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“…..enormously improved by death!”

By ATWadmin On December 31st, 2006 at 10:01 am

I see that various ‘officials’ of the truly-self-inflated European Union have condemned the execution of Saddam Hussein as ‘barbaric’ and ‘the death penalty is not compatible with democracy!’. Now if these guys were speaking on their own behalf, as they have a perfect right to do, I would accept their words as maybe flawed by my own standards, but if that’s what they think; fair enough! I would go so far as to state that my own views on the Death Penalty, and it’s impact upon both criminals and criminality, are diametrically opposed to those uttered by the EU guys, and again, that is completely my own view, and I do not ever state that I speak for anyone but myself.

The final phrase of my last paragraph says it all, and I would repeat that in emphasis! "and I do not ever state that I speak for anyone but myself." Which is exactly the opposite to the pronunciations of the Brussels-bound clowns who parrot the Party line of ‘Death Penalty—Bad’, while speaking as officials of that same European Union! They cannot speak for the 350 million inhabitants of that Union, because no-one elected them to speak for us! They are appointed, selected, culled; but never chosen by any other than a tiny number of equally-appointed officials. I did not ask Finland’s Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja to speak for me on any item concerning Europe, nor did I ask EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana to give an opinion which was presumed to be made on behalf of the citizens of the EU, because I didn’t vote for him!

I say to this bunch of supremely arrogant fools; you do not speak for me, you never have and you never will!

 

THE MILE HIGH TAX….

By ATWadmin On December 21st, 2006 at 8:13 am

britishairwaysL280606_228x152.jpgYou remember I was talking about the EU’s plans to dramatically curb air-travel yesterday? Under the EU scheme, airlines will buy a ‘permit to pollute’ – with the cost passed on to passengers. It now appears that passengers should expect a price hike of about 10 per cent, according to former British Airways boss Sir Rod Eddington. That could add more than £100 to the price of many flights.

The PR line being sold in the media by the leftist elite is that this will reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by rewarding companies which pollute less and deterring passengers from flying by increasing flight costs. It will ALSO mean a double-whammy for passengers who earlier this month were hit by Chancellor Gordon Brown’s separate decision to double the existing air passenger duty – adding hundreds of pounds to the cost of family holidays.

I don’t know about you but this feels like an all-out onslaught from the political class on our freedom to travel, with a clear intent to limit where and when we will go. I notice the SILENCE from the Conservatives on this subject – presumably they are too busy thinking up ways to impose even greater taxation on us!

BAN FLYING?

By ATWadmin On December 20th, 2006 at 9:34 am

Why doesn’t the EU just come out and be honest about the fact that it seeks to basically BAN flying – except for its’ own very important social engineers? Today we hear that the EU’s environment commissioner is to propose including airlines in the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), which aims to ..ahem…."tackle" climate change.

At first the plan would include flights within the EU, expanding to include flights in and out of the EU by 2012. It means extra taxes on the Airlines, which means prices will increase. The pitiful reason given by the EU and the likes of NuLabour’sDavid Milibanned is that it will "tackle climate change" is left unchallenged in the MSM.

Note the use of misleading figures in the BBC report…

Air travel currently accounts for between 3% and 8% of unwanted gases – figures issued by the industry and environmental groups vary within this range.

What are these "unwanted gases"? And what does this % mean? Is this a cute way of avoiding saying that whilst 3% of anthropogenic emissions may come from aircraft,  anthropogenic emissions themselves only make up around 4% of atmospheric C02. Against this context, the EU plans are statistically meaningless – but I’m sure the extra revenue  will come in handy. They are using the concerns we all have about global changes to TAX us. It’s a revenue-raid by the political Left dressed up in soppy "save the world" rhetoric and we must not fall for it.

It’s All Greek to Me

By ATWadmin On December 7th, 2006 at 4:17 pm

Auntie Beeb has discussed the issue in the context of Turkey’s attempts to join the European Union.  I wish to analyse it in a different way.  Because, as usual, the government of Cyprus is being totally unreasonable with regard to its stubborn attitude to the Turkish enclave in the North.  Whereas Turkey has given at least a verbal commitment to opening one port and one airport to traffic from the official Cypriot state, there is no reciprocation on easing the isolation of North Cyprus.

Turkish Cypriots were told that a positive referendum result on the island’s reunification would end their international isolation.  To this end they gave an overwhelming endorsement of the EU-sponsored plan back in the Spring of 2004.  Meanwhile, Greek Cypriots were rewarded with EU membership, even though they rejected the plan (even though they were the ones clamouring for a united island since 1974).  Fast forward to December 2006 and the isolation of North Cyprus is no nearer to being terminated now than it was when these disingenuous pledges were made three years ago.

In a typically obnoxious fashion, the Cypriot government has refused to allow Ercan Airport to be opened to direct international flights.  This effectively means that if I want to travel to Cyprus from, say, Manchester Airport, I can fly to Larnaca in the south in a little over 4 hours.  Ercan, a mere 30 miles away on the northern side of the Attila Line, involves a journey of 6.5 hours – inclusive of a 1-hour stop-over in either Antalya or Dalaman.  Why should I, and the thousands who now holiday in North Cyprus every year, have to be inconvenienced because of Greek Cypriot absolutism?  I don’t give a damn about Turkey.  What I do care about are the Turkish Cypriot people who have been treated abominably by the international community for far too long – not least because those ultimately to blame for the conditions which led to Turkey’s invasion thirty two years ago (the Greek Cypriot establishment) always get their own way.

THE DEMOGRAPHIC TIME BOMB…

By ATWadmin On November 13th, 2006 at 6:41 am

795151-537852-thumbnail.jpgI think this extract from Mark Steyn’s latest book "America Alone" says it all, and yet it is assured to be ignored by those who plan our future…

"We’re the ones who will change you," the Norwegian imam Mullah Krekar told the Oslo newspaper Dagbladet in 2006. "Just look at the development within Europe, where the number of Muslims is expanding like mosquitoes. Every Western woman in the EU is producing an average of 1.4 children. Every Muslim woman in the same countries is producing 3.5 children." As he summed it up: "Our way of thinking will prove more powerful than yours."

 

And that is the disconcerting demographic destiny is one that no European Government wishes to confront. It’s just too uncomfortable for them since the consequences are so severe. Whilst indigenous European populations decline and fall way below the replacement level, Islam’s children multiply, confident that the future belongs to them as their decaying host nations gradually submit to their wishes.

Appeasement is the distilled essence of the multicult Euroweenies creed, combined with a fetish for Welfare that cannot be afforded. The year of reckoning draws closer even as the ageing Europeans mostly close their eyes, lie back, and think of Islam….

EU LOVE SADDAM…..

By ATWadmin On November 6th, 2006 at 9:13 am

euro_islam_flag.jpgInteresting to see that the European Union (along with the UN) has urged Iraq not to carry out the death sentence passed on Iraq’s former leader Saddam Hussein after his conviction for crimes against humanity.


“The EU opposes capital punishment in all cases and under all circumstances, and it should not be carried out in this case either,” says Finland, current holder of the rotating EU presidency.


That’s all very interesting EXCEPT it is none of the business of the European Union. This decision has been legally arrived at by the Iraqi judiciary, in keeping with the Iraqi constitution – itself overwhelmingly voted into place by the Iraqi people. The problem for the EU is that, JUST like the UN, it seeks to impose it’s own (absence of) morality on all nations. Of course it has no sway in Iraq but the posturing clowns of Brussels like to think otherwise.


Had the EU been around in 1945, it would undoubtedly have pleaded clemency for Hitler’s cronies even as the full horror of the Holocaust was emerging. The moral vacuum that lies at the heart of the EU is visible once more today as it pleads on behalf of the genocidal tyrant Saddam.

The more corrupt the state, the numerous the laws.

By ATWadmin On November 3rd, 2006 at 4:59 pm

As I glanced at the polls and pundits talking about the American Mid-Term Elections, I wondered how many British people know, understand or care how their vote is allocated in the vital, some would even say fundamental duty of voting in the European Elections. The belief that their individual vote elects a European Member of Parliament is the single largest misunderstanding in modern politics. How many people have actually heard of a Belgian lawyer named D’Hondt? Not many will immediately claim a connection with how the European Parliament, one of the bodies which determines how you live, what you buy and, to a large extent, what you eat! The complex way that votes are allocated in a system which is vaguely understood on the continent, and not understood at all in the British Isles, is based upon a mathematical formula devised by this mathematician and lawyer, who incidentally died in 1901, (so you can’t plan to track him down and assassinate him in sheer frustration) to make things fair, and always allow the losers to influence the results!

A simple way of attempting the understanding of a very complex subject is to study a table, printed below:-

To best way calculate numbers of seats is to create a table with the actual number of votes divided by 1, 2, 3, 4 and so on:

Party:

One

Two

Three

Four

Five

Votes divided by 1:

270

100

80

70

10

Votes divided by 2:

135

50

40

35

5

Votes divided by 3:

90

33.3

26.67

23.33

3.33

Votes divided by 4:

67.5

25

20

17.5

2.5

and then retire to a seat in any pub, clutching a pint (at least we still have pints, as Labour hasn’t made them illegal as well), and try to work out what might win the three-thirty at Haydock Park, because the system adopted by the technocrats and bureaucrats in Brussels is as much of a gamble as the average horse race, but with bigger rewards for the winners!

The voters might prefer a simpler system, of either ‘Majority Wins’ or even multiple votes for people of different abilities, education and achievements such as the one devised by the author Nevil Shute, which is more fully described in his novel "In the Wet", but that would mean acceptance that the system in place at present is faulty, and what politician is going to admit to heresy?

Recognising the Dangers

By ATWadmin On November 1st, 2006 at 8:12 am

Le Figaro, France’s right wing broadsheet, runs an interesting article which, here (in english), warns against anti-americanism. It certainly doesn’t labour over the ‘was it right to go to war’ argument.  Instead it presents some pretty rational arguments centred around the US, in its view, being ‘unsuccessfully bogged down’ in the region as the prescient danger.

"France cannot welcome the destruction of the United States’ deterrent power. The United States is a difficult, sometimes even arrogant, ally, but it is an ally”

“In the absence of a real permanent UN force, the United States is the only permanent Security Council member that has a credible modern army, capable of being dispatched quickly to any part of the world. The problem is that this force no longer really inspires fear”

“Unfortunately for the West – and for world peace as a whole – the United States, by becoming bogged down in Iraq, has destroyed its deterrence power and thus its political credibility. Its advice, demands, and threats are much less heeded than they were even just three years ago”

In referring to the UN the piece ignores this inept and corrupt organisations contribution to world affairs. But overall the piece serves as a timely if somewhat foreboding reminder that the West faces a tough time ahead.

The 21st century promises to be a century of dangerous religious, ethnic, political and economic rivalries, the world needs a global policeman. Until the United Nations has, as its Charter requires, established a military force of its own, the need for such a policeman will continue to make itself felt. And like it or not, this policeman is a US one"

For any mistakes it makes I’d agree that the US needs to be seen as that ‘policeman’, and to act, as the article notes, precisely as that deterrant power. I would argue that the rights and wrongs of the war, most regularly the wrongs, are overindulged by the western media with a singular almost obssessive aim. Often the arguments offer no real solutions, they ignore our duty to the Iraqi people, our own fallen soldiers and promote dangerous consequences for those soldiers still there who are fighting both a physical and a propaganda war

FRANCE SAYS NO TO THE EURO…!

By ATWadmin On November 1st, 2006 at 7:27 am

795151-529930-thumbnail.jpgInteresting to read that some of France’s most respected economists consider the launch of the single market and the € euro an utter failure when it comes to boosting trade, jobs and economic growth in the European Union, according to a devastating report from an official French think-tank. The research, a 300-page volume is the most damning indictment of European economic policy ever produced by an official French policy unit.

Europhiles who were convinced the launch of the euro would force European governments to reform their failing, high tax and high regulation welfare states have been proved wrong, the report says. (But who will tell Ken Clark) In an argument so radical that it has yet to be made by British eurosceptics, the French study argues that the single currency actually had the opposite effect.

"The single currency even seems to have had a numbing effect on the EU members, which no longer need to protect against a foreign-exchange crisis and have become complacent in their efforts to control spending and make structural reform…" .

And then this….

 "The situation we describe is perilous: the inability of the EU to revive the economy turns investment away from the continent; persistent under-employment and anaemic growth undermine social provision and the combination of agonising economic problems, poorly-managed enlargement and a manifest exhaustion with community procedures all threaten to trigger a vicious circle which will unravel the acquis communautaire."

How fascinating to read such a refreshing perspective from these prominent French economists. They should be congratulated on their brutal honesty and only a fool would wish to see the United Kingdom enter this economic  basket-case.  Suffice to say that it remains offical Liberal Democrat Party policy!!!