About Samuel Collingwood Smith

Samuel Collingwood Smith was born in the north of England, but his family moved south early in his life and spent most of his early years in Welwyn Garden City before attending Queen Mary, University of London, where he studied Economics. Smith was employed as a Labour Party fundraiser in the 2001 General Election, and as a Labour Party Organiser in the 2005 General Election. In 2005 Smith was elected as a Borough Councillor for Haldens Ward on Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and served for 3 years until 2008. In 2009 Smith changed sides to the Conservative party citing division within Labour ranks, Labour broken promises and Conservative improvements to local services. In 2012 Smith started to study a Graduate Diploma in Law, passing in 2014. Smith then moved on to studying a Master's Degree in Law combined with an LPC, receiving an LL.M LPC (with Commendation) in January 2017. During his study, Smith assisted several individuals in high profile court cases as a McKenzie Friend - in one case being praised by Parliamentary petition for his charitable work and legal skills. Smith is also the author of this blog, Matthew Hopkins News, that deals with case law around Family and Mental Capacity issues. the blog also opposes online drama and abuse and criticises extreme-left politicians.

Twitter Disables Donald Trump’s Account – Mr President, Please, Get On Gab

In the latest epic Twitter fail, the ailing social network disabled the US President’s account for 11 minutes. It was restored later and the network claimed the outage was due to an employee on their last day. The lack of professionalism speaks for itself.

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Twitter – Like Someone Crashed a Clown Car Into a Gold Mine!

The negative experiences of Trump and other Right-wingers on Twitter mirror my own. In 2016 I was temporarily suspended from Twitter. After legal correspondence, they unsuspended me but after various further Twitter fails I deleted my accounts. Subsequently, trolls impersonated me using my old names and I had to make further legal threats to get them banned.

Twitter also did not even act in a timely fashion to ban an account claiming to represent the ‘Child Porn Captial[sic] of the Internet’ until I and others put in media inquiries (including my threat to have Jack Dorsey personally served with legal documents and to invite Breitbart to photograph said delivery).

Twitter is not the only option – there are new games in town including social media network Gab, which has repeatedly and unfairly been accused of being a platform for white supremacists but which in fact hosts a growing and diverse community. Gab still has a way to go of course, like any social media network. I would like to see Andrew Torba and Vox Day reconcile.

If Trump were to move to Gab, praising the social network for its diverse voices, he would cause a massive influx of users to Gab and a crash in Twitter stock prices.

Why not let him know? Gab users who would like the President to join them can drop a line to press@whitehouse.gov or via the form here (ideally, both).

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Castalia House Triumphs as Alt-Hero Kickstarter Breaks Fundraising Records

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Super “alt-heroine” Rebel washes a car bonnet whilst wearing a confederate flag bikini top. Start as you mean to go on, Vox.

The people happiest about the so-called “Social Justice Movement” are their opponents on the political right. As a gleeful Lauren Southern exclaimed in a recent video, “No takesy backsies!” The loathsome, hate-filled doctrines of the far left and their identity focused obsessions have alienated vast sections of the public. Vox Day has simply taken the new politics to the bank. Opening a Freestartr with a preposterously, hilariously provocative campaign for a comic imprint called “Alt-Hero”, he has taken $244,565 against a target of $25,000 – nearly 10 times the total.

The heroes of alt-hero include an as-yet unnamed vigilante who captures illegal immigrants and delivers them to the authorities and a heroine, “Rebel” whose costume is essentially two hairbands emblazoned with the flag of the Confederate States of America.

Villains include “Captain Europa”, a superhero employed by an increasingly authoritarian European Union and apparently his sidekick “Dynamique”, a stunningly beautiful French model with superpowers who is literally in the heroics game for the money. For bonus points, Dynamique is also a chain-smoker and looks attractive whilst smoking.

Full disclosure: I gave the campaign $75 for amusement value. Based on Castalia and Vox’s other products, I am confident they will deliver something broadly consistent with their promises.

The Alt-Hero campaign is specifically styled as a response to a perceived decline in the quality of mainstream comics such as Marvel and DC. The brands have been criticised for an undue focus on clumsily shoe-horning left wing politics into beloved fantasy universes.

Alt-Hero is also seen as yet another after-shock of the #GamerGate scandal. #GamerGate is the name for a series of events beginning in 2014 in which cack-handed attempts by the far left to dictate the content of popular culture using intimidation and fear created a devastating backlash. Surprisingly, the alliance of disparate groups such as Anonymous channers and Breitbart has had a profound effect on geopolitics – so far contributing to the break-up of the European Union, the election of Donald Trump and the global rise of right-wing political parties.

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Why Should Grant Shapps MP be Conservative Party Leader?

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Full disclosure: I know Grant Shapps and have done for years. I have been to his house. He was a good Conservative Party Chairman and is a competent campaigner. He is a great local MP. Becoming leader of the Conservative Party, however, is a big ask. Like Margaret Thatcher before him, Grant has struck first. Unfortunately, so far that is all that he has going for him. Shapps has the potential to be Party leader but he needs to seriously raise his game, setting out a clear vision for country and party.

The question at the top of this article is not rhetorical. The 2015 General Election was an unexpected victory for the Conservatives and Grant Shapps was one of the main drivers. He deserved to be rewarded, but instead he was sacked from the cabinet due to vicious and untrue allegations made against him by a Wikipedia administrator, Richard Symonds. A ruling of the Wikipedia Arbitration committee later exonerated Shapps and humiliated the Guardian newspaper.

Those who claim Shapps had nothing to do with the victory are being nonsensical – they would have been quick to blame him if the election was lost. Shapps’ successors as Conservative campaign organisers had a far better hand to play in the 2017 election – starting far further ahead in the polls. They squandered it.

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Abaddon Publishing’s David Moore, FantasyCon 2017 and Punching Trump Supporters (and the Disabled)

Racism on our streets is a repugnant sight but this author has campaigned against the extremists for 20 years without the need for violence. Vigilante violence is never acceptable, leading to harm against bystanders, victims of mistaken identity and the vulnerable. That is why it is so serious when extremists like Abaddon Books’ Commissioning Editor David Thomas Moore (who is attending FantasyCon 2017 this year) normalise or advocate violence. HWS Events, which is organising the event, has made a statement about this after receiving legal correspondence from MHN, reminding attendees of its harassment policy and right to exclude anyone who threatens violence.

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“IS IT OK TO PUNCH THE SITH?” asks this image on David Moore’s timeline. Comments by his followers make it clear they take it to mean Nazis. And by Nazis, they mean Trump supporters. Click for full size.

“Is it okay to punch Nazis?”, asks the far Left. The question is seductive, bringing to mind the first recent Captain America film or perhaps Indiana Jones, exciting stories of a world at war in a simpler time. Abaddon Books’ Commissioning editor David Moore poses the question on his Facebook timeline in a somewhat loaded form, “Is it okay to punch the Sith?” In a wartime drama or a science fiction fantasy world the answers might seem simple – but the real world is no longer at war and the questions are no longer simple at all. Looking at the replies to the question, what David’s followers understand is “Is it okay to punch people whom I disagree with?” And the troubling answer they give is, “yes”. A specific example given is Donald Trump’s presidency.

A dictionary definition of extremist is here“A person who holds extreme political or religious views, especially one who advocates illegal, violent, or other extreme action.” (archive).

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Gab v Google, Vox Day v Gab

I find this article difficult to write as I feel that both Vox Day and Andrew Torba are great guys and wish they would bury the hatchet. I have just donated $50 to the Gab lawsuit fund and bought a year’s subscription to Gab Pro. It is a great product. Nonetheless, the current disagreements between Gab, Google and Vox do underline nuanced issues of free speech and regulation that the new right and alt-tech will need to address if they intend to succeed. Vox has some points that are simply correct and others well worth thinking about. The public row between Vox and Andrew is unseemly.

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Vox Day and Gab should bury the hatchet. Vox picture CC-BY-SA-3.0.

Gab.ai’s raison d’être was created by the action (and inaction) of a number of large technology companies. Back in the early days of the internet, for a growing company like Google or Twitter, the last thing they wanted to do was upset customers by controlling or censoring their free speech. Nor did they want to incur the costs of paying people to deal with complaints. So in the old days they left it to the courts. If a court ruled that something was illegal, then most companies would take it down even if they had immunity under US law (for example s230 CDA).

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Horrific Abuse Scandal at SJW Enfield Council but No Apology from Labour Leader Doug Taylor

This article is based on a judgement reported and made public by HHJ Hilder. I have discovered the identities of some of the abusers but for now I have precisely followed the judge’s anonymisations whilst I clarify the precise court orders in force. In due course I may, if necessary, apply to the court for a variation.

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SHAME – Worthless Labour councillor Doug Taylor is leader of Enfield Council. The abuse happened on his watch, yet he has not apologised to victims and their families.

Recently, the case of The Public Guardian v Matrix Deputies Ltd & Anor (Rev 1) [2017] EWCOP 14 appeared on BAILII. The case is shocking, but would have been completely secret had not Her Honour Judge Hilder commendably and of the court’s own motion made it public.

In summary, the London Borough of Enfield, by some procurement process that remains opaque (and in relation to which Enfield seem to have ignored my questions), decided to outsource the management of the property and affairs of vulnerable clients. In the UK, if a person lacks mental capacity to manage their finances due to (for example) dementia or severe learning disability, then they may be subject to a Deputyship – a court order appointing someone to do it for them.

Matrix Deputies is a UK limited company and the judge has permitted them to be named. The company and its officers were involved in Deputyships for 52 clients, 8 of which are now dead. The court proceedings began when the UK Public Guardian applied to terminate all of those Deputyships on the grounds of financial abuse. According to the schedules in the judgement, incidents of concern were occurring at least since 2014.

After the Public Guardian made the application it appears at some point the London Borough of Enfield was appointed as an interim Deputy by order of 17 February 2016 was ordered to investigate the affairs of the clients and the dealings by Matrix. This investigation was conducted on the council’s behalf by PwC, the well known accountants. The investigation cost roughly a quarter of a million pounds (£250,000) in part due to non-cooperation by Matrix Deputies. The money has yet to be fully recovered.

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Female Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker Backs MenCap Campaign to Avoid Multi-million Back Pay Bill Over to Minimum Wage Workers

The new actor portraying Dr Who, Jodie Whittaker, has waded into a highly charged and controversial debate about back pay for low-paid vulnerable care workers. A number of care organisations have been found to be unlawfully paying below minimum wage and the government has been seeking back pay. Ms Whittaker has sought to help the charities avoid their liabilities, backing a campaign for the taxpayer to foot the bill instead.

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This disabled worker had to use a food bank when MenCap paid him less than £3 an hour. Click for full size.

I have stayed out of the heated debate about the casting of a female Dr Who. Recasting a much loved character – even changing the colour of their cape – is often a controversial topic. Fans grow attached to characters who (being fictional) are defined solely by their brand and fictional attributes. Turning the entire Time Lord people into a race of transsexuals by retconning the possibility of regeneration into another biological sex was always a controversial proposition.

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Trump Nails It – Alt-Left (Antifa) Shares the Blame for Tragic Death

This. Trump nails it. In a past article I said that the Klan and Neo-Nazis were vile and to be condemned … but the Klan and the Nazis are a tiny minority of weirdos. They would have had their little protest and left. The alt-left however are a violent group who arrived looking for a fight. Through out our society the left seek to silence other voices and excuse themselves from civility on the basis that the other side are “evil”. Since we are talking about Nazis anyway, was that not their argument for the genocides they committed?

Trump is absolutely right to condemn the Nazis but right to condemn the thugs who riled the situation up. Anyone involved in political violence must be charged, convicted and punished.

Trump also raises valid questions about a revisionist approach to history.

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Patreon and CEO Jack Conte Knowingly Monetise Paedophilia, Cannibalism and Rape Material

Patreon has been involved in controversy recently, banning beautiful and charismatic Right-wing journalist Lauren Southern. The payment platform justified its actions with the following words, “It appears that you are currently raising funds in order to take part in activities that are likely to cause loss of life”. Southern had made videos portraying a group called “Defend Europe” positively. The group operates boats in the Mediterranean and says it seeks to save lives by preventing human trafficking. Opponents say they seek to sink refugee ships but no arrests have been made.

Know what else endangers life? Child rape. Laws against paedophilia vary between jurisdictions – paedophile photographs are illegal pretty much everywhere, but pure text stories such as the infamous book, “Lolita” are general not illegal. Laws on cartoons vary from country to country.

The public pages of the Patreon user “waysin” contain a number of legal and heavily censored cartoons of young boys, but the page is pretty clear – if users pay for the content the digital figleaves will be removed and they will be getting pictures of boys in the 5-10 year age range being bestially raped by tentacles. Furthermore, and critically, “waysin” says he knows that the material behind the paywall (which your author did not view) is illegal in Taiwan where he lives.

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Patreon knowingly assists users in distributing sexual material related to children that is illegal in the jurisdiction of the user. MHN was told about this account by a whistle blower. The account was drawn to the attention of Patreon and Jack Conte personally, but not removed. Click for full size.

It is important to fully scrutinise this. Because of the abhorrent nature of child sexual exploitation, many companies have rules that any material, legal or not that sexualises children is forbidden. Patreon has a policy to that effect. Yet, when I drew this specific account to their attention, Patreon failed to take action.

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Patreon Community Guidelines state that any material that sexualises children is forbidden. When I drew the ‘waysin’ account to their attention they did not enforce the rule. Click for full size.

Patreon also claims to forbid breaking the law, or encouraging others to do so –

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If Alt-Right Means Nazi Cosplay, I am Not Alt-Right

A brief comment on Charlottesville –

When the term alt-Right began to be used it referred to the legitimate groundswell of Conservative activity against political correctness and extreme leftism. That cause remains worthy.

However, I am a Conservative and my grandfather was awarded a medal for shooting Nazis. Costumed Hitler-enthusiasts and Klansman are an affront to all decent people. Alt-Right cannot mean “Alt-Reich” if it is to have a future as a meaningful movement.

The election of Donald Trump in the United States and the vote for Brexit in the United Kingdom reflected a desire for a serious conversation about national identity and suppression of free speech by a complacent and bullying left-wing establishment.

If that conversation is to happen then decent people need to distance themselves from the extremists. Vox Day has rightly condemned the alt-Reich and I for one could not agree more.

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