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By ATWadmin On January 23rd, 2007 at 8:49 am

I worked on the construction, commissioning and running of the first Casino (Sun City) in South Africa, so I know of what I speak when I say that they are possibly the world’s finest money making machines! The first stage with four hundred bedrooms, a high-stakes room and a huge slot-machine foyer was supposed to fund the next stage due for commencement in five years time! They made that much money in just over a year that the plans for expansion were brought forward by three years, and were fully funded without need for further borrowing! They had to provide two extra runs weekly to the bank in Rustenburg, to cope with the huge amounts of cash passing through the counting machines!

casino.jpegWatching the Dispatches programme named ‘Labour’s Gambling Addiction’ and was amazed to learn that we aren’t going to be a home to one super-casino and a number of smaller ones, but our country will be playing host to over two hundred very large gambling dens and one super casino! With New Labour’s eager support, the law was altered to allow super-linked jackpot machines capable of paying out one million pounds a throw, and the plans are well-laid to bring in huge sheds full of these machines!

A senior policeman was pictured giving a devastating expose of the possibilities of money-laundering, crime, racketeering, fraud and debt within the gambling fraternity! Also mentioned was the attempt by the government to alter the MONEY-LAUNDERING REQUIREMENTS for Casino operators! While Tessa Jowell was lauding the new laws which allow open access to casinos without membership or identity checks, while telling a waiting nation that the labour Laws were there to PROTECT the vulnerable, the casino bosses were rubbing their hands in glee at the possibilities of making billions out of the suckers of the United Kingdom.

Watching this expose, which detailed the twists and turns of one Sol Kerzner while attempting to get a Casino Licence; and once he got the licence, which is the equivalent of getting your own ‘Royal Mint’, the Northampton building remains closed, because the true target is the BLOODY DOME, where he and Philip Anschutz, with Prescott as an arse-wiper, are going to get the only Super-Casino in Britain. Kerzner, whose own character is distinctly shady, as he was found to have paid bribes to get the licences in the old homelands of South Africa, and paid further bribes to get more in the ‘new’ South Africa. Great character to let loose near your wallets!

Our solid, old-style gambling laws are pushed aside to let near-criminals run gambling in Britain, and the only winners are the casino bosses, and the tax regimes of the Treasury, run by those two thieves Tony Blair and Gordon Brown!



By ATWadmin On January 23rd, 2007 at 7:45 am

It’s either ignorance or malice, I’m not sure which.

I refer to the general MSM coverage of the NI Police Ombudsman’s report into alleged RUC/Special Branch collusion with the terror group the UVF in a part of North Belfast.

The Independent flags up the following headline…"Belfast Police covered up Protestant outlaw’s role in Ten Killings".  Wrong, wrong and wrong again.

First, the Report ALLEGES collusion but fails to provide a scrap of evidence to support a prosecution. Surely policemen accused of grave crimes are entitled to have the same standard of evidence used against them as the rest of us? When you study the report, one concludes it is HIGH on allegation, low on substance. Curious how quickly the MSM swallows the conclusions of collusion without any proof. What next – Mohammad Al Fayed is right when he alleges the Royal Family had Princess Diana bumped off. A new job for Nuala O’Loan perhaps?

Second, the UVF scum that did murder these people are in way "Protestant." In case the MSM didn’t get the memo – murder is not really part of the Protestant faith. Indeed, the Bible makes it clear that those who deliberately take life, forfeit their life. UVF killers have no faith.

Third, as I pointed out on radio last night, if EVERY ONE of the UVF killers concerned had their identities exposed in a double page ad in the morning paper back when they were killing, if convicted and sentenced to life in prison for their heinous crimes, they would have walked FREE from justice in one or two years. Is that justice??

The more I think about it, the more this Report smacks of a contrived attempt to blacken the reputation of the RUC and thus validate the allegations of IRA scum. I also query the TIMING of this report – it’s as if it is designed to help Adams and co "sell" the PSNI to the republican underclass.

I support ANYTHING that brings terrorists to justice. I support the rule of law. Ms O’Loan has not made any attempt to prove her wild allegations, and thus I see this report as little more than a contrived attack on the reputaion of the forces of law and order, aimed at satiating the lawless in the Republican community.

Final though – given how horrendous the UVF are – and how many people have they killed – wasn’t it a BID ODD to hear the political establishment eulogise one of its most prominent spokesman, former PUP leader David Ervine, on his recent death?

Judge them by their deeds, not the empty words.


By ATWadmin On January 23rd, 2007 at 7:33 am

Interesting to note that Bin Laden’s henchman, Ayman al-Zawahri, has released a video mocking the decision of the US President to send more US troops into Iraq in order to quell the Sunni and Jihadist insurgence. In an excerpt of the video al-Zawahri said the US strategy for Iraq, outlined by Bush in a speech on January 9, was doomed to fail and he challenged him to send “the entire army”. “I ask him, why send 20,000 (troops) only – why not send 50 or 100,000?, said al-Zawahri. “Aren’t you aware that the dogs of Iraq are pining for your troops’ dead bodies?” (Not as much as I’m pining for a daisy-cutter to land on his head, natch!)

kennedy.jpgHis contempt for the courageous decision of President Bush, and the valour of the US troops concerned, is reflected in the anti-Bush hysteria which disfigures the political left. People like senior Democrat heavyweight (in every sense of the word) Ted Kennedy also attack the President’s decision, and actively try to subvert the will of their commader-in-chief. So we see a marriage of convenience between Al Qu’eda and al-liberals. Both are united in a visceral loathing of the decision by the US President, and those other nations that support him, to FIGHT BACK against the craven killers and assorted psychopaths of militant Islam.


By ATWadmin On January 23rd, 2007 at 7:25 am

I am delighted to read that the Irish Government is to pump more than €1.2bn into Northern Ireland over the next seven years under a massive investment plan just unveiled. It is the first time that taxpayers’ money from the Republic will be spent on public infrastructure across the border on such a massive scale. The unprecedented National (Which Nation do you think that refers to, btw?) Development Plan (NDP) fund will be spread across education, skills, science and innovation, renewable and sustainable energy, regional development tourism, development tourism, poverty, ahem "social inclusion and community" infrastructure.

Sounds soooo benevolent, doesn’t it? Ah, but there’s a catch. There is always a catch.

You see before ONE CENT is "invested" the Irish Government wants to see the resumption of power-sharing WITH TERRORISTS in Belfast next month. Oops! So, just to clarify, whilst little Bertie Ahern would NOT countenance Sinn Fein/IRA in a power-sharing Government in Dublin, he INSISTS on this in Belfast – in exchange for his blood money. Listen, given the support and shelter the Irish Government has given to IRA terrorists over the decades, the very least Ahern could do is write the cheque for his Billions right now, today. A Tangled Web will be more than happy to graciously accept whatever he feels he can send us!


By ATWadmin On January 23rd, 2007 at 7:16 am

I can fully understand and indeed support the view held by Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor that Roman Catholic Church adoption agencies will close if not allowed to opt out of new gay rights laws. The Cardinal has written to the Cabinet to say church teaching prevented its agencies placing children with homosexual couples. He says forcing agencies to act against their consciences would constitute discrimination against Roman Catholics.

I think he’s right – but it’s not just Roman Catholics’s that this new laws will discriminate against – it is ANY person whose religious faith cannot countenance the elevation of gay rights to the point where they now sit – top of the legal food chain care of reckless liberal law-making. I cannot see how an exception could be made JUST for one specific faith group. It seems to me that the core problem here is the law itself – a stupid concoction of pro-Gay appeasement from which no good will come.

Well Done, Rocket!

By ATWadmin On January 22nd, 2007 at 5:06 pm

rocket.jpgI enjoyed watching the Masters final last night, and I’m very pleased to see Ronnie "Rocket" O’Sullivan back in such good form so quickly. Couple of points:

O’Sullivan can sometimes be a pain, with his antics, but he impressed me with his humanity on this occasion. Only six weeks ago, for reasons known to himself alone, just five frames into his UK Championships match against Stephen Hendry, with everything still to play for, he suddenly conceded the match, shook Hendry’s hand and walked off. Last night, it was O’Sullivan’s opponent, 19 year old Chinese player Ding Junhui who, after appearing increasingly anxious and upset, suddenly decided to give up and concede the match. O’Sullivan put his arm round the tearful Junhui’s shoulder and walked off with him to the dressing rooms, and after 20 minutes, they both returned and played the match through to its finish. I just thought it was good of O’Sullivan to remember his own experience, and to comfort his distraught opponent and persuade him not to give up.

It was reported later that Junhui (who speaks no English) was under the impression that the match was a "best of 17 frames" (it was in fact a best of 19) and had therefore thought that he had lost the match at that point. I’m not sure if that explanation is true, though. Certain elements in the audience were an absolute disgrace, and seemed to be under the impression that they were watching a pub brawl rather than snooker. O’Sullivan remonstrated with one obnoxious fellow at one point "if you don’t like it, why don’t you go home then?" A restrained response in my opinion. The fellow in question was ejected by security, moments before the end. No, it was the boorish, unsporting behaviour of many of the audience which got under Junhui’s skin and demoralised him. Some of the uncouth chavs in that audience had obviously come straight from auditions for Big Brother. I would never go to a snooker match and cheer loudly when the guy I wasn’t supporting missed a shot. I bet Junhui was thinking to himself "these British are pigs. This wouldn’t happen in my own country". The depressing thing is, he’d be more often right than wrong, these days.

So…bottom line: Impressed with Ronnie, disgusted with the audience.


By ATWadmin On January 22nd, 2007 at 4:06 pm

Just a quick note to let readers know that you can hear me and Suzanne Breen discuss the report into "RUC Collusion" on BBC Radio 4’s "The world tonight" programme, around 10.15ish. I think we hold some views that contrast and others that might coincide. You all know where I stand on the rule of law and my contempt for terrorists. I also have contempt for the Police Ombudsperson (sic) so you can expect a good debate.

UPDATE: We will be on-air just after 10pm tonight – BBC Radio 4!


By ATWadmin On January 22nd, 2007 at 2:52 pm

I note that Northern Ireland’s politicians have agreed to consider the possibility of replacing the 11-plus with a system of transfer at the age of 14. The members of the Assembly’s sub-group on Schools Admissions Policy have recommended that further research should be commissioned urgently on the experience of transfer at age 14, including the Dickson Plan in Craigavon and Lurgan and elsewhere in Europe.

I must be one of the very FEW people who has experienced the 11+ first hand AND the Dickson Plan!

I did the 11+ when I left Primary School in Bessbrook a million years ago, then moved to Portadown where the Dickson Plan is in place. So I was streamed through that, ending up at Portadown College. I think that the Dickson Plan has many merits – chief of which is that it allows students to be selected on ACADEMIC GROUNDS for Grammar/Comprehensive School at the age of 14, rather than 11. However the radical egalitarians out there won’t accept Dickson since it retains the common sense methodology that Students ability varies and that a Grammar School education is NOT suitable for all but those academically inclined. Hence this consultation is a false dawn.


By ATWadmin On January 22nd, 2007 at 2:33 pm

RUCGCb.jpgI noticed on the news yesterday that a meeting of Irish republicans has taken place in nearby Lurgan, addressed by self-confessed IRA terrorist Martin McGuinness. During the clip of the meeting, the MSM reported McGuinness saying that it was his view that when awful crimes are committed, it best that a police service be informed, or words to that effect.

Just a couple of hundred yards from the hotel in which McGuinness and co had gathered, two Two RUC constables Roland Graham and David Johnston were shot in the back on patrol in central Lurgan by the local IRA. Would Mr McGuinnness, a man with whom the DUP are yearning to share power with, also advise those in Lurgan who have information concerning the IRA killer(s) of these two men to provide all such knowledge to the police? And if not, then WHY on earth do unionists think such a man is fit to hold the office of Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland. When Constable’s Graham and Johnston were mown down, certain local DUP politicians joined with me in utterly condemning the Republican scum who carried out this brutal and inhuman act. By contemplating power-sharing with the organisation that took the lives of these RUC men, the DUP betray the families of their next of kin. I say shame on them. Memories seem to fade easily when the prospect of power draws near….. 


By ATWadmin On January 22nd, 2007 at 12:49 pm

Just to say I’ve had some major connection issues with Squarespace over the past 24 hours – hence lack of posts and comments! These APPEAR to be sorted so here’s hoping. As part of my sorting things out techno-wise. I have UNbanned everybody that was banned!! So, if any of you offenders read this, you are free to comment again but same rules of decency apply, and the Editor’s decision is ALWAYS final!