Wednesday 29 May 2024

No Further Action?

And so Angela Rayner is let off. Institutional Britain is assuming a 20-year Labour Government, beyond the retirements of everyone who was now deciding anything important, and it is protecting its own position accordingly. In the way that no one from the Labour Party is ever asked a difficult question by the media, that party has been designated a self-policing state within the State.

Yet it shows scant sign of being equipped for such de facto sovereignty. One of the rumoured candidates for the Labour nomination at North Durham declares herself to be the assistant secretary of a roundabout, as if that were a thing at all, never mind a day job. Yes, really. A councillor in a neighbouring constituency, she proudly announces her assistant secretaryship of something in her ward that is in fact a roundabout. Who is its secretary, one wonders? One of the likelier contenders, perhaps? Although North Durham is one of only about a dozen seats in the entire country for which no Labour candidate has been selected even yet. Think on.

But while Labour's poll lead was 39 points in October, and supposedly 30 days after the local election results had presaged a hung Parliament, it had already fallen from 14 to 12 between Sunday and Tuesday, and that was before Diane Abbott. 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.

The Workers Party of Britain is not contesting North Durham, so I am. Please contact, including if you might be able to help with, not to put too fine a point on it, money. But I will be on that ballot paper, come what may. At the time of writing, there is no Labour, Conservative, or Liberal Democrat candidate at North Durham. 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.