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Storm in a teacup or matter of principle (or both)?

By ATWadmin On November 20th, 2006 at 10:29 pm

Which side are you on in the debate that is gripping the nation? I’m referring to whether an employee of BA should be allowed to wear a cross round her neck – one so small you’d need Sherlock Holmes’ magnifying glass to notice it was there.

BA policy states that uniformed staff cannot wear jewelry, or indeed anything that is not part of the uniform. However, they have allowed concessions for items of a religious nature, such as turbans, head scarves and bracelets. Nadia Eweida says her cross is not jewelry but a religious symbol. As with the title, the terms are not mutually exclusive.  Neither side looks set to back down, and now Nadia’s being supported by the Archbishop of York.

To my mind this is a result of successive governments encroaching into areas of private life and conscience, creating layer upon layer of legislation to bind us all in what we can think, say and do within our private lives (and I include private employers in this.) In the name of equality, race relations and human rights they have undermined not just our basic freedoms but our ability to deal with mundane questions such as work dress code. So now eminent judges, wealthy lawyers and stacks of tax-payers’ money are needed to settle disputes over school uniforms and other such things, where in the past we made do with common sense and discretion.

I say let her wear it . BA customers have no doubt complained about most aspects of their service at some time or another, but I guarantee no one has ever complained about a cross on someone’s neck.


Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

By ATWadmin On November 20th, 2006 at 2:21 pm

Putin.jpgDoes anyone seriously doubt that the Kremlin is behind the poisoning of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko? Or that it was a Kremlin man who shot dead Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya? Are we expected to turn a blind eye to such things, even if they take place in London?

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the initial green shoots of reform have withered on the vine, and ex-KGB boss Putin has rebuilt the evil empire in all but name. There may not be anything much this country can do to encourage change in Russia, we certainly don’t have much leverage, and there may be many strategic reasons for overlooking their (ahem) short-comings, but it’s a timely reminder if one is needed that Russia doesn’t play by our rules.

As with China, Russia is still acting much as they did during the Cold War, and taking advantage of the lessened security and increased business contacts. China especially has a huge spy network engaged in industrial espionage. The West should take a hard look at this attempted murder, and remember what it is that distinguishes us from places like Russia and China, lest we end up looking back on the days of liberal democracy and freedom of speech with the same nostalgia you see in the older generation of Russians for the “good old days” of Comrade Stalin.



By ATWadmin On November 20th, 2006 at 12:31 pm

795151-558440-thumbnail.jpgYes, I know lots of people say Blair is a hypocrite and they all have their reasons for believing this. Most of them are probably right, one way or another, but let me tell you why I believe Blair is a grotesque fraud. He’s in Afghanistan at the moment and he’s telling our troops that defeating the Taliban is vital to world security. WRONG.

Annihilating militant Islam is vital to world security – but the Taliban are but one small part of this jigsaw. Blair wants to cosy up to Iran and Syria – two leading advocates of global Jihad – in order to “change course” in Iraq. He also says he wants our troops to defeat the Taliban but as Mike Cunningham has explained, OUR is military is being short-changed in what they need to do the dangerous job required.

So whilst wiping out the Taliban is a key military objective – Blair cannot divorce it from the battle going on in Iraq. We must defeat and obliterate the militant Jihadi WHEREVER they are – and that includes in Britain!

I believe Blair’s fine words are entirely disconnected from his Government’s actions – and THAT is where the hypocrisy lies.  And lies. And lies again.


By ATWadmin On November 20th, 2006 at 12:21 pm

hamas-human-shields-thumb.jpgIt is down to the sheer humanity of the Israeli Military that it announces, in advance, that it intends to take action against known terrorist hideouts. But the Palis, true to form, have decided that they will take advantage of this information and use it to form human shields in defence of the Jihad killers bases.

Well, it now seems that Israel is reviewing its "advance warnings" policy after calling off two air strikes when Palis formed "human shields" around the homes of Palestinian militants in Gaza.

Good. If the terror-enablers are so keen to protect the terrorists, let them share the same fate. The world can clearly see the stygian depths to which Palestinians will sink to protectknown  killers – if it chooses to look. All this nonsense about Palestinians being the world’s most oppressed people is just so much JUNK. Instead, they may be the world’s most DEPRAVED people, embracing suicide-bombing, driven by anti-Semitic hatred and protecting known terrorists.

Pride and Sikh

By ATWadmin On November 20th, 2006 at 11:05 am

I have met many Sikhs in my time and have found them to be peace-loving, law-abiding, moderate and deeply principled people.  Can anyone remember when Sikhs last caused a social or societal upset in the UK?  No, neither can I.  That is why I was appalled when I read of the attack on a Sikh boy in Scotland, presumably an attempt by Neanderthals incapable of distinguishing between certain faiths.  For this attack was almost certainly revenge for the killing of a white teenager in Glasgow by four Muslims youths.

An interesting article in the Times of India has UK Sikhs blaming, correctly in my opinion, this ridiculous politically correct tag of describing everyone who hails from the Indian sub-continent as ‘Asian‘.  The continent has 37 countries for heaven’s sake!!  Even Cyprus, now a member of the EU, is geographically a part of Asia.  Do we refer to Cypriots, or, for that matter, Russians, Israelis or Japanese as ‘Asian’?  No!  So why do so for people of the sub-continent?

Whilst I view Muslims to be a severe pain in the a**e to just about every non-Muslim country these theologically-obsessed cretins have ever migrated to, the same certainly cannot be said for either Sikhs or Hindus.  Why should they suffer the backlash of an angry British society when they have done nothing to undermine that society; instead wanting to play a fulsome part of it?  Sikhs don’t want to transform western society into a micocosm of the Punjab.  What a pity the sick thugs who took their ire out on an innocent Sikh boy were too stupid to see that!


By ATWadmin On November 20th, 2006 at 9:31 am

jack2.jpgDid you read that modern technology has provided the first image of the face of Britain’s most elusive killer. An e-fit of Jack the Ripper has been compiled as part of an investigation, by one of Scotland Yard’s most respected former detectives, into the serial killer who terrorised London in the autumn of 1888.

And In a further development a geographical profiler has also pinpointed the street in which the killer is most likely to have lived. Investigators believe the culprit, who mutilated his five female victims after strangling them, was almost certainly interviewed by police but was discounted because he looked too "ordinary" and unlike the man that detectives suspected was responsible for the savage attacks.

I have read quite a few books over the years about the Whitechapel murders and I remember many years ago once going on a "walking tour" of that part of East London, just of Commercial Road, where those horrible murders took place. I suppose the public interest has never quite died away because the killer remained elusive. Did he end up killing himself, was he commited to an asylum, did he live to a ripe old age? The mystery remains shrouded in the Victorian fogs that covered London at that time. I doubt we will ever "know" whodunnit – but it remains an enduring mystery! I don’t know who did do it – all I know is that they would never get a fair trial nowadays…!

The Final Betrayal

By ATWadmin On November 20th, 2006 at 9:19 am

It’s gonna happen today.  The primary figures in the largest party in Northern Ireland (the DUP) will sit down and negotiate with the leaders of the largest political terrorist group in Northern Ireland (Sinn Fein/IRA).  There has been much speculation, both in the MSM and on various blogs, as to whether devolution will commence next year.  Let’s not kid ourselves.  The DUP conned hundreds, nay thousands, of people (including myself) that they would not defile the names of those killed in the defence of the Union by forming an administration with the godfathers of Provo terror.  That they are doing precisely that this afternoon says everything about their long-term beliefs – party before country.

I read this letter from Dr Hazlett Lynch in today’s Irish Examiner.  It says everything about the mood of those who not only died in defence of their country, but also the hundreds of innocents who were brutally slain by the IRA in their grubby little terrorist putsch masquerading as a ‘war of freedom’.  What is the calibre of the DUP today?  I’ll tell you.  It is a party whose leaders can wax lyrical in their opposition to a visit by Pope Benedict, a fundamentally decent and open human being, yet think it perfectly acceptable to talk about future government with Sinn Fein figures who should have been legitimate targets for State execution long ago.

If Robinson & Co. even enter the room; even plant their bureaucratic bums on seats with Sinn Fein, the betrayal will have already begun.   It would be akin to the murderer who stood up in court and said he didn’t realise the gun he was carrying, which killed Bradford PC Sharon Beshinivsky, was loaded.  It makes no difference.  For thousands of Unionists and other decent people across Ulster (republicans are naturally excluded) the Judas impression begins today, not on March 26.


By ATWadmin On November 20th, 2006 at 9:12 am

paisley1.jpgI’m not sure why it makes ANY difference that DUP Leader Ian Paisley is not present when his Party leadership sits down with the Sinn Fein/IRA leadership to discuss the "programme for Government" today. Just for its information, the DUP does not "stay clean" by keeping the Doc away from these sordid discussions, since the other DUP members are present with his blessing. He may as well go himself and let us all see who is driving the surge for power at any price. A few points on this one from me;

1. Have you noticed the way the DUP now talk about "Sinn Fein" where in the past they correctly talked of "Sinn Fein/IRA"? This is deliberate since it gets them around the presentational oxymoronic difficulty of asking Sinn Fein/IRA to embrace policing. It disgusts me that they use this sleight of words and then think people are so stupid as NOT to see it.

2. An excellent critique of DUP policy can be read here – by a member of the Free Presbyterian Church.

3. The DUP is lining up to become the UUP lite – embracing the concept of power-sharing with terrorists in Government, welcoming all-Ireland bodies and Irish institutionalised interference in our internal affairs, and selling out their once respectable principles for a mess of pottage.

Whether Paisley attends meetings to arrange this is a mute point. His imprimatur is all over it since he is the Leader of the Party now embracing it. DUPism – Vichy unionism for the 21st century…? Trimblism with more adept PR?

On This Day…20.11

By ATWadmin On November 20th, 2006 at 8:56 am

868 – St Edmund, Saxon King of East Anglia, is martyred by the Vikings, who tie him to a tree, shoot at him with arrows, then behead him. His bodied is enshrined at Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.

1906 – Automotive pioneers Charles Rolls and Henry Royce collaborate to form a new car company, Rolls Royce Ltd.

1944 – The end of the ‘blackout’ in London. After five years in the dark, the lights are switched back on in Piccadilly Circus, the Strand and in Fleet Street.

1945 – Beginning of the Nuremburg War Crimes Trial of 20 senior Nazi officials including Hermann Goering, Rudolf Hess and Von Ribbentrop. The Trial lasts 218 days.


1979 – Anthony Blunt, Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures, is stripped of his knighthood after being exposed as the Fourth Man in the Burgess, Maclean and Philby spy scandal.

1992 – Windsor Castle is badly damaged by fire.



By ATWadmin On November 20th, 2006 at 8:48 am

795151-536769-thumbnail.jpgWell. what a BIG surprise! Pompously titled "Human Rights Watch" have decided that the trial of Saddam Hussein was so flawed that its verdict is unsound. HRW said "serious administrative, procedural and substantive legal defects" meant the 5 November trial for crimes against humanity was not fair. Boo hoo.

Glad to see the Iraqi Government has come right out and declared that the trial was both "just and fair".

But as I mentioned here a few weeks ago, the political left cannot accept that Saddam should ever have been removed from power in the first place – for to do so would mean accepting that Bush was right all along! So did ANYBODY then think that they would then accept it when the Iraqi court made its judgement on this genocidal tyrant? Of course not!  In the mind of internationalist moral relativists like Human Rights Watch, it is George Bush who is the guilty party, it is America that should be in the dock, and Saddam should be restored to his golden throne.

The day Saddam swings from the noose is the day that justice WILL be done – no thanks to these self-proclaimed advocates of "human rights" who demonstrate that they have no concept of right and wrong. Executing tyrants who have ordered the death of hundreds of thousands, in accordance with Iraqi law, as voted for by the Iraqi people, is RIGHT.