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By ATWadmin On January 5th, 2007 at 10:47 am

Are these the headlines you want to read?

Olympic costs rise to £8.0 billion!

Immunise all of Africa’s children for only £0.95 billion.

Jamie Bulger killers given immunity, cash, new houses and new lives for only £1.2 million.

£22 billion more for overstretched (for translation refer to Union Rule Book) Health Service.

European Union agrees new cost structure for Accelerator; agrees as in "whatever it costs".

Iraq infrastructure cost estimates rise to a total of £55 billion.

That’s a few items from the enormous list which Your Government has spent, or pledged to spend, from your taxes! Remember, this is the Government which was returned for the THIRD time in the recent General Election, with the Chancellor’s watch word of ‘Prudence’ still echoing around Whitehall!

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So you won’t mind when this picture appears, as the Royal Navy signs off from a four hundred year history of proud service to the Crown and the country, and ends it’s days as a Fisheries Protection service! Ending because of the Treasury demands for cuts in Defence Budget! For all intents and purposes, this aircraft-carrier will never see service again!

 

land rover.jpgSo you don’t really wince when you see the picture of a blasted unarmoured ‘Snatch’ Land Rover as it is blazes away in the dust of Iraq! In service because the motto of the Defence Minister is "cost effective!"

 

 

 

 

No. you shouldn’t mind, because that’s the choices made by the Labour Government, whom you voted for!

 

 

Schadenfreude

By ATWadmin On January 4th, 2007 at 2:10 pm

This submission is not about my personal feelings towards power sharing with terrorists.  Any long-term visitor to ATW knows that I would gladly lease Devil’s Island from the French and intern every damn IRA supporter in the manner endured by Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman.  No, this is about the great delight I and thousands of others are taking at the implosion of the republican monolith.  True we Unionists have had splits and differences of opinion and will continue to do so.  If I have the opportunity to come over to Ulster and campaign on behalf of the UK Unionist Party, as I did in 1998, I will gladly do so.  This is, nonetheless, for another day.

Whilst the pro-Union bloc saw the greatest division nine years ago, this time the accolade belongs to the IRA.  On the one hand you have Gerry and Martin offering nebulous support for law and order.  On the other you have figures morally lower than even they as, one by one, they reject the official position.  For them, offering even the most dubious and begrudging endorsement of a law-enforcing agent not dressed like a scruffy pig in balaclava and filthy jeans is beyond the Pale.

There are those on Slugger who buy the Adams’ line.  We even have one cretin under the nom de plume of ‘Nationalist‘ who still subscribes to the ‘bonking Catholics reign supreme’ theory (poor deluded child that he is).  No doubt we will have the line-up of usual suspects on here telling us how united the terrorists are.  Poppycock!  Aside from erstwhile chums in the ‘dissident’ leagues, we have seen open dissension as upholding the law is too much for a not inconsiderable rump of IRA fans.  So sit back and enjoy their deepening discomfort with ever-broadening smiles. 

Who knows, they could get really bitter and start assassinating one another.  Aside from being the nadir of ironic moves – given that they used to support, excuse or enact the assassination of everybody else, wouldn’t the sight of the republican movement in-fighting be the very best political present for we democrats in 2007?

On This Day…04.01

By ATWadmin On January 4th, 2007 at 2:02 pm

46BC – Titus Labienus defeats Julius Caesar in the Battle of Ruspina.

1885 – The first successful appendix operation is performed by Dr William West Grant in Iowa in the United States.

1936 – Billboard Magazine publishes the first popular music chart, with rankings based on national sales figures.

1967 – Donald Campbell dies on Coniston Water in the Lake District, England, during a water speed record attempt in his boat, ‘Bluebird II’.   His remains were not recovered until 2001.

1998 – Loyalist prisoners in the Maze Prison vote to withdraw support for the Ulster peace process. They claim that too many concessions have been made to republicans.

1999 – Eleven countries in Europe are united with a common currency when the euro debuts as a financial unit in corporate and investment markets.

“form an orderly queue on the left, please!”

By ATWadmin On January 4th, 2007 at 1:31 pm

"Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,

Send these, the homeless, tempest_tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

statue liberty.jpegThese words form the final lines of a poem by Emma Lazarus, and the whole may be found as part of the gigantic memorial known as the Statue of Liberty. This monolith was possibly the first sight for millions of migrants which flooded the shores of the United States of America, in what was possibly the greatest orderly, controlled and voluntary migration in human history.

 

 

We in Britain don’t have a similar ‘welcome mat’ at any of the many entry points for the uncontrolled flood of ‘asylum seekers’ who sneak in to our country these days, because we were never asked if we wanted to host get stuffed.jpgthese guys, or these, or in fact these; but if there was to be a single image which symbolises official attitudes to anyone who objects to the sewage which infests our cities, it might be proposed that this be the ultimate symbol of Government attitudes to protesters!

 

Never Mind the Barracks!

By ATWadmin On January 3rd, 2007 at 10:45 pm

If you land on these shores from anarchic kingdoms far away and claim asylum, you are housed in suitable surroundings before you can say ‘what a load of soft pillocks the British are’.  Similarly, commit a serious crime and get sent to one of our luxurious penitentiaries and you are guaranteed a Ramada Jarvis with bars at the windows.  However, should you decide to pursue a career in what is, for me, the most admirable job that a person can do for their country – join its armed forces – and you can expect to be accommodated in an environment that wouldn’t look out of place in one of those appalling Romanian orphanages we witnessed during the early 1990s.


Get a load of that bath!  I would rather stink like a Jamaican’s armpits on the Tube during a hot summer’s day than have to bathe in that!  We had seen armies of bleeding-heart liberals condemning the facilities at Gitmo for those Muslims who just happened to be lollygagging around the Tora Boras when they were captured by the Allied armies.  Will we hear anything from them about the conditions our boys have to tolerate when not out risking life and limb in the name of their country?  I doubt it.  For some, the comfort of likely terrorists is far more of a priority than the comfort of our own servicemen.


This is a government well versed in throwing money at hopeless causes.  What’s wrong with them pouring much-needed lucre into securing decent environs for our guys in uniform.  If we struggle in Iraq and Afghanistan to the extent the MSM claims, perhaps it is because our forces are chronically underfunded and under-supplied.  If their barracks are an indication of the underlying disdain this government has for them, we cannot be surprised.

Talking Point – 03.01.07

By ATWadmin On January 3rd, 2007 at 10:37 pm

‘Romania and Bulgaria have seen membership of both the Warsaw Pact and the European Union.  One was a collection of countries with high unemployment, stagnating economies and rule by an unelected dictatorship.  The other was the Warsaw Pact.’  Discuss.

On This Day…03.01

By ATWadmin On January 3rd, 2007 at 10:30 pm

1521 – Pope Leo X issues the papal bull Decet Romanum Pontificem, which excommunicates Martin Luther from the Catholic Church.

1911 – Police, with the army in attendance, storm a house in London’s East End were it is thought a gang of wanted anarchists are hiding. Newspapers dub the incident ‘The Siege of Sidney Street’.

1959 – Alaska becomes the 49th, and largest, American State.

1977 – Roy Jenkins MP announces that he is to leave the House of Commons to become President of the European Commission.

yes please!

By ATWadmin On January 3rd, 2007 at 6:18 pm

…..Lets feel proud of these guys.

"If you’re a Brit and you’re stuck in a tricky situation in some war zone you might well hope and pray that the SAS will turn up to rescue you. You might even be a bit miffed if they didn’t, so often do they seem to rescue people in such situations. However, if you’re an Italian climber stuck 24,000 feet up the Himalayas, you haven’t eaten for three days and acute mountain sickness means you can’t move, you probably wouldn’t in your wildest dreams imagine that a joint SAS/SBS team would come round the corner and rescue you from what was otherwise likely to be certain death.

But that is precisely what happened to Roberto Marabotto."

"There hasn’t been much in the past year to make us proud but these guys and the Paras have managed it"  

Agreed.

Nice to see the media acknowledge it.

birth rates etc

By ATWadmin On January 3rd, 2007 at 1:06 pm

Germany has followed France’s example to encourage birth rates.  As of yesterday mothers are entitled to payments of up to e1,800 (£1,200) a month for up to 14 months, depending on previous salary.

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It has worked well in France.

French fertility rates are increasing. France now has the second-highest fertility rate in Europe — 1.94 children born per woman, exceeded slightly by Ireland’s rate of 1.99. (The U.S. fertility rate is 2.01 children, hardly a huge difference)

Which does make me wonder whether all this fear mongering on Europe’s declining birth rates is unfounded since it appears Germanys is now set to change.

‘France heavily subsidizes children and families from pregnancy to young adulthood with liberal maternity leaves and part-time work laws for women. The government also covers some child-care costs of toddlers up to 3 years old and offers free child-care centers from age 3 to kindergarten, in addition to tax breaks and discounts on transportation, cultural events and shopping. A new law provides greater maternity leave benefits, tax credits and other incentives for families who have a third child. During a year-long leave after the birth of the third child, mothers will receive $960 a month from the government. A century ago, France was one of the first European countries to face a declining population. Since then, almost every elected French government — regardless of party — has instituted laws that encourage bigger families and make it easier for women to keep their jobs while raising children.

Under French law, a woman can opt not to work or to work part time until her child is 3 years old — and her full-time job will be guaranteed when she returns.

Its interesting how its usual to cite those much lambasted ‘career women’ on these issues as they have here – it is a relatively small nos in relation to the workforce as a whole who make it to such lofty heights. After all, there are a large number of women who are not classed as exactly low income but for whom giving up work financially is either not an option or in an age where you need a triple mega income to buy a cupboard sized house it is more likely to ensure you put it off til you can afford it.   A guy in our office, non management non high flyer project role private sector type worker, has had his first kid.  He is busy working out how to split his pitiful 2 weeks paternity leave between flying off for work and balancing his natural desire to spend a few solid weeks with his new born baby and wife. The equally non high flyer non career driven private sector mother will be back to work in a year – a requirement, not an option for them though she feels otherwise.  So baby gets to spend more time with a bunch of strangers from the age of 2. Im sure many women feel similarly eg they would prefer to stay at home for the first few years of their childrens lives. 

Three-fourths of all French mothers with at least two children are employed – so they are paying for their ‘time out’. And with such a focus the inevitable result is big business has to ensure it provides real facilities – with many large companies catering properly for working parents. Really – if we are so concerned with falling birth rates to sustain our economies then shouldnt we equally be concerned with work family life balance? And wont the one in turn assist the other? This French system seems to me to create a proper establishment for a family work life balance, something we should surely be striving to achieve in the 21st century.

Why not? Big Business needs the manpower in the long run to turn profits and we need them to keep the global economy, we have created, ticking over nicely. Why shouldnt the emphasis be about work and children rather than work or children? Any why shouldnt private sector workers benefit.

 

Groundhog Day

By ATWadmin On January 2nd, 2007 at 8:05 pm

The Mitchell Principles – remember them?  They were a series of pledges affirmed by all parties to the fledgling ‘peace’ negotiations on July 29th 1996.  The IRA endorsed them through its false political frontage, Sinn Fein.  Readers will know I no longer give any sort of credence to this ‘Sinn Fein’ rubbish.  It’s the IRA – pure and simple!  For those who lack memory of the wording of these principles (affirmed by ‘Sinn Fein’) let me remind them of two of the most important ones:

‘All parties affirm they will commit themselves to….

democratic and exclusively peaceful means of resolving political issues. To the total disarmament of all paramilitary organisations.

To renounce for themselves, and to oppose any effort by others, to use force, or threaten to use force, to influence the course or the outcome of all-party negotiations.’

There you have it.  ‘Democratic and EXCLUSIVELY peaceful means of resolving political issues’.  Words on paper supported by the republican movement.  The meeting called on ‘supporting the PSNI’ will similarly involve words on paper that will, in all likelihood, be endorsed by the republican movement.  So let’s see how good republicans are at honouring pledges they affirm on pieces of paper.

(Excerpts from the Sunday Independent)

‘Christopher O’Kane, 37, was shot dead outside a Derry pub on April 21, 2001. O’Kane was a small-time drug dealer who had a number of run-ins with local IRA figures. Eamon Collins; the 45-year-old ex-prisoner was beaten and stabbed on January 27, 1999, because he wrote a brutally honest book, Killing Rage, about his role as part of the murderous IRA’s south Armagh brigade. He also testified in the Sunday Times libel case against IRA boss, Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy. Police who attended the scene said they had never encountered such injuries, which at first made them think he had been mangled by machinery. No one has been charged.’

‘Paul Daly, 38, was sitting with his 11-year-old daughter in his car near the nationalist Unity Flats on May 4, 2001 when two gunmen approached and shot him. Daly was a known drug dealer and, although his death was never admitted, it was known to be another IRA murder under the pseudonym ‘Direct Action Against Drugs’ (DAAD).’

‘Andy Kearney, 33, was involved in a fist fight with a notorious north Belfast IRA man. The IRA man sent an armed gang to Kearney’s seventh-floor flat in the New Lodge area on July 20, 1997. They overpowered Kennedy tied his hands behind his back, dragged him out onto the landing and shot him three times in the legs. They then tore out the telephone and disabled the lift so Kearney’s girlfriend had to run down 16 flights of stairs to raise help. He bled to death.’

‘Michael Magee, 34, was recovering from a savage IRA punishment beating at his home in Downpatrick on June 11, 2001 when a masked gang broke in and shot him dead at point-blank range.

Local republicans said Magee was involved in drugs but his family and friends said he was not a dealer but was shot because he had a fight with a local republican.’

‘Gareth O’Connor, 24, disappeared while travelling through south Armagh on March 11, 2003. Gardai believe he was murdered by the local IRA and secretly buried, and, although the reasons remain uncertain, it is believed they were acting on behalf of a ‘Continuity’ IRA figure from Armagh.’

‘Matthew Burns, 26, was sitting in his car when gunmen opened fire killing Burns and injuring his brother at Castlewellan, Co Down on February 21, 2002. His family denied republican claims that he was a drug dealer.’

‘Brian McDonald, 51, was a taxi-driver in Dungannon, Co Tyrone who was on his way to pick a fare in the town when he was approached by two gunmen and shot dead on April 4, 2002. Local people said a close relative of Mr McDonald’s had been involved in a fight with a local IRA man and his murder was an act of revenge.’

‘Seamus ‘Shavo’ Hogan, 47, was shot dead by an IRA hit squad as he emerged from the Transport Club in Crumlin on July 14, 2001. Shavo, who once was a close associate of ‘the General’, Martin Cahill, refused to pay protection money and suffered the consequences.’

‘Edmund McCoy, 28, was sitting in a bar at Dunmurry in south Belfast when three gunmen walked in and shot him in the head and stomach on May 29, 2000. McCoy was a Catholic who associated with loyalist drug dealers. Again, the murder was seen as benefiting Catholic drug dealers who paid protection to the IRA.’

‘Nicholas ‘Mad Nicky’ O’Hare, 34, was shot dead in Dundalk on August 19, 2000. O’Hare was a former INLA man heavily involved in criminality. He was believed to have been murdered by the IRA in retaliation for the killing of a Dundalk man, Stephen Connolly, three weeks earlier.’

‘Patrick Quinn, 32, was also accused of being a drug dealer after his murder on September 29, 2000 as he sat drinking in the Depot Bar in Magherafelt, Co Derry, though his family and friends strongly denied the claim. He was shot dead at point-blank range by a lone gunman.’

‘Joseph O’Connor, 26, was a ‘Real’ IRA man who was shot dead near his mother’s home in the Ballymurphy estate in west Belfast on October 13, 2000. The IRA never admitted the killing, which local people said was carried out because O’Connor was muscling in on their local smuggled cigarette racket.’

‘Charles Bennett, 22, had joined the IRA after the ceasefire and was accused of being a police informant. He was abducted, tortured and then taken to waste ground in west Belfast and shot through the head on July 25, 1999.’

‘Brendan ‘Bap’ Campbell, 30, was another small-time Belfast drug dealer who was shot dead on February 9, 1998 as he left a Lisburn Road restaurant with his girlfriend.’

‘Bobby Dougan, 34, was a prominent south Belfast loyalist who was shot dead by the IRA on February 10, 1998. Despite denying the murders of both Dougan and Campbell, ballistics tests showed the guns used were also used in previous IRA murders and Sinn Fein was suspended for two weeks from the talks leading to the Good Friday Agreement. They were then re-admitted and the IRA issued orders to import new handguns from Florida so that they could avoid detection from ballistics. The gun-smuggling ring was discovered in 1999 after some 200 guns were sent through the post to safe houses in the Republic.’

‘Gerard Moran, 35, from Rory O’Connor House, Hardwicke Street, in north central Dublin, was shot dead while delivering takeaway food in Drumcondra on November 21, 1998. His murder was ordered by the IRA boss on the northside of Dublin, the same man who has been responsible for the series of container heists in Dublin city port and, ironically, the man believed to be sheltering the Belfast IRA man who stabbed Robert McCartney. Moran’s death was ordered because he had taunted IRA figures in the north inner city.’

‘PJ Judge, 41, was shot dead on December 7, 1996 as he sat in a car outside a Finglas public house. Judge had a deserved reputation as a brutal criminal. However, local people say the IRA gang which murdered him has close links to Judge’s rivals and were paid to carry out the assassination.’

‘Joseph Foran , 38, had been a partner in crime of PJ Judge who was shot dead by the IRA in 1996. He was sitting in a car in Finglas with his girlfriend when two gunmen approached and shot him dead on February 26, 2000. Again local sources say
Foran was shot by the IRA at the behest of his rivals in the local drugs trade.’

‘Thomas ‘Tomo’ Byrne, 41, married with one young son, was shot dead as he enjoyed a drink with friends at O’Neill’s pub in Summerhill in Dublin’s north inner city on April 30, 2000. The same IRA man who ordered the killing of Gerard Moran is believed to have murdered Byrne. Tomo Byrne was said by local people to have beaten up the IRA gangster in a pub fight several months earlier.’

 

‘Mark Robinson, 22, the father of a small baby was also involved in a pub fight with another notorious Derry IRA man. A IRA gang armed with scaffolding poles and a butcher’s knife pounced on him near his home in the Galliagh area on April 30, 2001 and stabbed and beat him to death.’

‘Robert McCartney, 33, the Belfast father-of-two whose sisters have brought the issue of the IRA’s brutal killing machine to international attention. McCartney was beaten with sewer rods and stabbed and slashed to death by at least 12 IRA at Magennis’s bar in the Markets area of Belfast. Despite Gerry Adams’ claims to want to help his family get justice no one has yet told police they saw the killing.’

As you can gather, the IRA are not very good at honouring promises made on paper.  It is precisely in this context that the forthcoming Hard Fish should be seen, and appropriate action taken by the Unionist electorate.