HELLO, and a belated Happy New Year. We hit the ground running so fast that I feel we’re two months into 2024 already. I can’t remember when we began the new year with such a stunning batch of articles and writers. Our starting gun sounded on January 6 with Professor Angus Dalgleish (of ‘ban mRNA vaccines now’ fame) first out of the traps with a searing invective on the triple con trick played by government – the Post Office scandal, covid and climate change. The Telegraph I saw caught up on the PO scandal, which Allister Heath rightly describes as a parable of modern Britain. But like the rest of the MSM on this recognition of a corrupt and self serving establishment class he’s 12 years too late. I worry that it will be 12 years before the penny drops about the even bigger and more terrifying vaccine injury scandal, the indifferent and callous bureaucratic elite that’s been walking away for two years now with honours and contracts while ordinary people suffer and die.
There’s none so blind as those who will not see.
For a list of the callous bureaucrats and government advisors who’ve been honoured for the injury, illness and death they’ve inflicted on their fellow men, Mr Heath could do not better than turn to Karen Harradine’s series which tracked where Sage’s scientists are now – honoured and rewarded to a man (and woman). Those who missed out last time round were not forgotten this January. No siree. The Honours Committee could not possibly exclude that most determined of lockdown and vaccine zealots, Professor John Edmunds. Yes, he’s got a knighthood for pushing arbitrary detention and disregarding human rights.
So it came as no surprise to find that the MP who took up both the Post Office scandal (12 years ago) and the vaccine injury scandal (over the last two years) had been airbrushed out of ITV’s drama series Mr Bates vs The Post Office and all subsequent MSM coverage. Which is why I immediately asked Andrew Bridgen, whose constituents’ case was the original catalyst, to give us his account of the story from the start. He was great to work with, and it’s a cracking piece on the fight (over years) he and just one or two other MPs had in order to call the PO to account, and the deaf ear the MSM turned to it for years, despite his best efforts. If you haven’t yet read it, it’s a must. I also asked the courageously independent-minded Lt Gen Jonathon Riley for his assessment of the Ukraine-Russia war to date and his prediction for 2024. In a sentence, it will bring Ukraine to the negotiating table – and Putin holds all the cards. The West have badly misjudged it all, up to and including the Prime Minister’s latest deluded arms and support commitment, whoever you think was responsible in the first place for the conflict. I was proud to publish both articles but I couldn’t help thinking that in better days they would have seen them splashed across the Telegraph.
On Wednesday Laura took a crack at the ‘false flag’/‘you are being played’ brigade who, rather like the covid misinformation contingent of pre Elon Musk days, seem to be dominating the X (formerly twitter) space. Sadly some are from what’s become a rather nasty and credulous outpost of the freedom movement. They ‘know’, you see, and spend their time putting their dissenting colleagues right. If some readers thought Laura was suddenly agreeing with mainstream ‘conspiracy labelling’ of any dissent from the covid official narrative (that TCW has suffered from and been cancelled and demonetised for) well, she wasn’t. Her rejoinder was in response to a surfacing of speculation about darker forces at work, that we should be telling everyone about and are naive if we do not. Instead of following the money and the evidence as we always have on TCW, the worst of these new theorists (who are so certain of themselves) peddle international Jewish conspiracy theories and associated ‘Satanist’ allegations, unbelievable though it may seem. Those are the rabbit holes. I cannot believe some of the people engaging in this type of rabid smearing, crazy speculation and innuendo. Telling people what to think is not the way forward. Investigative journalism is. The callous establishment bureaucratic elite (supra national and national) is there in plain sight, from CEPI to the WEF to the WHO to the BBC to Ofcom and all the unelected quangos right on our doorstep. We will continue to expose and report on them.
On happier matters, we are thrilled to welcome a new fortnightly columnist to our fold, one who is firmly grounded in reality and has had the courage and conviction to put his money where his mouth is. In May 2020 he founded ‘Keep Britain Free’, taking his challenge to lockdown to the Supreme Court. It’s Simon Dolan, who’s done more personally than anyone in this country to hold the government to account (making them publish Sage minutes, as well as forcing them to admit that schools were closed with no legal grounds). His is a true voice of conservatism, not Rishi Sunak’s leftist, statist party still in power, as you’ll see from his first Dolan’s Digest here.
In so many ways it is the expansion of the state, hand in hand with the left’s long march through the institutions, that’s been our undoing. They are all, including Jewish ones, governed by progressive leftist wokery. When the chips are down it leaves us – the West – very vulnerable, as Karen Harradine and Norman Fenton bravely argued this week.
Without doubt one of the best things about being TCW‘s editor is finding new allies in reasoning and moral courage who approach us as a platform to write from. Our first full week of the new year brought us another – someone else I have long admired, the retired consultant surgeon, Dr Meirion Thomas. He has never beaten about the bush about the ‘plague’ of part-time doctoring, led of course by feminist demand for ‘family-friendly’ working practices and now followed by men. So I was delighted to hear from him. The article he has written for us inveighs against the damaging decline and eroding practices of NHS GPs. He shows how guaranteed income irrespective of performance, virtual consultations, part-time working and failure to provide continuity of care, are all contributing to the UK’s dire cancer survival rate. Will NHS boss Amanda Pritchard or the Secretary of State for Health, Victoria Atkins, read it? Or will they, like Paula Vennells, Sir Ed and Sir Vince, Dames June, Jenny, Dido and Kate, Sir Jonathan, Sir Patrick, Sir Chris and Sir John, take their gongs and in due course retire on several other sinecures, like the rest of this venal and feckless establishment class?
We can only keep calling them out and be a permanent thorn in their side as we will continue to do through 2024, TCW’s tenth anniversary year.