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Who chooses Tory candidates?

Late last year the Sunday Telegraph revealed concerns among senior Tories that Conservative headquarters (CCHQ) was attempting to ‘stitch up’ safe seats in favour of “blue prince” candidates aligned with Mr Sunak, ahead of an election expected this year.

More than 40 MPs, including Liz Truss, Suella Braverman, Sir John Hayes, and Jonathan Gullis, wrote to the Prime Minister urging Mr Sunak to stop an attempt to impose a “shortened” selection process for prospective MPs.

They are right to be concerned. In addition to his ‘duties’ as Number Ten’s resident psychopath on a 6-figure salary from Conservative Campaign Headquarters, Dougie Smith is listed as being on the candidate selection panel. In reality it is reported that he vetoes those he deems over sympathetic to Boris Johnson, Liz Truss, or to Conservative principles. He wants yes-men with unwavering loyalty to Rishi Sunak’s technocratic style of government to be selected as Tory candidates.

The Sunak team is concerned that Smith’s high-handed and centralized control of the selection process will alienate the Prime Minister from constituency Conservative committees who think they should have more say in their choice of candidates.

In disputes between the centre in CCHQ and the periphery in the constituencies, it is usually the centre that wins because that is where the power is and where the money is. Given a likely general election on November 14th, expect an 11-month drawn out tussle between constituency committees who want local and colourful candidates to represent them and Dougie Smith who wants candidates loyal to him.

For a full account of this, read the exposés that Nadine Dorries made public in her book, ‘The Plot,’ and in her subsequent articles and speeches.

Aunt Agatha Books: Now Available / Shipping

Its been some time since we announced that we were publishing Aunt Agatha as a booklet. We’ve had COVID, (more) Labour Party and Conservative Party incompetence and Putin.

The books have finally been delivered and will be contacting those who donated to send out their copies as soon as possible.

Those who donated to the project should login to their donation profile (linked above) and should find a request for postal details. We still have 60+ copies available. A simple donation gets you a book.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/continental-telegraph-network

Thanks
Rich, Tim and Team

 

 

 

23 Things…

I went out with a friend on Saturday who was reading a copy of Ha-joon Chang’s “23 things they aren’t telling you about capitalism”. He didn’t know that the ASI/Tim Worstall published a refutation of Ha-joon called “23 things we ARE telling you about capitalism.” Anyway, for anyone who hasn’t read it. Heres a free copy – LINK

Updated Digital Package

We had a great response to the first digital package we put out at the start of the lockdown so today we launched our second box. You can grab some of Tim’s books for free as well as other well known authors. Check it out HERE.

Digital Care Package

Over £100 of Free Goodies For Isolation.

Across the globe, we’re adjusting to a new reality. Socially distancing ourselves from loved ones and adapting to new routines, even if temporary, can be incredibly challenging. We wanted to take this opportunity to send you a digital care package. Below you’ll find over £100 of materials. A mixture of things we’ve curated, created, or just found helpful. We hope that, in some small way, it may help improve your mental wellbeing. Just click the gift below! Free goodies include books from the ASI, IEA and others plus some vouchers and free trials. Madsen has also included a copy of his PHD that was republished a few years ago called “Trial and Error and The Idea of Progress”.

– Tim & The Team (please help by sharing this on Twitter)

(We’d like to say a BIG thanks to The ASI, IEA and others who helped put this together)

Click ^ Here

Capitalism caused COVID-19 or vice-versa?

From the Cambridge University magazine Varsity

Community organising has shown what solidarity and self-sacrifice looks like in practice. Wildcat strikes have shown where the power really lies in society. Faith in the market has gone into free-fall as many are taking their destinies into their own hands. Capitalism is the disease. Socialism is the cure.

Some people need to find more creative and less awful outlets whilst in isolation. In this case I would prescribe a course of roughly 3-4 wanks a day, repeated daily for a fortnight or until the urge to write silly crap ceases.

Bug Fixing

The latest version of wordpress is incompatible with the theme the site uses (its 10 years old). Were making some bug fixes and should be back to normal (whatever that is) soon.

Rich

Donations

Just a heads up.
We have been getting a few reports of people receiving emails asking them to donate to TimWorstall.com and ContinentalTelegraph.com via Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency with offers of rewards (of the payment variety, not sexual (sadly). We only process donations through DonorBox using Visa, Mastercard and PayPal.

Rich

PS.
Donors should have received a copy of:
Tim Worstall – Fact Checking Pollyanna
Kristian Niemietz – Socialism: The Failed Idea That Never Dies
Dr. Eamonn Butler – The Condensed Wealth of Nations

If you didn’t get your links, let us know.

We will be issuing free resource each month from January 2020. 

Wealth of Nations

We recently had a thread about the best books of 2019.

Eamonn Butler – Director of ASI has kindly uploaded a PDF and ePub copy of his “Condensed Wealth of Nations“.

You can download it: HERE

I found the original impenetrable. (I also currently use Atlas Shrugged as a door stop..)

This is an easier 84 page primer on the Wealth of Nations which i hope everyone here finds useful.

Tweet Of The Day: The Biggest Clit

It tickled me a bit…

Owen Jones has also blocked myself, Tim and CT on Twitter. Do you blame him?

Having just checked Adonis has us blocked as well.

Comment issue should be fixed

*After a bit of debugging the “you are posting too quickly” error should hopefully have been fixed.

*Have increased the width of the blog so the text area is bigger.

*Going to test out nested comments this weekend. If it becomes a pain we can deactivate them.

Please verify and let me know.

Rich

Tim Worstall In Numbers

I have just been doing some manual backups of the site and decided to go into some of the numbers around the site.

The year with the most posts was 2008 followed by 2017
2008: 3554
2017: 2913

The most commented article was: Broadly my view although she’s going to get into so much trouble over this”

The month with the most comments has January 2020 storming ahead with double the previous highest.
January 2020: 13,080
January 2016: 6590

Top Commenters…
So Much For Subtlety: 12,912
Deary Me: 8,964
John77: 8,931
Mr Ecks: 8,446
IanB: 7,876

Factchecking Pollyanna – Free For Donors

We have just setup a system so that any new or existing donors to CT or Tim Worstall will receive a download link with their PayPal or DonorBox confirmation email which entitles them to a free copy of Factchecking Pollyanna: An Investigation into the Accuracy of Polly Toynbee’s Journalism”

You have the option of downloading the book as a PDF which is compatible with any device or the .ePub which has better quality formatting for e-readers such as Kindle and iPad. You can now download the Kindle App for most devices.

If you’re an existing donor you should have received an email this morning with your free download link.

Donate

Updating TW

-UPDATE-

Evening,

Just updating on the post below.

I have added SSL Certificates (As recommended by some here)
Moved to a VPS (As recommended by some here)
Removed dead links from Vainglory and Blog Roll (As recommended by some here)

We have a staging site of what we would like to move to HERE

We listened to what was said last time and kept things such as the comment counter on posts and decreased the margin on the mobile comments section. Each post should display on the homepage fully unless its over 1000 words and then it will require “read more” to be clicked.

I do understand that the commenting system is a little different (we can enable nested posts too). If the commenting system is not right or changes need to be made i’m happy to address them. (Including moving back to the default system).
The new commenting system has:
-Nested comments
-Direct reply to comments
-Up and down votes (does not affect order shown)
-User Following – This allows you to be notified when a user comments on a post even if you haven’t engaged with the post yet
-See who commented on what (this only applies inside Tim Worstall and nothing like Disqus)

I quite like the changes but as always i’m willing to put it to the users.

The current template used was last updated in 2012 and technology has moved on massively and does create some security issues for us (not necessarily the end user). Were currently getting somewhere in the region of 25,000 brute force attempts daily because of unpatched security holes. We can block the IP’s but it’s like whack-a-mole. We need to move to an updated system but we want to make sure its right, first.

(PS. I did honestly try to make it green again but my interior design skills aren’t the best…)

Rich

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Me again!

As i have said previously the theme used on TW is out of date and full of holes. We also need to add things like an SSL certificate os makes sense to do it all together.

You can check out the new site: here

Its just on a temporary server for the moment. Take a look around and let me know any suggestions, changes and all that.

Rich

Site Problems

On Tuesday we added an SSL certificate so you get the green lock (nearly wrote cock!) symbol in your browser meaning TimWorstall.com is now secure. We just want to steal your data, cash and voting intentions…

We also doubled the ram and processing power of the server so hopefully it’s quicker to access.

If the site still looks a bit broken clear you browser cache.