Wednesday 5 April 2023

Let's Play Trumps

It is always nice to be able to welcome you to our world. Just as you never minded cancel culture when you were cancelling us, so you never minded political lawfare when we were the only ones subjected to it. But like workers who broke strikes, you were feeding the crocodile in the hope that he would eat you last.

You never thought that you were the crocodile. There is a reason why prosecutors all have the same politics. Like the more statist elements of the Left, traditional conservatives would not want the job under anything like the present circumstances. Like those of more-or-less Trotskyist, syndicalist or anarchist leanings, libertarians would not want the job at all. So the people who even so much as apply for it are all like Alvin Bragg, Kamala Harris and Keir Starmer.

Bragg ran for office on a promise to indict Donald Trump, and we laugh at how coarse everything about that sounds to British ears. But if any country's rulers are determined to arrest, charge, try, convict and imprison a political opponent, then they will find a way. Failure, such as in the case of Alex Salmond, is a sign of weakness, usually in the form of decline and decay, as we now see today in relation to that case. In Britain, we may count ourselves lucky only that our masters no longer had capital punishment at their disposal, although that does not stop them from trying to kill us, and sometimes succeeding.

Well, the way to win the game is to play the game. Contest the next General Election on a promise to deploy the full powers at the disposal of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to secure the prosecution of Tony Blair and his accomplices in the waging of the war against Iraq. His defenders, such as they are, maintain in all seriousness that that war must have been legal because the Attorney General had said so, or, if pushed, because the House of Commons had voted for it. Let them test those defences before 12 randomly assembled members of the general public, and before a person who, having worked for 30 years to reach the middle of a self-employed but mostly publicly funded profession, had become a directly salaried and pensionable employee of the same State that had brought the prosecution.

Wishful thinking? Not at all. When I tell you that there is going to be a hung Parliament, then you can take that to the bank. I spent the 2005 Parliament saying that it was psephologically impossible for the Heir to Blair's Conservative Party to win an overall majority. I predicted a hung Parliament on the day that the 2017 General Election was called, and I stuck to that, entirely alone, all the way up to the publication of the exit poll eight long weeks later. And on the day that Rishi Sunak became Prime Minister, I predicted that a General Election between him and Starmer would result in a hung Parliament.

To strengthen families and communities by securing economic equality and international peace through the democratic political control of the means to those ends, including national and parliamentary sovereignty, we need to hold the balance of power. Owing nothing to either main party, we must be open to the better offer. There does, however, need to be a better offer. Not a lesser evil, which in any case the Labour Party is not.

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