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WELFARE CENTRAL UPDATE…

By ATWadmin On December 21st, 2008 at 2:45 pm

Wonder why so many immigrants seek out the UK as numero uno destination?

“A mother with four children has been placed by her council in a £2m townhouse at a cost to the taxpayer of more than £91,000 a year.

The stucco-fronted three-storey property is in Kensington, west London, the country’s richest borough. It costs £1,755 a week to rent – a bill met by housing benefit – and has a front and back garden, five bedrooms, two bathrooms, a double reception room and roof terrace. The street is lined with sports cars.

The family, who moved into the property in September, have remained there despite a pledge by James Purnell, the work and pensions secretary, to cut back lavish housing benefit payouts. Elsewhere in the borough, five-bedroom houses are available for half the price. The case highlights the perverse nature of the housing benefit system that allows council tenants to live in subsidised properties well beyond the means of most taxpayers. Under Labour, spending on housing benefit has risen from £11.1 billion in 1997 to £15.4 billion in 2007.”

That’s almost 50% increase in Welfarism and all funded by those poor suckers who actually work rather than sponge.

MY APPROACH TO THE BLOGOSPHERE

By ATWadmin On December 21st, 2008 at 1:40 pm

This is my view of the blogosphere, set to music.

THE CHANGING FACE OF A TANGLED WEB

By ATWadmin On December 21st, 2008 at 10:36 am

tangled%20web_edited.jpgIt’s been an interesting year here on ATW with some of our most regular patrons leaving the site and others returning. I was sorry to read that my good friend Troll has taken a leave of absence but I sincerely hope he reflects on this and returns. I always value his strong and righteous opinions and would suggest the words of Ulysses S Grant to him – “Never call a retreat”. If others take issue with him, so what? In recent times, other ATW stalwarts such as Daphne and Alison have faded from the scene. I also miss their contributions and energy.ATW regular Tom Tyler has taken some time out to help restore his well-being and I look forward to welcoming him back in 2009. In contrast, Andrew McCann and Mike Cunningham have recently returned to the fray with a vengeance!

The nature of this site means that I think there is quite a decent bond between us all and it does sadden me when people leave. I would prefer that they stay but I take the sangune view that the door is always left open and so friends that exit can always come back. But in the meantime, and you can all take this as a declaration of intent, I will still be here – at the centre of this tanged web. The site prepares for a New Year and a whole new set of political issues to debate. I find that exciting and since we have such a good gang of daily visitors, I am sure it will prove entertaining, maybe even illuminating!

Sometimes I do struggle to find the time to write here, and simultaneously keep the output over on Biased BBC going and that’s where I really appreciate the great work of Pete Moore, Patty, Mahons, Andrew, Troll/Grizzly Mama and all. My hat tips to you all.

Next year, I also intend to publish a new book which I will start work on in January. It’s an exposure of the political bias that runs through the BBC and I want it to be a comprehensive indictment of the UK State Broadcaster. I will keep you all informed of progress but come hell or high water (and God willing) 2009 will see another book from me. I suppose I am a rare beast in that I love writing and am driven to write ever better.

Want to thank you, dear reader, for keeping coming back here to read what we have to say. I know some of you take issue with me but mostly this is expressed in a civil manner and so I am more than happy for your patronage. The site’s traffic has been growing and I hope more will come here and discover the wonders of the Web!

THE MAID OF THE SEAS…

By ATWadmin On December 21st, 2008 at 10:23 am

It’s twenty years ago today since State sponsored terrorists blew Pan Am flight 103 out of the sky over the Scottish town of Lockerbie. 270 people lost their lives that day in the most horrible circumstances imaginable. I’m sure all of us who fly on a regular basis can but wonder what would happen if such an explosion was to occur at 35,000 ft? Is death instantaneous or is it agonised seconds? What thoughts go through the mind at the moment? What sort of barbaric savages would carry out such an atrocity? What must have been like for the residents of Lockerbie as burning death descended from on-high – killing 11 of their number and forever associating that Scottish town with an act of terrorism? We should pause today and spare a prayer for the relatives of those who lost their lives back in 1988.

DISESTABLISHMENTARIANISM

By ATWadmin On December 21st, 2008 at 10:12 am

I note that Labour Ministers are coming under growing pressure from Labour MPs to disestablish the Church of England.

“A growing chorus of voices is calling for the centuries-old link between Church and state to be broken after the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, ignited the issue last week by saying that it was “by no means the end of the world if the Establishment disappears”. (Good old Druid Williams, always game for a laugh)

Three former ministers openly backed the idea of a separation, with one claiming that the majority of backbenchers would vote to end the special position the Church has enjoyed since the Reformation. The calls prompted the Conservatives to accuse Labour of trying to dismantle the Church’s position by stealth. They demanded that the Government “comes clean” about a report being drawn up in Downing Street on ways to reform a key element of the established Church, the 1701 Act of Settlement, which bars a Catholic from ascending to the throne. David Cairns, a former Roman Catholic priest who resigned as a minister at the Scotland Office two months ago in protest at Gordon Brown’s leadership, said the current position was “untenable”. “The vast majority of Labour MPs would support disestablishment. I would,” he said.”

Undoing the Act of Settlement from 1701 is a strange priority for a Government engulfed by the worst economic conditions in living memory, don’t you think? Also. I was under the impression that the Act of Settlement was working rather well for the past three hundred years. The fact that we have a Protestant Monarchy may annoy certain people within Labour (and the media) but it is  more surprising than the fact we have a Roman Catholic Pope! It is well-known that the Labour Party faithful have no time for our Monarchy, just like they have no time for our National soveriegnty. They will do anything possible to weaken our nation and so attacking the Act of Settlement (sorry, meant to say “reforming”) is just political warfare by another name. God save the Queen.

THE LOANS REVOLT…

By ATWadmin On December 21st, 2008 at 10:03 am

Here is a strange one.

Gordon Brown and his Work and Pensions Secretary James Purnell were last night accused of behaving ‘like loan sharks’ over plans to slap punishingly high interest rates on vital loans to the poor. In an astonishing move, rebel Labour MPs joined forces with David Cameron’s Tories to accuse the Government of penalising hundreds of thousands of families on benefits who get interest-free cash advances to cover the cost of unforeseen crises. More than one million individual loans worth over £600million were paid out from the Government’s social fund last year to hard-up people – many of them disabled – who struggled to afford to repair a broken boiler or cope with some other domestic emergency. However, in a provocative move, Mr Purnell wants to start charging 26.8 per cent on new loans – the sort of punitive rate found on High Street store cards and way above normal credit-card rates. This would add nearly £50 to the cost of an average £433 loan and saddle the borrowers, who are almost all on State benefits, with an extra four weeks of repayments.

My question is why are loans being advanced to those who clearly struggle with repayment in the first instance? These are the kind of slush funds we could all do without. It’s not the interest rate of the loans that bothers me, it is the existence of these loans in the first place! Mind you, once again we see Labour  – the “party of the people” quite prepared to punish those on the lowest incomes.

GOOD BYE

By ATWadmin On December 21st, 2008 at 2:20 am

I may stop by sometime in the future but Mahons has won. I’m not in a mood to have the things I’ve done in my life, whether it be my service, my political views, or just my personal beliefs. be nothing more than fodder for the amusement of some two bit NY lawyer. I leave with a fare well song.

Western Promise: Owning a Piece of the Sky

By ATWadmin On December 21st, 2008 at 12:31 am

For over 160 years, people from all over the world have been pouring into  California in search of a better life, chasing their dreams. In 1848, the California Gold Rush was officially off and running when James Marshall registered his discovery of gold in Sutten Creek, near Sacramento. In 1851, oil gushed for the first time from the Signal Hill oil fields in Los Angeles,  and in the 1920’s, Hollywood’s motion picture industry boomed with the advent of the talkies.  

Dreamers have to live somewhere. 

Most  who traveled West after WWII were subsidized by the GI Bill, and chose to settle in California ranch-style homes.  Above is a picture of a typical California ranch-style home built around 1953. I snapped the photo today but it’s not much changed since the 1950’s. Originated by the architect Cliff May, the California ranch combined informality and efficiency with the Western mystique of rugged individualism. 

The  ranch home was a single story structure shaped like a stretched out U.  It had a  “split floor plan” –  bedrooms  on one side of the U, and kitchen on the other.  In the middle, lay the living area with large sliding glass doors opening onto a back patio, pool or barbecue area. The ranch home was typically a single story, built on a concrete slab, offering seamless indoor/outoor flow. Materials used were simple and rustic: features often included  used-brick hearths, knotty pine paneling, flagstone entries, and exposed beam ceilings.

In the 1950’s, in the San Fernando Valley, near the motion pictures studios in LA,  California ranch housing tracks sprung up featuring barn-styled garages, faux wishing wells on the lawns, wagon wheel garden fencing, and large cow bells next to front doors, for calling little cowgirls and boys in to supper. 

No matter the size – no matter how small – the California ranch-style home offered an individual the luxury of informality combined with modern efficiency  and a chance at living the California dream.

ATW CHRISTMAS JUKEBOX COUNTDOWN

By ATWadmin On December 20th, 2008 at 11:18 pm

OUTSOURCING NUCLEAR OWNERSHIP….

By ATWadmin On December 20th, 2008 at 10:55 pm

Obnoxio the Clown pretty much sums up my own response to the news that the bunch of neo-Marxist scum in power have decided to sell off  British ownership of our British independent nuclear deterrent. Like Obnoxio I too am all in favour of keeping the dead hand of government out of as many spheres of activity as possible BUT surely the defence of our Nation is a suitable area for government control? Obviously Labout thinks otherwise. Bit by bit, piece by piece, they are dismantling Britain. By the Pound, for the Euro?