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the last boy scout

By ATWadmin On April 20th, 2007 at 7:03 am

enoch powell.jpgThirty-nine years ago today, one of the most articulate, educated and, most importantly honest, politicians ever to have graced the British political stage committed suicide! Not actual suicide of course, that would have been totally beneath the urbane intellect which was owned by Enoch Powell; the term was political suicide, and the weapon of choice was a speech which told the truth, at least the truth as seen by this clever and far-sighted man.

The print media, which in those days of course dominated the information domain, leapt upon this story, took his prophetic statements, cherry-picked the bits which suited their own purposes, and helped to destroy one of the few honourable politicians this country has ever placed it’s trust in.

His own Tory Party disowned him, dropped him from the Cabinet, and in both public and private, excoriated this wise and far-sighted man whose only fault was to say out loud what many thought in private!

Let us examine his “Rivers” speech, and see what has become of his prophetic words on the country which he loved. One statement, “In this country in 15 or 20 years’ time the black man will have the whip hand over the white man." brought especial fury from the liberal left and the smug commentators. Exchange ‘Muslim’ and ‘Asian’ for the word ‘black’ and one can see every day the flowering of an uncomfortable truth in his words. Another phrase was “Whole areas, towns and parts of towns across England will be occupied by sections of the immigrant and immigrant-descended population.” We can see that truth mirrored in the huge foreign, immigrant populations of our slum cities!

He went on to comment “It almost passes belief that at this moment 20 or 30 additional immigrant children are arriving from overseas in Wolverhampton alone every week – and that means 15 or 20 additional families a decade or two hence. Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad. We must be mad, literally mad, as a nation to be permitting the annual inflow of some 50,000 dependants, who are for the most part the material of the future growth of the immigrant-descended population. It is like watching a nation busily engaged in heaping up its own funeral pyre. So insane are we that we actually permit unmarried persons to immigrate for the purpose of founding a family with spouses and fiancés whom they have never seen.” The uncontrolled flood of “bogus asylum seekers”, allowed in by a combination of a dithering Conservative Government and an uncaring and blind Labour administration under Blair, together with the river of legal migration forced upon us by the European Union, has brought Powell’s nightmare ever closer!

We were told that we should embrace the ‘culture’ of countries such as Jamaica, which would lend ‘colour’ to our grey nature. We see instead the ‘Gun’ and ‘Gang’ culture of the ‘Yardies’; where the only colour is blood-red, and that from the wounds of the dying. We see ever-rising numbers of foreigners on our streets, bringing truly foreign ways onto our streets. The outlandish howl of some clown with a ‘message’ from a minaret drowns out the mellow chimes of English churches, but we are told that we should accept this as their ‘right’ in this ‘multicultural’ country which has been overrun by a Muslim avalanche, and although that avalanche was slow in ignition, the force behind such a movement is ever-growing!

Powell ended with these words; “Only resolute and urgent action will avert it even now. Whether there will be the public will to demand and obtain that action, I do not know. All I know is that to see, and not to speak, would be the great betrayal.” We have not heard any better words in thirty-nine years, and with the swarm of legislation deemed necessary to accommodate our fast-growing hordes of permanent visitors, I do not think we ever will!

Rotten to the Supreme Core

By ATWadmin On April 20th, 2007 at 12:44 am

ahm.jpgHere’s a story to bear in mind when you next see the smiling face of Ahmadinejad. First the good news: six brutal killers, members of the hard-line vigilante Basiji Force, have been convicted of the murders of five people. The bad news is Iran’s theocratic Supreme Court has overturned the verdicts. Three lower courts had found them guilty, but, according to the NYT:

“Iran’s Islamic penal code, which is a parallel system to its civic code, says murder charges can be dropped if the accused can prove the killing was carried out because the victim was morally corrupt. This is true even if the killer identified the victim mistakenly as corrupt.

What exactly is deemed corrupt is shown by two of their last victims, a couple engaged to be married, accused of “walking together in public”, enough in the eyes of these depraved killers and their indulgent “spiritual” guides to warrant their deaths. If anything alleviates the misery of the story it’s that this has not been unopposed, with newspapers reporting it and lawyers criticising the decision. I wonder how those brave dissenters will feel about Iran’s application for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council.

Tories caught in flagrante delicto with a Dyke

By ATWadmin On April 19th, 2007 at 7:35 pm

The new, caring, compassionate Tory Party’s descent into farce continued yesterday, when it was revealed that they had been busy making advances to Greg "hideously white" Dyke. Apparently, the Tories wanted him to stand as a joint Tory-Lib Dem candidate in the London mayoral elections. Unfortunately (or perhaps not so unfortunately), it seems that the Lib Dems were not taken with the idea.

I’m not quite sure why they disliked it so much. After all, whatever banner Dyke might have campaigned under, the fact remains that he is a former Labour Party member, who has since given money to the Lib Dems. Dyke is so very much a man of the left that even Iain Dale, chief online propagandist for the Cameron project, acknowledged that Dyke "doesn’t have a Conservative bone in his body" (so he probably has quite a lot in common with David Cameron, then). For Heaven’s sake, the man (I refer to Dyke, and not to Cameron, to whom I would hesitate to apply the word) has even expressed his admiration for Red Ken. Any alliance of the Tories and the Lib Dems behind Dyke would really have been nothing more than the Tories standing down in favour of the Lib Dems.

Why the Tories were keen on the idea is even more unclear. Dyke would undoubtedly be just another left-wing mayor, albeit somewhat less anti-Semitic than Livingstone. A Dyke v Livingstone contest would have the effect of leaving all traditional Tory voters with no candidate who both reflected their views, and had a chance of winning. In politics, seeking to disenfranchise your opponents’ supporters is morally reprehensible, but seeking to disenfranchise your own supporters is simply indescribable and, I believe, unprecedented, at least on this scale.

The story also serves to demonstrate the extent to which the Tories have sold out their principles as part of the Cameron experiment. Pragmatism is one thing, and forming alliances with broadly like-minded groups is reasonable and sometimes necessary, even if one disagrees with them on some issues. But here the Tories were prepared to ally with a party of the left, which stands opposed to almost all the beliefs that genuine conservatives hold. If Cameron and his minions, notably Francis Maude (the creature responsible for this latest piece of idiocy) adhered to any of those beliefs, they could not have done this. That they have done so demonstrates nothing other than their absolute duplicity, and lack of principle. All genuine conservatives in Britain should wish to see the "Conservative" Party annihilated as soon as possible, in order that a truly conservative force (the BNP, perhaps?) may emerge.

You cannot have one PM without the other

By ATWadmin On April 19th, 2007 at 1:27 pm

blairahern-203.jpgThe DUP tried to tell us that they had to say yes to terrorists in government because unless they agreed the Government would press ahead with “partnership arrangements”.

One could be forgiven for thinking that Dublin still has a teeny wee say in our affairs.

Mr Blair and Mr Ahern acted as political double act in relation to Northern Ireland before St Andrews and they continue as such.

They are as closely linked as … well Dr Paisley and Martin McGuinness.

O’Loan Shark

By ATWadmin On April 19th, 2007 at 12:54 pm

She’s off and it’s good riddance.  The government has advertised for a replacement for the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman.  Nuala O’Loan, the Cockney Irish blow-in who’s about as impartial as I am (at least I admit it!!), is about to bow out of the position she has held since 1999.  Born in London to parents from the Republic of Ireland (that alone should have made her completely unsuitable for the job), she has lived in Northern Ireland since 1977.  Some Unionists have criticised her for not coming from a judicial background.  That’s not my beef.  O’Loan is a solicitor by profession and has a long history of serving on the NI Police Authority.  You can’t argue she has no legal connections.

What really gets on my goat is the complete lack of impartiality that went in her selection.  She is married to separatist pursuer and councillor, Declan O’Loan of the SDLP (Subdue, Denigrate and Lash the Protestants) party.  A public appointment in a position like this should only be awarded to someone who is totally impartial.  Let’s look at that ‘impartiality’, shall we?  Married to a separatist; two foreigners for parents; and with a son recently given a caution for mouthing sectarian slogans in a public place.  Must be a tight set-up in the O’Loan household.

I don’t care what she says or what her defenders will say.  In my opinion there is no way she could be impartial.  She has commissioned investigations that have sullied the collective good name of the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC without so much as a molecule of substantiated evidence.  She has incurred the ire of the former Chief Constable; upset former officers who were there purely to hold the line against terrorism; and angered the Unionist majority in NI.  On what?  Enquiries long on bilge, short on evidence!

I expect the next incumbent to be party neutral.  I don’t want somebody who sits curled up on the sofa of an evening – watching Coronation Street with a nationalist.  Don’t think that’s too much to ask!!

 

THAT CHARMING MAN…..

By ATWadmin On April 19th, 2007 at 12:29 pm

And so it goes and so it goes but where it’s going no one knows.

Except I do. I refer of course to the ongoing efforts to sanitise Mr Martin McGuinness, a self-confessed IRA terrorist, and present him as a charming nay lovable man, our beloved Deputy First Minister with his good pal, the Rev Ian Paisley. He and Paisley have issued ANOTHER joint statement, this time congratulating the Irish Cricket team on their tremendous achievement of being knocked out of the World Cup. Mr McGuinness is described in the press release as an "avid cricket fan." How nice for him. And how wonderful that all the heinous IRA murders carried out in Londonderry when he was the senior IRA commander can now be dismissed. Best let the dead rot and let their next of kin swing in the breeze, avuncular Martin has cricket to watch.

A Challenge To Debate The Issues

By ATWadmin On April 19th, 2007 at 9:11 am

It is an oft-lamented fact of political life in Britain that the three main parties have already basically decided the answers to all the important questions for us. And also that offering a different answer to those important questions brings down a host of insults and intimidation on those who question this orthodoxy. It is for this reason that the British National Party is on the rise, and that the louder and shriller the insults thrown at them by those afraid to debate them on the issues and the policies they espouse, the more their votes seem to increase.

 I was very dissappointed to note that when a ‘BNP Member’ challenged our ATW readers to a rational debate on the merits of BNP policy he was met with nothing but childish insults and the sound of feet running away to comfort zones.

I sincerely hope we at ATW can do a lot better than that. So, please go here and read what this Party has to say, then if/when you disagree, pull it apart in a rational, sensible manner on this open thread.

Now’s our chance to prove we are grownups and that we can beat our political opponents on the issues and not by use of hysterical insults. I will be popping on to this thread every few hours and I sincerely hope I see rational commentary and not childishness. Its up to you.

A Load of Old Rubbish

By ATWadmin On April 19th, 2007 at 9:10 am

I haven’t mentioned this up to now but a few weeks ago my nan suffered a severe stroke.  In the intervening period we (my father and I) have managed to find her an excellent nursing home and we are now in the process of emptying her old flat.  Her most treasured furnishings and possessions have gone with her to the new address and the remainder consists of items she no longer wants or needs (don’t old people hoard some rubbish!!?).  I’ve just returned from her flat where me and dad are about halfway through the endeavour.  She lived in a smart complex of flats on the outskirts of Halifax.  Today is the day the rubbish collection takes place.  As we approached the entrance we noticed the black bags had already been placed on the kerbside for collection.  Unfortunately, one of them must have been ravaged by a stray cat for there was rubbish scattered about.

Whilst we were at the flat we noticed the rubbish wagon arrive with its crew of classically expressionless operatives.  We stopped what we were doing to look out of the window and see if the discarded litter would also be disposed of.  When it came to the damaged bag the operative picked it up (allowing other items of rubbish to fall on to the pavement), tossed it in the crusher, and carried on regardless.  He didn’t even bother to pick up the items his clumsy methods of collection had created, let alone the rest of the stuff.

What this says about the attitudes of the average British workman could fill a book to keep cynics entertained for hours.  The point I wish to make here is that most local authorities are now heavily sedated on this ‘environmental’ kick.  Indeed, the Daily Telegraph points out this morning that nine million households in England and Wales don’t even have weekly collections any more.  Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t rubbish collections supposed to be funded from our ever-increasing Council Tax contributions?  Surely if local authorities were so concerned about environmental impact they would be equally keen to ensure the streets were cleared of greater and greater volumes of rubbish; to ensure the plethora of electrical goods fly-tipped on country lanes would be disposed of; and take greater care over the normal waste collections as opposed to letting half of it spill forth on the pavement.

However, at the end of the day, fortnightly rubbish collections are no more about looking after the environment than I’m a Marc Bolan lookalike.  I recently contacted the head of environmental services at Calderdale Council.  In a borough of nearly 200,000 people there are 5 dedicated street cleaning teams.  Five!!!!!!  Forget the planet, sanitation issues are the new cudgel by which politicians force us to pay more for a poorer service in return.  It’s amazing how many people are conned once the spectre of environmental friendliness is allowed to penetrate the psyche.

 

On This Day…19.04

By ATWadmin On April 19th, 2007 at 9:05 am

1587 – English naval commander Sir Francis Drake sails a small number of ships into Cadiz Harbour and sinks most of the Spanish fleet.

1775 – Start of the American War of Independence against Britain when fighting begins at Lexington and Concord.

1824 – Lord Byron, the great English poet, dies from a fever in Missolonghi, Greece. Mourned as a national hero in Greece, Byron had donated £4,000 to the Greek navy and personally came to the country to unite nationalist factions in their struggle for independence from the Turks.

1843 – The gas meter is patented by Carl Ludwig Farwig.

1882 – Death of Charles Darwin, pioneer of the Theory of Evolution.

1951 – The first Miss World contest is won by a 21 year old from Sweden. The contest is devised by Mecca publicity officer, Eric Morley, as part of the Festival of Britain celebrations.

 

FIGHTING BACK…

By ATWadmin On April 19th, 2007 at 8:47 am

Delighted to read that Parents who claim that an award-winning film on climate change is inaccurate and politically motivated are threatening a legal challenge over the Government’s decision to send it to every secondary school. The film by the most Reverend Al Gore, the former US vice-president, and inventor of the internet, won an Oscar for the best "documentary" this year and Alan Johnson, the Education Secretary, says he wants teachers to use it to stimulate children (I.E Indoctrinate) into discussing climate change and global warming. But a group of parents in the New Forest say the circulation of the film by the Government amounts to political indoctrination and is in breach of the Education Act 2002. Derek Tipp, their spokesman, has urged Mr Johnson to stop the film being sent out. He said: "The film goes well beyond the consensus view and is not therefore suitable material to present to children who need to be given clear and balanced, factually accurate information."

How right he is. Having watched Gore’s carefully crafted piece of propaganda, riddled with inaccuracies and clearly aligned with a given leftist political perspective, it is indeed totally inappropriate that this is forced into our schools. But Alan Johnston is a typical left-wing ideologue who WANTS to ensure young minds are given one side of the story. If this were about balance, how about sending our every school a copy of the recent "The Great Global Warming Swindle"? Let’s be hearing from you Minister – if you are SO keen to discuss "global warming" what’s the problem with putting two sides to the story and allow kids the chance to make their OWN  minds up? Isn’t that only fair?