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By ATWadmin On November 23rd, 2006 at 9:17 pm

To all my American friends – a warmly felt Happy Thanksgiving!….God Bless America!us uk flag.jpg 


By ATWadmin On November 23rd, 2006 at 6:28 pm

This story on the BBC sickened me. It seems that a "senior negotiator" for the terrorist group the Tamil Tigers, Anton Balasingham, is seriously ill with cancer. The Tamilnet website said that Mr Balasingham has been diagnosed with bile duct cancer. The BBC pays extensive tribute to this stricken terror apologist.

I’m sorry but anyone who has even an inkling of the BRUTALITY of the Tamil Tigers could feel no pity for this man. Only the BBC – that morally bankrupt zone – would feel HIS pain.


By ATWadmin On November 23rd, 2006 at 5:01 pm

iraq_203_1.jpgWith the "realists" in Washington now leading policy on Iraq ("Cut and Run" by any other name) who would have figured that the Jihadists and Saddamites would respond to this by..erm…being even more violent?   I mean, it’s such an UNFORESEEN reaction, isn’t it? Not. Appeasement only encourages the Jihadists to be  even more violent but the fabulous Baker Boys and their media handmaidens don’t get it.  As far as I am concerned, if we don’t seek victory … and that means CRUSHING the Jihadi ….then only defeat beckons. And with defeat, the Caliphate grows stronger, more menacing…


By ATWadmin On November 23rd, 2006 at 9:01 am

Just to say that I fully agree with the Rev Ivan Foster when he says that most Free Presbyterians are deeply troubled by the prospect of Ian Paisley in government with IRA/Sinn Fein godfather Martin McGuinness.

The claim was made by the Reverend Ivan Foster, who is a senior minister in the Free Presbyterian church. Mr Paisley is the moderator of the church. Rev Foster was speaking just 36 hours before the DUP and Sinn Fein are due to nominate their choices for first and deputy first minister.

"The thought of one so highly esteemed and loved as Ian Paisley in political coalition with Martin McGuinness I would say is heartbreaking to most, if not every, Free Presbyterian," Rev Foster said.

I would go further, and add it is morally as well as politically bankrupt. I am a Free Presbyterian myself. Reverend Foster must find himself in a difficult situation – but it always right to speak the truth and if Dr.Paisley embraces power-sharing with terrorists then HE, along with his Party, become the most abominable thing – those who know the truth but do wrong anyway. 


By ATWadmin On November 23rd, 2006 at 7:35 am

Did you read about the burglar with an appalling criminal record who kept a “rape kit” and who murdered a mother-of-two days after being freed from jail with an Asbo?

Gary Chester-Nash, 28, was known to be a “predatory and dangerous” person who fantasised about committing violent acts and was under the supervision of probation officers. He was obsessed with knives and wrote a chilling account of how he planned to rape a woman. And yesterday there was outrage that despite his history, Chester-Nash was not kept behind bars.

Instead, the Judiciary allowed him to walk free – and he fulfiled his wish by brutally killing a 59 year old woman. 


By ATWadmin On November 23rd, 2006 at 7:22 am

I entirely agree with Con Couglin’s article in today’s Daily Cameron concerning the reality that prevails in the Middle East..

Lebanon’s “Cedar Revolution”, in which tens of thousands of Lebanese last year took to the streets to protest at the country’s continued occupation by Syria, was hailed in Washington and London as yet another example of the region’s desire to break free from the constraints of the tired autocracies that have dominated the political landscape for decades. And if Lebanon, through the effective exercise of people power, could manage to transform its political destiny, then what is to stop the ordinary people of Syria and Iran effecting similar regime change in Damascus and Teheran?


This is the central point the MSM studiously avoid discussing – since it cuts to the heart of the entire Middle Eastern issue. It’s NOT Israel’s battle with the Palis that is the driving force behind the fermented unrest but rather the threat of DEMOCRACY….

This is a prospect that is viewed with alarm among the ruling classes in Iran and Syria, who depend upon the tried and tested methods of state-sanctioned brutality and repression to keep themselves in power. Far from wanting to work with the West to make the region a better place, they want to keep it as it is. Rather than seeing governments established in Baghdad and Beirut that are accountable to the people, they are prepared to resort to any means at their disposal – from road-side bombs to assassination squads – to sustain themselves in power.


And yet, UNBELIEVABLY, the new received wisdom in Washington and London is that we must become friends with these tyrants…and the media call it the new realism???

Far from wanting to assist the West with its efforts to bring a breath of modernity to the politics of the Middle East, the unreconstructed autocrats of Damascus and Teheran are viscerally opposed to any attempt to make life better for the people they rule. The sooner Mr Blair grasps this simple fact, the better.


By ATWadmin On November 22nd, 2006 at 10:52 pm

I was reading Tom Tyler’s post below concerning the plight of the British Conservative Party and the "Polly" line Tom uses got me thinking. Watch this golden comedy classic and instead of Norwegian Blue substitute British Conservatism. 


By ATWadmin On November 22nd, 2006 at 10:32 pm

Here’s a Caledonian lament to mark the middle of the week! Hope you like it – it was their finest hour!

“Call me ‘Dave'”? – Now it’s “Call me ‘Polly'”!

By ATWadmin On November 22nd, 2006 at 9:22 pm

For many wavering Conservative Party supporters who are becoming increasingly disenchanted with David Cameron’s attempts to "pursue the centre ground" (whatever that might be), this could be the last straw!

From the Guardian article:

One of David Cameron’s key policy advisers will urge the party today to abandon its Churchillian ideas about the welfare state. Greg Clark, who is overhauling the party’s approach to poverty, will urge Conservatives to look to the Guardian commentator Polly Toynbee rather than the wartime leader.

In a paper being published today, he writes: "The traditional Conservative vision of welfare [is outdated]. It is the social commentator Polly Toynbee who supplies imagery that is more appropriate for Conservative social policy in the twenty first century…..Polly Toynbee is a serious thinker about social policy. There are things I disagree with her on, but it would be ridiculous not to benefit from effective analysis."


Good grief. Has the Conservative Party gone completely mad??

Embracing the centre-ground of politics is one thing – embracing the values typically espoused by Ms Toynbee in the Comment & Analysis pages of The Guardian is another matter entirely!  

I don’t believe that anyone who is normally inclined to vote Conservative will be endeared to the party by what Mr Clark has said here. Conversely, neither do I believe that anyone who regularly reads and supports the views of Polly Toynbee could ever be persuaded to vote conservative. Mr Clark’s policy suggestion is a very bad mistake all round: True conservatives will simply sigh and shake their heads yet again (we’re doing quite a lot of that, lately). Whereas socialists…well, what do you think Polly Toynbee might write in her column, in response to this? Somehow, I don’t think she is going to say "Look! The Tories are sounding more sensible by the week! I urge everyone to vote Tory!" Of course not. Most left-wingers will see this patronising nonsense-approach for what it is, and will laugh ever more loudly at what the Conservative party has become.


Shouldn’t have said that…!

By ATWadmin On November 22nd, 2006 at 7:51 pm

The other week, I went and bought the DVD box-set of the acclaimed 1996-97 BBC drama series “This Life”, which looks at the lives of a group of newly-qualified lawyers, as they rent a house together in Southwark, and work together in the Grey’s Inn Road area of London. I loved the series when it was first shown, and I enjoyed watching it again.

One of the more memorable moments of the first series was when the character “Miles” (Jack Davenport) took offence at something that his friend “Warren” (Jason Hughes) said to him, and lashed out at him. The character “Warren” was a gay man, and Miles responded to Warren’s remark by sounding off: “What would you know about it, poncing about on Hampstead Heath like a Vaseline-arsed fairy?” Warren was deeply hurt that someone he had thought of as a good friend could use such words about him. Eventually, Miles saw the hurt he had done, and sat down with Warren and apologised sincerely, saying, “Look, I was angry with you and I wanted to lash out and hurt you back, and so I chose the area of your life that I thought you would be most vulnerable about. If you had had great big ears, I would have called you Jumbo, or something”. A bottle of wine changed hands, and friendships were restored.

It’s the type of thing that I think most of us are either guilty of at one time or another (I know I have been!) or else on the receiving end of, from time to time. When it happens in private, it can usually be patched up in private. But if you’re an A-list celebrity and you “lose it” in public and sound off on a tirade, then it can take an awful lot of apologising and eating humble pie, if you want to restore the public’s trust in you, otherwise you might find that your future career is in jeopardy! I’m sure Mel Gibson knows this only too well, now.

…and, looking at a story that has been circulating in the news over in America this last week, I think that Sienfeld star Michael Richards may also be about to learn this hard lesson.

Richards was performing as a stand-up comedian in a Los Angeles nightclub several nights ago. Apparently he came under some form of provocation from several members of the audience, although this may have been nothing more than the sort of high-spirited heckling that a professional comedian ought to simply take on the chin. We will probably never know for sure, because the guy with the Camcorder only hit the ‘record’ button just as Richards launched into his “response” to the heckling…. And what a dreadful response. (YOUTUBE LINK) – Warning – contains….well, where do I start?….swearing, and language that many may find abusive.

For further context, HERE’S a link to a CNN news report on the incident, including the reaction of a member of the audience.

And finally, HERE’S Richards apologising on the Letterman Show, 48 hours later.

I guess that people’s reactions to this will all be different. Some would say “OK, he lost his cool, and he has apologised for it; let’s draw a line under it”, others will argue that his remarks went way beyond what is acceptable, and that no amount of apologising can undo the offence he has caused. I do think that a professional stand-up comedian ought to be able to deal with hecklers by turning the situation to his/her advantage in a light-hearted way, rather than by abusing the audience. Regardless of the content of what was said, Mr Richards’ reaction demonstrated a lack of stagecraft and discipline.

When I wrote this post yesterday, I expressed some further points. But my internet connection failed just as I was about to post it, and I lost everything and have had to retype it all out again. This time, I’ll leave it at that, and simply ask the reader: What do you think? Has Mr Richards sufficiently apologised for his offensive outburst? Will (and should) his future career suffer as a result? Are there any circumstances under which the use of the “n” – word can be acceptable?