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By ATWadmin On November 21st, 2008 at 9:05 pm

Posted this a while back, then removed it, and now it is back. I just love the last thirty seconds, you really should listen to it all. Music soothes the savage breast.


By ATWadmin On November 21st, 2008 at 7:28 pm

I do understand of course that the Northern Ireland government has an extensive and very well-funded PR department and a plethora of empty-headed media whores prepared to swallow everything which comes their way from this coterie but I have to say that even I was a little shocked at the sheer cynicism of this little piece…

“The newly restored Stormont Executive claimed its first success on the economic front yesterday with the opening of a new £9m chemical plant which is creating 30 new jobs in Belfast. First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness were on hand to jointly perform the ceremony in the Harbour Estate. The event came just hours before the Executive resumed for business, 154 days after its last meeting, and was designed to send out a clear message that Mr Robinson and Mr McGuinness are making the economy a priority.”

So, if I understand this right, this chemical plant would NOT have opened if the DUP and IRA had not cut a deal the other day? Yeah, right! Listen up, Robinson the vain and his IRA godfather pal McGuinness may once again back in business but the sight of these two clowns claiming credit for things for which they have have had NO direct input is obscene. They are opportunistic parasites, the scum of the earth, two vile repulsive slugs feeding off the hard endeavours of others – in this case the management behind this chemical plant.


By ATWadmin On November 21st, 2008 at 7:21 pm

Understatement of the day,

“Alistair Darling may be forced to set out details of future taxes rises to pay for a short-term boost to the economy, the BBC understands. The chancellor is expected to announce a package of tax cuts and public spending funded by borrowing in his pre-Budget report on Monday. But he will have to put taxes up in 2011 or 2012 to pay for it, BBC Business Editor Robert Peston has said.”

Oh really? And just how high will those taxes have to soar to try and pay back the massive debts he will rack up? Oh – hang on, suppose the Conservatives come to power in 2010, why that means THEY will be forced to raise taxes to pay back Darling’s fiscal bingeing. And I guess that might make them unpopular and open to Labour attack mid-term. And then again that wouldse the stage for a Labour return to power in 2015 on the basis that they would bring the Conservatives taxes down! Politicians are a conniving class, and Darling is setting up a future conservative administration.  


By ATWadmin On November 21st, 2008 at 7:17 pm

This one is dedicated to Troll and Andrew – my way of letting you know how I value your input here…

Heerrreee’s Andy!!!

By ATWadmin On November 21st, 2008 at 7:02 pm

Wow, has a year and more gone since I last spoke to you all? Indeed it has.  So much has gone on in that time.  Some of you will know that I now occupy a managerial role in my profession and have staff answerable to me (the poor swines!!).  Before I being in earnest next week, I wanted to give you a bit of an insight into how things will be different this time around.

My passion is, was, and always will be the Union of the United Kingdom.  However, my focus will be less on Northern Ireland.  Why?  Because nobody watching the events of the proud soldiers of the Royal Irish Regiment parading through Belfast on the 2nd November, whilst the huddled masses of the Falls Road Appreciation Society for Pissants congregated dolefully close to the same hotel so many of them tried to raze over thirty years, can be under any illusion about how military and sovereign legitimacy is embodied in the Province.  Unionism as a political creed may be in some disarray; the inclusion of the Provos in government is still gut-wrenching.  That said, there are many differences between the creed of Unionism and the reality of the Union.  Countries on the verge of abandoning part of their territory don’t spend millions of pounds building the second largest and second most important facility for State Intelligence in  that same territory.  Let’s take away the rhetoric of party propaganda and look at the bigger picture.  No, if anything, the greatest threat to the Union comes from Scottish nationalism: a fact which the Pyrrhic by-election win in Glenrothes did nothing to stymie.  Thus, I will be concentrating on the SNP in many of the debates on the future of the UK.

I also will return to the issue of mass immigration.  Since I last posted on ATW, the population of the UK has swollen by another quarter of a million people – all little bricks in Labour’s vast Lego set of demographic manipulation and indigenous erosion.  The frequency of Muslim women in facial veils (Niqabs) is set to become a common target of my ire.  It always amazes me how veiled Muslims often have the most children accompanying them when you see them in the street.  If only they were as keen to conceal abdominal orifices as they are facial ones!!

Then they are the feckless, the indolent, the pig-ignorant, and the self-indulgent underclass who seem to grow in number.  They include those not averse to matching Islamic levels of fecundity in the full expectation that the Welfare State (and thus you and I) will continue to keep them and their junior artful dodgers in the manner to which they have become accustomed.

As David has said I won’t be able to post with anything like the frequency of the past.  I, unlike teachers, social workers, green campaigners, and Labour voters in general, actually have to work for a living.  Nevertheless, sit back and enjoy the show.

Ta ta till next week.


By ATWadmin On November 21st, 2008 at 9:35 am

Long time ATW readers will know that Andrew McCann was my co-blogger going back to the early days of this site. Over the years ATW has developed and we now have a rich tapestry of those who contribute. Andrew felt obliged to drop out of regular blogging due to work commitments a while back but I can now announce that next week will see… the return of Andrew McCann to ATW.

He will blog less frequently that before and on a broader range of topics, but I hope you will join with me in wishing him every best wish for his new tenure on the site. I believe Andrew’s first posts will appear early next week. I have encouraged Andrew to keep his comment threads open so you all can comment and debate but I want to make it clear even at this point that I will moderate any ad hominem abuse. Andrew has strong views, as I am sure you have also, but it’s best these are all  expressed in a polite as possible manner so the site continues to attract more and more readers.

So, Andrew, the stage is yours and I give you a warm welcome back, amigo! 


By ATWadmin On November 21st, 2008 at 9:27 am

The BBC Trust reports today on the Russell Brand/Jonathan Ross affair. Brand quit his Radio 2 show last month after he and Jonathan Ross made crude phone calls to actor Andrew Sachs in a pre-recorded show which was then aired. Station boss Lesley Douglas also left, along with one of her executives. Ross was suspended for 12 weeks. The Prime Minister condemned the broadcast, while media coverage of it prompted more than 37,000 complaints.

I will be on the BBC shortly (Hopefully – The Nolan Show) and my view is that Ross must go! His £18m 3 year contract is as obscene as his behaviour on TV and Radio. I also think that if the BBC retains Ross, as is my predcition,  it will make more and more people challenge the very basis of the license-tax. The concept of the State Broadcaster wasting millions on a lewd clown brings its reputation into sharp focus.


By ATWadmin On November 21st, 2008 at 8:25 am

Rather like Dracula rising from his coffin, the DUP/IRA axis has revived itself and the Stormont Executive is back in action. Naturally the establishment media and blogosphere has responded with a quick Hallelujah chorus and all is well again — or is it? 

“The principal source of disagreement has been over the transferring of policing and justice powers to the Belfast executive. The DUP and Sinn Fein agreed in principle that powers should be transferred but the DUP favoured a longer timetable, arguing that time was necessary to build more public confidence. The two parties also objected to the idea of the other holding the justice post. In particular the DUP was dead against the possibility of Sinn Fein’s Gerry Kelly, a one-time IRA jail-breaker, taking over policing. There was also an impasse over a series of lesser issues, such as education, the status of the Irish language and the future of the Maze prison. While these remain unresolved, yesterday’s negotiations produced an agreed document containing a road-map with more than 30 points, leading towards policing devolution. It lays out a path, involving six groups of actions, towards the transfer of powers, including legislation in both London and Belfast. It had already been agreed that for some time neither Sinn Fein nor the DUP will hold the justice post.”

Note how a raft of contentious issues have apparently been left unresolved, whilst the central issue is announced as having being resolved even though it is impossible to determined what exactly has altered. Who gave in and on what and why? How does the DUP sell the idea that policing and justice will be devolved and not potentially fall into IRA hands? What tatty under-the-table deals have been done? Why was the DUP so anxious to cut a deal this side of Christmas? Time will tell. 


By ATWadmin On November 21st, 2008 at 8:10 am

No stronger critic of the Ulster Unionist Party than I – but it’s also right to congratulate Sir Reg and the crazy  gang when they manage to make a good decision for once. And so it is that I wish them well following the decision to form an electoral pact with the Conservatives! This is a good call and one I have been advocating since it was first muted.   

UUP leader Sir Reg Empey presented proposals to the party membership at a special executive meeting on Thursday. Delegates voted “overwhelmingly” to field candidates on an agreed ‘joint ticket’ at future Westminster and European elections. The relationship will face its first test at the planned European election next June. Sir Reg and Conservative leader David Cameron first mooted the idea of a new political relationship in the summer. The UUP had been involved in a consultation process with members. Mr Cameron hasadvocated Tory representation in all parts of the United Kingdom and the UUP believe the concept will ensure a more active role in national politics. The UUP is seeking to revive its electoral fortunes after being eclipsed as the largest unionist party by the DUP in 2005.

If the UUP are ever going to upset the decadent DUP jamboree, they will need the skills and broader values of the Conservative Party and so I think this is a first positive step.

Next they need attractive differentiated policies and an appealing set of new faces. 


By ATWadmin On November 21st, 2008 at 8:00 am

Excellent article here on the blabbering from President-elect Obama..

“Barack Obama managed to say all the wrong things at this week’s Governors Global Climate Summit in Los Angeles — without even showing up. The President-elect appeared to the green faithful on Tuesday and opened his pre-recorded pledge to “take the lead” in addressing global warming with these eerily familiar words: “Few challenges facing America — and the world — are more urgent than combating climate change. The science is beyond dispute and the facts are clear. Sea levels are rising. Coastlines are shrinking. We’ve seen record drought, spreading famine and storms that are growing stronger with each passing hurricane season.”

Let’s think about that for a second – “few challenges facing America more urgent that combating climate change…”  Wanna bet?

“Waging a Don Quixote style battle against the very forces of nature trumps all but a few challenges? Do these happen to include the immediate issue of collapsing international markets and their very real potential to spark a worldwide depression? Or assuring the denial of weapons of mass destruction to terrorists and rogue nations? Or evading the strangle hold our dependency on oil allows those same factions and governments to leverage over us? Or our deteriorating confidence in the safe stewardship of a nuclear weapons arsenal already in the hands of an Islamic State of dubious intent and political cohesion? Or the successful outcomes of wars currently waging in Iraq and Afghanistan? Or resolving our increasingly tenuous relationship with Russia? Or the “poorly secured nuclear material in the former Soviet Union or secrets from a scientist in Pakistan [that] could help build a bomb that detonates in Paris” Obama himself spoke of in his July “fellow citizen of the world” speech in Berlin?”

Obama and his extreme left friends may think that because they now have power that pressing realities can be ignored in the pursuit of Don Quixotic dreams. They can’t and so all this environmental gibberish a la Goracle will end of going nowehere.