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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. 

Goodbye, or Perhaps Au Revior

By ATWadmin On September 6th, 2007 at 5:47 pm

Dear readers

This is a copy of the e-mail I sent to David earlier today. I know he has now received and read it. It will come as a surprise to some, and doubtless a joy to others. I hope you will accept it in the spirit of which it is delivered.

‘Dear David

You will be more than aware that my blogging has been sporadic to say the least this last short while. After long and careful thought I have decided to end my time with A Tangled Web from the 16th September (what would have been my grandmother’s 90th birthday). I will outline my reasons for doing so:

  1. A change of life : My grandmother died recently. Her journey to the end of her mortal life has made me realise I should be doing so much more with mine. Having just been promoted to a care manager’s role, I want to devote more of my time to my career as well as making extra time for family and friends. Furthermore, when you enjoy reading other people’s articles more than writing ones of your own, you know it’s time to exit the stage. I have been blogging since before it became fashionable. I have seen A Tangled Web grow into one of the best blogs in the country, and I know you and the rest of the team are more than capable of keeping it that way.
  2. Northern Ireland : Ulster is in the Union and in the Union to stay. My gut instinct is absolutely solid on that. However much I hate the internalised nature of its government – with the belief that the inclusion of IRA terrorists was, and is, utterly wrong and repugnant, I am confident about the one issue that has always been at the foundation of my political interests will remain – the Union of the United Kingdom. I will leave the comments thread open when I announce this news and I fully expect a barrage of abuse from republicans. So what! The very fact that they might need to spit their venom only emphasises the strategic impotence of their political masters.
  3. A mission fulfilled : When I started blogging I wanted to tell all those who were interested what my beliefs and passions were. I hope I have done so. A Tangled Web has grown out of all recognition and I believe I have played a small part in that. If some have been converted along the way, so much the better. I remain as wedded to my core beliefs – Unionism, anti-mass immigration, anti-Muslim, family life, the free market, low taxation, liberty, respect for America’s world role, the existence of Israel – as I did the day I started blogging. Nevertheless, there are only so many ways I can articulate those principles. I think I have used every one of them.

May I take this opportunity to thank you, the team, and all those who have benefited from ATW. I will continue to (try) to entertain you all between now and Sunday-week.

Very best wishes

Andrew M. McCann’


By ATWadmin On August 24th, 2007 at 1:32 pm

As regular readers will know, we have been running a poll on the topic of the Death Penalty. I asked the question “Do you support the Death Penalty for certain crimes such as mass murder” and I’m closing the poll today. Those who support the motion are shown as red dots on the map, whilst those who oppose it are shown as green dots! The answer to the question on ATW is a resounding “YES”, with around 70% supporting the use of the death penalty in these special circumstances.

What intrigued me most was the way this issue is viewed either side of the Atlantic. Looking at the maps which show who voted where, I see a sea of red Stateside, with around 90% supporting the death penalty. Perhaps this is not a big surprise since the US does still  use this penalty and it appears to meet with the approval of the vast majority of Americans who visit ATW, at the very least. But when I look at mainland Europe, I see a tide of green, indicating opposition to the use of the Death Penalty. It’s clear Europeans are not interested in this sanction, which is perhaps not that surprising either given the history of secular post WW2 Euroland. Looking at the UK, I note that opinion seems split about 50:50 whereas in Ireland, it reflects continental European values in opposing this sanction.

I know that polls must all be treated with suspicion but the difference in outlook on this important issue is marked between the US and Europe, and with several hundred votes now in, I thought you might be interested in the detail!


By ATWadmin On August 20th, 2007 at 7:27 am

houses_of_parliament_and_lords_london_england.jpgBack at ATW central after my weekend break in London. Having teenage kids means one thing – shopping, and for me that is a fate worse than death but one I endure in the name of family compromise! We had a great time but as always with a weekender it goes by in a twinkling of an eye. I did enjoy Spamalot and we had an excellent Saturday evening meal in the sumptuous surroundings of the Cinnamon Club. I always do enjoy London but my goodness does it involve walking here and there – my feet felt like they had been in a marathon!! 

I couldn’t help but notice the growing legions of Burka/Niqab clad-females in the major stores around Oxford Street – with section of Selfridges and Harrods looking like downtown Tehran. One of the things that surprised me that these Islamic ladies were busy buying the richest trinkets produced by the running dogs of the infidel West. I do understand that there is a place for modesty in how one dresses but I honestly do find the sight of these covered up legions of Islam disconcerting because more than anything else, I believe they are making a political statement and they are getting more confident by the day. I also saw the "Peace Camp" outside Parliament – a bunch of out and out extreme left wackos who litter the grass a few yards from the statue of Sir Winston Churchill.  They were waving placards calling for the arrest of Gordon Brown as a "war criminal" LOL. 

One of the real treats for me when in London is admiring the wonderful architecture, some of it hundreds of years old. You can walk along a side-street and suddenly come across the most fantastic old building that takes your breath away. Got back through Heathrow with no bother and finished the day with the Italian Rugby team on our flight – mamma mia! With my wife and kids shopped out, I now hope to return to the normality of the insanity of ATW! Now, where to start…..???


By ATWadmin On August 8th, 2007 at 8:53 pm

I’m always pleased to receive mail from our erudite and well-informed readership. And then there’s the mail I receive from Patrick McAleer, which I want to share WITH YOU as I know his words of wisdom will impress. Earlier today he penned the following important message…

"you are obviously bollox neo-con propaganda evidenced by the fact you support the colonists/unionists in the north of Ireland."

Intrigued, I requested more information from him, and he has graciously sent me another message….

one thing i am not, is a bigot. Mr Vance, how does it feel to know that the majority of the world supports the cause for irish freedom and unification? No doubt you will blame the old republican propaganda machine, instead of actually realising the truth….that nobody likes to support bigots .The UKUP done really well in the elections…..HAHAHA !

Patrick’s unique style of writing (I left his punctuation intact) certainly gave me pause for thought and I hope you, dear reader, will also tremble with awe at the machinations of such a mind. I hope Patrick will share more of his thoughts with us on ATW and am sure his fellow Irish republicans will relish seeing one from their fold express such eloquent and substantive political comments.


By ATWadmin On August 1st, 2007 at 9:23 am

Well folks, here we are in August and the year whizzes by! Pleased to say that July saw ATW record new levels of visitors, with a 15% growth on June and our highest figures ever. Very pleased to see the site grow and grow and I wanted to once again express my thanks to all my fellow-writers and to our ever-growing band of readers. I see that some other sites get themselves all excited about entering competitions for "Best Blog" but I really can’t be bothered with any of that. We stand on our own and all I care about is making sure you find ATW worthy of your time. Thanks for stopping by and make sure you keep a-calling! It’s also interesting to look at the political views of those who do visit this site. The poll on the top left hand side of this blog may be unscientific but I guess it does give some insight into the fact that whilst we are unreservedly "Right of Liberal" MANY who visit here have very different views and I’m pleased that they find us foaming at the mouth right wing war-mongers worth a visit! I think it’s good that we have really varied views and long may it continue!


By ATWadmin On July 1st, 2007 at 11:54 am

The 1st July – a new month starts and the blogging cycle for 2007 reaches the halfway point! Where does the time go? Wanted to share with you the news that June saw ATW reach new high levels of traffic, with an all-time high number of unique visitors. So, despite the occasional techie problem, despite the occasional outbreak of in-fighting, despite the continued criticism of this blog from the moonbat fringe, we’re STILL on the rise! And that’s all down to YOU! My promise is that, with the help of all my excellent fellow-writers, and of course your continued patronage, we’ll try to make the next six months as much fun, as infuriating, hopefully as funny even, as the last six. Thanks again for stopping by and tell your friends about ATW – it’s THE place to go when you want to express your views. We may be "a mentally deficient pack of phobes" BUT our aim is true.


By ATWadmin On June 29th, 2007 at 3:18 pm

The day started out so promising – I had several stories identified to go through with you and then – my laptop ceased working! I think the graphics card has bitten the dust – or else the screen is dodgy – either way it’s taken a while for me to get an alternative PC working, but I’m b-a-c-k-k-k-k-k!

More to follow….