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By ATWadmin On February 13th, 2007 at 1:26 pm

Announcing the new, all-leather, sub-editor’s headline competition for all ATW readers. As you might know, at one time the alleged winner of the famous Times competition to find the most boring headline was one Cyril Connolly with his epic “Small earthquake in Peru…..Not many dead”

So, based on the slightly different theme of ‘The most Biting Political Headline’, this writing being the one which the author would WISH to see in Print; I am once again asking all comers to write their selected brief, succinct and biting ‘Headline’. and submit their offerings in the comments section of this posting!

Rules are as follows:-

The Editor’s decision is final, and only open to the usual political pressures of bribery, corruptive influence, and presents contained within brown envelopes!

One entry or headline only per Entrant.

Deadline for entries will be this Friday 16th at noon G.M.T., (none of this unified or foreign rubbish time for me)! The winning entry shall be selected by Sunday 18th!  

The prize shall consist of, as in our first contest, being the author of a Guest Post on the ATW blogsite. The winner, once announced, should contact the e-mail address given at the top of the blogsite, and the post will be published under my name, but with the actual author featured within the post!

Let the good times roll!

Birds of a feather

By ATWadmin On February 13th, 2007 at 10:05 am

The political mouthpiece of a terrorist organization whose membership includes people who have served sentences for murderous attacks.

Yes, you guessed it, I’m talking about Batasuna – the political wing of ETA.

The party has been banned by the Spanish government and its leader, Arnaldo Otegi , is currently on bail.

And what is Mr Otegi doing before he has to face the Spanish courts again? He is visiting Northern Ireland of course.

Gerry Adams said that his party was “delighted” to welcome Otegi to Belfast.

Batasuna refuse to condemn ETA violence and refer to those jailed for terrorist offences as “political prisoners”.

What could they have in common with Sinn Fein/IRA?

And now for the good news

By ATWadmin On February 13th, 2007 at 9:27 am

No, not The Good News, don’t panic. This is just ordinary good news, headlined by the Metro as:

Harley Street bans ‘lifestyle’ abortions

Oh happy day. Oh joyous occasion. I know, it’s just one little drop of water to an ocean. But with any luck, it’ll be the first raindrop. Please God may it rain after that, and rain heavily.

MSM articles can be found in the Metro, the Standard, and the Telegraph (Telegraph article sadly lacking in the detail and coverage provided by its tabloid companions). 

Of course, this doesn’t please everyone. A spokesman for MSI finds this ‘quite flabbergasting’, saying that "Half of Harley Street is cosmetic surgery and how essential is that compared with a woman’s right to choose?’" while the director of Abortion Rights goes directly to scream-and-blame-fanatic mode, saying:

"This decision is reminiscent of the US, where abortion clinics are being driven underground, closed down or attacked. There, the anti-choice lobby’s tactics have severely impacted on women’s access to abortion – driving them to desperate measures. This is not a situation we should emulate in Britain where the overwhelming majority of the general public support women’s right to make her own abortion decision – one that no woman takes lightly. Forty years after abortion was legalised in Britain, women’s rights continue to be under threat from those who oppose abortion and want to impose their personal beliefs across the country."

For all that those who don’t want unborn babies murdered have strong feelings about this, I have yet to hear of a UK clinic being attacked or shut down, despite the spokespersons’ claims. Oh well, can’t please everyone, I suppose. 

(I note that a commentator at the excellent The Cafeteria is Closed, a blog by and for non cafeteria-Catholics, points out on a comment thread regarding Portugal’s horrible new law that today is the anniversary of the death of Sister Lucia, one of the three children who witnessed the appearances of our Lady of Fatima. Somehow ironic, I think.)

TOO LATE …..

By ATWadmin On February 13th, 2007 at 9:03 am

Nuclear_fireball.jpgThe European Union, haplessness personified, now believes that Iran will be able to develop enough weapons-grade material for a nuclear bomb and there is little that can be done to prevent it. In an admission of the international community’s failure to hold back Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the document – compiled by the staff of Javier Solana, EU foreign policy chief – says the atomic programme has been delayed only by technical limitations rather than diplomatic pressure. “Attempts to engage the Iranian administration in a negotiating process have not so far succeeded,” it states.

So, just to be clear, the preferred liberal-medium for resolving major problems has comprehensively FAILED. The "international community" – so beloved by Eurocrats – has achieved precisely NOTHING. No big surprise there – it never achieves anything of value but happily the MSM also gives it a perennial free pass.

Bottom line – the mad Mullahs WILL get Nukes they need for unfinished business and we know what they have in mind – yip – it involves wiping a certain Jewish state "off the map" and thus completing the aims Hitler pursued in the first Holocaust.

So, we need to live with a nuclear Iran, right? NO. Iran must be stopped and the failure of the "international community" should mean that it stands and leaves it to the more capable Israel and the USA to do the job. But it won’t. It will now sit and carp, and criticise and give every imaginable hindrance to those who realise Iran MUST be stopped before the mushroom cloud rises over Jerusalem. That is why the "International Community" is institutionally dysfunctional and beyond contempt.

1000 NOT OUT…..

By ATWadmin On February 13th, 2007 at 8:06 am

How time flies. This entry marks the 1000th post on the new ATW – that’s 1000 since 1st November last year, making this site one of the most prolific on the UK political scene! I have my fellow-writers to thank for helping move ATW on apace, and I hope you readers enjoy the cornucopia of daily blogs that await you on ATW! 

It may surprise you to know that we all write separately of each other and given our growing numbers it is remarkable how little duplication of daily issues there has been. I have always likes the idea that one blog by a given writer sets off an alternative idea by another, and we’ve also seen that kick in recently, which is entertaining. All in all, I am happy at the direction we are going and trust you are also.

The next challenge is to get the Talk Radio programme up and running. I’ve been so busy over the past few weeks since I first muted this idea that I’ve not progressed it as much as I wanted but that will change. In the next week, we will broadcast and we’ll see how it goes. Part of the fun of ATW is YOU – the discerning readers who challenge us opinionated lot! So, I would hope that we have an inter-reactive show – I want your calls and questions.

So, prepare for show details in the next day or so, and in the meantime, raise your glass to our first 1000 blogs in less than 14 weeks!

WHAT’S £20 BILLION BETWEEN FRIENDS…?

By ATWadmin On February 13th, 2007 at 7:53 am

nhs23bt.gifReturning to the gross, almost surreal incompetence that is endemic to the NHS, I see it is revealed that the NHS’s £20billion computer programme is at the centre of fresh controversy after one of its main suppliers warned that it "is not going to work". A senior executive at technology giant Fujitsu said the troubled project – the biggest civilian programme of its kind in the world – was also in danger of becoming a "camel" rather than a "racehorse". In a damning indictment of the scheme, Andrew Rollerson, a senior healthcare consultant at the firm, said:

"What we are trying to do is run an enormous programme with the techniques that we are absolutely familiar with for running small projects. And it isn’t working. And it isn’t going to work."

He added the idea that the IT project – which aims to provide electronic health records for 50 million people – will transform patient care could not be "further from the truth". Meanwhile, back through the looking glass, Health Secretary Patricia Hewett declares..ahem..that the wheat production is at an all time high and the NHS is having its best year ever.

Now close your eyes, you are feeling sleepy…..stop thinking bad thoughts of the NHS……after all, what’s £20 billion between good friends to get a system which is the "envy of the world" (Pluto)

IT’S COMING HOME, IT’S COMING HOME….

By ATWadmin On February 13th, 2007 at 7:25 am

FIFA_WorldCup.jpgFootball’s coming home. Or at least that is the hope of wannabe British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who has opportunistically announced  that he is backing a declaration of support for moves to attract the World Cup football tournament to England for the first time since 1966.

My view is that it would be good if the United Kingdom, rather than just England, hosted the 2018 World Cup. Share the cost, share the benefits. But part of me thinks that the only reason Brown is so publicly offering his support to this putative bid by the ENGLISH Football Association is to try and convey the notion that he is somehow NOT a parochial Scot, a dour son of the manse. Can’t see it working for him! Hoots mon – if Scotland were to qualify for the 2018 tournament and they faced England in the final (Yes, I know that’s very unlikely!) who would gorgeous Gordon be cheering for? Yes – we ALL know the answer to that. Back of the net! He shoots, he scores.

THE USA IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN RUSSIA…

By ATWadmin On February 13th, 2007 at 7:05 am

russia_usa_flags_05sep04_150_russian.jpgIt says something about the continued malaise that affects British politics that when an allegedly Conservative newspaper  such as the Daily Cameron Telegraph runs a talking point "Which is more dangerous; the USA or Russia" – the majority of respondents leap to label the United States as the greater danger to the world.

I suppose they have a point insofar as the USA stands up for freedom and liberty whereas the gutless cowards of the EU and UN shelter under a rock on the high moral ground and hope impotently that "dialogue" can solve the problem. (Yeah, that latter strategy has been working REAL well in Darfur over the past few years folks!) Defending freedom comes cheap to the Euroclass thanks to decades of US military investment. Clearly the Euroweenies (which now evidently includes a substantial section of Telegraph readers) have worked out from whence their gas supplies flow. Gotta get your priorities right – especially if we’re going to have colder winders.  

It disturbs me that such a swathe of even right of liberal British opinion sees the our great historical ally – the USA – as a greater menace than Putin’s rampant Russian thuggocracy. I imagine that such blinded stupidity is the result of paying too much attention to the Bush-bashing media headlines since 2000.

The Peasants Revolt continues

By ATWadmin On February 13th, 2007 at 3:47 am

pikle05.jpgThe swelling mass of petitioners continues it’s approach on Whitehall.  More than a Million, closer to 1.5 Million are up in arms at the government’s road pricing/satellite monitoring plans.

 

As Thomas Sowell warns, when it’s something existing that they like, “It’s here to stay”, when it’s something non-existing that they want, “it’s inevitable,”  or perhaps they say“doing nothing is not an option.”

 

The government’s plans are long in the making. Who knows what they’ve agreed to do for the EU?  Who knows what deals have been discussed already, over the use of satellites and the development of technology? Right now, only the massed ranks of the gallant signatories stand between them and there fiendish design.

(For details of featured pitchfork, click here)

 

small step?

By ATWadmin On February 12th, 2007 at 11:19 pm

Odd to think that Cambridge is running scared of satire. The historic English university city has had a pretty big role in the history of British comedy.  Without Cambridge there might have been no Monty Python’s Flying Circus, and then no Life of Brian. With Footlights it drew in some important talent.  Taking all this into account – where are the student sit ins and demos to protect one of their own who is hiding in fear of his life? It is important to mount a challenge to religious dogma. The academics and establishment might have been vociferous over christianity (remember the Piss Christ?) but they have keeled over in sensational fashion to Islam. 

In stark contrast France has come out in strong support for Charlie Hebdo’s case. And at the same time, having been impressed by the challenges mounted there through Ni Putes ni Soumises and wondering where a British movement of this kind was (and concluding it might be down to France being secular)….i’m now encouraged to learn that a woman in Birmingham is B6DB74DB-A43E-5E1E-963F8E4BCA78A2F6.jpgleading the fight against extremists in her own community. 

"Gina Khan, 38, from Ward End, hopes the venture will help drown out radical voices and denounce cultural and religious practices she sees as outdated and fuelling extremism".  She has been joined by supporters and inspired to form a group, given a hall to hold her meetings and already she has been asked to speak at a local school. 

She puts her case across cautiously but bravely.  "I’m so glad people are listening and reacting," said Gina. "People tell me I should be careful but I’m not scared, why should I fear speaking the truth? I’m not criticising the Quran, I’m challenging an interpretation of it. "Our parents came to this country to escape strict regimes." she says. 

She has also pointed to an obsession with looking outwards to the middle east that has meant issues at home, those hidden issues in the darkest corners of our society have not been addressed. Critical of stigma she adds:  "We’re not supposed to speak out," she said. "The community has been deadly silent on these issues and it’s not right that the spokesman from the Central Mosque (Doctor Mohammed Naseem) should be able to talk for us all, especially when he comes out and says the terror arrests are all a conspiracy.

"That’s not how we all think, but we have no platform, no one asks for a moderate viewpoint"