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By ATWadmin On December 11th, 2006 at 10:48 am

An acquaintance asked me, as he knew I was into things technical, to give his home a quick scan and state whether I agreed with his diagnosis that his electric supply was ‘a bit funny’ ( I quote verbatim). I went across, gave a very quick test to the system to prove out safety, without the large task of a complete test, and then asked him what his problem seemed to be, as there was, on the surface, nowt’ much wrong!  He told me that there had to be something wrong with his electricity, as his light bulbs kept burning out very rapidly!

I asked where he bought his light bulbs from, and he told me they came from the local supermarket, and were all made in Europe; but was more than a little surprised when I told him that that was the source of his problems. I explained that the vast majority of ‘value’ or ‘economy’ products came from Third World countries, such as Indonesia, China, Eastern Europe or North Africa, with the accompanying lack of quality controls and checks. To his statement that his home lighting was made in ‘Europe’, I explained that, due to clever lobbying of the various Brussels-based E.U. authorities, anything made in a country outside the Union has only to be ‘Packaged’ within the Union to gain the status of ‘Made in the European Union, or Community.’

If he bought bulbs, whether ordinary incandescent or ‘energy-saving’, which came with a known Brand-name, or a proud statement saying ‘Made in Britain’ or ‘Made in Holland’, he would then know that a Company with a reputation to protect had made that product, and was prepared to stand behind it! If a foreign company supplying goods on to the British domestic market had to comply with the stringent manufacturing and worker standards as did the local companies, you might see a drop in the differential between the ‘local’ and ‘imported’ prices. Not perhaps a totally-skewed market as one sees today, but at least a partial levelling of the playing field!

As I have maybe stated before, and will probably say again, “Buy something which is priced as rubbish; and more often than not, you will be receiving exactly what you pay for!”



By ATWadmin On December 11th, 2006 at 9:53 am

Islam-Britain.jpgDid you read in The Guardian that British Cabinet ministers have been told by the Foreign Office to drop the phrase ‘war on terror’ and other terms seen as liable to anger British Muslims and increase tensions more broadly in the Islamic world.

The shift apparently marks a turning point in British political thinking about the strategy against extremism and underlines the growing gulf between the British and American approaches to the continuing problem of radical Islamic militancy. It comes amid increasingly evident disagreements between President George Bush and Tony Blair over policy in the Middle East.

I’m in TOTAL AGREEMENT. Let’s drop the war on terror label, that was always a nuanced nonsense.

It’s the WAR ON MILITANT ISLAM that we are fighting. and which Islam has been happily fighting against us. I wonder will THAT term be acceptable to Blair and co? Of course not, we are fighting a war…. but we deny who we fight against, and so we make it much more likely we will lose. Our leaders appear to be already dhimmified – preparing ways to surrender to the Imams. We are being beaten by a primitive ideology, a fascism of Islam, and it is our leaders lack of backbone that is allowing this. Perhaps the very threat of another 7/7 is sufficient for the white flag to be hoisted over Downing Street?


By ATWadmin On December 11th, 2006 at 9:25 am

nhs23bt.gifI have to say that I share the bewilderment many people feel at the bizarre behaviour of the National Health Service. This statist dinosaur stumbles along in permament budgetary crisis. And yet, and yet,  it has time to offer free trampolining and tango lessons for the unfit. NHS South-West managers have spent nearly £400,000 on sculpture for their mental health units and then lavished a further £100,000 on research into whether anybody liked it.  Birmingham Health Authority spent £40,000 producing a book of short stories and poetry to boost staff morale.  In 2003, it was revealed that the NHS Health Innovations Fund in Bradford had spent nearly £500,000 making a soap opera to promote health awareness in the Asian community – but had not bothered to check if any of the TV networks were interested in broadcasting it. In April, NHS Tayside produced a four-page guide catchily entitled Good Defecation Dynamics. "Potty Training for Grown-ups" might have been a more precise title. It contained the vital advice that one should sit up straight and keep the mouth open – and "don’t forget to breathe".

I really think that the NHS needs taken apart in one form or another and the horrendous top-down bureaucracy that is killing it removed. Government should have no involvement with the running of our Hospitals as it strangles every sensible initiative imaginable.


By ATWadmin On December 11th, 2006 at 9:06 am

It says something about the state of modern Britain that almost one in 10 British citizens are living overseas, according to a study of people coming in and out of the UK.  Studies by the Institute for Public Policy Research, published on the BBC News website, indicates that at least 5.5m British-born people live abroad. Figures suggest the rate of departure has been so great that population falls are only masked by immigration.

So, the truth is that our indigenous population plummets by up to one tenth, and our indigenous population replacement rate is way below replacement level of 2.1. Little wonder Government plays lip-service to the concept of immigration control, it’s policies are ensuring that we do need the inflow from Eastern Europe and beyond. Britain is being dissolved and many British people are seeking to get out from the rancid sewer that Blair has created.


By ATWadmin On December 11th, 2006 at 8:58 am

ATW regular Ernest Young has sent in this thoughtful piece – it reflects his concern at the ongoing deconstruction of British community…..

The closure of something so commonplace as a pokey little shop, in High Street, Backofbeyond, may be of little consequence, or interest to the Grand Panjandrum’s in Whitehall. They are so insular that they fail to see the real damage they have done, and are still doing to Great Britain, or perhaps they do see it, and silently relish the destruction they are causing. After all, such ‘centralising’, does make us that much easier to administer – their word for control.

Whenever these little shops close their doors for the last time, a small part of the community dies with it, The butchers, the bakers and the candlestick makers went a long time ago, rarely missed as they were replaced by super markets and out-of-town supercentres.

What they did not replace was the individuality and uniqueness of each establishment, which gave each small community it’s own character. Now, town centres, from Land’s End to John O’Groats all have a similar feel.  Thegranularity has gone, GB has been homogenised, mixed and blended into a consistently dull ambience of utter mediocrity.

Towns, villages, and communities no longer have any individuality, they are now no more than a lot of people living near each other, they no longer have that something extra, that a true community bestows upon it’s residents. The same thing has happened to us whether as a family or as a nation, we no longer share a common identity.

It was our sense of identity that has served us so well  in the past, we now no longer ‘relate’, to people outside of our immediate circle, we are all strangers.

One can only assume that this is the intended result, in part, of all the closures of institutions such as Post Offices, hospitals, Police stations, and railway stations, etc,  that Whitehall has forced onto unwilling neighbourhoods, either by regulation or manipulation, and all in the name of progress. That is, if it is possible to describe a retrograde step as progress?

We have been fragmented to such an extent, that we are now all ‘a minority’ of one sort or another.

Can they not see that we are collectively much stronger as a community, than as just a sum of the parts?


By ATWadmin On December 10th, 2006 at 1:12 pm

mars2.jpg"Is there life on Mars?", David Bowie once asked.

Well, IF there is, taxation is coming it’s way. Why? Well, have you read that there are further signs of global climate change…on the Red Planet? My thanks to my friends over at Maggie’s Farm for sending me the details here.  (Thanks Bird-Dog)

How long before the political class advise us that the only way to stop increased C02 emissions on Mars is……..for us to pay more taxes? And if you think that lacks a certain credibility, it makes as much sense to me as the current pathetic attempts by our political elite to crank up the taxation they steal from us in the name of Earthly "global warming"! And who is causing rising C02 levels in the Martian atmosphere? Little Green men?????

UPDATE FOR GLOBAL WARMING CULTISTS; – No less a source than Nasa states that…"If both Mars and Earth are experiencing global warming, then perhaps there is a larger phenomenon going on in the Solar System that is causing their global climates to change."  Whoops – don’t tell that nice Mr Stern..

Hasta La Posta, Baby!

By ATWadmin On December 10th, 2006 at 12:54 pm

When my grandmother had both her knees replaced a a couple of years ago, I offered to collect her pension from the nearest Post Office.  During the eight weeks I did so, I ended up making a two-mile round trip instead of walking a mere 50 yards to the nearest outlet.  Why?  Because my local Post Office closed during that period when the first devastating round of closures began to bite.  Today, my grandmother, though only six months from her 90th birthday, insists on collecting the pension herself.  She has the same problem.  At one time her local PO was a three-minute walk.  Now she has to get the bus each week.  Still, she’s only old; paid her taxes all her life; and worked in the munitions factories during the war.  Why should anyone give a cobbler’s about her when there are so many infinitely more noble causes to support – such as ensuring that asylum seekers have immediate access to everything the moment these freeloaders are granted permission to remain?

My example is just one of, I suspect, many thousands.  How many of the elderly or infirm now suffer because they have difficulty getting to their local PO?  When the next round of swingeing cuts begin, there will be thousands – not only of the elderly, but also people in remote communities – who will have to travel tens of miles just to post a letter or make a bill payment.  Is there something about country dwellers this government detests?  It destroyed much of their livelihoods through its bungling incompetence over foot and mouth;  It has taken away the centuries-old necessity of keeping certain animals in check by hunting; at this moment it is actively seeking the cause mass inconvenience by denuding their areas of essential postal services.

Royal Mail is a government-owned enterprise.  The government has the responsibility to protect the interests of people who rely on what was once the best postal service in the world. 


By ATWadmin On December 10th, 2006 at 12:32 pm

I was pleased to read the thoughts of my former esteemed colleague Conor Cruise O’Brien on the work of the fabulous Baker boys….

The Iraq Study Group’s report, released to the newspapers on Wednesday, is a rather bizarre document. 

According to the Irish Times: "A high-level bipartisan group has called for the withdrawal of all US combat forces from Iraq by early 2008 and the immediate launch of a diplomatic offensive that would involve Syria and Iran in securing Iraq’s future.


The Iraq Study Group Report also calls for a renewed and sustained US engagement in resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict leading to the return of the Golan Heights to Syria and the establishment of an independent Palestinian State. It calls for direct talks with Iran and Syria, even if Iran fails to halt its uranium enrichment programme and says Israel should return the Golan Heights to Syria as part of a Middle East peace settlement."


George Bush said he would take "very seriously" its proposals, but he stopped short of embracing them. Israel has not commented on them, but I have no doubt that its reaction will be totally negative, though delivered politely out of concern for Bush. Israel is no doubt alarmed by the anti-Israel stand of the proposals and particularly by the appeals to Syria and Iran and the proposed concessions to those countries, even if Iran continues to develop its nuclear capacity.

Israel’s overriding commitment is with the Pentagon, which for many years now has seen the country as the only thoroughly reliable ally that the US has in the Middle East. Other countries in that region bargain with the US for their own economic and technical advantage. But they do so while trying to bypass Israel. Israel’s primary concern in the region at present is Iran’s progress towards acquiring nuclear weapons. They know that if, or when, Iran does acquire nuclear weapons they will be used first against Israel. On that matter, Israel and the Pentagon have a common interest, and are always preparing for the day when they may have to attack Iran.




By ATWadmin On December 10th, 2006 at 10:46 am

parkingspace091206_228x193.jpgI see that the Labour Government plans to take additional tax from millions of householders face for the heinous crime of….parking their cars outside their homes. Shadow Local Government Minister Caroline Spelman has claimed officials have been ordered to include the value of street parking in a national review of council tax bands.

I’m sure she is right. The Socialists in power are obsessed about taxing us until the pips squeak. They also hate the idea of people having the freedom to use their own form of transport, hence the all out onslaught on motorists.  So from here on in you’ll pay for the space you use to park your car. 

‘An earnest hope, desire or entreaty’

By ATWadmin On December 10th, 2006 at 9:28 am

rowan williams.jpegThe solidity of the world-wide Anglican Communion is in doubt, so we are told! With leaders like that, who can profess to be surprised! But the possibility of a schism grows ever nearer with communities such as these two, planning a vote on whether to leave the American bunch, and set up house with the Nigerians. Now the whole hoo-haahh was started by this guy here being consecrated as a bishop, despite being an open homosexual. Many Americans still regard homosexual acts as a sin, and in complete defiance to the will of their Creator, so they get kind of teee’d off when some guy who is living with another guy gets placed in a position of considerable moral authority in their Church. So they decide to have a vote on whether they should move out of the fold, as it were, and cuddle up alongside the Nigerian Archbishop who wants openly-homosexual people to end up in jail. This is perhaps one step back from the Nigerian Muslims, who demand the death penalty for homosexuals; and while many think that’s perhaps a little harsh, they also think that Archbishop Peter J. Akinola takes this stance in order to keep being friendly with the Muslims!

In Great Britain, we adopt a slightly lower level of care towards the shepherds of our various flocks, ‘care’ as in ‘who gives a damn?’, rather than ‘who will care for the sinner?’, which is what it seems to have been about in the first place. There are, however, ominous signs and portents that the homosexual cause is gaining ground, with the first record of a Civil Partnership in The Archers. However, just in case you worry about such tidings, check out this, as a possible antidote!

Aren’t you glad that you live in a society where we have true religious freedom, with this guy soon to be in the top slot on one side along with his wife, who is a definite advert for the wearing of the muslim veil, and that guy in the top slot on one of the others!