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DUMB, DUMBER, DUMBEST?

By ATWadmin On August 16th, 2009 at 8:28 am

Successive British Governments have systematically destroyed what once was an excellent UK education system. I blame the Conservatives for not standing up for Grammar schools and for not facing down the Teaching Unions and of course Labour has connived to lower standards in their quest for radical egalitarianism. Consider this;

“The days of rises in the A-level pass rate year after year may soon be numbered, according to academic experts. This Thursday, when more than 250,000 teenagers get their A-level results, could well mark the end of a period spanning three decades.

The pass rate is set to rise again this year for the 27th year in succession – but only by about 0.3 per cent to 97.5 per cent. The percentage of A grades achieved is expected to rise, too, by about 0.6 per cent to 26.5 per cent – the highest figure in the history of the exam.”

Once upon a time, taking an “A” level was a challenge and acheiving an A grade was a mark of real distinction. Now, almost everyone passes their A levels as the exam becomes insulated from failure. The A grades rise all the time as the content and structure of the exams dumbs down. Teachers get a pat on the back for their willingness to play along with the charade and of course some juicy salary increases all round. Kids feel good and all is made to look good. But it isn’t.

Those students leaving with a brace of Grade A’s are often found to lack basic mathematical and linguistic skills. That’s why Universities have been forced to offer remedial classes in these basics. I have interviewed young people with Grade A  “A” levels only to find they had the command of even simple maths skills. How can this be? How is is that children can go through an entire 12 years of State Education and still not understand how to divide or to spell? THAT is the reality and the scam means that employers are increasingly disinterested in Academic grades and often now use their own tests.

The fundamental problem here is.. Government. It should keep it’s ideology OUT of Education. The next problem are the Trade Unions which facilitate the continued retention of poor teachers. The final issue is that rather than chase excellence, the syllabus and those who enforce it prefer to lower standards for all so that all may have prizes. As in the Dodo Race, people only fool themselves.

LABOUR SUGGESTS TERRORISM IS JUSTIFIABLE..

By ATWadmin On August 16th, 2009 at 8:16 am

Did you read that Mr Bean aka David Miliband has been accused of condoning terrorism after declaring that there were circumstances in which it was ‘justifiable’.

His remarks – made in support of the ANC’s armed struggle against apartheid in South Africa – were swiftly condemned by the Conservatives, who accused him of giving succour to the Taliban in Afghanistan. The military wing of the ANC carried out a number of terrorist attacks during its campaign, including the Church Street bombing in Pretoria in 1983 in which 19 people were killed and more than 200 wounded. Many of the victims were civilians.

Miliband is only speaking left wing truth. His Party DOES believe some terrorism is justifiable. It believes that the ANC policy of slaughtering civilians was right, it always supported the IRA, and of course it denies that Islamic terrorism even exists. So, not sure why anyone would be surprised at Comrade Dave and his support for terrorism.

A QUESTION OF UNEMPLOYMENT…

By ATWadmin On August 16th, 2009 at 8:09 am

It is suggested in the press today that unemployment figures could rise to more than 4m during the first year of a new Conservative government.

Senior Tories are drawing up plans to shift 1.5m people who claim incapacity benefit on to jobseeker’s allowance within 12 months of taking office. The move would temporarily send the official figures on unemployment soaring. However, the Conservatives believe the move could immediately save £1 billion and would eventually get hundreds of thousands of people currently considered too sick to work back into the labour market. They believe 60% of those signed off as long-term sick are capable of some kind of paid work. “The initial figures are going to be very scary,” said a senior Tory aide. “It might look as if we are losing control of the economy, so we will begin a campaign in September so that people understand better what is happening.”

Not a bad idea. The idea that there could be well over a MILLION parasites living off incapacity benefit is testament as to how Labour have hustled benefit numbers around to feign “success” in creating jobs when in fact all they create is welfare junkies. The sooner that Welfare culture is trashed the better. Expect to hear cries from the political left about “Tory Cuts” for the next five years.

Songs for a Sunday – 16.08.09

By ATWadmin On August 16th, 2009 at 5:57 am

I’m staying Stateside for this week’s offering to bring you a song from a group that remains one of the most successful US acts on either side of the Atlantic. They first recorded as Kenny and the Cadets in 1962, before changing their name to the Beach Boys in time for the release of their first hit, Surfin’ USA, one year later. They were the undisputed kings of the surf music movement during the 1960s. My chosen song was one of the their very last entries in the British charts (bizarrely it failed to chart at all in the United States) peaking at number 6 in the final summer of the 70s. Unusually for a Beach Boys song, this little number was neither penned nor sung by Brian Wilson. We have the writing and singing talents of Al Jardine (who wrote the song as a dedication to this then wife) to thank for this – along with some considerable input from one Johann Sebastian Bach.

Ladies and gentlemen, from July 1979, I give you the Beach Boys singing ‘Lady Lynda’.

 

THE RETURN OF THE BURKINI!

By ATWadmin On August 15th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

Do you recall me blogging the other day about how a woman was evicted from a French public swimming pool for wearing a burkini – the headscarf, tunic and trouser outfit which allows Muslim women to preserve their modesty in the water? 

Well, here in the socialist Republic of Grate Britain, we take a rather DIFFERENT approach.

British swimming pools are imposing Muslim dress codes in a in a move described as divisive by Labour MPs. Under the rules, swimmers – including non-Muslims – are barred from entering the pool in normal swimming attire. Instead they are told that they must comply with the “modest” code of dress required by Islamic custom, with women covered from the neck to the ankles and men, who swim separately, covered from the navel to the knees.

It is an absolute disgrace that public authorities are actually collaborating with Islamists as they go about converting OUR institutions to their dark ages thinking.  

And even as ALL this is happening, I now also read that Speedoes are to be banned from one of the UK’s largest water parks. 

Looks we’re covering up all round these days!

I AM NOT BRITISH

By ATWadmin On August 15th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

Delighted to inform you that I am not British. Well, to be precise, I have failed the British Citizenship Test which you can take here. I took three minutes to complete it. I scored an impressively low 38% on this government created test and wondered if you would care to beat this!

WHEN THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY STOPPED BEING CONSERVATIVE

By ATWadmin On August 15th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

Writing in The Times, Simon Heffer expounds on my own believe that David Cameron and his pals are NOT Conservatives, and they don’t care! Cameron initially positioned himself as the “heir to Blair” and then as Blair became as unpopular as a gay Rabbi in a Mosque, Cameron has repositioned himself as a tough guy who will not put up with any nonsense.

Many of you will be surprised to hear that the Conservative Party has a conscience, but it does: and it is Lord Tebbit. Dave and his friends despise old Norm, because he is – as Lord Tebbit himself put it this week – a member of the “nasty party”. I have the honour to know Lord Tebbit quite well, and he is one of the least nasty people I can think of. He is humane, a patriot, and in favour of what we used to call “Thatcherite” social and economic policies – the same ones that won the Conservative Party three elections between 1979 and 1987. That is why Dave loathes him.

This week, Lord Tebbit observed that many natural Tories would vote Ukip at the next election, rather than for Dave’s party. I am sure he is right. I am equally sure that Dave couldn’t care less, because he believes he can win with the support of many former Labour and Lib Dem voters. I think Dave may be wrong. If people are used to a real Labour or Lib Dem MP, they are unlikely to be prevailed upon to vote for an imitation one. Even if they do, any hold on power that the Tories have after the next election will be fragile, and their supporters not remotely loyal.

Modern British politics – Labour, Lib-Dem or Conservative – is about conveying the impression of difference whilst in fact perpetuating a homogeneity that ensures the political elite retain power and control. Cameron, Clegg or Miliband – what’s the REAL difference? Brown is, admittedly, a complete freak and thus doomed to fall but Cameron makes the same commitment to the State sector, he seeks to raise taxation, where lies the conservatism? 

In UK politics, it is time for a seismic shift and NONE of the main Parties offer it. So perhaps it will take the next eight years to establish a fresh new set of principles based on the innate conservatism of the British people. I don’t believe that Cameron is a natural conservative – I think he is a smart operator who looks good compared to Brown but style over substance is no basis for the determination of who will govern us. 

CHANGING CHAIRS

By ATWadmin On August 15th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

I read that BBC Radio Ulster’s David Dunseith has left the Talkback show after 20 years. I suppose I have been on it many times over the past ten years and have encountered David’s world-weary style many times. I like him and wish him well in the future, although he is not exactly in the first flush of youth. David Dunseith always treated me well and although I am very far apart from him politically, he was rather like Barry Cowan – another BBC presenter – in that he is professional and engaging. When you’re being interviewed by these guys you sure learn how to cope with tough questions live on-air. Many are the times I took issue with David.  Wendy Austin takes over from David and I also wish her well – she will be filling big shoes.

 

ON THOSE DEATH PANELS…

By ATWadmin On August 15th, 2009 at 9:06 am

Excellent article here on those claims of Sarah Palin concerning the “Death Panel” provisions in Obamacare. I have to agree that Sarah is wrong – and I say this as her number one supporter over here. Why is she wrong, you ask? Well, you see the “Death Panels” already exist and have a $1.1bn budget. She is of course RIGHT to warn us of what is to come….

 

H.R. 1 (more commonly known as the Recovery and Reinvestment Act, even more commonly known as the Stimulus Bill and aptly dubbed the Porkulus Bill) contains a whopping $1.1 billion to fund the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research. The Council is the brain child of former Health and Human Services Secretary Nominee Tom Daschle. Before the Porkulus Bill passed, Betsy McCaughey, former Lieutenant governor of New York, wrote in detail about the Council’s purpose.

Daschle’s stated purpose (and therefore President Obama’s purpose) for creating the Council is to empower an unelected bureaucracy to make the hard decisions about health care rationing that elected politicians are politically unable to make. The end result is to slow costly medical advancement and consumption. Daschle argues that Americans ought to be more like Europeans who passively accept “hopeless diagnoses.

PRIORITIES!

By ATWadmin On August 15th, 2009 at 8:52 am

“The release of the Lockerbie bomber from prison would liberate Britain’s largest industrial company from a string of problems hampering its $900 million (£546 million) Libyan gas projects, industry sources claimed last night.

BP, the oil giant, signed a deal with Libya in 2007 to explore for gas in the west of the country and offshore. But since then it has faced a string of bureaucratic obstacles, including delays securing official permits and approvals to import equipment through Libyan customs, the sources said.

They added that BP’s work programme, conducting geological studies on the Sitre basin, an offshore block the size of Belgium, had been hit by delays securing official paperwork for the next scheduled phase of work. “Now that al-Megrahi is released, BP expects to get the go-ahead,” said one source in Libya.

Thank goodness we have such a principled government.