By ATWadmin On September 30th, 2007 at 7:16 pm
Remember the U.C.U. calls for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions, and the calls for ‘solidarity’ with the ‘oppressed Palestinians’ and all the other slogans which tend to surface when anyone criticises the lot of the Palestinians? Well, it seems that the lawyers have had a good, hard look at the boycott proposals and decided they were illegal, and could possibly lead to legal moves against the U.C.U. on discrimination grounds.
So, following on from the cries of the ‘concerned’ about people who have literally ‘made their own beds’ shall we very shortly be hearing the entire membership body of the University & College Union demonstrating against the illegal and bloody repression of the Burmese people by their military rulers?
Or does the U.C.U. only dislike allegedly repressive actions by Jews?
By ATWadmin On September 30th, 2007 at 9:04 am
Senior Chuckle Brother Ian Paisley has gone on record heaping unprecedented praise on the IRA/Sinn Fein leadership for what he claims is sticking to their side of the bargain made during negotiations leading to the St Andrews Agreement by keeping up their support of the police. In an exclusive interview with The Observer, Paisley described Gerry Adams’s recent meeting with Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde as ‘a miracle’. Asked about his first five months in office, power-sharing with Sinn Fein, Northern Ireland’s First Minister said: ‘Sinn Fein have kept their word’ on the issue of supporting the police." They sure have. We have a convicted IRA bomber and a convicted bank-robber sitting on the Policing Board, and Paisley on his knees praising this obscenity as a miracle. I wonder if Paisley has enquired of fellow Chuckle Brother Martin McGuinness has he any thoughts on who might have carried out the slaughter in Claudy all those years ago? And I wonder if he has asked Mr Adams if he has any information to share with the police concerning the bombing of the La Mon House Hotel? Or is it that ALL those murders must be now forgotten, and the guilty permitted to remain free from Justice? Is that something worth laughing at, Dr Paisley?
By ATWadmin On September 30th, 2007 at 8:53 am
Wonder what you make of the news concerning the US school which has banned…hugging?
"Last year we would see maybe as many as 10 students on one side (of the hallway), 10 on the other and then, going in opposite directions, would sort of have a hug line going on and you could see where that would be a problem," said Victoria Sharts, principal of Oak Park’s Percy Julian Middle School. So this year Sharts decided to draw the line on hug lines by banning all hugging among students within the building. Sharts said, "Hugging is really more appropriate for airports or for family reunions than passing and seeing each other every few minutes in the halls."
I have to say that hugging is probably one of the more innocent activities that take place in school so I just cannot embrace this decision!
By ATWadmin On September 30th, 2007 at 8:36 am
Did you read that a key suspect in the alleged plot to mount a Jihadi attack in Germany on the scale of 9/11 is on the run in Britain?
Scotland Yard counterterrorism detectives are hunting the man, who escaped from Germany after a plot to explode bombs at Frankfurt airport and a US airbase. The collective power of the bombs would have exceeded those in Madrid and London in 2004 and 2005.
It’s interesting to note that the detonators to be used in alleged German plot came from Syria, and that the instruction to “go” came from Pakistan whilst the UK became the perceived safe house. The Jihadi operate globally and Syria, just like Pakistan, is part of an axis of evil. The media mock this idea even as the evidence stares them in the face. However we really need to question why it is that on-the-run Jihadi flee to Britain…..are we the softest touch of all?
By ATWadmin On September 30th, 2007 at 8:28 am
One more step into totalitarianism. Officials from the top of Government to lowly council officers will be given unprecedented powers to access details of every phone call in Britain under laws coming into force tomorrow. The new rules compel phone companies to retain information, however private, about all landline and mobile calls, and make them available to some 795 public bodies and quangos. The move, enacted by the personal decree of Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, will give police and security services a right they have long demanded: to delve at will into the phone records of British citizens and businesses.
Now naturally this move was sold to us under the guise of helping "fight terrorism" but the same powers will also be handed to the tax authorities, 475 local councils, and a host of other organisations, including the Food Standards Agency, the Department of Health, the Immigration Service, the Gaming Board and the Charity Commission! UK Big Brother is not just watching you via the biggest CC network of any country in the world, now he is listening in to what you say. Isn’t life grand in modern Britain?
By ATWadmin On September 30th, 2007 at 8:09 am
Poor David Cameron! Looks like that IF PM Brown calls an election, the Conservative Party’s fortunes will be toast -assuming the latest opinion polls are in any way correct!
The scale of David Cameron’s political crisis shows the Tory leader trailing badly on nearly every indicator of public opinion. The latest poll also shows that voters overwhelmingly back a general election within the next year, with the largest number, nearly 40 per cent, wanting a poll within weeks. Labour enjoys a seven-point lead over the Tories. Labour is on 41 per cent, the Conservatives on 34 per cent and the Lib Dems on 16 per cent. Labour’s lead in today’s poll is lower than its double-digit margin in some polls this weekend; however this will not alarm Brown, whose private polls are closer to Ipsos MORI’s figures.
But there is GOOD NEWS for Cameron. 48% of voters believe he is right to pledge to match Labour’s spending plans in the next three-year cycle. So, even though they won’t vote for him, they like the idea of him matching Labour’s massive financing of the State sector.
Socialism by default appears to be the prevailing mood in Britain – or at least that’s what Left Wing newspapers would like us to believe. If you follow the logic of what is being presented, the Conservatives could only win by moving permanently onto the political left in which case there is no point in their continued existence! The real issue here is that the Conservative Party has had an existential breakdown since it stabbed Thatcher in the back and no longer knows what it stands for. The electorate detect this, the media love it, and the price will be paid. All those who have enthused for Cameron – and the UK blogosphere is replete with them – have once more betrayed their country, their Nation – and all for the approval of a media which only ever wants more leftism, more socialism.
By ATWadmin On September 30th, 2007 at 8:00 am
I wonder what our Irish readers make of the latest poll which makes some startling claims about the views of contemporary Irish women. In essence, Irish women now….
1. Favour Abortion.
2. Believe there are far too many immigrants. This belief is strongest among older women (73 per cent) and is lowest among younger women (56 per cent). In contrast, a majority of women say they would not be disappointed if their son or daughter married a foreign national, suggesting opposition to immigration may be based on socio-economic rather than racial grounds.
3. Are very concerned about Crime- 93 per cent say they are either extremely worried, very concerned or somewhat concerned about it. Levels of concern are lowest among young women, but reach 98 per cent among older women.
As with all polls one must be circumspect BUT it does appear to show some fascinating changes in Irish society. I wonder what the Roman Catholic Church thinks of the rising popularity of abortion. I wonder how the Government responds to the concerns of uncontrolled immigration given that the prospect of more of this seems most likely?
By ATWadmin On September 30th, 2007 at 7:47 am
Can you guess what the WORST possible crime in Britain might be? Murder? Nope. Rape? No. Terrorism? No.
The WORST crime in Britain is…..acknowledging the concerns of BNP voters. This is evidenced in the reaction to one of David Cameron’s most trusted and senior political allies, Baroness Warsi, claiming that people who vote for the far-right British National Party (BNP) have "some very legitimate views" on immigration and crime. GASP HORROR! Yes, apparently…
"Immigration has been out of control. We don’t have any idea how many people are here who are unaccounted for, and it’s that lack of control and not knowing that makes people feel uneasy – not the fact that somebody of a different colour or a different religion or a different origin is coming into our country – the fact that it is actually not controlled," she said. "The control of immigration impacts upon a cohesive Britain. The pace of change unsettles communities."!
Now these concerns seem reasonable and worthy of political attention from where I stand but here is a sprinkling of reaction to what Warsi says…
"Her words were condemned by anti-racist groups who accused her of using "BNP language" and pandering to a far-right agenda. Operation Black Vote (OBV), for which she used to work, said giving credence to the views of BNP supporters was wrong. "Pandering to racist views peddled by the BNP and bought by BNP voters is grotesque," said Simon Woolley of OBV. "This country would collapse if it wasn’t for migrant workers."
So, say what you want, but ignore the concerns of those who may vote for the BNP. That way, you guarantee that vote will grow and grow. Running away from reality may suit the liberal left in Britain but the immigration issue must be dealt with and not one of the main three Parties has any intention of doing so.
By ATWadmin On September 30th, 2007 at 7:35 am
Of course no one can really be surprised to read this morning that the Government has drawn up plans to slash the number of ships in the Royal Navy. The Ministry of Defence has produced a plan to decommission five warships from next April, which would reduce the Navy’s capability to the level where it could carry out only "one small-scale operation". The TOTAL number of Navy ships could be cut from 103 to just 50.
Under the plan the Navy, once the pride of the Armed Forces, would be unable to provide anything like the 1982 Falklands task force. In what is likely to be a "worst-case" scenario, with no further commissioning of ships, total numbers of what the MoD terms "platforms" is slated to fall steadily from 103 to 50 within 20 years.The number of submarines would be cut from 13 to 11 in 2007-08 while there would be two aircraft carriers rather than the present three. Frigates would be cut from 17 to nine, while the number of destroyers would go up, from six to eight, but only because more have already been commissioned. There would be no minesweepers or patrol ships, while the number of landing vessels would be cut from eight to six.
THIS is the real face of Labour in power, relentlessly undermining our military capability to the point where Britain’s Navy is sunk in terms of operational and global effectiveness. I wonder how those many men and women who serve in the Navy feel about this? And how does this square with Mr Brown’s boast of supporting Britain?