LOOKING back over last week, it strikes me that Western civilisation seems good for one thing only – writing its own suicide note. From the apparently trivial to the brutally serious. GB News underlined the joke it has become with its announcement of Boris Johnson’s appointment. My first thought was that if the perennial attention-seeker had only stuck to TV, the country might be a lot better off now. More seriously, Bob Moran got it in one with a tweet which said: ‘It’s really quite something when a broadcaster, supposedly established to champion freedom at a time when the entire country was locked up, casually appoints the tyrannical prison warden as their new presenter.’
More on the brutally serious: the week began, I felt, on social media and in the streets with a revving up of the three-pronged assault on Israel which Karen Harradine wrote about here. What terrifies me is the number of people who either do not think Israel has the right to defend itself against the barbaric and depraved annihilation plans of Hamas, or ‘apply rules to the Jewish State that they would never apply to any other’. The Epoch Times’s interview with the author of this quote, Victor Davis Hanson, is well worth a listen. It points in one direction only, and was encapsulated by Brendan O’Neill in his Spectator article on the anti-Semitic Pandora’s box that Western progressive elites and mindless Israel defamers and demonisers have opened.
Over the week I have been told to ‘wake up’, that I am being played, and even that ‘the pro-Israel bias [on TCW] is now so crude, so clumsy and so blatant and so lacking in balance that I’m wondering if the site is now being sponsored by Jewish interests’. Whatever those may be. Those castigating me might just consider the fragile position of the 16million Jews in the world against a Muslim population of 1.8billion, a significant number of whom are Islamists or Islamist or Jihadist sympathisers. I will be sticking to my guns on this as I have done on every issue from mothercare, to marriage, to Brexit, to lockdown and most recently vaccination.
At TCW we don’t speculate on conspiracies, we research and report evidence – witness Paula Jardine’s painstaking uncovering of the corrupt vaccine supply quid pro quos between the UK Vaccine Taskforce and Pfizer and US Defense. The only money we have to do this with comes from you – your individual donations – unlike other ‘big daddy’ sponsored social media websites. This is why TCW is free to take a clear editorial line on what we believe to be right or wrong, whether on the big issues of globalism, Islamism, anti-Semitism or the culturally perverse identity politics and transgenderism, all of which are undermine our democratic freedoms. On these limited resources we do our best to report what the MSM ignores, or is uncritical of. Take the shamefully biased Hallett Inquiry which Ros Jones brilliantly laid bare here. Over the last few days, like a soap opera repeat, the shambles of Johnson’s Number 10 operation has been picked over yet again, with the cast of deplorables given their time on stage again.
If that chaos wasn’t all too evident from Simon Heffer’s June 2020 article, ‘Boris’s Corona Catastrophe’, the blow by blow coverage of Sue Gray’s investigation into the breaching of lockdown rules at Number 10 should have left no doubt. Yet the one-time lockdown karaoke queen, now po-faced Deputy Cabinet Secretary Helen MacNamara, was to be seen moralising about it, her face on every front page the next day. It wasn’t fair, she said, that ministers had abrogated responsibility to an unelected group of people (civil servants). Maybe so, but wasn’t this collapse in political standards mirrored in the total collapse of her own as well as the service that so over-promoted her? MacNamara’s agenda was transparent: to defend the officials who, with their ‘scientific advisers’, drove the disastrous lockdown and vaccine policy response. Who, may I ask, chose the vested interest (unelected) senior science adviser appointees who were so keen to take over that responsibility and to ratchet up the panic?
The one revelation to emerge from last week’s episode, typically receiving remarkably little attention (apart from an immediate ‘full fact’ Covid misinformation drubbing), was Johnson’s Covid truth ‘awakening’ in October 2020. A note he wrote said, ‘I must say I have been slightly rocked by some of the data on Covid fatalities. The median age is 82-81 for men and 85 for women. That is above life expectancy. So get Covid and live longer.’ So he knew all along it was a scam. And he went along with it. What a weak, weak, man. What a tragedy for the country. He missed his chance to be a Churchill.
Before I go, a heads-up. I will be in Liverpool next Saturday, having been invited by Liz Philips to speak at her third ‘The Great Resist’ Conference. My topic, at her request, is ‘Sticking to my guns’. I am opening the batting, she tells me – so you have been warned! But when you have me over and done with there’s a host of fantastic speakers to listen to, from our own Niall McCrae to Richard Vobes. More to come about it on TCW next week. You can purchase your tickets on this link.