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By ATWadmin On November 30th, 2006 at 2:04 pm

‘Good to see you Hassan. I’m doing some interviews about Rushdie’, I said. ‘What are you doing in this God-forsaken place?’…..‘ Trying to make it less God forsaken’, said Hassan. ‘I’ve been up here a few months, helping in the campaign to silence the blasphemer….’

Bradford 1988

An extract from a piece on multi cuturalism by Kenan Malik.

The Mayor of London is determined to undermine Trevor Philips in the ongoing race debate by insisting on resurrecting the now defunct policy of multi culturalism at the exclusion of all other discussion. To undermine his argument Livingstone insists in condemning Phillips as a ‘racist’, ‘so far right’ he is akin to the BNP and has now boycotted a debate spearheaded by the head of the Commission for Racial Equality.

A few of Kenan’s observations in this piece, to me, highlight the failure of the policy itself and endorse the relevancy of a fresh debate:

  • The Rushdie affair was a turning point in the relationship between British society and its Muslim communities. It was the moment that Islamic militancy announced itself as a major political issue
  • In the aftermath of Rushdie…as important as challenging racism was tackling this ‘politics of difference’.
  • ‘You have to treat people differently to treat them equally’, Lee Jasper, race adviser to London Mayor Ken Livingstone told me when I interviewed him for a Channel 4 documentary. Or as Labour MP Keith Vaz has put it, ‘Britishness cannot be imposed on people of different races, cultures and religions.’ (a policy they are now dropping)
  • Bradford’s 12-point race relations plan declared that every section of the ‘multiracial, multicultural city’ had ‘an equal right to maintain its own identity, culture, language, religion and customs’. Racism now meant not simply the denial of equal rights but the denial of the right to be different.
  • As different groups began asserting their particular identities ever more fiercely, so the shift from the political to the cultural arena helped to create a more tribal city (referring to Bradford)

"If we want to change Britain then all of Britain must be part of the debate and part of the solution" – Trevor Phillips

I completely agree that we as a society need to wake up to what Malik termed the fragmenting character of pluralism and as Phillips is attempting to do – reassert common values. Ken Livingstone is utterly wrong to boycott the debate even with such messy shock topics on the agenda as: ‘Was Enoch Powell right?’. His insistence that controversial topics can’t be debated and must simply be decried as ‘racist’ simply leaves those topics as the exclusive preserve of the BNP. Helpful?

THE ESCALATION OF INTIMIDATION….

By ATWadmin On November 30th, 2006 at 1:37 pm

Interesting to read that the level of paramilitary extortion rackets has increased in Northern Ireland since the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, according to a senior police analyst. Small businesses are being forced to pay up to £10,000 a month to paramilitaries who threaten them with violence and intimidation, according to Bridget Lloyd, assistant director of analytical services at the PSNI. Writing in the current edition of Economic Outlook And Business Review, Ms Lloyd said the sophistication of organised crime in Northern Ireland had been influenced significantly by paramilitary involvement.

ANYONE who lives in the Province will testify to the veracity of what this report is claiming. The Godfathers of crime have become much more sophisticated in how they operate but they remain just as evil and as parasitic on hard-working people. Can you IMAGINE what will happen should THEIR delegates gain control over policing?  

You Can Have Any Colour You Like………

By ATWadmin On November 30th, 2006 at 11:15 am

Henry Ford once said the above in a reference to the all-black nature of his car colour availability.  In much the same way the Irish Government said to Justice Baron: ‘You can have any conclusion you like just as long as it damns the Ulster security services’.  That is precisely the context in which the report on ‘collusion’ endorsed (naturally) by the Irish administration should be seen.  We all know both HM Armed Forces and the RUC in Northern Ireland will have had a few ‘bad apples’.  This reality will be replicated in just about every public body the world over.  What it will not do, however, is allow its collective good name to be tarnished by a poxy government of a poxy state that defied international law by claiming territory it had no right to, thereby giving succour to the aims of the Provisional IRA in the process.

The Oireachtas Committee has said the (admittedly atrocious) loyalist terrorist acts perpetrated in the 1970s were acts of ‘international terrorism’.  Aside from the obvious rejoinder that the Republic provided effective safe territory from which IRA terrorists could operate, the Constitution at the time defined the whole island as part of the ‘national territory’.  My goodness, the Oirish are quick enough to leave behind the irredentist histrionics when it suits.  Jim Walsh is quoted as saying: ‘We owe it to the integrity of our State that we do not allow an infringement of our sovereignty to go unchallenged.’  But Jim, it is perfectly acceptable to have allowed your Constitution to permit an infringement of UK sovereignty for a period of no less than 62 years?  The hypocrisy just keeps on coming!!!

This report has to be viewed as a feeble attempt by a hostile neighbour to call into question the integrity of groups without which the entire island could have been engulfed by protracted civil war.  Jeffrey Donaldson today called for the Irish Republic to turn to its own difficulties in this regard before pointing the finger at others.  It is a sentiment the British people, who had to suffer far more than 18 deaths in this country, will echo.

 

“All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper ….”

By ATWadmin On November 30th, 2006 at 11:08 am

As I expected, there were a fair few great entries, so I have given honorary mentions in several categories, as follows:-

Prophetic Headline  "Pope gives birth to Ayatolla’s triplets"    Aileen

the sequel being    "Paisley Junior wins custody of grandchildren"  Aileen

Best play on words  "Turks Welcome The Pope en Masse."  Charles in Texas

Funniest      "Paisley’s conversion to Scientology was unexpected! David Vance

Actual headline     "Cameron goes to Iraq, nobody notices!"   Ernest Young

The Winner is…… for a headline containing just that extra spice of acid ………..

 

Bush Presidential Library Opens, Book Missing!      Mahons

 

 

Congratulations and Salutations to all!

If the winner can send contribution via "e-mail the Editor" listed at top of header, it shall be forwarded to me!

 

GRIZZLY ADAMS TO POLLUTE POLICING …..

By ATWadmin On November 30th, 2006 at 9:10 am

ira leadership.jpgI see that the ongoing choreography between Sinn Fein/IRA and the DUP continues. Comes the news that Sinn Féin/IRA could hold a special party conference on policing by next March if all its concerns were "properly addressed", Gerry Adams said today. (What a surprise!)

In a newspaper article, the Sinn Féin/IRA leader has spelled out clearly his requirements if a party conference to consider endorsing the Police Service of Northern Ireland is to be held within the timetable envisaged in the St Andrews plan to restore power-sharing by next March. Adams said he needed a definite date for the transfer of policing and justice powers from Westminster to Stormont, agreement on the type of devolved government department which would handle them and MI5 to be excluded from any civic policing role.

How reasonable. So, just to reprise and translate this from Republican-speak, Adams will lower himself to accept the neutered grossly incomptent Police Service of Northern Ireland (which boasts how it actively discriminates against anyone who is not a Roman Catholic!) just so long as control of such policing can be devolved to potentially a Sinn Fein/IRA Minister! Naturally, Adams is insistent that MI5 would be kept right away from policing issues, we can but ponder why!

What will happen is this. Government will produce a firm date for the devolution of policing in due course, subject to this that and the other caveat. Sinn Fein/IRA will, heroically and to the applause of the global MSM, accept the PSNI….. so long as it gets to control it. The fact that Sinn Fein/IRA murdered HUNDREDS and wounded THOUSANDS of Police Officers over the years will be ignored as not relevant. The DUP will them cautiously welcome the Sinn Fein/IRA decision to polute policing, and will even claim the "credit." Everyone in the political stratosphere will then have a wild Party – and the overwhelming majority of the victims of terrorism will be forgotten. By deed, not by word, their betrayal will be complete.

And we will have won peace in our time.

OUT OF CONTROL….

By ATWadmin On November 30th, 2006 at 8:50 am

And so, more than 150 illegal immigrants and failed asylum seekers will be freed from custody today after a riot wrecked Britain’s biggest detention centre. Apparently a Guard turned off a TV set.

Home Secretary John Reid was forced to release the men back on to the streets after a wave of blazes and destruction lasting for more than 18 hours at Harmondsworth, in west London. In addition, immigration staff have been told not to detain any new suspected illegals or failed asylum seekers for the next 48-hours. Officials say it would be pointless as there is nowhere to put them.

So, we now have a situation in which illegal lawless immigrants are dictating Government policy. The stupendous incompetence of the Home Office is played down by the MSM, and it’s a 48 hour FREE FOR ALL for all suspected illegals wanting access to the UK. Come on in – the price is right.

Labour has lost all control over the swarming hordes that enter this country illegally, and yet the Conservative Party appear unable (or unwilling?) to provide a decent alternative. 

When Illness Becomes a Convenience

By ATWadmin On November 30th, 2006 at 8:28 am

What are we to make of the news that Chancellor Gordon Brown’s son has cystic fibrosis?  For the child we should express nothing but our sadness at the fact a beautiful bouncing baby will have to endure a life of disability resulting in a probable early death, as cystic fibrosis is indeed a wicked ailment.  It goes without saying that we should feel sympathy for baby John.  However, as far as Gordon and his wife are concerned, that’s the whole point…….isn’t it?

As a paragon of cynicism I believe contemporary politicians are more than adept at using any imagery to boost their public persona.  There can’t be a person in the UK who doesn’t know David Cameron has a disabled son.  We also know Gordon Brown lost a baby girl some years back.  But why should we know these things, brought to us by a compliant media?  One of the hallmarks of prominent politicians in the past was their steadfast ability to keep family life private.  Yet here we are, in the media age where people such as Brown, whatever the degree of personal woe concerning family matters, still manage to project them on to a public stage so an emotionally-crippled electorate will shower sympathy on their plight and maybe, just maybe, give them a few extra votes as a consequence.

New Labour big-wigs are not averse to using children for their own ends.  Aside from this latest news and the news about Brown’s baby girl, we also endure nauseating pictures of Tone standing with his offspring on the steps of 10 Downing Street.  He even managed to fertilise the Wicked Witch just in time for the 2001 General Election.  For once Tony realised how children could be a filip for his public image, the bedroom must have been filled with nothing but groaning.

Brown is carrying on this trend.  The only difference lies in the aspect of the child’s life.  Where Tony laid the groundrules on infantilistic images using healthy kids, so Gordon and Cameron  have followed using their personal tragedies to curry public sympathy.  What a disgusting way to use children – and especially children with illnesses.

On This Day…30.11

By ATWadmin On November 30th, 2006 at 8:17 am

1840 – The remains of Napoleon Bonaparte, allegedly without his penis, are returned from the island of St Helena, where he died in exile, to Paris.

1874 – Sir Winston Churchill, a descendent of the Duke of Marlborough, is born at Blenheim Palace, the son of leading politician Sir Randolph Churchill.

1900 – Death of Oscar Wilde in Paris at the age of 44.

1936 – The Crystal Palace at Sydenham Hill in south London, originally built in Hyde Park for the Great Exhibition of 1851, is destroyed by a massive fire which could be seen as far away as Calais.

1956 – American boxer Floyd Paterson becomes the youngest ever world heavyweight champion at the age of 21.

1988 – Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is refused a visa to enter the United States of America where he was planning to address the UN General Assembly.

Talking Point – 29.11.06

By ATWadmin On November 29th, 2006 at 11:51 pm

‘If Ian Paisley goes into a powersharing government with the IRA, he will deserve the title of ‘Lundy’ far more than any leader he has supplanted in his political career.’  Discuss.

Totally Beyond the Veil

By ATWadmin On November 29th, 2006 at 11:33 pm

Further to David’s article on the rather disappointing news that only a bare majority of the British people disapprove of wearing the niqab (‘facial handkerchief’ to you and me) in public places, did anybody see the BBC report about the sales of this black material abomination in a principal Muslim outlet in Blackburn?  Since Jack Straw made his tentative –  nay, ‘man of straw’  – remarks about politely asking Muslim women to remove this monstrosity in his presence at constituency surgeries, sales of the veil have actually risen.

We are told by Muslims (oh Allah, there goes that dreaded ‘M’ word again) that wearing the niqab is demanded in the Koran.  Aside from the fact that if the Koran said all Bradford male Muslims had to bare their bums in the shop windows of the city’s Kirkgate Centre at 7am every Wednesday morning, there would be a mid-week stampede fuelled by testosterone, why should sales only start to rise on the back of what the MSM derisively calls a ‘controversy’?  If the niqab is so fundamental to Islamic female modesty, why should it only be so after Straw brought it to national attention?

The truth is the veil is not any symbol of modesty, but a further show of defiance from a community the rest of us are getting increasingly sick and tired of.  As several ATW readers have stated, if we lived in Muslim countries we would have to abide by their customs.  My word, would we have to abide by their customs!!!!!!!!  The same principles should apply here.  They can either integrate or find Islamic solace in one of the undemocratic backwaters they proclaim as their cultural homelands.