I WOULD be lying to say that it was not without some trepidation that we took the decision to change the name of our website from The Conservative Woman to TCW Defending Freedom, announced this week.
Though we felt we had no choice, we waited for the criticism. Far from it. It hit a nerve. The response was overwhelmingly sympathetic and one of approval:
‘I note with interest and approval your new name. I have resigned from the Conservative Party due to this appalling lockdown nonsense.’
‘What a lovely albeit sad piece, we must all try and keep the faith as people say. Bon courage.’
‘Deeply touching, if very pessimistic, your “farewell to the contaminated C-word” Kathy. The future is always open though – let’s continue to be hopeful’.
Such endorsements came in fast and furious on Twitter too:
‘An excellent piece’
‘A brave and courageous article’
‘A brave step. TCW has been supreme and resolute throughout this attack on freedom. You, Laura and your team of writers have allowed us to keep our sanity while the Conservative government has ditched Conservatism for communism. Keep up the great work’.
‘Great stuff from the brave & perceptive @KathyConWom. She pulls no punches & is spot on’
The most significant plaudit came from James Delingpole, who highlighted us in his column for Breitbart: ‘Thanks to Boris Johnson, “Conservative” Is Becoming a Dirty Word to Actual Conservatives‘.
He nails both the sentiment and its implications:
‘Conservatism is the new fascism. So says Kathy Gyngell, the co-editor of one of Britain’s last genuinely conservative news outlets, which is why in disgust she is changing its name from The Conservative Woman to TCW Defending Freedom.
‘In a piece titled Farewell to the Contaminated C-Word, Gyngell expresses her horror at “the fascist depths which [Boris Johnson’s] government, hiding behind the name Conservative” have plumbed . . . I know exactly how she feels.
‘. . . as Gyngell correctly points out, not one MP in the entire party has shown any ideological backbone or moral courage because not a single one has resigned “in protest against this lying discreditable sham masquerading as a democratic Conservative government”.’
Delingpole concludes: ‘The tragedy is you won’t read these sentiments expressed anywhere in what passes for Britain’s mainstream “Conservative” press. That’s because it is now entirely bought and paid for by the government.’
You can read the full article here.