Thursday 25 May 2023

Its Certain Territorial Ambitions

It is not our problem whether a city is called Bakhmut or Artemovsk, controlled by the Azov Battalion or by the Wagner Group, although notice that that city has been downgraded from strategically vital to "oh, somewhere on a B road" since it fell into the "wrong" hands.

Russian nuclear weapons are now in Belarus, while British-supplied Storm Shadow cruise missiles, long-range attack drones, so-called air defence missiles, and depleted uranium, which is a weapon of mass destruction, are being deployed by the people who have just invaded Russia under the Wolfsangel and the Sonnenrad, symbols with only one possible meaning. Although there is no evidence that Vladimir Putin has either read or met him, they seem determined to prove Aleksandr Dugin's point about Ukraine. We need to get the hell out of the situation there while we still can, if we still can.

Who is saying any of this? Not the Labour Party, or therefore also the SDLP. Not the Liberal Democrats, or therefore also the Alliance Party. Not the SNP, or therefore also Plaid Cymru. Not the Greens, who are the King's Party in every way, and who are already hardline hawks in government in Germany. Not the DUP, or the National Conservatives, or the Boris Johnson Fan Club that is the Conservative Democratic Organisation. Not the Socialist Campaign Group. And in the same spirit, not Sinn Féin.

But 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 I say again that on the day that Rishi Sunak became Prime Minister, I predicted that a General Election between him and Keir 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.