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By ATWadmin On November 22nd, 2006 at 10:52 pm

I was reading Tom Tyler’s post below concerning the plight of the British Conservative Party and the "Polly" line Tom uses got me thinking. Watch this golden comedy classic and instead of Norwegian Blue substitute British Conservatism. 


By ATWadmin On November 22nd, 2006 at 10:32 pm

Here’s a Caledonian lament to mark the middle of the week! Hope you like it – it was their finest hour!

“Call me ‘Dave'”? – Now it’s “Call me ‘Polly'”!

By ATWadmin On November 22nd, 2006 at 9:22 pm

For many wavering Conservative Party supporters who are becoming increasingly disenchanted with David Cameron’s attempts to "pursue the centre ground" (whatever that might be), this could be the last straw!

From the Guardian article:

One of David Cameron’s key policy advisers will urge the party today to abandon its Churchillian ideas about the welfare state. Greg Clark, who is overhauling the party’s approach to poverty, will urge Conservatives to look to the Guardian commentator Polly Toynbee rather than the wartime leader.

In a paper being published today, he writes: "The traditional Conservative vision of welfare [is outdated]. It is the social commentator Polly Toynbee who supplies imagery that is more appropriate for Conservative social policy in the twenty first century…..Polly Toynbee is a serious thinker about social policy. There are things I disagree with her on, but it would be ridiculous not to benefit from effective analysis."


Good grief. Has the Conservative Party gone completely mad??

Embracing the centre-ground of politics is one thing – embracing the values typically espoused by Ms Toynbee in the Comment & Analysis pages of The Guardian is another matter entirely!  

I don’t believe that anyone who is normally inclined to vote Conservative will be endeared to the party by what Mr Clark has said here. Conversely, neither do I believe that anyone who regularly reads and supports the views of Polly Toynbee could ever be persuaded to vote conservative. Mr Clark’s policy suggestion is a very bad mistake all round: True conservatives will simply sigh and shake their heads yet again (we’re doing quite a lot of that, lately). Whereas socialists…well, what do you think Polly Toynbee might write in her column, in response to this? Somehow, I don’t think she is going to say "Look! The Tories are sounding more sensible by the week! I urge everyone to vote Tory!" Of course not. Most left-wingers will see this patronising nonsense-approach for what it is, and will laugh ever more loudly at what the Conservative party has become.


Shouldn’t have said that…!

By ATWadmin On November 22nd, 2006 at 7:51 pm

The other week, I went and bought the DVD box-set of the acclaimed 1996-97 BBC drama series “This Life”, which looks at the lives of a group of newly-qualified lawyers, as they rent a house together in Southwark, and work together in the Grey’s Inn Road area of London. I loved the series when it was first shown, and I enjoyed watching it again.

One of the more memorable moments of the first series was when the character “Miles” (Jack Davenport) took offence at something that his friend “Warren” (Jason Hughes) said to him, and lashed out at him. The character “Warren” was a gay man, and Miles responded to Warren’s remark by sounding off: “What would you know about it, poncing about on Hampstead Heath like a Vaseline-arsed fairy?” Warren was deeply hurt that someone he had thought of as a good friend could use such words about him. Eventually, Miles saw the hurt he had done, and sat down with Warren and apologised sincerely, saying, “Look, I was angry with you and I wanted to lash out and hurt you back, and so I chose the area of your life that I thought you would be most vulnerable about. If you had had great big ears, I would have called you Jumbo, or something”. A bottle of wine changed hands, and friendships were restored.

It’s the type of thing that I think most of us are either guilty of at one time or another (I know I have been!) or else on the receiving end of, from time to time. When it happens in private, it can usually be patched up in private. But if you’re an A-list celebrity and you “lose it” in public and sound off on a tirade, then it can take an awful lot of apologising and eating humble pie, if you want to restore the public’s trust in you, otherwise you might find that your future career is in jeopardy! I’m sure Mel Gibson knows this only too well, now.

…and, looking at a story that has been circulating in the news over in America this last week, I think that Sienfeld star Michael Richards may also be about to learn this hard lesson.

Richards was performing as a stand-up comedian in a Los Angeles nightclub several nights ago. Apparently he came under some form of provocation from several members of the audience, although this may have been nothing more than the sort of high-spirited heckling that a professional comedian ought to simply take on the chin. We will probably never know for sure, because the guy with the Camcorder only hit the ‘record’ button just as Richards launched into his “response” to the heckling…. And what a dreadful response. (YOUTUBE LINK) – Warning – contains….well, where do I start?….swearing, and language that many may find abusive.

For further context, HERE’S a link to a CNN news report on the incident, including the reaction of a member of the audience.

And finally, HERE’S Richards apologising on the Letterman Show, 48 hours later.

I guess that people’s reactions to this will all be different. Some would say “OK, he lost his cool, and he has apologised for it; let’s draw a line under it”, others will argue that his remarks went way beyond what is acceptable, and that no amount of apologising can undo the offence he has caused. I do think that a professional stand-up comedian ought to be able to deal with hecklers by turning the situation to his/her advantage in a light-hearted way, rather than by abusing the audience. Regardless of the content of what was said, Mr Richards’ reaction demonstrated a lack of stagecraft and discipline.

When I wrote this post yesterday, I expressed some further points. But my internet connection failed just as I was about to post it, and I lost everything and have had to retype it all out again. This time, I’ll leave it at that, and simply ask the reader: What do you think? Has Mr Richards sufficiently apologised for his offensive outburst? Will (and should) his future career suffer as a result? Are there any circumstances under which the use of the “n” – word can be acceptable?


By ATWadmin On November 22nd, 2006 at 12:35 pm

Did you read that Muslim clerics at a leading seminary in India have asked people to refrain from using verses from the Koran as ringtones for their mobile phones, saying the practice was un-Islamic! 

Koran verses "are not meant for entertainment," said Mohammed Asumin Qazmi, an official at the Dar-ul Uloom seminary in the northern Indian town of Deoband. "Anyone who persists in using these should be ostracized from society." With Koran verses or calls to prayers are popular among Muslims in Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state.

As Michelle Malkin pointedly asks, Muslim clerics vocal annoyance at the use of ringtones contrasts with their silence over those co-religionists who use cell phones to commit acts of terror.

Personally, I find most ringtones a proverbial pain in the ear.

My own mobile phone’s ring-tone is "Good Year for the Roses"  – anyone got a Koranic tone, or failing that, a moronic one? 

Spook Off, Gadd

By ATWadmin On November 22nd, 2006 at 11:34 am

The last time I took Gadd to task was her prediction that Catholics would triumph on constitutional preferences by virtue of their horniness.  Today she comes in for criticism for opposing the new regional headquarters of MI5 at Palace Barracks in County Down.  Like most insurrectionists, Gadd prefers an army of uniformed social workers masquerading as police, accountable to wives – with loaded agendas – of insurrectionist councillors and totally under the ministerial ambit of IRA apologists.

Sorry, Gadd, it ain’t gonna happen.  I don’t know how many times it has to be drilled home before the Oirish numbskulls understand, but Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom – a country facing an unprecedented terrorist threat from Islamic psychopaths.  The establishment of this building says far more about the commitment of the British State as a whole, as opposed to the ideological agenda of some in government, to protecting Northern Ireland as part of its domestic territory. 

We already know there is a significant radicalisation of Muslims occurring in the Irish Republic.  We also know there is the Common Travel Area, permitting all and sundry to cross the border with minimum security checks.  Who knows who could be using Northern Ireland as a back door to attack the rest of Britain.  How do we know IRA scumbags, temporarily desisting from mass murder, are not contracting their skills in a South Armagh ghetto to those who want to further the Islamist cause?

This is another reason why our Intelligence Service must never be accountable to insurrectionists in Ulster.  If the PSNI end up being supervised by Old Bailey Bomber Four Eyes it will be bad enough. However, when the security of the United Kingdom as a whole relies on the professional remit of British Intelligence, there is no way that service can be scrutinised by a person who may well act as a conduit to his Provo brethren, themselves involved in aiding and abetting Islamic militants, and be efficient.  We don’t have to ask the permission of Irish citizens on the UK mainland before we set up Intelligence; there is no reason why we should have to ask the same people who unfortunately live in Northern Ireland for permission to defend our country.


By ATWadmin On November 22nd, 2006 at 8:54 am

The shocking failure of our State Education system is once more manifest in the news today that "about one in ten schools" has been judged as "inadequate" in the past year.

Chief inspector of schools Christine Gilbert was publishing her first annual report on the state of education in England since taking over as head of Ofsted.

Now, a few questions for you;

Given that "about one in ten" equates to hundreds of schools, and that "inadequate" would appear to be indicative of a failure to meet standards, how many Head Teachers do you think will be disciplined, if not sacked for this abysmal performance?

Given that "about one in ten" schools equates to tens of thousands of children, how many young lives are being ruined by the failure of the State system?

Given that "about one in ten" schools are failing our children in 2005/2006, almost ten years into the NuLabour regime, doesn’t Government bear the ultimate responsibility for this failure?


By ATWadmin On November 22nd, 2006 at 8:44 am

fingergreen203.jpgSorry, but whilst I am a keen advocate the rule of law, I nonetheless find myself opposed to the idea of Police across England and Wales taking fingerprints while on patrol using mobile electronic devices. The portable gadgets – similar to a pocket PC and linked to a database of 6.5m prints -will enable officers to identify suspects within minutes.

But hang in a second. What right have the Police to stop us at random and take our fingerprints? Who believes the odd statistic being trotted out today to justify this that "60 per cent of drivers stopped do not give their true identity"? That seems most improbable to me. We must be very wary that policing powers are not allowed to escalate ever upwards – that way lies a Police State.

Bring Back the Noose

By ATWadmin On November 22nd, 2006 at 8:03 am

What is happening to this country?  You get the feeling of living in a society where crime, in all its dastardly forms, is out of control.  A few days ago in Cheadle, Cheshire, an eight-year-old boy suffering from cancer was held at gunpoint whilst his mother’s 4×4 was stolen from a petrol station forecourt.  This morning I read about the abduction and subsequent murder of a man from Bramley in Leeds, whose badly burnt corpse was found in an area of the city I know very well.  Evil seems to stalk our country like never before.  The other day a man was arrested in Huddersfield after being caught feeding a live cat to a pit-bull terrier.  Three horrific stories in what could be described as my local area.  What’s going on when you factor in the rest of the UK?

What this country needs, and has needed for a very long time, is a return to capital punishment and deterrents such as birching, the cat or the rotan.  Will we see introduction in the near future?  No way.  Why?  Because this government, unable to help those at the bottom end of the economic scale by the economic macromanagement they practiced in the past, are now keen to make assistance to the bottom end of the social scale their totem by the embrace of a universe of human rights laws: laws capable of being manipulated by a highly liberal ideological judiciary.  Human rights, as understood in contemporary terms, are effectively the rights of minorities – be they criminals, gays or ‘oppressed’ ethnics.

One day a government, maybe not in my lifetime, will wake up and smell the coffee and, after surveying a country so convulsed by the wickedness of criminality, will decide to bring in those useful tools of societal control.  For the moment, we will have to suffer laws designed to protect those who do us harm, and in the final analysis, resort (if circumstances allow) to our own methods of bringing these scumbags to heel.

On This Day…22.11

By ATWadmin On November 22nd, 2006 at 7:57 am

1943 – Lebanese independence day.

1946 – First ballpoint pens go on sale, invented by the Hungarian journalist Laszlo Biro.

1963 – 35th President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, is shot and killed while travelling in an open-topped motorcade through the streets of Dallas, Texas.

1990 – Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister since 1979, announces her resignation followed by a tearful departure from Downing Street.

1995 – Rosemary West is jailed for life after being found guilty of murdering 10 girls and young women.

1997 – Australian rock star Micheal Hutchence, boyfriend of British TV presenter Paula Yates, is found dead in a hotel room in Sydney after apparently hanging himself.