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FANCY A QUIZ?

By ATWadmin On November 30th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

I saw this over on the All Seeing Eye’s excellent site and thought all you budding climatologists might want to take the quiz…

ON ST ANDREW’S DAY…

By ATWadmin On November 30th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

So, on this day of celebration for Scotland as it marks St Andrew’s Day, should we also be celebrating the move by the Scottish government to publish its white paper on Scotland’s constitutional future, paving the way for an independence referendum?

First Minister Alex Salmond said Scotland must be independent to meet its full economic potential. I think he kept a straight face when he said this!

The fact is that the Scottish people like to be a bit apart from England but the Independence route is one that they will reject which is why Salmond is being modest about this proposal.

Three other possible scenarios for Scotland’s future are contained in the white paper: no change in the present set-up; more powers, as recommended by the Calman Commission review of devolution; and a major transfer of responsibilities from Westminster to Holyrood, such as full financial autonomy.

How about less powers? Nah – these are rapacious politicians who just seek more and more control.

EUROPE TURNS ON SWITZERLAND…

By ATWadmin On November 30th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

The Swiss people have spoken – the bastards.

The Swiss and European establishment united today in deploring yesterday’s decision by Swiss voters to outlaw the construction of minarets but conservative leaders warned that the referendum showed genuine fear over Islam on the continent. Swiss officials, media and business leaders voiced shame over a vote that they say will stigmatise the country’s 400,000 Muslims and stain Switzerland’s name in the Muslim world. 

And that is how it is in Europe. The political establishment is dhimmified. It seeks to pacify Islam at every opportunity and the motive is simple – FEAR.

Bear in mind that at the moment, Europe contains a mere 7% Muslims. By 2020, this is forecast to have increased to have 10%. By 2050, it will be 20%. Can you IMAGINE what Europe will be like when the Muslim population has trebled from where it is now?

The European elite are petrified of the threat Islam represents and that is why they are angry at the Swiss people for daring to stand up to the creeping Islamisation. As we saw over Lisbon, the EU elite have no interest in democracy, they simply seek power. They are willing to appease Islam in order to maintain the illusion of power

BRITAIN TO GO BANKRUPT?

By ATWadmin On November 30th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Did you see that Britain risks becoming the first country in the G10 bloc of major economies to risk capital flight and a full-blown debt crisis over coming months, according to a client note by Morgan Stanley?

The US investment bank said there is a danger Britain’s toxic mix of problems will come to a head as soon as next year, triggered by fears that Westminster may prove unable to restore fiscal credibility

I think that there is every chance this will happen. We have Labour leaving a scorched economic earth policy and an incoming Conservative administration which gives little impression that it will make the savage cuts in public spending that are required. All this points to a looming financial crisis the likes of which will be unprecedented and which could see a run on the pound and a full blown debt crisis.

CONSERVATIVE VALUES

By ATWadmin On November 30th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

What to make of the cash-strapped council that has recently made 30 staff redundant but spent almost £100,000 employing two ‘bin police’ to make sure residents are recycling.

The so-called ‘waste advisors’ will visit households to check that all recyclable material is going in the right bins. Councillors and residents are fuming over what they call a gross waste of money. The Taxpayers Alliance has lashed out at the Tory-controlled Test Valley Borough Council in Hampshire, saying that employing ‘more busy bodies to inspect people’s bins’ was the last priority for local taxpayers.

Get that? This is a CONSERVATIVE Council pushing the eco-wacko recycling uber alles agenda. 

TRAPPED IN A WEB OF HIS OWN MAKING!

By ATWadmin On November 30th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

His Bank Manager may like him for all those lush funds that flow in but elsewhere where is the love for First Minister and DUP Leader Peter Robinson? Not only does the latest BT poll show he is marginally less popular than swine flu but he seems to have lost all sense of political reality in recent pronouncements.

TUV leader Jim Allister spells it out..

The confusion in DUP thinking is embarrassing.

Peter Robinson now admits the obvious, that his Executive is failing and has lost public confidence; he even rebukes others for clinging to the present arrangements “for fear of change”, but then in face of the self-confessed failure himself clings to the very system he admits has failed!

Last Saturday we had the public renewal of his vows to the partnership with IRA/Sinn Fein at his Conference; last night we had the remarkable admission from a First Minister that his administration has failed and lost public confidence, yet instead of following through on the logic of that reality he clings to the sinking ship and calls for the sticky plaster of voluntary qualified majority, not as a means of forming a government, but as a means of operating a mandatory coalition – the very thing which has failed. It is non sequitur nonsense. 

Even though mandatory coalition has spectacularly failed, the DUP Leader demands not the removal of the system – which is in his gift by withdrawing the DUP from what has failed – but the sustaining of the system by pseudo reform. And in making his demand he knows he is whistling in the dark because the very republican veto which makes mandatory coalition unworkable will block his every plaintiff plea for change.

Qualified majority may have a role to play, but that is at the stage of forming a cogent government, not as a means of operating the inoperable.

Poor Peter: enticed into the parlour of mandatory coalition he is now trapped in the web that lured him. Power seemed so attractive, but now he has to admit his government is a disastrous failure and all he can do is make a plaintiff plea to the mythical better nature of those to whom he gifted veto powers to give him some slack. His supplicant pleas will fail, just like the regime he jointly presides over.

Mandatory coalition is irreformable. It has to go. If Peter Robinson faced up to that then he might recover some dignity, but pleading with the veto master for voluntary change just adds to the humiliation.

EVERYONE LOVES MARTIN

By ATWadmin On November 30th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

The Belfast Telegraph reports that IRA godfather Martin McGuinness is the most popular politician in Northern Ireland.  Yes, the Butcher Boy is much loved and is a popular guy. It seems unionists also admire him and that is why he came out ahead of his fellow Brother Grim.

I wonder if the families of his victims also rate him?


Just to Start the Day

By ATWadmin On November 30th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

House is one of the Best shows on TV. If you don’t get it over there it’s a shame.

I Hearby Nominate

By ATWadmin On November 30th, 2009 at 8:21 am

A Tangled Web for Best UK Blog.

 

Go here if you agree!

 

When you get there, scroll down to the comments.  The fourth comment down, click on the little green arrow within the comment to add to the number who agree that A Tangled Web should be included.

 

Monica

PAY TO BROWSE?

By ATWadmin On November 30th, 2009 at 8:20 am

Wonder what you make of the news that one of the UK’s biggest newspaper firms is starting to limit access to online content from six of its titles.

The Johnston Press websites will either ask users to pay £5 for a three-month subscription to read the full articles or direct them to buy the newspapers.

This is the dillemma facing large scale news providers. They have costs to cover but the ethos of the web is that news should be free. I feel their pain but think that few will take up such subscriptions. Certainly opinion is free.

Here on ATW I like to keep the site free of ads and as clean as possible. How can you make money from this? I reckon you can’t – not directly. But IF you can provide interesting opinion, I think you will attract an audience and a reputation as a good writer is priceless and leads to other things!