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BONO’S VANITY FAIR….

By ATWadmin On March 5th, 2007 at 1:39 pm

BONEHEAD.jpgI see that Saint Bono, the patron saint for tax avoiders, will be the guest editor for "Vanity Fair" magazine this July. He intends to use this as an exercise in "re-branding" Africa! I’m sure he is sincere, but he’s also severely deluded in my view.  What Africa needs is more freedom, more capitalism, more democracy and less tyrants. I’m not sure how Vanity Fair can assist in this regard BUT then again this is a media opportunity for St Bono and he has never knowingly turned any of these ego-boosts down. Maybe  they could send over all the July "Vanity Fair" print-run to Africa where it could no doubt be put to good..ahem..practical use?

EQUAL PAY MEANS LESS CASH!

By ATWadmin On March 5th, 2007 at 11:48 am

What do you make of the news that fewer than half of local authorities are going to a EU deadline this month on equal pay structures for men and women? And some councils in England and Wales have done nothing to bring in the changes negotiated 10 years ago, the government has said. The new structure is expected to add about 4% to wage bills and cost authorities £3bn in back-pay.

My response is to once more reflect on the gross inefficiency of local Government. I also blame the Trade Unions for this lame-brain notion that pay equality comes with no costs. In addition, the EU is also a key driver in "equaliy" legislation that drives up wage costs.

BARNABY GRUDGE!

By ATWadmin On March 5th, 2007 at 11:19 am

Nuclear_fireball.jpgDid you catch British Nuclear Weapons "Expert" Frank Barnaby being interviewed this morning on the BBC on a report he has authored warning that a military strike on Iran could speed up rather than slow down Iran’s production of a nuclear bomb?

He claims it would bolster domestic support and increase the country’s willingness to use all means possible to attain a weapon. In his report, Barnaby argues that an attack might not destroy all of the nuclear programme. In its wake, it would be much more feasible for Tehran’s political leadership to pull out of the Non-Proliferation Treaty and launch a crash programme, devoting maximum resources to developing one or two bombs as quickly as possible.  This, it is argued, means that a nuclear-armed Iran might end up occurring sooner rather than later as a result of military intervention.

So, DO NOTHING is his preferred course of action.

He went on to claim on BBC FIVE LIVE that Israel should also get rid of its nuclear weapons and equated Iran’s right to gain Nukes for defence to that of Israel! He seemed a but vague on WHY Israel needed Nukes — mmmm, maybe the repeated military invasions by hostile Arab States that surround the small Jewish State and which are pledged to annihilate it might JUST have something to do with this. Whattadya think Frank?

Barnaby seems to have a grudge against Israel as well as a wilful blindness towards the apocalytic intentions of the mad mullahs – the expression "wiping Israel off the map" seems a rather ODD view for the Iranian regime to take when it comes to defence! 

My top ten books

By ATWadmin On March 5th, 2007 at 10:19 am

A few days ago a survey for World Book Day revealed Britain’s top 10 books.

We all have different tastes of course and a person’s choice of reading material probably tells you more about the individual than the quality of the writing.

That said, (after careful consideration and painful cuts) here are my top 10:

1. The King James Bible.

The best English translation of The Book.

2. Emma by Jane Austen.

If you haven’t read it yet do so NOW! It’s a good read first time round but even better the second time.

3. Adam Bede by George Eliot.

Set in rural 1790s England, it was a huge hit when first published. Deserves to be more widely read.

4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

5. Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan.

A book which has never been out of print in 300 years and arguably the first English novel.

6. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.

Like Emma, you can read it more than once and still enjoy it – the mark of a truly great book.

7. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad.

An early spy/detective novel. Very dark but wonderfully well written by a man for whom English was a third language.

8. Confessions of an English Opium Eater by Thomas de Quincey.

Health warning! Read ALL of this book (not just the first section) before you rush out to buy illegal drugs! 🙂

9. Lyrical Ballads by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

English poetry was never the same after the publication of this work.

10. The poems of Robert Frost.

Apparently simple poetry which contains profound truths.

So what do you lot think? What are ATW readers’ favourite books?

Useful definitions of Northern Irish political terms

By ATWadmin On March 5th, 2007 at 10:14 am

Over the last wee while I have kept an eye on the language employed by politicians in Northern Ireland. The following is a list of the examples of political doublespeak I found particularly striking.

I have shamelessly posted a number of links to my own articles on ATW and others to my personal blog 🙂

CrimeRape and joyriding are crimes. Murder is a grey area.

Delivery – No one really knows what this word means, least of all those most fond of using it.

Democratic – (a) A government without an opposition to hold it to account.

(b) A party which requires that its candidates sign a resignation letter before being elected in order to ensure that they toe the party line.

Never for a second – Just as long as it takes for someone to point out my stupidity.

Progress – Putting those who blew people to bits into government.

Sinn Fein/IRA – A term once commonly employed by Unionist politicians. However, it has recently fallen into disuse because they would rather have us forget all about 30 years of terror.

St Andrews Agreement – The Belfast Agreement with two very important and fundamental differences: The name and DUP support.

Terrorist – An extremely difficult word to define.

In most parts of the world those who murder hundreds of people and maimed thousands of others are thought of as terrorists.

However, in Northern Ireland the situation is somewhat different.

First of all, you have to be aware of the difference between an active terrorist and an inactive one.

Secondly, it is important to remember that if someone who has previously been involved in terrorism takes an oath saying he now supports the rule of law (regardless of any historical precedents) he automatically ceases to be a terrorist and all is forgiven.

Treason – This word, unlike many of the words and phrases listed above, is quite easy to define.

The definition (provided by a prominent Unionist before the last Westminster election) of treason is, simply, going into government with Sinn Fein/IRA.

HIV-FIDELITY – CAN YOU HEAR ME?

By ATWadmin On March 5th, 2007 at 10:09 am

Interesting take here on the reason why HIV is rocketing in the Southern part of Africa.

Basically, the disease is being driven by the sexual vogue for multiple concurrent partners. Ironically, the greatest danger comes not from one night stands but from more intimidate trusting long-term multiple relationships where condom use ceases, so allowing easy infiltration by the HIV virus. Tellingly, there is no word for "fidelity" in Botwswana, a country where 25% of adults have the infection and in which a third of men have multiple sexual relationships.

Another key issue is the low rate of male circumcision in southern Africa. This practise has been discouraged over the decades by European colonists but flies in the face of African studies showing that circumcised men are much less likely to contract the virus.  In Northern Africa, where Muslim societies require male circumcision and discourage sex outside a monogamous/polygamous marriage!

I guess the bottom line to this is that gazillions of condoms are NOT sufficient to stop the spread of Aids in this region. It has to be a fundamental change in the accepted sexual behaviour that takes place – and where Fidelity becomes a worthy norm.

THE TROUBLE WITH BRITISH MUSLIMS….

By ATWadmin On March 4th, 2007 at 1:45 pm

Young Muslims aged 16-24 yrs are amongst the fastest growing groups within British society. Muslim birth-rates are much higher than the indigenous British birth-rate (now well below population replacement level) and so it is important that we consider how this demographic sub-sector thinks. But that’s where the problem starts. 

74% of these Muslims believe that women should wear the hijab. 31% of them believe that a Muslim who converts to another faith should be punished by death. Now, these numbers come from a poll – by Populus for Policy Exchange – and we are well advised to view polls with suspicions. But there have been other polls.

 These have also thrown up some equally disturbing insights into British Muslim thinking. For example, 56% of British Muslims do not believe Arabs carried out the 9/11 attacks, and 81% of Muslims consider allegiance to their faith to be greater than their allegiance to their host country. Shockingly, 13% of British Muslims consider the London 7/7 killers to be "martyrs"!

The decades of multiculti "anything goes" has yielded a toxic fruit. A large and growing demographic that holds a substantial number who despise this country, who seek to see Sharia law replace British law, and who number amongst their ranks those prepared to slaughter their fellow Brits in the name of Mohammad. It’s a problem that is not going to vanish because we close our eyes. It won’t disappear if we appease it.

So our only viable option is to insist that Muslims in Britain integrate into our society and accept out values. They should not be given a choice. If you are not for us, then you are against us.

KNOCKOUT!

By ATWadmin On March 4th, 2007 at 1:24 pm

lion.gifJust been watching a TV debate between three public faces of Unionism on the BBC.

We had "born-again" DUP spokesman Jeffrey Donaldson, UKUP Leader Bob McCartney, and UUP spokesman David Burnside.

For the first time in this election,  the DUP got a well-deserved bloody nose!

Bob and David – coming from different angles – exposed the SICKENING hypocrisy of the DUP.

"The biggest con job in a political lifetime" is how they both described the DUP position on power-sharing with Sinn Fein/IRA  – or "Sinn Fein" as Jeffrey pointedly preferred to call them. I have to say that I fully endorsed Bob’s analysis and it was a laugh to watch Jeffrey squirm as the truth was spelt out for all to hear.

DUP claims about IRA/Sinn Fein "delivery" are as facetious as they are shallow. In fact, I seriously believe that Irish Republicans are being more honest than the DUP. The truth is that every vote for this collective of two-faced DUP con-men is a threat to the Union.

David Burnside also exposed the sheer stupidity of the DUP’s "Economic delivery" wish list from Gordon Brown. As Burnside said, there is NO CHANCE of them getting this – especially post the Scotland and Wales May elections. It’s not defeatism to acknowledge this – as Jeffrey pretends – but reality. 

The UUP may be wrong but they are at least HONEST about their post-election intent. The DUP are being DISHONEST and some of their little lies were well exposed this lunctime. Well done to Bob and David.

Jeffrey – you SHOULD be ashamed of yourself. There is a special place in hell reserved for those who know wrong but still do it, you know. 

A Return to Tradition?

By ATWadmin On March 4th, 2007 at 11:47 am

In the historical passage of Tory ‘wets’ I regard David Cameron as wetter than a haddock’s bathing costume.  On the other hand if a political leader espouses something I strongly agree with, I will say so.  I therefore welcome the anticipatory call from Cameron at the Conservative spring conference in Wales to strongly back the institution of marriage.

No government in British history has done more to undermine that same institution than New Labour.  They have rigged the tax and benefit systems to favour those who co-habit or single; and they have preached the ‘progressive’ mantra that marriage doesn’t guarantee the best family structure.  Challenge the Left on the traditional family and you will inevitably receive comments to the tune that you are castigating all single-parent families.  Utter rubbish!

Of course there are some excellent families headed by single parents; and some diabolical family specimens fronted by married couples.  One can hardly describe Fred and Rose West as model parents, can they?  In spite of the Lefty hysteria and their invective, the overwhelming general rule is that married parents provide the most sound basis in which to raise a family.  There is a very old maxim commonly used here in Yorkshire: ‘If they’re good enough to bed, they’re good enough to wed.’

Social breakdown in Britain is everywhere.  Last night, whilst eating at an Italian restaurant in the centre of Sheffield, I witnessed two boys hitting and kicking a stationary taxi cab with considerable force.  As the driver got out of the cab to remonstrate with them, they ran off and shouted expletives as they did so.  Maybe they should be made to immerse their hands in caustic soda for a few seconds.  They would be less capable of inflicting damage with their grubby little digits after that.  They couldn’t have been above 10 years of age.  What the hell are they doing wondering around Sheffield at 9:45pm?  I am willing to wager that not one of those pre-pubescent prats came from a stable two-parent family.

After his dalliance with liberalism I hope we are seeing a gradual move by Cameron on to more traditional territory.  As a general rule marriage is the best form of family structure; not single parents, co-habiting couples, gays or social workers.

TANGLED TALK RADIO…..

By ATWadmin On March 4th, 2007 at 11:21 am

795151-605926-thumbnail.jpgOK folks – we’re back for a fresh talk show on Thursday night!

Just a few changes to make you aware of;

1. The start-time has moved back to 7.30pm GMT. The show will be on-air for 60 mins.

2. The three topics I want to discuss are;

  • The outcome of the NI Elections; These take place on Wednesday, so will my countrymen and women  vote for power-sharing with terrorists? Andrew McCann will be my guest for this segment.
  • The EU -how can any self respecting nation state continue to remain within this grotesque socialist construct? 
  • Political Correctness – is is killing freedom of thought?

Should be a great discussion all round – make sure you tune in, I assure you all will run smoothly this week!