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By ATWadmin On October 27th, 2007 at 4:18 pm

I wanted to say that I was pleased with some of the content of the Ulster Unionist Party conference today. Three things were good;

1. Inviting beleaguered Margaret Ritchie from the SDLP was both generous and symbolic. Good call.

2. Raising fuel duty as well as corporation rates as an economic issue is also a good idea.

3. Sir Reg suggests the IRA are in hibernation mode. Well, in Cullyhanna I think it’s suspended hibernation but at least he shows some insight into the reality they haven’t gone away.

I am no fan of the UUP, but I will try and give credit where it is due. So well done Sir Reg and well done Basil. I still think your Party is heading for the exit, but the sheer cravenness of the DUP may yet provide hope.


By ATWadmin On October 27th, 2007 at 4:10 pm

I was intrigued to read in the Irish Times that the Irish Government and Garda (Police) management are considering radical measures to attract foreign nationals to the Garda, including direct recruitment from eastern European police forces and granting Irish citizenship to successful applicants!

The move follows the failure to recruit large numbers of foreign nationals living in Ireland to the force despite a major recruitment drive over the past year.

Get this though. According to the latest census, 62,000 Polish nationals are living in the Republic of Ireland. Minister of State for Integration Conor Lenihan believes the true figure is between 160,000 and 200,000. Wow! Bit of an underestimate in the official figures!!! The Government and Garda management believe the force needs to move more quickly to reflect the rapidly increasing multicultural make-up of Irish society. But I ask why should it? If the Irish police force starts to become eastern european, in order to suit the government’s multiculti agenda -surely this is the wrong direction?


By ATWadmin On October 27th, 2007 at 9:22 am

uda2.jpgI was reading in The Newsletter that the loyalist terror group the Ulster Defence Association is going to make a major step forward by….disarming? No. By ceasing to exist? No. How then?

It’s going to change it’s name from the UDA to the UDU!

These vile thugs claim they will be re-modelling themselves Ulster Defence Union (UDU) from Remembrance Sunday, November 11, becoming an "old boys" association and "community-based" grouping.

Senior UDA sources last night confirmed that the UDA "will still make a significant statement on November 11".  UDA members have been asked to buy UDU ties for Remembrance Sunday – at £5 each.

I deal with the UDA in my forthcoming book but let me just add that the idea that these vermin will use Remembrance Sunday as an exercise in rebranding themselves disgusts me. They are unfit to even attend a cenotaph, given their murderous sectarian pedigree. This name change is cynical, shallow and should be dismissed by all right thinking people. The UDA needs to go away and stay away,  nobody wants them, nobody cares about them. They are scum and the idea that a new name and tie can wash away their bloodied past is almost beyond words.  Naturally you can expect the media to lavish praise on them.  


By ATWadmin On October 27th, 2007 at 9:02 am

How often do we hear that sky high immigration is required in order that foreign workers will at least do the "jobs that Brits won’t do?" There is a profound point here. Over on The Business I read that..

"Only six in every 1,000 of these workers are claiming any kind of income support, incapacity benefit or job seekers allowance; by contrast, there are now 5.4m British adults on out-of-work welfare benefits, the vast majority of whom are healthy enough to work but refuse to do so. "

It gets worse when you consider that…

"It is this preparedness to work hard among immigrants, now absent in so many British adults, not their cheapness, that employers value in newcomers; in a British Chamber of Commerce poll only 6% of bosses said that they employ immigrant labour because it is cheaper; but companies around the country (as well as many householders) are desperate to get their hands on more Polish workers. Between spring of 2002 and spring 2006, migrant workers found 740,000 jobs while the native-born job total remained static; the scandal is not that foreigners “took” these jobs, it is that the British born could not be bothered to take them. If Britain is to absorb the current levels of immigration, reforms are urgently required. In recent years, immigration has papered over the fundamental flaws at the heart of Britain’s welfare state. Until welfare is radically reformed Wisconsin-style, with welfare recipients forced (and helped) to take work or lose benefits, artificially large numbers of migrants will continue to be needed to keep the economy growing."

The idea that there can be many Brits who choose welfare over work, when work is a viable alternative, needs knocked on the head. Make ’em work or take ’em of welfare.


By ATWadmin On October 27th, 2007 at 8:53 am

What is to be made of this story in the Daily Mail about a Jobcentre which has carried advertising for women to strip for web cams on Internet sex sites for £8 an hour?

webgirlsDM2610_468x366.jpgAccording to the advertisement, the role involves “explicit dialogue” and “performing for clients’ or customers’ fantasies”. Astonishingly, the Department for Work and Pensions insisted that it is legally obliged to carry the advertisements.

Has this government department NO sense of decency whatsoever? Obviously not. This sex-via-the-webcam industry is a real obscenity which demeans the women in it and the voyeurs who watch them. It’s cyber-prostitution – one removed -and it is an outrage that it is being advanced via Government job centres. What next – carrying jobs for girls to work in “massage parlours”? For a Government department to carry these advertisements is a moral and political disgrace but the fact that Government accepts them so willingly says a lot about the sleazy corrupted mind of our Governing Party.


By ATWadmin On October 27th, 2007 at 8:42 am

Do you agree with the plan for nurses to be granted the power not to resuscitate people who stop breathing, under guidance published yesterday?

The Times reports that for the first time, senior nurses are being told that they can decide without a doctor if they think lifesaving techniques will not work. It comes in guidance that also tells GPs or consultants not to try to save patients who have demanded the right to die. Under changes to the law that came into effect this month, patients can make legally binding “living wills” asking to be left alone if their heart stops or they stop breathing – a cardiac or cardio-respiratory arrest.

I think this is a very tricky area. I can see several points of view and have been in a situation where resuscitation was attempted on a dying relative when it would have been kinder to let them go. These decisions are often made in a heartbeat, literally, so I am sensitive to the various points of view but somehow I feel that a senior Nurse should not be given this awesome power. I’ve seen good nurses and some not so good. When crisis happens, they go looking for a Doctor. I wonder if this new power is just one way of Government trying to get around the fact that there are not enough Doctors around to take responsibility for this life and death decisions? On balance, I would prefer that nurses were not given this power and wonder if you agree?


By ATWadmin On October 27th, 2007 at 8:20 am

Well, not for the first time I find myself in full agreement with Norman Podhoretz, an adviser to the Giuliani camp, when he advocates over on the Daily Telegraph that…

"None of the alternatives to military action – negotiations, sanctions, provoking an internal insurrection – can possibly work," They’re all ways of evading the terrible choice we have to make which is to either let them get the bomb or to bomb them.People I’ve talked to have no doubt we could set it back five or 10 years. There are those who believe we can get the underground facilities as well with these highly sophisticated bunker-busting munitions."

That’s why we need the MOP. Have you heard of this? It’s a newly developed 30,000-pound bomb called the massive ordnance penetrator, or, in military-speak, the MOP. The MOP is the the military’s largest conventional bomb, a super “bunker-buster” capable of destroying hardened targets deep underground. I think a few well-directed MOPS should clean up the Iranian problem, don’t you? We either stop Iran or let it gain the nuclear bomb and then quiver in fear. Anyone with any sense knows that "dipomacy" will go nowhere and that Iran will announce sooner rather than later that it has joined the nuclear family and then there is the business of finishing off what Hitler started. So, time to MOP out the Iranian nuclear capability.

Murderous assault on SIOE activists

By ATWadmin On October 27th, 2007 at 12:04 am

Overfald-demo-flaske.jpgYesterday I attended the SIOE demo in London. I may write more about this tomorrow, but at this point I will say that, despite the apparent threats of violence emanating from certain quarters, the demonstration passed off peacefully.

Regrettably, the same cannot be said for a SIOE demonstration held in Copenhagen last Sunday, the 21st October. On that day, the Danish organiser of SIOE, Anders Gravers, his partner, and two other SIOE activists (one of them a seventy-four year old woman) were subjected to a vicious, sustained, and murderous attack by a gang of thugs. As Mr Gravers’ car, in which they were all travelling to Sunday’s demo, pulled into a car park in Copenhagen, it was surrounded by a gang of men brandishing iron bars. They proceeded to smash the windows of the car, attempted to haul Mr Gravers from the vehicle, and beat him and his passengers with the iron bars. Mr Gravers sort to defend himself with the best makeshift weapon that he could lay his hands on – a fire extinguisher – and in the struggle one of his assailants attempted to stab him in the chest with a knife. Had Mr Gravers not been wearing a stab proof vest, it is probable that he would have been killed. The thugs also attempted to stab one of Mr Gravers’ colleagues, before beating a retreat. Full details of the assault, as well as some quite graphic images of the injuries sustained by the SIOE activists during the course of the attack, can be found at SIOE’s website here, and I would strongly recommend having a read. So far as anything is known about the attackers, it is believed that they were members of the pan-European extreme-left group Antifascist Action, rather than Muslims.

Despite the severity of this attack, Mr Gravers flew to London to attend yesterday’s protest. I must say that it is something of a salutary experience to find oneself in the presence of a man who, just five days before, literally came within an inch of being murdered on account of his political views. The implications of the attack also give one pause for thought. First, it is simply shocking to think of this kind of anti-democratic, fascistic, thuggery taking place in 21st century Europe. Secondly, it is a reminder of the risks which some, if not all, of those who actively challenge Islam, and its far-left allies, are running. This incident could very easily have ended with the deaths of one, or indeed, all, of the SIOE activists who were attacked, and, from the actions of the attackers, it appears likely that they actually intended to kill Anders Gravers, at least. It should also be remembered that this attempted murder comes almost three years to the day after the actual murder of the anti-Islamist Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh, by the jihadist Mohammed Bouyeri. Of course, the fact that people like Mr Gravers and his colleagues are prepared to take such risks in order to resist the very real threat that Islam poses to Europe should simply spur the rest of us on to work harder to support the same cause. If Mr Gravers is prepared to put his life on the line, then it surely behoves all of us to at least do something to attempt to defeat the kind of people who attacked the Danish activists last Sunday.


By ATWadmin On October 26th, 2007 at 9:32 pm

I have to be honest and say that I do get embarrassed when something that I say or do or write goes horribly wrong! It happens in life, doesn’t it, and you have to put your hand up and accept that you got it wrong. So I amused to read that two local politicians have said they have no regrets about giving character references to two brothers convicted of multi-million pound tax evasion. Sinn Fein’s Conor Murphy and the UUP’s Danny Kennedy were among politicians and clergymen who provided statements for Patrick and John McParland. They own Newry’s Canal Court Hotel and the Carrickdale Hotel in County Louth. Both were fined £1.1m and given suspended four year jail sentences at Belfast Crown Court on Thursday.

Get this. The brothers grim were also banned from holding company directorships for seven years after admitting making tax declarations to the inland revenue which failed to disclose details of more than 20 bank accounts. They were also ordered to pay £3,399,042 in confiscation orders for unpaid income tax.

But Conor and Danny have no regrets. Stupid is as stupid does.



By ATWadmin On October 26th, 2007 at 9:25 pm

candidates_images_basilmccrea.jpgI try to be fair-minded when politicians with whom I ordinarily disagree say something sensible! So in that spirit, can I say that I congratulate my old old work colleague Ulster Unionist MLA Basil McCrea when he declares that his party should quit the power-sharing executive.

Basil McCrea’s call comes ahead of the Ulster Unionist’s annual conference on Saturday. Mr McCrea says party leader Sir Reg Empey was right to go into government but says it is now time for a rethink. "We have an executive committee which is basically a sham, with people saying ‘you have to agree to everything’," said the Lagan Valley representative.

That’s more like it Basil – I hope they listen to you as your comment on this occasion is absolutely right. Get out and oppose rather than stay in and collude. It’s simple.  Who knows – there may be hope for a UUP driven by good ideas?