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By ATWadmin On April 13th, 2007 at 8:38 pm

And here is part 2 of the Friday jukebox…once you’ve listened to it, make sure you’ve bought a mug or two! I was a great fan of Roy Wood!


By ATWadmin On April 13th, 2007 at 8:23 pm

OK – here we go with a rather different tone from last week’s gentle Elton offering, time to find groovy times…!

More Bad news from Portugal

By ATWadmin On April 13th, 2007 at 4:20 pm

Delayed news from Portugal on the abortion law which they were thinking about a while back. Readers will remember I blogged on this previously, finding that the law was set to be passed despite falling below the necessary threshold for this, making it an illegal law. This is now set to pass and will be implemented in about 60 days if I’m reading this right. Sorry if readers think using LifeNews is biased. I would have used the news page from Ireland.com (one of the few other papers to carry this story) for this news but it reports the man who’s brought in this illegal law (Anibal Cavaco Silva) as ‘a Catholic’ and so is obviously an erroneous report, as a Catholic wouldn’t do something like that.

Bye-bye babies!


By ATWadmin On April 13th, 2007 at 9:28 am

I was interested to read that scientists say they have successfully made immature sperm cells from human bone marrow samples. IF these can be grown into fully developed sperm, which the researchers hope to do within five years, they may be useful in fertility treatments. The BBC picked up on this story this morning and said it offered hope….. to women in a lesbian relationship who wanted to have a child. I don’t think they understand the research fully, since as far as I can see it is male bone marrow that is used for the process, but it does provide us with insight into how the left thinks. 

The game is clearly U[u]p

By ATWadmin On April 13th, 2007 at 9:21 am

mmcgimpsey.jpeI was as surprised as everyone else seems to be at the news that Michael McGimpsey has been chosen by the UUP leader to take up the Health Ministry in the new executive.

Sir Reg turned down the sensible advice of senior MLAs (such as Tom Elliott) who had suggested that the party would have a greater chance of making itself appear relevant if it went into opposition. But then a Northern Ireland party turning down the spoils of office was never very likely was it?

Why the UUP leader chose one of the most colourless members of the Assembly for such a senior role is, however, beyond me.

Sir Reg claims that he picked the Mr McGimpsey because of his experience in the last executive and there was even a suggestion on Radio Ulster that (snigger) the UUP could be trying to win back the South Belfast Westminster seat.

If Sir Reg had been looking for the most talented individual for the role he would, in my opinion, have picked the likeable Danny Kennedy. Could it be that Sir Reg feared a leadership challenge if he was to have promoted the likes of Mr Kennedy or North Down’s Alan McFarland?

I cannot understand the thinking of the UUP leader on this but I will say that if Mr McGimpsey is the best the Ulster Unionists have to offer they are even closer to electoral extinction than I thought.


By ATWadmin On April 13th, 2007 at 9:15 am

The pure poison of political correctness is revealed by one of the UK’s most senior policemen who has admitted his force IS recruiting unsuitable officers in its drive to be politically correct.

Dyslexics, the physically disabled and those with religious beliefs which affect their work are apparently being given jobs – even though they are unable to fulfil their role. Steve Roberts, a deputy assistant commissioner at Scotland Yard, said there was a ‘whole cohort’ of inadequate officers coming into the London force because the force had ‘shied away’ from tackling the issue.

So, aptitude is trumped by political correctness and we have Police Officers who cannot or will not do the job they are employed to do. Somehow the actual purpose of POLICING has been lost in the liberal mist and as a result we have this police farce instead of a police force.


By ATWadmin On April 13th, 2007 at 8:58 am

I rather dislike those little Hitler’s who tend to end up working in local Councils since no one else will employ them! Their overtly officious manner has morphed from being laughable to plain annoying as they gain more powers to punish us if we don’t do what they say. I read that thousands of people across the country have been fined for putting out their rubbish on the wrong day. More than a dozen councils have levied fines since the introduction of legislation a year ago enabling local authorities to pursue residents. Fixed penalties totalling more than £185,000 have been issued to people who put their rubbish out for the binmen too early, even if they breached the council’s time limit by only a few hours. Some householders have been targeted for leaving wheelie bins on the street. Honestly this petty spiteful draconianism from thee Councils shows the danger of giving them ANY powers!


By ATWadmin On April 13th, 2007 at 8:43 am

The degeneration of traditional British values that has accompanied Labour’s tenure in power is manifest in the news today that days before the British hostages were freed by Iran, the Defence Ministry was already planning how their stories could be sold! Officials devised a detailed strategy on how to deal with media bids even as Sun Stunna soaraway Faye Turney and her fellow captors were languishing in cells in Tehran. Just about sums up it – blatantly selling out the reputation of our military.


By ATWadmin On April 13th, 2007 at 8:25 am

dickens_oliver_twist.gifDid you read that those who work for the State in the public sector such as teachers, nurses, police and firefighters cannot afford to buy homes in seven out of 10 UK towns, allegedly? Poor dears. Mmm…now here’s the thing. The AVERAGE Public Sector worker earns more than the AVERAGE Private sector worker thanks to redistribution-loving socialist Gordon Brown. So why is it, given that the State sector workers already earn £250/month more than those in the private sector, we only ever hear how hard done by the State workers are? These are the people who take the most sick leave, who enjoy the most generous holiday provision, who are guaranteed indulgent pension provision, but yet they need more. If they can’t afford to buy houses in 7/10 UK towns, then I’m surprised any houses at all are sold to their less well off private sector counterparts. This is pure spin, more moaning from the State workers — give us MORE! 


By ATWadmin On April 12th, 2007 at 7:41 pm

raf1.jpgThe complete lack of dignity demonstrated by some of the 15 British kidnapped sailors, such as soaraway "Sun stunna" Faye Turney in the past week has brought shame on the Senior Service. Listening to outraged comments from the MANY brave men and women in our Armed Forces, I was struck by the chasm that exists between their selfless and patriotic views and those held by the metropolitan elite such as Minister of Defence Des Browne. And now comes the news that the families of four British soldiers killed in Iraq have requested that the Defence Secretary stays away from a ceremony on the return of the bodies to Britain.

What REALLY sickens me is that Prime Minister Blair has INSISTED that everyone involved in the decision had acted "completely in good faith and honourably" – but with hindsight they had got it wrong.  During a visit to Wales, the Minister of Defence : "Look, I didn’t actually know about the decision until after it was taken. With hindsight was it a good idea? No. Do I believe it will happen again? No."

Does that sound to you like a Government which feels a sense of shame, even a certain humility,  as to the foolish decisions it has made? Or does it sound like the irritated mewling of a corrupt administration which despises the very values the men and women in uniform represent?