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By ATWadmin On October 17th, 2007 at 7:37 pm

Hi Folks. Just to say I am a little unwell at the moment and not feeling well enough to blog. Have lost my voice – mind clearly already gone! Hope to be back tomorrow.


By ATWadmin On October 14th, 2007 at 12:27 pm

I notice an absence of comments here on ATW since earlier this morning, which is odd. Can you comment or is there a problem? If so, please email me and let me know!


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!!!