Ministry of Justice Blocks My Electoral Address: BBC Changes The Rules: UCU Bars Me From Candidates’ Debate 128


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With grateful thanks to famous human rights lawyers Birnberg Peirce, (who advised I had a complete legal right) the Royal Mail have now at the last possible second relented and accepted that I can send out a DVD as an Electoral Communication. So we are going full blast to get it out!!

This has so far been a rollocking campaign of small victories, all achieved because of the friends I have made in my civil rights work over the years. I am both buoyed and humbled.

Every candidate in a parliamentary election has the right to have one “election communication” delivered free of charge by the Post Office.

These are normally rather dull leaflets, so I decided to put my election address on a DVD. It’s rather picturesque and entitled “A Norfolk Journey”. 80,000 copies are being made.

The Post Office is so far refusing to deliver it. The “election communication” must meet the Post Office’s “Reasonable Terms And Conditions” for such communications. These are published. The main ones are that it:

Must weigh less than 60gm – mine is less than 40gm

Must be less than 5mm thick – mine is 2mm thick

Must meet length and width criteria – mine is well inside

Must be securely folded or in a sealed envelope – mine is the latter

Must marked “electoral communication” amd carry printed and published info – mine does

Must be sorted by postcode and address – mine is.

Extraordinarily, the Post Office must also vet the content for libel, incitement to violence or incitement to racial hatred. That is a strange bit of censorship – they don’t check the content of normal mail theydeliver – but my DVD passes that test too.

There is nothing in the criteria at all that says the communication must be in the 14th century medium of printed ink on paper. The regulations are silent on the medium of communication. If you took a DVD in an envelope to any Post Office, you would have no difficulty posting it as a letter.

Yet the Post Office refuses to give permission for the delivery, apparently on the grounds that nobody has ever sent a DVD before as their election communication. They have not actually refused, but have delayed beyond the stage where it is logistically possible to get it out.

They are acting, they say, on legal advice from the Ministry of Justice – prop. Jack Straw! The man who brought you the dodgy dossier on Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction.

At the moment, it looks like the voters of Norwich North will be denied my electoral address before they vote – unless we can get a real flood of volunteers in to deliver them ourselves.

Even more sleazy is the BBC’s response to the many complaints about their decision to exclude me from all election coverage. They have started to send out standard replies saying:

one of the key factors they look for is “evidence of past and/or current electoral support” in that electoral area.

Note the BBC’s own quotation marks within that quote. They have tacked on “In that area” to their formal criterion.

When the BBC banned me from all coverage at the last General Election when I stood in Blackburn against Jack Straw, who is blocking my electoral address now, the BBC explained it was because I had no “evidence of past and/or current electoral support”.

I gained 5% in that election – which is a lot better than the 3% the Greens got in the same election in Norwich North. That 5% may have been modest, but it does meet the BBC’s criterion. So the BBC have now moved the goalposts to exclude me, by adding a brand new stipulation “in that area” to their criterion, so the electoral support in Blackburn does not count – despite the fact I might reasonably expect to do a lot better in my own county.

Finally, despite numerous representations from within their own union, the Universities and Colleges Union have still banned me from this evenings candidates’ education debate, despite the fact that I am the Rector of a Univeristy and a great deal more interesting on the subject than the rest of the candidates put together.

http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2009/06/the_value_of_ed.html


128 thoughts on “Ministry of Justice Blocks My Electoral Address: BBC Changes The Rules: UCU Bars Me From Candidates’ Debate

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  • Ruth

    To suggest Craig in Parliament would be their “worst nightmare” is just SILLY. Grow Up.

    I’m not suggesting, I’m saying.

  • mary

    Ainsworth, a former Jaguar shop steward, will have more blood on his hands than Hoon at this rate. I gasped when I heard tonight that the tenth soldier this week had been killed. It is a war (illegal) that cannot be won. The Russians failed with a huge loss of men and so have others over the centuries. Troops out now.

    Ainsworth also had the highest possible second homes allowance and he’s thick too.

  • Ingo

    Rob Speare, there are many people who have taken the poster, some just prefer to put them up in their bedrooms, can you blame them with such a good looking candidate?

    Another point Herr Spear, one does not compete with sleazy, corrupt, unaccountable and selfserving dogma lapdogs, as much as you might like to paint them respectable.

    They are the pits and need exorcising dear spear, nothing else will change these taxtaking crooks.

    As for those Greens, what have they done for the City? On their big election drive/l that got them elected in the first place, recycling, have they yet managed to recycle food waste in Norwich? all this riding on recycling, but no clout or measured approach, a lot of hot air.

    They have been presented with a plan years ago, by myself, equally they have gone soft on the idea of a tram, another innovative idea that died the death by their lack of nous, because they are unable to think pragmatic and ally themselves with other political groups and pursue real change.

    Go to Norwich Market Speary mint and have a listen to what people think and say about Rupert Read and April Pond.

    Another point worth mentioning whilst we are at it, Greens are soft on nuclear power, by their actions and opposition to green energy schemes they are letting nuclear power off the hook, giving the french a leg up in the controlling stakes. Their oposition to sea defence work that also generates a lot of green electricity has stifled the whole drive for alternative power development, instead they are promoting micro generation, unsuitable gizmo technology that looks hidious and does not deliver the goods.

    Again this will turn off all those who want a reliable green energy source, not french controlled nuclear power or dependence on Russian gas, dissapointment with a green tinge.

    Greens have been as responsible for the Housing scandal in Norwich, as the insidious labour administration, their inaction was palpable. If one is unable to have a controlling influence over the budget process, now that they are secong fiddle for some time, then there are no more excuses for being green behind the ears.

    So do not despioar too much Rob, even those who like thier place on top of the moral heights are fallable and normal as the rest of us.

  • dreoilin

    The title of this post is

    “Ministry of Justice Blocks My Electoral Address: BBC Changes The Rules: UCU Bars Me From Candidates’ Debate”

    I haven’t seen one credible argument from the trolls that explains any or all of the above. Just cheap digs and talk of paranoia. Plus announcements that, “he won’t win”.

    ‘Nuff said.

  • KevinB

    The increase in troll density over the past week or so means that ‘the intelligence services’ really do care that Craig does not win in Norwich.

    eddie, nobody said that “Craig in Parliament would be ‘their’ worst nightmare”

    …… but the public ditching the funded main parties and turning to real independents certainly would…..this is unlikely to happen on a large scale such is the power of the mainstream media to direct allegiance, I grant you but…….

    ……many people, perhaps even a majority have ‘had it’ with New Labour and Tory politicians and with the bankers that, effectively, own them…..

    ….so at this rather unstable moment all things might be possible.

    We saw Medvedev wave a coin of the new ‘world currency’ in the news yesterday so we know that the bankers have a ‘solution’ waiting after they crash the dollar this autumn…..

    …..Please God people worldwide will reject this imposition of a unified global oligarchy on humanity, no matter how seductive the disingenuous arguments that are placed before us might appear.

    Pray to God that we will, in time, cast aside these globalists, the EU fascist state and even, locally, our own parliamentary tyranny and take control of our own lives, our own society and our own financier-free destiny.

    We should all support Craig. Not because it will change the world but because he is not ‘owned’ and we must do what we can.

  • Anonymous

    The increase in troll density over the past week or so means that ‘the intelligence services’ really do care that Craig does not win in Norwich.

    eddie, nobody said that “Craig in Parliament would be ‘their’ worst nightmare”

    …… but the public ditching the funded main parties and turning to real independents certainly would…..this is unlikely to happen on a large scale such is the power of the mainstream media to direct allegiance, I grant you but…….

    ……many people, perhaps even a majority have ‘had it’ with New Labour and Tory politicians and with the bankers that, effectively, own them…..

    ….so at this rather unstable moment all things might be possible.

    We saw Medvedev wave a coin of the new ‘world currency’ in the news yesterday so we know that the bankers have a ‘solution’ waiting after they crash the dollar this autumn…..

    …..Please God people worldwide will reject this imposition of a unified global oligarchy on humanity, no matter how seductive the disingenuous arguments that are placed before us might appear.

    Pray to God that we will, in time, cast aside these globalists, the EU fascist state and even, locally, our own parliamentary tyranny and take control of our own lives, our own society and our own financier-free destiny.

    We should all support Craig. Not because it will change the world but because he is not ‘owned’ and we must do what we can.

  • eddie

    “I haven’t seen one credible argument from the trolls that explains any or all of the above. Just cheap digs and talk of paranoia. Plus announcements that, “he won’t win”.

    ‘Nuff said.”

    I haven’t seen one credible argument that supports Craig’s paranoia that the “establishment” is out to get him. I can assure you that the state has a few other more important things to worry about. As usual you just resort to cheap abuse rather than argument. Can’t you lot see that this is how David Shayler started off? The similarities are uncanny – a government agent who resigned on a so-called matter of principle, a failed attempt to become a public figure, a huge ego (with underlying mental health problems) thwarted by “the state” (i.e. the same rules that we all have to abide by), and next minute he is the Messiah. Go look at youtube. If it wasn’t kind of tragic it would be hilarious.

  • Frazer

    Hmmm..lots of comments about Craig not winning…maybe he will suprise you…the fact that he is standing for the seat at all reflects his credibility and his passion for what he believes in. Ask yourselves this…after all the scandals concerning MP’s literally stealing money from you, the taxpayer, who would you like to represent you in Parliament..a genuine honest man as Craig is, or some greasy flunkey slobbering over his expense accounts ?

  • dreoilin

    “Please God people worldwide will reject this imposition of a unified global oligarchy on humanity” — anon

    The number of people not paying attention (and not bothering to vote, even if they are already brainwashed) is frightening.

    As is, for example, the way the South Ossetia conflict was presented in the MSM in the USA. Almost universally, they left out the fact that Georgia (backed by the USA) moved first. Not Russia. Neither was it mentioned that Russia had a UN mandate as a peacekeeping force in South Ossetia. The brainwashing goes on …

    “As usual you just resort to cheap abuse rather than argument”.–eddie

    Where on this site have I abused you, eddie? Can you post the quotes?

    And have you read Murder in Samarkand?

  • KevinB

    eddie, who knows what ‘more important things’ the state has to worry about, is trying to misdirect traffic as usual.

    He uses the word ‘tragic’ about David Shayler but to him Shayler is a mere opportunity to try and smear Craig.

    Horrible little creepy troll.

    He’s doing no harm here though.

    Visitors to this blog are of a certain intelligence, easily see through and are, hopefully, encouraged by such witless vitriol.

  • George Laird

    Dear All

    Eddie is a wee troll, the poor boy will have to grow up each day it seems.

    No long term planning for him.

    Hope he gets well fed.

    Yours sincerely

    George Laird

    The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

  • Ruth

    I can’t wait for someone in parliament to stand up and ask if Aegis, Tim Spicer’s mercenary company, is an extension of the British army without accountability ie if it’s a shadow army of the Establishment/permanent unelected government.

  • Anonymous

    eddie: ‘…the fact that he is standing for the seat at all reflects his credibility’

    I’m affraid one does not follow logically from the other my friend. The Monster Raving Looney Party is standing, this does not reflect their credibility. I’ll judge credibility by political platform thanks

  • dreoilin

    ‘eddie: ‘…the fact that he is standing for the seat at all reflects his credibility’

    “I’ll judge credibility by political platform thanks”

    Posted by:??

    So was that you, eddie? (and if it was, why not answer my questions above?)

  • dreoilin

    Here they are again, for eddie:

    “As usual you just resort to cheap abuse rather than argument”.–eddie

    Where on this site have I abused you, eddie? Can you post the quotes?

    And have you read Murder in Samarkand?

  • George Dutton

    “Eddie is a wee troll”

    eddie is a “wind up merchant”.He just comes on here to try and wind people up, he gets his kicks that way.Sad really.

  • Bob Latchford

    Not sure if this has reached you Craig, but your old enemy Iain Dale, who is knocking doors in Norwich on behalf of Chloe Smith, has Tweeted: “Just seen an even worse leaflet than Labour’s. Craig Murray’s is incomprehensible and full of grammatical errors. Unintentionally hilarious”

  • Parasite

    Yawn. Paranoid bloggers in the safety of their armchairs, is that the Murray campaign? If the Establishment (wooooo) are after a no-mark like this, they must be daft. Move on, nowt to worry about here.

  • Parasite

    Oh yeah – and still no imprint? I reckon the thought police’ll drag you off in the middle of the night for that, eh?

  • Ruth

    I can’t wait for an honest man to stand up in parliament and ask why the government is so reluctant to hold an inquiry into Lockebie given all the evidence points to the fact that Megrahi/Libya weren’t involved. I can’t wait for someone to ask why the evidence that the bomb may have been put on the plane at Heathrow was concealed from the defence.

    Even more I’d like someone to find out if the judges, all members of the Privy Council, brought in a verdict in accordance with the wishes of the Establishment/unelected permanent government.

  • Victoria

    How many people do you seriously think are going to watch a dvd election address? People of Norwich North are having numerous election communiations put through their letter boxes each and every day from all the main parties / candidates – they are fed up of it all already and are unlikely to even take the dvd out of its envelope before it is binned – and it can’t even go in the recycling bin!!

    Also, you keep accusing other political parties and public funded bodies of behaving illegally during this campaign and quoting the Electoral Commission guidelines. I am therefore somewhat surprised when walking around some areas of Norwich to find that you seem to be completely oblivions to the fact that fly-posting is illegal!!

  • dreoilin

    “People of Norwich North are having numerous election communiations put through their letter boxes each and every day from all the main parties”–Victoria

    Precisely – which will make a DVD a novelty and far less likely to be ignored. Me, I dump all leaflets from major parties without looking at them, but if I got a DVD from an independent, I’d certainly look at it.

    “Paranoid bloggers in the safety of their armchairs, is that the Murray campaign?”–parasite

    Maybe you think I should move to Norwich before I comment here. Obviously nowt to worry about in you. Juvenile.

  • George Dutton

    dreoilin

    Craig MUST have the opposition worried,they wouldn’t be coming on here and saying what they are if it were not so.

    Victoria

    Have you considered that an opposition party may be doing the “fly-posting” so that people like you will think as you do?. They are already saying things like…”I see you have been flyposting, Craig “honest man” Murray.”

    It is counter-productive to fly post so why would Craig and his team want to harm their campaign?. Not to mention that Craig wouldn’t do that anyway. As Craig has said dirty tricks are afoot against him.There will be many more I fear…watch this space.

  • JB

    Will you be doing a cavalcade through Norwich Craig? I think that would be one really good way to get attention and get your message out – nice and LOUD. You could really shame the BBC and the UCU by announcing to everyone that you were censored. Not to mention shaming the govt and Tories about expenses and their other too numerous to mention corrupt actions.

  • Angie

    Craig, I’m in Norwich North, I disagree with leaflets anyway (sick to death of being hounded by Chloe Smith – who IIIS she??!)

    LISTEN I suggest for you to go to Anglia Square (delapidated but popular shopping precinct) and TALK to PEOPLE on the street (not just invited audiences). Ask them how they feel. You’ll find people who could be swayed, disillusioned with the treatment of that area of Norwich.

    Good luck!

  • Angie

    Craig, I’m in Norwich North, I disagree with leaflets anyway (sick to death of being hounded by Chloe Smith – who IIIS she??!)

    LISTEN I suggest for you to go to Anglia Square (delapidated but popular shopping precinct) and TALK to PEOPLE on the street (not just invited audiences). Ask them how they feel. You’ll find people who could be swayed, disillusioned with the treatment of that area of Norwich.

    Good luck!

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