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The Thoughts of Chairman Andrew!

By Mike Cunningham On April 26th, 2011 at 9:25 am

Copying almost verbatim from the thoughts, not of Chairman Mao, but another who thinks he is better and more worthy than just about anyone else; Andrew Marr. I give you slices of the wisdom of the BBC commentator and ‘journalist’

“Teachers are the most effective anti-racist campaigners in the country, this means more than education in other religions, it means a form of political  education. Only people who understand the economic forces changing their world, threatening them… have a chance of being immune to the old tribal chants.

And the final answer, frankly, is the vigorous use of state power to coerce and repress…

I firmly believe that repression can be a great, civilising instrument for good.

Stamp hard on certain ‘natural’ beliefs for long enough and you can almost kill them off…

A new Race Relations Act will impose the will of the state on millions of other lives too.”

The Head of the Church in England and Wales, which has been mercifully on the sidelines of this story, says that what’s happened is “shameful”; that abuse was
not deliberately covered up. Archbishop Vincent Nichols is with me now. Good morning, Archbishop.

ARCHBISHOP NICHOLS: Good morning to you.

ANDREW MARR: I know you’re off to conduct Palm Sunday Mass shortly. Can I ask you about the persistent allegations and fears that the Pope in his previous job as Head of the Congregation of the Faith was involved in these cover-ups; that there was a strong desire in the church, as somebody put it, not to wash our dirty linen in public?

ARCHBISHOP NICHOLS: Well as far as the role of Cardinal Ratzinger’s concerned, he was not involved in any cover-up. The case of the priest from America, for example, had already been reported to the police in 1975, and it was over 20 years, 25 years before it came to the attention of the Holy See. Because the role of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is to oversee the canonical legal procedures, not …

ANDREW MARR:  I understand. The Head of the Church in Ireland, Cardinal Brady, was there when children who had been abused or people who’d been abused were sworn to secrecy. Do you think his position is now untenable?

ARCHBISHOP NICHOLS: But again, it has to be understood. You know the media has a very proper role in invigilating, in looking at what’s going on and bringing things to the surface, and I totally accept that role of the media. But the media also needs to be a bit more attentive to detail, so the secrecy that is concerning … that’s around the cardinal in Ireland was the secrecy for the process of a trial. It’s like giving victims anonymity in the course of a trial. Now they think …

ANDREW MARR: (over) But they then have to swear secrecy forever after …


ANDREW MARR: … which is quite something if you’ve been the victim of something like this.

Andrew Marr:—-I found this, from June 3, 1940, by the American journalist H L Mencken: “The function of a newspaper in a democracy is to stand as a sort of chronic opposition to the reigning quacks. The minute it begins to out-whoopthem it forfeits its character and becomes ridiculous.”

Marr on bloggers as “inadequate, pimpled and single”, and citizen journalism as the “spewings and rantings of very drunk people late at night”.

When asked for the secret of being a good reporter, number one rated political reporter Andrew Marr told Press Gazette: “I think as with any kind of journalism, curiosity is essential. You also need a basic fair-mindedness. You have to accept that most of the people in the political game have mixed motives but part of their motives are good ones and they do want to make the world better, whether they are on the right, centre or left.

Andrew the Good:-  “A good journalist treats the business of politics, if not everything that happens in politics, with a certain amount of respect – which I try to do.”

Andrew Marr this morning:- “I did not come into journalism to go around gagging journalists. Am I embarrassed by it? Yes. Am I uneasy about it? Yes.” But he added: “I also had my own family to think about, and I believed this story was nobody else’s business. I still believe there was, under those circumstances, no public interest in it.”

But Mr Marr added that the use of injunctions seemed to be “running out of control”. He said: “There is a case for privacy in a limited number of difficult situations, but then you have to move on. They shouldn’t be forever and a proper sense of proportion is required.”


By David Vance On April 25th, 2011 at 10:59 am

Why are we sending our military to Afghanistan to fight the Taliban when the Afghan government lets something like this happen?

The Taliban has staged a jail-break from a high security prison in Afghanistan, freeing 541 prisoners through a network of tunnels that took five months to dig. In scenes reminiscent of war film The Great Escape, insurgents constructed a 1,050-foot (320m) route into Sarposa Prison, in Kandahar. Diggers finally broke through into the site last night and hundreds of prisoners, including around 100 Taliban commanders – streamed through the tunnel to freedom over four-and-a-half hours last night. They were met by a fleet of cars which whisked them away to freedom. The breakout was completed at around 3.30am.

541 terrorists freed and back to kill? WHAT is the point of this mission when things like this take place?


By David Vance On April 24th, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Ah, the brave boys of 1916. Here’s my view – in the chorus.

ATW Rebel Song Festival ” The Foggy Dew “

By Phantom On April 24th, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I won’t object in the slightest if this song is taken down, but I hope that it stays.

” The Foggy Dew ” commemorates the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin.

I’d like to hear, especially from the Unionist side of the house, your thoughts on those events and about this song.

I think that this is a great version of a song about very brave men.

Happy Easter – everyone!


By David Vance On April 23rd, 2011 at 9:30 pm

You may have heard that the Ministry of Defence has decided NOT to allow a Homecoming parade for our valiant military having served so courageously in Afghanistan. This is DESPITE the fact that Belfast City Council has voted to allow for such an occasion. Please click HERE and make your voice known – let us all unite in paying tribute to the BEST of BRITISH.


By David Vance On April 23rd, 2011 at 9:01 am

I see that Police in Northern Ireland have warned the public to be vigilant over the Easter weekend because of the “severe threat posed by terrorists”.

Meanwhile unionists are putting Sinn Fein under heavy pressure over decommissioning following the disclosure that ex-Provisional IRA members murdered police officer Ronan Kerr. Questions have been raised over how republicans who left the Provisional movement in recent times are using IRA arms — which were supposed to have been decommissioned years ago — to bomb and kill.

TUV leader Jim Allister said there were serious political concerns following the claim of responsibility for the Kerr murder. He demanded that Sinn Fein answer where the killers had received their training and equipment. “Did it, including Semtex, come from Provo dumps supposedly decommissioned? When will the shroud be lifted from the con of decommissioning?” he said.

I have one additional question. DUP former leader said he would NOT go into government with the IRA until he had seen photographs of what had been decommissioned. Time to post them on the DUP website?


By David Vance On April 23rd, 2011 at 8:36 am

This will be reversed as it utterly unacceptable.

THE Ministry of Defence has turned down next month’s planned homecoming parade in Belfast for soldiers of the Royal Irish Regiment and Irish Guards, it emerged last night. In a statement to the News Letter, the MOD said post-operational duties and events, coupled with the soldiers’ need to spend time with their families, had led to their decision to decline the offer from Belfast City Council.

This is the only case where a homecoming parade for our valiant military has been offered but refused. The reason is obvious – we must not upset Irish republicans. Who know some of their “dissidents” might do something dangerous. The appeasement culture goes deep and extends into the MOD.


In Honor of Ole Willie

By Patrick Van Roy On April 22nd, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Saturday is his birthday, and Willie was right, we should do it tonight…..



By David Vance On April 22nd, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Another choice with a message….this time to Mr Nolan of the BBC…


By David Vance On April 22nd, 2011 at 9:50 pm

This is dedicated to the little DUP trolls who now live here..