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Chilling but familiar. Having just retired from being CEO of a Unilever owned tech startup, I have decided I won't put myself forward for Non-exec or trustee positions, or take up an academic position because I am no longer willing to self-censor my rational, evidence-based, caring and responsible opinions on migration, gender identity, false accusations of racism and the celebration of obesity (that leads to more deaths a year than smoking and consumes 20% of the NHS budget). I don't want to be labelled as a racist, transphobe, fascist, Daily Mail reader etc and sacked. So what is being lost? I think my CV stacks up OK. Founder, investor, director in five successful tech start-ups. Line management experience in Development, Services, Sales and Marketing. Country manager and regional VP. CEO of a tech start-up funded by a Top 100 company, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Visiting Fellow in health at a Russell Group university, founder and CEO of a successful Community Interest Company, lifelong champion and sponsor helping people from disadvantaged backgrounds take their place at the top table, Masters graduate in major projects from Oxford University and a valued speaker and advisor on how to avoid failure in major projects. That’s a useful bag of experience to share and not a bad track record for someone born in Dagenham who started his career in the docks and a car factory. I have no desire to hang-up my guns. Just the opposite, I feel an urgent calling to help organisations with the many challenges they face from our stumbling social, economic, and political system. But I can’t do that if I am bound and gagged by a movement that has found a way to outlaw valid, intelligent, responsible, deeply thought-out opinions. And, when I see the power HR and Corporate Communications is exercising through ESG and EDI, I am not sure I can help. To be honest, by the time I retired I felt organisations were losing interest in serving their clients and society. And, for their own employees, it would be more realistic to classify them as agents of oppression.

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A great piece Matt, I was totally shocked by last Saturdays mass demonstration in London. It didn’t feel like Britain to me. A clear example of what happens when the societal changes you examine come to fruition.

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That it is clearly courageous for Mr Goodwin to state these entirely rational and reasonable views simply indicates the mess we're in. It's up to all of us who agree with him to call this obscene dogma out for the deranged, dangerous nonsense it is - and keep at it. Some of those who have subscibed to this self-destructive insanity are, at last, beginning to doubt it (notwithstanding their own sanctimonious righteousness).

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Your gift, Matt, is to be able to clarify and articulate phenomena that I am sure so many have sensed - but not necessarily fully understood - over the last ten to fifteen years. However, given that the outlook implied by this analysis is dire, and if as you demonstrated in your SDP conference presentation the political space is so significant, is there no opportunity in the short time available before the next election, to assemble some sort of oppositional coalition to at least gain a political foothold at Westminster? I know the question is naive considering our FPTP system and the capture of most of the media, but can we afford five more years of this direction of travel with little or no political restraint?

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I was at the debate and concur with all that Matt says. I am furious - although not surprised - he was not invited to the post debate dinner. DA had supporters in the front seats of the debating hall with whom he pulled faces and sneered about the things that Matt was saying. One of his cronies claimed in the q&a that ‘ordinary’ people don’t feel afraid to speak out about their contrarian beliefs to left/lib narrative - he clearly has no idea how much self censorship people like me do ALL the time. And I’m

A graduate and produced documentaries for the BBC for 10 years before I escaped iits poisonous clutches! Thank you Matt for your well researched, well argued and courageous stance. You make us - the reasonable, rationale people who think out of the box for themselves - feel sane!

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From employees I have spoken to, there is a deep resentment of being forced to share toilets with the opposite sex or made to endure in house courses which tell them how racist they are. As you've said, a top down ideology imposed by a minority.

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https://youtu.be/bOdWCd68waQ?si=YKGWb71PAPMXHTO9

I hope this link works. The Liberal Hivemind is on You Tube and this video is of an insane 'white fragility' consultancy. Honestly it looks like a parody but it isn't. Like so many other things we have to see every day.

And thanks to Matt for going into the Lions Den. Or Maximus in Gladiator. Undoubtedly you are the most articulate commentator of our times. Up there with Douglas Murray, Victor Davis Hanson and Christopher Rufo.

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Thank you, Matt, for standing up to these arrogant people…again. What is categorised as ‘right wing’ is just average and what most people believe in. I’m sorry you have to take the brunt of what these blind people hurl at those who don’t agree with them. Most people in this country agree with YOU. Please keep pushing at that door. It’s unpleasant for you but that’s because you are shaking up their ‘ecosystem’, to quote Adam Boulton. Now is the time to keep speaking up as it really feels a bit like like ‘turning away’ when things went nasty in Germany.

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Oct 24, 2023·edited Oct 24, 2023

Hoorah! Matt finally wakes up to the work that worldwide Marxism has been doing in the shadows in recent years through its various proxies in the west, gently pushing poisonous narratives. The evil starts with China and its control/payments to the UN, WEF, WHO etc, then moves onto those behind the 'Climate Change' scare, which has been massaged for decades. October fogs, very common this time of year, are now 'superfogs'. FIRST RULE: stop calling the useful idiots who've fallen for all of these things 'elites', they are anything BUT elite, they are colossal fools, ready to believe anything from children choosing their gender to UFOs or that if we keep feeding the Islamic crocodile, we'll all be safe.

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Not invited to dinner after the debate? Were they really that petty?!

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You couldn’t be more right, Matt.

As you say, it’s not that your political and social viewpoint has changed, it is that the left liberal progressive movement has taken a disastrous lurch down a rabbit hole. The difference between you and them is that you are clear-headed and intelligent enough to recognise what is happening in our society.

If the radical woke progressives get their way, Western society will destroy itself from within.

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Thank you Matt for doing what I should be doing. Speaking up and letting the elite realise they will be challenged. I firmly believe that too many of the British are complacent and unwilling to challenge or even think about these issues allowing the New Labour take over of all the institutions. The country needs a new political movement which may be ignited by your endeavours. Hope so. Thank you again.

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Brilliant assessment as usual Matt. I’ve just ordered Doug Stokes’ Against-Decolonisation as without guys like Goodwin, Kisin, Stokes et al we’d be rootless but it does however feel like plating a lyre while Rome burns.

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I didn't see the debate but a lot of the themes you refer to have been on display in Australia over the last few months for the Voice referendum. Have you been following this?

At one point, it looked like they would be the 3rd anglophone country after UK/USA in 2016 to reject their "betters" 52-48 but in the end the margin was 60-40 NO.

The margin of defeat though didn't make a blind bit of difference to the entirely predictable reaction of the Australian establishment which had copied & pasted wholesale the Remain/Clinton playbooks. The Aussie "New Elite" is no different from the UK's

You really ought to look at this because I can see something like the Voice proposal coming to Britain in some form.

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Excellent tour-de-force of the profound change in our society during the past dozen years! There's another side to this scenario, accompanying the apparently unstoppable rise and rise of the new elites: the increased atomisation of public discourse, further fuelled by the covid years. More and more people have retreated and opened their own podcasts, video channels, blogs and increasingly chain emails where they also live in a bubble with fewer and fewer recipients. After all, who has the time to listen to all those important podcasts, to watch those videos, to read those blogs, bringing the same arguments, time and time again.

Yes, this is also related by the opinion monopoly of the BBC - their online 'news' reach more smartphone addicts than the print media and their online publications.

Meanwhile, thanks to the ever more degraded education even in those posh public schools, there will be fewer and fewer people capable of actually running the courtly - crumbling infrastructure being just one example: how to fix bridges and roads when nobody knows how, in real life as opposed to the computer screen.

Learned opinion makers in certain august broadsheets like to warn of a situation akin to that in Germany in 1933. I think we're closer to what happened in France in 1789 - those new elites better beware ...

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.......and to add one brief suggestion to my earlier comment, should such an oppositional grouping be formed, rather than spread resources across the entire political map, to focus intensively on 40-50 carefully selected marginals with the objective of taking support from both main parties - if the dimension and scale of political opportunity is as yawning as you describe. Charismatic, articulate leader required, however....

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