Guardian on Norwich North 12

Excellent article in the Guardian on my candidacy for Norwich North.

Murray is currently the rector of the University of Dundee and a prolific blogger. The Foreign Office forced him out of his job as ambassador to Uzbekistan in 2003 for failing to toe the British line on intelligence obtained under torture.

Asked if he was standing out of revenge, Murray said: “I wouldn’t put it that way. I want to show the government that it cannot use its power against individuals with impunity, and that honest people can fight back.”

He added: “The point is to encourage more independents to stand. We need more people who genuinely want to serve the interests of their constituents. I’ve always believed that parties are part of the problem and the expenses scandal is symptom of the problem.”

Read the whole thing:

For students of irony, I just received an email from a friend who works in Portcullis House. Apparently some Blairites are hoping I win in order to put more pressure on Brown while slowing the Tory bandwagon!

Given it was the Blairites who had me sacked as Ambassador for disagreeing with their collusion with dictatorship, that is just weird. Some people’s support I can do without.

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12 thoughts on “Guardian on Norwich North

  • Richard

    No chance – i’ll be voting for David van Day – he’s the man. ‘I don’t know much about politics but I know what I like’ – come on! It’s that kinda spirit this country needs – that go getting, winning attitude to completely discredit 1,000 years of history based on absolutely no knowledge…err….

    Good luck Craig.

  • Rob Lewis

    “Some people’s support I can do without.”

    Welcome to the political world. 😉

  • Iain Orr

    Many of your supporters will be keen to contribute cash, energy and supporting skills (footslogging and electronic canvassing). Can I suggest that those who wish to help your by-election campaign share email contacts? Mine is [email protected] .

  • Jon

    Craig/Iain – if you want to set up a mailing list to pool help and resources, then riseup do free accounts (they are pleased to accept donations). They are involved in the Indymedia network, so know what they’re doing:

  • John D. Monkey


    “Students of irony”

    Politicians still believe in the old dictum: “my enemy’s enemy is my friend”.

    This is part of the reason why we are where we are and why the Mandelson / Brown / McBride / Balls bullying culture is still alive and well. Just look at the soviet-style Labour meeting on Sunday (which both the BBC and Sky broadcast, effectively giving Gordon a free PPB) and the arm-twisting evident at and before the PLP meeting last night.

    I just hope you and the Greens don’t split the vote and let the Tories win…

  • George Laird

    Dear Craig

    If you win then you can say what you like to Jack Straw in the Chamber.

    You should work hard on a maiden speech all about him and other rats.

    Yours sincerely

    George Laird

    The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

  • Party Member

    Some of us would like to donate, but if we were on a donor’s list, we’d be kicked out of our parties. Can you suggest a way of laundering modest donations (below the de minimis of £50) so we can be confident no-one will find out?

  • Jon

    Party Member:

    Give your £50 to a friend who is prepared to donate it for you. In general I don’t approve of non-traceable donations, as it has been used in the recent past to buy favours from Nu Labour. But in this case I am sure you are not doing that… and I am fairly sure also that Craig is not for sale anyway 🙂

  • anticant

    “Some of us would like to donate, but if we were on a donor’s list, we’d be kicked out of our parties.”

    In that case, your party isn’t worth belonging to. Resign immediately.

  • Richard

    The fuckers going for the voting system now – i’m really quite angry indeed.

  • Richard

    Dear Craig,

    l am a regular reader of your website and admire you for your high principles. l have not bothered to vote for a number of years because there has been no one worthy of my vote. Now that l read you are going to stand for the Norwich North constituency, you have given me reason to ‘get out and vote’.

    lf l can assist in any way with your campaign, please let me know.

    Yours Sincerely.


  • anne

    Why aren’t we hearing your voice in the media? Why aren’t the BBC etc including you in the public debates? Are all the newspapers and media so biased and terrified of you that they are afraid to let you spill the beans? What kind of democracy are we living in when vested interests are so powerful that they can silence an independent voice? Any intrepid reporter or interviwer out there? Dare to contact Craig…then dare to try and get your material published/broadcast before tomorrow’s day at the polls. Help! Help! He’s being repressed!

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