapes the Earth, and that 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. Instead, 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. After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Councillor Watch: Day 67

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 Drug's Challenge: Day 102

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.

Like To Ovid's Flea

David Cameron continues to express his pride in Iain Duncan Smith's welfare "reforms", "reforms" that began under Yvette Cooper, and which in 2015 no Labour Leadership candidate other than Jeremy Corbyn could bring themselves to vote against, but which eventually led to the disgusted resignation of IDS himself, hundreds of thousands of deaths later.

In this, Cameron is the voice of most Labour, almost all Conservative, and all Liberal Democrat MPs. 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. 

After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Enfield's End

As Joan Ryan prepares to depart from Parliament, the Joint List should insist that Benny Gantz appoint an Arab as the Israeli Ambassador to London.

Then there would be no more million pounds bounties on the head of Jeremy Corbyn. Or million pound dowries to clear the debts of the Liberal Democrats if they took on a princess.

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.

After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham.

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

All Your Wounds From Craving Love Exist Because Of Heroic Deeds

It was either the Iranians or the Houthis, so it was Iran one way or another. And yet where is the American retaliation?

The House of Saud is desperate for a war with Iran, and equally desperate not to have to fight it. It had thought that its dad was bigger than anyone else's dad. But it turns out to have no dad. Much as we had always known.

The days when the United States was ruled, either by a family that was all but related to the House of the Saud, or by a power couple who openly stated that they would nuke Iran if so instructed by their Saudi, Kuwaiti and Emirati campaign donors, now seem much longer ago than they really were.

Through Jundallah and its various splinters, Iran is already one of the many victims of the terrorism that Saudi Arabia inspires, directs and funds. Clearly, it is the one that has finally had enough and, being best placed to do so, has bombed the money wells. And equally clearly, none of the others, including the United States, has the slightest sympathy for the Saudis, at least not so as to cause any of them to come to the Nightmare Kingdom's practical assistance.

Prince Mohammad should count himself lucky that only the Iranians' patience has snapped. His American, Russian, British, French, Chinese, Indian and even Pakistani victims have nuclear weapons, even if those obviously do have no deterrent value.

Meanwhile, most British politicians remain as deep as ever in the pockets of the House of Saud. Even Jeremy Corbyn has never brought back to the floor of the House of Commons the matter of the war against Yemen. 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.

After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Perhaps A Little Too Much?

David Cameron has given vent to the 200-year-old upper-class disdain for the present Royal Family as an unfortunate political necessity of nouveux riches immigrants. Call it Spencerism. But he knew the rules. At the very least, he does now need to be removed from the Privy Council, which would be the kind of thing that would bother someone like him. Of course he must be. He has made public the details of a conversation with the Queen. Arguably, by so doing, he has already resigned from the Privy Council.

Ah, yes, the Privy Council. Unfolding events have exposed the fact that, far from being a kind of parliamentary republic with a bit of Royal decoration for the tourists, Britain is in fact an absolute monarchy the exercise of which has come to be vested in the Prime Minister, with Parliament as the pantomime aspect, such that it can only sit at all when and where the Prime Minister, pretending to be the Queen, says that it should meet.

This Prime Minister has already lost what he had specified was a confidence motion, such that he withdrew the whip from 21 MPs for voting against him on it. Yet he remains in office. By refusing to make a submission to the Supreme Court, on the blasé understanding all round that it he would be found in contempt when it was inevitably exposed as a pack of lies, then how is he not already in contempt of that court? And so on.

None of this has delivered stability, as is often claimed. There has been blood on our streets on numerous occasions, including in some quantities as recently as 1984 to 1985, when mounted Police (if some of them really were the Police) cracked the skulls of people who were seeking to defend exactly the energy independence the loss of which is now bemoaned by those who still toast the memory of that savagery.

But while the present arrangements do need to change, God spare us from a written Constitution. The time when we might most plausibly have acquired one was at the height of Victorian Liberalism. Imagine that one of Gladstone's Ministries had in fact created such a thing, embodying all of its own principles and prejudices. Then imagine that, 50 to 80 years later, the Attlee Government had had to contend with it.

Today, the Gina Millers of the world would no doubt like to constrain a future Government by such means. Most Labour and at least half of Conservative MPs would be supportive of that, as would the  Greens and whatever remained of Change UK, and as would the Liberal Democrats, who are on course to win 50 seats from the Conservatives.

Another hung Parliament is coming, therefore, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration. After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Councillor Watch: Day 66

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 101

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.

All That Remains?

Neither the Greens nor whatever Change UK might be calling itself by then will be in the next Government, so they can whine all they like that the Liberal Democrats have gone too far.

The Lib Dems also stand far more chance of being in a governing Coalition than the Brexit Party, which, like the SNP, is untouchable by either Labour or the Conservatives, and which in any case is wildly unlikely to win any seats. Change who held them, yes. But not win them itself. 

The price of Lib Dem support would the revocation of Article 50. And both Conservative and, even these days, Labour politicians believe so profoundly that they were born to be in Government that they would pay that price.

Jo Swinson's biggest problem is in our own party. Yes, they want to revoke Article 50. But they were far more committed opponents of the Blair Government than the Conservatives ever were.

They have been fighting against the right-wing Labour municipal machines for a very long time. They have been fighting against the Tory rural mafias for ever, and ever, and ever; that was pretty much why the Liberal Party was founded.

And they are damned if they are giving the chance of parliamentary seats to single issue johnny-come-latelies against whom they have spent decades fighting what they themselves most emphatically see as the good fight.

Nobody minds seeing the town whore in church. But there needs to be caution before she is allowed to sing in the choir. And nobody wants to hear her preaching the sermon. 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. 

After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Unwelcome In The Hillsides

And so Mark Drakeford, whose business it would simply not have been in better days, demands that Labour campaign for Remain in Wales. Wales, which voted Leave.

Well, of course it did. It entered the EU, and as Tony Benn explained it always was the EU, as one of the industrial powerhouses of the world. Today, it is as poor as Hungary.

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. 

After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham, right here in another area that voted Leave because at best the EU had done nothing to prevent its degeneration from wealth and power to poverty and powerlessness.

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

To Zion Fondly Dart?

There is plenty wrong with the Joint List, which is indeed a very mixed bag. And there is plenty wrong with Benny Gantz. But at least he is not Benjamin Netanyahu. And if the Joint List did not pick up this ball and run with it, then it would be handing it to Avigdor Lieberman.

Meanwhile, all three British parties look completely ridiculous. The only party that fully shares the position that is now compulsory within all three of them, Otzma Yehudit, has failed to win a single seat even under the Israeli electoral system.

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. After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Councillor Watch: Day 65

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 100

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.

Draw From The Wells

I do not know whether Iran directly bombed the money wells of terrorism on the streets of Britain, or whether Iran's Houthi allies did so. But I am shedding no tear that someone did.

Now, be in no doubt that there is a great deal wrong with the regime in Iran. But it does not inspire, direct or fund terrorist attacks in my country. That is Saudi Arabia. Iran does, however, detain my fellow-citizens unjustly, the most notable example being that of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. Her treatment has been condemned by the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

The thing is, so has the treatment of Julian Assange. The Iranians should undertake to free Zaghari-Ratcliffe when Britain freed Assange, whose only supporter in the House of Commons is Chris Williamson. No other MP, not a single one, is supporting a man whose arbitrary detention in this country has been condemned by the UN.

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. After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Yellow At The Edges?

The people who are allowed an opinion despise the Liberal Democrats because of tuition fees, and they despise David Cameron because of Brexit. 

But those same people welcomed the Coalition in 2010, and they sang the Hallelujah Chorus in 2015 when, on a  manifesto commitment to hold the referendum, Cameron won an overall majority against "Red Ed", the "wrong brother" about whom they had been sulking throughout the previous five years.

And nobody who is permitted any kind of platform despises either the Lib Dems or David Cameron for the austerity programme and its hundreds of thousands of deaths, or for the Bedroom Tax, or for the war in Libya. A war against which only one Conservative MP, a Brexiteer, voted, and against which no Lib Dem MP voted, not a single one.

Over none of those issues were parliamentary proceedings disrupted in scenes reminiscent of the eve of the Civil War. Nor did anybody propose a General Strike in opposition to any of those policies. 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. 

After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

No Golden Girl At Golders Green?

It is not all doom and gloom. The favourite for the Labour nomination at Liverpool Wavertree is the Lexit stalwart, Paula Barker. Of course she has issued, or there has been issued in her name, some sort a statement professing to have changed her mind without showing any sign of having done so in any substantial way. But we all know about that kind of thing. She really is a great sign of hope.

And Luciana Berger has her eye on Finchley and Golders Green. Finchley used to be the bane of the Foreign Office's existence.  When its MP was Prime Minister, then the words in her ear from certain of her constituents used to undo months of hard work by the professionals.

Conservatives now assume that they have always been fanatically pro-Israeli, in the way that they now assume that they have always adhered to Thatcherite economics. But in fact both phenomena go back no more than 40 years, to the Premiership of a highly susceptible person with no specialist knowledge of either field.

Anyway, fanatical support for Israel is Berger's only political opinion of any kind. For having taken her in, her party ought to be renamed the Likud Democrats. No doubt she would fit right in at Finchley and Golders Green. Except that there is already a duly selected Lib Dem candidate there, one Clareine Enderby, who is adamant that there is no vacancy.

Now, candidates can be replaced. But if the Lib Dems were to do so on specifically ethnic grounds, then that would be illegal, and Berger, Swinson and the rest of them could look forward to Ms Enderby's day in court. She would be the poster woman for all the long-serving and long-suffering Lib Dems who wanted their party back.

Forget the telly. That is real story being put out under the radar from Bournemouth this week. There was no Brexit Party until Nigel Farage set it up, and the clue to its sole purpose is in its name. But the Liberal Democrats are the Liberal Democrats. The party is not a universal welcome wagon for anyone who wants to revoke Article 50. The Leadership will see just how hardened the grassroots are when they try and impose the newcomers as parliamentary candidates. Oh, no, it is not all doom and gloom.

And another hung Parliament is coming. We need our people to hold the balance of power in it. A new party is now in the process of registration. After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Monday, 16 September 2019

Councillor Watch: Day 64

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 99

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.

Locked And Loaded, Indeed

"Saudi Arabia should fight their own wars, which they won't, or pay us an absolute fortune to protect them and their great wealth-$ trillion!"


He was right.

If the Houthis bombed Saudi Arabia, and it is difficult to avoid wishing them all the best of they did, then Iran did at least equip them.

And the main argument against the idea that it might have been the Iranians themselves is that "evidence" that it was them has now been produced by the people whose greatest hits include the following:
  • The alleged murder of 100,000 military age males in Kosovo;
  • Afghanistan as the source of the attacks against the United States on 11th September 2001;
  • The existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and their capacity for deployment within 45 minutes;
  • Saddam Hussein's feeding of people into a giant paper shredder, and his attempt to obtain uranium from Niger;
  • An imminent genocide in Benghazi, Gaddafi's feeding of Viagra to his soldiers in order to encourage mass rape, and his intention to flee to Venezuela;
  • An Iranian nuclear weapons programme; and
  • Assad's gassing of Ghouta, as if that were an undisputed fact.
The supporting chorus also includes the believers in Russian hacking of the British referendum and of the American Presidential Election in 2016, among other hallucinations such as that the GRU took a train to Salisbury to smear a nerve agent on the door handle of a man who is still alive, since it cannot stretch to a car, or to a gun, or to making sure that it had in fact killed its target.

In spite of all of that, though, it might have been the Iranians. Or if it was the Houthis, then they were certainly armed by Iran, and probably directed by them, just as there are British Officers in the control room of the heavily British-armed Saudi bombardment of Yemen, which has caused the worst humanitarian catastrophe in the world today.

So Iran, a bad regime but a paragon of virtue compared to Saudi Arabia, could do with a bit of reputation management. In Britain, it could achieve that by releasing Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and the other British nationals whom it currently imprisons or detains. After all, it is not as if it needs to stop setting off bombs in Britain. That is the Saudis. But never, ever try to tell that to almost any MP.

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. After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Not On My Watch

They tried to blame the miners for Orgreave. They tried to blame the fans for Hillsborough. And even as the Minister responsible is raised to the peerage, they are trying to blame the firefighters for Grenfell Tower. Well, not on my watch. 

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. After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Enough Is Enough

Rachel Riley's latest remark about Jeremy Corbyn is actionable.

Sue her, Jeremy. Sue her.

Hodson's Choice

I used to work with Niall Hodson, and I still run into him at election counts and what have you. Today, his was the only speech at the Liberal Democrat Conference against the new policy of revoking Article 50 without reference to anybody at all.

I do not know why people like Niall are staying in the Lib Dems when it is being taken over by Labour and Conservative rejects. Niall would make a much better Lib Dem MP, if there must such people, than any of those, and a much better Leader than Jo Swinson. 

The same goes for a lot of them, such as Consett's legendary Councillor Owen Temple, whom I have known for many, many years, and for whom I even voted for Parliament in 2017 because of his stand for the County Durham Teaching Assistants.

The Whig tradition is certainly not mine. But the Lib Dems as we have known them, who opposed the Iraq War and who opposed the Blair Government's assaults on civil liberties, who defended the County Durham Teaching Assistants and who defended those who were faced with losing their homes to the Haringey Development Vehicle, are being elbowed aside in favour of the very recent arrivals of Blairism in Exile and of David Cameron's old Parliamentary Private Secretary. Niall's speech is the first sign of a most welcome fightback on the ground.

All in all, 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. After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham. The crowdfunding page is here, and buy the book here. Please email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. Very many thanks.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

MeTube

Apparently, when people are kicked off Twitter, then they join YouTube. So I have. It is not my ideal medium, but I will put up content from time to time if anyone has subscribed. I am not doing it for nobody. The description reads:

Tony Blair banned me for life from the Labour Party. Can you say that? And I have been kicked off Twitter. Have you? Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for North West Durham: #Lexit #MMT #UBI #FreeAssange #NoSelfID #IStandWithChrisWilliamson. Left-wing, not liberal. Conservative, not capitalist. Radical, not Marxist. Red, not Green. The Blue Labour Corbynism that could have been. Pro-life, pro-family, pro-worker, and anti-war. Catholic. Mixed-race. Disabled. Stalked by Oliver Kamm. Contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. That address accepts PayPal.

Threat

Twitter can find nothing wrong with this, making me rather glad to be off it.

I cannot afford to sue Oliver Kamm for libel. But I would be able to do so if I were a Member of Parliament.

After nearly 30 years of suggestion, speculation, and even a sort of preparation, I will stand for Parliament here at North West Durham.

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

Councillor Watch: Day 63

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 98

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.

The Balance of Power?

David Cameron has said we all knew from the start. Boris Johnson is a purely opportunistic Brexiteer who did not and  does not believe a word of it.

Also thoroughly opportunistic are the Liberal Democrats, and indeed the former advocates of a so-called "People's Vote" who have lately attached themselves to the Liberal Democrats. 

Those ought now to move on again, since Lib Dem policy is now not a "a People's Vote" at all, but the simple revocation of Article 50 as the first act of a Lib Dem Government, presumably including any Government to which the Lib Dems had any connection.

On that basis, the Lib Dems will now take any and everybody. They merely mirror the Brexit Party's single-policy insistence on a No Deal Brexit as a matter of principle, their own single policy being that Article 50 must be revoked without reference to Parliament, or to the electorate, or to anyone.

As the Brexit Party is replete with right-wing cranks, so genuine Fascists, properly so called, have never had any problem with a European Union, only with the one that happened to exist at the given time.

These days, they are  once again very keen indeed on the idea of a United Europe as the bulwark of their own conception of Western civilisation. They have been in the past, and they are again now. Well, there is a party for them now. And who would look for them there?

And as the Brexit Party can accommodate the Revolutionary Communist Party, so there is a very small section of the Far Left, but it is there, which supports the EU. Of Trotskyist lineage is the Alliance for Workers' Liberty that publishes Solidarity. The old Tankies have the Communist Party of Great Britain (Provisional Central Committee), its Weekly Worker newspaper, and its support network in Labour Party Marxists.

They are pretty libertarian on things like drugs and sex; the ancestrally Stalinist, at least, now want to abolish the age of consent altogether, for example. They are pretty much away with identity politics and with Greenery, much as the fash also are, in their way. Well, there is a party for them now. And who would look for them there?

Meanwhile, the Lib Dems as we have known them, who opposed the Iraq War and who opposed the Blair Government's assaults on civil liberties, who defended the County Durham Teaching Assistants and who defended those who were faced with losing their homes to the Haringey Development Vehicle, are being elbowed aside in favour of the very recent arrivals of Blairism in Exile and of David Cameron's old Parliamentary Private Secretary.

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No Gulf In Thinking

If Iran did not bomb Saudi Arabia's oil plants, then who did? Come to that, if Iran did not bomb Saudi Arabia's oil plants, then why not?

Between nuclear power and this country's vast reserves of coal, which is needed to make the steel out of which such things as wind turbines are in turn constructed, Britain has no need of any relationship with Saudi Arabia, a country that inspires, funds and directs terrorist attacks on our soil.

For all its many faults, Iran does not do that. More generally, Iran may be no Switzerland, but it is certainly no Saudi Arabia. If we must pick a side, and I see no reason why we should, then we have picked the wrong one. But try telling that to most MPs.

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Full Spectrum Dominance?

There are either two genders, or there are as many genders as there are, have been and will be human beings at all, if not organisms differentiated by sex. Gender is either binary, or that is its spectrum. Which of those is the case in actual fact? We all know the answer to that one. Yet all political parties are committed to gender self-identification.

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Notes From The Woodpile

Caroline Kisko's resignation as Membership Secretary of the Kennel Club is to be welcomed. But she had used only the same expression as Anne Marie Morris MP. When was a member of either House of the United States Congress last recorded using the n-word? Yet here we are.

The test of the sincerity and credibility of avowed anti-racists in the House of Commons, whether they prefer to talk about the Windrush Generation or about anti-Semitism, will be whether or not they table and pass a motion to expel Ms Morris from that House at the start of the next session's business.

The ostentatiously "anti-racist" MP for North West Durham has not done so, even though Ms Morris's words would now have been career-ending in South Africa or in the American South. Laura Pidcock is noting but a bag of wind, on this as so many other issues. It turns out that she did in fact address the TUC last week. But even I never noticed, so nobody else will have had a clue.

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Saturday, 14 September 2019

The Radical Step, Indeed

This is jaw-droppingly libellous. Oliver Kamm has publicly accused me of having sent him an anti-Semitic death threat! He also claims that I have sent him hundreds of communications under various aliases, which I most certainly have not. 

And he admits to criminal harassment of a member of my family. Since I live with her because I am disabled, he also effectively harasses me on that grounds. Oh, and he is flat out lying about Bryan Gould, who remains a friend of mine.

Those of you who still tweet, please report this for targeted harassment. And everyone, note that Kamm freely admits to stalking me. His Twitter is shot through with matter-of-fact statements to that effect.

Shades of Yellow?

Barely three months ago, since when Parliament has barely sat, Sam Gyimah was trying to become the Leader of the Conservative Party. So long as they are anti-Brexit, then the Liberal Democrats will now take any and everybody. They have no identifiable ideology, as such.

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Councillor Watch: Day 62

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 97

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.

Rank, Style and Title

As I said yesterday, at least for anybody who is still alive, there can be no higher distinction on the British Left than to have been banned for life from the Labour Party by Tony Blair. To the best of my knowledge, only George Galloway and I are in that position.

Meaning that we are each other's only equals on the British Left. And meaning that we outrank everybody else. Even including Jeremy Corbyn. And certainly including Little Laura Pidcock, who could not even vote in a General Election until 2010.

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Meanwhile, although some of us still wish that he had stood at Birmingham Yardley, George is seeking to be elected at West Bromwich East.

I could cry as I write this, because Tom Watson thanked me personally and publicly for my endorsement in 2015, because he remains my friend on Facebook, because we followed each other on Twitter until the moment that I was thrown off it, because I supported him from day one of his Deputy Leadership campaign (whereas I switched from Andy Burnham to Jeremy Corbyn after the infamous abstention), because I supported Ed Miliband from the first day of his Leadership campaign until the last day of his Leadership, because I was active in Blue Labour, and because 20 years ago I was living in the same student house as Tom Hamilton.

But hey ho, I remember Tom Hamilton seconding George in a debate and then being congratulated by him on having given "the speech of the night". I remember trying valiantly to persuade Tom to vote Labour at all in 2001, when he had never been a party member. I remember him telling me that the headline in every newspaper on 12th September 2001 should have read "We're All Palestinians Now". I remember him giving a speech in which he described the ideology of the State of Israel as "Ein Reich, Ein Volk, Ein Führer". So the world turns.

Tom Watson was the man who, more than any other, could have made Blue Labour Corbynism happen. But instead, he is the man who, more than any other, has stopped Blue Labour Corbynism from happening. With the return of the Maxwells, we need George to be back speaking under parliamentary privilege. He election for the seat that he has chosen to contest is as imperative as the reelection of Chris Williamson at Derby North, with or without the Labour Party.

And of your charity, elect me at North West Durham. I am George's only equal on the British Left, in that only he and I have been banned for life from the Labour Party by Tony Blair. Top that. I bet you can't. We outrank everybody else. Even including Jeremy Corbyn. And certainly including Little Laura Pidcock, who could not even vote in a General Election until 2010. My crowdfunding page is here.

Yellow?

Feverish stuff in these parts. It is suggested that the Liberal Democrats are so desperate to keep out of Parliament the man who casually retold the old Just So story, How Luciana Berger Got Her Seat, leading to its repetition even in Israeli newspapers, that they are preparing to order the standing down of the man who has been their parliamentary candidate here on the last three occasions.

He cut the Labour majority in half in 2010, he was a founder member both of the Lib Dems and of the SDP, and he remains both a poll-topping Councillor in this constituency's largest town, as well as a major financial donor to the party nationally. But none of that is of any matter to the people who have come to control his party this year, one of whom joined it at all only this month.

It is inconceivable that Berger agrees with Owen Temple, and thus disagrees with Simon Henig or Laura Pidcock, about the County Durham Teaching Assistants. That may be pretty much the only thing on which I do agree with Owen. But it is the issue on which I marched alongside both him and my own Campaign Patron, his wardmate, Alex Watson. My other Patron, Davey Ayre, is also a stalwart of that struggle.

It is a bit much to ask Hard Remainers to vote for me, but if their party is determined to disenfranchise them for the sake of a newly arrived opportunist, then what are they to do? I am not so sure about this rumour anyway, and in any case I would fully expect Owen to stand his ground. On the Teaching Assistants' issue, I voted for him in 2017. Pidcock had walked out of the TAs' rally at the Durham Miners' Hall, a rally into which Owen, Alex and I had marched together.

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Left Where They Belong

Throughout the May Government, 85 per cent of Labour MPs were economically well to its right, and that suited them. They might have been discombobulated by the prospect of a Johnson Government, but Sajid Javid's attempt to imagine what an Ed Balls Budget might have been like will have reassured them no end. Not that anyone else will have noticed it.

Does that 85 per cent include Laura Pidcock? Well, on which specific point does she differ from it? If she had been five years older, then she would have been Jess Phillips. If she had been 10 years older, then she would have been Stella Creasy. Phillips and Creasy hold no view that is not also held by the SNP, by the Liberal Democrats, and by the majority, usually the very great majority, of Conservative MPs. If Pidcock does, then what, exactly, is it?

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Cutting Our Cloth

If Britain has the highest demand for clothes in Europe, leading to enormous "carbon footprints", then why not, you know, make the clothes here? I am fairly sure that we used to. But would that be further impoverishing people in China or Bangladesh? Only if nobody wore clothes in China or Bangladesh. I am fairly sure that they do.

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In The Public Arena

Of course they are not going to let the relatives hear all of the evidence at the Coroner's Inquest into the Manchester Arena attack. We all know why not. 

In opposition to the Gaddafi regime to which we were nevertheless deporting people to be tortured weeks before we invaded Libya, and in the service of this county's poisonous relationship with Saudi Arabia, the Home Office, MI5 and MI6 made Manchester the global centre of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group. The Manchester Arena attack was the result. I would state these facts under parliamentary privilege. Nobody else has done so.

But at least there is going to be a Coroner's Inquest into it. A Chambers and Partners Band 1 legal practice is now on standby to pursue an action to bring about a Coroner's Inquest into the death of Dr David Kelly, an action before the International Criminal Court against those who had brought slavery back to Libya, and an action before the High Court of Justiciary of Scotland inviting it to exercise its declaratory power against Blair and his accomplices in the aggression against Iraq in 2003. All of these actions are to begin immediately upon my election to the House of Commons.

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Of Rates and Ratings

Since commercial schools are business, then why the hell should they not pay business rates and VAT? All attempts to answer that boil down to the fact that they never have, and that is not good enough. But this needs to be gone about carefully.

This summer, all pretence finally ceased. By their own admission, commercial schools are no longer good at getting pupils through an examination system that is rubbish, anyway. They now actively offer inferior qualifications, academically speaking. Put bluntly, their exams are easier.

Yet the swankier universities treat those qualifications as equal for admissions purposes, thereby giving commercial school pupils a huge advantage. Those universities are routinely represented on the governing bodies of those schools.

None of this comes as any surprise. The advantages offered by commercial schools are not academic, but social, and thus socioeconomic and political. Most people who were at Oxford with David Cameron and Boris Johnson had not been to Eton, and fewer than half will have been commercially educated at all. Yet look who became Prime Minister, and who did not.

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. 

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. As would I.

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.

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Held In Contempt?

After nine weeks in whatever strength of security prison you get for contempt of court, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon ("Tommy Robinson") has contrived to come out looking as if he had done 20 years in the gulag. You can wash in prison. And shave. And get a haircut. Don't fall for any of this. And don't let other people fall for it, either.


After all, Yaxley-Lennon was always reasonably well turned out, in a naive sort of way. If this is what he look likes after a spell in the clink for contempt of court, then imagine the effect on Boris Johnson. 

And if on Tuesday the Supreme Court were to uphold the ruling of the Court of Session, which it could do while also upholding the High Court rulings from England and from Northern Ireland, then, while anyone else would resign, Johnson would not even recall Parliament as ordered, thereby placing himself in contempt of a Supreme Court that sat a very short distance from Downing Street.

But if the Supreme Court were to overrule the Court of Session on this point, then the SNP could reasonably expect to win every seat in Scotland, and quite possibly more than 50 per cent of the vote, because the Scottish constitutional tradition would have been struck down by a court in London.

With roots in Covenanter revolt rather in the codification of existing case law, the Scottish Claim of Right of 1689 is more robust than the English Bill of Rights of 1688 in its assertion of the rights of Parliament against the Executive. Parliaments must not only be called frequently, but they must also be "allowed to sit". 

If they could be prorogued without their consent, and the Covenanters had not only held otherwise but had acted on that conviction, then they certainly could not be prorogued to the end of frustrating their parliamentary business. The Court of Session has held that Parliament has been prorogued to that end, which is unlawful. Moreover, it has found that the Prime Minister lied to the Queen in order to bring about that unlawful prorogation.

The Supreme Court will either uphold that, leading within days or even hours either to the Prime Minister's resignation or to his imprisonment. Or it will set in train the dissolution of the Union well within 10 years, and possibly within five.

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Off Their Heads?

May we now look forward to the prosecution of the self-confessed illegal drug user David Cameron, and for the revocation of his United States visa, which he must have lied in order to have obtained?

The Police and the Crown Prosecution Service can stretch to an eight thousand mile round trip from Durham to Saint Paul, Minnesota, in order to obtain nothing on me with a view to the fourth attempt to put me on trial, in March next year, three years after I was arrested. So they can certainly stretch to this.

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