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Kathy’s TCW week in review


Dear Readers,

First, a huge thank you! What a totally heartwarming response I received to my first Week in Review newsletter – both to the idea of it and the plea for funding. Thanks to your generosity we are back in the black, and should stay that way until well into the New Year. Your replies came thick and fast. These few sum up the many:

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The last weeks have been dominated by the Israel-Hamas war, and one reader congratulated us on not joining with the daily blow-by-blow account of the competing horrors elsewhere which virtually eclipsed every other topic, including the Hallett Inquiry, in the MSM. With his usual humour and perspicacity, John Ellwood asked ‘Covid and Co – where are they now?’  However, we are not quite guilt-free. I am conscious of failing to provide any coverage of the Hallett Inquiry since we reported on the representations of the vaccine-injured in September (which were subsequently taken down from YouTube.) 

Frankly, seeing various members of the Sage SPI-M-O sub-committee being given a platform to re-disseminate and justify their bad and harmful advice without critical challenge was almost too much to face. So it was with thanks that I read UsforThem’s scathing report. This is the admirable group who have fought for children’s interests pretty much from the start of lockdown. They did the public a signal service in this regard and they have done so again this last week. ‘The Covid Inquiry is an embarrassment to the English legal system. It should be abandoned’. That is both the heading and the conclusion of their reporter after witnessing the easy, if not deferential, and far less than objective interviewing of the Sage witnesses, including Neil Ferguson, Sir Jeremy Farrar and Sir Peter Horby.

The inquiry counsel came in for stringent criticism, and rightly so, for their questioning of these ‘guilty men’ behind lockdown – men we have been featuring in Karen Harradine’s not-to-be-missed ‘Sage scientists – where are they now?’ series. One short answer we could have written is ‘They’re still getting away with it at Hallett’. Looking at the research involved in Karen’s series and the USforThem article I am struck yet again by how uninquiring and uninterested the MSM is in this cabal of unelected, vested interest and unscrupulous scientists who came to dominate government policy, and how they continue to escape scrutiny. This must not happen, especially in view of the unprecedented number of vaccine injured and deaths, updated last week.

Readers will have noticed that on TCW we’ve continued to challenge the Israel-Hamas ‘moral equivalence’ arguments that some in the freedom movement seem to have fallen for, as well as the idea that several contacts have tried to impress on me that the war is part of a wider global conspiracy. I have no time for either. I commissioned this article from Robert James on what ought to have been a line-in-the-sand moment for the Western left following Hamas’s atrocious attack, but wasn’t, after I read the lazy and flawed response of Metropolitan Police boss Sir Mark Rowley to his force’s failure to arrest those inciting violence at the pro-Palestine demos. There is, as one writer put it, a veritable epidemic of moral deafness. Somehow, the argument runs, Hamas can be absolved of these crimes. An alarming number of US youth appear to think so and that Israel should be annihilated. 

This raises questions about the latent, if not manifest, anti-Semitism Norman Fenton and Karen Harradine wrote about before the Hamas attack. In an important personal statement, Professor Fenton says that ‘nothing prepared me for the shock of discovering how widespread this anti-Semitism was within the freedom movement’ after the October 7 atrocity.

He reminds us that in a single day Hamas massacred over 1,300 civilians and took more than 200 hostage – mostly women and children: ‘The Hamas terrorists live-streamed much of the slaughter, which included the sadistic murder of many children and babies, and even a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor, Gina Smiatich, who was dragged out of a shelter in her own home in Kibbutz Kissufim, taken to her living room, forced to kneel and then shot in the back of her head. The level of barbarity exceeded that of the Nazis.’

He shows that the equivalent scale in the UK would be 13,000 killed (250 times more than the 7/7 London attacks, which was the largest terrorist atrocity in the UK) and more than 60,000 in the US (20 times bigger than 9/11). His statement also puts right a number of historical fallacies.

One thing I learnt this week that bears on the Middle East war is how Iran influencers have infiltrated Washington’s highest level. That to me does not speak to the idea that Netanyahu is a globalist Great Reset puppet, any more than Trump was, despite both falling for or being bamboozled by the Covid scam.

To end on a lighter note, I am always grateful for the information, links and references readers send me. You are TCW’s unpaid research team! I cannot answer all – forgive me – I do thank all. Sometimes I reply with quite contrary information after doing some checking, or I request further research. Scepticism is my watchword and some sources are more reliable and have more objective research standards than others. I do though really appreciate the ‘heads-up’ that readers give me.

I think this interaction with readers and Readers’ Forum is what makes TCW such a special platform.

Best wishes,

Kathy Gyngell

Editor, TCW Defending Freedom

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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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