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THE SANCTIFICATION OF GUANTANAMO…

By ATWadmin On January 27th, 2007 at 10:43 am

begg.jpgA few months ago, I took part in a BBC Radio debate with ex-Guantanamo Bay terrorist detainee Moazzam Begg. Amnesty International were his minders on the day, as I recall. Maybe they thought I was gonning to water-board him?

Mr Begg was treated with the gentlest of kid gloves during the interview – even as he made all kinds of faux allegations regarding the treatment handed out to inmates at Gitmo. 

Since Tony Blair used his leverage to get Begg out of Gitmo, Begg has gone round the world, spouting his accusations against the USA, and being hailed as one of the good guys by the liberal MSM.

When I asked him directly on-air if he supported Jihad and would condemn those who pursue it -he failed to answer.  Quelle Surprise!

So, against this background, I read this nonsense in the Independent today. Note the tone is set in the second sentence with the use of parenthesis in describing the war on terror. You see, as I argued on my VLOG yesterday, the MSM does not believe we are at war. Instead it just hates America!

Int this article, Mr Begg is portrayed as a brave man who has been psychologically scarred by those bad Americans at Gitmo, but yet a man whose noble spirit prevails. It’s sickening stuff – with no hard questions asked of him at all. 

And all the time – Moazzem cannot condemn Jihad. Nor can he cannot satisfactorily explain WHY he was in Pakistan/Afghanistan when captured by US forces. The wrong man in the wrong place at the wrong time -or a Islamist terrorist bang to rights? I happen to think that US forces got their man. I think the British Government foolishly trolled to free him from justice, and the MSM has subsequently canonised him.

Why nowadays he even signs autographs for admirers in restaurants…!

STRIPPING AWAY DEMOCRACY….

By ATWadmin On January 27th, 2007 at 10:30 am

This most contemptible of Governments has now decided to strip voters of the right to object to cuts in rubbish collections and enforced recycling schemes.

Ministers acted in the wake of a series of local rebellions against compulsory recycling and waste bin pickups that come just once a fortnight.

They plan a law that will allow town halls to hand their rubbish collection and waste disposal systems over to new quangos – organisations over which voters will have no say. The effect of taking rubbish collection away from democratically-elected councils and giving it to appointed quangos will be to give the new "joint waste authorities" freedom from reprisals at the ballot box.  The quango scheme drawn up by Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly and Local Environment Minister Ben Bradshaw comes amid growing Government difficulties over attempts to enforce recycling schemes and make households cut the amount of rubbish they leave out.

In essence, the Government wishes to FORCE COMPULSORY RECYCLING AND FORTNIGHTLY WASTE PICK-UPS upon us, whilst seeking to ensure we have no way of objecting. Third Partying the service does the necessary job of ensuring the imposition of the unwanted diktat upon us whilst giving us no way to vote out the people responsible. Little Hitlers in local Government will love it, the third party providers will love it, the eco-fascists will love it, and Government loves it. Who CARES what we, the people, think? 

WORKING FOR NOTHING……

By ATWadmin On January 27th, 2007 at 9:52 am

What do you make of the news that an NHS trust is asking staff to work a day for free to help ease its financial crisis?

Workers at the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust have been sent a letter asking them to help balance the books. It said donating "just one extra day of work without additional pay as a voluntary contribution" would benefit the trust, which has a historic debt of almost £17 million.

Now, it seems to me that years of systemic financial folly even in the face of the billions pumped in to the NHS bureaucracy by our socialist masters, has brought about a situation where those at the coal-face, those poor sods who actually have to try and deliver health-care to the ill in the wards – are now being asked to work for gratis. Profoundly wrong. I say sack the Board.

REID FOR THE HIGH JUMP?

By ATWadmin On January 27th, 2007 at 9:44 am

I get the impression that the vultures are circling over UK Home Secretary John Reid as EACH DAY brings new headines highlighting the gross incompetence of the Department over which he presides. Today we discover that his Identity and Passport Service failed to enforce overseas travel bans imposed by the courts on nearly 150 drug traffickers. The service is still trying to trace 15 of the 147 traffickers who have left jail and may have gone abroad.

I think John Reid’s ambitions to present himself as a tough guy who gets things done and thus a would-be future Prime Minister are now gone. Makes you wonder if Gordon Brown’s acolytes have had any role in these devastating leaks? Mmmm….

Time Bandits

By ATWadmin On January 27th, 2007 at 8:24 am

You’ll recall the woman last year in Derby who refused to pay her Council Tax because her street was in such an appalling state of disrepair.  She was sent to prison and was only released when someone offered to pay the outstanding amount on her behalf.  In those circumstances it would not have mattered how full our prison system was.  If incarceration had necessitated her sharing a cell with three sweaty Village People lookalikes, that is what she would have endured.  For here in the UK we have a strange set of laws pertaining to non-payment of Council Tax.  Not only is a refusal to pay an automatic entry to one of HM Prisons, it is also a crime without any possibility of sentence reduction.  Thus, you can commit murder and get time off for good behaviour; you cannot expect the same for withholding, say, £800 from your local authority.

Had Derek Williams of Blaenau Ffestiniog refused to pay his Council Tax to Gwynedd County Council, he would have gone to jail.  No ‘ifs’ or ‘buts’.  However, he did not do anything so disgusting as hanging on to his loot as council jobsworths lay in wait.  In the eyes of the law he committed a more trivial offence (what else can you deduce from his lack of imprisonment on the grounds of overcrowding?) by downloading child pornography off the Internet.

Picture the scene.  You are a mother/father of two young children living in the middle of a three-terraced row.  On your right you have a middle-aged bloke with the sickest of sexual morals and voyeuristic perversion.  On the other, you have a 85-year old biddy who’s said she will not pay her Council Tax until the broken paving stone outside her front door (which she has tripped over on numerous occasions) is repaired or replaced.  Which one would give you the greatest unease everytime your offspring wanted to play outside in the street?  Exactly!  Yet, under the appalling system presided over by our increasingly dysfunctional Home Office, the biddy is the only one destined to hear the clanking of a cell door in the very near future.

Our prisons are too full of bloody foreigners, women who could not pay their TV Licence fees, and those who stood by their principles on Council Tax payments.  In the meantime our streets are polluted by scum such as Williams, as well as those convicted of crimes such as wounding, mugging and ABH.  Is that really a symbolic symptom of a Home Office we should have confidence in?

Saturday’s Marx Quote – 27.01.07

By ATWadmin On January 27th, 2007 at 8:16 am

‘If I cannot smoke in heaven, then I shall not go.’

On This Day…27.01

By ATWadmin On January 27th, 2007 at 8:11 am

1606 – In London the trial of Guy Fawkes begins – following his capture during the Gunpowder Plot the previous November.

1822 – Formal proclamation of Greek independence.

1926 – John Logie Baird, the Scottish inventor, gives the first public demonstration of a pictorial-transmission machine he calls a televisor. Baird’s invention used mechanical rotating disks to scan moving images into electronic impulses.

1943 – American bombers carry out the first major air raid on Germany – a daylight attack on Wilhelmshaven.

1967 – Round the world solo yachtsman Francis Chichester is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Greenwich, London using a sword which once belonged to Sir Francis Drake.

1992 – Former American world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson goes on trial charged with raping an 18 year old contender in the 1991 Miss Black America contest.

ATW FRIDAY JUKEBOX…part 2!

By ATWadmin On January 26th, 2007 at 5:58 pm

And now a song better perhaps better known the OTHER side of the pond….this version strips it RIGHT down to the glorious basics. It was written by the dynamic duo Rodgers and Hart way back in 1934, and has been recorded by many famous singers since then. I loath the popular doo-wop version – but I love the slow flame romance of the slowed down version.

Did you know it was originally written for a young Jean Harlow, then because the original lyrics weren’t considred so great, it was re-written (reluctantly) by Lorenz Hart and those famous lines appeared

"…Blue moon/you saw me standing alone/without a dream in my heart/without a love of my own" .

BRILLIANT SONG.

ATW FRIDAY JUKEBOX …

By ATWadmin On January 26th, 2007 at 4:04 pm

Here’s a more modern little tune (by my standards!) by Mr Paul Heaton’s Beautiful South. The lyrics are crystal sharp, and the vocal performance (and acting) by the lovely Jacqui Abbott is excellent, and YES -I am aware there is a much ruder version on this song on the album from which this comes but I think the crudity distracts from what is otherwise a fine song! Hope you like this one…not sure if our American readers will be familiar with this band, but I’m a big fan!

Beer and Sandwiches

By ATWadmin On January 26th, 2007 at 11:31 am

As far as I am aware (correct me if I’m wrong) the British Labour Party in the only socialist movement in Europe that is directly funded by trade unions.  In fact the trade unions were instrumental in establishing the Labour Party.  On the other hand we were told by Tony Blair that, under his stewardship, the unions would receive ‘fairness, not favours’.  As far as the great majority of the UK populace was concerned, there would be no repeat of the likes of Jack Jones, Hughie Scanlon and Joe Gormley traipsing in to Number 10 to be cosseted by a Labour leader in hoc to their demands and their party contributions.

A problem we now have is that Tone made his promise in the days when Labour had a large membership and could, therefore, rely on individual contributions from rapacious young Lefties.  Fast forward to 2007; with a membership now some 100,000 less than Cameron’s ‘Conservatives‘ – and still in freefall; and you begin to see how Labour, under jaw-dropping Gordon, could again revive its subservient position to the worst excesses of trade union philosophy.

I was always under the impression that ‘New Labour’ was an artificial construct tailored to a strategy to win elections under the specific leadership of Tony Blair.  It would not outlast either Blair, or the point when the party could not win comfortably in a given General Election.  Those phenomena, both in play today – and in the context of a rapidly declining membership, means inevitably that union considerations will feature far more prominently.  Firstly because their influence will be organically linked to the financial survival of Labour.  Secondly because Brown will not have the same ideological aversion to trade unions held by the present Prime Ministerial incumbent.

Thatcher took years to tame the unions.  Is Brown going to resurrect the sort of arrogance we currently see in Tony Woodley, as he supports British Airways staff in their pledge to disrupt the holiday plans of thousands, across the spectrum of the trade union movement?  They were booted out of office for doing the same in the 1970s.  You’d think they would learn from their past mistakes.