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Bread And Circuses

By ATWadmin On March 28th, 2007 at 6:01 pm

A very deep conversation took place last night with Mrs Right-Wing Zionist Conspirator, who is currently in wailing and gnashing of teeth mode after she began to truly contemplate what our benighted country has allowed to be done to itself.

How have we let our politicians do this to us, she wanted to know? How is it that we have sleepwalked into a situation where the only Parties most people feel can win anything have already magnanimously decided the outcome of the big issues for us so we dont have to trouble ourselves – Mass Immigration, Crime, EU Membership, Taxation, Welfare and Benefits, the Environment. The cracks between those Parties policies are now so minute you could barely drive a UKIP by-election vote through them.

Pick a major issue where any of the three ‘main parties’ are offering practical proposals (as opposed to empty rhetoric such as pretend Consevative ‘euroscepticism’) which genuinely differ from each other. Pick five, or ten. It doesnt matter. Those issues simply no longer exist. We have sleepwalked into a situation where minor voices such as UKIP can be financially attacked by the supposedly impartial Electoral Commission for clerical errors yet the Lib Dem voices of consensus can take donations from convicted felons who dont live in Britain and be allowed to keep the cash. A situation where BNP members can be forced out of their jobs (or be barred from serving in certain professions in the first place) simply for their political affiliation.

So how did we get here? The answer is simple – bread and circuses. Our corrupt and compliant media from the BBC to the Guardian to the Daily Mail has now become so debased and in thrall to the ‘Great Consensus’ of British Politics that there is virtually no voice outside of the Internet which provides a true departure from that consensus. Our minds are dulled into insensitivity and indifference by ‘reality TV’, playstations and, yes, a willing, government sponsored and at times almost ridiculously cartoonish enemy to vent our spleen at in the form of radical Islam.

The justification for each raft of new ‘anti-terrorism’ laws is that they are required to meet the threat of the Islamists, though the word ‘terrorism’ is used with a nudge-nudge, wink-wink ‘you know who we are talking about though’ moment from whichever Home Secretary is able to tear himself away from his secretary. But I and many others have come round, often slowly and painfully, to the conclusion that these laws (and those propogated by the EU such as ID Cards and the European Arrest Warrant – which for the uninitiated was proposed before 9/11 and rushed through with ill-concealed glee afterward) are nothing but measures designed to take tight control of a population made pliant by the need to deal with the domestic Islamic threat which our Government encourages and propogates at every turn.

If this Government was serious about combatting terrorism we would not be seeing the despicable spectacle now being played out in Ulster. We would not be seeing radical Islam protected, coddled and encouraged at every opportunity. We would not be seeing the deliberate propogation of an ideology thoroughly inimical to our supposedly democratic way of life at the same time as measures designed to combat its violent manifestations are being rushed through all the time, each one more draconian and greater in their potential for tyranny against our entire population than the next.

Britain, the once-great nation which defied Nazism (and Communism), has sunk low indeed. We are sleepwalking into the end of our democracy, and we are showing no signs of waking.

Paris in the spring-time

By ATWadmin On March 28th, 2007 at 12:01 pm

Paris in Springtime.jpgI love spring. The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, the French are experiencing riots in their capital city again. It’s a whole ‘circle-of-life’ thing by now, really. Come Christmas, riots in Paris; come Spring, riots in Paris. Hat-tip to Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch, Dhimmi Watch, and lasting author status for this mentioning of the latest Parisian fun.

The article Mr Spencer (author of the excellent Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam) cites in his piece reports that " Youths at the station said Tuesday’s clashes started when police manhandled a young person of North African origin. Some claimed that the youth’s arm was broken in the confrontation."

However, comments from Nicolas Sarkozy, former Minister of the Interior who recently stepped down to focus on his presidential campaign, seem to suggest that the incident sparking the riot was a case of ticket-dodging rather than police brutality. The Irish Times (sorry David, but it’s that or quote Reuters) reports that Mr Sarkozy has been cricised by socialists as being in some way responsible for what the Irish Times describes as the ‘climate of hostility between youths and police’. Mr Sarkozy is quoted as commenting:

"Shall we say it’s the fault of police when someone starts a fight when they are asked for their ticket?" he said. "I am not the interior minister. And I don’t know what happened in detail. But the principal is that you cannot declare someone right who wants to pass without ticket and who beats a police officer"

This is the first riot (to my knowledge) to have occurred in France since a recent law was passed banning photography and videotaping of violence by those who are not professionals in the Press. What this will mean for unbiased coverage is anybody’s guess, but I doubt it’ll be anything good. Press companies are immediately identifiable and can be held accountable or gagged by politically correct institutions in a way that bloggers (for the moment) can’t. Not to mention the difficulty of finding a non-PC press agency in the first place. I’ll keep an eye out for stories on further developments regarding this and try and keep you all informed.

It’s Right to Say No

By ATWadmin On March 28th, 2007 at 11:06 am

mc c.bmpI am pleased to see that I am not the only person in Ulster to have felt sick at the sight of Dr Paisley sitting down with unrepentant terrorists.

Mr Allister is quoted in today’s News Letter as saying:

"My stomach churned at what I saw. At (the DUP) sitting down with those people and not knowing whether some of them are still members of the IRA Army Council.
They filled coffins day upon day and I have yet to hear a word of regret or repentance or genuine remorse from those men.”

And the bug seems to have spread to Rev Mc Crea who said that the going into government with the IRA made him “sick in the bottom of my stomach”.

In deed, Rev Mc Crea was as strong as Mr Allister in what he said in the House of Commons yesterday:

“Last week, I believed that Martin McGuinness was a terrorist with blood on his hands. I believed that he had been a murderer. I have to tell the House that I believe that this week, because he is the same person. Irrespective of a person’s position, in a democratic society, everyone is equal under the law, equally subject to the law and must, therefore, face justice.”

Mr Allister told Radio Ulster yesterday that “What happened … was wrong”.

I believe that Rev Mc Crea shares that assessment and I would therefore urge him to follow Mr Allister’s honourable example and get out of the party that is about to put a “ terrorist with blood on his hands” in government.

McGuinness has never paid for his crimes and that is why it is still right to say no!

One for the School Bag?

By ATWadmin On March 28th, 2007 at 10:43 am

'Bouncer' Spray.jpgFollowing on from David’s article on body armour for school kids, I went searching through VestGuard UK’s product range and found this little item on sale. Apparently it’s one of the few remaining legal options for self-defence, and is being marketed especially as useful against potential rapists. You can view full details here. Parents take note, this could be the next essential item for your child’s backpack if things continue as they seem to be.

Thought it might be worth mentioning. If anyone has better recommendations, there’s the comment button, have at it.

Spot the Omission

By ATWadmin On March 28th, 2007 at 10:04 am

This is the news section on the DUP website.  It has articles such as ‘Hain’s folly of repetition’; ‘Wilson speaks in Budget debate’; etc.  Can you spot the glaring omission from the list of these anodyne articles?  It’s easy.  There is no comment whatsoever on the principled departure of DUP MEP Jim Allister.  That’s gratitude for ya!

If the DUP salary-obsessed hierarchy have a difference of opinion with Allister on his decision to leave, fair enough.  However, wouldn’t it be fitting for a party headed by a man who sets himself up as a religious figure to say something along the lines of: ‘We regret the decision by Jim Allister to resign from the party.  He has done sterling work for the DUP on the European stage and we wish him all the best for the future, notwithstanding our differences.’  But nothing.  Not so much as a titter.  No ‘thank you, Jim’; ‘good luck, Jim; or ‘kiss my arse, Jim’.  That, to me – as someone who is very particular about gratitude and good manners – says it all about today’s DUP: a party so wedded to the financial aggrandisement of its MLAs that it will forsake the good of the Union and fail to thank those who cannot swim the tide of Provo appeasement. 

I hear Allister will remain as an independent.  I am reminded of the fantastic scene towards the end of the Pacino movie Scent of a Woman, where Pacino gives a stunning defence of O’Donnell’s character because he (O’Donnell) would not sell his principles to buy his future at the public school .  ‘And that is courage; that is integrity’.  Between Allister and Paisley, it is only the former that has some left.


On This Day…28.03

By ATWadmin On March 28th, 2007 at 9:57 am

1800 – The Irish Parliament passes the Act of Union.

1930 – Constantinople, geographically the most western city of Turkey, changes its name to Istanbul.

1942 – Birth of former Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock.

1957 – Britain releases Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus who had been arrested for inciting tensions on the island between Greek and Turkish Cypriots.

1979 – A major radiation leak alert at Three Mile Island nuclear station near Harrisburg in Pennsylvania, USA when the atomic core begins to melt down.

1994 – The Italian election is won by the Freedom Alliance – a group headed by media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi who is named Prime Minister in April, 1994.


By ATWadmin On March 28th, 2007 at 8:59 am

Yes, it’s another day of captivity for 15 British Sailors care of the 12th Imam’s dining companion in Tehran, and the British Government is REALLY getting serious. There are rumours of "discreet talks" AND the situation is now "delicate" according to John Reid!! Phew, what a relief. It looks like the Blair administration is getting serious and Margaret a Beckett has even cut short a vital visit to Turkey so she can give a statement to the Commons. Apparently Britain has satellite photos showing that the British vessels were within Iraqi waters, under UN mandate, when our sailors were kidnapped by Iranian pirates so proving Iran has acted illegally. Right. And when Iran dismisses this as untrue, then what? The best news is the actions of the US warships in the region, thank god once again for the US military!


By ATWadmin On March 28th, 2007 at 8:16 am

Did you see that it is being forecast that the Scottish Nationalist Party is heading for victory in the Scottish parliamentary elections on May 3, in what would be a massive blow to Gordon Brown shortly before he becomes Prime Minister? 

Brown could go into the next general election with the Scottish Nationalists the largest single party in his own backyard, and facing the prospect of an SNP-led minority executive in Edinburgh seeking to challenge him at every turn. The Populus poll puts the Nationalists ahead of Labour in both the first-past-the-post and proportional-representation sections. They are on track to win 50 seats in the 129-seat Scottish Parliament, seven more than Labour. The Liberal Democrats would have 18 MSPs, the Conservatives 17 and the Greens one.

If the SNP leader Alex Salmond becomes First Minister, Brown would face taunts that he would be a Scot in power in England whose writ did not run on issues such as health, education and transport in Scotland! And Brown, if he becomes Prime Minister, would also be swiftly reminded that the Conservatives secured narrowly more votes in England than Labour at the last general election – leaving him open to claims that he has a mandate in neither country.

Truly the end of the Union may be drawing near as the seeds of Labour’s ill-considered but ideologically driven devolution bear fruit.


By ATWadmin On March 28th, 2007 at 8:05 am

Wonder what you made of the interruption of the Westminster Abbey slave trade abolition service yesterday by Toyin Agbetu, wearing an African style tunic and carrying a shoulder bag, who demanded that the Queen needs to apologise for the Slave Trade?

Apart from the lamentable breach in security, which one almost expects these days in this country, it also raises the absolute folly of this retrospective "apology" business. I’m not in the least "sorry" about events that happened centuries ago. I am PROUD though that the likes of Wilberforce and the British Royal Navy played such a key role in marginalising slavery. In my view the only people that should be saying sorry are those that allowed Agbetu to get to the point in the Abbey where he made his ludicrous outcry about "There was no mention in there of African freedom fighters. What about my ancestors? Where were the Africans talking about how they feel?  The Queen needs to say she is sorry. Elizabeth I commissioned John Hawkins, financed him, and funded him to go to my continent and enslave my people."  Yes, and "your people" loved the profits from such ventures and continue to practise them.  What a folly.


By ATWadmin On March 28th, 2007 at 7:58 am

It is a shocking indictment on this Labour Government that worried parents are now buying body armour for their children to protect them from knife attacks! A firm that supplies stab and bullet-proof vests to government agencies around the world said it had been flooded with orders following a series of brutal knife murders on Britain’s streets. The Sales Director of  VestGuard UK, said: "They are concerned by what is happening on the streets – the level of violence. A 13-year-old girl has been our youngest customer but most are about 15 or 16. "We have a factory in Bolton and since Christmas we have been making really small vests that have a 28" chest and weigh 800 grams. The children have been mostly boys, but there are a few girls."  Lack of police on the ground, risible judicial sentences, the subversive Human Rights culture, pop culture glorifying gangster chic – all combine to bring this horrifying situation about.