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Maximum Security?

By ATWadmin On November 26th, 2006 at 9:56 am

I must confess I thought the whole Michael Stone affair had been staged-managed by an NIO keen to put pressue on the Democratic Unionists.  My first question was: where are the police?  The lawfully-constituted forces of the State are traditionally employed to guard the legislature(s) of that State.  Police patrol outside Westminster; the Carabinieri are visible outside the Italian parliament in Rome, etc.

Then, the Sunday Independent answered my question.  PSNI officers have been absent from Stormont as a sop to IRA MLAs still fuming from the police raid on their alleged spy-ring back in 2002.  The irony is that because the IRA objected to the police being present to guard their third-rate representatives at Stormont, figures such as IRA President, Gerry Adams, and IRA MP for Newry and Armagh, Conor Murphy, had their lives put in jeopardy by a loyalist terrorist with an extremely low self-esteem. 

Whether IRA MLAs do get picked off in time is a matter of supreme indifference to me.  However, there are decent and good-living MLAs from the likes of the DUP, UUP, SDLP and Alliance who deserve a professional police presence to guard them from the likes of Stone’s grand gestures of the future.  For that reason alone, police should be present at Stormont as soon as possible.

Repairing Labour’s Damage

By ATWadmin On November 26th, 2006 at 8:43 am

Wasn’t Henry94 full of glee at the results of the latest poll showing a majority of both English and Scottish people require the fragmentation of the United Kingdom?  You see, for a great many Irish republicans, the total break-up of the UK would be a delicious, if seldom contemplated, aspiration for them.  Having been the first (and in my view the last) people to drive a wedge through the United Kingdom – in order to create what could laughingly be described as an ‘independent Irish Republic’ (a British cultural satellite with the accoutrements of Catholicism and presidential office to try to make it feel different.  We Unionists prefer the real thing) – they would like the Scots to follow suit.

However, as today’s editorial in the Sunday Telegraph makes clear, the damage caused by this government’s devolution legacy is far from irreparable.  On the contrary, the most successful political Union in global history requires only cosmetic surgery to rescue it from the conditions which give rise to this temporary lust for divorce.  Ending the right of Scottish, Welsh and Ulster MPs to vote on purely English matters should be the first step.  It would only create the same centrifugal relationship between State and component parts as you would find in today’s USA.  And there is no clamour for the break-up of that great country. 

Responsibility for the current mess lies totally with Labour.  Having conceived devolution in the first place it contributed to the most tribal nationalism in the Scottish and, to a lesser extent, the Welsh.  It has also turned both regions into the begging bowl recipients of public spending, whilst the English (and particularly those in the south) are the people who provide the essential wealth from which Labour leeches.  Creating the conditions for more economic dynamism coupled with the exclusivity of English political identity are the next steps in the repair process.  Labour will never heed this advice.  Let’s see if the Conservatives will.

On This Day…26.11

By ATWadmin On November 26th, 2006 at 8:28 am

1703 – Severe gales across the UK leave 8,000 dead and thousands of buildings badly damaged or destroyed.

1857 – The first Australian parliament opens in Melbourne.

1867 – Mrs Lily Maxwell of Manchester casts her vote in a parliamentary election. She had been placed on the electoral register in error and had to be escorted by a bodyguard to protect her from opponents to women’s suffrage.

1922 – Archaeologists Howard Carter and the Earl of Carnarvon become the first men to see inside the tomb of the Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun at Luxor since it was sealed 3,000 years earlier.

1940 – The Nazis order 500,000 Polish Jews to live inside a walled ghetto in Warsaw.

1983 – Gold bars, worth a total of £25 million, are stolen from the Brink’s Mat Security warehouse at Heathrow Airport in London.

Oh look; there’s a squadron of flying pigs!

By ATWadmin On November 26th, 2006 at 12:03 am

Listened to Patricia Hewitt, the Health Secretary as she was questioned by John Humphries on the Today programme on the subject of Single-sex wards in the NHS. Now the NHS state that the target, as puffed by New Labour, was to supply 99% of the wards within the NHS as just that, Single Sex Wards. Unfortunately, the mountain of callers and statistics provided by the Healthcare Commission state something quite different, which is that there are approximately 22% of the same Hospital wards were Mixed-Sex Wards. as listed within the very same NHS as Patricia Hewitt was lying talking about. The stories of people who were shoved into embarrassing and truly disgraceful situations were without end, and this bloody woman continued to try and impress on the listeners that a ward wasn’t really a ward because it had partitions built in to separate people! She continued to attempt to bluff, on the most-listened-to factual radio show in Britain, that a ward wasn’t really a ward if it was an "admittance area", it wasn’t a mixed ward if the patients weren’t in there for more than four hours, it wasn’t really a mixed ward if the women couldn’t actually see the men masturbating at the end of their beds, as the sister of Janet Street Porter was forced to witness during her own hospital stay!

 

Eventually, she admitted that there might be a ‘gap here’ in the perception between the NHS view, and the reality as seen by the Healthcare Commission She then stated that she would be calling all the heads of the Strategic Health Authorities, or some other time-wasting strategy, to make on that she is actually doing something, instead of shovelling her head ever deeper into the sands! The men she would be calling upon aren’t doctors, aren’t healthcare professionals, they’re all bureaucrats, just like Hewitt, so all they would be doing would be to call other NHS Managers, and get them to fiddle the statistics so as to prove that New Labour has actually kept it’s promises!!!

Talking Point – 25.11.06

By ATWadmin On November 25th, 2006 at 11:44 pm

‘If the Labour Party didn’t rely on Scotland for its parliamentary hegemony, it wouldn’t care less whether the Union stands or falls’.  Discuss.

A Descriptive Step Change

By ATWadmin On November 25th, 2006 at 10:24 pm

Further to David’s post about the careful omission of the term ‘IRA’ from all recent pronouncements on the republican movement from the Democratic Unionist Party, I have decided that, from tomorrow, the term ‘Sinn Fein’ will be redundant on all my posts relating to Ulster politics.  The DUP might be content to airbrush to true guise of republicanism from the public mind, but I certainly am not.


Henceforth that ‘party’ (such as it is) will be referred to ONLY as the IRA.  Gerry Adams will be the ‘President of the IRA’; Godfather McGuinness will be ‘the IRA Chief Negotiator’….and so forth.  Why give them credit for something they are not?  Sinn Fein is not, and has never been, a legitimate political party.  It is a flag on convenience for the entry of the IRA into selective political frameworks it can manipulate and ultimately undermine.  How comforting it must be for Paisley’s conscience to convince himself he will only enter government with people the MSM and others consider to be political and moral equals.  Sinn Fein/IRA is not anybody’s equal.  It is a terrorist clique supported by the vilest, most loathsome scumbags to be found anywhere in the British Isles.  And every time Paisley and his ilk embark on a PR exercise to cloud the collective memory of that undeniable fact, I will take it as my duty to remind the many thousands who now log on to ATW on a frequent basis that it is something they will not be allowed to get away with.  So take one last look at the term ‘Sinn Fein’ on one of my articles.  I can assure you it won’t appear on anything I write again.

Saturday’s Marx Quote – 25.11.06

By ATWadmin On November 25th, 2006 at 10:10 pm

‘I eat like a vulture.  Unfortunately, the resemblance doesn’t end there.’

On This Day…25.11

By ATWadmin On November 25th, 2006 at 10:03 pm

1642 – Dutch navigator Abel Tasman discovers an island off the southern coast of Australia and names it Van Dieman’s Land. Its name is changed to Tasmania in 1855.

1867 – Alfred Nobel patents dynamite.

1884 – Evaporated milk is patented by John Mayerberg of St Louis, USA.

1953 – England are beaten at Wembley for the first time – losing 6 – 3 to Hungary.

1955 – American singer Bill Haley tops the British pop charts with ‘Rock Around The Clock’.

1995 – The Irish Republic approves a constitutional amendment marking the legalisation of divorce.

ATW SATURDAY NIGHT COMEDY….!

By ATWadmin On November 25th, 2006 at 6:06 pm

I think this is another gem from perhaps the most original gang of comics there has ever been….hope you enjoy it! It still raises a smile from me…it’s the startled looks on the faces of the Mounties as Eric increasingly reveals his..erm..unusual approach to being a Lumberjack that is so funny….O Canada!!!

ATW SATURDAY EVENING BRAINTEASER…!

By ATWadmin On November 25th, 2006 at 5:36 pm

795151-564912-thumbnail.jpgOK you lot, I see that you’ve been arguing all day on another topic so I can’t think of a better moment to divert all that..ahem..collective intelligence into solving a little puzzle dreamed up by our resident ATW Logician-in-chief…Aileen!

Three young men named Ernesto, Fontleroy, and Gildenstern arrived singly at an inn and awaited the innkeeper. When she arrived at the front desk, all three asked for the best room. The innkeeper explained that, since it was not possible for them all to have the best room, the man who had arrived first could have a spacious room overlooking the village square, the second to arrive could have a small room with a partial view of the garden, and the third would have to settle for a drafty loft by the back alley, but it was the last room she had to offer. The following conversation ensued:
Ernesto: I am a saint.
Fontleroy: While I am only a mixer.
Gildenstern: I agree with you there, Fontleroy.
Ernesto: Gildenstern is a saint.
Fontleroy: No, he is a sinner.
Gildenstern: Then let me say: I did not arrive first.
Ernesto: Fontleroy is the sinner.
Fontleroy: Following Gildenstern’s lead, let me say: I did not arrive first.
Gildenstern: Ernesto is a mixer.
Ernesto: If that is so, then the most honest of us did not arrive last.
Fontleroy: Ernesto, you are a saint.
Gildenstern: Ha!
The innkeeper knew that everyone in these parts was either a (living) saint who always told the truth, a sinner who never told the truth, or a mixer whose statements strictly alternated between truth and untruth. Using deductive reasoning, what is the disposition of each man, and what room did the innkeeper assign to each. In the best traditions of the schoolroom, you need to show your "working out"
Aileen awaits your responses……….who will work it out first?