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it’s not the music, it’s the colour!

By ATWadmin On July 27th, 2007 at 7:25 am

From my early years, I have held classical music as one of my passions. One of the very few decent things which my grammar school education gave me was a deep insight into the manner, composition and nature of many musical instruments, and I have retained and widened that knowledge for more than fifty years; and all that time I have been an unknowing racist and bigot! At least that is what the belief is of the British Broadcasting corporation, and it’s reporter on the Today Programme.

She was reporting on the ‘Carmen Jones’ production at the newly-refurbished South Bank Centre, and while she wallows in the fact that the whole cast is black, as it has been especially re-written to reflect modern times and values in the Second world War, as opposed to the original composed by Bizet, set in Spain. Her complaint, set in a peculiarly whinging and belligerent tone, is that while she is fully complacent with an all-black cast, the ORCHESTRA is all-white, bar one face!

So she claims that all of the classical musical establishment in Britain, without of course speaking those words, is racist, divisive and bigoted, because not many black, brown or yellow-skinned people feature in those orchestras! Her final words, as best I can recall them were:- "We should be doing something to redress the balance!"

This stupid, silly, perverse woman, who represents the lefty- liberal progressive thinking of our State-subsidised broadcaster, wants to bring positive discrimination into a place which all my life I have both loved and appreciated. Doesn’t she understand that orchestra players gain their places by being good at what they do. Doesn’t she understand that parents have literally skimped and scraped so that their children could strive to be the best they could be in their chosen field of music. Doesn’t she understand that classical music itself is colour-blind, and those who produce it, in all it’s own colour and glory, have about as much idea of being racist and divisive as she has of being really representative of British people!

WHAT THE GUIDES REALLY WANT TO KNOW….

By ATWadmin On July 25th, 2007 at 9:32 am

girlguides.gifGirl Guides, best known for skills such as starting fires, want to learn about safe sex and assembling flat-pack furniture, a survey suggests. Teenage members are also asking to be taught how to write a CV and reduce their "carbon footprint". Some 80% of 16 to 25-year-olds in the movement want safe-sex advice and 93% want guidance on how to manage money, according to a survey of 1,000 guides. Chief Guide Liz Burnley said it was important to be "truly relevant". Earlier this year, it was announced older guides would be trained as "peer educators" to teach others some of whom are as young as 10 about such things as sexual health and binge drinking.

The malign influence of liberals is sickening to behold, bringing the once decent values of such institutions as the Girl Guides into the dirt. I do not believe for one second that teenage girls, above all else, want to know what their carbon footprint is and what sexual practises are best – I DO believe the liberals that now infest these organisations do believe these things and now seek to impose them on their girls and so subvert the organisation.

REMEMBRANCE DAY SCRAPPED…

By ATWadmin On July 25th, 2007 at 8:30 am

remem.jpgWhat do you make of the news that the town of Horwich which has held a parade to remember its war dead every year since 1945, will no longer be able to do so thanks to "health and safety rules"? And there are fears that Remembrance Day marches nationwide may be threatened by similar safety demands, which put severe pressure on budgets. Basically, local Councils are hiking the costs of road closures and attendant issues.Steve Rock, of Horwich Town Council, said it did not have the money to help to meet the bill. He said: "People will be upset, but the only way to fund it would be to raise council tax next year."

So, at the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them, but we’ll not do it in public since that would infringe Health and Safety rules??? PATHETIC. We should rise up and chase these losers out of our Town Halls – surely to goodness we owe it those who made the supreme sacrifice that we will NOT be intimidated by the Town Hall Nazis?

ISLAM AND SUNSHINE….

By ATWadmin On July 21st, 2007 at 9:07 am

nikab.jpgHere’s a strange story. Muslim women who wear the hijab are at risk of serious illness because they do not get enough sun, doctors have warned. They said an alarming number of women who cover their skin are suffering bone deficiencies over a lack of vitamin D. Most of the body’s vitamin D – which prevents rickets – is obtained through sunlight acting on the skin. Only a little comes from food. Doctors told a London conference today that people with dark pigment are at risk because of "cultural reasons" and because they are less efficient at producing the vitamin. The bone disorder rickets has now broken out in young Muslim children as babies are not getting enough calcium from mothers’ breast milk.

But here’s a response to this from someone who claims to be "a Muslim female health professional who works for the NHS and pays a lot of taxes let me get some things straight with you.

1. Hijaab (modesty) is a religious requirement
2. Muslim women in other countries do not encounter this problem
3. Treating Vit D deficiency is not expensive at all
4. Muslim women work, pay taxes and contribute towards the NHS
5. My taxes also pay for treating smoking/drinking related illnesses. As a Muslim who does not drink or smoke I could moan about my taxes paying to treat such problems – but I have more sense and intelligence to do so
6. There are many Western women on Vit D/Calcium suppements. This problem is not limited to Muslim women."

So, there you have it. The NHS says that Muslim ladies need to drop the mask of Islam, but Muslim ladies who work for the NHS say no thanks!

I say – ban all Islamic garb unless it is in day-glo colours.

trust is a five-letter word!

By ATWadmin On July 20th, 2007 at 4:50 pm

As I’ve been busy doing things like decorating, I haven’t had much time for posting; but have managed to put some ideas together including some on the same subject as David’s writing on the BBC. I’ve swung a little wider than the Beeb alone, as I sense that something akin to a sea-change has occurred within many of the institutions, both public and private, that have been given our trust over the years.

In a civilized society, we need some things which we can trust implicitly. We need to know that our Government, of whichever country we live in, is doing their best, according to their lights, to both protect us, to nurture our children, to ensure that our various nations are not attacked by either conventional armies or terrorist cells. When a Government Minister makes a statement, and within this statement are certain facts or promises, we should be able to believe that those facts are correct, and that the promises will be kept! We need to be able to trust the various organs of State, because it is through those organs that we survive. We need to trust that commercial organisations keep strictly to safety precautions, especially when food is involved.

When a functionary of a State broadcaster announces or promotes the contents of a forthcoming programme, we expect that the programme is itself worthy of our trust, because it has been produced and commissioned under the auspices of the Broadcasting Authority. So when a senior man of the BBC presents a programme of highlights of forthcoming programmes to an assembly of the press, the gathering would confidently expect to be told, albeit with a certain amount of hype, the truth about how the programmes were made, and developed, and that all the material contained within the compilation was not edited, or set out of context in order to generate a fanciful story constructed from a deep dislike of the Monarch of the United Kingdom.

The senior functionary was one Peter Fincham, the controller of BBC1, the flagship t.v. channel in Britain, and he was pushing the new programmes which were scheduled for release in the autumn and winter months of 2007. A sector of the film showed Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second as she was seated, dressed in ceremonial robes, while being photographed by one Annie Leibowitz, a well-known American photographer. The first sector of the clip shows Miss Leibowitz asking if Her Majesty’s tiara be removed as the photographer thought that, artistically-speaking, Her Majesty’s robes themselves were extraordinary, and the inclusion of the tiara was one item too much. Queen Elizabeth’s reply was filmed in full, pointing to her Order of the Garter robes as she replied “Less dressy; what do you think this is?” The scene then changed to show Her Majesty walking down a Palace corridor, plainly irritated, exclaiming to her lady-in-waiting: "I’m not changing anything. I’ve had enough dressing like this, thank you very much," implying she had stormed off from the portrait session.

However, after the clip had been given huge publicity within all British newspapers, much to the delight of the BBC and Peter Fincham; the company which actually produced the documentary of a year in the life of Britain’s Monarch urgently contacted the BBC, stating that the clips had been shown out of context, as the filming of Her Majesty walking had been done prior to the filming of the Queen dressed and seated. The BBC was forced to issue a grovelling apology, but only after a full day had gone by, as the publicity-hungry clown who jumped before looking thought that no harm was done! 

We now hear that the phone-in sectors of up to six programmes have been fiddled with, and BBC One’s Sports Relief in July 2006, Comic Relief in March 2007, Children In Need on BBC Scotland in November 2005, The Liz Kershaw Show on BBC 6 Music and CBBC programme TMi were all found to have breached editorial standards. However, although certain senior staff have been suspended, we also are told that many will require “re-training”, which means that they will be told not to do it again, and if they do, there will be swift repercussions; such as being told that they will be interviewing Terry Waite without benefit of anaesthesia!

The next issue of trust lies with the commercial manufacturer Cadbury’s, and their chocolate confectionary products. The factory which produced literally millions of bars of chocolate had suffered intermittent Salmonella contamination for years, and for those years acted perfectly normally by closing down the various production lines, scrapping any contaminated products, and repairing the faulty systems. However, Cadbury’s altered their quality control procedures some two years ago, and the new attitude taken by the company was that “a certain level of contamination was acceptable, as the costs of production delays, waste product etc. was deemed not to be cost effective! This attitude led to a mass contamination of confectionary which left over 42 people ill, with three people hospitalised, one so seriously ill that doctors thought he might die. The company was fined one million pounds, and faces twelve more law suits brought on behalf of the people who has been hit by the salmonella outbreak. The ‘mindset’ which produced this outbreak of an extremely debilitating illness should be further explored, because when the Managing Director was interviewed last year, he flatly denied that the salmonella outbreak was sourced at his factory, and further denied that his company’s standards had slipped well below optimum. It emerged during the trial that the management had known all about the earlier disease-ridden pipes, and although cleaning up the mess helped, did absolutely nothing about the primary source of this deadly infection!

The latest news emanating from the Crown Prosecution Service is that it will not be pressing any charges in the “Cash for Peerages/ Let’s all cover-up for Tony” saga, as that famously chicken-livered Service doesn’t believe it can win a case in court. I for one was convinced that the trio of Levy, Turner & Evans did indeed have at least some case to answer, even if it was under the umbrella charge of ‘perversion of justice’, but simultaneously was equally convinced that they would never leave enough of a trail to allow a realistic prosecution. Coming as they all do under the common title of ‘politico’s’, and knowing the really low levels of belief generally given any brand or group of politicians, the real wonder is that the police were allowed to go a-hunting for so long, without being hauled back on the grounds of ‘National Security’, as was the case with BAe and the slippery traces of the Saudi prince with really sticky fingers.

As a commentary on how we live, and the way this country has survived so well, I can but quote from Santayana, the Spanish and latterly American academic, who wrote:-

"Instinctively the Englishman is no missionary, no conqueror. He prefers the country to the town, and home to foreign parts. He is rather glad and relieved if only natives will remain natives and strangers strangers, and at a comfortable distance from himself. Yet outwardly he is most hospitable and accepts almost anybody for the time being; he travels and conquers without a settled design, because he has the instinct of exploration. His adventures are all external; they change him so little that he is not afraid of them. He carries his English weather in his heart wherever he goes, and it becomes a cool spot in th
e desert, and a steady and sane oracle amongst all the deliriums of mankind. Never since the heroic days of Greece has the world had such a sweet, just, boyish master. It will be a black day for the human race when scientific blackguards, conspirators, churls, and fanatics manage to supplant him."


Note, if you will, the prophetic choice of words of this Spaniard; as he singles out two distinct species in the threat to the way an Englishman, who is naturally also a Briton, lives and survives! One is the ‘Fanatic’, and the other the ‘Conspirator’. The fanatic we can easily identify, even behind the politically-correct terms used by the BBC such as “a citizen of Jordan”, or “Afghanistan in origin”, while conveniently leaving unsaid the truth, which is of course “Muslim Terrorists” The conspirator is, perhaps, a little less easily identified, but can be categorised as one which searches for the easy political answer, the clutch at a ‘fast quid’, the mumbler whose words, when listened to very carefully, extol the virtues of disobeying all the rules in search of a ‘headline’, or a ‘story’, or the thoughts which allow a deadly infection to be dismissed as unimportant because it might affect the ‘bottom line’.

 

 

In other words, “they’re only consumers, or voters, or bystanders; and they don’t count!’

 

“A Big Fraud that the Government is Perpetrating on Taxpayers”

By ATWadmin On July 20th, 2007 at 10:37 am

According to Peter Hitchens, our Chief Constables "head the most ineffectual and useless police forces in British history". I instinctively agree. But in the spirit of not being too down on this country of ours, let’s see what a real, proper copper thinks. PC David Copperfield (by necessity, a pseudonym) speaks in today’s Daily Telegraph:

The average PC now spends 75 per cent of each shift engaged in nonsense which has little to do with catching criminals or helping victims. If we’re not getting the helicopter up to chase boys in pedalos, we’re nicking people for owning golliwogs or calling our horses gay. When we’re not chasing wild geese, we’re squirrelled away in offices, writing reports, sending emails and filing. The modern British policeman’s most important tool is the Biro. Or the stapler. One thing’s for sure: whatever the statistics say, we’re not catching "proper" criminals.

Sounds pretty ineffectual and useless to me.

EVERYONE IS INNOCENT…

By ATWadmin On July 20th, 2007 at 10:24 am

How convenient! No-one is to face charges after the 16-month cash-for-honours police inquiry. Four people were arrested, including two of Tony Blair’s aides, during the £1m probe into whether honours were given in exchange for party donations. Perish the thought. But happily, after mature reflection and detailed police investigation, Labour are found innocent on all charges! Quite.

OUR CHANGING COUNTRYSIDE…

By ATWadmin On July 17th, 2007 at 8:24 am

Fascinating to read that the number of migrant workers in rural England has grown by more than 200% in the last three years. The rise in non-UK workers from 309,080 to 579,050 is putting a big strain on local services, says the Commission for Rural Communities in its first report. Its report also says that the rural population is both older and ageing faster than the urban population. There are now almost 400,000 fewer people aged between 15 and 29 in rural areas than there were 20 years ago.

These are huge demographic changes which suggest that there has been a veritable exodus of young people from the country, which when combined with a lower than replacement level birth-rate, have created the bizarre situation in which Englands "green and pleasant fields" are increasingly populated by Eastern European workers doing the "jobs Brits just won’t do"!

The Mongrel Race

By ATWadmin On July 17th, 2007 at 7:45 am

I went shopping in Manchester yesterday (I have to make the most of it because I won’t be going when the congestion charge comes in).  Those familiar with Manchester will know the route I am about to describe.

I entered the city centre from the Cheetham Hill end.  I drove past the CIS tower to the traffic lights where you turn right for the car park next to Shudehill bus station.  Suddenly a load of soapy water was thrown on to my windscreen.  I looked out of the driver’s window to see a Romanian/Bulgarian gypsy with a Lucozade bottle full of soap suds and a pulex (the thing that looks like a hand-held windscreen wiper).  She began to clean my windscreen.  I hadn’t asked her to and, in fact, I told her to stop.  When she ignored me I said I wouldn’t pay her for something I hadn’t asked for.  However, when she had finished she started to get verbal and demand money.  At this point a reply along the lines of ‘go forth and multiply and get back to where you bloody well came from’ was the order of the day.  Is this another example of ‘immigration benefiting Britain’, Messrs Brown and Blair?  Oh these great East European immigrants, don’t ya just love ’em?

Let’s cut to the chase.  The cities of this country are now packed to the rafters with immigrants – many of them undesirable and totally superfluous to the economic and social well-being of this country.  It is all very well to say a person’s colour or ethnic background doesn’t make them less British.  When you have a modest amount of ethnic diversity in a country that point of view is spot on.  However, when you have a situation where the social and demographic atmosphere of a nation is assaulted by mass immigration and multi-ethnicity, everybody becomes ‘less British’ because there is ‘less of a Britain’ to identify with.

Manchester yesterday was full: Chinese, Africans, Polish, Muzzas…you name it. To see a member of the indigenous population was like a breath of fresh air.  As David Conway points out, we have never seen immigration the likes of what this government has unleashed.  I am, frankly, of the view that Blair and Brown should face treason charges for the ethnic bastardisation they have inflicted on this once great nation.  Some respondents are even of the view that mass immigration is more likely to make political change for the Left more achievable through prolonged periods of Labour government.  Who’s to say they are wrong?  I would put no lesson in scumbaggery beyond the talents of this lot!

On a brighter note I do not see the 2073 prediction coming true.  I think there will be a backlash of cataclysmic proportions long before the political descendants of Tone and Gordy can fulfil their Leftist ethno-demographic wet dream.  It still doesn’t detract from the fact we are now in unchartered waters as far as immigration is concerned.  Instead of castigating people for voting for the BNP, I think government ministers should look at the role their own actions have played in this sorry situation.

ANGELS TO GET 2.5% BUT NOT IN ENGLAND

By ATWadmin On July 10th, 2007 at 8:37 am

Who would be a nurse? It’s a tough job and not one I would wish to do. It must involve a degree of vocation and some nurses are a great help to those whose relatives are ill or dying. During my father’s last weeks there was one particular asian male nurse who was kindness incarnate towards my family. He could see the pain we were experiencing watching our father slip away and I was pleased such a man looked after my dad right up until the end. God bless him.

That said, I have also encountered nurses with a less than zero interest in their patients. I suppose there are good and bad, like in al walks of life. But because the NHS is a State institution, salary increases are handed out to all, regardless of merit. And so it is that ALL "Key Workers" in the "Health care wider team" will get the full 2.5% increase in their salary, backdated to April 1st, appropriately. This means that nurses in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales ALL get the maximum 2.5% wage increase whilst nurses in England will only get 1.5% now and have to wait until the Autumn for the additional 1%.

I think that is wrong. WHY are English nurses so discriminated against? Isn’t this symptomatic of the current devolved political malaise? England gets little or nothing whilst the other three countries get the cream? Is this not infuriating for English people. I speak as someone who opposes devolution as set up by Blair and who sees that whilst politicians like Michael McGimpsey wallow in this largesse, the longer term implications for the Union will be severe.