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Tom Slater

Tom Slater
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‘Who funds you?!’ It’s a question you’re often asked when you work in alternative, anti-establishment media. A certain kind of liberal-elite midwit simply cannot fathom why you would want to stick up for free speech or democracy, why you might have a problem with eco-austerity or allowing blokes into women’s changing rooms, without being a mouthpiece of ‘dark money’.

The truth of course about spiked is that we are funded by you, our wonderful readers and listeners and viewers and supporters. Increasingly so, in fact – given how hostile the advertising world now is to radical voices like ours. Indeed, our audience and reach have exploded in recent years – and yet our advertising revenue has actually gone down. Snobby execs would rather lose out on selling to you, our readers, than grubby themselves by working with us.

Well, who needs them? For years now, as we’ve watched Big Tech censorship and cancel culture grow, we at spiked have been focussed on fortifying ourselves against the whims of woke corporates. We want to keep spiked free for all to read, because we want anyone, anywhere, to be able to read us. But to do so we ask those of you who love our work – who know the world is a much better place with spiked in it – to donate.

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