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The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

By ATWadmin On January 16th, 2007 at 8:35 am

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We try and cover many different issues here on ATW.  For me, there is no greater issue than the retention of the Union in ALL FOUR of its component parts.  Yes I have strong opinions on Europe, Islam, the protection of Israel, our ties with America and the Commonwealth, transport and the operation of the economy.  Nevertheless, each pales into insignificance when it comes to my conviction on the need to keep my country together as one functioning unit.

This, the 300th anniversary of the first Act of Union, should allow us to think about the UK and what it has achieved.  It once ruled the world and, as recently as the end of the First World War, was considered the only global superpower.  It created the largest Empire the world has ever seen and, in contrast to many other imperial ventures by our European neighbours, did far more good than ever it did harm to the countries which submitted to its control (whatever you may think about the principle of empire, that is a fact).  Today, there is nothing equivalent to the Commonwealth for the former conquests of France, Spain or the Netherlands.  Not only did the United Kingdom build much of the infrastructure in its imperial backyard, it also forged great and significant ties with countries never under its colonial stewardship.  The two best examples of this are Argentina and Chile, where the railways, roads, agriculture and naval strengths of those two countries were created and built by the British – not the Spanish.  Even as recently as the early 20th century, more people in Argentina spoke English and Italian than Spanish.

In the 21st Century, the UK is still a global player and is one of only 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council.  It is Europe’s (excluding Russia) foremost military power and has ties to the United States unequalled by any other country.  The importance of this alliance cannot be underestimated for anyone who has lived through WW2 or has seen the global ventures undertaken by ourselves and the Americans since that time.  The United Kingdom has given the world the English language, the business lingua franca.  Although Mandarin and, since 1999 Spanish, are spoken by more individuals than English, it is still the world’s most important language.  No less than 27% of the countries of the world have English as an official language and in others, such as Holland, Sweden and Denmark, English is understood by over 60% of the population.

Our United Kingdom has pioneered arts, modern music, legal institutions and inventions far out of proportion to its size.  It has given the world items from the lawn mower to the umbrella.  Britain remains one of the largest economies and has the most important city on the planet as its capital.  It is culturally, socially, emotionally and economically intertwined between its four components.  Unlike many other countries, the territorial unit did not come first.  Our country is a formal legal expression of the internal ties it has developed throughout history.  And it would be inevitably weaker as a result of losing even one of those parts.

Which brings me to the final part of this piece.  Our United Kingdom has been periodically under threat from Irish insurrection since 1921.  It has more recently been attacked by the petulant voices of Scottish and, to a lesser extent Welsh, separatism.  However, it has endured notwithstanding these attempts.  No opinion poll in Northern Ireland has ever even come close to suggesting that it requires a divorce from the Union.  If the results of this poll are to be believed, there is no similar desire amongst the three parts of the mainland, either.  So today, on this 300th birthday celebration, we raise our glasses to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (which is also the longest official name of any country in the world) and hope it survives for another 3 centuries.

UPDATE:  I found this article on the legal moves necessary to grant Scottish separation interesting. Contrary to Irish nationalist assertions, the exact same procedure would be necessary for Northern Ireland.  The ONLY difference between the two is that Parliament at Westminster is not compelled to hold a referendum on separation in the event of a nationalist majority in Scotland as it is in NI.  However, Parliament also has the legal and constitutional right to vote down the results of a NI referendum, as has the right of Dail Eireann to refuse the annexation of NI within its territorial remit.  Both decisions would be valid in international law.

On This Day…16.01

By ATWadmin On January 16th, 2007 at 8:21 am

1572 – Thomas Howard, the Fourth Duke of Norfolk, is tried for treason for his part in the Ridolfi plot to restore Catholicism in England. He is later executed at the Tower of London.

1707 – The Act of Union between England and Scotland if formally ratified.

1919 – The 18th Amendment to the US Constitution, prohibiting the ‘manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes’, achieves the necessary two-thirds majority for state ratification, and thus becomes the law of the land.

1981 – The Northern Ireland nationalist agitator and former Westminster MP Bernadette McAliskey and her husband are shot by gunmen who burst into their home in County Tyrone.

1988 – Death of actor Ballard Berkeley at the age of 83.  He is best known for playing the part of the Major in the BBC classic comedy Fawlty Towers.

2006 – Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is inaugurated as Liberia’s new president. She is the first elected female Head of State in Africa.

uncovering the undercover

By ATWadmin On January 15th, 2007 at 9:07 pm

Having watched the substance in the Channel 4 Dispatches documentary, I do not think that it would be wrong of me to state that just about everything derogatory ever written or forecast about this disgraceful religion is both true and completely justified! Using the substance of the words spoken by some of these imported fanatics as proof, a court could, in my admittedly amateur view of British jurisprudence, get the whole lot placed firmly in the slammer for a very long time!

Unfortunately, the views and words of these clowns will be brushed aside by the ‘Establishment’, who are only too keen to appease, to placate and to conciliate our enemies, and to assuage the righteous indignation of people who have seen and heard every basic law which this country possesses denigrated and rubbished!

 

I say, it’s about time a few of this scum were shown the door, which is situated at Dover!

 

 

UNDERCOVER MOSQUE….

By ATWadmin On January 15th, 2007 at 4:57 pm

Just a couple of quick points.

1. There is a very interesting programme on Channel 4 tonight "Dispatches" which goes undercover to reveal what is preached within moderate Mosques in the UK. Might be worth catching.

2. It’s my birthday today – 21 again! – and I am absolutely dosed with the cold! (I blame global warming myself) I have not been at work today I was feeling so lousy. If this keyboard was like my voice, it would be croaking!! Anyway, I’m being treated to a birthday tea at home with my family and I will be relaxing this evening. Blogging service from moi will resume tomorrow! Happy arguments!

The French Connection?

By ATWadmin On January 15th, 2007 at 2:37 pm

Gordon Blue!  Can you imagine it?  The French and British governments were contemplating a union between the two countries during the 1950s.  Secret papers from the National Archives reveal that the French approaced Britain with the idea and even suggested that HM Queen Elizabeth II should become the French head of state.

I have mixed feelings on that.  Whilst I adore Paris and find the French Riviera positively buzzing, I have scant time for the rest of the country as it has nothing that cannot be bettered by its neighbours.  Anyone who has spent February in Dinard will tell you holidaying in northern France outside of the season is a nightmare.  That said, what would have been the pros and cons of a merger between these two world powers?  Let’s have a good cross-section of both.  Over to you.

On This Day…15.01.07

By ATWadmin On January 15th, 2007 at 2:32 pm

1759 – The British Museum opens in London.

1970 – Muammar Ghadaffi becomes leader of Libya after a proclamation by the country’s General Congress.  He had been instrumental in deposing King Idris in 1969.

1974 – The first episode of Happy Days in broadcast on US television.

1984 – After losing his seat at the 1983 British General Election, Tony Benn wins Labour’s nomination for the Chesterfield by-election. Benn subsequently won the by-election and retained his seat until he retired from the House of Commons in 2001.

1994 – Death of American singer Harry Nilsson, whose hits include Everybody’s Talkin’ from the film Midnight Cowboy.

1997 – Princess Diana is criticised for becoming embroiled in international politics by calling for a ban on the production and sale of landmines during her four-day visit to Angola.

islam in ireland

By ATWadmin On January 15th, 2007 at 2:27 pm

‘Imam Shaheed Satardien is taking a stand against those Muslims in Ireland whom he claims are too sympathetic to Osama bin Laden and the cult of the suicide bomber. At Friday prayers in the sports hall in north-west Dublin, the South African-born former anti-apartheid activist warns his multinational congregation against blaming other religions and the West in general for all Muslims’ ills’.

Cast out by the majority Islamic community in Dublin for his outspokenness, the 50-year-old preacher says he has received death threats. ‘I am standing firm in my beliefs,’ Satardien says. ‘The truth is more important than being popular or living a quiet life. Extremism has infected Islam in Ireland. It’s time to get back to the spiritual aspect of my religion and stop it being used as a political weapon.’

via the Observer – c/o Harry’s Place. 

Why are moderate voices struggling to be heard? Outside of the media fascination with quoting nutjobs, if extremism is the minority creed amongst the devout then why does a majority expel a moderate voice and issue him with death threats?
‘The imam preaches the same kind of tolerant Islam that my family grew up with back in Bosnia. He is a moderate voice against the extremists. I also like him because he preaches in English, which is the language I have grown up speaking since I came to Ireland at the age of eight’ .

THE CHAPATI KILLERS….

By ATWadmin On January 15th, 2007 at 1:15 pm

I see that the six men accused of planning "murderous suicide bombings" on public transport in London on 21 July 2005 have gone on trial today. The prosecution alleges they were involved in an "extremist Muslim plot" targeting the capital – 14 days after the "carnage" of the 7 July bombings.

The prosecutor told how six bombs were made using a mix of liquid hydrogen peroxide, CHAPATI FLOUR, acetone and acid. Each bomb was placed in a large plastic container and screws, tacks, washers or nuts, were taped to the outside to "maximise the possibility of injury. How charming.

Interestingly, the Prosecution alleges that one of the alleged bombers trained for jihad in the Sudan in 2003 (What, BEFORE we had gone into Iraq?) and had also travelled to Pakistan the following year "to take part in jihad or to train for it". That would be Pakistan – our ally in the war on terror???

Also, another one of the defendants, Yassin Omar, is alleged to have fled London after the attempted bombings disguised as a woman wearing a burka!

I guess these burqa’s have to have some utility……

THE RED CRYSTAL…..

By ATWadmin On January 15th, 2007 at 1:02 pm

red cross.jpgDid you spot that the the world’s best-known humanitarian organisation, the Red Cross, has adopted a new emblem? The Red Crystal joins the Red Cross and the Red Crescent as the protective sign for relief workers recognised under the Geneva Convention. For years Israel demanded recognition under the convention for the red Star of David, the emblem used by its relief society, but Arab states refused. The Red Crystal offers a "neutral emblem" to any country which objects to the cross or the crescent on religious grounds. I have to say that upon reflection I see this as a cop-out by the Red Cross. I also fail to see why the Red Crescent is permitted by the Red Star of David is prohibited. Arab intolerance, indulged by the far from neutral Red Cross, I’m afraid.

My thanks to the eagle-eyed ATW for the story!

THE ENDING OF HYPOCRISY….

By ATWadmin On January 15th, 2007 at 12:01 pm

Lynda Gilby – the “larger than life” columnist with the Sunday Life, provided the most surreal headline of the week-end with her tribute to David Ervine entitled…”A TRUE DEMOCRAT.” Readers will know that Mr Ervine was a member of the outlawed anti-democratic UVF.


I have said all I want about David Ervine, the Party that he led the PUP, and the hideous UVF, so let me instead turn my attention to those media apologists for elevating terror into Government – the peace processors within the local MSM, including Ms Gilby. These people have become long-term useful fools for Government policy. They show little independent of thought, swallowing every ludicrous lie Government pushes their way. They willingly embrace the repulsive notion that there are “good” and “bad” terrorists. They gladly accept the notion that buying peace at the price of prostituting democracy is a fair enough deal. They ruthlessly portray those of us who point out the moral depravity of the “peace process” as the enemies of peace. They twist all reason beyond the point of credulity. They are hypocritical media trash, whose only function is to act as poodles for a policy of appeasement of terrorists. In my mind, they give journalism a bad name.