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By Pete Moore On May 26th, 2016 at 8:07 pm

BOOM: The doctors’ strikes are all about the money.

Recall that downtrodden junior doctors were forced into striking over the imposition of a new contract by an uncaring government. “It’s all about safety”, our heroes said, “it’s not the money, we just don’t want people to suffer.”

Meanwhile, vile commentators said it’s all about the money, and that exhausted docs will suddenly be fit enough to work a Saturday if they have their mouths stuffed with gold. Well excuse me, but they admit that the vile commentators were right all along. The Health Service Journal has the scoop, via a motherload of leaked conversations, on Whatsapp (me neither) among junior doctors leaders at the British Medical Association.

 – The leadership of the British Medical Association’s junior doctors’ committee wanted to “draw this [dispute] right out” with “punctuated [industrial action] for a prolonged period” and tie “the DH up in knots for the next 16-18 months”.

– JDC chair Johann Malawana told the group in December that the “best solution” might include playing out the dispute for so long that it would “force” the government “to impose [the contact] against our support”.

– Despite protestations that the dispute was about “safety, not pay”, the issue of weekend pay was described late last year by a JDC executive member as “the only real red line” for junior doctors.

I heard Melawana on the wireless many times. He was clear that it wasn’t the money, and that it was all about patient safety. The truth is, in their own words, that they had no intention of negotiating faithfully. They wanted to drag out the dispute and the strikes. They wanted to force the government into imposing a contract when, publicly, they were complaining that the government was imposing the contract.

And it’s all about the money, the “only real red line”.

They lied to doctors, the government and the nation. They inconvenienced the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients, causing thousands of operations to be cancelled and causing thousands of patients incalculable stress. They put the lives of many people in severe danger. They called a total walk out with no emergency cover. All of this was done and they lied about it all the way through.

They are dirty, lying, dishonourable doctors. I sincerely hope that the BMA disbands the committee, that those responsible are struck off and that legal action is taken against them.


By David Vance On May 26th, 2016 at 7:09 pm

Great news. The new Stormont Executive has been revealed.


Most hilariously, in their DESPERATION to get a puppet Justice Minister, they have elevated  independent Unionist Claire Sugden into that post. Her mandate to become a Minister was 35000 first preference votes, or, if you like, around 0.5% of votes cast. I hear a lot of nonsense being spouted about how she is “young” and “we should give her a chance’.  This misses the essential point that she received no mandate whatsoever to become a Minister and to hold high office.  Even the Green Party received thousands of more votes than she did. There is a reason she was offered the job. A useful fool.


By David Vance On May 26th, 2016 at 6:59 pm


Half of all misogynistic tweets posted on Twitter come from women, a study suggests. Over a three-week period, think tank Demos counted the number of uses of two particular words as indicators of misogyny. It found evidence of large-scale misogyny, with 6,500 unique users targeted by 10,000 abusive tweets in the UK alone. Twitter boss Jack Dorsey has said that tackling abuse is a priority.

So, let me see if I get this right. Some women don’t like other women. Wow – terrific insight and not one that I had ever considered. Well with Demos taking three weeks to count all those abusive tweets. The answer is clear – women should be banned from talking to women, or about women. Ditto men. That way we can all sleep easy, right?


By David Vance On May 26th, 2016 at 6:53 pm

What is remarkable is that some people think that staying in the EU “gives us safety”. Just reflect on this news.

Net migration to the UK rose to 333,000 in 2015, according to Office for National Statistics estimates – the second highest figure on record. Net migration is the difference between the number of people coming to the UK for at least a year and those leaving. The figure for EU-only net migration was 184,000, equalling its record high.

Just wait until Albania, Macedonia and those other Balkan economic power houses join…..

The Remain camp don’t really have much to say about immigration for one simple reason – the ONLY way to limit the EU element is to leave the EU. Even Cameron cannot weasel out of that!


By David Vance On May 26th, 2016 at 6:30 pm

Well, the experts, the media and the GOP have all been Trumped.

The US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has reached the number of delegates needed to secure the party’s presidential nomination, Associated Press reports. Its delegate count has him reaching the quota thanks to a small number of the party’s unbound delegates.  They told AP they would support him at July’s Republican convention.  Mr Trump, who defeated 16 other Republican contenders, reportedly has 1,238 delegates – one more than needed.

Let’s be clear. This November we are going to see Trump vs Clinton. something some of us were saying ages ago. Here’s a further prediction – Trump will win. I’m not saying either candidate fills my heart with unmitigated joy BUT Trump is the guy who will shake things up and in that regard I wish him well. Time to build that wall!


All These Strangers

By Mahons On May 26th, 2016 at 11:53 am

CNN today had a story of ISIS endeavoring to place it’s employees of the month among the broadly named migrants heading to Europe.  With Syria, Iraq and Libya awash with these loosely affiliated lunatics, people should take pause.

This is not to minimize home grown terrorists, where the wretched spawn of earlier migrants embrace the death cult.  That is a different problem, with different challenges.  But it should add to simple common sense, when your house is burning, don’t invite in a guy with a torch.

There remains no reason why Europe or the US must accept large numbers of migrants as a proposed solution to the unending strife in the Mideast and North African.  That doesn’t mean something shouldn’t be done, but it does mean that the solution is not welcoming unlimited or even large numbers into The West.  It makes the Western nations less safe and doesn’t alleviate the problems in the chaotic places.

Speaks for itself

By The Troll On May 26th, 2016 at 3:20 am

The State Dept Inspector General released his report today.  You will see all sorts of spin about it. She violated Policies, She Mismanaged Records, all sorts of Lipstick on a pig.  Bottom Line She violated both the Federal Records Act, and the Espionage Act. She committed multiple Felonies.

We are supposed to be a Nation of Law, not of Men/Women.  The LAW applies to everyone. PERIOD! 

The State Department’s Top Cop Imperils Hillary Clinton’s Campaign

Explosive new State Department report delivers an 83-page doozy, outlining Ms. Clinton’s apparent white collar crimes


By Pete Moore On May 25th, 2016 at 6:52 pm

ANYONE seen the Leave campaign? There’s a referendum in a month’s time, but that seems to have slipped the minds of the people charged with delivering victory and an archer’s salute to the EU.

To recap, two rival leave campaigns vied to become the “official” campaign. Up for grabs was status, funding and the responsibility to do it right. “Leave.EU” is the more independent, business-orientated group. “Vote Leave” is the political beast, combining the anti-EU elements of the political parties. The latter, “Vote Leave” was designated by the Electoral Commission as the official campaign. Since then they seem to have gone on holiday.

Boris Johnson and Michael Gove threw their support in with Vote Leave. They were supposed to be big beasties who would swing it. Well yesterday was a typical one on the campaign trail. While Cameron and Osborne fired another barrage of dodgy stats and unreal assumptions in the latest Treasury report, Boris Johnson was doing doughnuts in a sports car. I haven’t heard a peep from Gove in weeks. Is he still a thing?

A couple of weeks ago Kate Hoey, one of the few Labour MPs to appear both human and sane, spoke well on Question Time and Marr, both flagship political BBC programmes. Since then she’s not been spotted. I don’t even know who else is in the campaign. I haven’t seen any campaign.

Tomorrow the referendum purdah kicks in. Remain will no longer be able to use what are effectively unlimited taxpayer funds, nor will they be able to corrupt the civil service in their cause. Well, not openly anyway, but they will. I’m hoping that Vote Leave has been keeping its powder dry for the last few weeks. Goodness knows it hasn’t been deployed yet. There’s not a single argument for staying in the EU which cannot be demolished in moments, but you have to fire a salvo to do it, yet the campaign so far amounts to photos of Nigel Farage holding a pint. That’s really it.

I’m seriously beginning to think that the anti-EU nest has been taken over by cuckoos.

Obama’s parting Gift, or Here Come the Terrorists

By The Troll On May 25th, 2016 at 2:49 am

State Department sets new single-day record for Syrian refugee approvals

– The Washington Times – Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The State Department admitted 80 Syrian refugees on Tuesday and 225 on Monday, setting a new single-day record, as President Obama surges to try to meet his target of 10,000 approvals this year — sparking renewed fears among security experts who say corners are being cut to meet a political goal.

Officials insisted they’re moving faster because they’re getting better at screening, and say they’re still running all the traps on applicants.

But the new spike in numbers is stunning, with more people accepted on Monday alone than were approved in the entire months of January or February.

“The Obama administration is on full throttle to admit as many people as possible before the time clock runs out on them,” said Jessica Vaughan, policy studies director at the Center for Immigration Studies. “This is the classic scenario when political expediency trumps prudence, and someone slips through who shouldn’t have, and tragedy ensues.”

Powerless to stop the civil war in Syria, Mr. Obama has instead offered the U.S. as a safe haven for those fleeing the conflict, promising to accept 10,000 refugees between Oct. 1 and Sept. 30. As of Tuesday evening, he’d approved 2,540 — an average of about 10 applications a day.

To meet the 10,000 goal, that pace will have to spike to nearly 60 approvals a day.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency charged with vetting the applications, declined to comment on the surge, referring all questions to the State Department, which gives final approval. Officials there insisted they can meet Mr. Obama’s goal without sacrificing security.

From February to April, the department deployed extra staff to Jordan, where some 12,000 applicants referred by the U.N. were interviewed. The department is also conducting interviews of Syrians in Lebanon and Iraq, and said everything is going according to plan.

“Increases in processing capacity have improved our capacity to meet the 10,000 target for Syrian refugee admissions for this fiscal year. As such, we expect Syrian refugee arrivals to the U.S. to increase steadily throughout the fiscal year,” an agency official said.

The department says refugees undergo the most checks of anyone applying to enter the U.S., and Syrians are getting as much scrutiny as possible.

But pressure to speed up the process is growing. Last week Senate Democrats, led by Sen. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, fired off a letter saying other countries are approving refugees at a quicker pace, and demanding the administration catch up.

“Refugees are victims, not perpetrators, of terrorism,” the Democrats wrote in their letter.

That’s not always the case, however, as two men who arrived as part of the refugee program were charged with terrorism-related offenses in January.

One of those, Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab, an Iraqi-born man, was living in Syria when he was admitted as a refugee in 2012. The State Department counts him against its Iraqi refugee program, not against the Syrian refugee program.

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By David Vance On May 24th, 2016 at 8:04 pm

Right. I am now aware of some of the stuff posted on another thread by long time ATW regular Petr. It crossed the line. He is gone. Anyone who mistakes my silence for indulgence is in for a shock. ATW is a place for vigorous debate but there is NO WAY I will tolerate anyone making threats against another.