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A spade is still a bloody shovel

By Mike Cunningham On November 13th, 2014 at 3:10 pm

I have always believed in the principles of free speech, and, apart from deleting or editing obscenities in the comments section of any posts I may have authored, or by the use of asterisks to indicate a word which others may not appreciate; I have never ever tempered my writing so as to avoid ‘offence’ to anyone. My attitude towards the timid, or ultra-easily-offended, is to state, rather bluntly, that I don’t give two sh*ts if you are offended or not; and if you are, that is just tough! My opinions are mine own, and if you don’t like them, you can either comment, in a suitably mannerly fashion; or you can live without them by not reading my writing. The average ATW reader has certainly as many opinions as I have, and it would be a very boring world indeed if we all agreed with each other on every aspect of life.

So, having prepared the ground, as it were, I was wondering if any ATW reader would make common cause with the Montgomery Board of Education when they voted to remove all religious names of holidays, all references to Christmas, Easter, Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah, and to ensure that the schools closed when the State demanded closure, and also when that it will close on other days that have shown ‘a high level of student and staff absenteeism’. Though those days happen to coincide with major Christian and Jewish holidays, board members made clear that the days off are not meant to observe those religious holidays, which they say is not legally permitted.

This tortuous routine has been adopted so the Board is not seen to be pandering or allowing Muslim parents to have their holidays listed as being allowed as a holiday for school pupils. Now I am not always sympathetic in any fashion to the constant demands of the Muslim minority for further accommodations because of their religion; but I do accept that, this time, they just might have a point! We are also seeing the dead hand of Government intruding on Religious Schools in Gt. Britain, with Ofsted threatening a Christian church school because they did not invite a bloody Imam to explain his beliefs to the school.


and then place thumb over button….and press!

By Mike Cunningham On May 7th, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Apart from my own family, inclusive of my three grandsons, along with classical music, there are few things which move me these days.

So I thought I would post an amazing video of a truly amazing deep-sea vessel, built for one purpose, to lay large-diameter piping from A to B on the sea-bed with speed, skill and Engineering with a Capital ‘E’ at the forefront.

From a lifetime spent on engineering projects both small and huge, I give you the ‘Audacia’. This is Engineering with a high-gloss finish!

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By David Vance On July 23rd, 2013 at 7:29 am

There’s an ongoing reality gap involving University education;

Black and Asian teenagers are more likely to apply to university than white youngsters in England, according to the Ucas admissions service. The analysis of applications also shows big differences within the UK, with Northern Ireland youngsters the most likely to aspire to university.

Can’t wait for Government to prioritise the needs of white young people AND ensure there is positive discrimination in their favour.

and then this…

About half of young people now apply for university places – in England this rose from 36% to 44% between 2006 and 2010.

The Labour aspiration was for 50% of young people to go to University, and these figures show that they almost succeeded. But what has been achieved as a result?

We have many graduates with worthless degrees and mired in debt emerging from their University life who can look forward to either the most basic jobs in call centres of working filling supermarket shelves, or even years of unemployment. Furthermore, because the SUPPLY of graduates has increased the VALUE of graduates has naturally decreased. Basic economics but one that eludes the political engineers. In one sense, we are educating young people into worthlessness.


By David Vance On May 18th, 2013 at 9:26 am

Well, the teaching trade unions gather today for another bout of selfish ranting and protecting the status quo at all costs.

The education secretary is like a “fanatical personal trainer” who urges schools to jump higher and run faster, a head teachers’ leader is to say. Bernadette Hunter, president of the NAHT, will say Michael Gove pays no heed to “the damage he is causing to the body or the system”.

What is wrong with the quest for excellence, exactly? What about the damage that these self indulgent unions have inflicted on generations of our children as they place their selfish interests FIRST? Gove is trying to encourage excellence although I think this is almost impossible in a State sector where Union bullies stifle every initiative.

Odds on a letter being published in Times?

By Mike Cunningham On May 13th, 2013 at 2:16 pm


Considerable; but as long as you keep trying….




By Pete Moore On April 21st, 2013 at 7:19 pm

We’re not Chechens.

It seems that the geographically challenged have been confudling their Czechs and Chechens this week. You can see why the Czech Ambassador to Washington would want to clear up any misunderstandings/smack a few idiots around the head with an atlas. Events this week can easily result in someone being attacked for having a funny accent.

It reminds of Euro ’96 and the evening England lost to Germany in the semi-final. You know the idiots will be come out after something like that, and lo a German student was stabbed in Brighton after the match (he survived). Except he was Russian and not German, a subtle detail probably lost on top-level idiots.

This week’s mix-ups have been on social media, which goes to show that you can lead an idiot to all the information in the world but an idiot is still an idiot.


By Pete Moore On April 18th, 2013 at 8:24 pm

“The Neo-Conservative Era is Dead”

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity has been launched, and doesn’t the world need it. According to the media advisory:

The Ron Paul Institute will focus on the two issues most important to Dr. Paul, education and coming generations. It will fill the growing demand for information on foreign affairs from a non-interventionist perspective through a lively and diverse website, and will provide unique educational opportunities to university students and others […]

The ill-advised policies pushed by the neo-cons have everywhere led to chaos and destruction, and to a hatred of the United States and its people. Multi-trillion dollar wars have not made the world a safer place; they have only bankrupted our economic future. The Ron Paul Institute will provide the tools and the education to chart a new course with the understanding that only through a peaceful foreign policy can we hope for a prosperous tomorrow.

RT covered it this way:

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By David Vance On April 3rd, 2013 at 7:40 am

Are Teaching Trade unions the LAZIEST people ever?

TEACHERS were accused of wanting an “easy life” last night after calling for no more than 20 hours a week in the classroom. Delegates at the National Union of Teachers’ conference, said some members were left with little time to eat, talk, think or even go to the toilet.  Christopher Denson told the conference that many teachers were saying their workload was now “totally unsustainable”.

I would like to ask local teachers for their opinion on this issue but they currently are on their Easter break, following their mid-term break, following their two week Christmas break…



By David Vance On March 29th, 2013 at 8:38 am



One of the greatest impediments to a decent education system for children is … teachers. And in particular their self serving greedy anachronistic Trade Unions;

“The two biggest teachers’ unions are gathering for their annual conferences, where they will challenge the government over pay, Ofsted inspections and England’s academy schools. The NUT and the NASUWT have already announced joint strike plans over pay, pensions and workload. There is also likely to be a no confidence vote in Education Secretary Michael Gove. The Department for Education has said it is “disappointed” by the strike.”

Disappointed, perhaps, but not surprised.

The teaching “profession” is overpaid and underworked.

The maxim remains those who can DO, those who can’t teach and those who can’t teach teach media.

The teacher unions insist on keeping poor teachers in jobs so ruining the chances of tens of thousands of children.  The best thing to do would be to break these rancid unions and allow teaching excellence to flourish and be rewarded whilst weeding out the mediocrity that the TeachingUnions guarantee.


By David Vance On March 26th, 2013 at 7:34 am

When we hear the tiresome whinge from teacher unions that education is being “starved” of cash, it’s helpful to look to see the sort of priorities that they see as important.

Boys increasingly have low self-esteem about their body image, teachers warn.  The Association of Teachers and Lecturers claims the promotion of ideal body images is reducing both boys’ and girls’ confidence in their own bodies. Last year, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image recommended all children took part in compulsory body image and self-esteem lessons. The union will discuss the issue of body image among pupils at its annual conference in Liverpool next week.

We have children leaving our Education system unable to read or write and “body image” is seen as a priority?? CUT their budgets more please!

Hat tip to the ATW reader for the story