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Page updated 14th June 2017
On 8th June 2017, I stood for Parliament in the 2017 British general election, in the North Cornwall constituency, for the Christian Peoples Alliance (CPA).
Nationwide, the CPA put up 31 candidates in that election.
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Otherwise, please read on. Or just look at the pictures. (The first picture is a photo of me, which was taken in 2016 at Exeter School, where I was a pupil – a working-class, 11-plus scholarship boy! – from 1964 to 1970.)
A brief history of me
Ages ago, I left Exeter School with good A-levels, got married, and started working in I.T. as a software developer.
We raised a family. I now have five children, and eight grandchildren.
In my twenties I got a first in Maths, Physics and Computing.
In my thirties, I spent a couple of years lecturing at the University of the West of England, when it was still called Bristol Poly.
I also worked at a charity called Tear Fund for about seven years.
In my forties I completed a post-grad qualification in Law.
In my fifties, I gave up working in software development.
Until late last year, I was working from home as a freelance paralegal, specialising in what one might describe as “Underdog -v- Oppressive Public Authority”court cases. I am now retired, but I write, and have adventures in politics.
My faith, and my politics
I am a Christian. That is important. I’d be delighted to exchange emails about the Lord Jesus Christ, now or after the election. I was baptised at Pinhoe Road Baptist Church in Exeter when I was 13.
As a child, I thought democracy was important, exciting and noble. I liked to ask adults who they voted for, and why. I used to tire of hearing old folks moaning about politicians at election time, saying that the main parties were “all the same”.
I never imagined then that I’d find myself standing for Parliament myself, because I’d reached the same dismal conclusion about the “Lib Lab Con trick”, of which I was in such awe when I was ten.
I remember adults saying in jest, “I’ll vote for the party that promises us better weather.” Or, “I’ll vote for Mr Wilson this time, because the weather that Mr MacMillan and now Sir Alec have been giving us has been awful.”
Little did I expect, either, that one day children and adolescents would look at me with contempt, or pity, or anger, because I questioned the doctrines that were taught at their schools. Our teachers and parents had taught us to question what they taught us, so that we learnt to think for ourselves.
The youngsters today are taught that a political party must nowadays have a policy about the climate. We even have a party that says that a government’s climate policy is the most important of all its policies, because the weather has become the biggest political issue there has ever been! And they actually believe this! That politicians can control the weather!
What’s more, soon, if the National Union of Teachers gets its way, children as young as 3 will be taught that marriage isn’t (so-to-speak) “playing mummies and daddies” any more, as silly Mummy and Daddy tell them it is at home, if they are square, that is, or “dinosaurs”. Marriage, they will be taught, even at preschool, can be between two men, or two women.
Our little ones have to be indoctrinated in LGBT doctrines before they are old enough to think for themselves. Otherwise the eradication of all (as they put it) “homophobic” counter-culture (like mine) will fall behind schedule. They may never succeed in suppressing all dissent, and the pendulum may swing back the other way one day, but, in the mean time, what harm are they inflicting upon the souls of our children with their propaganda?
I have stood for Parliament five times so far, thrice in 2005, and once each in 2015 and (now) 2017, in North Cornwall.
People know me in Launceston, at several of the churches, including Anglican and Methodist. My nomination papers in 2015 were all signed by people I worshipped with regularly at one of the Pentecostal churches in Launceston. This year, the net was cast wider, for no particular reason except logistics. I am catholic with a small “c” and orthodox with a small “o” and evangelical with a small “e”, but I believe that denominations are attributes of churches, not of people, and that there is only one Church.
As a Christian, I believe that the earthly life of our Lord Jesus Christ is the fulcrum of all history.
The crucifixion of the Son of Man was a miscarriage of justice and a war crime. There were eight unfair “trials” (of sorts) in a single day! (Sanhedrin, Pilate, Herod, Pilate, an election, two referendums, and finally Pilate again, to pronounce – with clean hands – a death sentence that had been preceded by a “not guilty” verdict – “I find no fault”.)
Moreover, crucifixion is, by modern standards, a “cruel and unusual punishment”. Nowadays it is only inflicted in the Middle East, in countries that the neocons have destabilised, hoping to effect regime change (or, as they call it, “Spring”). Even these modern-day crucifixions, of (say) Syrian Christians, by CIA-asset Islamic insurgents, are rare. When God sent his Son, crucifixions were an everyday occurrence.
But I tend to notice the small things in bible stories, like this :-
During this Roman mockery of a judicial process, there were three votes (one election and two referendums), when the people got to have their say about Jesus. The “electorate” rejected Jesus all three times.
In the election, they voted for the other candidate, a criminal called Barabbas.
In the first referendum, about what Pilate should do with Jesus after he had released Barabbas in order to honour the first vote, they voted Crucify.
“Shall I crucify your king?”, asked Pilate, in the final vote of the three. Pilate wanted a second referendum, you see, on (basically) the same question as the first. Perhaps they’d change their minds? (He was beginning to panic.)
“We have no king but Caesar”, was the unanimous decision of the people. The mob were (so-to-speak) all “Remainers” that day, content all-of-a-sudden to remain under the brutal Pax Romana, if the alternative was Jesus.
So, before I was even conceived, the Son of God had lost his only three “elections” – for you and me, you could say.
Pontius Pilate was disappointed with the election and referendum results. He regretted ever having delegated decisions this big, that were his to take, to the people he governed. What had gone wrong? In the “polls,” the previous Sunday, Jesus had been in the lead by a comfortable margin. It had cost a small fortune in staff overtime, to clean the streets of Jerusalem of all the scattered palm leaves that were littered all over the place during the pro-Jesus demo, as He rode into town on a donkey!
After the shock and awe when God did something unplanned in a different referendum, David Cameron resigned, washing his hands of the situation he had helped to create. Like Pilate in my makeshift cartoon above. He would be replaced, in a Tory leadership election (we were told).
Cameron’s successor, who was not “elected” after all, looks like this.
She’s against the Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights.
There’s quite a lot else I could say about Mrs May, but I’ll bite my tongue, and instead refer you again to our party’s manifesto and my election leaflet. Suffice it to say that I don’t think we’re out of the woods yet.
Tomorrow belongs to May?
But what alternative did we have?
The Christian Peoples Alliance
My present candidacy in North Cornwall constituency is for a party I have known and respected since 2004, the Christian Peoples Alliance, but which I only got around to joining myself last year. The CPA manifesto was published on Thursday 18th May 2017. It’s good.
Our party leader, Sidney Cordle
Please encourage me
Like anybody else who deliberately creates a web-presence that is a tad counter-cultural, and almost always about weightier matters than (say) cute photos of cats, I appreciate occasional likes, follows, friend requests, retweets, and comments, on this blog and on social media.
And upvotes, of course, including and especially literal upvotes, on literal ballot papers, at the present election time.
My election leaflet