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“We will not sit down today or tomorrow or any other time with IRA/Sinn Fein full stop.”

By ATWadmin On March 22nd, 2007 at 1:04 pm

adamspaisley.jpgWell I don’t know if Dr Paisley was sitting down with Sinn Fein/IRA President Jerry Adams or not but if the Belfast Telegraph is correct, the pair had a joint meeting with the Chancellor.

Yet another small but significant step on the road towards power sharing with unrepentant terrorists.

A MESSAGE FROM THE VAST RIGHT WING CONSPIRACY!

By ATWadmin On March 22nd, 2007 at 8:10 am

Hi all! Just a word to announce that another new writer will be joining our ranks here, thus increasing even further the battalions of us here in the vast right wing conspiracy! Having previously run his own blog, DSD will henceforth be contributing the ATW party! I hope you will join with me in welcoming him and I am certain he will provide us all with some challenging views and opinions.

I can also tell you that because of the continued growth of this site, I have increased the band-width and the scope of our Squarespace package to that of a business user! I’m happy enough to pay this extra though I’d like to find a way to put a tip-jar on the site so you might throw a few bucks my way to help affray the running costs of ATW!

In the next few days I will be back on my normal laptop so you will see a dramatic increase in my blogging speed, I cannot begin to tell you how frustrating the past two weeks have been working on this much slower laptop with an oddly unresponsive keyboard!

SEX EDUCATION IN THE BAG…

By ATWadmin On March 22nd, 2007 at 8:03 am

So, your 14 old year daughter comes home from schoolfrom school with a goody bag. Someone’s birthday, perhaps? No. In the pink paper bag were two condoms.

Here’s a great take by a mother of the 14 year old girl concerned and it contains nothing but good common sense…

" I don’t mind the information on chlamydia and other sexually transmitted diseases that was in Belinda’s goody bag. Or the description of the symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy. I don’t mind the leaflet of family planning clinics and morning-after pill chemists. here are definitely some girls – though very few – in my daughter’s year of 14 and 15-year-olds who are already having sex.

But I do object to the condoms, which simply amount to a bagful of encouragement. If we’re talking traffic lights, they are a green light for under-age sex. A few years ago, these girls were bringing home a slice of cake and a few sweets in bags like these. They were a treat, making the good times last a little longer. Enjoy yourself, those bags said. Unfortunately, so does this one. Except of course that enjoyment, more often than not, has precious little to do with it.

Sex is being portrayed to our children as somehow irresistible, so seductive that you might as well get on with it and just do your best to escape any consequences. The reality of teenage sex is usually disillusionment – perhaps someone should try telling them that. But no one ever describes the downside of early sex that can’t be fixed by condoms, pills and abortions. No one tells these girls that it can be confusing, that you can feel coerced, hurt and used."

£1 MILLION TERROR PAY OFF!

By ATWadmin On March 22nd, 2007 at 7:51 am

I am certain that ALL decent people will share my revulsion at the announcement from Government that the political proxies for the terror group the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) are to be given more than £1m!

The move is to "help" move the group away from violence and crime. The Ulster Political Research Group has spent the past six months drawing up a business plan to persuade the government to fund a 3-year project. It said this "could" help transform the UDA into a non paramilitary organisation. Depressingly, the strategy appears to have worked. The government is expected to announce later today that it will provide more than £1m.  Let’s be clear; this is a pay off for an organisation that murders, maims, traffics drugs and indulges in EVERY form of criminality. Giving a £Million to the UPRG demonstrates the profound moral malaise that underlines the "peace process." If you want to know why I remain such a vocal critic of it, I can give you a million good reasons. I feel sorry for those who lost family to the UDA scum – they too have been sold out by this awful appeaseing government.

PRUDENT CYNICISM!

By ATWadmin On March 22nd, 2007 at 7:02 am

_42710567_brown2_203.jpgI was grateful to Tom Tyler for his excellent analysis on some of the details of Gordon Brown’s budget.

I also wanted to add my tuppence of the basic rate worth, as along with many other people I am stinging because Brown is thieving money from MY pocket in order to dole it out to his favoured courtier groups such as those on Welfare and in his Public sector  workforce. Let’s be clear that this budget – with its faux "basic rate tax-cut" is nothing more than  a crude attempt by Brown to appear as a benevolent Chancellor who would make a wonderful Prime Minister. So he cuts one tax rate but abolishes another even lower one. He reduces corporation rate for large business but raises it for smaller business like my own. He slaps on a 200% increase in road tax for those of us who DARE to drive cars he doesn’t approve of,  he raises the cost of petrol to punish ALLl drivers, he puts his hand in the begging bowl to borrow a further £10 billion such is his poor financial forecasting – and this is the man who is "Prudence"??? Do me a favour, he’s a Statist obsessive, he’s a tax-hiker by instinct, he hates entrepreneurs and punishes drivers. The idea that this creep will become PM sickens me. Mind  you, I was also irritated to hear the Conservatives suggest that he should have also hiked car tax even further on the alleged "gas guzzlers" and should also punish those who fly. Green  fascism is the new game in town for the political class, and they will screw us financially in the name of the  "environment".

I have to say that this is a Budget based on the leftist traditions of thieving (re-distribution is their nicer name for it) class envy, antipathy towards business, and a lust to make the UK the most heavily taxed country in the western world. The idea put about by the BBC that this is a "neutral" budget is just so much nonsense as to be beyond further comment!!

Not quite how Robin of Sherwood did it…

By ATWadmin On March 21st, 2007 at 4:21 pm

I thought the socialist idea of "redistribution of wealth" was supposed to be about ‘taking from the rich and giving to the poor’? Gordon Brown seems to have completely misunderstood the concept! The income tax/national insurance changes he has just outlined in his Budget have precisely the opposite effect – snatching cash from the very lowest earners, and giving tax breaks to the better-off.

Here’s a table I have rustled up, which compares the tax/NI we pay now, with the amount payable when all the budget changes have been put in place, for salaries between £5000 p.a. and £16,500 p.a. 

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Unbelievable. What justification can there be for snatching an extra £170 of tax from the pocket of a school-leaver or part time worker earning £7,500? (By comparison, if you earn £20K you’ll be about £80 per year better off.  £24K – £160 better off.  £33K – £340 better off).

The BBC is trying to paint this budget as a great thing: "Brown cuts basic rate of tax to 20%!" Well, yes, but he has also abolished the lower rate of 10% on the first £2150 of income, so that you will pay 20% on ALL your taxable earnings instead,  and this is why, for those earning less than around £16500, it is not going to be a "tax cut" at all, but a tax increase!

 

The best team in Ireland

By ATWadmin On March 21st, 2007 at 1:00 pm

Nortern Ireland.jpgI never really understood the system FIFA use but I am delighted to see that Northern Ireland has again overtaken the Republic in the world rankings.

Well done to Lawrie Sanchez and the players!

The bad old days when we went ten games without scoring a goal never mind winning a match are now just a distant memory.

Now we regularly beat the likes of Spain and England.

Long may it continue!

HUW MUST BE JOKING…

By ATWadmin On March 21st, 2007 at 12:53 pm

It’s the BBC’s "Iraq week" and it has sent out ..ahem…"ace" reporter – Huw Edwards to Baghdad.

Huw believes he is in Viet Nam however, and I listened with incredulity at an interview he gave on last evenings BBC Radio 4 primetime news programme. In essence, the interviewer asked him about US reports that terrorists had detonated a bomb in a car with two children in it after using the children as decoys to get through a military checkpoint in Baghdad. The intrepid Huw felt that the report could not be trusted and that perhaps this was an invention by the US military to "cover up" some incident that had gone "horribly wrong."  His view was that since Iraqis had not confirmed it, we could not trust the US reports. I wonder does Huw feel we cannot trust Iraqi reports until the US confirms them?

useless nations

By ATWadmin On March 21st, 2007 at 10:24 am

Number of resolutions criticizing Israel (pdf) for its treatment of Palestinian women approved by the UN Commission on the Status of Women at its 51st session: 1

Number of resolutions criticizing the Palestinian Authority for the situation of Palestinian women: 0

Number of resolutions criticizing Iran for beating and imprisoning women’s rights demonstrators or approving the stoning to death of alleged female adulterers: 0

Number of resolutions criticizing Saudi Arabia for prohibiting women from driving, traveling unaccompanied by male relatives or voting in municipal elections: 0

Number of resolutions criticizing Sudan for supporting the Janjaweed militia, which engages in mass rape of women in Darfur: 0

Number of resolutions criticizing any country other than Israel for anything: 0

Number of countries with worse women’s rights records than Israel: Substantially >0

The resolution singling out Israel was approved by a vote of 40 to 2. The US and Canada opposed it.

Cheap talk. They shouldn’t even bother discussing it. Counties who voted in favour included amongst others: China (forced abortions), Iran (see above), Netherlands (honour killings), Germany (honour killings), United Kingdom (honour killings)

(Taken From Harrys Place/Hat tip: Tom Gross.)

A LESS THAN SUNNI INTERVENTION….

By ATWadmin On March 21st, 2007 at 9:10 am

Under Saddam, the Sunni Arabs flourished in Iraq and delighted in the Ba’athist oppression of every other group in that country. However, post-Saddam, it seems sensible to try and ensure that this group is nonetheless represented in Government so that a reasonably balanced administration may gain a grip on power and running a stable country. But when I read some of the comments of  the vice-president of Iraq, Tareq al-Hashemi, I do  wonder about the immaturity of the Sunni minority.


Al-Hashemi has called for “talks” to be opened with the country’s insurgents in an attempt to bring peace. “I do believe that there is no way but to talk to everybody” with the exception of al-Qaeda, he said. But aren’t Al Queda and the Baathist remnant happily working together? Which gang of killers does he favour dialogie with, exactly? Also note that the reason he rules out talks with Al Queda is because Al Queda won’t listen!!! Regarding the presence of the US-led coalition, he said many people were “annoyed” because foreign troops were “damaging the dignity of the Iraqis.”


I see enormous dignity and bravery in the actions of US/UK soldiers. I see enormous dignity and bravery in the actions of those Iraqis trying to create a stable society. I see little evidence of dignity or bravery in the hollow words of apologists for Baathism.