Monday, 22 January 2018

Two Days On

This time on Saturday, I asked:

Does County Durham Labour side with each and all of the Alliance for Green Socialism, the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty, the Anarchist Federation, Class War, the Communist League, the Communist Party of Britain, the Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist), the Communist Party of Great Britain (Provisional Central Committee), the Communist Party of Ireland, the Communist Party of Scotland, the Communist Workers Organisation, the Economic and Philosophic Science Review, Éirígí, the Independent Working Class Association, the Industrial Workers of the World, the International Socialist League, the Irish Republican Socialist Party, Left Unity, Lewisham People Before Profit, London Black Revolutionaries, the New Communist Party of Britain, Old Swan Against the Cuts, the People Before Profit Alliance, the Republican Communist Network, the Republican Network for Unity, Republican Sinn Féin, the Revolutionary Communist Group, the Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), RISE – Scotland’s Left Alliance, the Scottish Republican Socialist Movement, the Scottish Socialist Party, Socialist Action, Socialist Appeal, the Socialist Equality Party, the Socialist Labour Party, the Socialist Party (England and Wales), the Socialist Party of Great Britain, the Socialist Party Scotland, Socialist Resistance, Socialist Studies, the Socialist Workers Party, Solidarity, the Solidarity Federation, the Spartacist League of Britain, the Stalin Society, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, the West Dunbartonshire Community Party, Workers’ Fight, the Workers International to Rebuild the Fourth International, the Workers’ Party of Ireland, the Workers Revolutionary Party, World Revolution, Jayda Fransen, Britain First, the British National Party, the National Front, National Action, the Britannica Party, the British Democratic Party, Ulster Resistance, the Orange Volunteers, the Red Hand Defenders, the Real Ulster Freedom Fighters, the Springbok Club, the London Swinton Circle, the Conservative Monday Club, the League of St George, Candour, Spearhead, Redwatch, Black House Publishing, Focal Point Publications, Steve Bannon, Roy Moore, Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders and Heinz-Christian Strache?

I added:

If not, then it will let the matter against me drop. If County Durham Labour does not let the matter against me drop, then it sides explicitly with each and all of those, as therefore does Simon Henig personally.

This time on Saturday, I asked:

Does Durham County Council side with each and all of the Alliance for Green Socialism, the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty, the Anarchist Federation, Class War, the Communist League, the Communist Party of Britain, the Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist), the Communist Party of Great Britain (Provisional Central Committee), the Communist Party of Ireland, the Communist Party of Scotland, the Communist Workers Organisation, the Economic and Philosophic Science Review, Éirígí, the Independent Working Class Association, the Industrial Workers of the World, the International Socialist League, the Irish Republican Socialist Party, Left Unity, Lewisham People Before Profit, London Black Revolutionaries, the New Communist Party of Britain, Old Swan Against the Cuts, the People Before Profit Alliance, the Republican Communist Network, the Republican Network for Unity, Republican Sinn Féin, the Revolutionary Communist Group, the Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), RISE – Scotland’s Left Alliance, the Scottish Republican Socialist Movement, the Scottish Socialist Party, Socialist Action, Socialist Appeal, the Socialist Equality Party, the Socialist Labour Party, the Socialist Party (England and Wales), the Socialist Party of Great Britain, the Socialist Party Scotland, Socialist Resistance, Socialist Studies, the Socialist Workers Party, Solidarity, the Solidarity Federation, the Spartacist League of Britain, the Stalin Society, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, the West Dunbartonshire Community Party, Workers’ Fight, the Workers International to Rebuild the Fourth International, the Workers’ Party of Ireland, the Workers Revolutionary Party, World Revolution, Jayda Fransen, Britain First, the British National Party, the National Front, National Action, the Britannica Party, the British Democratic Party, Ulster Resistance, the Orange Volunteers, the Red Hand Defenders, the Real Ulster Freedom Fighters, the Springbok Club, the London Swinton Circle, the Conservative Monday Club, the League of St George, Candour, Spearhead, Redwatch, Black House Publishing, Focal Point Publications, Steve Bannon, Roy Moore, Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders and Heinz-Christian Strache?

I added:

If not, then it will let the matter against me drop. If Durham County Council does not let the matter against me drop, then it sides explicitly with each and all of those, as therefore does Simon Henig personally.

And this time on Saturday, I asked:

And does the Crown Prosecution Service side with each and all of the Alliance for Green Socialism, the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty, the Anarchist Federation, Class War, the Communist League, the Communist Party of Britain, the Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist), the Communist Party of Great Britain (Provisional Central Committee), the Communist Party of Ireland, the Communist Party of Scotland, the Communist Workers Organisation, the Economic and Philosophic Science Review, Éirígí, the Independent Working Class Association, the Industrial Workers of the World, the International Socialist League, the Irish Republican Socialist Party, Left Unity, Lewisham People Before Profit, London Black Revolutionaries, the New Communist Party of Britain, Old Swan Against the Cuts, the People Before Profit Alliance, the Republican Communist Network, the Republican Network for Unity, Republican Sinn Féin, the Revolutionary Communist Group, the Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), RISE – Scotland’s Left Alliance, the Scottish Republican Socialist Movement, the Scottish Socialist Party, Socialist Action, Socialist Appeal, the Socialist Equality Party, the Socialist Labour Party, the Socialist Party (England and Wales), the Socialist Party of Great Britain, the Socialist Party Scotland, Socialist Resistance, Socialist Studies, the Socialist Workers Party, Solidarity, the Solidarity Federation, the Spartacist League of Britain, the Stalin Society, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, the West Dunbartonshire Community Party, Workers’ Fight, the Workers International to Rebuild the Fourth International, the Workers’ Party of Ireland, the Workers Revolutionary Party, World Revolution, Jayda Fransen, Britain First, the British National Party, the National Front, National Action, the Britannica Party, the British Democratic Party, Ulster Resistance, the Orange Volunteers, the Red Hand Defenders, the Real Ulster Freedom Fighters, the Springbok Club, the London Swinton Circle, the Conservative Monday Club, the League of St George, Candour, Spearhead, Redwatch, Black House Publishing, Focal Point Publications, Steve Bannon, Roy Moore, Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders and Heinz-Christian Strache?

I added:

If not, then it will let the matter against me drop. If the Crown Prosecution Service does not let the matter against me drop, then it sides explicitly with each and all of those, as does Alison Saunders personally.

Well, County Durham Labour has not let the matter drop. It, and Simon Henig personally, side explicitly with each and all of the Alliance for Green Socialism, the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty, the Anarchist Federation, Class War, the Communist League, the Communist Party of Britain, the Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist), the Communist Party of Great Britain (Provisional Central Committee), the Communist Party of Ireland, the Communist Party of Scotland, the Communist Workers Organisation, the Economic and Philosophic Science Review, Éirígí, the Independent Working Class Association, the Industrial Workers of the World, the International Socialist League, the Irish Republican Socialist Party, Left Unity, Lewisham People Before Profit, London Black Revolutionaries, the New Communist Party of Britain, Old Swan Against the Cuts, the People Before Profit Alliance, the Republican Communist Network, the Republican Network for Unity, Republican Sinn Féin, the Revolutionary Communist Group, the Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), RISE – Scotland’s Left Alliance, the Scottish Republican Socialist Movement, the Scottish Socialist Party, Socialist Action, Socialist Appeal, the Socialist Equality Party, the Socialist Labour Party, the Socialist Party (England and Wales), the Socialist Party of Great Britain, the Socialist Party Scotland, Socialist Resistance, Socialist Studies, the Socialist Workers Party, Solidarity, the Solidarity Federation, the Spartacist League of Britain, the Stalin Society, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, the West Dunbartonshire Community Party, Workers’ Fight, the Workers International to Rebuild the Fourth International, the Workers’ Party of Ireland, the Workers Revolutionary Party, World Revolution, Jayda Fransen, Britain First, the British National Party, the National Front, National Action, the Britannica Party, the British Democratic Party, Ulster Resistance, the Orange Volunteers, the Red Hand Defenders, the Real Ulster Freedom Fighters, the Springbok Club, the London Swinton Circle, the Conservative Monday Club, the League of St George, CandourSpearheadRedwatch, Black House Publishing, Focal Point Publications, Steve Bannon, Roy Moore, Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders and Heinz-Christian Strache.

Durham County Council has not let the matter drop. It, and Simon Henig personally, side explicitly with each and all of the Alliance for Green Socialism, the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty, the Anarchist Federation, Class War, the Communist League, the Communist Party of Britain, the Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist), the Communist Party of Great Britain (Provisional Central Committee), the Communist Party of Ireland, the Communist Party of Scotland, the Communist Workers Organisation, the Economic and Philosophic Science Review, Éirígí, the Independent Working Class Association, the Industrial Workers of the World, the International Socialist League, the Irish Republican Socialist Party, Left Unity, Lewisham People Before Profit, London Black Revolutionaries, the New Communist Party of Britain, Old Swan Against the Cuts, the People Before Profit Alliance, the Republican Communist Network, the Republican Network for Unity, Republican Sinn Féin, the Revolutionary Communist Group, the Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), RISE – Scotland’s Left Alliance, the Scottish Republican Socialist Movement, the Scottish Socialist Party, Socialist Action, Socialist Appeal, the Socialist Equality Party, the Socialist Labour Party, the Socialist Party (England and Wales), the Socialist Party of Great Britain, the Socialist Party Scotland, Socialist Resistance, Socialist Studies, the Socialist Workers Party, Solidarity, the Solidarity Federation, the Spartacist League of Britain, the Stalin Society, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, the West Dunbartonshire Community Party, Workers’ Fight, the Workers International to Rebuild the Fourth International, the Workers’ Party of Ireland, the Workers Revolutionary Party, World Revolution, Jayda Fransen, Britain First, the British National Party, the National Front, National Action, the Britannica Party, the British Democratic Party, Ulster Resistance, the Orange Volunteers, the Red Hand Defenders, the Real Ulster Freedom Fighters, the Springbok Club, the London Swinton Circle, the Conservative Monday Club, the League of St George, CandourSpearheadRedwatch, Black House Publishing, Focal Point Publications, Steve Bannon, Roy Moore, Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders and Heinz-Christian Strache.

And the Crown Prosecution Service has not let the matter drop. It, and Alison Saunders personally, side explicitly with each and all of the Alliance for Green Socialism, the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty, the Anarchist Federation, Class War, the Communist League, the Communist Party of Britain, the Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist), the Communist Party of Great Britain (Provisional Central Committee), the Communist Party of Ireland, the Communist Party of Scotland, the Communist Workers Organisation, the Economic and Philosophic Science Review, Éirígí, the Independent Working Class Association, the Industrial Workers of the World, the International Socialist League, the Irish Republican Socialist Party, Left Unity, Lewisham People Before Profit, London Black Revolutionaries, the New Communist Party of Britain, Old Swan Against the Cuts, the People Before Profit Alliance, the Republican Communist Network, the Republican Network for Unity, Republican Sinn Féin, the Revolutionary Communist Group, the Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), RISE – Scotland’s Left Alliance, the Scottish Republican Socialist Movement, the Scottish Socialist Party, Socialist Action, Socialist Appeal, the Socialist Equality Party, the Socialist Labour Party, the Socialist Party (England and Wales), the Socialist Party of Great Britain, the Socialist Party Scotland, Socialist Resistance, Socialist Studies, the Socialist Workers Party, Solidarity, the Solidarity Federation, the Spartacist League of Britain, the Stalin Society, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, the West Dunbartonshire Community Party, Workers’ Fight, the Workers International to Rebuild the Fourth International, the Workers’ Party of Ireland, the Workers Revolutionary Party, World Revolution, Jayda Fransen, Britain First, the British National Party, the National Front, National Action, the Britannica Party, the British Democratic Party, Ulster Resistance, the Orange Volunteers, the Red Hand Defenders, the Real Ulster Freedom Fighters, the Springbok Club, the London Swinton Circle, the Conservative Monday Club, the League of St George, CandourSpearheadRedwatch, Black House Publishing, Focal Point Publications, Steve Bannon, Roy Moore, Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders and Heinz-Christian Strache.

Focal Point Publications is David Irving’s global nerve centre of Holocaust denial. The University of Sunderland employs Simon Henig as a Team Leader for Humanities. It ought to be contacted, and asked when it intended to appoint David Irving to an academic position. There is no reason to have Henig on the academic staff, but not Irving. Indeed, at least David Irving is not engaged in a conspiracy to send me to prison for an offence that never took place at all, as part of what is no doubt a national pattern of such conspiracies by Alison Saunders in order to secure for herself a Labour seat in Parliament. If I am wrong, then let her sue me. Meanwhile, I look forward to hearing from others among her victims.

This Kipper Has Gone Off

The thing about populism is that it has to be popular, and 1.8 per cent of the vote is simply not that.

Any further Farage foray should be treated as reality television, and nothing to do with politics, as such, at all.

Neither Nigel Farage nor UKIP will appear in future A-level textbooks on Brexit, and possibly not even on future undergraduate courses relating to it.

Undergraduates might be told, in one sentence before moving on, that, "A breakaway party in favour of withdrawal started to attract some attention." But Sixth Formers will not even be taught that.

Don't Mention The Pension

When it comes to Theresa May, believe any of her promises when they come to pass, and not one moment before. Oh, and remember that this Government has been using the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme as a piggy bank for years. Don't trust it to look after anyone else's.

Capability?

As Erdoğan's NATO Turkey and Trump's NATO America face off in Syria, we need to get the hell out of NATO before it gets us into hell.

As for our own General Carter, his speech has been "approved" by Gavin Williamson, who has already proved so ignorant of his brief that he no doubt genuinely imagines that anyone in Moscow or Beijing ever gives a moment's thought to Britain's "defence capability".

Notice that among Russia's supposed crimes is having intervened in Syria on the right side, instead of the wrong one, the one that we backed, the one for whose field hospital in the Golan Heights Priti Patel illegally attempted to secure British public funding, the so-called Islamic State.

Defence was the senior position that came up when Williamson was able to appoint himself to one because he knew the truth about sexual harassment. So Defence was the one that he got, with his best mate succeeding him as Chief Whip.

From that base, Williamson fully intends to be the third of four Leaders of the Conservative Party since 2003 to have been elected unopposed. And he will be.

Healthy Choice

The Prime Minister is entirely correct to reject the call to "depoliticise" the NHS.

Next, she should reverse the surrender of democratic political control over monetary policy. If she does not, then Jeremy Corbyn will. Just as he will do some very necessary, and very necessarily political, things to the NHS.

Never, ever, ever yield to those whose cry is to take the politics out of politics.

Empty Thinking

Of course Margaret Thatcher wanted an all-white state in South Africa. We have always known that. But consider that she thought that it had been like that until 1910. Hers was a variation on the "Empty Land" hallucination.

And like the proponents of an all-white South Africa, today's proponents of an all-Jewish, often greatly enlarged Israel are wholly at a loss to explain who would do the work.

A true colonial leisure class, they have no idea that anyone does it, and they do not even notice the people who are engaged in it. Well, that attitude brought down the old South Africa. Think on.

War Stories

Those of you who hold that Chelsea Manning's record constitutes unfitness to become a United States Senator, did you hold that Oliver North's record constituted  unfitness to become a United States Senator?

The Ugly Love Child of Margaret Thatcher and Deng Xiaoping

In a piece of pure Corbynism, as he knows but will not yet admit, Peter Hitchens writes:

When the Carillion signboards began to appear on building sites in the Blair era, I suspected something fishy was going on. Carillion wasn't a real word. It wasn't anyone's name and it didn't mean anything. And it probably wasn't really a company either. 

I knew I was supposed to believe that the Thatcher era had begun a new age of freedom, but it looked to me more like a new age of money-making, in which nobody was really responsible for anything any more. And so it is. Complain to the BBC about one of its biased programmes, and your complaint is actually handled by an outfit called Capita.

I say handled. I mean stonewalled. I am not sure if any of the responsible people at the BBC ever even find out that a complaint has been made against them. They certainly don't change their ways. Somehow the same outfit is also in charge of the great failure which is Army recruiting. And I think this versatile body pursues the parents of children who play truant from schools.

Ah, yes, schools. They are mostly 'academies' now, run by mysterious 'trusts' and financed by a government office which is almost impossible to find or question. As far as I can see, when a school becomes an 'academy', the first thing that happens is the head teacher buys a big new house – in the same way that directors of privatised rail-operating companies often seem to acquire villas in the Caribbean. 

This could explain why my train this morning (supposed to be an eight-carriage express) was replaced by a burbling three-car rail bus, without apology or explanation. Rivers of public gold can be poured quite legally into the pockets of people who do not seem to do anything especially good in return for the huge payments they attract. What is so good about all this? 

I'm sick of hearing about how long it took to get a telephone in the days of nationalisation. So it did, but that was partly because it was just before new technology allowed a huge expansion in phone lines. And have these people tried getting anything out of free, privatised BT? If you want any formerly public service, it's now always an agency or a service company or a call centre. 

Actually, I like the public sector, the old sort, of town clerks, coal boards and men in peaked caps. I long for the return of British Rail. I see no benefits in privatised water or power.

For me the lost ideas of public responsibility are symbolised by the glorious old Thames Conservancy, which used to keep that great river in order, patrolling it in beautifully varnished Edwardian launches. Fallen trees were swiftly removed, and tributary channels were dredged. Now there's some 'agency'. And since this happened, my home town is hit by floods far more often than it used to be, no doubt because dredging contributes in some way to global warming.

It's all power without responsibility, spending without accountability, greed without restraint. The supposed freedom is accompanied by the greatest assault on free speech and thought in modern times (in the name of equality). It looks to me like the ugly love child of Margaret Thatcher and Deng Xiaoping, and I wish it had never been born.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Each and All

Last night seems to have been busy on the streets, and today would seem to be busy on Twitter. This afternoon, the world would appear to divide between, on one side, those who expect a General Election and who are determined to stop me from being elected at it, and, on the other side, Sunderland season ticket holders.

Two posters have been seen around this constituency of North West Durham, and they have both been posted Twitter. One has been seen up around Consett, where I have not been since the day of the last General Election, when I happened to have a hospital appointment at Shotley Bridge. The other has been seen up around Tow Law, where I last attended a Fabian lunch 15 years ago, if not longer; around Crook, where the last thing that I can ever recall doing was arguing with Hilary Armstrong over what was then the imminent war against Iraq, also 15 years ago; and around Willington, where I have spent one afternoon in my life, at least as long ago and also in relation to the Fabian Society.

Until the ongoing persecution of me through the criminal justice system has ceased and desisted, then I do not have any device capable of taking photographs, nor do I have a printer. In any case, I was most certainly not out in the bitter cold and the snow last night.

This is the first poster:


A General Election Is Coming 

Vote Laura Pidcock
Vote Against David Lindsay

We Will Campaign For Laura Pidcock
We Will Defeat David Lindsay

Alliance for Green Socialism, Alliance for Workers’ Liberty, Anarchist Federation, Class War, Communist League, Communist Party of Britain, Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist), Communist Party of Great Britain (Provisional Central Committee), Communist Party of Ireland, Communist Party of Scotland, Communist Workers Organisation, Economic and Philosophic Science Review, Éirígí, Independent Working Class Association, Industrial Workers of the World, International Socialist League, Irish Republican Socialist Party, Left Unity, Lewisham People Before Profit, London Black Revolutionaries, New Communist Party of Britain, Old Swan Against the Cuts, People Before Profit Alliance, Republican Communist Network, Republican Network for Unity, Republican Sinn Féin, Revolutionary Communist Group, Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), RISE – Scotland’s Left Alliance, Scottish Republican Socialist Movement, Scottish Socialist Party, Socialist Action, Socialist Appeal, Socialist Equality Party, Socialist Labour Party, Socialist Party (England and Wales), Socialist Party of Great Britain, Socialist Party Scotland, Socialist Resistance, Socialist Studies, Socialist Workers Party, Solidarity, Solidarity Federation, Spartacist League of Britain, Stalin Society, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, West Dunbartonshire Community Party, Workers’ Fight, Workers International to Rebuild the Fourth International, Workers’ Party of Ireland, Workers Revolutionary Party, World Revolution.

Support Laura Pidcock MP
1 Gledstone House, 26 Newmarket Street, Consett, County Durham, DH8 5LQ
01207 501 782

And this is the second poster:

BRITAIN FIRST

A General Election could easily come in 2018.
David Lindsay is preparing to stand here in North West Durham: the REAL THREAT of a MIXED-BLOOD MP for this WHITE AREA.
Jayda Fransen, Deputy Leader of Britain First, and famously retweeted by Donald Trump, will stand in North West Durham against David Lindsay.

Jayda will be actively supported by Britain First, the British National Party, the National Front, National Action, the Britannica Party, the British Democratic Party, Ulster Resistance, the Orange Volunteers, the Red Hand Defenders, the Real Ulster Freedom Fighters, the Springbok Club, the London Swinton Circle, the Conservative Monday Club, the League of St George, Candour, Spearhead, Redwatch, Black House Publishing and Focal Point Publications.
Steve Bannon and Judge Roy Moore will travel from America to speak for Jayda against David Lindsay. So will Marine Le Pen from France, Geert Wilders from Holland and the new Vice-Chancellor (Deputy Prime Minister) of Austria, Heinz-Christian Strache. 

Contact: Britain First, PO Box 119, Swanley, Kent, BRB 9DY 
0208 914 8212 or 020 3409 6216

In response to the first poster, who has been tweeted by someone who informs us that “The whole Left is coming [to North West Durham, and especially to the Consett area] for the next Election,” Ms Pidcock now has three options.

First, she could accept the endorsement of each and all of the Alliance for Green Socialism, the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty, the Anarchist Federation, Class War, the Communist League, the Communist Party of Britain, the Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist), the Communist Party of Great Britain (Provisional Central Committee), the Communist Party of Ireland, the Communist Party of Scotland, the Communist Workers Organisation, the Economic and Philosophic Science Review, Éirígí, the Independent Working Class Association, the Industrial Workers of the World, the International Socialist League, the Irish Republican Socialist Party, Left Unity, Lewisham People Before Profit, London Black Revolutionaries, the New Communist Party of Britain, Old Swan Against the Cuts, the People Before Profit Alliance, the Republican Communist Network, the Republican Network for Unity, Republican Sinn Féin, the Revolutionary Communist Group, the Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), RISE – Scotland’s Left Alliance, the Scottish Republican Socialist Movement, the Scottish Socialist Party, Socialist Action, Socialist Appeal, the Socialist Equality Party, the Socialist Labour Party, the Socialist Party (England and Wales), the Socialist Party of Great Britain, the Socialist Party Scotland, Socialist Resistance, Socialist Studies, the Socialist Workers Party, Solidarity, the Solidarity Federation, the Spartacist League of Britain, the Stalin Society, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, the West Dunbartonshire Community Party, Workers’ Fight, the Workers International to Rebuild the Fourth International, the Workers’ Party of Ireland, the Workers Revolutionary Party, and World Revolution.

Secondly, she could accept the endorsements of some of those, but not of others, specifying which fell into each category and why. Or thirdly, she could reject the endorsement of each and all of them. Which is it to be? Of course, any of them might also withdraw its endorsement of her, in which case it would be honour bound to field or support a candidate against both her and me. In any event, George Galloway needs to consider his recent decision to transfer his support from me to Ms Pidcock. He would be more than welcome to resume his role, which he has never formally resigned, as my Campaign Patron.

In response to the second poster, tweeted by someone who informs us that “Keeping [me] out is the number one priority for Nationalists at the next General Election,” I say bring it on. I can scarcely wait to take the fight to Jayda Fransen, Britain First, the British National Party, the National Front, National Action, the Britannica Party, the British Democratic Party, Ulster Resistance, the Orange Volunteers, the Red Hand Defenders, the Real Ulster Freedom Fighters, the Springbok Club, the London Swinton Circle, the Conservative Monday Club, the League of St George, Candour, Spearhead, Redwatch, Black House Publishing, Focal Point Publications (which is David Irving’s global nerve centre of Holocaust denial), Steve Bannon, Roy Moore, Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders and Heinz-Christian Strache.

A proper parliamentary campaign, which is the only kind worth fighting, would cost £10,000. I can be contacted on davidaslindsay@hotmail.com, which accepts PayPal. I am already on Patreon, in search of a regular income to support my work as a journalist and as an activist. A campaign fund with trustees would be set up as soon as it was demonstrably worthwhile to do so; bluntly, as soon as people had pledged serious money. We need only to be the First Past the Post. As Editor of The Lanchester Review, I have given a rare platform to the National Health Action Party and to the Pirate Party, and I would therefore hope for their support. The Women’s Equality Party might endorse Laura Pidcock, or it might endorse Jayda Fransen, or it might stand its own candidate against all three of us, but it would have to do one of those things if it wished to retain any credibility. The same is true of the Cannabis Law Reform Party.

I warmly invite each and all of the many Independent County and Parish Councillors in North West Durham, among whom Councillor Alex Watson OBE is already my Campaign Patron, to sign my nomination papers and to campaign for me, as well as to join me in identifying in each ward of the former Districts of Derwentside and Wear Valley a number of projects equal to the former number of District Councillors, so as to campaign in support of those projects.

The necessary support for each and all of those projects, together with justice for the 472 of Durham County Council’s Teaching Assistants who have now lost 23 per cent of their pay, and together with bringing Volkswagen’s production for the British market to County Durham after Brexit, would be the price of my support for any Government in the hung Parliament that would be the most likely outcome of a General Election in the early part of 2018.

My Westminster office would be a national and international centre for the formulation, the articulation and, where possible, the implementation of the alternative to neoliberal economic policy and  to neoconservative foreign policy. My own preference is strongly for economic equality and international peace through the democratic control of the means to those ends, recognising the leading roles of the principal victims of inequality and war, namely the working class and the youth. I am the first to say that Jeremy Corbyn is the most culturally significant British politician in living memory, the most agenda-setting Leader of the Opposition ever, and the global leader of the opposition to neoliberal economic policy and to neoconservative foreign policy. There is an urgent need to co-ordinate that critique at home and abroad, in preparation for the Corbyn Government that will lead Britain and the world out of politically chosen austerity, and away from wars of political choice. In short, I am firmly a man of the Left. But I would provide a national and international platform for a wide variety of perspectives opposed to neoliberal economic policy and to neoconservative foreign policy, to politically chosen austerity and to wars of political choice. Many of the strongest influences on my own thinking have come, and continue to come, from what would at first sight appear to be the opposite end of the political spectrum.

In the same spirit, my constituency staff would include members or supporters of each and all of the Labour Party, the Conservative Party, the Liberal Democrats, and any other Groups on Durham County Council that had representation at either County or Parish level here in North West Durham. The ideal would be a Labour, a Conservative, a Liberal Democrat and an Independent figure in each of the County Wards, including a person in each of the former District Wards, all conveying the concerns of local people to me as the Member of Parliament, and all working with them and with me in order to address those concerns.

Obviously, and entirely correctly, normal party political activity would continue. These figures would be free to contest elections, even against each other, and to support their own candidates. It would seem a bit much for any of them to be candidates against me at an election at which only one could be elected, but let’s not run ahead of ourselves, so to speak. No one who was currently employed by Laura Pidcock need necessarily fear for his or her livelihood. Those staff would be free to stay, and they would be free to go. Those who went, would go of their own free will. County Durham Labour, meanwhile, needs to decide with whom it sides by continuing its forlorn persecution of me.

Does County Durham Labour side with each and all of the Alliance for Green Socialism, the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty, the Anarchist Federation, Class War, the Communist League, the Communist Party of Britain, the Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist), the Communist Party of Great Britain (Provisional Central Committee), the Communist Party of Ireland, the Communist Party of Scotland, the Communist Workers Organisation, the Economic and Philosophic Science Review, Éirígí, the Independent Working Class Association, the Industrial Workers of the World, the International Socialist League, the Irish Republican Socialist Party, Left Unity, Lewisham People Before Profit, London Black Revolutionaries, the New Communist Party of Britain, Old Swan Against the Cuts, the People Before Profit Alliance, the Republican Communist Network, the Republican Network for Unity, Republican Sinn Féin, the Revolutionary Communist Group, the Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), RISE – Scotland’s Left Alliance, the Scottish Republican Socialist Movement, the Scottish Socialist Party, Socialist Action, Socialist Appeal, the Socialist Equality Party, the Socialist Labour Party, the Socialist Party (England and Wales), the Socialist Party of Great Britain, the Socialist Party Scotland, Socialist Resistance, Socialist Studies, the Socialist Workers Party, Solidarity, the Solidarity Federation, the Spartacist League of Britain, the Stalin Society, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, the West Dunbartonshire Community Party, Workers’ Fight, the Workers International to Rebuild the Fourth International, the Workers’ Party of Ireland, the Workers Revolutionary Party, World Revolution, Jayda Fransen, Britain First, the British National Party, the National Front, National Action, the Britannica Party, the British Democratic Party, Ulster Resistance, the Orange Volunteers, the Red Hand Defenders, the Real Ulster Freedom Fighters, the Springbok Club, the London Swinton Circle, the Conservative Monday Club, the League of St George, Candour, Spearhead, Redwatch, Black House Publishing, Focal Point Publications, Steve Bannon, Roy Moore, Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders and Heinz-Christian Strache?

If not, then it will let the matter against me drop. If County Durham Labour does not let the matter against me drop, then it sides explicitly with each and all of those, as therefore does Simon Henig personally.

Does Durham County Council side with each and all of the Alliance for Green Socialism, the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty, the Anarchist Federation, Class War, the Communist League, the Communist Party of Britain, the Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist), the Communist Party of Great Britain (Provisional Central Committee), the Communist Party of Ireland, the Communist Party of Scotland, the Communist Workers Organisation, the Economic and Philosophic Science Review, Éirígí, the Independent Working Class Association, the Industrial Workers of the World, the International Socialist League, the Irish Republican Socialist Party, Left Unity, Lewisham People Before Profit, London Black Revolutionaries, the New Communist Party of Britain, Old Swan Against the Cuts, the People Before Profit Alliance, the Republican Communist Network, the Republican Network for Unity, Republican Sinn Féin, the Revolutionary Communist Group, the Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), RISE – Scotland’s Left Alliance, the Scottish Republican Socialist Movement, the Scottish Socialist Party, Socialist Action, Socialist Appeal, the Socialist Equality Party, the Socialist Labour Party, the Socialist Party (England and Wales), the Socialist Party of Great Britain, the Socialist Party Scotland, Socialist Resistance, Socialist Studies, the Socialist Workers Party, Solidarity, the Solidarity Federation, the Spartacist League of Britain, the Stalin Society, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, the West Dunbartonshire Community Party, Workers’ Fight, the Workers International to Rebuild the Fourth International, the Workers’ Party of Ireland, the Workers Revolutionary Party, World Revolution, Jayda Fransen, Britain First, the British National Party, the National Front, National Action, the Britannica Party, the British Democratic Party, Ulster Resistance, the Orange Volunteers, the Red Hand Defenders, the Real Ulster Freedom Fighters, the Springbok Club, the London Swinton Circle, the Conservative Monday Club, the League of St George, Candour, Spearhead, Redwatch, Black House Publishing, Focal Point Publications, Steve Bannon, Roy Moore, Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders and Heinz-Christian Strache?

If not, then it will let the matter against me drop. If Durham County Council does not let the matter against me drop, then it sides explicitly with each and all of those, as therefore does Simon Henig personally.

And does the Crown Prosecution Service side with each and all of the Alliance for Green Socialism, the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty, the Anarchist Federation, Class War, the Communist League, the Communist Party of Britain, the Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist), the Communist Party of Great Britain (Provisional Central Committee), the Communist Party of Ireland, the Communist Party of Scotland, the Communist Workers Organisation, the Economic and Philosophic Science Review, Éirígí, the Independent Working Class Association, the Industrial Workers of the World, the International Socialist League, the Irish Republican Socialist Party, Left Unity, Lewisham People Before Profit, London Black Revolutionaries, the New Communist Party of Britain, Old Swan Against the Cuts, the People Before Profit Alliance, the Republican Communist Network, the Republican Network for Unity, Republican Sinn Féin, the Revolutionary Communist Group, the Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), RISE – Scotland’s Left Alliance, the Scottish Republican Socialist Movement, the Scottish Socialist Party, Socialist Action, Socialist Appeal, the Socialist Equality Party, the Socialist Labour Party, the Socialist Party (England and Wales), the Socialist Party of Great Britain, the Socialist Party Scotland, Socialist Resistance, Socialist Studies, the Socialist Workers Party, Solidarity, the Solidarity Federation, the Spartacist League of Britain, the Stalin Society, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, the West Dunbartonshire Community Party, Workers’ Fight, the Workers International to Rebuild the Fourth International, the Workers’ Party of Ireland, the Workers Revolutionary Party, World Revolution, Jayda Fransen, Britain First, the British National Party, the National Front, National Action, the Britannica Party, the British Democratic Party, Ulster Resistance, the Orange Volunteers, the Red Hand Defenders, the Real Ulster Freedom Fighters, the Springbok Club, the London Swinton Circle, the Conservative Monday Club, the League of St George, Candour, Spearhead, Redwatch, Black House Publishing, Focal Point Publications, Steve Bannon, Roy Moore, Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders and Heinz-Christian Strache?

If not, then it will let the matter against me drop. If the Crown Prosecution Service does not let the matter against me drop, then it sides explicitly with each and all of those, as does Alison Saunders personally.

Under those circumstances, and indeed under any and all circumstances, I greatly look forward to confronting both Simon Henig and Alison Saunders on the stump during the battle for this parliamentary seat of North West Durham. Labour Councillors within this constituency, however, are a different matter. They all know me to some extent, and several of them know me very well indeed. None of them has been involved in persecuting me. All of them would wish to participate in identifying in each ward of the former Districts of Derwentside and Wear Valley a number of projects equal to the former number of District Councillors, so as to campaign in support of those projects. All of them would wish to participate in ensuring that there was a Labour, a Conservative, a Liberal Democrat and an Independent figure in each of the County Wards, including a person in each of the former District Wards, to convey the concerns of local people to me as the Member of Parliament, and to work with them and with me in order to address those concerns. None of them had any role in selecting Laura Pidcock in 2017. They were all most recently elected on the day that she lost her own seat on Northumberland County Council, an event that she did not condescend to attend.

And none of them has anything in common with any candidate of the Alliance for Green Socialism, the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty, the Anarchist Federation, Class War, the Communist League, the Communist Party of Britain, the Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist), the Communist Party of Great Britain (Provisional Central Committee), the Communist Party of Ireland, the Communist Party of Scotland, the Communist Workers Organisation, the Economic and Philosophic Science Review, Éirígí, the Independent Working Class Association, the Industrial Workers of the World, the International Socialist League, the Irish Republican Socialist Party, Left Unity, Lewisham People Before Profit, London Black Revolutionaries, the New Communist Party of Britain, Old Swan Against the Cuts, the People Before Profit Alliance, the Republican Communist Network, the Republican Network for Unity, Republican Sinn Féin, the Revolutionary Communist Group, the Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), RISE – Scotland’s Left Alliance, the Scottish Republican Socialist Movement, the Scottish Socialist Party, Socialist Action, Socialist Appeal, the Socialist Equality Party, the Socialist Labour Party, the Socialist Party (England and Wales), the Socialist Party of Great Britain, the Socialist Party Scotland, Socialist Resistance, Socialist Studies, the Socialist Workers Party, Solidarity, the Solidarity Federation, the Spartacist League of Britain, the Stalin Society, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, the West Dunbartonshire Community Party, Workers’ Fight, the Workers International to Rebuild the Fourth International, the Workers’ Party of Ireland, the Workers Revolutionary Party, or World Revolution.

Likewise, most or all of the other County Councillors in this constituency know me to some extent, as do many non-Labour Parish Councillors, including all of them in Lanchester, where I voted for 12 of the 15 serving Parish Councillors, including all of the Independent, Conservative and Liberal Democrat ones. Several of them know me very well indeed. All of them would wish to participate in identifying in each ward of the former Districts of Derwentside and Wear Valley a number of projects equal to the former number of District Councillors, so as to campaign in support of those projects. All of them would wish to participate in ensuring that there was a Labour, a Conservative, a Liberal Democrat and an Independent figure in each of the County Wards, including a person in each of the former District Wards, to convey the concerns of local people to me as the Member of Parliament, and to work with them and with me in order to address those concerns. They were all most recently elected on the day that Laura Pidcock lost her own seat on Northumberland County Council, an event that she did not condescend to attend.

And none of them has anything in common with Jayda Fransen, or with any candidate of Britain First, the British National Party, the National Front, National Action, the Britannica Party, the British Democratic Party, Ulster Resistance, the Orange Volunteers, the Red Hand Defenders, the Real Ulster Freedom Fighters, the Springbok Club, the London Swinton Circle, the Conservative Monday Club, the League of St George, CandourSpearheadRedwatch, Black House Publishing, Focal Point Publications, Steve Bannon, Roy Moore, Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders, or Heinz-Christian Strache.

They all know where I am. Everyone knows where I am. The question now is where, together, we are all going.

Unfinished Business?

Mary Lou McDonald, you say? So, Sinn Féin voters in the Six Counties, will you vote for a party led by a Dubliner? A universe of questions is contained within that one. This unopposed election will have done Sinn Féin no harm in the Republic. But Northern Ireland may prove to be a different matter.

Right All Along

What 20 years these have been. At home, the Private Finance Initiative and all the variations on that theme. Abroad, the interventionist wars, with all the corresponding assaults on domestic civil liberties. Who defends or advocates such policies now? Scarcely a soul. But who never did? Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell, that's who.

Seen Hands

I am very glad that the Adam Smith Institute now supports the Universal Basic Income, but we must not cede to it the leading role in this campaign. It is Modern Monetary Theory that will make possible the Universal Basic Income while continuing, through MMT’s Jobs Guarantee, to deliver full employment with the Living Wage, and thus to safeguard the economic, social, cultural and political power of organised labour.

Shut Him Down

On the day that the Trump Administration formally adopted neoconservative foreign policy, or even the original kind of Scoop Jackson Democratic foreign policy from the Cold War, Donald Trump himself professed to be "pro-life". His version of that term is what gives it a bad name. In any case, he intends to do absolutely nothing about even that. They never do.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Finely Balanced

The Conservatives are supposed to be good on law and order. I cannot remember when, exactly, they ever have been. But they are supposed to be.

With no fewer than three bad stories for them on that front today (the prisons, John Worboys, and Oliver Mears), they are in serious trouble. Mears, in particular, raises the question of what, exactly, it would take for Alison Saunders to have to resign as Director of Public Prosecutions.

Perhaps if she had been found to have spent a year, and heaven only knows how much public money, prosecuting someone against whom there was absolutely no evidence whatever, but whom she and her co-conspirators had wished to prevent from winning a municipal election and from contesting a parliamentary one?

Of course, she and her co-conspirators can spare themselves that fate. They know what they have to do.

Prison Break

The crisis in the prisons is proving the making of Richard Burgon. Although they are currently held by the same person, and although they could be so again, the office of Leader of the Left is charismatic and prophetic, whereas that of Leader of the Labour Party is institutional and sacerdotal. In the former, the eventual successor to Tony Benn and Jeremy Corbyn is increasingly obvious.

Not Our Enemies

"Conservative voters are not our enemies. They're our neighbours, they're our friends, and we need to be convincing them." So says my old university drinking companion, Jon Ashworth.

He was always highly ambitious, and he was therefore obliged to be a bit Blairy 20 years ago. But he was never as right-wing as we purer souls, who never laboured under the heavy burden of feeling called to be Prime Minister, used to like to half-joke that he was. No resignation to try and bring down Jeremy Corbyn for him.

Rather like Neil Fleming, whom even I have started to miss a bit around here. An erstwhile Chairman of Lanchester Parish Council would have exercised a moderating influence. "Conservative voters are not our enemies. They're our neighbours, they're our friends, and we need to be convincing them."

No Hereford Bull

As usual, 2017 saw Hereford and South Herefordshire deliver a Conservative majority that was larger than the Labour vote.

Yet even there, the audience took it as read that the Government was setting up the NHS to fail, in order to privatise it. There was outrage that Margot James dared to question anything so self-evident.

Run with this one, and, while there will be seats that Labour does not win, there will none that it cannot win. Unlike New Labour, Corbyn's Labour need have no no-go areas.

A Bridge Too Far?

The Boris Bridge sounds as if it is beyond satire. But as a project, the bridge itself is not a bad idea. Just so long as Boris Johnson is allowed nowhere near it. And just so long as there is no PFI.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

The Lanchester Review: Questions To Laura Pidcock MP

This purely journalistic piece by me was sent on Monday as a letter to the Northern Echo, to the Morning Star and to The Guardian. I have not had sight of the Star this week, due to a combination of the snow and waiting for the gasman. But it has certainly appeared in neither of the others. So here it is. The Lanchester Review offers Laura Pidcock MP the right of reply.

Rerun The County Council Election In Lanchester

I like the two County Councillors for Lanchester, and I have known one of them for 35 years, so I have always resisted the many suggestions that I call for the election to be rerun. Yes, their party, not them but their party, openly cheated by manufacturing a criminal charge against me. And yes, even after that, the declared result was pretty much impossible. To echo the most common refrain, I got more votes than that in Burnhope alone.

But if you grew up in the land of Durham County Council, then you take in your stride a level of municipal corruption that would be litigated to Kingdom Come anywhere else in Britain, and which would provoke riots in the streets in much of the rest of Europe. No, I said, think of the cost of a by-election.

The cost of a by-election. In this ward, Labour factored that in by fielding the candidates that it did, and the voters did so by electing them. No one has ever seriously suggested that they were both going to be in office until the spring of 2021. For one reason or another, there was always going to be at least one by-election here in the course of this term.

The Labour Party openly cheated by manufacturing a criminal charge against me. And even after that, the declared result was pretty much impossible. I got more votes than that in Burnhope alone. As was always going to happen at some point during this term, the County Council election in the Lanchester Ward needs to be rerun. The two sitting Councillors need to have the decency to resign and make that happen, as it was always going to happen one way or another. No one has ever seriously suggested that they were both going to be in office until the spring of 2021.

Initiative, Representative

At anything up to 40 per cent, and in one case 70 per cent, more expensive than old-fashioned public sector methods, the Private Finance Initiative and its imitations were never about saving money. They were about breaking the public sector trade unions, a cause common to the post-Thatcher Conservatives and to New Labour. Neither the post-Thatcher Conservatives nor New Labour cared how much that cost. To them, it would have been well worth all the money in the world.

There have been rather a lot of Days New Labour Died. The Crash. Dropping below 30 per cent of the vote in 2010. The Conservative overall majority in 2015, obtained though that was by criminal means. The election of Jeremy Corbyn. The re-election of Jeremy Corbyn. And now, this. But on one thing, there is no dispute. New Labour is dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of its burial has been signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner.

Larry Elliott sets out, among much else, that only enormous companies are capable of taking on the kind of contracts that Carillion has, and that those companies then effectively subsidise and guarantee their private sector work out of the public purse. There are eight or 10 of these corporations, a state within the State, and each of them is supposed to have a Crown Representative, although it would seem that such positions are relatively rarely filled.

When there are any at all, then who are these Crown Representatives? Where do they come from? How, and by whom, are they appointed? How, and by whom, can they be removed? For all eight or 10 positions, I nominate Stella Creasy. Merging them all might not be such a bad idea. That would create a formidable figure.

Dr Creasy might also fill the position that has been vacated by Toby Young on the Board of the Office for Students. Or what is Pat Glass doing these days? In any event, someone is going to to have to take that place. Who is it going to be, and why?

Even after Carillion had issued its severe profit warning, the Government was still favouring it with public contracts. Was the Conservative Party also still taking donations from it? And is Toby Young still a member of that party? If the answer to either of those questions is yes, then we are dealing with an enormous scandal.

And yet, not. We know that the Conservative Party was taking money from the hedge funds that were betting against Carillion, at the same time as the Conservative Government was awarding contracts to it. And we know that even after Young's resignation, Theresa May appointed a Party Vice-Chairman who wanted to sterilise the poor, who believed that nurses who were using foodbanks needed to stop whingeing and find other employment, who advocated "Police brutality", and who defended the unlawful killing of Ian Tomlinson. That Vice-Chairman remains in office.

The Brutal Truth

If the Conservative Party had thought that it was going to win Mansfield, then it would never have put up Ben Bradley as its candidate.

Hartz and Minds

A return to coalition with Angela Merkel would presage the electoral death of the SPD, and there would be precious little remaining reason to mourn that party for its own sake, while its demise would open the space for better alternatives. But such a coalition would, in the immediate term, leave the AfD as the only viable Opposition.

Für Gott, Fürst und Vaterland

Who says that the National Anthem is out of date? It has the same tune as Liechtenstein’s.

The present heiress to the Stuart claim to the Thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland is married to the present Heir to the Throne of Liechtenstein, making their eldest son the next in line to both.

And they have an eldest son (plus two more, and a daughter). He was born in 1995. In London. The first Jacobite heir to have been born in the British Isles since 1688. Think on.

Persian Inertia

Remember those supposedly epoch-making demonstrations in Iran? They do this about once a decade. Then they get bored and go home.

Mashed To A Pulp

A second series of The Mash Report? Seriously, BBC? A second series of The Mash Report? But at least such of its target audience as might be allowed to stay up that late on a school night will be watching Derry Girls instead. Anything with a Nineties soundtrack is fundamentally a good thing, and something with plenty of the Cranberries will be a very good thing indeed this week.

Resolute Posture

The formal objection to a 10ft statue in Parliament Square of Margaret Thatcher in a "resolute posture looking towards Parliament with a stern gaze" has been lodged by Matt Hancock's Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport, and by the Royal Parks Agency. Twin nests of Corbynism, I'm sure.

By George

Of course George Osborne does not want a peerage. After he has been Mayor of London, then he intends to return to the House of Commons in order to become Prime Minister. No doubt remaining Editor of the Evening Standard throughout it all. That is the plan.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Class Lessons

It is inconceivable that a centre of higher education with as many students as Carillion had apprentices would be allowed to go the wall, and damn the consequences for those students.

The Magic Seat Tree

After last year's billion pounds, this year sees the decision today that there should remain four parliamentary seats in Belfast after all. The DUP had been set to lose one. But it no longer is. That's nice.

Negative Charge

Poppi Worthington's father is not going to charged. But I have been. Even though they have had to give themselves until 11th April 2018 to find the single piece of "evidence" on the "strength" of which I was charged on 13th April 2017.

I ought to refuse to stand trial, at the very least until he did. I ought to take myself abroad. I am not going to. But I ought to. And I would not blame anyone else who did.

Piece of Mind

"There's no such thing as the Hard Left," its obvious candidate to succeed Jeremy Corbyn told me when I asked him whether he considered himself part of it. Of course, that is always the sign. But he has the wrong chromosomes, so the scramble is on for a "Stop Thornberry, Stop Rayner" candidate who has no such disqualification.

I still say that Angela Rayner is the candidate with the right appeal across the party, across the Movement and across the electorate. But if a candidate is to be fielded from her left, then it ought to be the one who had gone from an 11-16 comprehensive school (the more middle-class and selective ones are always 11-18), via a Sixth Form college, to Cambridge, qualification as a solicitor, election to Parliament, and rapid appointment to the Shadow Cabinet.

Richard Burgon is a success story of the state education system, and we need to hear a lot more of those, since there are a lot of them about.

This Emergency Is No Accident

The catastrophic crisis in recruiting and retaining teachers is now joined by the catastrophic crisis in recruiting and retaining nurses. Jeremy Hunt simply has to go. And without looking it up, can anyone even name the Secretary of State for Education?

There's Always The SDLP

In 2017, Sinn Féin did not take its seats at Westminster even to stop the DUP from entering the Government of the United Kingdom, and even to force a second General Election that might very well have made John McDonnell Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Sinn Féin is never, ever, ever going to take its seats at Westminster, and that's just that. Meaning, in the present circumstances, that Sinn Féin is as much to blame as the DUP is for the fact that the present Government remains in office.

It is often asserted that, "The SDLP is nothing more than the Not Sinn Féin Party." For themselves and for everyone else, the voters of West Tyrone could do a lot worse than that.

Fatti Maschii Parole Femine

Under anything like normal circumstances, Chelsea Manning would be a hugely problematic candidate. But these are nothing like normal circumstances.

Ben Cardin is up to his eyes in the Russiagate gibberish. All paleoconservatives and libertarians in Maryland should join the entire Left there and register as Democrats in order to vote to nominate Manning.

Indeed, not only the 2.9 per cent who voted for Gary Johnson and the 1.3 per cent who voted for Jill Stein should do so. But all of the 33.9 per cent who voted for Donald Trump should also do so. 

Register as Democrats. Nominate Chelsea Manning. And elect Chelsea Manning.

Perchance To Dream?

If Sir Desmond Swayne was asleep during yesterday's Commons debate on Brexit, then he spoke for the nation. People who howl "What about Brexit?", usually from one side or the other against Jeremy Corbyn, are back in the corner of the pub where no one wants to go for fear of meeting them. We Nineties Boys feel right at home in such a hostelry, and this time no one asks us for ID.

Both main parties are fairly representative of the country on this issue. Each has hundreds of MPs, of whom a dozen are hardcore Remainers, half a dozen are hardcore Leavers, and that's it. The Conservative Party could find only an incidental Remainer whom its MPs considered capable of being Leader, and it will do so again to the benefit of Gavin Williamson. No one else will even have enough nominations to get onto the ballot paper.

Shift The Sands

After last night's second part of House of Saud: A Family at War, remember that the Conservative Party fought the last General Election on a manifesto commitment to abolish the Serious Fraud Office. As the next couple of weeks unfold, you will no longer need to go to Riyadh in order to see why.

Again I say that BAE Systems ought to be renationalised as the monopoly supplier to the British Armed Forces and to nobody else, with a total ban on the sale of arms abroad, and with a huge programme of diversification in order to maintain industrial skills.

There is nothing "bleeding heart" about any of this. Once the arms are out there, then we never know where they are going to end up, thence to be turned against us. Or, in the case of Saudi Arabia, we do.

Neither Due Nor Diligent

John Major was neither nice nor a ditherer. Margaret Thatcher was not iron. And anyone who had watched her long and chaotic tenure at the Home Office already knew that Theresa May was neither strong nor stable.

It comes as no surprise to us she exercised no due diligence before continuing to award contracts to Carillion even after it was obviously collapsing; her shrieks about Wales and Leeds are welcome rebukes to the anti-Corbyn Labour machines in the Welsh Assembly and in local government.

And it comes as no surprise to us that she exercised no due diligence before appointing a Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party who wanted to sterilise the poor. Indeed, was there anyone available who did not hold that view? Mrs May had already exercised no due diligence in seeking to give control of the entire university sector to a close friend of several of her Cabinet who was a published eugenicist, and who in that capacity consorted with white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and advocates of the rape of children who had been drugged for the purpose.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

After The Watershed

Unlike the people who were paid to provide an Opposition, two of whom are now the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell were right all along about everything that has come to a crescendo in the collapse of Carillion.

Following the murder of Oliver Ivanović in the nightmare narco-state where they name their sons "Tonibler", consider that Corbyn and McDonnell were also among the mere 13 MPs (all Labour, although several right-wing journalists also did some heavy lifting on this) who either voted against the bombing of Kosovo, or acted as tellers in order to force that admittedly symbolic vote to be held at all.

Corbyn and McDonnell did not start being right over economic policy 10 years ago, when the Crash came. Nor did they start being right over foreign policy 15 years ago, over Iraq. Both on economic policy and on foreign policy, Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell have been right all along. As, whether or not they care to admit it, everyone can now see.

Conference on Intelligence

"The Left! The Left! The Left!" Apparently, the "Cultural Marxists" run everything, even the Conservative Party, and certainly the universities. In which case, tell me which British university is teaching or publishing Lysenkoism, or Japheticism, or Kuznetsov's 1952 attempt to enforce "the total renunciation of Einstein’s conception, without compromise or half-measure". Tell me who, of the slightest importance, has been a participant, however passive, in that pseudo-science.

By contrast, one of our most prestigious seats of higher learning has been hosting the propagation of eugenics, attended by the man whom the Government had wanted to put in charge of the entire sector. No British university is giving houseroom to Holodomor Denial, which does the rounds. If any were, then we would never hear the end of it. Nor should we. Yet in this age of Toby Young, would you bet that none was providing a platform for Holocaust Denial, and that no one with a key policy role was turning up? If you would, then you are a fool, and you richly deserve to be parted from your money. 

As the latest developments in relation to National Action make clear, and as I have been trying to tell you for years, the single biggest internal security threat comes from the Far Right. A Far Right that is enormous, longstanding, very highly organised, armed to the teeth, and possessed of the closest possible ties both to the DUP and to Conservative Party. 

Sammy Wilson, who was then the DUP's Press Officer and who is now one of its MPs, chaired the founding rally of the Ulster Resistance, which has never disbanded or disarmed in any way. Ian Paisley (the Elder, so to speak), Peter Robinson and Ivan Foster all spoke at that rally. Emma Little-Pengelly, who is now the DUP MP for Belfast South, is the daughter of Noel Little of the Paris Three. She owed her election last year, for a somewhat improbable seat, to the concerted efforts of the local Loyalist paramilitary organisations, to whom she extended barely coded thanks in her acceptance speech. It is highly unusual for a married woman from her background to continue to use her maiden name, even in hyphenated form. But Noel Little's daughter does so.

Thomas Mair, the murderer of Jo Cox, described himself to the Police as "a political activist", and so he was. No Irish Republican organisation has murdered a Member of Parliament in the present century or in the preceding decade, and the people responsible are now such pillars of the British Establishment that they are entertained at Windsor Castle. No Islamist or Leftist organisation has ever murdered a Member of Parliament. But the Far Right has done so, only in 2016.

National Fronts come and BNPs go, EDLs come and Britain Firsts go, but certain institutional and organisational manifestations of the Far Right are perennial, hitherto even permanent. Mair's is the Springbok Club, which is run by the people who also run the London Swinton Circle. And that, in turn, was addressed by Liam Fox (born 1961) and by Owen Paterson (born 1956) as recently as 2014. Ah, those old 1980s Tory Boys, in their Hang Mandela T-shirts and all the rest of it. Wherever did they all end up?

In the Thatcher and, to a lesser extent, Major years, there were Ministers who were members of the Western Goals Institute or the Monday Club, which latter had played a key role in securing British accession to the EU. Those crossed over, via such things as the fiercely Eurofederalist League of Saint George, to overt neo-Nazism on the Continent, to the Ku Klux Klan, to apartheid South Africa, to Ian Smith's Rhodesia, to the juntas of Latin America, to Marcos and Suharto, to the Duvaliers, and so on. Nick Griffin's father, Edgar, was a Vice-President of Iain Duncan Smith's Leadership Campaign. He answered what was listed as one of its official telephone numbers (in his house) with the words "British National Party".

And now, Toby Young and the "London Conference on Intelligence". I tried to tell you. I was right about Harriet Harman and the Paedophile Information Exchange. For pointing that one out, I am still banned from major websites such as The Spectator and Harry's Place. But I was right. I am right about this, too. 

Nor are they unconnected. It has all come out about Margaret Thatcher's friends. She knew about Cyril Smith when she arranged his knighthood. Jimmy Savile's knighthood was rejected four times by the relevant committee, until she absolutely insisted upon it for the man with whom she spent every New Year's Eve, and on whose programmes she was so obsessed with appearing that her staff had to ration those appearances. Her closest lieutenant was Peter Morrison. Unlike the Prince of Wales, she would have had sight of every file on Laurens van der Post.

What was so important about Smith, a highly eccentric and largely absentee MP for what was then a tiny minority party? He was a Thatcherite avant la lettre, who had left the Labour Party when he had started to see cars outside council houses. Thatcher's father was also a Liberal until all of that fell apart between the Wars, and he was never a member of the Conservative Party to his dying day. He, she and Smith were politically indistinguishable.

That the Radical Right put out pamphlets demanding the legalisation of paedophile activity was mentioned in Our Friends in the North, which was broadcast in 1996. Our Friends in the North is so integral to subsequent popular culture that one of its four stars is now James Bond, another was the first Doctor of this century's revival of Doctor Who, and neither of the others is exactly obscure. 

That Thatcherite MPs were likely to commit sexual violence against boys with the full knowledge of the party hierarchy formed quite a major subplot in To Play the King, the middle series of the original House of Cards trilogy. To Play the King was broadcast as long ago as 1993. No politician or commentator of the generation that is now in or approaching its pomp could possibly have seen anything less than every minute of that trilogy.

Moreover, anyone who came to political maturity in what were then the newly-former mining areas will have been made fully aware that the miners in the dock, all the way back in 1984 and 1985, routinely made reference to the proclivities of the Home Secretary of the day, Leon Brittan. Those proclivities were common knowledge from Fife and the Lothians, to County Durham and the southern part of Northumberland, to South Yorkshire, to South Wales, among other places. Nothing was carried in the papers or included in the court reports, but the pit villages never needed Twitter in order to circumvent that kind of censorship.

Notably about Harriet Harman and the Paedophile Information Exchange, I have been here before: everyone called me a nutter for years, but I was right, I knew that I was right, so did they, and they now deny that they ever denied what I had been saying all along. Likewise, I have been trying for years to tell you about the Far Right in this country, about its links to the 1980s New Right by which we are now governed, and about the links between both of those and paedophile advocacy, activism and activity. There it all is, at UCL and at the very heart of government. Will you listen now?

Monday, 15 January 2018

The Lanchester Review: Why Senator Cardin Is A Fitting Opponent For Chelsea Manning

Greater Than Attlee

Chris Williamson has been ridiculed for suggesting that Jeremy Corbyn would be an even greater Prime Minister than Clement Attlee was. What, however, is wrong with that?

Attlee's wars tend to be ignored. But in fact they were rather squalid, and he made the first ever cuts to the Welfare State for the sake of the Warfare State. He was the best Labour Prime Minister so far, by a mile. But only so far.

The Broken Net

Who even remembered that there was a net migration target? It was a joke at the last two General Elections, insofar as it came up at all last year.

For more than half a decade, immigration was a huge issue. But then, quite suddenly, it just wasn't. How the world turns.

Momentum, Indeed

I cannot see how it is news that supporters of the twice-elected Leader of the Labour Party have been elected to its National Executive Committee. It would have been news if his opponents had been. But consider that each of the Momentum-backed candidates received over 60,000 votes. That is about as many as the entire membership of the Conservative Party.

If Constituency Labour Parties do not exist to select and reselect, or deselect, parliamentary candidates, then what, exactly, are they for? That question presents itself with particular starkness here in North West Durham, where the CLP was told last year that not only was no one in it capable of being a parliamentary candidate, but no one in it was even permitted to have any say in who that candidate was to be.

Daily Mail, Don't Be Derailed

Whether or not Virgin is now going to sell you anyway, it threatened not to do so. Run your excoriating exposé of its publicly funded profiteering, from the railways to NHS, as if it had followed through on that threat. Here on the Left, we would be right behind you.

Follow The Money

Carillion, which is chaired by Theresa May's adviser on corporate responsibility, is not really a private company at all. It exists almost entirely in order to profit from public contracts. In that, it is like Atos. It is like G4S. It is very much like Virgin. The rest of us need to start following the money. The money that does not find its way back to the Treasury. And the money that does find its way to either or both of the Conservative Party and the DUP.

This is the Conservative Party's public money laundering operation that is its client State. Dressed up as tax-avoiding private companies. Or dressed up as tax-exempt charities such as the New Schools Network, which derives 90 per cent of its income from the public purse, and which has done little or nothing for years, but which continues to pay £90,000 per annum to Toby Young.

For that matter, does anyone seriously suggest that the Ulster Institute for Social Research is not connected to the DUP? To which party, in that case, is that highly political Institute connected? When  it is based at the perfectly respectable University of Ulster, and when it and Young are holding their "London Conference on Intelligence" at the world class University College London, then what on God's green earth must be going on at less prestigious institutions?

I have been trying for years to tell you about the Far Right in this country, about its links to the 1980s New Right by which we are now governed, and about the links between both of those and paedophile advocacy, activism and activity. There it all is, at UCL and at the very heart of government. Will you listen now?

Time To Get Manning?

Chelsea Manning is many things. But Chelsea Manning is not Ben Cardin. So, why not Chelsea Manning for Senator? Seriously, why not? How would Cardin be better than Manning? How, exactly?

The Right Leaders?

In the future, will everyone will Leader of UKIP for 15 minutes? No, in the present, everyone is being Leader of UKIP for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, the next Leader of the Conservative Party is shaping up to be Gavin Williamson. Yes, he is a Remainer. Of course he is a Remainer. As determined by the party itself, that is the minimum qualification for the job.

Neither he nor his patroness, Theresa May, is any good at government. But look at how she became Prime Minister, and look at how he became Defence Secretary. She is not at bad politics, and nor is he.