Saturday 30 September 2023

The Old Oak Is Mighty

Durham was the place to see The Old Oak on its first day of general release, and I did. Not only does a friend of mine have a major part in it, but you also see and hear a signatory to my nomination papers at the last General Election. The man who drove me home from the count, in fact. A film that was nominated for the Palme d'Or is conducted almost entirely in the accent and dialect of County Durham, or at least in one of each. By the end, you will know what a marra is.

People who dislike Ken Loach are not his audience. They can stick to treating Rachel Riley both as an intellectual, and as "centre left" or whatever. Who cares? 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 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.


  1. Who is Blairism's great artist?

    1. Matt Forde? The very question calls to mind Alan Partridge, when he had never heard of Derrida, suggesting that the world's greatest living philosopher was Peter Ustinov. Whereas the Blairites would never have heard of Ustinov, whom some of us met.