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On This Day…08.01

By ATWadmin On January 8th, 2007 at 10:08 pm

871 – At the Battle of Ashdown, Alfred the Great leads the West Saxon armies of his brother, King Ethelred, to victory against the invading Danes.

1790 – George Washington delivers the first State of the Union Address in New York City.

1916 – During WW1 Allied forces stage a full retreat from the shores of the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey, ending a disastrous invasion of the Ottoman Empire.

1961 – A national referendum in France votes in favour of granting independence to Algeria.

1989 – A British Midland 737, en route from Belfast to East Midlands Airport, crashes into an embankment alongside the M1 motorway near Kegworth in Leicestershire, killing 47 people.

2001 – In Britain, the High Court rules that the identities of the two boys who murdered toddler James Bulger in 1993 are to be permanently kept secret.


By ATWadmin On January 8th, 2007 at 6:12 pm

Prog_unionist_party_logo.gifAlright then. ATW has earlier reported that Progressive Unionist Party Leader David Ervine has sadly died.

The local media have gone into warp drive eulogising mode, with UTV saying that Mr Ervine’s death will be "a loss to the UVF". The UVF, may I remind all readers, is a brutal terror organisation responsible for some of the most grizzly murders in Northern Ireland. The UVF has been killing and maiming during all the years of the "peace process." The UVF remains fully armed, up to its neck in drugs, and every form of criminality. The PUP’s "restraint" on the UVF was invisible.

I will not speak of Mr Ervine but I will speak briefly of the Party that he led, the so-called "Progressive Unionist Party."

The media pundits eulogise this Party as being " a breath of fresh air" as far as Unionism is concerned. Rubbish. The Party had the fetid stench of paramilitarism about it, and existed as a sort of wannabe Sinn Fein/IRA, but thankfully without popular appeal amongst the pro-Union people. It suited the Government to have the PUP about the place, as it provided more cover for its deliberations with the IRA. I am unsure as to how the PUP can be labelled "progressive" in ANY meaningful way, unless it is "progressive" to be linked to terrorists and to speak up for terrorists. The local MSM were swooning at the idea that loyalist thugs has a political banner to stand behind. The rest of us were sickened by the simpering attention lavished on the PUP.

The PUP has made no contribution of any sort that any decent person would recognise and some of the tributes paid to this rabble of a Party are entirely detached from reality. 


By ATWadmin On January 8th, 2007 at 3:05 pm

Tony Blair has said in writing that the DUP has agreed that policing and justice powers would be transferred to the Northern Ireland Assembly by 2008, assuming IRA/Sinn Fein agree to accept the PSNI.

Ian Paisley has denied this and accuses the PM of misrepresenting his party’s policy in the Belfast Telegraph and Irish Times.

One of them is lying. Which one?

Slugger O’Toole has further comment on the topic here.

More Tory Folly

By ATWadmin On January 8th, 2007 at 2:01 pm

Just been reading over at Pub Philospher that David Davis is urging the government to take on another European charter. Mr Davis wants Britain to adopt the European Convention on the Trafficking in Human Beings. This would allow the victims of people traffickers to remain in Britain for 30 days while deciding whether to give evidence against the gang masters. I agree with him that this is another piece of legislation with good intentions that is likely to backfire.  He makes some excellent points:

Would-be illegal migrants would soon become aware of the UK’s adoption of the Convention.  Many have shown themselves to be highly adept pretending to lose their papers or crating false stories of oppression back home. Wouldn’t this just be another means of deception?

Many see the deal with the people traffickers as a trade-off, a desperate bargain to escape a desperate life at home, the European Convention acts as an extra insurance policy – a guarantee of 30 days grace before the normal, lengthy asylum process gets underway.

And regards our own judiciary’s record of interpreting legislation as far as possible in favour of asylum seekers he ponders if this is behind the government’s reluctance to adopt the convention. I dont doubt it!:- 

Just as other European countries don’t seem to have been as hamstrung by the Convention on Human Rights, they probably don’t foresee too many problems with this new convention either. In the UK, though, it would give yet another set of loopholes that could be used by judges to delay the deportation of failed asylum seekers.


By ATWadmin On January 8th, 2007 at 9:39 am

So, UK PM Tony Blair has chosen to lavish praise on IRA/Sinn Fein, praising its leaders such as Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness as "the most remarkable he had witnessed in modern politics."

Let’s just freeze it there for a minute. 

The organisation which Blair praises has murdered hundreds of British soldiers, slaughtered hundreds of Police Officers, massacred thousands of innocent civilians, carried out the biggest bank heist in the history of the UK, forged links with terror groups all around the world, tried to assassinate a Conservative Prime Minister or two, (No Labour PM’s though, funnily enough) and established an international crime empire of truly Mafia proportions. THAT, Ladies and Gentlemen, is the true character of the organisation led by Adams and McGuinness, an organisation DRENCHED in the blood of those it has murdered and mutilated. What is remarkable that Blair can get away with making such empty-headed blandishments and our castrated media fails to even challenge him on it. That is because the MSM, like Blair, has little or no morality.


By ATWadmin On January 8th, 2007 at 9:03 am

dupsf.jpgHere we go then, the putative election poster that the DUP does NOT want you to see – too much truth in it, you see!

If DUP readers don’t like this, take it up with your leadership which gives EVERY impression of embracing such an unholy alliance, selling the pro-Union people a genetically modified version of the Belfast Agreement dumbed-down for slow learners, and all the more lethal for it. Why Jeffrey Donaldson is virtually SALIVATING at the prospect. Read it and weep, those who think the DUP is after anything other than POWER!!!

For several years, I have lambasted the Ulster Unionists for their foolish embrace of a political agreement that has yielded the release from prison of hundreds of terrorists – including mass murderers! – the destruction of the RUC, the creation of all-Ireland quango bodies, the removal of signs of Britishness from our Courts, the seeds of the destruction of our Grammar Schools, and the sight of terrorists in Government. DUP colleagues joined with me in that righteous condemnation.

It is THEY who now face the dilemma of endorsing a quisling DUP leadership which seeks to dress up UUP failures in more sophisticated rhetoric and re-sell it AS success, in exchange for a mess of pottage.

The St Andrew’s so-called agreement, in any form, is unacceptable to those who cherish democracy. Bottom line- NO terrorists in Government, not now, not ever.

THAT is the position all Unionist politicians should adopt. If they don’t, don’t trust ’em. 

With thanks to the good people at Voice for Democracy.


By ATWadmin On January 8th, 2007 at 9:03 am

Did you see that a 67-year-old Spanish woman is reported to have given birth to twins according to hospital officials in Barcelona, thus becoming the world’s oldest mother. The woman, whose name has not been revealed yet, became pregnant after fertility treatment in Latin America. She gave birth to the twins, who have been placed in an incubator, by caesarean section early on Saturday. It was the woman’s first birth and she is expected to spend a few days in the Sant Pau hospital recovering.

mother and child.jpgNow to my mind, this is modern science enabling rampant female narcissism. It is also a moral disgrace. These twins will, on the balance of probability according to the W.H.O., watch their mother die when they are around 7 years old. How self-indulgent is THAT for all concerned? Who will look after these children at that time? What of their feelings as they become aware that Mum is a geriatric? How long before we read of a wealthy 70 year old woman deciding to have a baby in this manner? What further grotesqueries lie down this road? Why does the MSM not question the actions of the "scientists" involved?

Scientists may acquire the knowledge to carry out all sort of procedures but if they choose to operate in a moral-free zone, then I suggest that THEY represent a danger to us all.

Has any of these scientists stopped to consider the profound psychological damage that the babies of these geriatric narcissists suffer, or might it be that the children’s feelings are of no importance compared to the remuneration of enabling such decadent procedures?


By ATWadmin On January 8th, 2007 at 7:55 am

poland1.jpgHow interesting to read that the Archbishop of Warsaw has resigned, less than an hour before he was due to be installed in his post. Stanislaw Wielgus has been at the centre of a communist-era spying row, and recently admitted collaborating with the secret police. He announced the decision in person at a special Mass for his installation, to a mixture of applause and shouting. Given the overwhelming Roman Catholic influence over life in Poland, and given that the late Pope John Paul 11 was avowedly anti-Communist, this is all the more shocking. It just shows that all of us can be tempted and have feet of clay.


By ATWadmin On January 7th, 2007 at 10:03 pm

_41321077_ervine203.jpgI see that it is being reported that PUP leader David Ervine is critically ill in hospital, some reports saying he had died. I am sorry to hear of his illness, whatever it is and trust that he survives. I am a resolute opponent of everything that Mr. Ervine stands for politically, but one must remember he has a family and our thoughts must be with them all, just as our thoughts are with the victims of vicious UVF terrorism.  

UPDATE: It is reported that David Ervine has died. My sympathies to his family circle.

Home Is Where the Tax Is

By ATWadmin On January 7th, 2007 at 12:25 pm

People who are lucky enough to own their own home (I count myself among them) are deciding in unprecedented numbers to take advantage of the property boom and make additions/renovations to their humble abode.  The vast majority of them are not super-rich, but simply hard-working families who want to live in comfortable surroundings with the latest fixtures and fittings. 

For this Labour ‘let’s screw every person in the country’ government, home improvements mean more money for Gordon Brown.  For under proposals put forward, improvements could lead to an annual property revaluation.  As readers in Ulster will know, this is about to rolled out across the Province.  It is set to be extended to the mainland in the very near future.

That’s what life amounts to under socialism.  The property boom is fuelled in no small part by this government’s ‘open the floodgates for every hick, fat diego, darkie, Afro, Muzza, honky and chink that wants to settle here’ immigration policy.  It means that thousands of hard-working young people who want to get a home to call their own cannot do so.  However, if you are lucky enough to have found a footing in property before the Johnny Foreigners came over AND want to benefit from money that you have the potential to earn, these class warfare socialists will wring your wallets via the Council Tax system.

Lefties can’t bear the thought of people actually having a bit of the money they earn.  Stripping them of their cash and subsequently ploughing it back into a variety of useless public sector or politically correct leviathans is a sort of political wet dream for them.  I have absolutely no intention of allowing snoopers to come into my home as a means of taking more money from me.  I hope others have similar resolve.