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By ATWadmin On December 23rd, 2006 at 10:32 am

rowan_williams_druid.jpgWouldn’t be Christmas if we didn’t have to endure some seasonal inane utterances from part-time Druid and full time Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. He, along with the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, is on a grand tour of the Middle East, and Williams has spoken off the persecution that Christians experience in Iraq.

Naturally, he cuts to the chase and blames……British Foreign Policy. 

Grotesque. This clown cannot bring himself to place the blame for such persecution where it clearly belongs …. at the feet of those intolerant practitoners of the Religion of Peace whose hatred of Christians is evident throughout the Middle East, not just in Iraq.

Williams is the very embodiment of the useful fool, spreading weakness and dhimmitude wherever he goes.

Merry Christmas Everybody!

By ATWadmin On December 22nd, 2006 at 10:35 am

Well I’m off later tonight for a few days away with my family and my thoughts over this festive period.  I will be returning to ATW on Thursday, December 28th.  It will be very different this year without my best friend to celebrate with me.  On the other hand, I am steadfast in my belief that he will be having a far happier time than any of us in this world can comprehend.  It is that which gives me courage.

I wish to take the opportunity of wishing people a Merry Christmas.  I would like to thank David, Alison, Mike, Tom and Richard for their contributions to our growing site.  Thanks to the regulars who keep us on our toes – especially the likes of Colm, Aileen, Ivan, Patrick and Monica.  I can honestly say this had been a bad year for me (losing a loved one is never easy), but I look forward to a better 2007.


It is important to remember that the season of goodwill is primarily about the birth of this gentleman.  It is not about material possessions, gluttony or rubbish on the television.  Too many in our society are quick to forget that fact so I ask people here to keep the birth of Jesus Christ firmly in their thoughts over the next few days.  Enjoy the time you spend with your respective families.  I think Christmas really emphasises the importance of having a close family around you.  We should also reflect on those who will not be able to come home this year. 


Before I depart I would like the remind everybody in the UK that Jaws is on ITV1 tomorrow evening at 11:45.  It should be the duty of everyone to tune in and be enthralled once again by the best movie in the history of world cinema.  In fact, should I ever form a political party, my first manifesto commitment would be the compulsory screening of Jaws every night of the week.  Once again, a Merry Christmas and God Bless!


jaws the orca.jpg‘Farewell and adieu to you fair Spanish ladies.  Farewell and adieu you ladies of Spain.  For we’ve received orders for to sail back to Boston.  And so never more shall we see you again.’

Definition……anodyne….A source of soothing comfort.

By ATWadmin On December 22nd, 2006 at 10:20 am

I wrote to my M.P., one Roberta Blackman-Woods, as quoted below:-

 Do you support the moves by the Northern Irish Secretary to move and facilitate the entry, into a devolved Government, of an unreconstructed bunch of terrorists and murderers?
As the IRA is still active, alongside it’s so-called Loyalist fellow-travellers, as is detailed within this Belfast Telegraph article, would you not agree with me that it is a stain on the memories of all those who died to get this bunch into Stormont?

Her reply is quoted verbatim:-

"Thank you for your correspondence of the 30-11-2006, the contents of which have been noted. I strongly support the move by the Secretary of State for Nothern Ireland to reinstate the devolved power sharing government. I feel that this will go a long way to ensuring peace and stability and greatle benefit the people of Northern Ireland."


A true object lesson in ‘how not to answer a question!’



“…and the winner is……..”

By ATWadmin On December 22nd, 2006 at 9:56 am

An Idiot’s Guide to A T W Commentary


One of the delights of the ATW blog is the diversity of opinion by its reading audience. Even the casual reader will note that the predominantly conservative posters view the word “diversity” with the same fondness that those of royal blood view the word “guillotine”. Nonetheless, diversity is the life blood of the ATW debate.

This award winning post, made possible by the efforts of Mike Cunningham who staged an intellectual contest not unlike the race to develop the atomic bomb, is served to give the uninitiated some guidance in commentary on the blog.

First, note there are certain themes which have recurring posts. The Fool in the Crown that is Tony Blair, the oxymoron that is the United Nations, The Flat Earth Theory that is Global Warming, the infallibility of the state of Israel and Elvis Costello, and of course the deterioration of all we hold dear by the enemies of freedom, namely the media, liberals, gays and Irish nationalists.

Fear not, gentle reader, for the ATW conservative posters display a tolerance of diversity, or at least diversity of opinion. Usually, the hosts of the posts are far more tolerant than the individuals “topic stalkers”. These topic stalkers appear as if summoned by Gabriel’s horn to discuss one topic in particular upon which they have an infinite ability to opine. These lunatics are best avoided in direct debate, but if you have to encounter them realize that they are profoundly disinterested in debate itself and write merely to denounce. They are oblivious to irony and sarcasm sails over their heads.

Feuding can be fun when commenting, and I have engaged in my share. Try humor, though not of the “your mommas so fat” variety. Angry exchanges inevitably deteriorate into unsophisticated name calling without the satisfaction of being able to physically strike one’s adversary. Self-depreciation disarms some opponents and provides the opportunity to convince some of the error of their ways. The best tactic is to slowly draw your adversary into a position where they reveal their true feelings out of frustration.

Presenting a thesis on the particular topic or citing multiple internet articles does not advance ones position. If readers wished to be subject one-sided lengthy diatribes they would not be reading this blog. Instead they would be engaged in such unholy vocations as the practice of law or television news.

Lastly, recognize that preaching to the choir is all well and good, but convincing an opponent and/or the readership is not done by mere recitation of the tired mantra of any political party but rather through original ideas and arguments made for more than the mere sake of argument itself.


How Times Change

By ATWadmin On December 22nd, 2006 at 9:43 am

Some of our readers will be familiar with the name of John George Haigh.  Born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, in 1909 (did you know more British serial killers have come from Yorkshire than any other part of the country?  Hardly a recommendation is it!) he went on to find notoriety as the Acid Bath Murderer.  He was convicted of killing six people (although he claimed he had murdered two more).  He was not what you would call an everyday kinda guy.  After despatching his victims he always took care to drink a cup of their blood (like you do!!) before dissolving their bodies in baths of sulphuric acid.  After some clever detection he was captured, sent to trial at Lewes Crown Court and was eventually hanged at Wandsworth Prison on August 10th 1949.

In those days it was illegal to publish sensitive material about crimes committed before the commencement of a trial.  However, the Daily Mirror decided to emphasise the vampire aspect of the crimes (at this point Haigh was still protesting his innocence).  Haigh issued a complaint against the newspaper and its editor, Sylvester Bolam, which was upheld by the judge.  Not only was Bolam sentenced to three months imprisonment, the company was also fined £10,000 – a huge sum back in ’49.

My goodness, how times have altered the power of the media.  Haigh, a man eventually convicted of six murders, had the power to upset the infringement of his integrity by a probing newspaper.  Contrast that with the treatment afforded to Tom Stephens, who has now been released without charge on police bail.  It is highly likely, judging the actions taken by Suffolk Constabulary against suspect Steven Wright, that Stephens is guilty of nothing more sinister than some off-colour sexual habits and a liking for bedding prostitutes.

Most of us probably regard his behaviour as morally questionable (I certainly do).  He sounds like a sad and lonely individual who needs to be pitied by those of us with firmer sexual principles.  What I find extremely uncomfortable is that we find ourselves in an age where trial is now conducted by media and not by the due processes of law.  This man has had his name, address, habits, eye colour an underpants size blasted across every home in the nation.  The stigma of media exposure for something as foul as these murders is something that will haunt Stephens for the rest of his days.  A high price to pay for a smidgin of perversion wouldn’t you say?

On This Day…22.12

By ATWadmin On December 22nd, 2006 at 9:12 am

AD69 – Assassination of Roman Emperor Vitellius.

1864 – American Civil War: Union commander WT Sherman occupies Savannah, Georgia, after Confederate forces surrender.

1938 – A fish, identified as a coelcanth – thought to have been extinct for 65 million years – is caught by a fisherman off the coast of South Africa.

1961 – James Davis is the first US soldier to be killed in Vietnam.

1974 – In Britain, a bomb is thrown at the home of former Prime Minister Edward Heath.

1989 – The Romanian army defects to the cause of anti-communist demonstrators, and the government of Nicolae Ceausescu is overthrown. The end of 42 years of communist rule came three days after Ceausescu’s security forces opened fire on demonstrators in Timisoara. After the army’s defection, Ceausescu and his wife fled from Bucharest in a helicopter, but were captured and convicted of mass murder in a hasty military trial. On Christmas Day, they were executed by firing squad.


By ATWadmin On December 22nd, 2006 at 8:10 am

merry xmas.bmpWell, today is the last working day before Christmas for many of us and I know that a lot of you out there will be heading off on holidays today and so  may not be around during the next week or so.  So there are a few things I wanted to say before you go.

1. ATW WILL BE OPEN FOR BUSINESS during the holiday. I will be blogging up until the 29th December, and then I fly away for a week’s sunshine! So if you’re around over the next week, you can tune in and I’ll be here.

2. THANK YOU to all my fellow bloggers on ATW. To Andrew, my stalwart and long term fellow-writer – to Alison, to Richard, to Mike, to Tom, to John (formerly of this Parish) – all of whom have livened things up over the past few months.

3. THANK YOU to all our readers. It’s great so many come here every day in a world where there are MILLIONS of alternative blog choices. I deeply appreciate your continued presence – and don’t forget to tell your friends and colleagues about our site.

It’s been a Big Year with lots of highs and some lows. I’ll review these in the week ahead but we’ve all made it through 2006 and so I will finish by wishing each of you a Very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.


By ATWadmin On December 22nd, 2006 at 8:09 am

Well, it MAY be the dismal science but it’s worth reflecting…..

Why do economists generally conclude that the economic impact of climate change is likely to be small, not large?


The growing literature on this topic suggests that most parts of the economy are not very vulnerable to climate change. Just as importantly, parts of the economy that might be negatively impacted are pretty flexible and adaptable to change. If climate does change, crops can be modified, different crops can be planted and crops can be planted in different places, for example. If sea levels rise, we have the ability and resources to build protective structures or, in a worse case scenario, simply move to higher ground.

Thus, while potential climate changes might be devastating to parts of the environment, most economists don’t think that it will affect our economic standard of living much, one way or the other. The bottom line is that recent history has shown economists that the primary cause of economic growth is technological improvement. Climate change cannot staunch the global torrent of new discoveries, processes and products. Human ingenuity is the ultimate resource and – as far as most economists are concerned – rising greenhouse gas levels cannot imperil this.


By ATWadmin On December 22nd, 2006 at 7:58 am

Did you see that Treasury minister Dawn Primarolo has poured cold water on calls for her boss Gordon Brown to create a low tax base in the province to attract industry and jobs? In a hugely negative assessment she said reducing corporation tax would place a "significant administrative burden" on both the government and businesses.

The Industrial Task Force, a group of senior Ulster business leaders, has for the past year argued the 30% corporation tax rate in the province should be reduced to 12.5% – the level at which the levy is set in the Republic – to boost the economy. (I favour a 10% rate myself, let’s CHALLENGE the Republic and watch the corporate exodus Northwards!)

Primrolo adds that "Following a ruling by the European Court of Justice in September 2006, it is also clear that introducing lower regional rates for corporation tax in the UK would violate EU law."

Nice to have an admission from this lousy government that UK membership of the EU prevents us from doing that which may be right for our regions. The lower corporation tax idea gets my vote but it has NO CHANCE of being championed by the goons in power. 


By ATWadmin On December 22nd, 2006 at 7:57 am

795151-604016-thumbnail.jpgFunny how the media applies different treatments to two dictators very much in the news…

Fidel Castro jailed more political prisoners as a percentage of population than Hilter and Stalin – and for three times as long. Modern history’s longest-suffering political prisoners languished in the prisons and forced-labor camps established by his regime. According to the Harvard-published Black Book of Communism, he executed 14,000 subjects by firing squad. These ranged in age from 16 to 68 and included several women, at least one of them pregnant. According to the scholar/researchers at the Cuba Archive his regime’s total death toll , from torture, prison beatings, machine gunning of escapees, drownings of same, etc. comes to 112,000 and counting. According to Freedom House half a million Cubans have suffered in his Gulag and torture chambers. Today, 47 years after the establishment of the totalitarian police state, political prisoners still languish in his regime’s prisons for quoting Martin Luther King and Gandhi. This is the head of state about whom articles omit the terms "human rights abuses, torture and murders" and where "gains in health care and literacy predominate."

795151-604018-thumbnail.jpgThen there was the recently deceased General Pinochet…

Pinochet, in contrast, led a coup to oust a Marxist regime that had been declared unconstitutional by his nation’s legislature and Supreme Court. In the "dirty war" immediately following the coup, 3,000 people were killed and 30,000 arrested. Within a few years all had been released or exiled. This is the head of state who is reviled for "human rights abuses, killings and tortures."


As I have stated before, neither dictator is to tolerated but the vilification thrown Pinochet’s way contrasts with the warm praise that oozes from the MSM to the Cuban killer.