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By ATWadmin On December 9th, 2006 at 10:20 am

So, off to the jungles of Colombia trot two convicted "Loyalist" terrorists and the IRA’s most trusted Roman Catholic Priest – their mission to talk about how to bring peace! The Belfast Telegraph reports that human wind bag and PUP leader David Ervine along with Tom Roberts (Who He?)- together with Father Alex Reid, were off to South America to provide insight into how "conflict resolution" can work everywhere!!

Guys – APPEASEMENT works everywhere. Terrorists are always willing to trade murders for political and financial concessions. Nice to see both loyalism and republicanism working together – exporting their own political depravity. Also interesting to see how Ervine represents those who foolishly vote for him.


By ATWadmin On December 9th, 2006 at 10:07 am

I read that DUP leader Ian Paisley has said that Sinn Fein (Minus the IRA) must humble itself by endorsing the Police Service of Northern Ireland. In a speech to his annual dinner in Co Antrim, Mr. Paisley appealed for party unity and asked for members to put their trust in him. He said he was committed to humbling his enemies by forcing them to accept the rule of law. He also told Sinn Féin that if it did not support the police, there would be no point in seeking to be in government.
With all due respect, I profoundly disagree. When the Murphia pay lip service to policing, it is democracy that is humbled. Republicans should NOT be rewarded for accepting the rule of law, they should be punished for rejecting it! 


By ATWadmin On December 9th, 2006 at 9:53 am

then and now.gifI didn’t get a chance to comment on the fact that December 7th was the 65th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. But this cartoon from Cox and Forkum sums up the difference in attitude then and now. We’ve moved on a lot, haven’t we?  

1 IN A 100

By ATWadmin On December 9th, 2006 at 9:36 am

I see it’s reported that only one in 100 Christmas cards sold in Britain contains any religious imagery or message. Despite the vast majority carrying the word ‘Christmas’ – about 2,920, or 54%, of them on the front – many wished only ‘Seasons Greetings’ and others did not have a message. Hundreds of cards avoided any image linked to Christmas at all – including fir trees, baubles, snowmen or Santa Claus.

Who’ surprised? Britain has slumped into a post-Christian slump, and whilst it takes other religious festivals such as Eid and Diwali are  taken increasingly seriously, Christianity is ignored. Maybe it should be “Secular Salutations” on the cards sent these days.  

As for those religious groups and MPs who warn that the multi-million pound Christmas card industry is losing sight of the real reason for celebrating the festive period. Get Real! The reason for THEIR season is profit, end of discussion!

It’s not the demise of Christian-orientated Christmas Cards that depresses me, we have taken the Christ of out the celebration and into the void comes all sort of garbage. 


By ATWadmin On December 8th, 2006 at 10:49 pm

Here’s an ’80’s classic which I always have enjoyed….great driving lyric!


By ATWadmin On December 8th, 2006 at 4:49 pm

I’m against tolerance for the sake of tolerance and I profoundly differ with UK PM Tony Blair when he claims that tolerance is "what makes Britain" and that "we must be ready to defend this attitude"  Blair was cautiously suggesting that there is….

"…… new and virulent form of ideology associated with a minority of our Muslim community. It is not a problem with Britons of Hindu, Afro-Caribbean, Chinese or Polish origin. Nor is it a problem with the majority of the Muslim community."

He doesn’t specify what sort of size this "minority" might be because he daren’t. You can all guess why. It’s a BIG minority and Blair and the rest of the establishment are running scared of that statistic.

Blair waffles on about how multiculturalism isn’t dead – yet. Fine. It can survive – but Britain can’t unless we utterly reject the multiculti article of faith that liberals desperately still espouse! Islam is incompatible with democracy, but Blair avoids this harsh truth. Better to pretend it’s all about being nice to each other and being oh-so-tolerant. Well, I have no tolerance for Jihadists, for their evil gospel of terrorism and for those fools who deny this exists. Neither should you.


By ATWadmin On December 8th, 2006 at 4:23 pm

peanut1.jpgEveryone agrees that Jimmy Carter is a wise man (Well, everyone in the MSM, that is!) and so we recall his “realist” advice that we should give Hamas a chance. Talk to them, find out possible ways to gain agreement – recognise their mandate. After else, they do represent the majority voice of the poor poor Palestinian people. So.. let’s read the latest thoughts of Hamas Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh…..

“The world arrogance (U.S.) and Zionists … want us to recognize the usurpation of the Palestinian lands and stop jihad and resistance and accept the agreements reached with the Zionist enemies in the past. I’m insisting from this podium that these issues won’t materialize. We will never recognize the usurper Zionist government and will continue our jihad-like movement until the liberation of Jerusalem”


Can’t be clearer than that? Time to talk some more, maybe? Maybe we need the Fabulous Baker Boys? Oh hang on, they’ve already given it. Hold an international conference on the Middle East, invite all the thuggocracies and anti-Semites to seek their thoughts – but STUDIOUSLY IGNORE ISRAEL. More realism?


By ATWadmin On December 8th, 2006 at 4:10 pm

OK – as Christmas approaches, here is an untraditional lyric (anti-war!) set to a seasonal melody which I’ve always liked. Hope you enjoy it!

thank you

By ATWadmin On December 8th, 2006 at 11:05 am

Never too sure what to make of these polls given how hard it must be to conduct them properly and fairly – but they are used to cite ‘irrefutable’ opinion so often! This would seem encouraging then. Happy Christmas to the troops out there risking all.  I really hope they get to see this. You are appreciated.

Despite fears of rising violence, three quarters of Afghans believe their quality of life has improved since the fall of the Taliban, according to a new poll.

Violence continues to play a prominent role in the daily lives of Afghans, with four in 10 reporting experiencing insurgent attacks, including bombings, arson, and killings, in their areas.

The poll, which comes on the fifth anniversary of the invasion of the country by coalition forces, found that confidence in the current security situation was deteriorating, with the number of Afghans saying security was better now than under the Taliban dropping to 58 per cent from 75 per cent last year.

However, overall there still seems to be broad backing for the coalitions action to depose the former regime.

Across the country 70 per cent say they are "grateful" rather than "unhappy" with the presence of Nato troops in the country

hattip jonz

‘Twas the Night after Christmas…….”

By ATWadmin On December 8th, 2006 at 10:56 am

holly.jpegIn the true spirit of the forthcoming festivities, A.T.W. is introducing a Party Game or Contest, but of course, because this is a Political Commentary Blog, it shall be subtly different to the normal party games, where you have to guess a tune, or a name, or indeed who you may just have kissed, (under the mistletoe, of course; where else would you be kissing complete strangers?).

Our game, which shall be called ‘Party Proposals’, allows the contestants to choose, firstly, which Party they, or their Nominee will be leading, (if ‘leading’ be the appropriate term) from both the Main and Minor Parties at present operating in this United Kingdom. The Leader shall then be responsible for the production of the ‘Party Manifesto’ summarised in TEN bullet points for easier digestion by the average voter, whose mental powers are judged to be those similar to a MINK, or any other small, voracious wild mammal whose only thoughts are for it’s own survival and comfort! The Manifesto itself shall of course cover the main areas of discontent, and, while the editor appreciates that time is of the essence, approximate costings will play a small but significant part in the placing of the Winner at the gates of Buckingham Palace, on their way to be asked by Her Majesty to form Her Government.

The date of the General Election, which has just been announced as a result of the defeat of the Blair Government during the No-Confidence debate caused by the revelations of cash-for-peerages enquiries, during which several politicians actually told the truth for the first time, has been set as January 5th, setting Boxing Day as the date by which all the Manifestos will be judged. So the Contestants have just under three weeks to clear their political calendars, select their new Cabinets, firm up their proposals and submit Party Manifesto’s for the scrutiny of the Editor of this post, whose decision, of course; besides being binding, is only subject to the pressures of normal politicians: namely bribery, corrupt practices, large slush-fund payments and big presents!

Rules are as follows:-

Each Manifesto proposal shall include Party Name, Party Leader, and the Ten Manifesto Points. Costings for main proposals optional but desirable!

Each contestant is allowed to select one Party only, and multiple applications will be firmly dealt with! (Punishments shall be along the lines of a date with Cherie or Tony; or Peter if you turn the other cheek!)

As in the previous competition; humour, acid or otherwise, is welcomed! Contestants are warned (advised) that my own political favourites include such diverse organisations and individuals as the Monster Raving Loonies and Robin Page, along with Frank Field, Gwyneth Dunwoody and Ann Widdecombe. Contestants should also remember that some proposals once considered truly wild are in force today!

Contestants should be aware that access to political figures both dead or alive (allegedly) is allowed, as is the proposal of a fictional figure,  for the Party Leader’s position!

So what are you waiting for? The Prize, that’s what you are waiting for, you greedy shower! The winner shall receive a .PDF file copy of one of my immortal novels, along with the chance of submitting a Guest Post on A Tangled Web!

On with the motley!