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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Very many thanks.