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HANG THE BANKERS…

By ATWadmin On September 28th, 2009 at 7:10 am

My own position is clear – rewarding effective commercial performance through bonus payments lies at the heart of capitalism and I fully endorse it. Meanwhile, back on planet socialism…

Alistair Darling and Gordon Brown will widen Labour’s attack on banking’s “greed and recklessness” today in an attempt to create a new election divide with the Conservatives.

The Chancellor will tell the party conference in Brighton that legislation to be introduced in the next few weeks will scrap automatic year-after-year bonuses and stop executives getting payouts unless they can prove they are deserved. Bonuses will be deferred over a period so that they can be clawed back if they are not warranted by long-term performance.

What right has this government to tell private companies how they will reward their employees? None. As far as I can determine (and you can correct me if you know otherwise) the draconian legislation that Labour plan can ONLY be legally apllied to those banks in which they (via the taxpayer) have acquired a significant financial interest in. In which case, that’s fine since anyone worth their salt will leave such zombie banks.

There is something deeper here in my view beyond the kneejerk desire of socialists to punish the evil bankers and thus gain some opportunistic political capital. There is an envy, a jealousy, a hatred at accepting the fact that some people are good at what they do, better than the average, and in doing so are worthy of greater levels of payment. There is also a sanitisation that just as some banks did perform abysmally, so did some governments and in particular that led by Mr Brown when he was Chancellor.

Hanging the bankers is a poor substitute for recognising that the more politicians meddle in the free market, the less effective it becomes. Labour would like to get to the point where it controls the private sector as much as it does the State sector and this is the shadow that this latest policy casts over the UK economy. 

Scratch a Scab and It Bleeds

By ATWadmin On September 28th, 2009 at 6:58 am

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown likes to portray herself as the ultimate in westernised Islam: a woman in high places who has forsaken the sartorial, patriarchal, honour-bound constrictions affecting so many in those communities throughout Europe.  Yet, when it comes to Israel, she’s like a picked scab.  Out come the words, the emotions, the lies, the exaggerations and all the hypocrisies that one might find pouring from the mouth of a burka-clad Muslim Flintstone.  When I read one of her articles, I thank my lucky stars that the paper she writes for will be going the way of the dodo by Christmas time.

Her latest offering, seeking to draw ludicrous parallels between Israel and Iran ticks all the above boxes.  She finds it incomprehensible that the West should take Iran to task over its nuclear ambitions whilst leaving Israel alone.  The simple answer to the BBC’s favourite Muzza is ‘No. Israel’s nuclear weapons DON’T count.’  And the reason they don’t count is because Israel, unlike Iran, is surrounded by countries that don’t recognise its right to exist and would gleefully eradicate it from the face of the earth if they knew they had the power to do so and the ability to get away with it. 

Most astonishingly of all is Brown’s pig-ignorance (yes, Muslims are very good at showing ignorance of porcine proportions when it comes to Israel, even though they are forbidden from eating them) in believing that Israel actually luxuriates in Middle East unrest because it gives it the opportunity to play the ‘plucky’ underdog.  Play?  Oh, so the Six-day and Yom Kippur wars were  figments of the imagination, were they?  The continuous unprovoked attacks on Israeli citizens and the waves of terrorism all propagated by the adherents of ROP were actually stage-managed by Mossad to give the impression of long-suffering Jews? 

Brown sympathises with the Gazans.  Nowhere does she mention the reasons why Israel attacked the Strip earlier this year – because it was still subjected to terrorist attacks supported electorally by that Strip’s citizens even after a unilateral Israeli withdrawal from Gaza.  But that doesn’t matter, eh Yasmin?  As long as it’s Jewish blood being spilt why should a self-respecting Muzza like you give a damn?  After all, you have the dubious distinction of being a follower of the world’s most deadly, autocratic, peace-hating, trouble-causing, manipulative, subjugating religion.  And that, my not-so-dear woman, lies at the basis of your (let’s be honest) hatred of the Israeli State.  The beam in your eye is so large that donning a niqab would make your face a completely hidden entity from the outside world. 

IMITATION SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY JUKEBOX

By ATWadmin On September 27th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Anyone remember this then? And which artiste do you think it mimicked back in those golden days of 1979?

 

DEMONISING GOOD NEIGBOURS…

By ATWadmin On September 27th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Did you read that adults who look after friends’ children on a regular basis are being forced to register with the government under new legislation?

They must complete a criminal record check, learn first aid, take a childcare course and even follow Labour’s “nappy curriculum” for under-fives. Officials insisted the rules were needed to safeguard children.

Nonsense. This is about increasing the power of The State and it is outrageous. 

” Cotton Eyed Joe ” by Asleep at the Wheel, at the Welcome Back Charles Party

By ATWadmin On September 27th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

There’s a virtual party going on somewhere in Texas.  Everyone’s in a good mood now that Charles has returned.

Here, ” Cotton Eyed Joe “, by  ” Asleep at the Wheel “, the righteous Texas swing band, playing great music since 1970 and very much still at it.

 Cheers! Next round’s on Colm!

Asleep at the Wheel

Is Gordon Brown Nuts?

By ATWadmin On September 27th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

IT’S out there now. Since Andrew Marr, of all people, asked the Prime Minister this morning if he’s a pill popper the chatterati have been all a twitter. Even BBC Radio 5Live has been in the act, asking Labour MPs this evening at the Labour conference if Brown is ‘ill’.

Despite Brown’s response to Marr, the rumours long circulating haven’t been about his failing eyesight, which is common knowledge, but about his mental health. The only surprise is that it’s Brown’s old chum Marr who pulled the pin, live on the BBC.

So is Brown ill? I’d be surprised if he isn’t. The violent mood swings, chronic lack of social skills, obsessional behaviour and reflexive repetition of language are clear. It’s always been plain that the man isn’t quite all the ticket, but are these the symptoms of a workaholic unable to deflect the pressures of his job or something more serious?

I don’t know, I’m not a shrink, but I believe he’s known as the Prime Mentalist for good reason. Is it rude to ask? Of course not. The rumours are persistent and must be met. If you want to know the background, Anna Raccoon set it out at Old Holborn recently. 

 

STIMULUS VERSUS REALITY

By ATWadmin On September 27th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

So, just HOW well has the international stimulus been doing…?

“If you look at the sheer scale of global stimulus this year, what shocks is how little has been achieved. China’s exports were down 23pc in August; Japan’s were down 36pc; industrial production has dropped by 23pc in Japan, 18pc in Italy, 17pc in Germany, 13pc in France and Russia and 11pc in the US.”

So, keep “stimulating” and keep racking up the debt, right?

A QUESTION OF PRIORITIES…

By ATWadmin On September 27th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Here is an insight into how we “fight” the war on the Taliban…

THE most senior army officer to resign after leading troops in Afghanistan claims that he was asked whether he could delay an attack on a Taliban stronghold until after Gordon Brown had visited the country. Major-General Andrew Mackay said before he quit that Britain’s contribution to the war was being undermined by a “tragic failure of leadership”.

I think he is right. For Brown to put his photo-op before the operational priorities of our Armed Forces is absolutely shameful but also entirely predictable. Lions led by one eyed donkeys.

RAT SEEKS NEW BERTH….

By ATWadmin On September 27th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

I see that the architect of the doomed NuLabour project, Lord Peter Mandelson, has said that he would be prepared to work for the incoming Conservative government, if asked.

In an interview, the Business Secretary said he would be willing to put his experience at the disposal of the country, if Labour lost power. “As I grow older, I can imagine more ways of serving my country than simply being a party politician,” he said.

His country, lest we are under ANY illusions, is the EU. This is the man who is keeping Brown afloat long enough for the EU Constitution to become law and thus unstoppable. This man is a traitor to the United Kingdom. He is a capable operator, for sure but then again so was Goebbels. It is inconceivable that Cameron would use “the talents” of a man who has wreaked havoc on the British constitution, who was forced to RESIGN not once but TWICE from Ministerial office, and who remains a dark and brooding presence at the black heart of socialist politics.

“I Just Can’t Take It Anymore…”

By ATWadmin On September 27th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

For the moment, forget Obama’s dull ramblings, and even Netanayu’s clarity.

Just for the moment, consider the translators, the unsung heroes of the multinational political arena.

Did you happen to see the brilliant woman who translated for Hugo Chavez?  When Fox News stopped Hugo Chavez in the halls of the UN for an interview, Chavez’s translator – a small female, dressed in light pink -managed to translate not just Chavez’s words, but Chavez’s mood and body language, without stumble, nor filter.

Hugo Chavez started out reasonable and mellow.  She translated, reasonable and mellow. He raised his voice, became perturbed. She raised her voice, became perturbed.  His brows furrowed. Her brows furrowed. He smiled with derision. She smiled the same derisive smile, all while translating. A true professional, this woman. Remarkable: 

And how about Libya’s Colonel Gaddafy?  Gaddafy was scheduled to speak for 15 minutes but he rambled on and on for over 1.5 hours. After 75 minutes of incoherency, undone by the inner workings of this madman’s mind, Gaddafy’s first translator exclaimed in Arabic:  “I just can’t take it any more…,”  and collapsed.   A second translator took over for the final 20 minutes.