A reader called David Lindsay tried to post a comment to this site last week (under my post "Not the whole story"). For some reason - possibly the long list of names - his comment was wrongly caught by my spam filter, and I regret that it took me a while to notice this. As some of those whom Mr Lindsay addresses are, to my knowledge, readers of this site, I am belatedly and with due apologies for tardiness publishing his comment as a separate post. Here it is.
To those listed on the website of the Euston Manifesto: Norman Geras, Damian Counsell, Alan Johnson, Shalom Lappin, Jane Ashworth, Dave Bennett, Brian Brivati, Adrian Cohen, Nick Cohen, Anthony Cox, Neil Denny, Paul Evans, Paul Gamble, Eve Garrard, Harry Hatchet, David Hirsh, Dan Johnson, Gary Kent, Jon Pike, Simon Pottinger, Andrew Regan, Alexandra Simonon, Richard Sanderson, “David T”, Philip Spencer, Jeffrey Alexander, Paul Anderson, Joe Bailey, Ophelia Benson, Paul Berman, Pamela Bone, Robert Borsley, Michael Brennan, Chris Brown, Julie Burchill, Mitchell Cohen, Marc Cooper, Thomas Cushman, Heather Deegan, Jon Fasman, Luke Foley, Raimond Gaita, Marko Attila Hoare, Quintin Hoare, Anthony Julius, Oliver Kamm, Sunder Katwala, Jeffrey Ketland, Matthew Kramer, Mary Kreutzer, John Lloyd, Denis MacShane MP, Kanan Makiya, John Mann MP, Jim Nolan, Will Parbury, Greg Pope MP, Thomas Schmidinger, Milton Shain, Hillel Steiner, Gisela Stuart MP, George Szirtes, Michael Walzer, Bert Ward, Morton Weinfeld, Jeff Weintraub, Francis Wheen and Sami Zubaida.
And to those listed on the website of The Henry Jackson Society: Rt. Hon. Michael Ancram QC MP, Gerard Baker, Paul Beaver, Prof. Paul Bew, Prof. Vernon Bogdanor, Nicholas Boles, Chrsi Bryant MP, Damian Collins MP, Colonel Tim Collins, Prof. Paul Cornish, Sir Richard Dearlove OBE, Major-General John Drewienkiewicz, Mark Etherington, Sir Philip Goodhart, Michael Gove MP, Jonny Gray, Robert Halfon, Fabian Hamilton MP, Oliver Kamm, Jackie Lawrence, Prof. Andrew Lever, Dr. Denis MacShane MP, Fionnuala Jay O'Boyle MBE, Stephen Pollard, Greg Pope MP, Lord Powell of Bayswater, Andrew Roberts, David Ruffley MP, Dr. Jamie Shea, Dr. Irwin Stelzer, Gisela Stuart MP, Rt. Hon. Lord Trimble, Edward Vaizey MP, David Willetts MP, Prof. Alan Lee Williams OBE, Brendan Simms, Alan Mendoza, James M. Rogers, Gideon A. Mailer and Matthew Jamison.
If we can (and we will) find a pro-life, pro-family, pro-worker and anti-war candidate to contest each region at next year's European Elections, thereby giving a voice to economically social democratic, morally and socially conservative British and Commonwealth patriots, then I dare you to put up an Independent candidate (not necessarily put up as one yourself, just find and back one) in each region on the Euston/Jackson ticket. Wherever we stand a candidate who actually lives in the region in question, then I dare you to do the same. And I dare you to put up Kamm wherever he lives (London, presumably).
I dare you.
I first came across Mr Lindsay a few months ago when my comrades at Harry's Place reported his launch, by blog, of what appears to be, to this day, a one-man political party calling itself the British People's Alliance. The Alliance is opposed to immigration, Europe and artificial contraception. It favours military rule as an alternative to the moral chaos that is today's party system. I followed the link to his blog that Mr Lindsay provided and found that the party has ambitious if somewhat labyrinthine plans. I wish him personal fulfilment in this venture.
The comment below his post that purports to come from me is obviously not genuine. I do, however, share Mr Lindsay's support for the institution of the family. One of the reasons - though not the most important - that I have long favoured the right of same-sex couples to marry and adopt is that I believe in extending the benefits of family life more widely than they traditionally have been enjoyed. Similarly, I regard the 1967 Abortion Act as a civilising reform partly owing to the support it gives to family life.