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Kathy’s TCW week in review


Dear Readers

This is the first of what I hope to be a regular catch-up letter from me to you, not just about our articles on the site but a little on the background to them – what, in short, has been going on in the world and what motivates me!

After lockdown, the Covid ‘vaccines’ scam and denial nightmare and a Western policy of destruction in Ukraine, you’d think nothing else could shock you. Intellectually, of course, it shouldn’t. As the editors of Tablet point out this week, and as we have often on TCW too, we should ‘expect’ it, given the corruption of the ideas, the institutions and the people that has caused the civilisational collapse that leads to one horror after another. Personally I have long blamed lazy woke ‘progressive’ secularism! Yet we are still shocked and it is right to be, for we should never be inured to violence. The emergence of brutality and intolerance not just in the Middle East but here, in our country, is shocking. The sheer brazen visibility – the seeming institutionalisation of (only just) ‘non-violent’ violence expressed in the anti-Israel and anti-Jew demonstrations across the country – is a terrible development in itself.

Andrew Devine’s reaction to this three days ago on TCW  is stark but true. That Hamas’s message is one the world is ignoring is hard to refute. Ignore it we must not. Wherever you stand on the right and wrongs, there is a wider cultural clash that cannot be accommodated if we are to retain our Western tradition of freedom and democracy. Multiculturalism in face of uncontrolled migration has failed. It always was a lazy secular idea. Standards of life and behaviour based on traditional Western precepts must be insisted on as well as defended.

It is not hard, however, to see why people despair. One supporter wrote to me this week saying: ‘I am of the opinion that there is now nothing left to conserve on this island, and my suspicion was confirmed after the king himself stated that this place is a “community of communities” during a speech given in the Square Mile yesterday.

‘Needless to say, none of the soldiers who gave their lives for this place in two world wars would have ever been informed about the new future status of their country. Neither was anyone consulted about our country (which was still whole and hearty as recently as 1997) being forcibly converted into a community of communities.

‘Mass, mass migration might very well have helped banks to stay afloat, but this came at the cost of deleting an ancient enlightenment country, sadly. My days for pretending otherwise are over.’ 

Yet the fight for reason, rationality and humanity must go on. We can’t give up. Which is why before the Hamas outrage I agreed to publish a series suggested by Professor Norman Fenton and Karen Harradine  about their growing concern about the confused anti-Zionist thinking taking hold in some parts of the freedom movement, symbolised by a book distributed free of charge at the otherwise admirable World Health Council. I believe they are right to call this out. I think much comes from ignorance and lack of clear critical thinking and historic knowledge.  I found myself tweeting this

and this. 

I am aware that their articles have proved controversial and may have lost TCW some readers and donations, but I have experienced this before – over Boris Johnson’s Brexit and indeed over our anti – Covid ‘vaccine’ stance. I have stuck to my ground and I will here too even if it loses me friends! The comments, by the way, have been a nightmare to moderate. I don’t understand many and some I don’t want to understand. I believe in freedom of speech but not in freedom of nastiness and innuendo.  

I do however believe in the power of humour. John Ellwood and Alexander McKibbin between them keep me sane. Just mentioning their names makes me smile and stops me from falling into my own slough of despond. If you are not yet converts, both are on TCW again this week here and here. Go to their author pages, they are funny and clever men!

Most importantly, we continue our mission for the dispassionate pursuit of truth – this week Neville Hodgkinson updates us on emerging ‘vaccine’ research with more explanation of heart damage outcomes, while Paul Homewood nails the lies on climate change in his regular weekly column. .

The fight for truth goes on across the Atlantic too. Mark Steyn got well enough to make the flight back from France to British Columbia to continue his 12-year fightwith Michael Mann – the defamation suit against Steyn by Michael E Mann, inventor of the infamous global-warming ‘hockey stick’ graph, goes on and Mark ain’t giving in, whatever the cost to his health or pocket. For those who would like a reminder of the background to this seminal case, Mark explains: ‘Mann is the climate ayatollah who created the global-warming hockey stick showing that nothing of any interest happened in the world’s climate until a little over a century ago, at which point your great-grampa climbed into his Model T and the world started to burn. The hockey stick is total bollocks, but it was taken up by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and in the early years of this millennium was the single most influential graph of our time.’

You can find Mark’s book on the case and the whole disgrace to sense and science here, and this was Mark writing in 2020, a mere nine years into the litigation.  Every climate sceptic should be reporting this case and Steyn’s principled determination to defend himself. It is of huge importance, yet I hear no one talking about it. 

Thankfully Mark is not alone in his defence of reason against elitist opinion. TCW‘s week ends on a high note with a hugely important political intervention from the formidable Neil Oliver (aka The Coast Guy). I am proud and honoured that he has chosen us, the TCW platform, from which to mount his courageous campaign for Direct Democracy. If you have not read his article, it is a must. He starts with a damning analysis of what has gone wrong with our so-called representative democracy – elitist, out of touch, intrusive and reckless, curtailing our freedoms in a way never seen before. He does not stop there – he continues with a clear solution, an answer and a counter to it, in the form of a Swiss-style referendum system. His is no casual or idle suggestion. It is researched, considered and informed. Please read the Appendix of references he supplies that the article links to. Frank Furedi, you will see, is a key intellectual inspiration for him.

If you read nothing else on our site this week, do read this, and share it far and wide. It is exactly the type of constructive thinking our country needs, and hats off to Neil for leading the way.

I have, I am afraid, to finish with another plea for your financial support. Running a daily site to a professional level is not cost-free, despite the mammoth (and exhausting) voluntary effort that goes into it. Yet again I find myself looking to the end of the month and the TCW bank account with trepidation. The cupboard will be bare or marginally in the red at the start of November. Several readers have been unable to keep up their subs due cost of living inflation – rising energy, food and other costs have hit everyone hard. So I have to call again on those of you who still can, please do give. Either start a regular donation or up the one you are giving already or just send us a one off! I know that what we do is important: as my despairing correspondent this week remarked: ‘Lastly, I’d like to say that I take my hat off to you, and that I wish you well in your future endeavours. Your wee team do a good job at staying true to values such as loyalty, honesty and integrity in an era when these values have lost 99 per cent of their market value’. You can donate here.

We can’t do it with an empty bank account, though. For anyone who wonders, no one on the wee editorial team has ever taken even a penny in expenses – neither for taxi, train, coffee, PC backup or repair!

Best wishes

Kathy Gyngell

Editor, TCW Defending Freedom

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