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THE VALUE OF SELECTION….

By ATWadmin On January 22nd, 2007 at 2:52 pm

I note that Northern Ireland’s politicians have agreed to consider the possibility of replacing the 11-plus with a system of transfer at the age of 14. The members of the Assembly’s sub-group on Schools Admissions Policy have recommended that further research should be commissioned urgently on the experience of transfer at age 14, including the Dickson Plan in Craigavon and Lurgan and elsewhere in Europe.

I must be one of the very FEW people who has experienced the 11+ first hand AND the Dickson Plan!

I did the 11+ when I left Primary School in Bessbrook a million years ago, then moved to Portadown where the Dickson Plan is in place. So I was streamed through that, ending up at Portadown College. I think that the Dickson Plan has many merits – chief of which is that it allows students to be selected on ACADEMIC GROUNDS for Grammar/Comprehensive School at the age of 14, rather than 11. However the radical egalitarians out there won’t accept Dickson since it retains the common sense methodology that Students ability varies and that a Grammar School education is NOT suitable for all but those academically inclined. Hence this consultation is a false dawn.

FADED MEMORIES…….

By ATWadmin On January 22nd, 2007 at 2:33 pm

RUCGCb.jpgI noticed on the news yesterday that a meeting of Irish republicans has taken place in nearby Lurgan, addressed by self-confessed IRA terrorist Martin McGuinness. During the clip of the meeting, the MSM reported McGuinness saying that it was his view that when awful crimes are committed, it best that a police service be informed, or words to that effect.

Just a couple of hundred yards from the hotel in which McGuinness and co had gathered, two Two RUC constables Roland Graham and David Johnston were shot in the back on patrol in central Lurgan by the local IRA. Would Mr McGuinnness, a man with whom the DUP are yearning to share power with, also advise those in Lurgan who have information concerning the IRA killer(s) of these two men to provide all such knowledge to the police? And if not, then WHY on earth do unionists think such a man is fit to hold the office of Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland. When Constable’s Graham and Johnston were mown down, certain local DUP politicians joined with me in utterly condemning the Republican scum who carried out this brutal and inhuman act. By contemplating power-sharing with the organisation that took the lives of these RUC men, the DUP betray the families of their next of kin. I say shame on them. Memories seem to fade easily when the prospect of power draws near….. 

SQUARESPACE GOES SQUARE…!

By ATWadmin On January 22nd, 2007 at 12:49 pm

Just to say I’ve had some major connection issues with Squarespace over the past 24 hours – hence lack of posts and comments! These APPEAR to be sorted so here’s hoping. As part of my sorting things out techno-wise. I have UNbanned everybody that was banned!! So, if any of you offenders read this, you are free to comment again but same rules of decency apply, and the Editor’s decision is ALWAYS final!

Police Five

By ATWadmin On January 22nd, 2007 at 10:23 am

You meet somebody for the first time; you shake their hand.  That’s what I do (with the exception of Irish republicans who I would always shake warmly by the throat); that’s what billions of people the length and breadth of this planet do.  Handshakes to signal a greeting, or a reception of congratulation, have been part and parcel of human existence since time immemorial.  You could almost say that the handshake has been borne out of both necessity and leisure.  It offers a complete picture into the personality of the person on the other end of the handshake.

Not for Muslims, apparently.  Like everything else they do in their far-removed existences, the handshake seems to be something that clashes with their beliefs.  Is there anything out there, accepted by the rest of mankind, that DOESN’T CLASH with their beliefs?  I have to ask after a Muslim policewoman refused to shake hands with Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair at a passing-out parade.  Please don’t misunderstand me, the thought of shaking hands with such an unadulterated w**ker – a man whose social philosophies have laid the ground for the sort of gross Islamic and Islamicised intransigence he himself has now fallen victim to – is not a welcoming prospect.  Nevetheless, custom and practice demand handshakes on such occasions.  When I received my Master’s at Leeds University, the thought of having to shake hands with ultra-Labour luvvy, Melvyn Bragg, who was, and still is to my knowledge, the Chancellor, was not especially appetising.  However, on formal occasions you swallow your beliefs and go with the flow.the

High Hysteria

By ATWadmin On January 22nd, 2007 at 8:36 am

I love a film called Mulholland Falls.  Released in 1996 it stars two of my favourite US actors, Nick Nolte and Chazz Palminteri as members of the LAPD Hat Squad in the 1950s (the interrogation tactics employed in the film should have been used on republican activists by the RUC in Ulster, but that’s another wish for another day).  Although the real-life Hat Squad was nowhere near as brutal or as ruthless as the gang headed by Nolte, there is no doubt that a police outfit with such a…shall we say…unique approach to crime fighting would not be able to operate in most, if not all, western democracies in the 21st Century.  More recently we had the disgraceful scenes of Los Angeles cops beating up a black man called Rodney King (I believe it was 1992) for no apparent reason.  Even though rioting followed the incident there is, today, no call for a radical overhaul of the LAPD.  There is no conditional acceptance of the same.  The Los Angeles Police Department acknowledged that there were a few ‘bad apples’ within its ranks and acted to deal with them.  The 11 million people of that metropolis have moved on.  That’s what normal human beings do.

In Northern Ireland’s minority community, on the other hand, we are not dealing with normal people.  We are dealing with a community that has an insatiable appetite for wanting to be labelled ‘oppressed’ 24/7 because it justifies its pathetic, utterly meaningless existence.  The philosophical raison d’etre of Northern nationalism relies on the highlighting of anything and everything it can use to explain its own psychosomatic sense of victimhood.  In recent years it has been assisted by useful fools.

Take this morning’s widely anticipated publication of the report on collusion by Police Ombudsman Nuala O’Loan as an example.  Let me make it clear that what collusion existed should not have occurred at all.  If there are still officers in the PSNI previously responsible for franchising out law-enforcement to the UVF then they should be dealt with through the proper channels.  However, not only are we talking about a few individuals here, the report is so wishy-washy it cannot even be used as the basis to bring about a prosecution.  In order to give some illusion of analytical integrity to this report in the absence of hard facts, O’Loan raises the notion that sensitive information had been ‘destroyed’.  How does she know?  In short – she doesn’t. It simply allows her to get away with exploiting the psychological impact of the report on the community to which her husband belongs.  It’s like the investigations in the Republic on ‘widespread‘ collusion within the RUC – again in the absence of any proof that could justify the use of the word ‘widespread”.  Mind you, there’s nobody more adept than the Irish at using flowery lingo.  They aren’t the Blarney race for nothing.

Hardly any police force in the UK will be without those who, by default, blacken its name.  For republicans that won’t matter.  They’ll be out in force today hoping to denigrate the name and the values of the entire RUC GC – the force that saved thousands more lives than ever it took, and who had a body of officers 99.9% of whom acted to defend a Province under threat from terrorism using nothing other than unsullied legal methods.  This is the same sick, stinking, verminous, rabble of a community that can pack a community hall to cheer the likes of those who murdered innocent civilians and servants of the State who did nothing other than go about their business. 

On This Day…22.01

By ATWadmin On January 22nd, 2007 at 8:29 am

1771 – Spain cedes the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic to Britain.

1901 – Queen Victoria dies at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight after a brief illness, ending an era in which most of her British subjects knew no other monarch. Spanning more than a half-century, her reign, the longest in British history, saw the growth of an empire on which the sun never set.

1905 – Bloody Sunday in St Petersburg as guards at the Winter Palace open fire on a procession of workers and their families carrying a petition for the Tsar. More than are 100 killed – sparking riots elsewhere in Russia.

1924 – Ramsay MacDonald becomes Britain’s first Labour Prime Minister.

1952 – First broadcast of the classic BBC Radio comedy programme ‘The Goon Show’ with Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe, Spike Milligan and Michael Bentine.

1994 – Death of American film and TV actor Telly Savalas aged 70.  He was most famous for his portrayal of the lollipop-sucking detective Kojak.

not all news is bad news

By ATWadmin On January 21st, 2007 at 10:01 am

Picked up on a piece from the Sun, a publication which I normally neither read or review, but couldn’t help the feel-good factor resulting from a quick scan of this little gem!

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It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy!! 

which flag do they honour?

By ATWadmin On January 21st, 2007 at 9:38 am

Question.
Why was the ‘Foxhunter’ radar, designed to be fitted and used within the RAF Tornado F2 renamed the ‘Blue Circle’ radar?
Reply
 Because, as it was non-available when needed, and never actually worked correctly, a large lump of concrete needed to be carried in the nose of the Tornado to keep the centre of gravity in the correct place!

Question
How much money has been allocated for the two ‘super-carriers’ long boasted of by the Labour Government?
Reply
At the present moment, the costs are estimated at £3.5 billion, but as there has been a freeze on all Navy procurement, there is a distinct possibility that the carriers will never be built!

The reader has to guess which of the above Q & A series is correct, and which is fantasy!

The two statements are both correct, as this is but typical of decisions spawned by a series of crawling bureaucrats and politicians within both the Treasury and the so-called Ministry of Defence. The Royal Navy now has more ships in mothballs than serving afloat, in order to comply with Budget Requirements, and there are plans to chop once more at this once formidable force until all we have left are two destroyers, four minehunters and a submarine; and they will be up on concrete supports so as not to let the bloody things rust!

Remember, these sailors have repeatedly demonstrated that they are capable of accomplishing more than asked for; but only if they are given the best in which to serve.

Also remember, the Labour Party’s theme song has never altered, as I quote,

“The people’s flag is deepest red,
It shrouded oft our martyr’d dead
And ere their limbs grew stiff and cold,
Their hearts’ blood dyed its ev’ry fold.
Then raise the scarlet standard high,
Beneath its folds we’ll live and die,
Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer,
We’ll keep the red flag flying here.”

 

HILLARY DECLARES HER HAND….

By ATWadmin On January 21st, 2007 at 9:08 am

rudy.jpgWatch the UK media swoon as their one of their very favourite liberal Americans – the wicked witch herself, Hillary Clinton – declares that she is launching her run to get back into the White House.

Hillary has declared that she is  forming an exploratory committee for President, thereby launching a bid to become the first female chief executive of the United States.

"I’m in," she said on a Web site, hillaryclinton.com. "And I’m in to win."

Mmm…I wonder just how rattled she is by Obama, and in particular the MSM’s embrace of the youthful Illinois Senator. They appear to want him to be America’s second black President – Hillary’s husband having been its first! (Unless he was lying…) 

Perhaps a Clinton/Obama ticket will be the Dem dream-ticket?

I hope so, as it will ensure that Guiiani/Gingrich ensures Republican fortunes are restored again in 2008!

AN ENGLISH PARLIAMENT?

By ATWadmin On January 21st, 2007 at 9:01 am

union flag.jpgA lot of people with whom I tend to generally politically agree with seek to advance the establishment of an ENGLISH PARLIAMENT. I was reading over at Iain Dale’s blog that the excellent Frank Field has tabled an Early Day Motion 670 noting that voters have put the issue of an English parliament at the top of their priorities for constitutional reform. I profoundly oppose this.

I FULLY understand their frustration however. England bankrolls the rest of the UK, it is the senior partner. All of us in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have much to thank our English friends for. Yet their great tolerance has been stretched to breaking point by NuLabour’s crass devolution experiments, which sees the Scots in particular, doing all the taking and opting out of any of the giving. Scottish MP’s vote to increase tuition fees for English students whilst ensuring that only Scottish MP’s can vote FREE education for Scottish students. Quite intolerable and something will have to give here.

My solution is to ensure that when it comes to legislation affecting a given part of the Kingdom, then a Grand Committee of MP’s solely from that country vote on it. Scrap the Scottish Parliament, and the useless NI and Welsh Assemblies and save a fortune in taxpayers money whilst limiting politicians natural desire to meddle and feather their own financial nests. Let’s keep the integrity of the UNITED KINGDOM, let us repel the petty nationalists, and let us restore the fortune of our country. England is the HEART of the United Kingdom, but an English Parliament would accelerate its own decline as well as play into the hands of the Eurocrats. We  are stronger united, not divided.