As TheOpinionSite.org receives its first million visitors, its creator and editor, Raymond Peytors offers this personal message:
This week saw TheOpinionSite.org exceed the million visitor mark which, for what is essentially a political comment site, is a fair achievement after only 2 years of being created.
My sincere thanks go out to all those who continue to support us and to all who have helped us achieve this first milestone.
Regular visitors and subscribers will know that the views expressed on the site have often been controversial, often flying in the face of the ‘accepted’ views of those organisations and individuals who would force our society down a fixed path.
Our interest in IPP sentences has made us the leading website for information on that subject and other subjects to do with the criminal Law. We expect to be in the same position concerning CRB checks – once the government makes up its mind exactly what it is going to do about the monster they have helped to create.
Whilst the sins of corrupt Home Secretaries like Jacqui Smith, David Blunkett and others have been rightly condemned by most journalists and the media, the real hypocrites – the ‘tabloids’ and their editors, money-grabbing ‘protection’ charities and similar, publicity-seeking individuals rarely received the sort of well-publicised, forensic exposure and analysis that they deserved until TheOpinionSite.org came along.
We have always been ‘ahead of the curve’ in that respect, often daring to say things and express views that other organisations will not, presumably because they fear retribution of some kind or another and prefer to keep quiet rather than speak out.
Thankfully, our visitors have been kind enough to share their views and have often – though not always – agreed with the views we have expressed on the site.
Regular visitors will know that I despair at the manner in which ‘ordinary’, perhaps less informed members of the public are, through absolutely no fault of their own, drawn into the web of lies and deceit put out in the tabloid press which is usually supported by power-hungry politicians anxious to make a name for themselves.
The miserable and appalling behaviour of the Sun newspaper, the now mercifully defunct News of the World and the other tabloids was something that TheOpinionSite.org highlighted 2 years ago in my very first article for the site relating to the appalling Operation Ore child porn investigation that needlessly damaged so many lives.
This was long before phone hacking and the incestuous relationship between Tony Blair and others was exposed and later confirmed by the evidence of the current police investigations and the Leveson Inquiry.
Nobody believed TheOpinionSite.org then. I am heartened to say however that that is no longer the case.
Operation Ore was heavily criticised by those with the capacity to exercise common sense but was supported by ‘empire builders’ within the police and prosecution authorities. It is still the subject of criticism to this day.
For those who do not remember or who are unfamiliar with the case, after hundreds of people were arrested in various countries around the world for allegedly downloading child pornography, including the US where the panic first started, it transpired that most jurisdictions did not in the end charge many of the alleged perpetrators.
A mixture of accident, ignorance, non-intention and credit card fraud meant that most countries took the view that the whole thing had been blown out of all proportion after first being reported – and passed to the UK authorities by the US Postal Service.
Such common sense and fairness was not to be seen in the UK however where, driven by the power-hungry Murdoch media, ambitious MPs and policemen and a disgraceful display of bloodlust by many ‘ordinary people’, hundreds of people were arrested with many being charged and jailed.
Families and careers were ruined, wrecked and torn apart. Even the Courts ignored undisputable evidence that people were innocent for fear of opening a Pandora’s Box on the reality of alleged child abuse and going against the popular view.
It later transpired that many people had in fact been needlessly (some might say ‘falsely’) arrested in the first place.
Those police and CPS officials responsible for the catastrophe, together with the sanctimonious MPs, newspaper editors and proprietors who did so much damage got away without a blemish on their Teflon coated characters or reputations.
The nonsense still continues today of course with the so called Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency (CEOP) still trumpeting success and claiming that children have been ‘rescued’, even before any proof of wrongdoing or law breaking has been offered up for inspection or proved in court.
CEOP is also asking for more money.
The tabloid media, always keen to sell papers, continue to dress it all up while the public, many of whom are so fed up with their own lives that, as they probably did when at school, adopted the view that it was always good to see someone else in trouble and who were thus able to be blamed for the failures and disappointments of one’s own life, lap it up with glee.
Regrettably, most of the public still, despite their distrust of politicians and the tabloids (which include the Daily mail by the way) stubbornly believe what they hear and what they read in those misleading publications.
Policemen and prosecutors still refuse to admit when they are wrong whilst at the same time asking for – and receiving – more and more power from the government.
Yet by believing the rubbish printed in the tabloids and that which is churned out by organisations that make their money by generating public fear, people continue to supply motivation and support to those who would rule our lives according to their own ‘power’ agenda and at the same time steal from us whatever freedoms may be left in this increasingly authoritarian country in which we allegedly ‘live’ – rather than just exist.
TheOpinionSite.org has always pointed out another salient – if unpopular – fact: That Britain and the British as a nation are no longer a world power, have an ever decreasing field of influence, are broke and steadfastly rely on what they once were rather than what they might become in the future.
My recent article regarding the unnecessary public expense of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee may have upset a few people but it also gave the opportunity to others who share my view and who were good enough to express their opinions on the site.
Perhaps they did so because there was no other outlet available to them, given that almost all the media, all the broadcasters and all the politicians expressed a nauseatingly positive view of the Monarchy, leaving no place for those who felt otherwise.
That particular article by the way received enormous coverage, increasing the visits total for TheOpinionSite.org that week by more than 400%; good news for those who did not support the Jubilee in that they know that they are not alone in their views!
We have, of course, had our critics and plenty of them.
TheOpinionSite.org has been called everything from ‘subversive’ to ‘anti-British’, ‘sickeningly pro-Europe’ to a ‘betrayal of everything that is British’.
The last comment is particularly amusing given that historically speaking at least, the British are a mongrel race made up of elements from all over Europe over hundreds of years. How ironic then that they should allow themselves to be steered by the (usually wealthy) ‘little Englanders’ into believing that all things ‘European’ are bad.
For all our critics though, TheOpinionSite.org has far more supporters and the numbers continue to grow.
There are many websites that receive many more visitors than we do; the main newspapers, broadcasters, etc. However, there are very few websites in the category of TheOpinionSite.org that receive so many visitors and continue to do so consistently.
Rest assured that we will continue to express our views and opinions in the future as we have in the past. This will always remain a site for those who are brave enough to express opinions that are contrary to the ‘status quo’, whether they share our views or not.
We will ensure that the site remains ‘free to view’, unlike so many others nowadays although, having said that, we are always grateful for the support and donations we receive, no matter how small. Without them, the site would find it difficult to survive.
Therefore, I thank you – our readers, subscribers and visitors – for continuing to take an interest in TheOpinionSite.org and for the support you give.
I personally put hours and hours of work into this site, as do others – and we never regret it.
The fact that we know we are giving a voice to those who have nowhere else to express their views, largely because they do not conform to what the politicians and tabloids tell us is right, is of great satisfaction to us all.
Whether it concerns IPP sentences, CRB checks, Europe, UK politics or whatever, your view can always find a home here – even if you do not agree with us.
I would like to thank you for your support of TheOpinionSite.org and sincerely hope that you will continue to support us in the future as you have done over the last 2 years.
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