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A final word, perhaps.

By Mike Cunningham On April 22nd, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Taking full advantage, as one does, of modern technology I recorded the whole broadcast of the Baroness Thatcher funeral for two reasons; I was unable to be home for the first sector, and I wished a permanent reminder of the ceremony afforded my long-time political heroine. We are not often able to claim that we lived through a defining change in the history of this Nation of ours, but with those eleven years in which she bestrode the Westminster and indeed the World stages, I reckon that it is indeed a justified claim. She was a strange mix; a scientist, a deeply religious person, heavily involved in politics from a comparatively early age; and of course the largest handicap of all, for most people who have been involved in either local or national politics: she was, obviously, a woman.

Many people danced and sang as she was slowly carried onwards to Wren’s masterpiece for a final farewell, and they expressed hatred for both the woman and her politics, and I regard them with a quiet pity, mainly because it is obvious; to myself at least, that they refuse to simply take one step back, and view her policies, politics, actions and beliefs with a dispassionate gaze.

Yes, her economic policies and ‘who governs’ approach to the stranglehold held on the British economy by the Unions generated massive antipathy, but she was supported in her endeavours by the ordinary working-class voters who saw, in her and her approach to the ‘British disease’, possibly the only saviour of a once-proud Nation slowly sinking into decay. Remember, she won three General Elections in a row after winning the Tory leadership from a moribund crew of no-hopers who had not an original idea between them.

When she was told of the invasion of the Falkland Islands by the Argentinian General’s forces, her immediate response; after ensuring that the Armed Forces were ready and available, was to order a Taskforce south to re-establish the right of the Falklanders to choose their own Government; nothing more and nothing less. The rights of that issue can be tested by viewing the results of an Island-wide Referendum held on March 10-11 this year, where the replies were an overwhelming 99.8% in favour of remaining a British Overseas Territory.

In the decade of Thatcher’s domination of British politics, she oversaw changes to many things which we, today, consider normality. Imagine a country where, if you wanted a telephone with a private line, you went on a six-month waiting list; and if you simply agreed to a ‘party’ or shared line, you maybe got a phone after three months. Imagine a country where the majority of the trucks and cars were built by a State-run organisation; and most products were so badly made that the call went out, ‘please ensure my car is made on a Wednesday’. Also imagine a car industry virtually run by its Unions, with feather-bedding rampant, quality control non-existent, management useless; and where a delivery date was routinely scheduled ‘give-or-take a month’, due to the strikes which were routinely scheduled. Imagine a shipbuilding industry where the agreement and presence of eight different types of artisans had to be arranged before a single weld, hole or bolt could be made, burnt or tightened; and where a six-week strike was called over a disagreement as to which type of artisan plucked the string of a chalk line marking a steel plate.

We have maybe lost some of the fires which were lit in the heady days of Thatcherism, but we are considerably free-er in a thousand different ways. The world is different because of Baroness Thatcher, and we should be proud of her achievements. As I have noted before, she was not perfect; with her negotiations which became the Anglo-Irish Treaty, she began the disgraceful process which resulted in murderers and their lackeys sitting in Stormont; she pushed through acceptance of the Single European Act without understanding the implications of that devious document, which resulted in the various Treaties which have removed so much of our National Sovereignty  and handed to Brussels, but as a Leader, as a Conviction Politician and a Prime Minister, she was, simply, without peer!

….go round and round, all day long.

By Mike Cunningham On April 22nd, 2013 at 1:56 pm

So if all your major abilities involve pushing a wheelchair around a circuit, and admittedly doing that rather well, how does that make you the best candidate to be the new  chief Executive of Sport England?

Plus anyone who gets the verbal backing of John ‘Two Jags and Two toilet seats’ Prescott is definitely out of the running to head up anything, I.M.H.O.; never mind a £300 million Quango.

Ah-hh-hhh; the price of everything, and the value of nothing!

By Mike Cunningham On April 17th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

I want to echo the rising chorus of complaint regarding the cost of the funeral of the late Baroness Thatcher. I think that, in these days of austerity, of cutting costs, of reducing deficits; of slashing Welfare benefits to the needy, the deprived, the disabled: to spend an estimated £10 millions of public money on the funeral of this ‘divisive politician’ was appalling.

Some claim that to spend such an amount of cash on the Security, the gathering of members of the Armed forces, the many aspects of this, the largest ceremonial funeral for a politician since Sir Winston Churchill was wrong amd indefensible.


Personally, I would have brought over the Red Arrows and the Battle of Britain Memorial flight; I would have marched the massed bands of the Guards, the Royal Marines, the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force along the whole route, and literally rubbed her very name into the noses of that sorry band of losers who ‘protested’ against the Nation’s salute to a truly Great Lady.


£10 Million?


I would have made it £20 Million, and every penny well spent!


The empty benches!

By Mike Cunningham On April 10th, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Watching the tributes spoken within the Palace of Westminster as they were broadcast, the truths about the Labour Party, its whole approach to present history, its truly appalling attitude towards the late Lady Thatcher were laid bare. Over half of this collective group of time-serving slime couldn’t even abandon their vitriolic hatred of this dominant personality to the extent of turning up for the tribute she so rightly deserved; so that the empty green leather benches showed their disrespect for a Lady who had adorned to such purpose the same House which they did not enter today.

We watched with disgust as the morons danced drunkenly in celebration on the streets of Brixton and Glasgow yesterday, so typical of a belief system which defies all polite thinking when opposed by anyone who knew that they were wrong both in actions and beliefs. There may have been silence on the Opposition benches because the Labour MPs were absent, but that very silence was so noisy that it reverberated around the whole House. The small minds which represent so many Labour constituencies, by their absence, showed more about the fractious nature of these clowns than any acid speech which they may have spoken during this Tribute.

We were well served by the Lady during her time in office, just as we were betrayed by the jackals who attacked her and brought her down and voted against her in her own Party. Those same jackals whose voices are echoed by her enemies in the BBC, who of course consistently refer to this amazing Lady as being ‘divisive’. Rich indeed, those words coming from an organisation whose very Charter requires independence of thought; but that very independence is shaded and ignored as shown by the total lack of right-wing opinion and voice. They all seem to forget that to be ‘divisive’ requires two parties, and both parties should be heard from.

Lady Thatcher was that rare thing, a politician who believed that Her Country should be shown and led on the correct path, and all programmes, projects and policies should lead towards a better life for all of the inhabitants. She knew what she wanted; yes, she made mistakes both in policy and politics, but she made more progress towards the real freedoms than any of her predecessors or the inheritors of her Office.

Seconds; Out!

By Mike Cunningham On March 24th, 2013 at 5:34 pm

This corner, we have a true Lady, a person who dedicated herself to the service of her Country and her Commonwealth, something she truly believes in. She has been the Constitutional Monarch of the British Isles for longer than most of her subjects have been alive, and I remember her voice as she took the Oath. Over the past sixty years, through and over the sewage created by politicians, she has given us the one thing craved by ordinary people, which is stability and continuity. True, she is not perfect, but who amongst us can claim that pinnacle; but as a Monarch, a leader and a barrier aginst the schemes of politicians who are ‘out for what they can get’, she has been fairly successful, only failing to avoid the ever-enveloping clutches of the European Union, so beloved of most of the politicians who lied through their teeth when taking their own Oaths of Allegiance.


And in this corner, we have a thief, a liar, a serial adulterer and philanderer; masquerading of course as a politician; when everyone knows that he ‘Worked For Cunard’: yes, of course, it’s John Prescott.


So who gets our vote? Her Majesty; or a clown who can’t even own up to his own beliefs and comments?

‘Not for attribution’

By Mike Cunningham On March 7th, 2013 at 5:16 pm

If you are really interested in the inner thought processes of a woman who believes she has been ‘betrayed’ in the harshest possible manner, and wishes revenge on the man who she knows has been lying for a long time, perhaps you might wish to scan the Vicky Pryce  e-mail trail.

These words are from the people who believe that they are our natural leaders, and is it then no wonder that the largest vote in the Eastleigh By-Election came from the 48% who believed that ‘They are All the Same’, and thus refused to even vote!

It all depends what you mean by ‘odd’.

By Mike Cunningham On March 1st, 2013 at 9:28 am

The Prime Minister has previously referred to UKIP members as “fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists”,


“There are some pretty odd people,” he said on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.


  • Mike Thornton (Liberal Democrat) 13,342
  • Diane James (UKIP) 11,571
  • Maria Hutchings (Conservative) 10,559
  • John O’Farrell (Labour) 4,088
  • Danny Stupple (Independent) 768


So there appear to be 11,571 Fruitcakes, Loonies, Closet Racists, and a whole lot of ‘Pretty Odd People’ within the Eastleigh Constituency, Mr. Cameron. Do you still believe in your previous statements regarding the UKIP members and supporters?

Follow the leaders?

By Mike Cunningham On February 15th, 2013 at 10:08 am

We are persistently warned, nudged, lectured and ordered, by this Government of ours, that to be fat is bad; we all should immediately listen to the good advice splatterred around and get some exercise, adopt a healthy diet, lose weight and avoid the Obesity epidemic which is apparently raging all over the UK.

As I previously wrote, I adopted a diet some nine-odd months back, with some good results, but, possibly because of the way I’m built, my weight has plateau’d out somewhere short of my own long-term target. But I still do my best to achieve my original goal, which is to diminish the still-too-wide girth which ‘adorns’ my abdominal area. But I do this because I know that my weight loss is, and will continue, doing me good. Not because of some Government-sponsored campaign, at some enormous cost to the taxpayer.

Most thinking people may adopt the attitude that they will take notice of Government-sponsored health campaigns when this bloke shows he is listening as well.


I’ll give her £1.00 for the Gas

By Mike Cunningham On January 6th, 2013 at 11:47 am

So Sharon reckons she is unemployable; and had even considered suicide.

As the old story goes with Mugabe kidnapped and held for ransom of one million dollars, the threat being that if the ransom is unpaid, he will be burned in a petrol-fuelled bonfire.

Zimbabweans were queuing up to give…




…..two gallons each.

and all our best!

By Mike Cunningham On December 22nd, 2012 at 10:05 am

As the news regarding the health and hospitalisation of Margaret Baroness Thatcher spreads across the newswires and screens, I am comforted in the knowledge that she holds all the best wishes and greetings from all here at ATW, both contributors and commenters alike.