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By ATWadmin On October 4th, 2007 at 7:00 pm


Comments have now been fixed and please talk away. It seems to have been a Squarespace issue which they have apologised for and fixed.


It’s coming up to a year since A Tangled Web first relocated to Squarespace and despite the ups and downs, I think on balance it was a very good decision. The site looks fresh and clean to my eye and whilst it can be improved, I’m happy with it and hope you are! I know that some of our regular posters get accidentally caught by the spam-filter, but whilst I know how annoying this is – it does nonetheless prevent some spam spoiling things. (That said, at the moment we are getting a large amount coming through but we’ll get past it) I’m renewing the annual subscription to Squarespace next week and if any generous ATW readers out there would care to throw a few pennies in the hat-tip pot, I would of course be very obliged. I look upon this blog as a journey that we all take together, I hope you enjoy it and might care to help ensure it continues. So thanks to the folks at Squarespace, thanks to all of you and here’s to the next year!


By ATWadmin On October 4th, 2007 at 7:54 am

I was thinking about the fact that ATW is celebrating one year on Squarespace, and this song came to mind…! I hope you get the message…


By ATWadmin On September 25th, 2007 at 8:12 pm

Do you think that Britain even understands what being "right of centre"  actually means? I doubt it. I base this comment on the publication of the "Top Right of Centre" UK blogs – with ATW coming in at a lowly 49th! Well, one sees just how WELL British Conservatism is doing, I guess our fall in Iain Dale’s popularity charts was predictable. It got me thinking and then I REMEMBERED the lyrics in this song and it all made sense…


By ATWadmin On September 23rd, 2007 at 9:23 pm

So anyway, ATW is nominated as the 4th best Irish blog. Yours truly objects on the simple grounds that we are not Irish – or more specifically and based on Tom Tyler’s genealogy, we are 1/20th Irish. But I was really pleased to read that someone over on Iain Dale’s blog pointed out our strong US -UK links in the thread that follows. Don’t get me wrong, I tip my hat to all the many Irish blogs, and I have great respect for Mick Fealty from Slugger O’Toole BUT I am insistent that ATW is not Irish, we have a great balance of UK and US writers and readers which I just love and I would much prefer this blog stays as the square peg that fits no round blog holes. We are our own men and women here – we hate gutless conservatives as much as we loath dhimmi lefties. We will continue to dissent and to say the things that some don’t want to hear. I am not interested in being the top this that or the other, I want to be the best based on one criteria – the quality of the writing.


By ATWadmin On September 22nd, 2007 at 8:33 am

Looks like a little clarity on acceptable forms of behaviour on ATW is required so let me spell it out.

1. This site, to borrow a phrase from former PM Blair, has no reverse gear and so it will not be deflected, impaired or in any way held back from going forward. It’s here to stay or at least whilst I still draw breath.

2. The posts from my fellow writers are always interesting and enjoyable to read, I have no problem with them in any way. I love the way they challenge opinion and THAT is why ATW exists, we dissent from many conventional political views. I would howevee prefer they did not publicly attack each other as that sets the wrong tone and I would ask for their support in this regard. Attacking their opinions is fine, however. Ball, not man.

3. The personal attacks on the threads in recent days are de-stabilising and are stopping now. If I see any more ad hominem comments, from anyone, I will soon remove them.  You can attack the arguments by all means but stay away from the person making them. It is childish, and this is a grown-up site. Because I have to sleep, and because debate happens long after I am gone to repose, I need you to act responsibly during these hours. If I see any more crap when I come back to the blog, I will again remove it, I will warn whoever has been involved in leaving it, and if repeated I will ban them. NO MORE IN-FIGHTING.

Now that’s it. I have spent too long on this site to have it ruined for the vast majority of readers by pointless puerile name-calling and nastiness. My patience is not limitless and I would respectfully suggest that no-one tries it any more. Look on this as friendly advice – but I’m not going to repeat it. Behave.


By ATWadmin On September 21st, 2007 at 7:56 pm

I see that ATW has been mentioned as being 4th best Irish blog over at Iain Dale’s Diary. Ahem…Heady praise, maybe we will end up third best in a few years? Just a few points;

1. This is not an Irish blog! We have no Irish writers.

2.  With a stable of writer’s from across the UK and USA, I think Iain needs to review the nature of this blog when placing it in his little list. After all, I’d hate to be taking up a place that could be given to an aspiring Irish blog. 

3. ATW is number one in a field of one.


By ATWadmin On September 19th, 2007 at 7:53 am

Sorry about the technical problems that afflicted the site yesterday, but as you can see, we are now back up and running. Thanks to all who emailed me their concerns about ATW being down, nice to know we were missed.


By ATWadmin On September 16th, 2007 at 9:29 pm

Just wanted to wish Andrew all the best of British, thank him for his immense contribution to ATW over the years, and let him know that his place will be kept warm for him should he decide to return. Good luck from me!!!

And It’s Goodbye From Him…

By ATWadmin On September 16th, 2007 at 8:44 pm

Well, that’s it.  After more than three years in the blogosphere I am off to bring new things into my life.  I would like to thank David (who will continue to be a valued friend and colleague); the rest of the ATW team and all those who have been entertained by my efforts.  Rest assured I will continue to visit the site from time to time.  As for a return…..who knows what the future will bring.  But for the foreseeable future………


By ATWadmin On September 6th, 2007 at 6:25 pm

“Time goes by, so slowly.” That’s what Madonna warbled on one of recent hit singles – but she is wrong, time goes by too quickly!

I’m sure you may have read Andrew’s post and I wanted to say a few words about him and his contribution to this blog.

When I started a Tangled Web, back in 2001, I had little real idea where it would end up. I used to write an essay every week, and then it morphed into recognisable blog format back in 2004. There is quite a lot of work in writing everyday and I had know Andrew for a number of years previously during my time in front-line politics. I invited him to contribute to ATW and so it was that Andrew McCann first started talking to you all.

Of course ATW was a lot less well-known back in those days and he and I posted away and waited for the readership to catch up. They did (phew!) and Andrew has always been central to the success of this blog. His straight-talking no-nonsense way has won him as many friends as enemies – I always find him worth listening to. His political knowledge is second to none and there is no better friend of the Union. In blogging, persistence, integrity and courage are the hallmarks of success as far as I can see. Andrew has all these qualities in abundance. Andrew’s staunch support of the Union annoyed many of our more republican readers but Andrew was not deterred from saying what he felt.  A quality which many people overlook in Andrew is his wit – and many of his posts have got a great turn of phrase. It is my view that Andrew has produced some superb posts over the years and I will very much miss these in the time ahead.

Let me say a few other things here when I am at it. Andrew McCann has been a good friend to me over the years, through some tough times and some good times and that is why I am happy for him to leave this blog at this time. I want him to do what is best for himself and as you can tell from his email, he has thought things through and I fully support his decision. But I have insisted that the door is kept open for him, and I do hope he will return.

ATW will continue to grow however and all our new writers are exploring all kinds of themes, which I hope you enjoy. But Andrew is irreplaceable and so I wanted to publicly express my sincere thanks for all he had done for ATW, and wish him every happiness in the future. This web will feel his absence.