David Lindsay for Parliament
First, I understand the political pluralism of this constituency, and the needs of the local communities. 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 of Consett North, who previously served for many years as the Executive Leader of Derwentside District Council.
Secondly, 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.
Thirdly, 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.
Fourthly, 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.
And fifthly, 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.
A serious parliamentary campaign, which would be the only kind worth fighting, would cost £10,000. But we need only to be the First Past the Post. Anyone interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Very many thanks.
Dear Heather, I think that the media over-simplifies the position of those who do not think that Climate Change is man-made. The scientists who challenge the man-made theory are not in denial, they recognise the existence of Climate Change, but they question the cause, with evidence. I have been study the evidence on both sides for years and I am not convinced that either side has conclusive evidence. One thing is certain, though, and that is if you want to reduce the output of so-called greenhouse gases, you would have far more affect if you tried to get everyone to reduce their meat intake by just one day a week and failing miserably than you would if you changed every light bulb in the world, so in the scheme of things the knock-on effect of David's protection of a few jobs is of no relevance whatsoever.
DearDavid, I wish you well, and applaud your independent initiative, but my sticking point is that you say 'I reject any approach to climate change which would threaten jobs...' I strongly believe that Climate Change is much too important to compromise over... In the same way that selling arms may be good for jobs , but disastrous in every other way!