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Kathy’s TCW week in review


THIS was the week when quite a few other things happened in the world as well as Nigel Farage’s brilliant barnstorming and truth bombing in the UK – covered in detail in these pages.

From the other side of the Atlantic came Jordan Peterson’s own truth bomb, that abortion is hands down the biggest cause of death for children in the US. It is here, too. 

In the Middle East, Israel’s beleaguered Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a troop deployment from Rafah to the northern border to tackle Hezbollah’s lethal cross-border attacks and help the thousands of evacuated and displaced Israeli residents there. He said, and we have to pray he is right, that the war with Hamas is nearly over.

The man who got the most attention in the press last week was Julian Assange. His unexpected release from jail dominated the headlines. Meanwhile, in the US, Steve Bannon has report to prison (for four months) tomorrow. Like Peter Navarro, another former adviser to President Trump already serving a sentence, Bannon – a veritable truth-seeker – has been convicted of contempt of Congress for declining to cooperate with subpoenas from the same Jan 6th committee. In Canada, Tommy Robinson has been arrested for a suspected immigration offence. They might as well have said for being Tommy Robinson. Neither of these affronts has garnered much attention over here, let alone outcry. I for one have a lot more sympathy for them than for Assange. On the latter I stand with Rowan Dean, the Spectator Australia’s courageous editor, who described him in his newsletter ‘as a narcissistic ratbag who was prepared to endanger other people’s lives with his document dumps, and disgracefully exploited the likes of malleable US soldier Bradley Manning to do his dirty work’, adding: ‘Assange is coming home to Australia, but do we really want him, let alone lionise him?’ I suspect not.

In the perverse world of modern media the Assange story also generated more interest than our reckless march to war with our Russian cousins – to the World War Three that some now say is inevitable. Did anyone in the MSM pay any attention to Putin’s vow to retaliate for last weekend’s deadly attack on Sevastopol, for which he said (and I don’t believe anyone has denied) that the flight paths for all the ATACMS missiles were provided by American military specialists? 

True, we failed to comment on that too. I have to admit I have been pretty much wrapped up in our newly hopeful British political scene. However my attention, like everyone else’s, couldn’t help but be distracted by Friday morning’s reports of the tragi-comedy that was the first Trump/Biden debate. Although this whole period in US politics reminds me forcefully of Armando Iannucci’s 2017 film The Death of Stalin, the question left bubbling in my mind is not who desperate Democrats still trying to prop up their now totally exposed, demented and corpse-like political puppet are, but what is going on in the head of ‘First Lady’ Jill Biden? How could any loving wife expose her husband to that? It was beyond cruel. Making matters worse, she went on to emasculate him – to infantilise him in fact – congratulating him as she would a five-year-old for answering all the questions. Never mind that Donald Trump, along with the rest of us, couldn’t understand a word he said. Is this some sort of weird revenge on her ‘Creepy Joe’ husband and questionable father to her children? What delusory world is she living in? Her own coercive control? Or is she being controlled by others? You tell me. I don’t know whether it was Trump or another wag who commented that ‘the drugs didn’t work’.

The week ended for me with the mixed blessing of seeing my prediction about the MSM’s best efforts to smear Nigel Farage and Reform UK coming true. They wouldn’t be helping him, I wrote on June 4, but the opposite: an ‘MSM all too keen to pick on the “fruitcakes”, “loonies” and “racists” that the millions of Brits who care for their country and are fearful for its future are not’. 

Yes, it had to happen. Channel 4 did the honours. You know the story by now. They sent an undercover reporter to goad a ‘Reform canvasser’ who just happens to be a professional actor (whom C4 had used in the past) to ‘prove’ Reform UK’s racism, all conveniently ready for the BBC’s equally set-up Question Time to try to discredit Farage. It looks like a serious interference and a breach of electoral law. Reform UK has vowed to boycott the programme. It has exposed the audience’s handpicked antagonists. It has also made a formal complaint against Channel Four for electoral interference. Quite right.

Meanwhile the ‘racism’ that should worry us all is the invention of Islamophobia ignored by the MSM – an Islamist threat to freedom and democracy that Sir Keir Starmer is likely to entrench in our legal system. We published the first part of John Hale’s examination of the concept and its purpose last week in TCW.  It is an important read. Parts 2 and 3 to follow. 

For the brutal truth about Islamist aggression on the streets of Europe – which the current set of Western woke politicians are too polite to confront – you need to turn to Mark Steyn’s online account of terror and rape in France. Thanks to Ofcom, you will never hear such reportage or comment on mainstream British broadcasting.

But not to end on a downbeat note, I am glad to say our Judaeo-Christian tradition is not being abandoned everywhere in the West. I was rather thrilled to read that posters of the Ten Commandments are now required to be displayed in every public school classroom (including state-funded universities!) in Louisiana under a Bill signed into law on Wednesday. Louisiana is the first state to pass legislation requiring this since the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to banish the tenets from America’s classrooms in 1980. May other states follow suit! Over here, what better antidote to knife crime and stabbing? Sir Keir Starmer, take note.

This post is an updated version of my ‘TCW week in review’ newsletter that went to press yesterday before the news of Reform UK’s complaints became public.

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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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