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By ATWadmin On November 13th, 2007 at 8:40 am

brownPA250906_228x242.jpgI see that in mapping out his strategy of "hard-headed internationalism" for Britain’s future foreign policy, Gordon Brown has marked a shift away from Tony Blair’s readiness to act as foremost ally of the US and favoured confidant of President George W Bush.

Mr Brooon signalled that in future Britain would work more closely with EU partners and through the UN. He made it clear that Britain believes tougher sanctions – rather than the threats of military action – against Iran are starting to work, although his senior officials insisted that "nothing is ruled out". Yes, that really worked in Iraq, didn’t it?

Makes you proud to be British, doesn’t it? Crawling to the EU and UN for empty words rather than finding the strength to do something of substance. At least France has a leader in the form of Sarkozy, we have a pathetic follower of internationalism in the form of the dismal Brown.


By ATWadmin On November 13th, 2007 at 8:30 am

Looking at a couple of searches for the below post this morning, I spotted this little gem from last June, from the BBC’s Newsround site. For the uninitiated foreign reader, this is the BBC’s flagship ‘Children’s News’ program.

Q and A: Trouble In Gaza

At this point Hamas were throwing captured Fatah members off rooftops and shooting entire families of Fatah officials in the fine tradition started during the Spanish Civil War. I know its For The Kids, but ‘trouble’? Yikes.

The Gaza Strip is seeing some of the worst fighting between two groups. Here’s a guide to what’s going on.

Intellectual Capacity set to Minimal, Captain!

Who is fighting?

Fatah is a group which has been in power of Gaza since the 1960s.

Hamas is a newer group who entered the political scene in January 2005.

In Power of Gaza’?!? Oh, sorry, my bad. I thought this was written FOR twelve year olds, not by them. Though thinking about it, my daughter would have spotted that one at about six. Ah well. 

Further note to Al-Beeb. Hamas didn’t ‘enter the political scene in 2005′. It was founded in 1987 and has been a terrorist organisation since the moment of its creation, with a Charter which explicitly calls for the utter destruction of Israel. For The Kids or not, ‘newer group’ really just doesnt come close to covering it. 

Why are they fighting?

Both groups have different opinions about getting on with Israel which is next to the Gaza Strip.

Erm, really? Let’s just examine that idea for a moment, shall we? Technically this is correct of course – Hamas wants Israel totally destroyed as soon as possible, whereas Fatah will settle for it giving away most of Jerusalem (including the Holy sites, those of which already under Palestinian control are being destroyed as I type) despite the fact that it isnt mentioned anywhere in the Koran as a holy city, pulling out of the West Bank and back to its previously near-suicidal 1967 borders, accepting millions of hostile Arabs via the Right of Return…oh, and unless they have 100% of all their demands met they will pull out just like Arafat did in Oslo.

People in charge of safety in Gaza, the Palestinian Authority, support Fatah.

‘In charge of safety’?!? On what planet are PA paramilitaries, who parade through the city streets with ‘Death to Israel’ banners, discharging AK47s into the air and handing them off to preteen children to have a go, anything to do with ‘safety’?

They are arguing over power with armed Hamas supporters.

Yeah, its just an ‘argument’. Dozens of deaths every day, families being executed, people thrown off rooftops…just a playground scuffle really.

I could go on, but I’ve got to go and mark an essay the daughter is upstairs writing in a few minutes. Fortunately for her she has only rarely been subjected to Newsround and thus is able to distinguish between the sugar-coated sweetie version of current events and actual reality. She wrote a couple of excellent pieces on Wingate and the Chindits in honour of Rememberance Sunday – the ‘Forgotten Army’ seemed a good subject for weekend homework to me. Personally I suspect that if you said the word ‘Chindit’ to whichever moronic BBC Staffer wrote the above he would think you were making a racist remark of some kind.

Even down at the level of Children’s output, the BBC has sunk so low that IMHO it is beyond any form of redemption. It’s well past time to scrap the Licence Fee and sack the lot I’d say. What do you think?



By ATWadmin On November 13th, 2007 at 8:22 am

It’s an important issue for sure but is the recommendation from certain pressure groups that taxes on alcohol should be increased and TV advertising before 9pm banned the best way of dealing with our increasingly out of control drink culture?

I don’t think so.

From my point of view the "solution" breaks down into three parts;

1. Parents have a huge responsibility o set the right example in the home. Kids are massively influenced by what they see their parents do and so that means that Mum and Dad have the biggest role of all to play here. When I hear about 8 or 9 year olds out drinking I always wonder where were the parents?

2. The 24 hour licensing law is counter-intuitive to reducing alcohol abuse. In these northern climes the longer the bars stay open, the longer people drink. We are a Mediterranean culture, end of story.

3. Young people themselves need to be responsible. It is they who make the choice to get drunk. I think this is very degrading when you see the condition they get into. It makes males boorish and females vulnerable. When I was growing up there was not the same level of drunkenness – maybe the "alcho-pop" type drinks have made an impact.

I fear that the drinks culture we have spoils our land and I can understand why people want to try and deal with it. But if you increase taxes, and prices rise, people will continue to drink. If you put on ads on TV after 9pm, many are already out in the bar!

The best advice I can offer is moderation in all things.

Oh The Irony

By ATWadmin On November 13th, 2007 at 8:13 am

Funny isn’t it. Here we have had decades of hand-wringing and agonising, (dreadful) songs of protest, literally weeks (months?) of primetime TV in the form of docudramas and news items, and millions of pounds of taxpayers money wasted on bogus enquiries designed to bash one side and exonerate the other – because soldiers fired into a crowd of protesters they claimed they were fired on from first.

Meanwhile in Gaza, its just another day being shot at on the march for the plucky supporters of the ‘secular faction’ (!) of Fatah – and the hand-wringing and agonising, (dreadful) songs of protest etc are nowhere to be found anywhere in the western media or amongst our own (bless ‘em) Liberal activists.

Isn’t life ironic.

For Al Gore Mere Fame is Not Enough

By ATWadmin On November 13th, 2007 at 3:59 am

doerr_gore_blood.03.jpgIt’s not enough for Al Gore to indulge in a hoax for fame and world-wide adulation. No, that’s not enough for Al Gore.  He now has to make a lot of money off us poor suckers. Governments have smoothed the way for him, passing new regulations, and tax dodges for “green” companies.  And now, Al Gore joins  Kleiner Perkins, the venture capital firm.

From Fortune Magazine:  “The recovering politician  is teaming with a legendary venture capitalist and bigtime moneyman to make over the $6 trillion global energy business.”

Someday, when the extent of this global warming con has been exposed, heads will shake in wonder at the stupidity of our era.


By ATWadmin On November 12th, 2007 at 9:37 pm

billhil.jpgIt’s after the watershed so, since we are all adults, here is the scariest picture in America…please be warned this may induce sickness.  This is the stuff of nightmares.


By ATWadmin On November 12th, 2007 at 9:26 pm

For decades, the IRA callously murdered Roman Catholic police officers. They did this to intimidate others from the minority community from joining up to serve in the force of law and order. It worked – and one reason why the RUC was disbanded was because it did not have a "representative" religious balance within its ranks.

Last week, "dissident" republicans attempted to murder an off-duty police officer in Londonderry. They shot him after he had dropped his son of to school. He was injured but survived.

Tonight, "dissident" republicans are alleged to be behind the attempted murder of another police officer, injured in a gun attack in Dungannon, County Tyrone. The off-duty officer was shot a number of times as he sat in his car at traffic lights on Circular Road.  He managed to drive back to Dungannon Police Station and was then taken to Craigavon Area Hospital by ambulance. He is in a stable condition.

The names might change, IRA to Real IRA, the tactic is the same. Terrorists exist for one reason – to terrorise. Having seen the IRA so richly rewarded is it possible that the Real IRA may have concluded that if you murder enough, you get your way?


By ATWadmin On November 12th, 2007 at 8:16 pm

DownesDM1111_228x393.jpgShocking to read that a family doctor faces being struck off for daring to suggest to women seeking an abortion that they should think twice.

Dr Tammie Downes says at least eight grateful mothers have children today which they would have terminated until she asked them to consider the consequences. But Dr Downes, 36, is now being investigated by the General Medical Council for a possible breach of ethical guidelines. If charged and found guilty of professional misconduct, she could be removed from the medical register and forced from her job.

This is shocking and shows how biased the GMC has become. It seems very sensible for this GP to ask women to have a second thought about an abortion. The women can of course make up their own minds but I think Dr Downes is being reasonable and understanding. 


By ATWadmin On November 12th, 2007 at 8:09 pm

Interesting to see that those crazy Palestinians have demonstrated AGAIN just how ready they are to have a State of their own!

 Six people were killed and more than 100 wounded today, when Hamas paramilitary police clashed with Fatah supporters during a rally in Gaza City marking the third anniversary of Yassir Arafat’s death.


In the worst inter-Palestinian clashes since the Islamist Hamas drove its secular Fatah rivals from the Gaza Strip in June, Hamas’s self-appointed police force fired on a demonstration and beat protesters, claiming that Fatah snipers on rooftops had deliberately triggered the violence. The trouble started as Fatah protesters, some of them carrying guns, threw rocks at Hamas policemen and chanting “Shia, Shia!” as they passed police stations, a mark of contempt at Hamas’s backing from Shia Iran.

It is obvious that offering a State to these fanatics will only bring further violence, further de-stablisation. Yet that is exactly what the political elite prescribe!


By ATWadmin On November 12th, 2007 at 11:33 am

I wanted to put on record how sorry I was to hear of the sudden death of former SDLP MLA and Newry Councillor John Fee.  He was only 43 years old. I remember meeting with John up at the Stormont Assembly during my years there and found him an eminently likeable guy. Our politics did not always coincide but he was a decent and principled man and I pass on my condolences to his family. A sad loss.