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Kathy’s TCW week in review


THIS was the week Mr Farage upturned the UK’s previously dire election choice; the week that the World Health Organization’s pandemic treaty died – at least for now; the week that the West and Nato upped the ante against Russia, recklessly bringing war closer. 

It was the week when the world’s political leaders appropriated and defiled the memory of D-Day (and with Putin nowhere to be seen, ignored Russia’s huge role and mammoth losses defeating the Nazis); a week that witnessed the north of Israel burn as Biden stood by and in which Biden’s bent administration took yet another political prisoner; the week when another childminder admitted killing a baby. 

It was also the week that I reluctantly returned to reality from Crete. Who’d really want to live in this country any more, I thought on my late night easyJet flight home, surrounded by Brits twice the size of me. Not to say that everyone was not perfectly polite or good natured. They were. Just very fat, and several too bare. Remembering the case of the woman found crushed to death at the end of her flight to the US, I thanked God for my aisle seat. With the gleaming white small churches that dot the Cretan landscape (that the locals attend and repaint every couple of years) still front of mind, I wondered whether the simple reason that Brits have got so fat is because as a country we’ve turned our backs on religion (the self-control and obedience side).

One thing is for sure, it won’t be a topic you’ll find in the wall-to-wall politics coverage of coming weeks. Don’t expect any cross-examination of either side on the collapse of ‘decency’ or on Beveridge’s multiply broken law: ‘The state should not stifle incentive, opportunity, responsibility; in establishing a national minimum, it should leave room and encouragement for voluntary action by each individual to provide more than that minimum for himself and his family.’ 

In fact expect a conspiracy of silence on all that matters, from lockdown to vaccination to the truth about the nation’s finances and our general descent into indulgence and barbarism.

Not being a BBC licence fee-payer, I am spared all but YouTube clips and tweets. A reader sent me this one of Andrew Neil interviewing Michael Gove which made me laugh. I thought I was watching Spitting Image. No, Michael, your lot are the self-immolators. 

Which brings me neatly to the risible ‘right-wing’ promises the party that deserves to die have been making in ‘their desperate bid to deflect the oncoming Farage tsunami’ as Allister Heath observed, having broken all their promises on migration, legal and illegal, never having had the guts to pull out of the ECHR, but increasing taxes and planning to do so again . . . 

Indeed. What he didn’t mention is the worst betrayal of the lot, the Great Betrayal of Babies, that Laura ripped into on Monday, that no one else ever mentions or cares about, although outsourcing babies to third-party stranger institutional care has to be a key indicator of the collapse of civil society. Just read Laura’s catalogue of cruelty, injury and death it’s brought, to which last week added yet another example.

The Tory pledge to extend child benefit to 700,000 households with higher earners ‘to narrow the poll gap with Labour’ is far too little and far too late. It is unlikely to do anything about our plummeting birth rate – that has even more sinister undertones, researched by Sally Beck, than young people’s overt reluctance to raise another generation in these conditions.

All the West’s ghastly ‘leaders’ care about is image: for example how to politically appropriate symbolic events like D-Day, the very patriotism that elsewhere they’ve trashed. The combination of the presence of the contemptible Zelensky and Sunak’s early departure from the commemoration simply laid bare the grotesque charade that it has become. Which I suspect is what got the establishment so worked up. On TCW we reminded people of the heroes that these politicians do NOT represent or speak for – of the unselfish reality endured in 1944 encapsulated in Tom McCarthy’s wonderful three-part account of his father’s Royal Artillery unit’s role and their experience of the D-Day landings. In interviews with the veterans he tracked down some years ago he took us back into a world of bravery, selflessness, teamwork and stoicism I fear we have altogether lost.

What an irony that those in Europe today who would return to such values are the ones who are demonised, threatened and labelled as the fascists Tom’s veterans fought to save us from, as Richard Ings documented in his masterly piece on Wednesday. Nowhere is this inversion more evident than the US where Steve Bannon, former adviser to Donald Trump, has just been ordered to report to prison on July 1 to begin a four-month prison sentence for defying subpoenas from the Jan 6 Committee, the same committee that concealed key testimony more than once. Read about the persecution of former Trump advisers here

Shivering at Gatwick at 11 o’clock on Wednesday night, the particular lie that stuck in my gullet was the Met Office’s claim that May had been the warmest here on record. Only Extinction Rebellion enthusiasts could possibly believe this codswallop, taken apart by Paul Homewood in TCW on Friday. Talk about returning to insanity.

But my thanks to all the readers’ emails telling me to enjoy my break. I did. Not least to Lisa, a lovely TCW fan who ‘spotted’ me in my far-flung corner of the Aegean! She approached me in the taverna overlooking the bay where I was having dinner. ‘Are you Kathy Gyngell? I read your review this morning and we love TCW – it keeps us sane.’ I hope you are reading this, Lisa – thank you – it was lovely to meet you and your comment was all I needed to keep me going now that I am back.

Finally a reminder to Mark Steyn fans and supporters – please join us this coming Tuesday (June 11) at the Royal Courts of Justice in London (directions are here) to cheer him on in his fight against Ofcom. I will be there, so will Professor Norman Fenton, Leilani Dowding, I hope, and many others. Be prepared to be there before 9am but we may not know the actual time of the hearing until the day before. Any final update I will send in a special mailing on Monday afternoon.

(Broken Neil/Gove link now mended!)

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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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