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By ATWadmin On March 7th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

I see that “Rogue bankers must be jailed before the nation can move on”, Irish Green Party chairman Dan Boyle has said.”

Mr Boyle also told his party’s annual convention in Co Wexford that more executives must resign to draw a line under the “gross incompetence” of the past. The Senator branded the actions of some bankers as treacherous because they had shamed Ireland and undermined its economy. “Only when people are prosecuted for these actions, and people are imprisoned for the result of such actions, can we begin to believe that we are progressing as a nation,” he said to applause.

I think he has half a point. Let us jail those bankers who so recklessly wrecked the economy, but first, let us jail those politicians that blithely presided over all of this. Mr Boyle, you set the example and resign from your post before handing yourself in to your nearest prison.

ATW Saturday Jukebox Part Two

By ATWadmin On March 7th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

AYE, I know who they were, no need to badger me. It’s staying on the new-fangled iPod thingy.


By ATWadmin On March 7th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

Here’s another great Henry Priestman penned tune, recorded by The Christians some years ago now…nice video! Henry is the guy playing keyboards. As you can tell from the words, more evidence of the racism that abounds on ATW…


By ATWadmin On March 7th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

It is being speculated that a proposed bill promising major changes in the U.S. abortion landscape has Roman Catholic bishops threatening to close Catholic hospitals if the Democratic Congress and White House make it law. Could Obama be the President to shut hospitals?

“The Freedom of Choice Act failed to get out of subcommittee in 2004, but its sponsor is poised to refile it now that former Senate co-sponsor Barack Obama occupies the Oval Office. A spokesman for Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said the legislation “is among the congressman’s priorities. We expect to reintroduce it sooner rather than later.” FOCA, as the bill is known, would make federal law out of the abortion protections established in 1973 by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade ruling. The legislation has some Roman Catholic bishops threatening to shutter the country’s 624 CathOlic hospitals — including 11 in the Archdiocese of St. Louis — rather than comply. Speaking in Baltimore in November at the bishops’ fall meeting, Bishop Thomas Paprocki, a Chicago auxiliary bishop, took up the issue of what to do with Catholic hospitals if FOCA became law. “It would not be sufficient to withdraw our sponsorship or to sell them to someone who would perform abortions,” he said. “That would be a morally unacceptable cooperation in evil.”

So, how will Obama proceed?


By ATWadmin On March 7th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

Just how pathetic is justice in the UK in 2009?

“A teenager who killed a man with a punch outside a Belfast bar in an unprovoked attack will walk free from jail in a year. Queen’s University student Ciaran Laverty pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Aaron Montgomery outside Skye nightclub in the early hours of February 15 last year. Mr Montgomery (23), who was from Moira and who worked in the marketing department of the News Letter, did not see the punch coming as he stood outside with his brother and a friend.

Yesterday 19-year-old Laverty was sentenced to two years imprisonment. Due to 50% remission he will serve 12 months.”

12 months for taking a life???????????????????


By ATWadmin On March 7th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

They move effortlessly from one quango position to another. Take Nuala O’Loan. Please.

Nuala was appointed to the position of Police Ombudsman back in 1999 and has just been appointed as the Republic of Ireland’s special UN envoy on women and peace-making.Gosh – doesn’t THAT sound an exciting and vital role for our Nuala?

The announcement has been made to coincide with International Women’s Day which falls on Sunday. Dame Nuala is already the Irish Republic’s roving ambassador for conflict resolution and special envoy to Timor-Leste.

Her career consists of a series of public sector appointments. She lives in that charmed circle that so many of the peace processors infest. Gliding from one lucrative fat cat position to another, achieving nothing of merit, but gladly pocketing the largesse extended their way care of the tax-payer. I wonder have these people ever considered working for a living? Too radical when there is always a public trough made available for them?

Why Now?

By ATWadmin On March 7th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

Auntie Beeb has been running television and radion programmes all week to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the miners’ strike.  I won’t go into too much detail about my thoughts on that tragic time.  For me, it will always be a case of government economic excess versus lions led by a complete and utter donkey.  What I want to know is why the BBC has devoted so many stories to this anniversary when other broadcasters have covered the occasion only fleetingly?

For example, why did the BBC not cover the 20th anniversary back in 2004?  Is such attention now due to the fact that the Conservatives are riding high in the polls, thus giving ammunition to the liberals at White City who are content to give succour to the Labour Party whilst hiding behind a sheen of impartiality?  After all, there was no need to highlight the ‘nasty’  Tories back in 2004.  They didn’t stand a chance of winning the forthcoming election.


By ATWadmin On March 7th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

It’s fascinating to read how New Zealand is responding to the economic crisis!

“We don’t tell New Zealanders we can stop the global recession, because we can’t,” says Prime Minister John Key, leaning forward in his armchair at his office in the Beehive, the executive wing of New Zealand’s parliament. “What we do tell them is we can use this time to transform the economy to make us stronger so that when the world starts growing again we can be running faster than other countries we compete with.”

That idea — growing a nation out of recession by improving productivity — puts Mr. Key and his conservative National Party at odds with Washington, Tokyo and Canberra. Those capitals are rolling out billions of dollars in stimulus packages — with taxpayers’ money — to try to prop up growth. That’s “risky,” Mr. Key says. “You’ve saddled future generations with an enormous amount of debt that then they have to repay,” he explains. “There is actually a limit to what governments can do.”

Here here, now that is common sense.

“Mr. Key’s program focuses first on personal income tax cuts, which — given that the new top rate, as of April 1, will be 38% — are still high, especially when compared to Hong Kong and Singapore. “We just think it’s good tax policy to lower and flatten your tax curve,” he says. “People will move in labor markets and they look at their after-tax incomes.”

Yes – even better! Cut personal taxes, forget all about transgenerational debt packages dressed up as “stimulus” and let the free market operate!

and why not?

By ATWadmin On March 7th, 2009 at 4:33 pm


Prince of Wales sends condolence message to family of Dignitas suicide couple


And why not indeed?

Who Do Parents Think They Are?

By ATWadmin On March 7th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

“The council does not condone any unauthorised absence from school and action has been taken.”

Your must offer your children to the State and they will be made to accept State ordered opinions, or action will be taken.