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By ATWadmin On January 11th, 2007 at 9:15 am

I was following the story of a major search underway for the crew of a Wexford fishing vessel that sank off the south-east coast yesterday. The Pierre Charles, which was based in Dunmore East, sank in heavy seas three miles from Hook Head at around 6pm. The vessel had five men on board, four from Kerry and Wexford and one from eastern Europe. Two lifeboats and two coastguard helicopters were sent to the area after a distress signal was picked up yesterday evening, but they found no trace of the missing crew.

It sounds very ominous for those fisherman and I just wanted to step away from the political issues for a moment and reflect on the courage of those who go to sea for their living. I could not possibly do it, and yet day in day out, many brave folk head off into stormy seas in search of their daily bread. I have nothing but admiration for them and am so sorry for their families when they face terrible waits like that facing those whose relatives were on board this vessel. 

"O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy word
Who walked’st on the foaming deep
And calm amidst its rage didst sleep.
Oh hear us when we cry to thee
For those in peril on the sea."


By ATWadmin On January 11th, 2007 at 8:34 am

I can’t say that I am surprised to read that the NHS is NOT on track to meet its MRSA target and perhaps never will. Instead it is recommended ways to handle the news in the media, including delaying or dropping the target, the Health Service Journal reported!  Even worse it warns that another superbug, Clostridium difficile, is now “endemic throughout the health service, with virtually all trusts reporting cases” and shows that 2004 saw twice as many deaths from the bug as were related to MRSA. And it warns that efforts to combat MRSA, such as alcohol handrubs, have had no impact on C. difficile, which it describes as a “far bigger problem”

Now then, WHY are our hospitals so filthy? I can ONLY speak from personal experience, having spent a lot of time over the past year and a half visiting family in my local hospital, but I am indeed struck by the lack of hygiene. At Craigavon hospital, several of the washrooms are either not working/closed for repairs/filthy. There is a tattiness about the place and even the staff facilities are not clean. Now I don’t know if this typical or not, but when I compare these conditions to that of say The Ulster Independent Clinic – a private hospital – there is a VAST difference. 

I suggest that there is a MAJOR hygiene problem with the NHS but Government seeks to obscure such issues since it is incompatible with the delirious claims made by Patricia Hewitt that the NHS has never been in better shape!


By ATWadmin On January 11th, 2007 at 8:21 am

windmill.jpgI had to smile at the announcement by European Commission Chief Jose Manuel Barroso that it was time for a “post-industrial revolution” which would see mighty Europe slash greenhouse gases by 20% by 2020! 

Listen, Jose, the far greater likelihood is that the sclerotic EU economy will stagger back to the pre-Industrial era all on its own, as it’s Welfare Statism goes gradually bankrupt and our dear Islamic friends make their own ..ahem…unique contribution to a return to the Dark Ages.

Still, all those windmills that Jose is banking on will keep a few lights burning….for a while. 

The European Commission, that unelected dictatorship, is whistling in the dark. The sooner the UK leaves the rotten EU the better!


By ATWadmin On January 11th, 2007 at 8:20 am

harbour porpoise.jpgExcellent post here over on Bishop Hill on the increasing hysterical claims about the alleged devastating effects of global warming.

Lots of media outlets are reporting a scientist who is claiming that harbour porpoises are threatened by starvation because of global warming. Changes in sea temperature are causing a reduction in the population of sand eels, apparently, so there’s not enough for them to eat….


Bishop Hill provides an alternative explanation you might want to consider….


By ATWadmin On January 11th, 2007 at 8:13 am

un handout.jpgReaders may recall the absolute disgrace that was the UN’s September 2001 "World Conference against Racism." Presided over by former Irish President and putative war criminal Mary Robinson, I attach an image of material handed out at that unspeakable anti-Semitic pro-terrorism love. Well, guess what? Yip – the UN is planning on a repeat!  The rest is your guess….


By ATWadmin On January 11th, 2007 at 8:01 am

“MANCHESTER, England — In this gritty northern city once famous for its textile exports, two bus companies have had their operating licenses suspended for employing Polish drivers who cannot read English road signs. In the Romanian capital of Bucharest, a new bus station opened this week to cater for yet more people keen to travel to Eastern Europe’s favorite destination….”


The above is a brief excerpt from a rather excellent article by Graham Lees over on World Politics Watch….it neatly outlines the struggle of the United Kingdom to cope with the rampant immigration that has paralleled Nulabour’s period in power.

As Graham puts it, Critics argue that the country’s infrastructure and social fabric is being undermined by the biggest wave of immigration since the Roman legions arrived over 2,000 years ago.”   It’s not just critics, Graham, it’s anyone with  half a brain (thus ruling out the MSM)!


By ATWadmin On January 10th, 2007 at 5:34 pm

Thought you might enjoy this:-


A pretty successful attempt by the French at self mockery (So Paris Campaign) 

And better still..as pointed out here

‘Beginners might pick up body language tips from  Jacques Chirac’s New Year’s Eve television address . With the sound down, the President’s oscillating shoulders, jutting chin and flapping hands is a master class in the drawn-out shrug’.

(Text reads (as it may be too small) ‘Bof –  the Gallic Shrug – use it to deny knowledge agreement or responsibility – 1. stick out lower lip 2. raise your eyebrows and shoulders simultaneously)

Neo Con

By ATWadmin On January 10th, 2007 at 4:43 pm

….Neocon has become the ultimate term of political abuse, a description of an alien idea foisted on an unwary nation by hardline conservatives…it is thought to be a doctrine of the Right.  It isn’t. It is a critique of the Left. And the difference is important.  There is nothing ‘neo’ and certainly nothing conservative about it.

US foreign policy has almost always been a liberal foreign policy. And if this is right, it means that the policy advocated by neocons will long survive their own departure from the scene….

(Well let’s hope so)

Daniel Finkelstein writing about sociologist and political scientist Seymour Martin Lipset who died last week aged was 84.

His name is unknown to almost everybody in this country. Not so the political grouping of which he was a founder member. The small group of Trotskyites with whom Lipset associated when he was a student at City College in New York grew up to become known as the neocons. Lipset’s contribution to their thinking was critical.

iT’S A No Brainer

By ATWadmin On January 10th, 2007 at 11:57 am

Wow, what a choice!  Have devolution restored and see 4 ministers in an 11-minister executive committed to the destruction of the Union, whilst collecting vast sums of public money to steward 5 ministries surplus to requirements;


have a continuation of Direct Rule without terrorist involvement and see public money cut from wasteful government and ploughed back into something more worthwhile. 


Touching the Void

By ATWadmin On January 10th, 2007 at 10:50 am

Tony, our ‘esteemed’ leader and self-proclaimed admirer of insurrectionist Oirish terrorism, will allegedly set out today the ‘distinct’ roles of MI5 and the PSNI in Northern Ireland.  Insurrectionists (the IRA and the SDLP, on either side of a wafer-thin divide) want the latter to be a cavalcade of uniformed ‘do-gooders’, dedicating to putting civic metaphorical sticking plasters on recalcitrant young soap-dodgers.  As for MI5, there’s little they can do about that!  A State preparing to constitutionally abandon a part of its territory does not go around building £20 million headquarters for its national defence intelligence arm.  Just thought I’d make that point crystal clear to the ‘2016’ and ‘2050’ brigades who, whilst infesting Slugger, have the wit not to spout their demographic armageddons on here.

Blair will do the politician’s trick in another effort to woo terrorists on to the Policing Board.  If he is honest about the role and capacity of MI5, all well and good.  However, if he makes promises he can’t keep by suggesting the PSNI and MI5 will be entirely separate with no cross-over operations whatsoever, he will do nothing other than fool IRA trolls and anger pro-Union democrats.  For there is no way a British intelligence agency will allow its operational role in defending the United Kingdom be hampered by the exigencies of insurrectionist appeasement.

For example, the year is 2012.  MI5 has just received information that an Islamic terrorist has crossed the border from the Republic and is now hiding out in a village just outside Belfast.  Undercover operatives have informed the HQ at Palace Barracks that there is a plot afoot to detonate a bomb during the London Olympics.  The reason Northern Ireland has been chosen is that the potential terrorists can travel via an relatively unguarded route over land from Stranraer to the capital.  MI5 asks officers of the PSNI to install a wire-tap.  Do republicans honestly believe the police will say ‘sorry guv,nor, nowt to do with us.  We’re only involved in ‘civic’ policing.  You’ll have to whistle for your wire-tap’?  What a load of bullshit of unimaginable tonnage!!  The police are there to, inter alia, defend the integrity of the State; the function of MI5 is to do the same for more significant threats.  If Provo luvvies believe their roles are not, and will not be, cross-cutting than they’re bigger eejits than even I gave them credit for.

UPDATE: 11.25 From Blair’s statement to Parliament.

All necessary interaction between the Security Service and the PSNI, for example in response to the threat of international terrorism, will, as directed by the Chief Constable, by way of liaison. No police officers will be seconded to or under the control of the Security Service….Policing is the responsibility solely of the PSNI. The Security Service will have no role whatsoever in civic policing.’

That’s the legal and constitutional subtlty, folks!  Insurrectionists define ‘civic’ policing as the role and raison d’etre of the entire organisation.  Blair says ‘civic’ pertains to mainstream roles which are not under the control of the Security Service.  In other words, the PSNI will operate on the same basis as every other force in the United Kingdom.  Liaison with be between the Chief Constable, working on behalf of his HQ officers, and MI5, thus ensuring political influence is kept away from our intelligence services.