By ATWadmin On May 31st, 2007 at 8:58 pm
The Association of Chief Police Officers has established a crack defence team to prosecute drivers who dare to challenge their prosecutions for speeding. The new company, called Road Safety Support, will fight cases in court where police forces are struggling to prosecute drivers who contest their prosecutions over what ACPO believe are legal technicalities. Meredydd Hughes, Chief Constable of South Yorkshire, comes out fighting:
"We are going to demonstrate that spurious cases get a slap. This team will defend the integrity of enforcement equipment and help us win high-profile cases."
Ouch! But if you think that’s tough talk from the Chief Constable, he has more:
"We are saying to drivers who think they can try it on, ‘Come and get us if you think you are hard enough’.
So there you have it, motorists. The Association of Chief Police Officers believes that laws can be poorly drafted, equipment can be faulty and prosecutions flawed but you are still guilty. They have no obligation to get it right, shouldn’t be called to account for mistakes and you, the motorist, ought to accept your guilt on their word and pay up. Disagree, and the Chief Constable will start slapping.
Meanwhile, over in Texas ….
The State Legislature has emptied both barrels on the speed camera racket and passed a bill outlawing their use. It only needs Governor Rick Perry’s signature for it to become law.
Governor, don’t forget your pen tomorrow …
By ATWadmin On May 31st, 2007 at 5:29 pm
Just in case you were beginning to think Health & Safety inspectors might have grown a brain, we learn that three Manchester firemen (you know, those guys who dash into burning buildings etc) are facing disciplinary action for using sleeping bags that hadn’t been "risk-assessed." Should we laugh or cry?
By ATWadmin On May 31st, 2007 at 4:16 pm
I like statistics and tables that actually tell me something. For example, if I read the United Kingdom has the highest proportion of teenage pregnancies in Europe, I can form an opinion along the lines of: ‘We have the highest number of ill-bred, pig-ignorant slags who are more concerned about opening their legs to all and sundry than they are making a success of their lives.’ Statistics need to be reader-friendly. When charts and tables come along that are anything but, you begin to wonder what purpose they serve.
Take this Global Peace Index as a good illustration of what I mean. What is it supposed to be about? How do you define what a ‘peaceful’ society is. It ranks Norway and New Zealand in the top two spots – most probably because, although both stunningly beautiful, they are about as boring as a wet Sunday afternoon on Wimbledon Common. Indicators included levels of political dissension, trust in communities, standards of living, and respective roles on the word stage. I take the latter to mean that the more inclined a country is to sit on the fence and play ‘Neutral Nigel’ in disputes with global consequences the more it is seen as ‘peaceful’. I’d call it disinterest bordering on cowardice, but each to his own.
Our United Kingdom is ranked 49th. Behind France (how long is it since numerous British cities were simultaneously convulsed by waves of ethnic rioting?)!; behind Italy (my favourite place, but still a country in the grip of Mafia corruption at levels we here in Britain could not begin to imagine)!; behind Botswana (I don’t think having a third of the population infected with HIV does wonders for a peaceful atmosphere. What say you?)! The point I am trying to make here is that peace is an amorphous term that means different things to different societies and peoples. Why should the United States be ranked 96th when its global role has guaranteed peace and stability for most of the rest of us since WWII? When you consider that Iraq would probably have ranked higher in this table when it was under the thumb of a moustachioed madman who murdered over 2 million of his own people, I think it tells you all you need to know about the vacuity of these positions.
By ATWadmin On May 31st, 2007 at 2:55 pm
I cannot remember Jews causing any trouble in this country. They have never rioted; they have never formed their own ghettos; they have never sought to change the laws and institutional framework of this country to suit their cultural identity; they have never dressed in a manner which repulses the indigenous population. In the Jewish homeland itself we have a liberal democracy (the only one in the region); full respect for minority groups; Arab participation in the police, the judiciary and the defence forces; full emancipation of, and equality for, women; and a firm friend of the West. Sounds to me like a great wee country. The Jews I have met have been great and funny people. Jews are responsible for inventions such as the shopping trolley, vinyl records, the flexible endoscope, polaroid cameras, the electron microscope, and electric meters. American Jews have given us some of the funniest films in existence. Blazing Saddles, The Producers, Airplane, and Naked Gun are all products of Jewish minds. And need I mention Albert Einstein…?
What I am trying to say is that Jews are pretty fine people. Yet they remain the one ethno-demographic group (and Israel remains the one liberal democracy) that the Left – and that includes the majority of the British Establishment – finds it acceptable to mock and criticise. Belfast’s own Leo McKinstry has an excellent piece in today’s Daily Express. He points out the increasing levels of anti-Semitism from elements of the Left, such as those espoused by the BBC’s darlings Tom Paulin and Stephen Rose. At the same time any amount of asylum-worthy insanity displayed by Allah’s apostles always manages to elicit a defence of pathetic excuses from such types.
One of the biggest concerns I have is this growing alliance between Islamic nutcases and Left-wing thinkers. Unlike Judaism, Islam is a growing, malignant force in this country, and the desire to harness opinions that used to be confined to bearded Imams in British mosques is something that should give those of us on the Right something to ponder and challenge.
By ATWadmin On May 31st, 2007 at 2:39 pm
1793 – Beginning of the Reign of Terror in France, in which thousands go to the guillotine during the French Revolution.
1872 – Birth of English illustrator and cartoonist William Heath Robinson.
1910 – The colonies of the Cape of Good Hope, Natal, the Transvaal and the Orange River Colony are united to form the Union of South Africa.
1962 – Adolf Eichmann, the architect of the Nazi holocaust, is hanged in Israel for his crimes against humanity. During World War II, Adolf Hitler enlisted Eichmann to carry out his final solution to the Jewish question – the extermination of millions of Jews in Nazi death camps.
1996 – Harvard Professor Timothy Leary, who urged the American youth of the 1960s to take the drug LSD and ‘turn on, tune in and drop out’, dies of cancer aged 75.
1998 – Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice) confirms she’s leaving The Spice Girls.
By ATWadmin On May 31st, 2007 at 12:33 pm
Hi folks – I wonder can you follow the link BACK to our old home for ATW over on the Typepad platform. Do me a favour and check out how fast it loads, what it is like to comment. I am frustrated beyond words at all the constant glitching and loading slowness you have all been reporting to me on this Squarespace platform and I would like your feedback on Typepad. Maybe I will redecorate it and we can relocate there? Let me know what you think please.
By ATWadmin On May 31st, 2007 at 8:45 am
As readers may know, I have high regard for the sustained economic success of the Republic of Ireland in recent years. It’s been a great testament to the merit of substantially cutting taxes and both encouraging and rewarding business to invest, something the tax grabbing UK Government cannot even begin to comprehend. But is the all-important Irish housing market wobbling and if it is, what might the consequences be for the country? What might it mean for the hundreds of thousands of Eastern Europeans immigrants, many of whom are working in construction; how about the consequences for pre-election tax pledges? Here’s a fascinating article on the topic and it contains some very sobering statistics. I wish the Irish economy well, but the rampant increase in house prices combined with an over-supply of housing stock cannot continue without serious consequences. Are we beginning to see some of them emerge?
"It had previously estimated that a quarter of the additional houses built in the last four years must be empty. But latest vacancy figures show the actual figure is 40%, increasing the risk of a rapid fall in construction and a sharp fall in house prices."
"There are now said to be 250,000 empty properties on the market – about 15% of the entire housing stock. Builders have slashed new projects. The 12-month running total for housing starts has fallen from a peak of 96,000 last September to 83,000 now."
" Wolseley, the construction group that owns Ireland’s largest timber distributor, reckons starts will fall by 30% this year to between 65,000 and 70,000. This could deliver a big unemployment shock to an economy that has long been held up as a model for the smaller EU countries."
By ATWadmin On May 31st, 2007 at 8:33 am
So who is surprised to learn that on the opening day of full hearings into the murder of the "loyalist" terrorist leader Billy Wright, his lawyers outlined their difficulties in obtaining key files from the British authorities? Apparently, thousands of files have gone missing! Whoops! Sack the office administrator. Look, I have no time for any terrorist, Wright included, but he was shot to death whilst held in prison, and his brutal death just happened to accommodate the objectives of the British Government at that time. The circumstances of his slaying in an allegedly high security prison are so bizarre but also so very convenient for government, that it is little wonder the magic files have vanished. I believe that all terrorists should be brought to justice. I favour execution of all terrorists under due process of law. But I reject the cynical and evil manner in which it appears the British Government used other..ahem… agencies to bring about Billy Wright’s death.
By ATWadmin On May 31st, 2007 at 8:17 am
What a comment on the state of modern Britain.
Security guards will be able to search pupils for knives at the school gates without their consent under government guidance to be published today. Schools will also be able to use security arches and metal detector wands when they search pupils for violent weapons. Legislation passed last year giving teachers power to search pupils for knives and other offensive weapons without consent comes into effect today. But guidance to headteachers from the Department for Education and Skills, published for the first time today, shows how schools can use the new powers. It makes plain that screening and searching can be carried out by professionally trained security staff, as well as teachers. However, it adds that where there is any risk to safety, police should be called. Security guards would be asked by headteachers to do the work if they felt it necessary.
I heard some Labour MP being interviewed about this, and he thought it very natural, very modern even, to have Airport-style security in our schools. What is more, he couldn’t really explain WHY our schools have gotten to the stage where they now require security arches and security guards. He did, however, express his HORROR over the fact that once upon a time, teachers were allowed to cane students who misbehaved. He had been caned himself but expressed his relief that we have now moved into more "enlightened" times. Hence the Security Guards. They just don’t get it, do they? Good school discipline and a zero tolerance of bad behaviour is no longer compatible with our "Human Rights" culture, and so we simultaneously strip schools of the right to discipline whilst offering them the chance to put up security arches.
Confused? You bet.
By ATWadmin On May 31st, 2007 at 7:55 am
The DUP sold their entry into Government with IRA/Sinn Fein on the basis that they had secured a change to the legislation that had previously allowed Ministers in the Executive to do whatever they wanted, regardless of whether the Assembly as a whole supported it. In effect, each Minister had been only answerable to himself, a private fiefdom. But the DUP negotiators changed that, or so they would have us believe. So, along comes IRA/Sinn Fein Minister Conor Murphy (He who cannot say the words "Northern Ireland" or "Londnderrry") and he insists "The minister now will still have the same autonomy as under the Good Friday Agreement.” His Party fully agrees with him. So, who has got it wrong? IRA/Sinn Fein or the DUP? More to the point, who is lying through their teeth regarding the precise nature of the mutant Executive we now have in power over us, and why?