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A BASIC RIGHT TO READ?

By ATWadmin On December 21st, 2006 at 11:54 am

You will remember that a Westminster committee has found that a QUARTER of P7 children here in Northern Ireland have sub-standard levels of literacy. The Belfast Telegraph reports this and then waffles on about how awful it is that a scheme called "The Reading Recovery programme" providing intensive one-to-one teaching for pupils with literacy problems, is being abandoned by many schools because money earmarked for it has been drastically reduced in recent years. The Telegraph editorialises that the solution to all this educational chaos is –  the return of a local devolved Assembly!

All nonsense.

The Telegraph should be asking some very hard questions about the standard of teaching that prevails in our Primary Schools since this must be linked to the pathetic outcomes at the end of P7. Government has THROWN money at teachers – so why accept poor results? Maybe if we sacked a few incompetent teachers standards might then improve?  

SERIAL ABORTERS…..

By ATWadmin On December 21st, 2006 at 11:06 am

foetus.jpgThe raw facts are shocking.

More than a hundred teenage girls a month go into a hospital or clinic to have an abortion for the second time, figures from the Department of Health reveal.

They include at least one girl under 18 who has had at least six abortions.

The statistics on multiple abortions in England and Wales, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, ALSO reveal that during 2005, 1,316 girls under 18 had their second abortion, and 90 were on their third. There were 44 women who, by the end of last year, had undergone eight or more abortions, 20 of whom were under the age of 30.

What can you say? I suppose some will argue that these figures represent a triumph for the "abortion on demand" liberal mindset. They may argue that they show just how very progressive and non-judgemental we have become as a society.

In my view, it shows the effects of the breakdown of the family, the decline in moral values, and the lack of self-respect. Like all Government figures, they are also bound to be on the low side. What a tragic indictment of modern values that there are at least 20 girls in the UK who have had 8 or more abortions before their 20th Birthday. How grotesque is that?

Tales of ordinary madness

By ATWadmin On December 21st, 2006 at 10:57 am

British citizens have been systematically stripped of their common law right to self defence, as evidenced in this story, which is by no means surprising to anyone who lives in this poor, benighted country.

A kiosk owner who has learnt over time that the police will not protect him and his property (“it’s not a high priority”), but when he is forced to defend himself against a drunken thug they spring into action and arrest him, leaving the perpetrator free to continue on his way.

What the police seem to have forgotten is their powers are delegated to them, both from above (our high and mighty rulers) and from below (us, the common citizens). If the police are unable or unwilling to uphold the Law, we have no choice but to take matters into our own hands, as is our right in any case, and the police and authorities ignore this at their peril.

 

“….’twas on a winter’s evening…..”

By ATWadmin On December 21st, 2006 at 9:56 am

lockerbie 1.jpegA time of silence to remember the innocent who perished so that (allegedly) vengeance be wreaked for  the actions of the United States by the shooting-down of an Iranian Airbus during the Iran-Iraq war. After the Iranian Airbus went down, and the United States accepted responsibility, the Iranians are believed to have contacted Libya and Syria in their search for vengeance, and although two Libyans were tried, and one is serving sentence in Scotland, many believe that the prime movers for the actual attack were based within Syrian Intelligence. Their future murders and sundry terror attacks within the Lebanon, and their constant support for Hamas, amongst others, gives considerable credence to these theories, and given the bloodthirsty nature of the Syrian regime, I for one tend to believe it quite possible!

lockerbie 2.jpegRemembering Lockerbie, and the innocent who died both in the aircraft and on the ground of that sleepy little Scots town, and a ten-second silence is apposite at this time! 

MOHAMMED TAKES THE MICHAEL…..

By ATWadmin On December 21st, 2006 at 9:05 am

Interesting to note that the boy’s name Mohammed/Mohammad (Two spellings) has shot up the popularity charts in a new sign of the deepening influence of Islam on life in Britain. The official count of the baby’s names chosen most often last year shows that two different versions were in the top 50 picked by parents. Mohammed, the most common variant of the Muslim Prophet’s name, was the 22nd most popular name for boys. And the alternative spelling Muhammad entered the list of the top 50 names for the first time, becoming the 44th in the chart. The name Mohammed is now more popular then Michael. The rise of Mohammed as a name is an indicator of growing numbers of Muslims in British society in recent years. 

Mmmmm..growing numbers. And why might these numbers be growing, exactly? Well, numbers have been growing as a direct result of continued immigration from Pakistan and Bangladesh as well as waves of new arrivals from Islamic countries or countries with high Muslim populations in the Middle East and Africa, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and Nigeria. Recent immigrants have swelled the Muslim population of around 1.6 million counted by the last national census in 2001.

This is the demographic time bomb that no one in officialdom wants to talk about. This burgeoning Muslim population in the UK has a disturbing absence of loyalty to the UK, replaced by a deep commitment to the Islamic Umma. Multiculturalism, the faith of the liberal, has stood back and permitted the growth of a section within British society which seeks to impose its own barbaric Sharia law, which has significant sympathy for the suicide bombers that kill British people, which thinks that it can determinee British Foreign policy, and which is rapidly transforming into something which gives us all cause for deep concern.

IRISH JIHAD…..

By ATWadmin On December 21st, 2006 at 8:26 am

No Surrender (Now THERE’S a great blog title!) has an excellent summary here of the details featured on RTE’s "Prime Time" highlighting the Jihad threat in Ireland. There are five central and troubling issues.

Firstly, there is a Jihadi propaganda operation active in Ireland. Secondly, there is, within the Muslim community in Ireland, high-level sympathy for Jihad. Thirdly, there is a small [15%-19%] element in this community, which supports such terror. Fourthly, several active Jihadi terrorists have been identified with Irish links. Fifthly, a significant Al-Qaida figure is based in Dublin for some 25 years, and has acquired Irish citizenship.

 

None of this is in the least surprising. Jihad is not appeased. It is either defeated or it triumphs. Ireland has the same choice as everywhere else the ROP gets a  grip. Submit or die.

THE MILE HIGH TAX….

By ATWadmin On December 21st, 2006 at 8:13 am

britishairwaysL280606_228x152.jpgYou remember I was talking about the EU’s plans to dramatically curb air-travel yesterday? Under the EU scheme, airlines will buy a ‘permit to pollute’ – with the cost passed on to passengers. It now appears that passengers should expect a price hike of about 10 per cent, according to former British Airways boss Sir Rod Eddington. That could add more than £100 to the price of many flights.

The PR line being sold in the media by the leftist elite is that this will reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by rewarding companies which pollute less and deterring passengers from flying by increasing flight costs. It will ALSO mean a double-whammy for passengers who earlier this month were hit by Chancellor Gordon Brown’s separate decision to double the existing air passenger duty – adding hundreds of pounds to the cost of family holidays.

I don’t know about you but this feels like an all-out onslaught from the political class on our freedom to travel, with a clear intent to limit where and when we will go. I notice the SILENCE from the Conservatives on this subject – presumably they are too busy thinking up ways to impose even greater taxation on us!

NURERMBURG STYLE TRIALS FOR GLOBAL DENIERS?

By ATWadmin On December 21st, 2006 at 8:11 am

Gulp! earyh.jpgLooks like those of us who query anthropogenic global warming are bound for "Nuremburg style trials" -according to at least one U.S. based environmental magazine that former Vice President Al Gore found deemed respectable enough to grant a one-on-one interview to promote his OWN agenda of global warming doom.

Grist Magazine’s staff writer David Roberts called for the Nuremberg-style trials for the “bastards” who were members of what he termed the global warming “denial industry.” Roberts wrote in the online publication on September 19, 2006, "When we’ve finally gotten serious about global warming, when the impacts are really hitting us and we’re in a full worldwide scramble to minimize the damage, we should have war crimes trials for these bastards — some sort of climate Nuremberg.”

I suppose I can always claim that I was only following orders?

On a more serious note though, it is worrying to see the way in which the apostles of global warming and their hand maidens in the MSM are trying to close down ANY DEBATE on the subject of global warming. They are seeking to establish man made warming as an incontrovertible  fact, despite a lack of consensus or data to prove their opinion. Perhaps Grist magazine is merely the cutting edge of the Green movement as it moves to silence all critics.

THE BEST WAY TO FIGHT AIDS……

By ATWadmin On December 21st, 2006 at 7:59 am

Can I just say that I fully support the call by Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, who heads the Vatican office for health care, that fidelity in marriage and premarital abstinence from sex are the key weapons in the fight against AIDS. Well said!

Now I know that the liberal Aids industry will be up in arms against this speaking of common sense, but when you consider what the Cardinal is saying, it is good advice. Fidelity in marriage IS a really good idea, and abstaining from sex before marriage is also pretty sound. Naturally there will be those who point out that because human nature is fallible, the Cardinal is not being realistic, but surely he is setting out obvious behavioural standards to which we should all aspire? 

CHEEKY CHEEKY…..

By ATWadmin On December 21st, 2006 at 7:36 am

Cheekygirls1.jpgI have no interest in Liberal-Democrat MP Lembit Opik’s personal life and I really couldn’t care less if he is going out with a 48 year old Weather Girl or a 24 year old Cheeky Girl! That is one reason this site, unlike some others, has not covered this stupid story so far.

But I was curious about the fact that Lembit was able to take out time from his doubtless ever so busy role as Lib-Dem spokesman on Wales and Northern Ireland, to intervene over threats to deport his pop star girlfriend Cheeky Girl Gabriela Irimia to Romania.

You see I didn’t think that the Government ever actually deported anybody, but perhaps when one listens to the Cheeky Girls 2004 hit single "The Cheeky Song (Touch my bum)" it is possible to appreciate why  the Home Office felt they must go back to Romania!  

However good news all round! Everyone now agrees that Lembit has acted with the utmost propriety in his efforts to keep Ms Cheeky and her sister n the UK and thanks to Romanian (and Bulgaria) joining the European Union in January 2007, all its citizens will have the right to travel freely within Europe. And thus to welfare target and all round soft touch Britain. Estimates indicate that there may be hundreds of thousands of cheeky boys and girls joining Gabriela and her sister.