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A Family Affair

By ATWadmin On April 7th, 2009 at 7:02 pm

NI FIRST PARASITE Peter Robinson bleats that the Conservative Party’s ‘sleaze department’ has engineered media attacks on him and the missus, Irene Iris Irate. Given the gouging by the Swizz Family Robinson, who cares? Let’s remind ourselves what this hard working tribune of the people has been up to:

Mr Robinson received £274,906 in salary and expenses from his political posts in 2007/08. His current total figure — reflecting his First Minister’s pay — is believed to be in the region of £300,000.

His wife Iris, who holds MP, MLA and council seats, received £257,640 in the financial year 2007/08. That included some £10,000 for chairing the Stormont Health Committee.

Their allowances cover such areas as travel, staffing, office-running expenses and the costs of staying in London.

The two Robinsons employ their three children and a daughter-in-law on their staff teams.

They are also entitled to claim separate London living expenses from the Commons for the same flat in the city.

In 2007/08, their combined totals for London living costs came to £40,342.

This racket is pulling in something like £600,000. And let’s be clear – this is absolutely a racket. As Guido said: That is how “public servants” who have never had a proper job in their lives, retire as millionaires off the backs of taxpayers.

Still The Enemy

By ATWadmin On April 7th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

THE POLICE have awesome powers. They are a group licenced by the State to use violence on our behalf – to protect our lives and our liberty. We accept these powers must sometimes be used. We must also recognise that this licence to use violence is legitimate only within controlled limits.

When these limits are crossed, police officers become little more than common thugs. When their licence to use violence becomes a baton smashed into the legs and back of a man who poses no threat to anyone, they will quickly lose legitimacy.

The point is not that ‘I hate the pigs man’. I do not. I’m a natural supporter of the police. The point is that we desperately need again a civilised police force of humble and honoured fellow Britons on our side.

And have you stopped beating your wife yet?

By ATWadmin On April 7th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Some participants in the Westminster Village election stakes, especially that of the Tory Party, are very busy stuffing socks into their mouths to stop the horse-laughs from echoing up and down the Commons’ Lobbies.

Prospective M.P.’s. We’ve all met the type, but of two differing and very different backgrounds and upbringing.

The prospective Labour candidate, pockets full of Tribune and Guardian cuttings, clutching a ‘Socialist Worker’ pamphlet under his arm, standing as a candidate in seats long condemned by the Labour hierarchy as totally unwinnable. Why does he stand? Because he believes with a red-hot urge that he could carry the Labour flame onwards and for ever! Usually but not always from a comprehensive education background, he’s attended a modern University, and has cut his teeth on local Party Politics from the age of fourteen. He has not been corrupted, yet!

Then we see a typical Tory Constituency candidate. He too ‘knows’ that he is destined to be an M.P., but his knowledge comes from the fact that his father was one, or his uncle; it’s a sort of ‘family business’ idea. He is a member of the local Young Farmers, he probaly went to either Eton or Marlborough, thence to either Oxford or Cambridge, where he might have steered clear of the Bullingdon set, if he was lucky enough.( those pictures can be most embarrassing!). He knows most of the chosen Constituency Party Association by first name, and may even prove to be a moderately successful M.P. if selected and elected.

And then there is the ‘Chosen Son’ type, of which a few exist on both sides of the Speaker’s chair. Independently wealthy, brought up in circumstances so far adrift of everyday working people as to be almost from a different universe. He has dabbled in Environmental Politics and ‘Green Issues’, dislikes Europe intensely because they want to control his wealth and companies, which sometimes just don’t gel with the ‘Caring Image’ he likes to project. Married to a woman wealthy in her own right, he exudes polish, personality and ‘our sort’ of candidate! Unfortunately, his passage towards a so-called ‘safe seat’ has been imperilled by the fact that he has been, and is being unfaithful to his wife. Our Uber-wealthy Zac Goldsmith, who seems to have inherited his father’s arrogance as well as all his cash, was placed before a Media monitor, who was supposed to grill him with the type of questions he might be faced with during a selection or Election battle.

Big ‘Zac’ was asked  ‘You cheated on your wife. What’s to stop you cheating on your constituents?’ and of course was unable to coherently reply.  A pity when your ambition is foiled by your Zipper!

ATW Open Thread

By ATWadmin On April 7th, 2009 at 11:13 am

Spectacular, eh?

Super-busy today, so have yourselves an open thread.

Play nicely.

Back later.

one for us, but another for ‘them’

By ATWadmin On April 7th, 2009 at 7:38 am

Read and listened this a.m. to the reports of the totally illegal demonstration at the Houses of Parliament, and the strange facts that no one has been arrested, no one has been baton-charged or hemmed in a restricted area, the protesters remain in place, traffic has been disrupted, and the Law is being broken as I write.

  • The vast majority of the illegal protesters are Tamil, therefore BROWN!

  •  Most previous WHITE-led demonstrators have either been summarily arrested, charged, DNA taken, etc.

 Spot the difference?


England Today

By ATWadmin On April 6th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

The USS Theodore Roosevelt at anchor off Portsmouth.

And Still It Goes On

By ATWadmin On April 6th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

YES, well, food prices certainly are on the up:

A crisis is unfolding in the UK as people in poverty struggle with rising food prices and the recession, the Save the Children charity has warned. It comes as new figures from The Grocer magazine show food prices rose by more than 18% over the last year.

But not for everyone:

MPs will not be hit by the rising cost of food and drink following a controversial decision to cap price increases in the restaurants, cafes and bars within the Houses of Parliament.

By what magick does the Looting Class manage to cap prices? Of course:

The deal, agreed by senior MPs at a meeting last month, means the taxpayer will have to provide a £5 million subsidy for food and drink sold within the Palace of Westminster.

I’m tired of this, tired of them all, tired of the daily looting, tired of being raided and insulted without relief by little more than organised criminals. Are they good for anything but shafting us?

So Brilliant He Invents New Language

By ATWadmin On April 6th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

How do you say ‘Profits-to-Earnings Ratio’ in Austrian?

Q Sonja Sagmeister from a little country, Austria, from Austrian Television. Mr. President, you said you came here to learn and to listen. So a quite personal question — what did you learn from your personal talk with the European leaders? And did this change in a certain way your views on Europe and its politics?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: It’s an interesting question ….. It was also interesting to see that political interaction in Europe is not that different from the United States Senate. There’s a lot of — I don’t know what the term is in Austrian — wheeling and dealing — and, you know, people are pursuing their interests, and everybody has their own particular issues and their own particular politics.

Just, you know, in case those Left Wing comedians who appear on the same BBC shows remarkably often should – somehow – forget to mention it.

h/t – allan@aberdeen

The State Is Not Your Friend

By ATWadmin On April 6th, 2009 at 10:07 am

BOOKER’S column from yesterday is a must-read. The details:

In December 2007 the two McBrides appeared in Liverpool Crown Court, having pleaded guilty earlier in the year to misidentifying catches of fish for which they had no quota under EU rules. But instead of just asking for fines to be imposed on fishermen who break quota rules, the Marine Fisheries Agency (MFA) now has a new tactic. It calls in the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) to use the Proceeds of Crime Act, designed to recover money from international drugs traffickers, money launderers and other major criminals.

Soca – which last year replaced the Assets Recovery Agency, after it had spent £65 million to recover £23 million – assumes that if someone has benefited from the proceeds of crime for more than six months, he is living “a criminal lifestyle”. Everything he owns can then be deemed to have derived from criminal activity.

In the case of Charlie and Charles McBride, all their assets were thus valued at more than £1 million, including their boat and homes (valued at the height of the property boom). On this basis Judge Nigel Gilmour not only imposed on them fines of £385,000 – infinitely more than the value of the fish they had wrongly declared – but ruled that all their assets should be frozen as “proceeds of crime”, even though the home and boat had been bought before the offences were committed. He also told the men that, unless they paid the fines within six months, they would go to prison for up to three years.

At their wits’ end as to how to raise the money, the two McBrides negotiated a second mortgage on their homes. Charlie McBride presented Soca with £120,000, asking that it should be taken as a down-payment on the fine until he had somehow found the rest. The agency asked how he had come by the money and, when told that it came from remortgaging his house, told him that he would be charged with contempt of court because the house was a “frozen asset”.

Two weeks ago the two men were accordingly jailed for contempt, and having been allowed one telephone call to tell his wife Karen what had happened, Charlie is now serving out his sentence as a prison refuse collector.

So, you are fined and must pay the State lots of money. However, you cannot use either your own money or any assets to raise the money – because the State has frozen your assets.

This is justice Banana Republic-style. Forget the ‘crime’ of which they’ve been found guilty (it used to be called ‘fishing’ until foreigners started making our laws), it’s the absurdity of the fine and the State’s de facto restriction on ways to go about meeting it. Thus supposedly free people, protected by the law, lose their liberty.

The Chiselling Chancellor

By ATWadmin On April 6th, 2009 at 9:25 am

CAN you believe it? The Chancellor of the Exchequor, the Right Hon. Alistair Darling, is in on the same scam as the rest of them. Yes, I can believe it. What I can’t believe is that Parliament isn’t yet ringed with pitchforks and torches.

Guido has the details. Darling has four homes;two grace and favour homes at the public’s expense, he rents out his private home (originally taxpayer funded) for his private profit and then he claims for his other home. He has at various times claimed that various houses were his main residence – in doing so he always maximised his claim for expenses. Today he pays no housing expenses whatsoever out of his own pocket – anywhere – while the taxpayer pays for three properties for him and he rents out a fourth to make an extra profit.

This follows hours after we find that Two Homes Secretary Jakkee Smith has been filling the trolley at B&Q with barbeques and bath plugs and a kitchen sink – and sticking on our tab. An 88p bath plug!

MPs are even claiming back their taxes out of our taxes! How are we not all libertarians yet?

Who else? anyone else? But of course. Step forward Geoff ‘Buff’Hoon, former Secretary of State for Defense and now at Transport (transporting our money into his bank account). He lived it up in a grace and favour apartment in Admiralty House, rented out his London home and claimed the allowance for his constituency home. In the process making hundreds of thousands in profits and clearing his mortgage. Today he sits on £1.7m worth of property – all paid for by us according to LBC radio.

This is organised crime.