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TCW’s top ten blogs of the week

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IN CASE you missed any of our ten most read blogs of last week, here they are for you again – and well worth the read.

Will Jones: Immunity and the secret of Sweden’s success

Kathy Gyngell: The police state I never imagined I would see in this country

Donald Forbes: Cowardice of the conservatives who hold their noses at ‘vulgar’ Trump

John Smith: Boris Johnson and a conflict of interest

Neil McCarthy: Terrorist politicians at war with our way of life

Kathy Gyngell: Our MPs have no conscience – so we must supply one

Richard Ings: Echoes of Brexit in the ridiculing of lockdown protesters

Tim Dieppe: Sharia law at Speakers’ Corner as Christian critic of Muslims is removed by police

The Conservative Woman: The BBC’s war on traditional values, by Paul Dacre

Diana Kimpton: False positives and the never-ending epidemic

My pick this week – outside of the top ten only because of its more recent publishing – is William Clouston’s article ‘Where’s the opposition?

William picks apart the tired notion – disproved at least twice daily through its response to the coronavirus – that the Conservative Party is ‘devoted to social continuity and the preservation of our liberties’. He explains that the Party has been able to get away with this con trick because, at a time when the need for political opposition has been at its greatest, that ‘underlying rationale for our party system has gone unfulfilled’. Only when the Conservatives – along with Labour – are held to account can we begin to hope to see any political change for the good.

You can, and should, read William’s article here.

Kathy’s pick is  Michael Hegarty’s ‘This is Government by Bullying‘. It achieves that rare thing of stating a simple and crucial observation, a truth, which hasn’t been expressed as such before. While all the talk of a ‘new normal’ has produced no new ideas, Hegarty argues that irreconcilable differences between lockdown lovers and lockdown sceptics have exacerbated ‘the pre-existing division between two old worldviews’, one of which can be classified as socialist and the other as Judaeo-Christian.

The government, in opting for the former, as it has with the swathes of social and economic policies that have gone before, has however created a new element – that of marking those who object to the government’s actions. By ‘fixing them as the source of danger’, the government have created ‘a hostile environment for their opponents’. It is both disturbing and true and therefore an absolute must read.

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Michael Curzon
Michael Curzon is a student and is editor of the Bournbrook Magazine.

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