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WHY STUART WHEELER SHOULD BE LISTENED TO..

By ATWadmin On September 19th, 2008 at 9:13 pm

Well, far be it for me to take issue with Iain Dale, but, I think Iain’s brand of caffe latte conservatism will lead this country nowhere and this is evident in his criticism of millionaire Suart Wheeler.

Wheeler, who has given £££Millions to the Tories hasl urged people not to vote for the Conservatives in the
European elections next June unless David Cameron commits to two
pledges in his party’s manifesto. The two pledges he says the Conservatives must make are; .
A promise that if the Lisbon Treaty is not law when they come to power,
they will hold a referendum on whether to withdraw UK ratification. 2.
A promise that if the Lisbon Treaty is law when they come to power,
there will be an immediate, massive renegotiation of the UK’s
relationship with the EU. If the UK did not get what it wants, the UK
should pull out of the Union altogether.

Very sensible suggestions but suggestions that Iain is unhappy with since they would involve genuine principle and THAT is an alien concept to the Cameronians. In essence Cameron and his cronies seek to replicate the Blair project – froth and bubble, no substance.

NO TAX CUTS AND EU LOVE IN – VOTE TORY.

By ATWadmin On September 9th, 2008 at 7:47 am

So what  sort of people will constitute the ranks of the likely next Conservative government? Well…


“They are socially conservative and want to reduce the time limit for abortion to 22 weeks or lower. Most of them want tax breaks which discriminate in favour of marriage. But the Conservative class of 2010 – David Cameron’s likely intake of MPs if he wins the next general election – are prepared to wait for tax cuts and regard Europe as a far less divisive issue than their predecessors, an exclusive survey of Tory candidates reveals today.”

 

A few points. What is it about Europe that makes it the issue so much less divisive than  before? What has changed, exactly? If they want to “wait” for tax cuts, do we assume that this means they will maintain Labour’s outrageous state spending plans? If this is the case, why exactly would any conservative person vote for this CINO’s?

Justice Done

By ATWadmin On June 17th, 2008 at 8:38 pm

tsutomumiyazaki.jpgSerial child murderer, Tsutomu Miyazaki, was executed in Japan today, two decades after he began a reign of terror in Tokyo’s suburbs by abducting, killing and eating parts of four young girls.

Good.

WHY I CANNOT SUPPORT DAVID CAMERON…

By ATWadmin On June 17th, 2008 at 8:15 am

Here’s a good reason why I cannot bring myself to support the British Conservative Party….

"Homeowners could be told how much gas and electricity their neighbours use, under green plans unveiled by David Cameron. The Tory leader said information could be included on bills showing families the average consumption of homes of similar size and age. Homes would get a free ‘smart meter’ to help reduce energy use, said Mr Cameron, who also came out firmly against a third runway at Heathrow. He said he would not be diverted from his environmental agenda by the economic downturn, insisting that record oil prices showed Britain ‘can’t afford not to go green’. "

Three points.

1. It is of no interest to me how much gas and electricity my neighbours use. That is their business, not mine.

2. Limiting the growth of air travel is not in any way a conservative policy.

3. As the economy downturns, the green agenda which Cameron expounds become even LESS relevant to ordinary people. I am sure the Notting Hill metrosexual elite still thrill to the idea of taxing us even more – to save the planet – but it is a vote loser and Cameron is far from being a conservative.

The Conservative Soul

By ATWadmin On June 2nd, 2008 at 10:07 pm

The political differences and perceptions of the commentariat on ATW have always been very interesting to watch. The blanket assignment of labels based on issues where there seems to be little common ground, cultural and language misunderstandings, outrage over insults and hurt feelings run rampant. It makes for lively debate and comical reading, but very little mutual understanding or respect of the individuals debating ever seems to occur. Everybody is boxed off in Left or Right corners and nuance is thrown to the wind.

In the spirit of understanding, I offer you two videos by Andrew Sullivan. He is the modern face of conservatism, rejecting the polemics, mendacity, theocracy and divisiveness of the GOP that currently represents and dominates American conservatism. He offers a classic and timeless version that I find very appealing and embrace wholeheartedly. While he and I part ways on the current Presidential race, I can certainly understand the circumstances that brought him to his repudiation of the Republican party. I think his writings are worthwhile for anyone on the left or right wanting to find a rational way to move outside the personal animus that infuses our political discourse and for those who want to see this country governed in a more rational way.

For all of my friends and adversaries on on ATW, please meet Mr. Andrew Sullivan speaking on his book, The Conservative Soul.

 


Understanding ‘Carbon Ration Cards’

By ATWadmin On May 29th, 2008 at 3:15 am


We Report.

You decide.


Programming note: You won’t want to miss the conclusion.

See also Eco-lunacy: Brits Want To Force ‘Carbon Ration Cards’.

H/T: Mark

DAILY CAMERON PORKY PIES!

By ATWadmin On April 22nd, 2008 at 7:47 am

I was reading about the UK Independence Party gaining its’ first MP following the defection of Conservative MP Bob Spinks. If you study this article in the Daily Cameron Telegraph, you will discern it is dripping in anti-UKIP rhetoric, hardly surprising given that newspapers’ slavish support for the worthless Conservatives. But the bit that really got me was the line…" Mr Cameron’s relatively Euro-sceptic views are thought to have helped to stop Ukip’s appeal spreading among other Conservative supporters" Sorry, but Mr Cameron’s euro-sceptism is all but invisible except to those who write for the Telegraph. If  he was in power tomorrow, there would be little, if any, difference in the UK’s relationship with the EU. All Cameron has done is to have quietened the voice of Conservative opposition to the EU juggernaut. I don’t consider that a good thing.

On The Good Ship Lollipop

By ATWadmin On January 21st, 2008 at 4:33 am

Oh, a storm is threatening
My very life today
If I dont get some shelter
Oh yeah, I’m gonna fade away

EU treaty ‘will shift power to Europe’


The EU Reform Treaty backed by Gordon Brown paves the way for “a massive and fundamental” shift of power to Europe, a senior Labour MP charged by Parliament with assessing its impact will tell the Commons today.

The comments from Michael Connarty, the pro-European chairman of the all-party European Scrutiny Committee, will mark an explosive start to five weeks of Parliamentary debate on the Treaty – and stoke the growing clamour for a referendum.

Tonight – with Gordon Brown absent from the Commons – rebel Labour MPs hope to stage a substantial rebellion with between 20 and 30 said to be ready to vote for a cross-party amendment demanding a national vote.

The Tories, who support a referendum, last night accused Mr Brown, who is on the last leg of a tour of the Far East, of “running scared” over the vital issue of Europe by making sure he is out of the country when the ratification process gets under way.

Directly contradicting the Prime Minister, who claims he has protected British sovereignty by negotiating “red lines” into the text, Mr Connarty argues these will do little to halt the gradual transfer of power from national parliaments and courts to Europe.

“The Reform Treaty and the red lines are just a postponement of what will be one system for all of Europe,” he told The Daily Telegraph last night.

Mr Connarty backs the new Treaty because he wants a stronger Europe but said he had decided to speak out because the British and other governments had not told the people of Europe the truth.

On criminal law, immigration and border controls, the Treaty had set up mechanisms for national vetoes to be steadily eroded and authority transferred from British ministers and UK courts to Europe.

It set the European Parliament on course to gain powers at the expense of Westminster as authority shifted from national capitals to the European centre.

The new Treaty, also known as the Lisbon Treaty, has to be ratified by national parliaments or in referendums in all 27 EU countries to come into effect.

It will scrap dozens of national vetoes, create a new full-time EU President and foreign affairs supremo, and give the EU a legal personality allowing it to sign international treaties.

Mr Brown argues that Labour’s promise to hold a referendum on the abandoned Constitutional Treaty in Labour’s last election manifesto does not apply to its successor because it is less far reaching.

That argument is further undermined today by a report from the Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee which says that in foreign policy there is little or no difference between the two Treaties.

We conclude that there is no material difference between the provisions on foreign affairs in the Constitutional Treaty which the Government made subject to approval in a referendum and those in the Lisbon Treaty on which a referendum is being denied.

The Labour-dominated committee accuses the Government of seeking to downplay the importance of large parts of the Treaty such as the new post of EU High Representative for foreign affairs and security, who will be served by a new EU diplomatic External Action Service.

Pro-referendum campaigners revealed plans yesterday to stage local referendums, giving half a million people in marginal constituencies a chance to have their say. Organisers of the “I Want a Referendum” campaign say it will be the biggest vote of its kind since the 1975 Referendum on keeping Britain in the Common Market.

While the Government majority is not under threat in tonight’s vote, Labour whips were said to be increasingly concerned last night about cross party alliances forming between MPs discontented with the Treaty for a range of different reasons.

The Tories who have vowed to oppose the Treaty are expected to table amendments to the ratification Bill in the House of Lords later in the ratification process.

Left-wing Labour MPs, urged on by the unions, are also planning to put down their own amendments demanding that the UK’s opt-out from the Charter of Fundamental Rights be removed.

If the Tories back such amendments – as a way to kill the Treaty – then Mr Brown’s faces real problems.

[…]

There’s much, much more at The Telegraph

See also Trouble In Gordon Brown’s Paradise

Also at JWF

Gimme Shelter lyrics, Jagger/Richards

England Today

By ATWadmin On December 26th, 2007 at 3:46 pm

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Mind the wicket
OFF TO the Boxing Day Hunt meet this morning, and what a fine turn out it was too. Old England has taken a real hammering from politicoes over the last century, no doubt about it, but when the sun’s shining and the fillies are squeezed into their jodphurs, there’s no finer spot on Earth.

At least a couple of thousand hunt followers boozers were in attendance on the village green in a wonderful display of defiance – so much for the ban, class warrior scum! Our Hunt being relatively close to that den of perversity known as London, you can usually rely on a few sabs to arrive and provide some sport, but so many fine Englishmen and women were up that 795151-1231172-thumbnail.jpgthe sabs didn’t dare come close. A few stood back from the fringes in their Che t-shirts, waving rolled up copies of the Guardian, but the rest found it a little too hot for their liking and shipped off, the cowards.

Once the quality had ridden out to …erm … exercise the hounds, well it would have been rude not to squeeze into the local for a couple of liveners. I honestly intended to take it easy for a few days, the message being received and understood after waking up at 8.00pm on Christmas Day, attempting to put on my shoes and failing miserably to reach my feet. It’s lettuce and water for me for the rest of the week.

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The queue for the bar
But that’s tomorrow and today was glorious. Hundreds of thousands of us, the backbone of the country, came out and stuck two fingers up to the modern world. It’s enough to make a liberal, metropolitan ponce gag.

Blame It On Aliens, Blame It On The Boogy, But Dont Say The I-Word

By ATWadmin On December 13th, 2007 at 9:58 am

Leaving aside the insidious nature of this latest bit of social engineering from our Nu-Labour Government (let’s evict all those fuddyduddy old British folks taking up space that good chavs and Polish immigrants could be occupying and pack them off to live with the other Tory voters in the sticks), I couldn’t help but be struck by the appallingly mealy-mouthed and pathetic response from the Opposition:

"Grant Shapps, Tory housing spokesman, said: "The minister is now having to run around the country explaining how she wants to turf various groups of people out of their homes, but this is a direct consequence of the fact that over the past ten years Labour has built fewer social houses than the Conservatives did every year under either Margaret Thatcher or John Major.

"It is a record of housing failure that is now coming home to haunt this Labour administration, but meanwhile council tenants will be living in fear that the minister will pick on them as her next target for eviction."

Uh-huh. And the fact that Britain has seen over a million people each year enter the country since the EU Enlargements that the Tories *unanimously* voted for in Brussels (a fact that the Dan Hannans and Roger Helmers, those staunch ‘Eurosceptics’, would like us all to forget) apparently hasnt made the slightest bit of difference to the enormous pressure on public services, at least if you are dumb enough to believe the Tories about anything. Here’s a little snippet on the subject, just to put things in perspective.

"Last weekend, Chancellor Gordon Brown detailed his commitment to meeting housing demand going forward, pledging to increase the number of homes being built every year to more than 200,000."

Got that? An increase to 200,000. Let’s just remind ourselves how many new immigrants entered Britain in the first year of Enlargement, shall we?

1.3 million. Remember – they predicted 130,000 and were wrong by 1000% – one of the few figures on immigration the Government have actually been prepared to admit to for some time.

200,000 against 1.3 million – and the Tories wish us to believe that the problem here is one of a lack of housing? Never mind that we would need an increase of about 4-500% on the increase in current building programs just to match the most basic demand – no, let’s just pretend that the Tories would or even could deliver on this insane promise of covering the entire South-East with bricks and mortar for a moment. Why should they have to? Why should we continue to accept levels of immigration that we simply cannot cope with, just for the dubious privilege of remaining in the EU?

And why should we accept an Opposition that is simply incapable of telling the truth about any issue that might impinge on its own commitment to remaining in it? 

(Hat Tip to Dumbjon