Sorry I have not been around today. The last few days have seen my twitter account spammed and a serial stalker harass me in entirely unacceptable ways. Action has been taken and I will return tomorrow.
We are told that Helen Grant MP, the Sports Minister, failed completely when asked to answer five questions about sport posed by a television reporter.
As to Mrs. Grant’s knowledge or expertise in her somewhat strange Department, all I would ever state is that, until her name came up whilst reading the Telegraph’s Morning briefing, there were only two items that I remembered pertinent to this nonentity. One was that she attempted to alter an employee’s contract so he was only able to claim 2 weeks instead of 26 weeks sick pay. The second was that she claims the maximum for rentinmg a flat in Central London, but has a big house just nineteen miles away.
Was she nominated for Westminster because she was a former judo champion, or because she was a solicitor; or more likely because she was an A-lister, female and black?
Here is a guest post from long standing ATW contributor Noel Cunningham and it is my pleasure to post it!
“I am forced upon David’s hospitality not only by the day that’s in it, but also the fact that our Irish Americans holding the coveted jus postium are most likely so overwhelmed by the moment of this occasion, and organising festivities etc. to mark it, that they may neglect to share their celebrations with the rest of the ATW global community.
But stay: I am also aware that there are some so ignorant of the history of western civilisation and Ireland’s central role in saving it that they will think today is merely the anniversary of the day Jackie finally took off that blood-stained costume (gold) or the Federal Reserve announced a stimulus (wood).
To them I announce that exactly one hundred years ago today, Irish men and women from all provinces and all persuasions came together to form Óglaigh na hÉireann, the Irish Volunteers, which also did business under the names the Irish Army and the IRA. Among Ulster Unionists they are of course also known by other names. The inaugural meeting of this august body was held in the rooms of the Rotunda on Parnell Square, Dublin, the very same spot where less than half a century later the present writer was also born, disproving the adage that lightening never strikes twice in the same place.
The political context is unfortunately somewhat messy. Ireland was at the time a reluctant part of the United Kingdom and was administered by a coterie in Dublin Castle under a Lord Lieutenant appointed by the English king. It was undemocratic and represented nobody; in fact the only qualification for membership was apparently that you are not an Irish Catholic. Ireland also elected some 100 members to the British parliament. A large majority of these were nationalists and had for generations been campaigning for a separate parliament for Ireland (Home Rule); each time, however, they had been frustrated by the British legislative system, which was as foreign as it was irrelevant for them.
There was in Ireland also a more radical movement present in the form of Fenianism and the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB). In numbers they were small and politically insignificant for the time being. But by infiltrating other cultural and sporting organisations, they greatly helped – assisted not least by British intransience – in slowly turning the Irish people towards a sense of its own cultural and political power and independence.
In 1912, it seemed that the British government was finally prepared to relent and grant Ireland Home Rule. Unionists, especially in Dublin and Ulster, had always been anxious at the prospect and now turned to open revolt. “Home Rule is Rome Rule”, they thundered, and swore to defy any attempt by the British government to give Ireland a separate parliament. Just to show they were serious, they set up an army, the Ulster Volunteer Force, and imported modern weapons from Germany to equip it.
They were supported by British Conservatives. The Liberal government, however, especially the Secretary for War, John Seely, and the head of the admiralty, Winston Churchill, sought a confrontation with the Unionist rebels and prepared to move against them. It was thought that the British Army in Ireland would mutiny rather than take action against their “Orange countrymen”. Subsequently they did just that.
In this confused situation, radical Republicans in Ireland saw their opportunity. They could create an independent Irish army ostensibly to enforce Home Rule in the face of the Ulster revolt. Thus one of the many ironies of Irish history: the nascent IRA formed to fight alongside the British army in enforcing British rule. The organisers believed the Irish must not merely receive but also fight for their freedom: Pearse appealed to Irish manhood.
When the Orangemen “line the last ditch” they may make a very sorry show; but we shall make an even sorrier show, for we shall have to get the Gordon Highlanders to line the ditch for us.
He and other members of the IRB then set about organising their army.
It was an instant success. Soon 150,000 people had joined from north and south, Catholic, Protestant and Dissenter, women and men, beefy GAA lads from Tipperary alongside Dublin intellectuals. Yeats‘ muse, the legendary beauty Maude Gonne (gone mod?) was there to prove the men would fight not only for the plain people of Ireland. Edward Conor O’Brien, later the first man to sail a small boat around Cape Horn (hence the next generation’s Conor “Cruise” O’Brien), Thomas Finucane, who later fought in Easter Week, and whose son, Brendan, flew a spitfire with shamrock and became the highest scoring RAF ace in the Battle of Britain. Troll will be impressed that one of their number went on to become a Hollywood star, Colm that the same lad got within the sight of Bette Davis eyes and her pants. Every Irish prime minister serving up to the 1960s was present at that day.
Has there ever been a body of men so deserving of their motto “Fianna Fail”, the Soldiers of Destiny? Within ten years they had chased the British Army and British rule out of Ireland.
Brendan Behan’s famous remark that when Irish Republicans hold a meeting the first item on the agenda is the split was only partly true. In fact the split didn’t come until a full 10 months later, when no less than 90 % of the men walked off to join the British army and mix their blood with the Flanders mud. A slight setback, you may think. However, the Volunteers had at first been a mass movement, the fashion of the day among nationalist Ireland. Those who deserted in favour of the Stranger’s Shilling were for the most part the men who had joined on a whim and to impress the local girls. The dedicated members, those who were out for revolution, almost all stayed and it was they that came out to fight in Easter Week and fought on to final victory in the War of Independence 1919 to 1921.
After independence they morphed into the Irish Army and the IRA. It was the former that during WWII stood ready to drive any invader back into the sea, as DeValera said, prompting Lord Haw Haw to retort “Drive the Wehrmacht into the sea? Why they couldn’t drive the Tinkers out of Tuam” (Haw Haw, although a local, was being less than objective. He had sided with the British forces during the war of independence and followed them back to England and into Fascism on its completion).
Behind the Rotunda building, the Garden of Remembrance is now an oasis of tranquillity in a bustling part of the city. A statue of the Children of Lir turning into swans symbolises the terrible beauty that was born there. It overlooks a cross-shaped pond, with the underwater mosaics showing images of broken spears, a reminder of the ancient Gaelic custom of breaking weapons and cooling them in water at the end of hostilities, a kind of early Irish act of decommissioning.
It is a fitting memorial, and I have no doubt that the majority of members of the Irish Volunteers who died in the fight for Ireland’s freedom rest peacefully in the knowledge that their country is now a close friend on equal terms with the historic enemy.
Iran is a terrorist nation that is the main financier, trainer, and supplier of the logistics of terror world wide. It is building Nuclear Weapons and it has stated over and over that America and Israel must be wiped from the face of the Earth.
So our fearless leader betrays our friends and Allies and gives them over $7 Billion in return for nothing. The regime in Washington has made nothing but repeated mistakes in the middle east. Every team they have backed have proven to be the wrong ones. At least El Duce is consistent.
When the Jews and the Saudis both agree that the Obama regime is insane it might tell you something. I found this article interesting especially this paragraph.
The officials said the U.S. passed strong messages to Israel and the Saudis that the Americans control radar capabilities over the skies near Iran and that no strike should be launched without permission from the Obama administration.
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I see that a bomb that partially exploded inside a car in Belfast city centre contained 60kgs of home-made explosives, police have said.
The alert began on Sunday when a masked gang hijacked a car, placed a bomb on board and ordered the driver to take it to a shopping centre. It exploded as army bomb experts prepared to examine the car left at the entrance to Victoria Square car park.
Let’s see if the chorus of usual suspects who WHINGE about legitimate Flag protests in the city centre now get stuck in to the Irish Republican rabble behind this attack.
The only possible explanation for this man still being at liberty is that he is protected.
Groups linked to hate preacher Anjem Choudary have been labelled, the ‘single biggest gateway to terrorism in recent British history’.
The radical Islamist has been identified as the link between groups who encourage the safe passage of British and European Muslims into Syria where they join Al-Qaeda-linked forces. According to a study by Hope Not Hate, organisations affiliated with Choudary have encouraged in the region of 80 young British Muslims to join the fighting in Syria.
They may also have had a hand in the recruitment of 300 more on the continent, the report said.
Yet Choudary remains at large……WHY is this? Is he a double agent?
IRELAND 22:24 NEW ZEALAND
What a game of rugby today! The All Blacks went to Dublin looking to be the first team in the modern era to win every game in a calendar year, having triumphed in all thirteen of their previous games this year. Ireland needed a boost after a terrible performance last week against Australia. How difficult was Ireland’s task? They’ve never beaten the All Blacks, and this All Black team is the greatest in the world. My confident prediction was that Ireland would be blasted off the pitch.
So what did you think?
50yrs of the Dr. I got hooked on the Dr in the Tom Baker years, I still have the scarf and hat. The 50th was a bit disappointing to me. So much hype over what was really a filler episode.
We have an ease of the Dr’s conscience and a set direction that the show is going to go. It was written well as with all of Moffets stuff, but it could have been more. Hell when the Dr met himself he didn’t even say SNAP!
Just curious as to what others thought.
It grieves me to read that Dominic Grieve, the Attorney General, apologise for “offending the Pakistani community” in the UK over comments that he has made regarding endemic corruption in ethnic groups;
The Government’s most senior law officer has apologised for any offence caused by remarks about corruption in Britain’s Pakistani community. Attorney General Dominic Grieve said he had not intended to suggest there was a “particular problem in the Pakistani community”. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph Grieve said corruption was “endemic” in some communities and he was “mainly” referring to those of Pakistani origin. He has apologised for the remarks, which were branded “offensive” by a senior Tory MEP. In a statement Mr Grieve said: “If I gave the impression that there is a particular problem in the Pakistani community, I was wrong.”
Perhaps Grieve should have looked at this article before grovelling.
It looks like corruption is endemic in Pakistan beyond any shadow of doubt. Why would we think that this completely changes when those in that community travel abroad? Why IS corruption something that we must not discuss? I am sure it is not restricted to any one group, of course, but to deny it is not a problem seems sadly delusional and predictable.
That’s the title of the Monty Python comeback live show taking place 1st July next year. Does it mean there will be five more shows to go, or is it a Python-sque reference to the fact that Graham Chapman is gone but the others still remain? I have mixed feelings about this show. I was a fan of the Python shows and movies but feel they are somehow of a time now gone. It strikes me that this is about money really and fair enough. I still admire the comic genius of these guys and am sure this will be mega-successful. Here is a Python clip that somehow sums up ATW..