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NO PM IS BETTER THAN A BAD PM

By Pete Moore On May 22nd, 2019 at 8:44 pm

It’s a total clown show in Downing Street tonight. It appears that even most Tory MPs have given up on the Prime Minister after learning that she lied to the Cabinet. They all want her to go, at long last. But she’s determined to cling on. The Home Secretary, Defence Secretary and Foreign Secretary each demanded to see the PM tonight. Downing Street knocked them back.

This is where the Prime Minister is. Her scheming to stay on was once calculated in months. Then it was weeks. Tonight she’s clinging on simply by not opening the door.

It’s a total, hilarious clown show.

TROLLING LEVEL: GODLIKE

By Pete Moore On May 22nd, 2019 at 6:55 pm

The piece doesn’t mention the actual name to be given to the new settlement. I think they should have an open competition. You know, let the public come up with suggestions. Obvious ones such as Trump Town, Trumpton, Trumpistan and Orange County will come up, but I’m sure that ATW’s commentariat can think of a few more.

And they are bound to be respectable suggestions, of course.

“JOBS DEPEND ON THE EU”

By Pete Moore On May 22nd, 2019 at 6:35 pm

British Steel has gone into liquidation. Many thousand of jobs in Scunthorpe are about to go. The government has faced pressure to step in, to prop it up, to save the day. But the government did nothing. What has Greg Clark, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (as if such a thing is needed) got to say?

Negotiations ground to a halt because ministers concluded that the financial assistance would breach EU state aid rules that bar most subsidies, Mr Clark told the House of Commons.

He’s correct of course. EU state aid rules disallow government intervention. Well done Remainers! If we were out of the EU the government could have stepped in, but you’ve had your way (so far). Thanks to you and your EU, the government is powerless to prevent the loss of thousands of jobs.

Not that the government would have done something. Clark is demonstrating one reason why politicians love the EU: they can excuse an action or inaction by way of EU rules while they wring their hands.

(NB: This being ATW, I should say that to explain the situation is not necessary to endorse it. I am simply explaining the situation and neither calling for intervention nor decrying it.)

NEVER BELIEVE GOVERNMENT STATS

By Pete Moore On May 22nd, 2019 at 6:21 pm

The Netherlands’ migration minister, Mark Harbers, resigned on Tuesday following an outcry over a report which appeared to downplay crime statistics in relation to asylum-seekers.

Harbers presented a report to the Dutch parliament that included information on crimes committed by asylum-seekers. Various misdemeanors, such as shoplifting, had their own separate categories but serious crimes such as sexual assault, murder and manslaughter were placed under the category “other.”

Such is the carnage unleashed by the slow-motion invasion from primitive cultures, this is probably a common practice by many governments. Whatever the category, never – ever – believe what a government reports.

Trump is Right to Confront China

By Phantom On May 22nd, 2019 at 1:34 pm

A U.S. businessman friend of mine who works in China remarked to me recently that Donald Trump is not the American president America deserves, but he sure is the American president China deserves.

Trump’s instinct that America needs to rebalance its trade relationship with Beijing — before China gets too big to compromise — is correct. And it took a human wrecking ball like Trump to get China’s attention. But now that we have it, both countries need to recognize just how pivotal this moment is.

The original U.S.-China opening back in the 1970s defined our restored trade ties, which were limited. When we let China join the World Trade Organization in 2001, it propelled China into a trading powerhouse under rules that still gave China lots of concessions as a developing economy

This new negotiation will define how the U.S. and China relate as economic peers, competing for the same 21st-century industries, at a time when our markets are totally intertwined. So this is no ordinary trade dispute. This is the big one.

Prominent NYT free trade / globalism evangelist Tom Friedman has praised Trump for confronting China for China’s unfair trade practices.

I wonder how Trump will spin a significant endorsement like this. He’s spent the last few years saying that journalists are the ” enemy of the people ” and that the NYT is only in the business of churning out ” fake news ”

Confronting a predatory China on trade (and on Chinese imperialist activity in the South Asian seas ) is good policy. Presidents since Carter have have looked away from what’s been going on, Trump has knocked over the negotiating table.

We’d prosecute this dispute better with the open support of western allies, the same allies that the president has gone well out of his way to alienate.

Still, he is right on this one. Everyone should say so. More power to him in fighting a battle that must be fought.

ECO-LOONS KILL BRITISH STEEL

By Pete Moore On May 21st, 2019 at 7:05 pm

British Steel is on its uppers, with 5000 jobs about to go. Thanks to the last Labour government’s Climate Change Act, which many noted at the time would be the most expensive piece of legislation ever, energy costs are killing many firms. It’s this bad, thanks to eco-loons, bureaucrats, politicians and lobbyists who fill their pockets while the working man suffers. –

How do the UK’s electricity costs compare internationally?

Europe as a whole is suffering from uncompetitive energy prices. International Energy Agency figures show that average European industrial consumers pay twice as much for their power as their counterparts in the United States.

The situation for the UK is even more concerning. Out of all EU member states, the UK’s energy intensive industries face the highest electricity prices.

Why are UK electricity costs so uncompetitive?

A series of energy and climate measures have added to the cost of electricity for industrial users. This includes costs of schemes such as the EU-wide ETS but also the costs of the Government’s unilateral CPF, which currently sets a price of carbon that is four times the level of the EU price. The costs of climate measures are expected to grow for industry, and by 2030 the impact of these policies will collectively add 66% to the costs of electricity for industrial users, according to the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

UK steelmakers are typically paying around £80-90/MWh for their electricity – of this £14/MWh is attributable to the cost of carbon (EU ETS and the CPF) and £20/MWh to the cost of renewable subsidies.

THE POLITICAL ESTABLISHMENT IS SO CORRUPT

By Pete Moore On May 21st, 2019 at 6:52 pm

I told that they’d launch everything at Sir Nigel Farage and The Brexit Party. Last week the Electoral Commission gave them a clean bill of health, declaring that the party is compliant with electoral law. Then Gordon Brown made ludicrous accusations, the media piled in, and the corrupt, pro-EU Electoral Commission stepped up to make a song and dance about investigating the party which, a few days ago, it cleared.

And the European Parliament is launching a barrage, claiming to investigate Sir Nigel too. They are not just scared of the The Brexit Party; they are absolutely terrified. They have seen the polls and they foresee the end of their cozy, two-party corrupt state.

We will not have our British sense of fair play wounded, especially not by Johnny Continental. Not only will this not turn one voter against The Brexit Party, it will recruit thousands more. Remember, this is about way more than Brexit. It’s about ending an openly corrupt and anti-democratic political establishment. I know that we go into Thursday’s elections with the best wishes of everyone connected to ATW.

A Public Service Announcement

By Patrick Van Roy On May 21st, 2019 at 12:11 am

Adult Content only grown ups can watch. 

FARAGE THE LATEST VICTIM OF REMAINER VIOLENCE

By Pete Moore On May 20th, 2019 at 6:20 pm

It’s always futile to hope that the Left doesn’t resort to violence. It has no arguments on its side, so violence is always close to the surface. After Tommy Robinson and Carl Benjamin had milkshakes thrown over them, Sir Nigel Farage becomes the latest patriot to likewise be targeted.

The culprit is a 32 year old Labour supporter, Remainer, and man-boy (check the adolescent t-shirt). This is becoming tedious now. Before you say it, chucking a milkshake over someone is a common assault. If you think otherwise then do it to a copper and see what happens to you. And next time it’s a chemical. Then it’s a brick. Then a knife. All because losers on the extreme-left cannot accept losing a vote.

Every day conservatives and patriots are censored, no-platformed, banned from social media, harrassed, shouted down and attacked. Anti-EU politicians are now on the end of it daily while campaigning for this week’s European Parliament elections.

The Right believes in free speech and the open of opinions. The Left is in the grip of an authoritarian mania which stifles any opinion not in total accord with its orthodoxy. The Left needs to step back and look at itself.

OPCW DOCUMENT POKES MORE HOLES IN ESTABLISHMENT SYRIA NARRATIVE

By Pete Moore On May 19th, 2019 at 4:38 pm

“A huge international news story broke last week, but I doubt you will hear about it anywhere else. It seems very likely that the decision we, France and the USA made in April 2018 to bomb Syria was based on a mistake as big as the fictional weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in 2003.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the international body which examines alleged incidents of the use of poison gas, has just confirmed to me that a devastating leaked document from its Dutch HQ is genuine.

The document, written by one of the OPCW’s most experienced investigators, shows that it is highly unlikely that gas canisters found at the scene of an alleged poison gas attack in Douma, Syria were actually dropped from helicopters – as has been widely believed and claimed. The claim is crucial to the case for bombing Syria.”

That’s Peter Hitchens in today’s Mail. The report is here. If the report is genuine then those attacks on Syria were launched on lies. The media – which was all over the chlorine attacks, the allegations that Assad’s regime was responsible and that force must be used against it – appears to have entirely missed this rather important development.