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Kathy’s TCW week in review 


THIS was the week that the parochial politics of the UK paled into insignificance against the world’s still (just) superpower moving one step closer to civil war. More of that below.

It was also the week that I made my escape – to Crete – to restore my health and wellbeing with a dose of love, lust and leprosy. Don’t get too excited, I am no Shirley Valentine. My love is for the Cretan courtesy, simplicity and their robustly defended old-fashioned Christian family values and toleration (of far less well-balanced and far more spoilt Western families). My lust is for the food. Cretan food facts, my Airbnb welcome booklet informed me, are an average olive oil consumption 25 times higher than the US; the largest quantity of fruit and vegetables of any Western diet and the healthiest one. I believe it. No flab in sight (only the tourists). Only fabulous fresh fish and delicious ripe fruit. The leprosy bit is the island of Spinalonga that I am looking at now across the sea from my balcony in Plaka, a ramshackle fishing village that has the great charm of having escaped the ravages of the mass tourism.

If you have read Victoria Hislop’s novel The Island you’ll know all about Spinalonga. It’s the barren rocky outcrop in the Bay of Elounda, fortified by the Venetians in the 16th century (with an archaeological history of earlier settlements), settled by Muslims in the 18th and 19th, and in 1904 chosen as the site of a leper colony where the socially ostracised victims of the horrible disease were sent. But instead of dying, they organised their community, fell in love, married and had children in an amazing testament to human endurance, civility and dignity.

If you can get over Hislop’s rather trite writing style (I had just finished Kazuo Ishiguro’s Remains of the Day, so had to take a few gulps over her pedantic storytelling back and forth through memory after the brilliance of Ishiguro’s command of this narrative technique) it is worth persevering for her depiction of life in the colony. She tells of individuals from every social class cast out as unclean and untouchable – just as the covid unvaxxed were proscribed and banned a century later. What struck me forcefully was that today’s public health officials had no such excuse of ignorance to treat the unvaccinated as a threat to society. In fact the lepers of Hislop’s carefully researched account were in many ways treated with more kindness, understanding and far less hostility and anger than were lockdown’s ‘unclean’, banned as many were from jobs, university, visiting loved ones and travel or forced into vaccination to do so.

Away from it all in this oasis of civility and simple living, emails and Twitter have kept me in touch with the facts of London’s daily barbarism. Violence is fast turning us into a third world country, Laura said in one of her terser emails this week. Neither main political party, I note, has so much as mentioned in their election pledges this daily digest of assaults and killings, and the breakdown of any semblance of law and order, and not just in our capital city. Soon only the rich will be immune – as Laura put it to me in her own inimitable way:

‘Third world sh!thole …

That’s what they want. And your have to be incredibly wealthy to essentially buy your way out of it.

14 years of Tory rule …’

She’s right.

I’d just read about a shocking drive-by shooting that’s left a nine-year-old child on life support; just the latest of attacks and murders in London, no less awful for that, but which we are now meant to accept as an inevitable fact of life – as normal. It’s a gaslighting that the manner of the MSM’s reporting now contributes to, it occurred to me with one horror today and another tomorrow, the one before immediately forgotten, as the next one is.

To say that our heads-in-the-sand, ‘I’m all right Jack’ politicians are a letdown is to grossly understate it but I’m not sure Mark Steyn isn’t right – that Nigel Farage is the biggest letdown of all. OK, I did get a fundraising email for Reform UK from him a couple of days ago, but that’s about it on his involvement. Where’s his patriotism? It’s gone to the US, as Steyn reports. Well, Nigel, Trump’s election may be more important for the world but if you seriously think it depends on your talents, you are suffering serious self-delusion. Irritatingly, too, this was the moment he finally got to grips with the country’s Muslim problem. What’s kept you, Nigel? asked Frank Haviland in TCW.  Now he’s bunking off.

I won’t add any more words to the thousands already written on the baleful Trump verdict but point you to a US article that reflects my own ‘dis-ease’ about its implications: ‘Make no mistake, this is how an empire dies and chaos is born,’ commentator Ian Andrew-Patrick wrote. ‘Celebrating that a rigged jury was ordered by a partisan judge to convict an ex-President of a non-existent felony even the prosecutor couldn’t explain. The success of Donald Trump split their tiny minds in November 2016. Since then he’s been accused of every imaginable sin, assaulted on all fronts for the crime of loving his country more than his comfort. He is neither a saint nor a genius, but simply the last real politician in the collapsing West.’

What the Democrats have committed to, he says, is a ‘winner-takes-it-all-civil war’. They are certainly asking for it.

Whether the vindictive and corrupt Judge Juan Merchan puts Trump through the  humiliation of the New York City probation department (where he’d be cheek-by-jowl with drug and sex offenders and quizzed on his mental health etc) or condemns him to prison (Rikers Island might be better – who knows?) scheduling his sentence for July 11, as Mark Steyn points out, ‘four days before the GOP convention is due to start in Milwaukee’ and ‘at a time when the presidential nominee should be practising his acceptance speech in front of his bedroom mirror’, has once again subordinated ‘the election calendar to the caprices of his filthy courtroom. 

Lest we forget in all this (I had), Jack Poso reminded me on Twitter that in 2022 Hillary Clinton quietly settled a campaign finance violation over reporting the Steele Dossierfunding as legal services. But who cares about fairness amongst the Democrats?

Steyn’s own suffering at the hands of the American injustice system makes it all the more important that as many of us stand with him in person on Tuesday June 11 at the Royal Courts of Justice in London (directions are here) to support him in his fight against Ofcom, making quite clear our disgust with our disgraceful establishment and their attack on dissent. Mark tells me we should be prepared to be there before 9am and that we may not know the actual time of the hearing until the afternoon before. I will keep readers updated in my next week’s review and also put out a final update in a special mailing on the afternoon of Monday June 10.

The upside is another chance for Mark’s supporters to get together and see each other as well as seeing and hearing our brilliant champion of truth and decency (and of the civility that still exists, as my week in Crete reminded me) in the UK again!

Updated 10am

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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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