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Kathy’s TCW week in review


IT WAS always going to be a busy week at TCW with the election campaign hotting up and the Ofcom-backed BBC replay of what they have done to Nigel Farage on every electoral occasion since the 1999 EU elections. Tactics include consigning any coverage of him and his party to the margins of the schedules or when forced to acknowledge his existence subjecting him to aggressive and aspersion casting interviews, repeated by Nick Robinson’s intolerable grilling of him this week. Despite Reform UK moving ahead of the Conservatives in the polls, he has been airbrushed out of the ‘leaders’ debate’, a snub that was smirkingly justified by the BBC. As far as they are concerned, it’s just tough if a new party, whatever its support, ‘didn’t stand in the last two elections’. 

Reform UK has, without doubt now, passed that critical inflection point Farage identified. The latest poll, published on Friday night, was the fourth to put them ahead of the Conservatives. Yet his party is still being allocated (by the interchangeable Ofcom/BBC) a risible 8 per cent election broadcast time. No wonder Nigel lost it by the end of week. Sticking to my ‘balance’ in his favour promise, here he is – going on the attack -with his castigation of Ofcom’s election interference that he put out on Friday.

While I am on the topic of outrages: another last week was the 19 more reported vaccine deaths revealed in TCW‘s analysis of the latest MHRA Yellow Card data (all in the four weeks before May 20) that no other media seems to care about. Only we dug out and reported the figures. It is shocking and infinitely depressing that there is total MSM silence in the election run-up about the unprecedented covid vaccine injury and death toll. Yet this, with Lockdown that vaccines were the all but mandated exit from, comprises the biggest scandal of this century, of government tyranny, cruelty and establishment compliance. Farage has followed Andrew Bridgen in calling out the lies we were told about the so-called vaccines. He did this in no uncertain terms earlier this year when he pledged that Reform UK would conduct an inquiry into this. I hope, in the next two weeks, he’ll restate this and lambast the Uniparty’s callous denial and disregard .

I don’t see why not. He’s been throwing ‘red pills’ out all over the place – walking towards the fire, the only way, as Ben Shapiro advised, to debate with the lefties and destroy them. You have to stop ‘taking the bullying’, he said. Farage is our only politician who can and does this. And with aplomb as he did up against the BBC’s arch-bully on Ukraine, Russia and Putin. No question about who won. It was Nigel.

For all the sneerers and naysayers, there’s no question about it. The man is giving hope to people – to those like me who despair of the destructively woke tyranny we are living under as well as to people in Clacton. A friend decided to see for herself. She got the train from the metropolis to Nigel’s rally on Wednesday to see how it really was. A classic miserable English seaside town, she said on her return, but not like the Matthew Parris depiction. The locals she sat next to were normal and kind – two single mums, the one working in a school too scared to say which and almost too terrified to talk in case her boss might discover she had been at the rally. She would be ‘got rid of’ for fraternising at a Farage event, she said. This is the woke tyranny that ordinary people cannot afford to challenge – people like her, struggling on a small wage and frightened of the future for her son. Yes, she is looking to Farage for hope.

Somewhat ironically, on the same day I was in the margins of the Westminster world that’s trying to take on our decayed democracy, listening to David Starkey talk about Tony Blair’s revolutionary changes to our constitution that created the new woke ruling class that is the very reason for the Clacton mum’s fear. He went through Blair’s multi-pronged destruction of our democracy, from making the Bank of England independent, his quangocracy creation, devolution, his perversion of human rights and our subjection to the ECHR, abolishing the Lord Chancellor in favour of a contradictory Supreme Court, the Equality Act (that the appeasers Cameron and May embraced along with the rest of this ‘New Labour settlement’). Together these measures had ensured that the woke credo of the left became the credo of the country, he said, designed to make any true conservative policy as difficult as possible. Only a quasi-revolution can now counteract it. A ‘restoration’ was his favoured word, though he did not seem entirely convinced that Farage was the man to lead it. Personally I don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. 

An omission in his overview was any discussion of New Labour’s attack on family that denuded it of power and autonomy. Remember Ed Balls’s new Department for Children, Schools and Families – which set the stage for round the clock state child care and the nationalisation of children? The working and child tax credits that preferenced single parenthood – a deliberate destruction of marriage for all but the rich, documented so brilliantly in TCW this week by Simon Caldwell which along with the collapse of Christianity was driven by cultural Marxism and feminist ideology? Blair started it. But it was the liberal Tories who finished the job off as Laura reminded us this week. Without this, in my humble opinion, Blair’s undemocratic, elite-driven ruling order could not have taken hold.

Starkey did comment however on the disappearance of that once universal (cultural) symbol of England’s nationalism – the male suit. Replaced by a male scruffiness that marks the collapse of male confidence and authority and surely symbolises Britain’s collapse all round. Significantly the suit is still alive and well but elsewhere, as I noticed last week, in the polished Savile Row attire of Mr Putin and his retinue meeting North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, who also adopted the garb for part of the visit. There’s a message for British men there somewhere.

The highlight for me of what has definitely been a more upbeat week, was a get-together I had on Tuesday with as many of my ‘awake’ girlfriends – TCW writers and allies – who were able to turn up to it (plus a few honorary men!). It was exactly what the doctor ordered and it totally re-energised me. My only regret is that in our enjoyment of seeing each other, we failed to get a picture of all the ‘girls’ there. You can see just some of us here in this group of Clare Craig, Leilani Dowding, Sally Beck, me, Paula Jardine, Bridget Jones, Lucy Johnston and Jules Serkin.

One of my oldest allies, an early TCW writer and friend Belinda Brown (going back I think to 2003) and Karen Harradine (going back to 2014) were there too, along with the wonderful Margaret Ashworth, Priscilla Pollara, Liz Hodgkinson and (the newest of my girlfriends) the lovely Betty, aka @CaliforniaFrizz, all of whom somehow managed to escape the girl group lens. I am kicking myself for being so hopeless! Sadly Laura Perrins couldn’t make it from Ireland (and TCW’s web mistress got overtaken by family duties) but both were there in spirit. So in case anyone wants any proof that ‘Con Women’ exist, here you have it – out in force on Tuesday night! 

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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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