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TCW Week in Review


Six of the best

Cerberus: Gove is right to say we have to leave the single market

Tim Loughton MP: The whips are treating Tory MPs as their playthings

Liam Fox MP: A European army is a vanity project that would sap our strength

David Keighley’s BBC Watch: Whittingdale’s White Paper will be a whitewash

Jonathan Barnes: Acts of old-fashioned chivalry confound the unhappy feminists

Lefty Lunacy: Paxman silenced by Brussels’s friends at the Beeb

Reader’s Comment of the Week

In response to Belinda Brown: Feminism can only flourish under the protection of real men, FriendlyFire wrote:

“Wow, great article. As one of those men of whom you speak who protects his family, I can confirm that when it comes to my 13-year-old daughter’s learning about the world, protecting her from feminist thinking is top of the list.

Fortunately she is a smart girl, and if someone tried to tell her that men and women are or should be the same, she’d tell them not to be such an idiot.”

TCW Hero of the Week

Daily Telegraph columnist Allison Pearson wrote a stonking piece on Friday about The Gap – the difference between the official figure for EU migration and the true figure as measured by the number of National Insurance numbers issued to EU migrants. The Gap is 1.5 million for the years 2011-2015 or, as Allison put it, about as wide as the Grand Canyon. Even Evel Knievel could not jump it.

She demanded that our politicians, who have consistently sought to brush this inconvenient truth under the carpet, should issue an apology – to all those who could not find a school place, a hospital bed, or a decently paid job because they had been squeezed out by the migrant flood.

An extra 1.5 million migrants sounds an awful lot in five years. Indeed it is. As Allison summed it up, it is equivalent to the authorities finding six cities the size of Newcastle down the back of the sofa. Allison is our hero of the the week.

TCW Villain of the Week

In the drama over BBC reform, Wolf Hall director Peter Kosminsky is unmasked as the villain of the piece. Accepting a BAFTA, the director channelled Henry V and rallied his audience of luvvies against the eternal Tory threat.

In Kosminsky’s world, Conservative governments are irrationally hostile to the BBC and its humble goal of ‘speaking truth to power’. Any suggested changes are moves towards privatisation, the casualties of this savagery would inevitably be the sumptuous dramas that Kosminsky and friends need to make a living.

Never mind that John Whittingdale has backtracked on his most audacious threats to the BBC, and is probably one EU row away from being replaced by with a Left-friendly successor à la Liz Truss or Nicky Morgan. The licence fee payers were not asked for comment.

Best of the rest

Sarah Smith: Trump’s startling rise foreshadows tyranny in the USA

Laura Perrins: I am shocked to discover I am a sexist pig

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Edited by Kathy Gyngell

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