Monday, 16 April 2018

Law Report

Today, I am reporting Jeremy Hunt to the Police for his breach of the Companies Act. I am doing so in my capacity as the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for North West Durham. In that same capacity, I still intend to pursue the matter of the larceny of the Royal Mail, and I still intend to return to the matters of sexual assault and the supply of Class A drugs by Toby Young should there ever be any attempt to secure another public position for him. Young is of course free to take me on over those matters as himself a candidate for this seat. But all of these cases would obviously be far more vigorously pursued by and on behalf of a Member of Parliament. You know what you have to do, brothers and sisters. You know what you have to do.

Today, I can confirm that a Chambers and Partners Band 1 legal practice, which to my utter astonishment had already heard of me, is now on standby to pursue an action to bring about a Coroner's Inquest into the death of Dr David Kelly, an action before the International Criminal Court against those who had brought slavery back to Libya, and an action before the High Court of Justiciary of Scotland inviting it to exercise its declaratory power against Tony Blair and his accomplices in the aggression against Iraq in 2003. We are of course also keeping a very close eye on the situation in Syria. All of these actions are to begin immediately upon my election to the House of Commons. You know what you have to do, brothers and sisters. You know what you have to do.

And today, my case as a legally persecuted political dissident has been referred to Amnesty International. I do not even have a trial date now, even though it is rightly a criminal offence in itself not to turn up to one's trial. The legal persecution of me, which has been going on for over a year, was initiated only in order to deter me from seeking public office or to prevent my election to it, and its continuation is only to one or both of those ends. As of today, Amnesty International is on the case.

The Crown should have 12 weeks from charge in which to present its case, or be told that it had no case, so that the accused should never have been charged. And the decision as to whether or not to charge should be made the Police, who have always been on record that they would not have charged me. Any high street firm of solicitors would have a partner whose specialisms included prosecution, and such work would be built into the firm's ordinary caseload. The Crown Prosecution Service would be abolished. Or, one might say, disbanded. You know what you have to do, brothers and sisters. You know what you have to do.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

We Therefore Endorse

Sent on Saturday, these do not seem to have appeared in print anywhere, but there is time yet:

Dear Sir,

David Lindsay was born in 1977. He has correctly opposed every British military intervention of his adult lifetime, and every attempt to erode civil liberties. He opposes the United Kingdom’s poisonous relationship with Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf monarchies. He has offered to travel to Iran to seek the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. He calls for the deportation of Altaf Hussain to stand trial in Pakistan.

David Lindsay demands a Coroner’s Inquest into the death of Dr David Kelly, the diversion of British funds from the “Free Syrian Police” and the White Helmets to the United Kingdom’s own emergency services, an action before the International Criminal Court against those who had brought slavery back to Libya, and an action before the High Court of Justiciary of Scotland inviting it to exercise its declaratory power against Tony Blair and his accomplices in the aggression against Iraq in 2003. 

David Lindsay opposes Donald Trump while understanding why people voted for him, and he does so on the grounds that led him to oppose Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. On those same grounds, he would have opposed Hillary Clinton.

David Lindsay advocates a new British role in the world, based on a reorientation towards the BRICS countries. He seeks to integrate into the Belt and Road Initiative all four parts of the United Kingdom, all nine English regions, and all of the British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies.

David Lindsay calls for British withdrawal from NATO. NATO now commits Britain to the defence both of Turkish Islamists and of Eastern European neo-Nazis, and to the defence both of Trump’s America and of Erdogan’s Turkey as they edge closer and closer to war with each other.

David Lindsay would cancel Trident in favour of conventional defence, care for veterans, flood defences, and an “all of the above” energy policy.

And David Lindsay has long fought for the Rohingya, the Chagossians, the Dalits, the Dorje Shugden practitioners, the Russian and other ethnic minorities oppressed in the Baltic States, the ancient indigenous Christians of the Middle East and North Africa, and the Jews and Zoroastrians of Iran.

We therefore endorse the Independent parliamentary candidacy of David Lindsay at North West Durham, where he has been politically active for more than 20 years. The next General Election will result, either in another hung Parliament, or in a tiny overall majority. Please contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com.

Yours faithfully,

Norman Bolton, Consett, County Durham
Matthew Franklin Cooper, machinist, Providence, Rhode Island, @HeavyAngloOrtho
Professor Charles A. Coulombe, Los Angeles, California, @RCCoulombe
Alan Davies, Editor of The Word (personal capacity), @wordnewspaper
James Draper, Lanchester, County Durham
Dr Philip M. Giraldi, Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, Washington, D.C.; foreign policy advisor to the 2008 Presidential campaign of Ron Paul; former CIA counterterrorism specialist and military intelligence officer
Dr Leon Hadar, Chevy Chase, Maryland; Tel Aviv, Israel; Contributing Editor of The American Conservative; Commentator, Quillette; Washington Correspondent and Columnist, The Business Times, Singapore; foreign policy advisor to the 2008 Presidential campaign of Ron Paul; @leonhadar 
Nathan P. Origer, Pulaski County, Indiana
Michael Parker, Crook, County Durham, @Michael45759951
Ellena Plumb, Durham Stop the War (personal capacity)
Andrew Rabel, journalist, Melbourne, Victoria
John Wight, journalist and broadcaster, @JohnWight1
Jürgen Wolf, Toberonochy, Isle of Luing
Adam J. Young, Burnopfield, County Durham, @JustALocalSerf

And:

Dear Sir,

We call for the promised £350 million extra for the National Health Service to appear on the face of the legislation withdrawing the United Kingdom from the European Union. 

We warmly welcome the additional billion pound investment in jobs and services in Northern Ireland, and we call for Scotland, Wales, and each of the nine English regions to receive the same per capita as part of the application of Modern Monetary Theory, including the Land Value Tax.

We call for the Universal Basic Income, while continuing to campaign, through Modern Monetary Theory’s Jobs Guarantee, for full employment with the Living Wage, and thus for the bargaining power of the trade unions. 

We call for the reassertion of democratic political control over the Bank of England, including that the approval of the House of Commons be required for changes to interest rates, and for the assertion of democratic political control over the City of London, with a Glass-Steagall division between investment banking and retail banking, and with the closure of all tax havens under British jurisdiction.

We call for a reorientation towards the BRICS countries, including the integration into the Belt and Road Initiative of all four parts of the United Kingdom, of all nine English regions, and of all of the British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies.

And we call for supporters of economic equality to be elected to the City of London Corporation, to the States of Jersey, to the States of Guernsey, to Tynwald, and to the legislatures of the British Overseas Territories.

We therefore endorse the Independent parliamentary candidacy of David Lindsay at North West Durham, where he has been politically active for more than 20 years. The next General Election will result, either in another hung Parliament, or in a tiny overall majority. Please contact davidaslindsay@hotmail.com.

Yours faithfully,

James Draper, Lanchester, County Durham
Norman Bolton, Consett, County Durham
Matthew Franklin Cooper, machinist, Providence, Rhode Island, @HeavyAngloOrtho
Alan Davies, Editor of The Word (personal capacity), @wordnewspaper
David Malone, Scarborough, independent filmmaker, author of The Debt Generation, runner-up in the 2016 Green Party Leadership Election
Michael Parker, Crook, County Durham, @Michael45759951
Ellena Plumb, Durham
John Wight, journalist and broadcaster, @JohnWight1
Jürgen Wolf, Toberonochy, Isle of Luing

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Persian Persuasion

Jeremy Corbyn, or indeed anyone sufficiently prominent, needs to go to Tehran and refuse to leave without Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. I tried to get George Galloway to do this, back before he blocked me for being insufficiently deferential to Laura Pidcock. But George would not do it. Nor do I see Laura doing it, not even during the current parliamentary recess. You know what you have to do, brothers and sisters. You know what you have to do.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Get Ready, Get Readies

The list of signatories to Laura Pidcock's Nomination Papers was one fifth as long as these things used to be, most of the people on it had never held elected public office, and the one member of the unitary Durham County Council had been elected for the first time a mere matter of days earlier. Gone are the days when all Labour County and what were then District Councillors nominated the parliamentary candidate because they just did, no matter how much they might have despised Hilary Armstrong personally, and when even some Independents also signed up.

There are now two Labour Parties here in North West Durham. One is long-established, and it is fairly leftish. It nominated Ed Miliband in 2010, Andy Burnham in 2015, and Jeremy Corbyn in 2016. It selected and reselected Pat Glass. It is far from Blairite. But it also has a long history of working successfully with this constituency's many Conservative voters (34 per cent last year) and with its many Independent Councillors, as well as with occasional Lib Dems, and with both Lib Dems and Conservatives at Parish level.

The other, however, is the Laura Pidcock Party. A handful of mostly undistinguished local activists, bussed in hordes from far and wide at election time, and a Facebook and Twitter army of her fans from hundreds of miles away. "All" I need is £10,000, and I really will contest North West Durham against Pidcock, with heavyweight local support, Labour until that point, and otherwise. Make it happen. I can be contacted on davidaslindsay@hotmail.com. All that we need are the readies.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Laura Who?

No, I am not "standing against" a person who this time last year had never set eyes on this constituency, who had to give a false address on the ballot paper (although she does live here now), about whose candidacy no one in the Constituency Labour Party had ever been asked, and the signatories to whose Nomination Papers were mostly less than prominent in local affairs. The list of those who had actively refused to sign would make for very interesting reading.

Her online fan club comes entirely from outside this constituency, where I have lived since before she was born. Her reputation rests on a speech that can only have impressed people who had never heard a speech before. When I was first introduced, by a person of some distinction, as "the man who should have been our MP," then she was still in school. If she chose to stand against me, then that would be up to her. But that would be what she was doing. And she would lose.

Monday, 26 March 2018

To Cancel Out His Enemies

Written and sent on Friday, before either the Owen Smith or the anti-Semitism, I do not yet know whether this has made it into any of the papers, but here it is:

Dear Sir,

Since becoming the Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn has succumbed too much to those within his party who will never accept his Leadership. He has overlooked his supporters by appointing his enemies to frontbench and other positions. He has allowed some of them to worm their way back in, despite their having resigned in an attempt to force him from office. He has allowed a free vote on Syria, yet no one remembers a free vote on Iraq. He has whipped an abstention on Trident. He has acted against the social and ethnic cleansing of Labour Haringey, but not to secure justice for the 472 Teaching Assistants in Labour Durham. He is supporting the Government’s indulgence of the ludicrous theory of gender self-identification. He is hinting at support for the Customs Union. And he has gone too far in accepting Theresa May’s and Boris Johnson’s totally unproven attempt to blame the Russian State for the attack in Salisbury.

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. The Corbyn Government will lead Britain and the world out of politically chosen austerity, and away from wars of political choice. But only if it is backed up by enough MPs to cancel out his enemies within his own party, since there is going to be either another hung Parliament or a tiny overall majority.

Yours faithfully, 

David Lindsay
(Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, North West Durham)

Monday, 19 March 2018

Marching On

As obscure Labour Party staffers ostentatiously resign in anticipation of tomorrow's appointment of Jennie Formby as General Secretary, today would have been a very good day to expel Tony Blair from the Labour Party and see whether anyone went with him.

For today is the seventh anniversary of the beginning of our war in Libya and, at least in London's and Washington's timezones, it is also the fifteenth anniversary of the beginning of our war in Iraq. Do not believe everything that you are told by politicians on "intelligence". If you are a politician, then do not believe everything that you are told as "intelligence".

Instead, demand a Coroner's Inquest into the death of Dr David Kelly. Demand the diversion of British funds from the "Free Syrian Police" and the White Helmets to the United Kingdom's own emergency services.

Bring an action before the International Criminal Court against those who have brought slavery back to Libya. Bring an action before the High Court of Justiciary of Scotland, inviting it to exercise its declaratory power against Tony Blair and his accomplices in the aggression against Iraq in 2003.

Oppose Donald Trump while understanding why people voted for him. And oppose Donald Trump on the grounds that led many of us to oppose Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. On those same grounds, we would have opposed Hillary Clinton.

You know what you have to do, brothers and sisters. You know what you have to do.