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By ATWadmin On April 2nd, 2007 at 8:38 am

brownPA250906_228x242.jpgHere’s an excellent article on the vindictive financial practices of the wannabe Prime Minister. Gordon Brown. The bottom line is that Brown is the man who has virtually single-handedly destroyed the value of pensions in the United Kingdom. Why?

"We must infer, therefore, that the arriviste at No 11, an old-fashioned socialist in New Labour wrapping, was interested only in sucking up as much revenue as he could. He wasn’t worried about private pensions, because he hates private. Private means that those who save and look after themselves need show no obeisance to the state.They do not have to crawl to the Chancellor for his means-tested hand-outs. They are free from his obsessive meddling in other people’s lives. Therefore, they must be battered into submission by the Clunking Fist. Stalin would have approved. Before our occupational pension funds were cashed by Mr Brown, about 90 per cent of them offered defined benefits. In other words, they were a promise to pay a fixed percentage of final salary. Once the full force of Brown’s brutalisation kicked in – it took about three years before the pain started to become very obvious – a system of which we were rightly proud began to fall apart. Today, only about one in 10 corporate pensions is final salary."


By ATWadmin On April 2nd, 2007 at 7:45 am

Ssshhh, keep your voice down! Aren’t you relieved to know that those wise old birds at the British Foreign Office are using "quiet diplomacy" to get our kidnapped sailors back from Mullah-land? I mean their strategy seems to be working splendidly well, with the sailors now illegally imprisoned for well over a week, with EVEN MORE TV apologies from the unfortunate sailors, and with Iran getting the respect of the Islamic world for its public humiliation of the British and its exposure of our inability to do anything. With the EU refusing to take economic sanctions and the UN refusing to demand the immediate release of our sailors, it is obvious that the Foreign Office strategy of speaking quietly whilst carrying no stick is paying handsome dividends. Yes?

thatcher-1-sized.jpgAnd in another example of how wily, how shrewd, those wise old birds at the FO are, I see that the Foreign Secretary herself, Margaret a Beckett, has weighed in on the 25th anniversary of the invasion of the Falkland Islands, and expressed her "regret" over the deaths on "both sides" during the conflict. That’s telling ’em, Margaret. Of course let us also remember that 25 years ago today, another Margaret IGNORED the advice of the Foreign Office, IGNORED the advice of military chiefs, and went to war to do that which is right. Margaret Thatcher was a LEADER, she was a patriot, she understood that sometimes you DO have to fight for what is right and to hell with the consequences. The Labour Party does not understand these concepts. It is more than happy to listen to the Foreign Office experts and as a result we grovel to the despots in Iran and say sorry to the Argentinians. What a difference 25 years can make.

25 Years On

By ATWadmin On April 1st, 2007 at 9:14 pm

falklands.jpgSoon we will be remembering one of the seismic events of the 1980s: the battle to recapture the Falkland Islands illegally invaded and occupied by Argentina under the auspices of its leader, Leopoldo Galtieri.  255 British servicemen and 655 Argentinians lost their lives in a battle that should never have taken place.  Today Argentina has forsaken the ‘persuasive diplomacy’ ploy adopted by previous leader Carlos Menem and has instead decided to take a more sullen and aggressively nationalistic stance.

Argentina has no more right to claim the Falklands than the Irish had the right to lay claim to UK territory prior to 1999.  Unfortunately, unlike the Irish claim to Northern Ireland, the desires harboured by Buenos Aires are real and not simply in the realm of Dublin ‘lip-service’.  The first British landing took place on the islands in 1690 (what a great year that was!), and British settlers have lived on the islands continuously since 1833.  At no point in history has Argentina held a legal title to the archipelago; the islands are an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom and are recognised as such in international law.

What is even more disappointing is that Argentina and the UK have deep historical links going back hundreds of years.  Not only was the UK the first country to recognise Argentinian independence from Spain, it also helped to create much of the country’s infrastructure, farming and naval capacity.  Today, out of a population of 30 million, 1 million Argentinians are directly of British descent.

If Buenos Aires refuses to play ball over the status of the Falkland Islands, so be it.  The occasion of our victory in the south Atlantic and the lives of those who fought to maintain the islanders right to self-determination should be remembered and remembered robustly.

Farewell to the Leper Colony

By ATWadmin On April 1st, 2007 at 8:47 pm

Today’s Independent on Sunday has a story about the departure of the Black Watch from Bandit County.  Although I would have preferred it if the forces of this country had treated south Armagh in much the same way as the US Army treated the residents of Cedar Creek in the Dustin Hoffman film Outbreak, I am actually glad soldiers are leaving the area.  Just imagine having to wake, eat, work and sleep in the United Kingdom’s very own political version of a leper colony!  Returning to their own communities and families now means they no longer have to dwell amongst those for whom the lionisation of brutal terrorists forms part and parcel of their miserable existences.  The proud soldiers (of all regiments) who have served in defence of the Realm in south Armagh can congratulate themselves: they came to the region with a moral superiority over those they were entrusted to watch, and they have departed with the same state of moral play. 

Had the locality not been notorious since the foundation of Northern Ireland for a litany of nefarious activities, there would have been no need to turn it into one of the most militarised areas in Europe.  Soldiers certainly didn’t come to south Armagh for the hillside walks, or to mingle with the dross therein.  They came to keep tabs on the IRA.  It is just a pity this spineless government thinks the soldiers’ job there is done.  I certainly do not and am sure the passage of time will prove me right.

What I can’t understand, however, is this line assiduously propagated by republicans about soldiers returning to ‘their own country’.  Since a huge proportion of personnel who served in HM Armed Forces in Northern Ireland are born and bred there, pray tell to what ‘country’ are they supposed to return to?  They are born in the United Kingdom; and serve in the British Army in a part of the United Kingdom.  I remember many years ago speaking to a young lad in his early twenties at the Belfast Twelfth parade.  He was born on the Ards Peninsula and was stationed in the Army at Ballykinler barracks in Co Down.  I remember him telling me that at least 50% of his fellow colleagues were Ulster born and Ulster raised – and indeed several of them had served in south Armagh.  So again I ask: to what ‘country’ are these British men and women supposed to ‘return’ to? 



On This Day…01.04

By ATWadmin On April 1st, 2007 at 8:41 pm

1918 – In Britain, the creation of the Royal Air Force, the RAF, incorporating the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service.

1935 – Britain introduces Green Belt legislation to stop indiscriminate building on many areas of the countryside.

1948 – The blockade of Berlin begins with Soviet troops enforcing road and rail blocks between Berlin and the Allied Zone in West Germany. The Allies mount a massive airlift to keep West Berlin supplied.

1973 – Britain introduces VAT (Value Added Tax) to replace Purchase Tax and SET.

1974 – Iran declares itself to be an Islamic Republic.

1982 – Death of American singer Marvin Gaye, shot dead by his own father following a violent row.


By ATWadmin On April 1st, 2007 at 8:13 pm

 martinmcguinness.jpgGod , just when you thought the DUP had scraped the bottom of the barrel,  comes the news  that DUP leader Ian Paisleyapnewbody.jpgPaisley and IRA/Sinn Fein leader Martin McGuinness have JOINED FORCES and written a joint letter to Peter Hain, NI Secretary of State, requesting that he vacate his offices at Stormont ahead of IRA/DUP entering them in May. For those many people, Protestant and Roman Catholic, who have lost loved ones thanks to the IRA of which McGuinness has been such a stalwart member, this must be utterly sickening. It also shows how low the DUP have fallen, how apostate Dr Paisley has become, and the danger in which democracy now finds itself. I have written a letter to the Newsletter today explaining the Paisley/Dolly Parton connection and its implications for the survival of the Union. Keep an eye out for it.


By ATWadmin On April 1st, 2007 at 7:51 pm

Here’s a first – a Sunday night jukebox selection. It’s one from a favourite female singer of mine, the beguiling Belinda Carlisle. It’s her biggest hit, it’s a surreal video (!) and it’s really worth a listen. I’ve been a big fan of Belinda ever since I met her one evening many eons ago in Belfast when I was a student and she was in a young band called the Go-go’s and I cornered her in a bar and told her that Elvis Costello was the future!!! 

if one part is a lie, what does that make the rest?

By ATWadmin On April 1st, 2007 at 5:47 pm

I see that the ‘Slavery’ bandwagon is getting another turn around the block with a discussion this evening centred around the famed novel “Roots”, and the television series which was created from the book. In amongst the earnest ‘stars’ discussing the impact the filmed series had on their personal lives, and the journeys undertaken by these same self-important figures to discover their own ‘Roots’, along with the high-priced commentators discussing how awful the slave trade was, and how it was all the fault of the White man, and how we should really pay reparations for the evil of this multitude of sins, there doesn’t appear to be any acceptance of the truth behind the book, and the film.

That truth, of course, is the simple reality that Arthur Haley simply lifted huge chunks of his “autobiographical novel” straight from the pages of a fellow novelist, and a White one at that! His forebear ‘Kunta Kinte’ never existed in real life, the journey made by Haley to his ancestral village never took place. The story which the book was based on did not take place, and, although the events depicted within both the book and the immensely-successful t.v. series were based loosely on ‘real life’, the truth is that the roots of “Roots” were rather shallow, as they were based on one big lie!

Haley was forced to pay $650,000 to the real author, one Harold Courlander, but strangely, no Public Broadcasting system station in America would carry the BBC documentary which exposed Haley for the fraud he was, and most Americans, especially African-Americans, still believe that "Roots" is the real thing!

I am not suggesting for one minute that the mass forced movement of black Africans did not take place, but the truth about the movement should and will be found in areas other than a book and a filmed series,  both based on plagiarism and lies!

Pakistan insufficiently moslem – trouble ahead?

By ATWadmin On April 1st, 2007 at 1:28 pm

‘The students and clerics of Islamabad’s Red Mosque and associated madrassa have been operating increasingly outside the law. Emboldened by the lack of response from the Pakistani government, Maulana Abdul Aziz now issues an "ultimatum."

"Imam to government: enforce Sharia law within seven days or we will do it ourselves," from AsiaNews.’


Courtesy of the ever excellent Jihad Watch, I find news that the Red Mosque Mob have challenged the Pakistani government to impose sharia law within the country within 7 days. If the government is not forthcoming, the Red Mosque Mob will do it themselves.

Red Mosque, Pakistan, why does that sound so familiar….?

 Why of course! Molly!

Haute Cuisine – ROP-style

By ATWadmin On April 1st, 2007 at 1:16 pm

“When they cook a dish in the Middle East, it is traditional to put the meat on top of the rice when they serve it. They kidnapped a woman’s baby in Baghdad, a toddler, and because the mother was unable to pay the ransom, they returned her child – beheaded, roasted and served on a mound of rice.” The infant’s crime was to be an Assyrian, but this story, reported by the Barnabus Fund, went unnoticed in the West, like so many other horrific accounts of Christian persecution in Iraq.

Courtesy of the Aussie blog Righteous Indignation, I find the above excerpt from this story carried by the Catholic Herald with just an example of the kind of persecution of Christians in Iraq and the rest of the moslem world. Other similar incidents in recent weeks have included the murder of two Christian nuns (hat-tip to Andrew of Pub Mass fame) and the beating to death of an Ethiopian evangelist. But do remember, boys and girls, that it’s a religion of peace. Which piece would you like? And do you want rice with it?