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By Pete Moore On April 30th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

You might remember this from yesterday. It was new to me and I thought it was breathtaking –



By Pete Moore On April 30th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

No-one around? You know how it is. As soon as the sun comes out then everyone goes out. In this country you never know when you’ll see it again. So have yourselves an open thread.

House rules are in order: play nicely.

Simply the Best!

By Mike Cunningham On April 30th, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Amongst the millions of lines in newspapers, hours of comment and exposition upon every channel under the sun; Tweets, Likes, blog posts and letters on yesterdays Big Day, I reckon the prize for the simplest, most apposite and pointed commentary goes to the letter from the pages of the Daily Telegraph:-

A special day. British pageantry at its best. Happy faces, smiling crowds. Not an EU flag in sight — what a bonus.

Ted Hawkins



Still keeping a secret?

By Mike Cunningham On April 30th, 2011 at 8:52 am

So you are a German politician. You learn that details of your previous life are being circulated upon Wikipedia  pages.

These details include the fact that you were a member of the STASI, or East German Secret Police, and that you celebrated the birthday of Stalin, allegations that you were a partner in an Internet Porn site, and news that you joined the STASI because you believed in the way it operated and its philosophies.

You go to the ever-obliging legal system in Germany, and obtain an injunction against Wikipedia.de to blank any access to its site from Germany.

You then learn that your legal actions have only blocked one small bit of the Free Internet Wikipedia organisation, your details are still up there for everyone to see and read; access has gone up by 700% since your action began, and contributions to Wikipedia have soared, so you give up, drop the injunction, and slink away into the undergrowth.

Transport, if you will the scene to Great Britain’s shores, and we will probably see the following attempts at silencing or blocking the ‘public’s right to know’:

David Cameron tries to block news that he is a firm supporter of everything European, including overall control of our borders, our press, our taxes and anything not so far controlled by the European behemoth.

Nick Clegg attempts to keep secret the astounding news that his medical files include the fact that he has no spine at all!

William Hague stops publication of long-range lens photos of him making a decision which was beneficial to Great Britain, on the grounds that people will find it too incredible to be true!

Ed Millband also tries to prevent knowledge leaking out that he texts ‘triumphant gloats’ to his brother Dave.


For the Lovely Lady

By Patrick Van Roy On April 29th, 2011 at 10:53 pm


By Pete Moore On April 29th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

A Triumph!

We might not be up to much else, but we can still put on a decent show, and what a show.

I have to agree with Cristina Odone and Toby Young in the Telegraph. We are and remain a Christian, conservative country. Without question, the marriage of our future King and Queen in the glorious Westminster Abbey has been met with a national tide of celebration. This was no hark back to the past, there was nothing “old-fashioned”  in the extraordinary joy found in the enormous crowds in london and thousands of street parties up and down the land. So magnificent is the day we just may not have changed as much as some of us have feared and some have hoped.

This is us, today, as we are, the British people having a jolly good knees up. Now I’m off down the pub.


By David Vance On April 29th, 2011 at 11:40 am

Need I say more?

Mark ballot paper with ????

By Mike Cunningham On April 29th, 2011 at 9:11 am

As a leader in many fields of enquiry, ATW can today confirm, even with an ongoing world-wide injunction against publication, that the present membership of the Northern Irish Assembly demonstrates that it is nothing more than a complete surrender to the murderous techniques of the IRA. Not being content with the murder of both British forces personnel as well as ordinary citizens of the Province; they extended their campaign of murder and intimidation to the Mainland, and as we can now disclose, they succeeded in nearly all their  objectives. After the huge bomb which hit Canary Wharf, Prime Minister John Major stated that the IRA ‘will not be seen to prevail’, whilst at the same time continuing negotiations for a deal with the hooded terrorists.

After the 1997 elections, and with further atrocities in the headlines, the panicked Labour Government under Tony Blair immediately placed discussions with the murderers as a top priority, and placed enormous pressure on the various Unionist parties to cave in, with a promise that all their friends would be given top jobs in a ‘devolved’ Administration. The sonorous sounds of ‘Never, Never, Never,’ were muted, the once-respected senior politicians who had promised no negotiations with killers were quietly advised to ‘shut up’ and ‘get on board’, even the  leader of the DUP, whose trademark negative attitude was at least a sign of certainty in Northern Ireland eventually caved-in, sat down smiling with an acknowledged terror godfather, and so the betrayal went on! Chris Patten was brought in, and the emasculation of the PSNI, or ‘SPIN’ as it is commonly known, is the result of his work.

The smiling killers sit in state, surrounded by the remnants of what once was a Unionist Party with principle, but these days are more concerned with what they can make, or grab, or steal!

John Major’s ‘not seen to prevail’ phraseology was further strengthened when General Sir John Chastelain, commander of the ‘Weaponry De-Commssioning’ group was ceremoniously handed his white stick and leash for his guide dog before heading out to meet with the ‘Independent Appointed Witnesses’ who had sworn blind that the IRA had placed their weaponry ‘beyond use!

A stark demonstration of SinnFeinIRA’s attitude to the ‘Peace Process’ was when  Robert McCartney was murdered by an IRA man in front of a dozen witnesses. As one blog-commenter wrote, ‘the area was bleached clean and the witnesses ‘disappeared’, and this in a bar I had enjoyed drinking in! It was bad for business, bad for democracy and very, very bad for the victim.”

As the old song goes, ‘And this is my beloved’; if your beloved is castrated, blind, crippled and nearly stony-broke, that is just about the picture in the Assembly, and with a bit of bad luck, will remain so!


By David Vance On April 29th, 2011 at 9:01 am

Very sad to read a heartbroken dad tell how his son hanged himself because of “fear” and “guilt” he felt over the Cork air disaster that killed six people.

The plane’s two pilots were killed along with four people with links to Northern Ireland — Richard Noble (49), Michael Evans (51), Pat Cullinan (45) and Brendan McAleese (39), a cousin of Irish president Mary McAleese’s husband. British pilot Oliver Lee (29) used to fly for the Manx2 airline between Belfast and Cork twice daily. Just days before the fatal crash Mr Lee left the company to join Jet2, but he blamed himself for the tragedy. He believed it would never have happened if he was at the controls, as he was familiar with foggy conditions in Cork. The body of Mr Lee was found in the stables of his family home in England, which he shared with his father David (54) and sister Harriet (21), by a Jet2 colleague.

Just awful. The air disaster at Cork was bad enough but the ramifications of it still carry on…


By David Vance On April 29th, 2011 at 8:42 am

Wonder what you make of the news that Robert Mugabe is among VIPs who will attend the beatification ceremony of Pope John Paul II this weekend?

The Zimbabwean dictator has been slammed by the international community for driving his country to poverty and is one of Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi’s only allies. His surprise inclusion on the list has raised eyebrows but it is not the first time that Catholic Mugabe’s presence at Vatican ceremony has provoked controversy.

Is there something about Mugabe the Vatican likes or is this just a very poor decision?