Next Tuesday, March 8th, The Conservative Woman launches its ‘New Look’ to celebrate its second birthday. It was on this day – International Women’s Day – two years ago that TCW was born. She was a bouncing baby. Today she has grown beyond recognition thanks to the new writers who have come on board – Caroline Farrow, David Keighley, Tamara Chabe, Nick Booth, Paul T Horgan, Andrew Cadman, Belinda Brown, Rev Julian Mann and Jane Kelly to name but some of our talented contributors – and thanks also to the ever-expanding readership they have driven.
We are delighted that The Conservative Woman and our rejection of ‘uni-sex-dom’ has proved popular with so many men who have gallantly and fearlessly become supporters of the site. We are thrilled by their contribution by way of highly informed comment, debate and discussion about the pressing issues of the time.
Even more pleasing is the gradual emergence of the ‘Vive la difference’ women; women who have dared to put their heads above the parapet in our support – taking on the feminist flak and fire in the process. It takes courage to counter received wisdoms and to dare to voice your thoughts; it can risk jobs and livelihoods. We recognise the bravery of those of you who have put your necks on the line and also thank those who have written privately in support of us.
Between us all we’ve successfully exposed the lunacies and self-serving nature of feminist complaints and other ‘progressive’ (so-called) orthodoxies on a near daily basis. We have certainly touched some Achilles heels if the affronted comments of ‘Feminist Futures’ and their ilk are anything to go by. We’ve also, without fear or favour, consciously made ourselves a platform for communicating Christian doctrine and ethics which we would like to see restored to the dominant cultural force in Britain today.
Yet we have not been ostracised for getting onto the front foot in these matters. Far from it. TCW editors and writers are sought out for comment and media appearances. Laura and Belinda have gone great guns on Sky News and Woman’s Hour – proving we are a force to be reckoned with!
International Women’s Day, whose screechy feminist agenda we decried on our original launch day, is an opportunity to update our critique in light of new ‘trans gender’ and other gender neutral lunacies. It’s also a moment to flag up a new way forward for women, men and their children: to restore responsible and respectful relationships between the sexes so damaged by feminism and to reclaim our children from the State by pressing for a kinder, committed family based approach to child nurturing.
Our ‘New Look’ is a sign of our confidence that we can successfully challenge the repressive, damaging and uneconomic gender and equality politics; we can change culture, raise the status of stay at home mothering, making marriage the social norm again, thereby protecting the private sphere – all essential if the health and welfare of children and society is to be preserved and protected against the further State onslaughts.
What happens in America tends to follow here, which is why we have asked Leslie Loftis – our talented US correspondent – to pen a regular America Watch feature. Chris McGovern will keep his ever-vigilant eye on the blob (the stifling education establishment) and David Keighley will maintain his devastating scrutiny of the BBC – both on a regular weekly basis. Meanwhile, TCW will be keeping an eye out for the Left’s ‘finest’ moments, naming and shaming them as Lefty Lunacy of the Day, a new daily feature. Cerberus‘s not to be missed political analysis will continue to start the week for us every Monday.
As well as these regular features, our ‘New Look’ will carry an occasional Interview series, starting next Tuesday with a special Laura Perrins interview with Peter Hitchens – interviews with Suzanne Evans (former Ukip deputy chair) and the author of ‘The Welfare State We’re In’, James Bartholomew, follow.
TCW‘s ‘culture war’ front has expanded from marriage, family and motherhood to politics, education, art, media, technology and science, thanks not least to the expertise and interests of our regular writers – David Keighley, Paul T Horgan, Andrew Cadman, Rob Slane, Mark Ellse, Philippa Taylor and Nick Booth – from whom you can look forward to more acerbic comment and analysis. This does not mean we’re abandoning our core concern for children’s needs – for married parents or for stable, committed and home based nurturing as the necessary bedrock of a functioning and prosperous society. No way.
We have gone from 30,000 hits a month (April 2014) to 200,000 (Feb 2016) based on voluntary effort and much good will. We are determined to double our readership again this year – without compromising our message – but this takes money. The ‘New Look’ TCW site will carry advertising spaces to commercialise it to make it pay its way. We will not, of course, be turning our noses up at donations – which are always welcome here (or click the link at the bottom of the page) – these are very much needed.
Finally, thank you to all of our loyal readers, contributors and commenters who have joined us on our two year journey so far. Stay with us and tell your friends and colleagues too. The counter revolution is only just beginning – and it’s starting here.
Note: Whilst TCW is getting changed into her new clothes, the site will be down over the weekend – we’ll be back online on Monday…
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