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It's Friday - which means I'll be conducting another edition of our Clubland Q&A live around the planet. The fun starts at 3pm North American Eastern time/8pm British Summer Time. We'll try to pin down the rest of the time zones below, but do, as they say, check local listings.
On today's show I'm willing to take questions on anything we've discussed on video or in audio, plus any other topics you feel we've missed - such as, for example, the corruption of America's ruling class. Two days after the Hunter Biden "plea deal", by happy coincidence, this text came to light - from Hunter to "businessman" (ie, Chinese Communist Party bigshot) Henry Zhao:
I am sitting here with my father and we would like to understand why the commitment made has not been fulfilled. Tell the director that I would like to resolve this now before it gets out of hand, and now means tonight. And, Z, if I get a call or text from anyone involved in this other than you, Zhang, or the chairman, I will make certain that between the man sitting next to me and every person he knows and my ability to forever hold a grudge that you will regret not following my direction. I am sitting here waiting for the call with my father.
It is a very revealing text. Hunter thinks he's shaking down the ChiComs - for a six-figure sum! Au contraire, the ChiComs are buying the next president for Dollarama prices.
~I'm also happy to take any questions on my free-speech lawsuit against the UK state censor Ofcom in the High Court of England over its "rulings" against me for my coverage of the Covid vaccines. The case is officially called:
The King on the application of Mark Steyn
The Office of Communications
So yesterday I was surprised to receive a response from Ofcom headed:
The Queen on the application of Mark Steyn
The Office of Communications
It is heartening to know that the Commissars of Counter-Disinformation can't get anything right. Who does your fact-checking, Lord Grade? Oh, that's right: Full Fact, fully funded by woke American billionaires to destroy free speech around the planet.
Even in my present wobbly health condition, I'm looking forward to this case. I don't think Grade and his henchdame, Dame Melanie Dawes, will perform well in the witness box.
If only we had a niche Canadian Prime Minister in the UK right now!
I bought this primarily to support Mr Steyn in his case against Ofcom having no idea I would enjoy it so much. Impossible to categorise it as belonging to any particular 'genre' but it ticked all my boxes! Bloody marvellous. I found it challenging to escape a single page without pausing to crack up with laughter. Maybe best of all, Mark took up residence in my head and it was his voice I heard as I read through the pages!
An absolutely spiffing read. Thank you for bringing so much light into my world Mr Steyn.
Thank you for that, T P. You don't have to buy it just to support my Ofcom suit; as the above attests, it's worth it on its own terms. However, aside from procuring a copy of The Prisoner of Windsor, there are other ways to lend a hand, including:
a) signing up a friend for a Steyn Club Gift Membership;
b) buying a near-and-dear one a SteynOnline gift certificate; or
c) treating your beloved to a stateroom on next month's Mark Steyn Cruise. He or she will love you forever.
The "chilling effect" of Ofcom on public discourse is far worse than Canada under Section 13 or Australia under Section 18C, so once more unto the breach...
~If you enjoy our Steyn Show all-stars - Eva, Leilani, Alexandra and Dominique - all four of them will be on that aforementioned Mark Steyn Cruise ...because Ofcom can't get you in international waters (we think). No tests, no vax passports, but just a week of fun on the Adriatic with the aforementioned ladies plus Michele Bachmann, John O'Sullivan and other Steyn Show favorites. More information here:
~Whether or not you're a member of The Mark Steyn Club, you can listen to our Clubland Q&A live as it happens wherever you chance to be on this turbulent earth: Club membership is required only to ask a question. We love to hear from brand new members, so if you've joined this week, either for a full year or a see-how-it-goes experimental quarter, do shoot me a head-scratcher for today's show. But, if you're not interested in joining, no worries, as they say in Oz: We seek no unwilling members - and as always the show is free to listen to, so we hope you'll want to tune in.
As soon as we go live, members should log-in and submit their queries via our comment form below - and I'll answer them as-it-happens on the audio livestream that should magically appear above (or possibly below - I forget which). And, if you disagree with my response, then let rip in the comments, and I'll endeavour to address a couple of the objections as we go along.
Clubland Q&A is a special production for The Mark Steyn Club. We're not paywalling off SteynOnline or any of that nonsense - and in fact this site now offers more free content than ever before in our twenty-year history. But Club membership does confer a few benefits, starting with participation in our weekly Q&As.
So see you back here live this afternoon at 3pm North American Eastern Time. That's 4pm in the Canadian Maritimes, half-past-four in Newfoundland - and, beyond the Americas, 8pm in London and Dublin; 9pm in Paris and Berlin; 10pm in Kiev and Moscow, now in the same time zone if not the same country; 10.30pm in Teheran, for all you Newfoundlanders who move to Iran for the half-hour time zone; midnight-forty-five in Kathmandu, for all you Iranians who move to Nepal to check out the quarter-hour time zone; 3am in Singapore, Honkers and Perth (sorry about that); 5am in Sydney and Melbourne; 7am in Auckland and even deeper into Saturday in His Majesty's Dominions across the Pacific.
But, whatever hour it is where you are, we do hope you'll be able to join us. To listen to the livestream, simply click the "play" icon on the audio player (in certain browsers, the audio will start auto-playing). And to pose a question simply use the comment form below.