Friday 19 April 2024

Bad People

At 3:15 one morning, who has rung you up and said that bad people had locked them in a flat, so that they needed five thousand pounds as a matter of life and death? What did you do, and why?

Both main parties, at least, actively prefer candidates who are open to blackmail, since those are easier to control. There is no other way of explaining how a body of a mere 650 could contain that many sex pests, people who were still doing cocaine in their fifties, and so on.

Those who always run the Conservative Party, and those who are back running the Labour Party as usual, are unaware of any drug laws, see the marriage vow as a joke, and assume the age of consent to be the age of admission to public school. Common Entrance, if you will. Those who run them know the value of that. And here we are.

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 Rishi Sunak became Prime Minister, I predicted that a General Election between him and Keir Starmer would result in a hung Parliament.

I have no plan to join the Workers Party of Britain, although nor would I expect to stand against it. If, however, it did not contest North Durham, then I would. 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. We have made a start.


  1. It's been a standing joke for ever that "there are people in that chamber who should be doing life", why do we laugh?