by Denis G. Campbell
12 years ago, today we started this journey together as UK Progressive Magazine.
- The Iraq and Afghanistan Wars were still infants yet Mission Accomplished had been declared.
- George W. Bush was halfway through his second term in office.
- We were just becoming accustomed to removing our shoes before boarding airplanes.
- The world was getting ready to recognise the 5th Anniversary of what was now a debris-free gaping hole at Ground Zero and
- A young Illinois Senator with a funny sounding name, was 15 months into his new office after a riveting Democratic convention speech and was contemplating embarking on a journey to both replace the current President when his term expired and take on the Clinton Dynasty.
Together with our now 50 contributors (welcome, Richard Spisak) we have covered three presidential campaigns, are in the midst of our fourth Congressional midterm cycle, four UK Parliamentary elections, the near secession of Scotland from the UK and the current Brexit debacle in Europe.
We’re most proud of our work on election integrity in Arizona, Fukushima (thank you, Robert Hunziker), the bleeding away of businesses in the UK pre-Brexit and others.
Our work spawned The Three Muckrakers podcast, now three plus years and 157 episodes in and led to yours, truly being a regular pundit on a dozen global television and radio networks and enjoying being a regular guest on Nicole Sandler, Paul Samuel Dolman’s What Matters Most, PNN’s, New Mercury Media and many others.
In this dozen years I’ve been through three beards, one shaved head and a ponytail (no boxes trap me), written 7 of my now 10 books, given countless keynote addresses, been a visiting member of the White House Press Corps (although I had to fight to maintain my credential under Trump) and my children have grown up with the first heading off to University in the fall.
So, it has been a wild ride as I now begin my seventh decade. At 12 years, I remain a bit wistful. We launched before The Huffington Post and would have loved to get $300 million from AOL or had a deep pocketed sugar daddy like Bannon at Breitbart. But we deal in truth and fact, not ideological propaganda and my parents would be proud of where we are, uncompromising and uncompromised in any way.
We’ve only ever asked for help three times in those twelve years and some of you, monthly through PayPal, still support us. We really appreciate it.
I want to thank you for the faith you place in me, our contributors, several of whom have gone on to much bigger and rewarding gigs and volunteers. We steadfastly refuse to pander to any side and are passionate about our views. Simply, our motto is print and say the right things, then fight like hell for them. Our contributors produce thoughtful long reads daily, then our team scours the media for the stories you have proven to want to see more of time and again.
And each year I tell myself we have to stop and move on, yet every time I reach that conclusion, readership numbers climb. It’s like The Force in a Star Wars movie. It senses a disturbance and an entire planet rises up in one voice (hopefully not requiring before annihilation by the Death Star). Okay, maybe not, but you let it be known this is important through Facebook and Twitter and we appreciate it. We have a very British-American ‘sense of duty’ to uphold here.
Every time I think this not worth the effort, someone proves me wrong with a kind note. So we’re still here. We can always use a boost, that’s why the donate button remains on the right hand side of this page. This, though, is a labour of love. It barely earns anything, which, for now, is enough to keep it going, but not enough to expand.
We will upgrade the site someday (it’s been six years). And we’d like to join Patreon and a podcast platform to get more supporters and sponsors. Maybe soon. In the meantime, we keep doing what you want us to do, focus on quality vs. latest bells and whistles.
So thank you for reading. A dozen years is a milestone and we could not do it without loyal readers like you.
Denis G. Campbell
Founder and Editor