Saturday, 17 February 2018

A New Campaign Patron

I am honoured and delighted, almost beyond words, to announce a new Patron of this Campaign. He is Davey Ayre of Stanley Crook, the Joint Secretary of Durham Trades Council (although he takes on this new role in a personal capacity) and a legend of the trade union movement, most recently in his stalwart and ongoing support for Durham County Council's Teaching Assistants.

Davey served for over 50 years as Secretary of the Crook Branch of UCATT, the construction workers' union, and he was blacklisted for life from the construction industry. He has attended my court hearings, and he has promised to do so again, if at all possible, on 11th April, should the forces of evil be so wicked and so stupid as to proceed with their action against me.

As a Campaign Patron, Davey joins Councillor Alex Watson OBE of Consett North, who served for many years as the Executive Leader of Derwentside District Council. Meanwhile, George Galloway has never formally resigned the position. He needs to come to terms with the fact that he is never going to be let back into the Labour Party. But let us not be distracted. Welcome, Davey Ayre. I am honoured and delighted, almost beyond words.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

The Circle of Life



Seen from the peak of Tow Law this coming July, and with the unmistakable voice of Sir Elton John in the background, the shaman Ben Sellers, watched by the proud parents, presents to the Pride Lands of North West Durham the newborn heir of Laura Pidcock and Daniel Kebede. Hakuna matata.

In all seriousness, I am one of very few people in this constituency to have known Laura and Daniel since before Laura became the Labour candidate here. I wish both of them and their unborn child all the happiness in the world. My differences with Laura are political.

And here's another one. In point of fact, however pro-EU the Labour Party membership may be, it is above all pro-Corbyn. Were a ballot of the kind suggested here to be held, then the members would give the Leader whatever he had said that he needed, and that certainly would not be opposition to Brexit, or even to withdrawal from the Single Market and the Customs Union.

But Laura says that, despite her own pretty thoroughgoing left-wing Euroscepticism (Daniel, meanwhile, campaigned vigorously for Leave), she would oppose Brexit if the members of the Labour Party voted against it. I would not, and not only because I am not a member of the Labour Party.

I would have been in favour of withdrawal from the EU regardless of the outcome of the referendum, and regardless of whether or not there had ever been one. My reasons for that are the same as the reasons why I am opposed to the Government's legislation on the subject, which constitutes an Executive power grab such as Tony Benn would have fought tooth and nail.

Laura speaks of "the sovereignty of the membership". But, while extraparliamentary action is essential in bringing issues to Parliament's attention and then in keeping them there, and while MPs who failed to address those needs must be removed either by their wider electorates or by their local parties, that is precisely because the only ultimate means to the economic and political ends that Laura and I share is the sovereignty of Parliament.

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

Monday, 5 February 2018

10 Reasons To Support David Lindsay For Parliament

First, I have lived here in North West Durham for most of my life, I never went to school anywhere else, I am one of Derwentside’s elected public governors of County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, I served for very many years on Lanchester Parish Council, I served for many years as a governor of a local primary school, I served for many years as a governor of a local comprehensive school, I chaired Lanchester Branch Labour Party for many years, and I served for several years as Secretary of Derwentside District Labour Party.

Secondly, I would seek to work with a Labour, a Conservative, a Liberal Democrat and an Independent representative in each of the County Wards, ideally including someone in each of the former District Wards, to communicate the concerns of local people to me, and then to work with them and with me in order to address those concerns. My Campaign Patron is Councillor Alex Watson OBE, who previously served for many years as the Executive Leader of Derwentside District Council.

Thirdly, in the hung Parliament that is by far the most likely outcome of the next General Election, the price of my support for any Government would be the necessary support for a number of projects in each of the former District Wards equal to the former number of District Councillors, together with justice for the 472 Teaching Assistants whom Durham County Council has deprived of 23 per cent of their incomes.

Fourthly, although I am generally supportive of Jeremy Corbyn, I am profoundly disappointed at his failure to exercise in relation to Labour’s Durham County Council and its Teaching Assistants the influence that he has exercised in relation to Labour’s Haringey Borough Council and its scheme for mass social and ethnic cleansing. Had he done as much in this case as I am very glad that he has done in that one, then the Teaching Assistants would already have won. The Leader of Durham County Council, Simon Henig, was so afraid that I was going to be elected to that authority, that he faked a death threat against himself and dozens of other Councillors. Despite the complete lack of evidence, that matter is still being pursued by the Crown Prosecution Service as part of the attempt by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, to secure a Labour seat in one or other House of Parliament. If I am wrong, then let Henig and Saunders sue me.

Fifthly, as part of my pursuit of a Brexit that served the needs of the areas, such as this one, that cast the decisive votes in favour of it, and as part of my work to integrate all parts of the United Kingdom into the Belt and Road Initiative, I am already working to bring to County Durham the Volkswagen Group’s production for the British market. A company would be wholly owned by Volkswagen. One Director would be nominated by each of the Groups on Durham County Council other than the Labour Group, which is clearly unsympathetic to this project, and one Director would be nominated by those Councillors who had no formal political affiliation. A number of Directors equal to the number of non-Labour Groups would be nominated by Unite the Union, including one by Durham Unite Community. One Director would be nominated by the Durham Miners, Association. A Chairman appointed by Volkswagen would exercise the parent company’s veto over all decisions. 

This new company would undertake to match (by such means as to avoid any conflict of interest) the Members’ Initiative Fund of £2000 per annum at the disposal of each of the Councillors who were represented on its Board of Directors. It would underwrite the cost of the activities of Durham Unite Community. It would underwrite the Durham Miners’ Gala. And it would underwrite the cost of maintaining the Durham Miners’ Hall. This is only one of my many proposals to secure the representation of the working class in general and of the rural working class in particular, bypassing both liberal media and academic elites, and right-wing Labour municipal machines. Integral to this is securing for apprentices and trainees the same rights as are enjoyed by their peers in further and higher education, and vice versa.

The Leader of Durham County Council, Simon Henig, in whose person the liberal media and academic elite meets the right-wing Labour municipal machine, was so afraid that I was going to be elected to that authority, that he faked a death threat against himself and dozens of other Councillors. Despite the complete lack of evidence, that matter is still being pursued by the Crown Prosecution Service as part of the attempt by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, to secure a Labour seat in one or other House of Parliament. If I am wrong, then let Henig and Saunders sue me. 

Sixthly, drawing on a very wide range of political traditions, my Westminster office would be a national and international centre for the formulation, articulation and implementation of the alternative to the neoliberal economic policy that had already given us the Carillion crisis, and to the neoconservative foreign policy that had already given us the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. This would include the active pursuit of justice against those responsible, including the criminal trial of Tony Blair for the invasion of Iraq.

Throughout the present century, I have been subjected to a merciless campaign of criminal harassment by Oliver Kamm of The Times, who is now honour bound to submit his neoliberal and neoconservative zealotry against me to the judgement of the voters of North West Durham, either by contesting this seat himself, or by endorsing another specific candidate. The same is true of Tony Blair.

Seventhly, I am unique in having pursued for over 20 years the story of Harriet Harman and the Paedophile Information Exchange. Therefore, I should be uniquely well-placed to frustrate her ambition to become the Speaker of the House of Commons. But only if I myself were a member of the House of Commons.

Eighthly, a recent poster campaign in parts of this constituency has announced that Jayda Fransen of Britain First would contest this seat against me because I was mixed-race, and that she would do so with the support of all of this country’s neo-Fascist and neo-Nazi parties, of the Loyalist paramilitary organisations in Northern Ireland, of several racist and Holocaust-denying publications and publishing houses, and of neo-Fascist, neo-Nazi and white supremacist leaders from Continental Europe and the United States. The associated Twitter account describes defeating me as “the number one priority for White Nationalists at the next General Election”.

Ninthly, a recent poster campaign in this constituency’s principal town of Consett has endorsed the sitting MP, specifically against me by name, on behalf of every Stalinist, Maoist, Trotskyist, Shachtmanite and anarchist organisation in Great Britain and Ireland, and on behalf of every dissident Irish Republican organisation opposed to the peace process. The associated Twitter account predicts that the entire Left will descend on this constituency in order to defeat me, a veteran of the anti-austerity and anti-war movements, and a strong advocate of economic equality and international peace through the democratic political control of the means to those ends.

And tenthly, in very marked contrast to the fake death threats confected by my opponents, I am subject to a repeated and active threat to my life, sent from the United States on behalf of the most extreme Zionists and Hindu nationalists, while I am also an outspoken critic of the regime in Saudi Arabia and of this country’s craven relationship with it, and while I am also a campaigner for the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe from imprisonment in Iran. My candidacy will therefore be opposed as much by Sunni Islamists and by Shia Islamists as by the most extreme Zionists and Hindu nationalists.

Against me, and alongside each other, are Simon Henig and Alison Saunders, Harriet Harman and the Paedophile Information Exchange, Oliver Kamm and Tony Blair, neo-Fascists and Stalinists, neo-Nazis and Maoists, racial theorists and Trotskyists, white supremacists and Shachtmanites, Holocaust deniers and anarchists, Loyalist paramilitaries and dissident Irish Republicans, “the heirs of Moshe Sneh” and “the heirs of Nathuram Godse”, the regime in Saudi Arabia and the regime in Iran, Britain’s own Sunni Islamists and Britain’s own Shia Islamists.

Stand against them. Stand with me.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Speak Up

I have spent more than 20 years, since I was (just) still in my teens and had never seen the Internet, trying to get the story out about Harriet Harman and the Paedophile Information Exchange. I have paid a terrible journalistic and political price for it, but I have no regrets.

Media that always knew about it simply ignored the whole thing, banning me from their websites and what have you, until a period of no more than two weeks when they needed to distract attention from Patrick Rock. Normal service was rapidly resumed, and it has continued ever since.

And now, the plan is advancing to make Harman the next Speaker of the House of Commons. The only outside chance of stopping that is to put the only person who would dare to mention her past, me, into the House of Commons. Please give generously. Very many thanks.

Friday, 2 February 2018

Decisive Action

Although I am not a member of any political party, I share Jeremy Corbyn’s commitment to economic equality and international peace through the democratic political control of the means to those ends. On that basis, I would welcome him as Prime Minister, I welcome the fact that he has already given this country the economic and foreign policy debate that it had lacked entirely for 20 years until his emergence, and I welcome his successful intervention to end the scheme for the social and ethnic cleansing of the London Borough of Haringey.

But if Mr Corbyn was capable of such welcome and decisive action against a Labour council in Haringey, then why has there been none against a Labour council in Durham, which has deprived 472 of its Teaching Assistants of 23 per cent of their pay? At the 2016 Durham Miners’ Gala, Mr Corbyn used his speech to express support for the Teaching Assistants. By 2017, however, the Leader of the Council was seated with him on the platform, despite the previous support of the Durham Miners’ Association for the Teaching Assistants’ cause.

I will contest this seat of North West Durham against Mr Corbyn’s uncritical supporter, Laura Pidcock, who has appointed as her Political Advisor the man whose political advice had already led the Teaching Assistants to humiliation. Justice for the 472 will be a non-negotiable condition of my support for any Government in the hung Parliament that is the most likely outcome of the next General Election.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Development Vehicle

Good riddance to Shirley Porter as Leader of Haringey Council, and well done to Labour's National Executive Committee on having made her position untenable. But having arranged the meeting between Jeremy Corbyn and the County Durham Teaching Assistants the evening before the 2016 Durham Miners' Gala, which led to his endorsement of their cause during his Gala speech the following afternoon, I have always been very disappointed, even allowing for the distance involved, that he has never attended any of their subsequent protests, pickets, marches or rallies.


At last year's Gala, the previously supportive Durham Miners' Association even seated the Leader of Durham County Council, Simon Henig, on the platform with Corbyn and with Angela Rayner. The man whose political advice has led 472 of the Teaching Assistants to lose 23 per cent of their pay has been made Political Advisor to Laura Pidcock, who is herself notable for having walked out of the Teaching Assistants' Solidarity Rally when a speaker, who is now a constituent and near neighbour of hers, called for the defeat of all Labour candidates at what were then the upcoming local elections.

Had that advice been followed instead, then the TAs would have won by now. As they would have done if they had returned their champion, Owen Temple, at North West Durham. But as it is, they must endure Pidcock and her Advisor until I am elected for this seat. Justice for the 472 will be a non-negotiable part of the price of my support for any Government in the hung Parliament that is by far the most likely outcome of the next General Election. Please give generously. Very many thanks.

Monday, 29 January 2018

Unsettled Dust

I have no doubt that @RedStarRedDust really is based in Consett. The reference in its name is fairly niche. And that Twitter account opines: "Lindsay's Left allies, what about #Brexit, friendship with Tories/Tory Lib Dems/Tory Independents, Marxism, Scottish independence, #Catalunya, immigration, climate change, #trans rights, abortion, assisted dying, sex work, drugs, Fathers 4 Justice, #Trump, #Murdoch, #DailyMail?" It would have been rude not to reply:

I have always supported Brexit, like most of the organisations that you profess to represent. I have numerous Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Independent friends, and I will have Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and Independents on my parliamentary staff.

Like Jeremy Corbyn, I have never been a Marxist; like him, I see that Marxism asks many of the right questions. I have always opposed Scottish independence. Like the SNP, Catalan separatism is the "taxpayers' revolt" type of right-wing populism that I find utterly unsympathetic.

I support the tighter immigration controls that have long been advocated by trade unionists such as Paul Embery, and which were recently taken up, at least in part, by John McDonnell.

Any approach to climate change must protect employment, encourage development, uphold the right of working-class and non-white people to have children, hold down and as far as practicable reduce fuel prices, and not restrict either travel opportunities or a full diet to the rich.

My position on transgenderism is that of the Morning Star. On abortion, that of John Smith and Ronnie Campbell. On assisted suicide, that of them and of the Morning Star. On prostitution, again, that of the Star. Prostitution, pornography and drugs are capitalism at its very worst.

I would not have voted for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. I do not blame those who voted for him against her neoliberalism and neoconservatism. I would welcome his State Visit for the protests, provided they were organised by people who would have been just as opposed to her.

I saw nothing to fear in Rupert Murdoch's acquisition of Sky News. What was so wonderful about his rivals, especially the BBC? I would take the Daily Mail over Richard Branson any day, and look forward to its exposés of Virgin's NHS and rail privateering.

In reaction, not least because "Lindsay is a vicious religious bigot: #TERF, anti right to choose, anti right to die, #SWERF, pro war on drugs, all dressed up as anti capitalism," we are told that, "The whole Left can & must defeat this man."

Meanwhile. a rather charmingly callow acolyte of Laura Pidcock's (although she is barely older than he is), characteristically based outside this constituency, has accused the Tow Law-based @ProudWhitePower of being obsessed with her. Causing it to tweet and pin the following: "For the record we have no interest in recently arrived @LauraPidcockMP, one term MP with a black boyfriend on her CV. Our enemy is our international enemy of 20 years and local enemy of 25, @davidaslindsay. Keeping him out of Parliament is White Nationalists' number one priority."

Quite. If it is not 15 years, then it is not far off, since the Ku Klux emailed, from the United States, every Labour member of Derwentside District Council to warn them against fielding me as a parliamentary candidate at North West Durham. I have been in the Far Right's cross hairs for a very long time. Laura who?

Meanwhile, via the medium of @ProudWhitePower, Alison Saunders speaks. It took the threat of a private prosecution by a charity for the Crown Prosecution Service to act against Alison Chabloz, whom Google if you have to. But there was no need of any of that for it to act against me. Similarly, Poppi Worthington's father has not been charged, and will not be. But I have been. The case of Toby Young demonstrated, not for the first time, the commonality between those two interests, including at the very highest levels of public life.

Think on.