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By ATWadmin On April 17th, 2007 at 12:25 pm

LOL – I did laugh when I read Ulster Unionist Leader Sir Reg Empey describe David Trimble’s switch to the Conservative Party as "a smart move"!  The UUP are now so reduced in stature, so humiliated in substance,  that they actuially hail the defection of their former leader to a different party as a minor victory. If it is right for Trimble to leave the Ulster Unionists and join up with the limp-as-wet-lettuce Cameronians, why shouldn’t every other Ulster Unionist now switch camps and also become Conservatives? Why be a Unionist if the Conservatives have the better policies? The Ulster Unionists are directionless, clueless and bound for political extinction. They won’t be missed.


By ATWadmin On April 17th, 2007 at 11:58 am

Well then, who would now BET that UK interest rates are not set for yet another hike, on the heels of the news that the Consumer Prices Index registered inflation now sitting at 3.1%?  This is an 11 year high, and the Retail Prices Index which is a broader (And better) measure of inflation in the economy, has shot up to 4.8%, the highest since 1991.

What many analysts miss however, is a central driver of all this inflation. I’m talking about – The Government! Gordon Brown may like to pretend otherwise, but it is a result of his own wretched economic policies, his incessant stealth tax hikes, that is driving inflation up. When it comes to the Retail Price Index, that is the one that gives the game away because it is the one which more broadly captures the results of Brown’s messing about. The UK economy has become slowly strangulated over the past ten years with the sclerotic consequences of Prudence Brown’s interference, and he is desperate to get out of the Exchequer and into Number 10 before even more of the "Brown" stuff hits the fan!


By ATWadmin On April 17th, 2007 at 11:31 am

Like many others, I was sickened at the way in which some of those miserable apologists for kidnapped British sailors where hailed as being "heroes" on their return to the UK , even whilst whinging that their IPODS had been taken and the quality of suits provided by the Iranians was poor. So how about this for a contrast?

librescu.jpgA 75-year-old survivor of the Holocaust sacrificed his life to save his students in Monday’s shooting at Virginia Tech College that left 32 dead and over two dozen wounded. Professor Liviu Librescu threw himself in front of the shooter, who had attempted to enter his classroom. The Israeli mechanics and engineering lecturer was shot to death, "but all the students lived – because of him," Virginia Tech student Asael Arad – also an Israeli – told Army Radio.  "My father blocked the doorway with his body and asked the students to flee," Joe Librescu said in a telephone interview from his home outside of Tel Aviv. "Students started opening windows and jumping out"

He died that many others may live. ATW salutes this brave man and his family are in my prayers. I trust the BBC will give coverage to the nobility and self sacrifice of Professor Librescu. I hope ATW readers will all unite and pay tribute to this courageous soul. 


By ATWadmin On April 17th, 2007 at 11:19 am

Here’s a question for you which I have been reflecting upon having watched the poignant images of all those young bodies being taken away from Virginia Tech this morning. Suppose the killer had not shot himself, but instead had been captured alive. What should happen? I favour EXECUTION under due process, plain and simple. What would you do?

Talking Point – 17.04.07

By ATWadmin On April 17th, 2007 at 10:44 am

‘Only the BBC could skewer the tragedy in Virginia and create a platform for debate riddled with anti-American comment.  Furthermore, it is the only broadcaster who could find an American commentator who could somehow link the tragedy to the Left’s perceived inadequacies of President Bush’s administration.’  Discuss.


By ATWadmin On April 17th, 2007 at 9:26 am

telephone.jpgOn a purely domestic issue, have any of the U.K. readers of this blog received a bill from BT recently?

If you have, have you also read the truly dictatorial  alterations to their Changes of Conditions of Service letter?

I won’t go into extraordinary detail, but suffice to state that I have terminated my service with BT, and am going with a different Service Provider; as I do not wish to associate myself with a Company who seems to believe that they alone can dictate how bills should be paid; how subscribers are able to cancel that same service, and how they treat customers who have paid their grossly-overpadded bills for years without complaint!


By ATWadmin On April 17th, 2007 at 8:31 am

beckett.bmpI think that Margaret Beckett is easily the WORST British Foreign Secretary in living memory. And that’s saying something! If ever there was an example of someone promoted way above their ability – she is it. So how apt that the intrepid Beckett is going tell the UN that Climate change could lead to increased instability and world conflict. Beckett, who is chairing the Security Council’s first ever debate on global warming, will highlight the food and water shortages it..ahem.. may cause. This will make the security situation in the world worse, she will warn. (Funny how she gets to a “will” from a “may”, eh) Maybe she can use her charisma and spell binding way with words to get the UN to declare war on global warming and the UN security council can then issue a binding resolution forcing the Earth to stop warming? Perhaps the sun should also be brought to account and made to stop radiating that pesky sun spot activity? After all, vacuous rhetoric is ALL the UN can produce, so I can think of no-one more appropriate than Beckett to lead them in this pointless ritual.


By ATWadmin On April 17th, 2007 at 8:26 am

This greatly amused me – wanted to share it with you all. What a great lyric!!!

A Tale of Two Cities

By ATWadmin On April 17th, 2007 at 8:07 am

A few years ago when I was in Tunisia I was talking to the guide who took a group of us on a camping trip to the Sahara Desert for a few days.  At one point we were staying between Redeyef and Tozeur close to the Algerian border (Indiana Jones fans will remember this area as the place where they filmed the desert car chase in Raiders of the Lost Ark ) when the subject of the death penalty came up.  Why anyone should want to mention the death penalty on holiday is beyond me, but the subject was raised by a couple who came from Brentwood in Essex.

Mohammed (the guide) said the death penalty was still practiced in the country (one of the very few Muslim countries I harbour an affection for).  Looking stunned, the husband started babbling some cobblers about the inadequacies of capital punishment,  Mohammed replied, in a very matter of fact manner, that people who take the lives of others should forfeit their own.  Can’t argue with that.

My reason for mentioning Tunisia is twofold.  This is not some prehistorically theocratic Islamic backwater I’m talking about here.  It is, almost uniquely in the Muslim world, a land where the status of equality for women in all spheres of public life is enshrined in the Constitution; where the niqab and polygamy are banned as they are seen as symbols of female oppression; where the founder of independence is hailed as a hero who rescued the country from the trappings of Islamic extremism; and where the Jewish minority is allowed to live without fear of reprisal.

My second reason concerns the fate of the man who robbed and killed a Yorkshire pensioner last year.  Violet Bradford, a 71-year old pensioner from Pontefract, was attacked, beaten and raped in the resort of Monastir.  The culprit, Jalloul Khalfi, has been sentenced to death by a local court.  Rightly so. 

Now look at what has happened in another Bradford: the city of Bradford.  The body of a 42-year old woman has been found and a number arrested in connection with her death.  Should any be convicted of murder, what are they likely to serve?  Certainly not the death penalty as this was abolishes 43 years ago and, despite heavy support for its return, is a non-starter given its incompatibility with our EU membership.  What would you say?  10 years, perhaps, with a third knocked off for good behaviour?  Tunisia has shown us how murderers should be treated.  What a shame we cannot follow in their footsteps.

On This Day…17.04

By ATWadmin On April 17th, 2007 at 7:10 am

1860 – In boxing, the first world title fight takes place near Farnborough, Hampshire, in England when Briton Tom Sayers takes on American John Heenan. After 42 rounds the contest is declared a draw.

1960 – American rock ‘n roll star Eddie Cochran, aged 21, is killed in a car crash near Chippenham, Wiltshire, whilst touring the UK with singer Gene Vincent.

1961 – The American-backed invasion of Cuba by Cuban exiles at the Bay of Pigs ends in humiliating defeat.

1969 – In America, Sirhan Sirhan is found guilty of the assassination of US senator Bobby Kennedy and sentenced to life imprisonment.

1980 – Rhodesia becomes the independent nation of Zimbabwe.

1984 – A Metropolitan Police officer, Yvonne Fletcher, is shot dead outside the Libyan People’s Bureau in London.