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Kathy’s TCW week in review


WELL, it wasn’t just another week. It was TCW‘s 10th birthday week. We were born on March 8, 2014. Laura woke me up on Friday morning with a call to wish ‘us’ happy birthday! I didn’t mind – we had something to celebrate. It was a good thing we did that day; for a decade now we’ve managed to keep our voice of sanity going in an increasingly insane world. And insane it is. Take a look at this that a reader alerted me to. And no, it isn’t parody!

How we’ve kept our heads when all around are losing theirs is a tribute to the tiny but disproportionately dedicated and talented team TCW has had since 2017.

I set out my thoughts on our last ten years of TCW and why we given the site a facelift to mark it and take us into our next ten years here. We hope you like the new look. You can now see all of our week’s output on the home page – and more. I have had a few troubled emails about finding the latest articles. They are at the top of the page! As you scroll down you’ll find our special areas of interest, like Climate, Covid and Democracy in Decay. We are fighting on so many more fronts now than when we started and the new home page accommodates that. It makes for an easier navigation, whether you want to discover what we are reporting on Brexit, migration, climate, covid or censorship and a host of other dimensions to the loss of freedom that its our mission to defend.

Laura reminded me on the phone of the battle we lost, the one we set out to fight in those early days for babies and children, their need for maternal care. Today it is so much worse. Fewer women than ever seem to care or understand the empathy gap implications. And what was it all for, she wondered. Do the feminists ever ask themselves? For women to become bean counters, to have dull jobs, to be trapped on the treadmill of the daily baby dump – wan, resigned and beyond crying infants carted by parents looking as pale themselves to the childcare centre at 7.30 every morning. Or not have children at all. The only pursuits now valued for women, she said to me, are the aggressive, masculine aping ones – the army and playing football. Women she opined have just about voted themselves and girls out of everything that defines them as women. Suicidal? Slippery slope? Both.

I’ve been dwelling on this perhaps rather too much. It’s been a bit of a virtual week (a dodgy knee keeping me at home) which isn’t altogether healthy. The knee saved me, though, from the streets of London or Londonistan, as mayor Sadiq Khan is determined to make it. So thankfully I didn’t see the Ramadan lights display he inflicted on our Christian capital for a second year running, only his boast on X – that London was the first city in the Western world to do this.

Am I, I wondered, allowed to report this as a hate crime? After all, I found it personally deeply offensive, and isn’t hate crime by definition in the eye of the beholder? But it’s no joking matter. This is about more than ‘me’ victimhood. Celebrating and promoting Islam this way can’t help but make London an even less safe place for Jews and their friends than it was. Only the night before I’d watched a GB News clip of MP Andrea Jenkyns (one of the few Tory good ones) recounting the horrific rape threat she and her six-year-old son suffered and how, shockingly, the police had not arrested the perpetrator on the ground that it was just a joke. Whatever Sadiq says, what we’re experiencing on our streets in the non-stop Hamas demonstrations is a religion of hate. And Michael Gove chooses this moment to create an Islamophobia Czar. What about an Anti-semitism Czar?

News of that inspired initiative was on my screen just hours after headline that I never thought to see – that London had become a ‘no go zone’ for Jews. As much as I knew the truth of it, who of my generation ever thought we should ever read such an admission? Or believe that any British government or London authority would or could ever allow this to come to pass?

But they have. Talk about the erosion of the very fabric of civilisation. So as much as I don’t like any billionaire having so much influence, it was great to see Elon Musk going nuclear on one of the evil architects who’s been pushing for this societal collapse for years. He fundamentally hates humanity is what he said of George Soros. Too right.

The trouble last week was that for every good news message there was a bad one. I cheered out loud at Monday’s news that the Supreme Court had cleared Trump to run for President. It was a really upbeat moment, a veritable ‘phew’ of relief. If the Democrats don’t manage to find other means of stopping Trump from getting back to the White House at the very least, I thought, this must mean an end to the horrendous war in Ukraine. And surely he’ll do something about the January 6 prisoners of the state who Biden has left begging for water in the most atrocious of conditions. Bernard Carpenter’s report is here.  You can imagine my dismay then when I read (via a Robert F Kennedy Jr tweet) a Donald Trump tweet saying the covid pandemic is over thanks to the wonderful vaccines that are now fixing cancer. This was Trump’s worst mistake in office – falling foul of Fauci and the lockdown vaccine dark arts mob. Did he learn nothing? I just pray it is not true. Or that he retracts it.

Maybe I have been online too much this week but my TCW ’email pals’ have kept me laughing (and informed). One alerted me to the electric £80,000 Jaguar I-Pace that went rogue on the M62, ‘swerving through traffic at speeds of up to 100mph’. Under the heading ‘Good old technology’ he pointed out how lucky the police were that ‘when they boxed it and rammed it didn’t burst into un-put-outable flames which most of them do’. He finished with this clincher: ‘and all you have to do with a petrol or diesel car is turn the ignition off’. Indeed!

Where would I be without my reader friends who keep me up to speed?

I am, as you know by now, determined to end my week’s review on a good news note, and this week it’s that battles can be won – and have been. So hats off first to the Lincolnshire campaigners who stopped the solar farm juggernaut in its tracks, and second to Christian Concern and their determined legal team. Thanks to them the Crown Prosecution Service has dropped a case against two street preachers arrested for the crime of preaching next to LGBT flags (oh and by the way the police officers were wearing rainbow lanyards). They should of course never have been arrested in the first place. But small things make big things happen . . . 

This is an updated version of Saturday’s newsletter

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Kathy Gyngell
Kathy Gyngell
Kathy is Editor of The Conservative Woman. She is @kathygyngelltcw on GETTR and is back on Twitter.

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