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.
Laura Perrins: We’ll never recover from this lockdown fever
Laura Perrins: To lockdown hawks, battered babies are a price worth paying
Bruce Newsome: So what does Laurence Fox stand for?
Frederick Edward: The Left has lit the fuse under the US powder kegs
Kathy Gyngell: Lockdowns won’t make any difference, no matter how harsh
Kathy Gyngell: Sensational Mark Steyn: This IS who we are
Mark Ellse: The not-so exceptional year of Covid
Laura Perrins: Government is now God and we are the legions of the damned
Wil Jones: Pandemic? What pandemic?
It hasn’t been the best week for free speech. One of Britain’s best up-and-coming radio stations, talkRADIO, was taken down (before being partially reinstated) by YouTube, owned by Google, and Donald Trump was suspended from Facebook (and Instagram, which it owns), and, most recently, Twitter. As many have already stated, if the President of the United States can be removed from these ‘thought-sharing’ platforms, anybody can.
Censorship will not stop there, as Janice Davis highlighted in her important article ‘Get honest, get fired … or even worse’. It is one of the foremost issues of our time. ‘You don’t even have to be a whistle-blower to get yourself in deep trouble during these woke times in England,’ Janice writes. We are all at risk.
It is important we stand our ground on this issue, and do not concede to those who claim the matter of censorship is merely a dog-whistle term employed by the Right.
Kathy’s pick of the week is a welcome new writer to TCW, business consultant Jeffrey Peel, and his post ‘Covid: the answer to Corbyn’s dreams’.
It remains a mystery how devoid of concern Parliament, the press and the public are about the destruction of the economy wreaked by the Government’s chosen response to the arrival of Covid-19. Why are not more businessmen or bankers looking at the bigger picture? Peel sets out with devastating clarity the impact of lockdown:
- Stymied inward investment;
- New ballpark of public sector spending, with furlough;
- 50 per cent of the UK workforce dependent on the government; support packages for the self-employed bringing it closer to 60 per cent;
- Two-thirds of the population now government-dependent adding those on benefits;
- Two-thirds of UK businesses at risk of insolvency, not as a result of Covid but because of lockdowns, August data;
- Over £2.1trillion public debt, with more to come – a level without parallel that can only end in tears.
Lockdown is an economy killer without just cause and the private sector its target. So why aren’t more people worried? They should be after reading Peel here.
Margaret’s pick outside the top ten is Frederick Edward’s ‘All hail the Sun God of Seattle, Bill Gates’, in which he discussed Gates’s plan to control global warming by releasing calcium carbonate dust into the atmosphere, thus dimming the sun’s rays. It would be easy to dismiss this as beyond barking were it not for the passion with which policy-makers suck up to Gates. (Reminds me of the Mrs Merton line: ‘Tell me, Debbie McGee, what attracted you to the millionaire Paul Daniels?’) It is terrifying that anyone has the hubris even to contemplate interfering with the earth’s forces, let along give voice to it.