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The Conservative Woman 2020 crowdfunder

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WE ARE asking for money again. I know, it doesn’t seem that long since we were last out with our begging bowl. We would love not to be but a website like this doesn’t survive on thin air. 

Come March 8, ours will have been a six-year labour of love over which time we’ve created a platform for people who are alarmed about the direction society is taking, worried by the political parties’ woke agendas and the gap between the values of Westminster and the corporate elite and those of ordinary people. 

Over these years we have marked, deplored and challenged constant incursions on our freedoms, not least our freedom of speech and conscience. With our wonderful writers we have led the fight against a cultural revolution that’s been in the making for decades, but which has taken on a pernicious new form under our very noses. It’s not just that the thought police are on everybody’s case, it’s the perverse anti-reason, anti-science Dark Ages that society seems to be walking blindfold into. British society has not been so bullied in years. The worst aspect of it is the passive and often active support given by the main political parties and the other major institutions of our society – schools, universities, the Church, the judiciary and the police. 

But if we on TCW end up having to act like the book reciters of Fahrenheit 451 we will. Our readership trajectory growing from an initial 20,000 page views a month to a high of over 900,000 last autumn indicates a wide welcome for our uncompromising and critical stance on this.

We’ve created and continue to provide a unique platform for people who no sooner had their voice heard at the Brexit Referendum than had it taken away again. The BBC has doubled down on its remainer bias and woke climate evangelism. The Government under Boris Johnson seems to be quietly backtracking on Brexit.

The ‘anti-racist’ witch-hunters are still out there: piffle about white privilege is genuflected to; the crime of so-called Islamophobia sometimes seems to be treated on a par with the crime of terrorism; climate change quackery is the order of the day. We are taught to apologise for our country’s ‘shameful’ past rather than proclaim its astonishing qualities, while any sense of national belonging or identity is pilloried as fascist.

Meanwhile ideologues in the Department for Education are allowing sex education that borders on grooming into schools, drugs-related crime and violence continue unabated, as do liberal sentencing policies, while the fundamental issue of fatherless families and the lack of support or endorsement of married families remains unaddressed. Andrew Cadman explains it all in these pages today. It’s the culture, stupid. Anyone thinking Boris Johnson will lead the charge against the woke is, we fear, guilty of wishful thinking.

These and more examples of social sickness are on our checklist, whether it be the reviling of motherhood, the outsourcing of bringing up our children, divisive identity politics or the pursuit of victimhood.

It’s an uphill task taking it all on, to be sure. But as we have grown, similar sites have bitten the dust. We are the only site doing what we do – which is while criticising the woke, also promoting those virtues that are the glue of society and which drive the many decent people who hold society together. Virtues that are at the crux of people’s instinctive social conservatism, of the need for and value of belonging, of mutual trust and relational dependence, of the importance of family and the private sphere and its protection from the State. If we campaign at all, it is to defend and promote these virtues where possible as the solution to our social ills, as essential if people are to mediate today’s increasingly fragmented and disparate society in the face of such a fast-changing technological and global future.

And here’s the thing. We are free to write all this because we are beholden to no one. Unlike nearly every other comparable website, we don’t have any rich donors or City funding. We don’t kow-tow to anyone.

What we’ve achieved is largely through dedicated voluntary effort and our readers’ generosity. But it is not enough for us to keep going unless readers tip up more. We do have operation costs and we have to make basic payments, which at the moment are shamefully inadequate for the services we receive. Our last crowdfunding appeal for TCW achieved only the half of the £25,000 we aimed for, the sum we calculated we needed to put us on a firmer footing and to pay for the help we need. 

It is very simple. If you want us to keep going you need to support us, if you are able to. Click the link here and when you get to our Go Fund Me page please click the donate button. Thank you.

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Edited by Kathy Gyngell

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