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Kathy’s TCW Week in Review


LAST week was all about cancellation, denial and manipulation. I had hoped for something different. I’d planned to celebrate a week of defiance beginning with Bob Moran’s brilliant show Apocalypse, (which I went to last Sunday) and ending with another testament to the power of saying No, The Great Resist’s third conference. It hasn’t quite worked out that way. It’s turned into a score card of the scared, the bullied and the deniers. A context in which the non-cancellation of Bob at the Bloomsbury Theatre was the one shining light.

AS many of you know, the hopeless Liverpool Lime Street Holiday Inn crumbled to local activist bullying and cancelled the venue for yesterday’s ‘The Great Resist’. Two days’ notice. My report on this is here. Thanks to Liz Phillips’s Herculean efforts, it went ahead virtually on Zoom. There was another disgraceful example of cancel culture targeting people considered ‘right wing’, the last-minute cancellation of the @OzraeliAvi  book launch at the UnHerd venue in London a week ago last Thursday. Now, even as I write, the awful news has just come through that Bob’s booked showing of Apocalypse in Newcastle after Christmas has been cancelled by @TyneOperaHouse due to his having the ‘wrong’ opinions. 

He does not have to justify the show. It is a unique testament to the state we in Britain have lived in since the start of lockdown, and how people were so easily manipulated. It opens with a very personal (and moving) account of how his eyes were opened to the inconsistency and cruelty of the ‘protecting the vulnerable and saving lives’ rule, and then how through the power of his art he started say No to lockdown and the ‘vaccines’. How the those very policies compromised his own disabled child’s safety and future. It was humbling and chilling by turn. So please, someone with the wherewithal in Newcastle, put your head over the parapet and promise Bob an alternative appropriate venue. The tragedy is that only the few (not the many) applied similar intellect and similar morality to Bob’s and then braved the consequences. For him, that meant being summarily dismissed by the Telegraph, about whose hypocrisy and fear there is more below. And so this goes on, now, in the post-Covid era.

Some of you may have noticed that we have been missing from Guido Fawkes for some weeks. Well, we are no longer posting our paid-for links there – which is a shame because it brought our site ‘into Westminster’, so to speak, to be not quite ignored by the political establishment. The problem was that the Guido team weren’t prepared to post what they described as our ‘vaccine sceptic’ links, which they said had no basis in reality, a rumbling ‘dispute’ that came to a head with their refusal to publish our link to Professor Angus Dalgleish’s article ‘mRNA “vaccines” must be banned once and for all’ (which has received more than 100,000 pages views). Of course that is their editorial right. There is stuff I refuse to publish on TCW. However, because it is a matter of principle for me (both freedom of speech and our commitment to vaccine truth on the site), we have come to a civilised parting of the ways.

Another cancellation was the postponement of Mark Steyn’s ‘hockey stick’ court case in Washington – again, after he and his team had paid their fares and all the rest. The costs of the last-minute trial cancellation are extraordinary. They have no compunction about doing this to a sick man either. You’d be forgiven for believing they are either trying to bankrupt him or kill him.

Then there has been the big non-cancellation. I am talking about the Hamas ‘river to the sea’ Remembrance weekend protests, or as they are now rebranded, ‘calls for ceasefire’ marches. How very much more reassuring and persuasive that sounds! I am not this week even going to go into the biased BBC’s uncritical relaying of Hamas claimed casualty reports. The Times too. Sadly predictable as well as potentially inflammatory. This is what the BBC’s Trusted News Initiative stands for. Where is a genuine fact check when you need it? Returning to the question of whether or not to allow the protests – this has broken ranks on the right and caused an outbreak of dissent on the principle and practice of freedom. From Laurence Fox to Brendon O’Neill, we have had principled defences of their Voltaire-style intellectual liberty purity – that come what may the marches must be allowed to go ahead however much they deplore them. This is admirable, but what about the principle of how long can you tolerate someone who is not going to tolerate you? At what point do you have to take a stand to preserve the very principle of freedom?

That is where I took issue with them both last week. I would love to know what Roger Scruton would have had to say. You can destroy in a minute what it takes generations to build, he said. Rolf Norfolk’s thoughtful TCW post speaks to this truth. Democracy is fragile, and the added complication is that with a politicised police we cannot, sadly, depend on them to defend it fairly. Robert James gives his reasons here for why he believes the Met are so reluctant to cancel this (and previous Black Lives Matter protests) when they are ready and able to do so with others. I remember the first of the peaceful lockdown protests I was on (September 2020 I think) when an army of police suddenly descended, bringing the speeches to an end. They pushed, shoved and kettled people, knocking elderly citizens over in the process (I have photos of the sudden appearance of police vans chock full of riot police that had been waiting hidden in the side roads) and also that the quite peaceful Piers Corbyn was arrested or detained at every protest that followed, for ‘spreading misinformation’. But then, the menacing police that TCW filmed the next year at another Lockdown protest were not afraid of us reasonable citizens, were they? The bottom line is we can no longer trust the police to protect our rights, and in effect that is what Suella Braverman is saying. The law abiding have become the policed.

So yes, TCW thinks Braverman is right. She, for once, is defending our freedom. Whether she will still be Home Secretary when you read this I don’t know.

Finally, for what was going to be an upbeat briefing, I find myself turning again to that gut instinct of knowing what is wrong, having the courage to say it, and then, as my Great Resist speech is headed, sticking to your guns about it. Not letting people get away with it, in other words. I am talking about the Telegraph‘s shock-horror AstraZeneca vaccine story they’ve filed on, which because of a court case they find they can no longer ignore. Some are cheering and saying ‘At last!’ Not me. A polite criticism of the Telegraph would be that they are disingenuous. They are starting to cover their tracks. Don’t be fooled by it, whatever the excuses and regrets expressed by the journalists in question for not having reported on any of this when it mattered, which might even have saved lives. Braver journalists lost their livelihoods for refusing to play along. 

This is some of what I posted in anger on Twitter on Friday morning. As our regular readers know we have relentlessly published Yellow Card vaccine injury numbers and every reliable research study we came across that showed the outcomes and the risks – all evidence in the public domain. It was ignored by the MSM, and still is. And we know why. Bob Moran revealed at his show they were directly instructed at the Telegraph not to publish anything ‘anti-vaxx’. There you have it.

When will they really catch up? And will they finally apologise then?

Updated 21.37 Nov 11th 2023

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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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