Tuesday 30 May 2023

Take Stock

As we count the minutes to Gender Wars, note that Rishi Sunak is still saying only that Professor Kathleen Stock has the right. He is not saying that she is right. Do not vote for any parliamentary candidate who will not say that, or whose Party Leader will not say it. Of the parties in the present House of Commons, that would leave you with only Alba and the DUP. Sunak's objection to the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill remains purely constitutional. Keir Starmer takes the same view, and he openly says that a man can have a cervix.

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 on the day that 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.


  1. You have a unique ability to cut through the you-know-what in this debate.