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By ATWadmin On February 15th, 2007 at 10:54 am

I had to smile at the almost supernatural stupidy of Neal Lawson, chairman of the Labour think tank Compass, who has said:

"The reason our children’s lives are the worst is because we emulate the USA.

We copy their labour market flexibility, love of the free market, their worship of business leaders.

At the top are the nations prepared to tax, regulate and create the conditions for a strong society, so get the best of all worlds.."

So you see THAT is the problem. We’re just not TAXING enough, not REGULATING enough, not CONTROLLING enough. And worse than that -we have been foolish enough to COPY free market loving Americans.

How lucky we are to have such wise Socialist masters.


By ATWadmin On February 15th, 2007 at 9:41 am

795151-605926-thumbnail.jpgAs you know, TANGLED WEB TALK RADIO goes on air tonight at 8pm GMT.

I hope you may be able to listen in to our 30 minute show – and I just wanted to clarify that the telephone number everyone who lives out of the USA should ring is 001 646 652 2582. It’s one cent per minute.

Hope you can listen in, call in, or otherwise join in the fun!


By ATWadmin On February 15th, 2007 at 9:26 am

Isn’t it interesting to observe that Roman Catholicism is set to become the dominant religion in Britain for the first time since the Reformation because of massive migration from Catholic countries across the world.

Catholic parishes will swell by hundreds of thousands over the next few years after managing years of decline, according to a new report, as both legal and illegal migrants enter the country.  It says that the influx of migrants could be the Catholic community’s “greatest threat” or its “greatest opportunity”.  While in some places the Catholic Church has responded positively, in others it has been “overwhelmed” by the scale of the challenge. The growth of Catholicism in Britain comes as the established Church of England and the Anglican provinces in Scotland, Wales and Ireland face continuing, if slow, decline.

So, the reformation is now in reverse, with the decline of the Protestant faith accelerating as the Anglican Church totally fails to stand up for Christian principles, and the only real leadership is that being shown by the Roman Catholic church. I make no apologies for my fundamentalist Protestantism and I wonder about this massive influx of Roman Catholicism coinciding with the tenure of a Labour Government containing prominent Roman Catholics and whose historical inner city voting base is Roman Catholic.

Preparing the way…..?

Papiere Bitte

By ATWadmin On February 15th, 2007 at 9:22 am

The revolution continues:

Thousands of council staff are being trained to police the smoking ban in bars, restaurants and shops in England. Ministers have given councils £29.5m to pay for staff, who will be able to give on-the-spot £50 fines to individuals and take court action against premises. They will have the power to enter premises undercover, allowing them to sit among drinkers, and will even be able to photograph and film people.

This sends a genuine chill down my spine. Leaving aside the fact that the Bill of Rights makes it illegal to levy a fine without the conviction of a court, can anyone think of a more spiteful and unBritish measure enacted by this foul government? I’m not interested in explanations from liberals, I’m not interested in hearing the word ‘health’ mentioned in any defence of this. I’m not even interested in hearing any defence at all of this utterly fascistic measure.

What I would like to see for a change is an apology from anyone who voted for this traitorous bunch of thieves, liars and charlatans. Your government has just decreed that a legitimate function of the British State is to covertly record free-born Britons smoking on private property and fine them if guilty. You voted for them, so do the decent thing, admit to your mistake and apologise.


By ATWadmin On February 15th, 2007 at 9:18 am

I was delighted to see that a British war hero hero officer has walked free from court amid a furious backlash over his “politically motivated” £20million show trial.

Colonel Jorge Mendonca, the most senior soldier in recent history to face a court martial, was cleared to resume his distinguished military career. And the Government stood accused of betraying front-line troops who daily risk their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. One MP and former soldier declared that the colonel had been the victim of a government “whose ministers aren’t fit to polish his boots”.

I recall the MSM lovingly reporting that Colonel Mendonca and some of his men had breached international law and committed war crimes by keeping Iraqi prisoner hooded, cuffed and deprived of sleep over a 36-hour period of “systematic abuse”. One of the prisoners, 26-year-old hotel receptionist Baha Mousa, died and Colonel Mendonca and six other soldiers were subsequently charged.

This was the first trial brought against British soldiers under the controversial International Criminal Court Act of 2001, with three of the soldiers accused of the “war crime” of inhumane treatment of prisoners.

The judge gave his detailed reasons in court earlier this week following days of legal submissions by defence lawyers that there was NO CASE TO ANSWER! Justice has been done.


By ATWadmin On February 15th, 2007 at 8:58 am

I note that twenty-nine terror suspects are going on trial in the Spanish capital, Madrid, over the March 2004 train bombings that killed 191 people. Seven of the suspects – who are mostly Moroccan and all of which as Muslims – will face charges of murder and belonging to a terrorist group. The others face charges including collaborating with a terrorist group and handling explosives. More than 1,700 people were injured in the multiple bomb attacks, which targeted four rush-hour trains.

I hope they are all duly convicted and sent away for the rest of their lives as punishment for the heinous crimes they have allegedly committed.

But there is another set of people who should be held responsible and that is those Spaniards who caved in to the demands of Al Queda in the immediate aftermath of the terrible train bombings and voted for the cowardly socialists led by Zapatero. Spanish troops were instantly pulled out of Iraq – so meeting a key Al Queda demand. Those like Zapatero think they can buy off the Jihad boys, but they can’t. Readers will recall that Osama has not forgotten "the tragedy of Andalusia" and only when the lands of Spain are returned to Islam can they be any lasting "peace".

It’s fitting we reflect on the grievous deaths that occurred on the Madrid rail network – but we should also reflect on the catastrophic failure of those Spanish cowards who caved!

The ‘Little Man’ Syndrome

By ATWadmin On February 15th, 2007 at 8:48 am

Everybody has met a small man with a big ego sometime during their life.  Aren’t they a pain?  They are either bragging about their sexual competency, or flexing their biceps, or telling their work colleagues how they single-handedly kicked the s*** out of five gorillas the previous Friday night.  Most, if not all, of these stories are complete codswallop and offer a tonic to their real acknowledgement of their size and capabilities.

I think Dublin, the Republic’s capital city, has a touch of the ‘little man syndrome’.  It may be a good night out for stag and hen parties; it certainly has its fair share of interesting history; and it undoubtedly has been at the vanguard of that country’s economic growth over the past ten years or so.  But let’s not pretend it is anything other than a minor player in the league of world cities.  Nor should we think it is a large city by European standards, let alone global ones.

So I had to chuckle yesterday when I read reports from the Irish Urban Forum about how Dublin could soon have an urban sprawl the size of Los Angeles.  Los Angeles lies at the heart of the world’s largest continuous urban area.  At over a thousand square miles it is half as big again as London’s (which itself is by far the largest in Europe).  Even at current growth rates, it would take Dublin another 200 or so years to equal the size of London, let alone that of LA.  This is a recent satellite image of Dublin taken by NASA 200 miles about the earth.  The orange area clearly indicates the limit of urban growth.  By comparison this is a satellite image of Los Angeles taken from five times the distance away.  Even from 1,000 miles up in the sky, there is simply no comparison.  If anything, this report shows a predilection for certain Irish agencies to engage in sensationalist forecasts, and the willingness of the Irish media – caught up in the wave of economically-inspired arrogance, to go along with them.

Dublin was always marketed as an almost quaint city.  It would be better and more believable if the same method of promotion was applied.  I concede that Dublin has experienced considerable change over recent times – in all sorts of positive ways.  It still shouldn’t brag in a manner that causes those of us who live in countries with GENUINELY massive cities to giggle uncontrollably by making out it is up there with the big boys.

On This Day…15.02

By ATWadmin On February 15th, 2007 at 8:40 am

399BC – The philosopher Socrates is sentenced to death.

1898 – US battleship Maine is blown up in Havana harbour, Cuba.

1901 – Winston Churchill enters Parliament for the first time as MP for Oldham, Lancashire. He had been returned in the 1900 Khaki election but missed the opening of Parliament. MPs of the period were unpaid and Churchill was forced to take a speaking tour in order to fund his tenure.

1971 – Decimalisation of British coinage is completed on Decimal Day.

1984 – British comedian and magician Tommy Cooper collapses and dies on stage at Her Majesty’s Theatre,  London during a televised performance.

1988 – Austria’s President Kurt Waldheim rejects calls for his resignation after details emerge of his earlier association with the Nazi Party.


By ATWadmin On February 14th, 2007 at 10:06 pm

795151-605926-thumbnail.jpgJust to let everyone know that ATW goes “live” on-air tomorrow night at 8pm GMT. It will be 30 minute show and I know that Mike Cunningham will be joining me for one of the 10 minute sections! Alison may also be able to call in. Here’s the agenda for Tangled Talk;

1. The Northern Ireland Elections – or a return to Big Nothing? I want to lead this discussion on why I think the elections are a farce, and worse an affront to any thinking democrat. I’m hoping Andrew can be in on this one, not sure yet if it is convenient for him.

2. Islam in the UK. We chat about it enough here, let’s discuss if we really believe Islam is compatible with a thriving democracy. Loaded question? Hey Osama – wanna give me a call?

3. Blogging – new wave vs old MSM. Mike Cunningham is on with me for this. Is the blogosphere really any different to MSM, and if so, why?

Now then, I have a VERY IMPORTANT GUEST to announce. Yes – YOU!

If you feel like talking to me simply call in to 001 646 652 2582. That gets you through to my switchboard. It costs one cent per minute, and it should be fun if you call to say Hi and give a comment. This is very much a trial run, we’ll see how we go from here on in, but best start it and see where we go. The show runs for 30mins, and it’s going to be..interesting.

TANGLED TALK RADIO – live on-air tomorrow night – call me! If you click the BlogTalkRadio button in the top left part of this page, it takes you to the show. The show will also be archived so you can listen at YOUR convenience if you’re not able to make it on-air with us. 

On St. Valentine’s Day, Some Thoughts On Love and Diversity

By ATWadmin On February 14th, 2007 at 1:32 pm

Given that today is St. Valentine’s Day, and given that it’s typically given over to shows of affection to one’s beloved, I thought it’d be interesting to take a brief look at the diversity of love expressions. Here at ATW we have, for the most part consistently, taken a definite line on the alien nature and inherent problem of the Islamic mindset against the Christian mindset (though some people appear to have trouble telling the two apart) and the preference for the Christian mindset over and above mohammedanism and the cultural liberalism that allows it a creeping victory. With this in mind, I’d like to present some exerpts from recent articles I found by way of the ever-excellent Jewish World Review (and its sister publication, Political Mavens) looking at the St Valentine’s phenomenon and the related issue of love and its expression under the differing worldviews.
The first article, published by Diana West on the 12th of this month,  discusses briefly the difference between the Western method of reverence for women (‘putting them on a pedestal’, as she puts it) and the Islamic idea of hiding and forcibly subjugating women. West writes that:

"Valentine’s Day, now driven as much by Hallmark [huge greeting card company] as by the shadow of the pedestal, follows from a societal ideal deriving from the chivalric code — a signal influence on Western civilization — which celebrated women for nobility and strength of character.

Such origins, however remote in a post-feminist world, put the holiday in the middle of that clash we read about between the West and Islam. Distinctly non-Islamic (St. Valentine was a Christian martyr from pre-Islamic times), it embodies an old-fashioned salute to La Femme that helps distinguish the West from Islam. Where the West dreamed up the pedestal, Islam bought the burqa. Where the West gave liberty and justice a female face, Islam depicted womanhood as a lowly state of fearful passion. Where in the West sexual equality evolved, in Islam sexual inequality remains."

As anybody who’s read their Arthurian legends (15th C) will know (see particularly the story of Gawain and Dame Ragnelle), this kind of respect and reverence for women is not a product of the Age of Enlightenment (18th C) but an age-old Western (dare I say Christian?) trait.


 On the other hand, we have an almost anti-love sentiment from moslem corners, as reported by Walid Phares (author of Future Jihad and The War of Ideas) in his article on St. Valentine’s Day:

" “Al Gharam mamn’uh, al Gharam kufr,” screamed the self-declared cleric in al-Ansar’s chat room this Friday. “Love is forbidden, love is infidel” — said the online fatwa about the “legitimacy of loving and being in love.”

A weekend before Valentine’s Day, jihadist souls were not questioning the “commercialization” of romance, but inquiring about the ban on “being in love.” The “scholars” said human love is evil. The simple feeling of being attracted to or in love with someone is a terrifying sin if it is committed outside of their religious dogma — and it warrants serious punishment."

Disturbing stuff, and not least because as certain as we can be that there are those even here in the (vestigially) free West who seek to blow us up because of a rabid politico-religious ideolody, we can be equally certain that there will be those who agree that ‘love is the enemy’. A strong and perhaps shocking difference to the (largely Christian) ideal of romantic love that we hold and cherish in the West.

Thankfully, though, there is hope. Ms West reports on five brave women coming out from amongst the theocrats of ‘the Islamic world’ speaking out (loudly) against the threats that ‘come out of the founding texts and living traditions of Islam’. These brave women are: Bat Ye’or, author, speaker, and dot-joiner on the Eurabia conspiracy; Nonie Darwish, a convert to Christianity (from mohammedanism) and author of ‘Now they call me Infidel‘; Brigitte Gabriel, Christian survivor of the Lebanese civil war, author of ‘Because They Hate‘ and speaker on the jihadi mindset and agenda; Wafa Sultan, recently brought to light in a an Al Jazeera debate on the ‘clash of civilizations’, citing it as "a clash between civilization and backwardness"; and of course the renowned Ayaan Hirsi Ali, author of ‘The Caged Virgin‘, ‘Infidel‘ and ‘Ich Klage An‘ (‘I accuse’).

Added to this, Walid Phares tells us of a growing desire amonst the young in the ‘Islamic world’ for "not decadence, but the early stages of a romantic revolution". This is heartening. One doesn’t need to be immoral or act in stupid and irresponsible ways to be in love, and Dr Phares’ examples are at just that balance. Heroic, reckless, possibly insane, and in love, but not (as far as is known) tainted or sullied by actual immorality.

So there is hope, because there is love. There are clouds in the sky, but they’ll pass too, and when they do, the spirit of St Valentine’s Day, that of the Love and reverance characteristic of real romance, will bloom that much sweeter.

Happy St Valentine’s Day. I hope you enjoy it.