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DAY TWO!

By ATWadmin On November 2nd, 2006 at 10:06 am

Relieved.Well, we survived day one of the site changeover – hope the trauma wasn’t too bad for you. It was HECTIC at this end, as I expected, with several things not quite right.

I wanted to THANK everybody who made helpful suggestions and I have tried to implement some of these immediately.

For a start, I have increased the font size on all my posts – hope this makes it easier for you to read.

Second, I have now made it possible for everyone to post a comment straightaway and for it to appear without moderation. Sorry for the problem encountered there yesterday, I didn’t realise that moderation had been enabled!

Third, registration is not required. Yet. So relax about that.

Finally, hope you approve of the changes. Nothing is perfect and Squarespace will take some getting used to but it is clean, it is spacey, and I think after a while we will think we’ve always been here!

Thanks for your patience folks!

50 BILLION PIECES OF SILVER…

By ATWadmin On November 2nd, 2006 at 9:35 am

Did you see that pathetic sight of Northern Ireland politicians trooping into Downing Street yesterday for "talks" with Gordon Brown – the wannabe PM in waiting – as  to what scale of financial package they could wring out of him in exchange for their complicity in bringing about a devolved administration in Ulster? As if they has ANY chance of gaining major economic concessions from dear Prudence! It shows how puffed up with self-importance this crew really is.

Brown made predictable noises about a …GASP …£50BN financial package over10 years. Most of the money is linked to the public sector (gotta feed the natives, eh?) and Brown was careful not to point out how much would have been invested anyway. The DUP’s  key request for a lower corporation tax rate for NI was booted into touch by Brown, unsurprisingly.

Once upon a time, 30 pieces of silver was the going rate for betrayal – now, thanks to inflation, it is £50bn.

I trust Dr. Paisley re-reads the relevant passages from the Bible before proceeding with this folly.

THE POPULATION ECONOMIC TIME BOMB…

By ATWadmin On November 2nd, 2006 at 9:16 am

Interesting to read the Governor of the Bank of England criticise Government for its failure to accurately estimate immigrant numbers in the UK. Mervyn King, a relatively mild-mannered man (Who I had the pleasure of meeting some years ago back when he was the Deputy Governor) has warned that the Government’s inability to say exactly how many immigrants are living here is even hindering the Bank’s ability to set interest rates. King is right – there are obvious economic consequences for a nation which either covers up/ denies/  doesn’t know how many people are pouring through its borders. But Labour have proven consistently evasive on this issue – in pursuance of it’s own political agenda of multiculturalism at any price.

The danger is clear.  Starting with the bungled 2001 Census, which is believed to have under-estimated the population by around one million, problems have been compounded by the huge influx of eastern Europeans since the controversial expansion of the EU on May 1, 2004. The Government believes around 600,000 have flooded in – more than 25 times its original estimate – but there is no accurate figure. Ministers also do not know how many are unemployed, as most of the eastern Europeans are not entitled to claim benefits. As a result, the Bank has been left with no idea how many people are living in the country. And, because this means it does not know how many are out of work, this makes it far harder to set interest rates.

And this is what may eventually yet banish these Labour parasites from power. The UK electorate seems lazy on so many big issues, virtually sedated, one could say. And one major reason for this is the superb job the Bank of England has done in controlling interest rates and inflation. That was the one good decision Labour took when it came to power. This resulting economic stability has tended to dominate all other issues.

But thanks to uncontrolled immigration, the economic consequences are now threatening the very effectiveness of the BOE to do its job. Mervyn King makes a timely intervention – but with another wave of Romanian/Bulgarian immigration on the horizon, perhaps it is too late for Labour to solve the huge problem it has brought about?

A DIPLOMA IN THUGGERY…

By ATWadmin On November 2nd, 2006 at 8:57 am

You will remember that this Labour Government introduced Anti Social Behavior Orders (ASBO’s) amid a fanfare of publicity as a declared means of cracking down on crime.

So who is SURPRISED to read that young thugs consider Asbos a ‘diploma’ in offending which they can breach repeatedly and with impunity!? The Youth Justice Board found half of all orders given to the teenage tearaways are breached – in some cases six times or more each – but most are simply let-off by the courts. Only six per cent were jailed for flouting their Asbo. And, even when they were punished for committing a new crime at the same time, only 37 per cent were sent down.

It’s also interesting to note that the Youth Justice report  showed that 22 per cent of young people handed Asbos were black or "Asian" – two and a half times the level of ethnic minorities in the population at large. Naturally this leads liberals to demands that Government sets up ‘rigorous’ ethnic monitoring and then set clear targets to eliminate any racial discrimination.  The thought that this higher % might be in any way linked to a greater proclivity for committing crime by these groups is obviously way too extreme for liberals to even consider.

So, in summary, young British thugs are wearing their ASBO’s as a badge of honour whilst liberals worry about racial quotas in how they are handed out!

And the award for political correctness goes to …

By ATWadmin On November 2nd, 2006 at 12:48 am

Kirklees Council in Yorkshire for banning the term "political correctness".   According to their 44-page "Equality" booklet, the phrase was first coined by a member of the Ku Klux Klan in 1988 and as it is used to "decry changes which aim to prevent offensive behaviour", therefore using the phrase must, by opposing such necessary measures, be offensive.  Indeed " using the phrase can represent a physical attack."

The Council’s new Tory leader has trashed the ridiculous booklet – in the recycling bin one would hope.  What the authors of the book know is that the phrase, grating and over-used as it no doubt is, gives a name to their manifold inanities, and helps people recognise how ludicrous they are.

By the way, the first citation of the phrase "politically correct" is attributed to the US Supreme Court decision; Chisholme vs Georgia in 1793, according to Wikipedia.

 

Gagged by Gorbals Mick

By ATWadmin On November 1st, 2006 at 8:31 pm

One of the great achievements of this Labour Government, from a control freak point of view, is how it has succeeded in ensconcing many sympathisers in  positions of power, culminating in an exercise of political nepotism never seen before.  One jewel in their armour was the election of Michael Martin as Speaker back in October 2000.  Although the former political affiliations of speakers have never been a barrier to their election, concerns were raised as to how impartial ‘Gorbals Mick’ would prove to be.

In terms of the rights of MPs to put the governing party on the spot, it transpires Martin is in no position to see his former boss humiliated by a baying opposition.  One of the weakest flanks exposed in the turmoil that is today’s Labour Party is the question of who Tony Blair would like to replace him as the standard-bearer of progenous socialism.  However, on Martin’s watch, the Conservatives have been blocked from posing questions on the issue by an apparent ruling prohibiting non-parliamentary business.  Tell me, Mick, since when have questions to a Prime Minister been exclusively about the business of Parliament?  An important feature of PMQs is the ability of the combatants to outflank their opponent, not for the Speaker to shield the Prime Ministerial incumbent from difficult situations just because he happens to share the same ideological tribe as himself.

 

On This Day…

By ATWadmin On November 1st, 2006 at 8:13 pm

1848 – WHSmith opens its first ever outlet – at London’s Euston Station.

1945 – In Britain, it is announced that all available evidence supports the theory that German Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler, has committed suicide in Berlin.

1950 – ERNIE bonds go on sale in the UK for the first time.

1963 – During a military coup in South Vietnam, President Ngo Dinh Diem is assassinated.

1976 – Jimmy Carter is elected President of the United States.

1982 – Channel 4 begins broadcasting across the UK – the first programme shown is Countdown.

The Joy of Tech

By ATWadmin On November 1st, 2006 at 3:59 pm

So, suitably enough for Halloween, my internet connection died a death last night. Presumably the goblins got at it. However, I will strive to make a contribution to the new and improved ATW blog as and when I get the opportunity. In the meanwhile, readers may be pleased to know that Tech Support across the board is… unusual

The fragmented mind of London’s Mayor

By ATWadmin On November 1st, 2006 at 1:37 pm

newt.jpgI heard Ken Livingstone on the radio yesterday giving the interview reported here and here, on the question of why a convicted terrorist, the son of Abu Hamza, was working on the London Underground. Livingstone dismissed as preposterous the idea that this person posed any threat. After all, it was only in Yemen where he was jailed.

I expect Ken knows nothing about Yemen and the functioning of Justice therein, either generally or in this specific case. To suggest that any conviction from there can be automatically ignored is dangerous and patronising.

Neither report mentions the comparison he made between Abu Hamza, in jail for incitement to murder, and Veronica Wadley, the editor of the Evening Standard, a newspaper he has hated ever since he stopped writing their restaurant column and realised they were Nazis. The child of either could work on the tube, he said, the parent had no bearing on the child’s suitability.

Standard fare for the useless Mayor, combining willful ingorance and gratuitous insults, but it’s beginning to seem like something more serious, something medical.  Perhaps an extended visit to one of Cuba’s wonderful sanitoriums would do Comrade Ken some good.  It would certainly do London a favour.

“Sauce, Goose; Sauce, Gander!”

By ATWadmin On November 1st, 2006 at 11:50 am

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mosque2.jpegEver wondered how many mosques stand in this United Kingdom? According to one count, there are 1669, which is a fair number, considering that the first was established in 1889, but the fastest growth has happened in the last fifteen years. Some have graced their neighbourhood, some have gained an evil reputation, but in the main, the buildings, together with the accompanying religion, have been established in accord with the traditional tolerance given newcomers by the ordinary British people! The images on the left are all from mosques established in Britain over the last twenty-odd years. The holy book of muslims, the koran, as one commentator states, " It acknowledges the coexistence of other faiths, and in doing so acknowledges that other cultures can live together in peace."

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Then check out the pictures of Christian places of worship in Riyadh, or Mecca, or Jeddah, or Dahran. Wonderful portraits? Fantastic width of religious tolerance, in the birthplace of the same religion which plans, amongst other things, to slap the largest mosque in Europe right next to the Olympic Stadium!

 

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