I’m Not Your Pal

Update: At 5:30pm BST (12:30 EDT) this evening, PayPal notified Toby that it has restored all three of the accounts it cancelled a couple of weeks ago – the accounts for the Daily Sceptic, the Free Speech Union and his personal account. In all three cases, the email read as follows:

We have continued to review the information provided in connection with your account and we take seriously the input from our customers and stakeholders. Based on these ongoing reviews, we have made the decision to reinstate your account. You should now be able to use your account in the normal way. We sincerely appreciate your business and offer our apologies for any inconvenience this disruption in service may have caused.

Toby writes in The Spectator, “It goes without saying that I won’t be using PayPal’s services again. I made the mistake of trusting PayPal when I set up the Free Speech Union and the Daily Sceptic, embedding its software into our payment processing systems. Given what I know now – that it can demonetise you on a whim, seemingly without any proper justification – I’m not going to make that mistake twice.”


One of the biggest rules of journalism is simple: Don’t become the story. But sometimes, the story chooses you.

This week Toby and James discuss Toby’s three-front war with PayPal, both personal, and with the accounts of the Free Speech Union and The Daily Sceptic.

Out in the wider world we touch on the victory of  Meloni in the recent Italian elections, Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng’s mini-budget, and whether the Canadian teacher who identifies as trans and turned up to class wearing huge fake breasts was, in fact, trolling the woke left.

In Culture Corner: The Capture, Crime and Punishment and Dr Thorne, the third novel in Anthony Trollope’s Barchester Chronicles.

This week’s opening sound is Mark Dolan of GB News reading a letter from PayPal to Molly Kingsley, co-founder of UsForThem.

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  1. Taras Coolidge

    Dr. Thorne is a lot like a prequel to Downton Abbey, so it’s appropriate that Abbey creator Julian Fellowes produced a four-hour miniseries.  (It should have been much longer.)  

    Probably the most entertaining of Trollope’s many, many novels; I think of it as his Pride and Prejudice.

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