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By ATWadmin On January 31st, 2009 at 11:10 am

I have to agree that the hollowness of Gordon Brown’s pledge to create ‘British jobs for British workers’ has been exposed as mere bluster as wildcat strikes spread across Britain in protest at the use of foreign labour.

“Since the Prime Minister made his promise in September 2007, the number of migrants employed has risen sharply while the number of Britons has dropped. The Government’s own statistics show that, in the 12 months after Mr Brown’s speech, the number of foreign workers rose by 175,000 as the number of British in work fell by 46,000.

Analysis of official labour force statistics shows that in the 12 months after Mr Brown’s pledge the number of workers born outside the UK rose from 3,548,000 to 3,723,000 – a rise of 175,000. At the same time, the numbers of British men and women in work fell from 25,771,000 to 25,725,00, a fall of 46,000. A dramatic fall in private sector employment came in the three months that ended in October last year, the last quarter for which unemployment figures have so far been released. During July, August and September private sector employment dropped by 128,000. But over the same three months 14,000 extra public sector workers were hired.”

So, the public sector remains bloated whilst the private sector is being culled, and all the time the immigrants come in. This cannot endure, something has to give. As you know, I do not favour protectionism but I can also see that under EU law, there is no such thing as British jobs. So at the heart of this crisis is a tension that could yet pull the UK out of the EU. 


By ATWadmin On January 30th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

Wonder what you make of the suggestion by police chief Richard Brunstrom that removing crashed cars with bodies still inside could ease traffic congestion?

“Brunstrom, the chief constable of the North Wales force, who is the road policing head of the Association of Chief Police Officers Wales, unveiled the measure as part of a new action plan to combat traffic delays and cut casualties on main routes.  The traditional method of dealing with a fatal crash was to close off the road while firemen cut the roof off a car to release a dead person at the scene. “An alternative method is to put the vehicle on a low loader, take it to a fire station where what we need to do can be done with dignity and in privacy and the road could be open perhaps an hour earlier,” he told the Welsh Assembly.”

I think this is a nauseating decision. It is insensitive in the extreme but then again that is what we expect from Brunstrom, the UK’s worst chief constable.


By ATWadmin On January 29th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Just a short post in memory of Bill Stone, the last British Serviceman to have seen active service in  both the First and the Second World Wars. 

He served in HMS Tiger, HMS Hood, and completed five round trips in support of the Evacuation from Dunkirk. For sheer understatement, read his own words on the BBC People’s War pages. One ship he served on was a target for a U-Boat attack returning from Dunkirk, but the torpedo went straight underneath the ship, as the U-boat captain had overestimated the draught of the ship, and so fired it too deep.

Some of his compatriots from the 1939-45 conflict were known to me through my own service in the Merchant Navy, and almost without exception I found them very quiet on the subject of their own wartime memories. One of the few who talked about his experiences was a survivor of Japanese imprisonment after capture, and gave me some insight into the reasons for his bitterness towards his former captors.

Bill Stone was one of three survivors of the First World War still alive, and with his passing one less reminder of what was possibly the most futile conflict ever fought exists!

“Blow out, you bugles, over the rich dead

There’s none of these so lonely and poor of old

But, dying, has made us rarer gifts than gold

These laid the world away, poured out the red Sweet wine of youth,

gave up the years to be of work and joy, and that unhoped serene that men call age,

and those who would have been their sons they gave, their immortality”


By ATWadmin On January 25th, 2009 at 10:24 am

It is shocking to read that parts of the United Kingdom have become so heavily dependent on government spending that the private sector is generating less than a third of the regional economy, a new analysis has found.

The study of “Soviet Britain” has found the government’s share of output and expenditure has now surged to more than 60% in some areas of England and over 70% elsewhere. Experts believe the recession will tighten the state’s grip still further as benefit handouts soar and Labour directs public sector organisations to create jobs to soak up unemployment. In the northeast of England the state is expected to be responsible for 66.4% of the economy this year, up from 58.7% when a similar study was carried out four years ago. When Labour came to power, the figure was 53.8%.

So, the non-productive part of the economy grows larger and the wealth-creating sector is being torn apart and shrinking through recession. The socialists in power will be delighted at this news as they are committed to the creation of a bigger State, a State that controls jobs, that controls wages, a State which is all-powerful and to which we must all pledge fealty. 


By ATWadmin On January 24th, 2009 at 11:39 am

Interesting to read that Britain is a destination hotspot for…. foreign murderers!

Eighty foreign killers are exploiting the chaotic asylum system to set up home in Britain, it was revealed yesterday. The convicted murderers from Albania have been given British passports despite being officially listed as ‘wanted’ by Interpol. Most slipped across the Channel from Calais to Dover hidden in the back of lorries on ferries. They used bogus names and false papers to claim asylum, often pretending to be from the war-torn Balkan republic of Kosovo.

In my view, those officials who have granted wanted killers the right to stay in our country should themselves be brought to court and prosecuted for their wilful negligence.


By ATWadmin On January 23rd, 2009 at 7:52 am

Remarkable to read that a mother allowed her THREE YEAR OLD child to smoke!

“A young single mother allowed her three-year-old son to smoke, a court heard yesterday. The boy was apparently familiar with cigarettes and knew how to use a lighter and inhale. He was allowed to sbritainmoke in his bedroom and around the house, and was only stopped when a family friend used her mobile phone to film him and alerted social workers. Yesterday the boy’s mother Kelly Marie Pocock, 24, was given a 40-week jail sentence – but it was suspended for two years after a judge said her children had suffered enough. Judge John Curron was told that Pocock, a mother of three, had attended parenting courses and was ‘now putting her children before herself’.

Hang on! What sort of parent has to go on a course to learn this? What sort of parents had Ms Pocock that she did not know this? How on earth did she conclude it was OK for this tot to light up?

Naturally, there is no father to be found once more demonstrating the devastating societal impact of the breakdown of the traditional family. But hey, who needs a Mum and Dad when there are social workers and parenting courses to go on? Plus, I dare say the Welfare benefits that Ms Pocock were getting facilitated her baby’s smoking habit. Shocking, but a glimpse into family life in 2009 in the UK.


By ATWadmin On January 19th, 2009 at 8:45 am

I thought that this was a terribly sad and touching story.

Martin and Gary Kemp are in mourning after their parents died within 48 hours of each other. The brothers, who found fame in the 1980s with Spandau Ballet, are said to be inconsolable at the sudden loss. Their father Frank, a 79-year-old former printer, suffered a heart attack last week and was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. In a tragic twist his wife Eileen, 77, was already in the same Bournemouth hospital after having a heart bypass operation. She was heavily sedated and when she came around both sons were at her bedside to break the tragic news. But the former seamstress and school dinner lady was distraught at the loss of her husband of 55 years and died soon after.

What can you say?  Losing one parent is tough, God knows, but to lose both in such a short space of time is awful. So sad for Martin and Gary. The only consolation may come in knowing that their parents have now gone on to a better place where there is no pain or suffering. But a tough time for those left behind.

Hypocrisy Squared?

By ATWadmin On January 18th, 2009 at 11:48 am


In the post regarding the lies and deceit perpetrated by the union executive and their general secretary, it should be remembered that this man is only taking advantage of legally-obtained allowances, perks and arrangements. The fact that the vast majority of his fee-paying union members were not aware of their high-living leaders’ ways is, quite frankly, their own fault. If they bothered to turn up to the union meetings, or got involved in the running of their branches in any way whatsoever, this sort of headline would soon disappear, because the publicity generated from within would bring their own ‘fat-cats’ down to size in a hurry.

Back in the really good old days, (note sarcasm) I too was a union member, albeit on an apprentice ticket. I went to a union meeting held to announce election candidates etc. and it was during that meeting that my detestation of anything Unionised first was implanted!

The ruling mentality was apathy, as apart from myself, the only ones present were existing officers of the branch! They solemnly drew the nomination papers out of the envelopes, and announced to the meeting, i.e. Me, that the nominations for Branch secretary was brother A, the treasurer was brother B, the area convenor was brother C, and so on.

All names read out were of those present, but the register of electors numbered some seven thousand. The total number of members present at the nomination meeting totalled five! So any decisions which in those days were binding on a large swathe of workers in our industry were generated by a self-perpetuating oligarchy of committed activists. I still remember the stultifyingly boring rituals of the branch meeting, with resolutions duly placed before the executive on such motions as, “The E.T.Union Branch of XXXXX congratulates the actions of the Hungarian Communist Party in their actions against the counter-revolutionaries!” and other motions reverently taking note of Communist Russia’s progress towards peace, usually by the production of yet another rocket system.

But the members slept on, trotted out on strike for ridiculous reasons because the union told them to, and generally behaved like a bunch of anaesthetised sheep. The union reforms of Baroness Thatcher proved to be the turning point in union mis-use of power, but now of course they are doing things legally and to the letter of the law, and they get away with things like this because the membership has abdicated responsibility, and gone back to sleep again!



By ATWadmin On January 16th, 2009 at 11:02 am

Interesting comments from ex-trade Minister Lord Digby Jones concerning civil servants.

As many as half could be axed, delivering better value for taxpayers, ex-trade minister Lord Digby Jones suggested to MPs. He admitted the civil service was ‘ honest, stuffed full of decent people who work hard’ but added: ‘Frankly the job could be done with half as many, it could be more productive, more efficient, it could deliver a lot more value for money for the taxpayer. ‘I was amazed, quite frankly, at how many people deserved the sack and yet that was the one threat they never ever worked under, because it doesn’t exist.’

I disagree. I would have thought the figure lies closer to 90%.

The State Really Is Not Your Friend

By ATWadmin On January 15th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

GORDON McMUGABE is well into his mantra now that the recession is ‘global’, that Americans did for our economy with their financial finagling. Well, if he has plans to visit Anglesey he’d be well advised to change them because I doubt the locals will be inclined to swallow that old baloney.

THIS is the Alcan smelter on Anglesey; take a good look, it won’t be there for long. eureferendum brings us news that in a “bitter blow” to the island, operations will end later this year at the 500-job plant. Aye, that would be a blow anywhere, let alone an island such as Anglesey. So why are operations to go, if not because of the ‘global recession’?

Well the plant has a 225 MW power requirement, currently sourced from from the Wylfa nuclear power station. But the Wylfa plant will be decommissioned in 2010 – and of course there’s no replacement:

The company management says it had “worked intensively with the UK Government and others” to find an alternative power supply, “but had been unable to do so.”

No replacement, no power, no jobs for 500 people at least on Anglesey it seems. 

eureferendum makes exactly the right conclusion:

That is the reality of the Government’s failure to deal with one of the most fundamental requirements of a modern society – a secure and sufficient electricity supply.

While it has been pratting around with its obsession with “renewable energy” – with the support, one might add of the Blue-Green Conservatives – pushing the proliferation of useless windmills across the land, it has taken its eye off the ball and let vitally needed supplies run down. This is nothing short of criminal negligence that will cost our economy – and us – dear.