Three and a half years ago, we decided the time had come for a counter-cultural offensive against the forces of Leftism, feminism and Cameroonism – against the anti-family, identity politics and ‘equality and diversity’ ideology sweeping through the country’s institutions.
The Conservative Woman was born.
Under the banner of progressive politics, we’d seen Cameron’s Conservatives capitulating to these forces and abandoning any claim to represent conservatism. His proudest moment, he said, was to redefine marriage – a word he stole to represent a contract that no longer depended on the union of one man and one woman.
Now, under Mrs May’s leadership, it is not just language that is under assault, but the very idea of what it is to be a man or a woman. Once again her party has surrendered, this time to an even more disturbing and destructive ideology – transgenderism.
We have come to see the Conservative Party as the enemy within. We can no more rely on it to protect the private sphere – our individual liberty and family autonomy – than we can hope it releases the State’s stranglehold over the key social institutions of health and education, or indeed the economy.
The feminists’ equality agenda, which Mrs May eagerly signed up to on her first day at the Home Office, has taken an invidious new turn in an outright attack on men. The current hysteria over sexual harassment, which has now arrived at Westminster, is doing women a terrible disservice. It is grooming younger women into a false victimhood, while men have little or no comeback without being accused of hate crime.
State interference with childcare already pushes mothers back to work too early, and their infants on to a childcare treadmill irrespective of their needs. No wonder there is a crisis of adolescent mental ill-health. Mrs May’s solution to all these problems is to do another audit, encouraging ‘victimhood’ and destructive identity group politics: destructive because they incite grievance and division. But Mrs May promises in answer to every new complaint that her beloved State and its money tree will fix it.
Nor are we confident that she and her self-annihilating party any longer have the competence to deliver the Brexit we all voted for, and which is essential if this country is to change for the better on these other fronts.
Finally, hidden in her hapless conference speech was her promise that your body – as well as your thoughts – is to belong to the State too, unless you have taken the time and trouble to tell the State otherwise. This is wrong in principle and in practice. For us it was the last straw.
What we at TCW are here for is to build genuine conservatism up again, to spread the message – to conserve conservatism before the party destroys it completely – of values such as the rule of law, constitutional democracy, individual liberty, education, law and order, maintaining strong security and defence as well as strong families. These are the values we advocate and defend every day.
TCW has attracted a remarkable team of literate and talented writers, of whom we are very proud, who address and explore these matters for us.
We have been remarkably successful, too, in getting on the front foot media-wise as the only true conservative voice on the airwaves. Laura now frequents the Question Time and Any Questions panels. Kathy’s and Laura’s comments are regularly sought by the Telegraph, the Times, the Daily Mail – even by the Guardian and i newspapers! Caroline Farrow and Belinda Brown have strong media profiles as TCW writers. Between us we are fielding broadcast requests – BBC, Sky and ITV – daily.
No wonder we are reaching more people every day. But we know that there are yet more people out there who share our views.
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