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LEVIN IS FOR LEAVING…

By ATWadmin On November 13th, 2006 at 7:57 am

795151-547291-thumbnail.jpgI was amused to hear the BBC talk about some dynamic"fresh thinking" coming from the Bush administration on the Iraq war. The BBC attributed this "fresh thinking" to those newly invigorated Democrats such as Sen Carl Levin. Now then, what sort of idea could ol’ Carl have in mind? Well…

"Democrats, who won control of the U.S. Congress, said on Sunday they will push for a phased withdrawal of American troops from Iraq to begin in four to six months, but the White House cautioned against fixing timetables. "First order of business is to change the direction of Iraq policy," said Sen. Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat who is expected to be chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee in the new Congress.

Democrats will press President George W. Bush’s administration to tell the Iraqi government that U.S. presence was "not open-ended, and that, as a matter of fact, we need to begin a phased redeployment of forces from Iraq in four to six months," Levin said on ABC’s "This Week" program.

 

Four to Six months to cut and run, to abandon Iraq to the Jihadi and the Saddamites, to betray solemn pledges given to the Iraqi people struggling to sustain a stable democracy in the teeth of such inhuman violence.

IT’S NOT FRESH THINKING – IT IS SURRENDER. IT IS FULL-ON VIET NAM MODE.

Should Bush go with this madness from Levin – and should the US and Coalition forces scarper from Iraq – then the war on Islamic terror will indeed have come to an end.

We will have lost. And then – they will come for us.  The Jihadists could not defeat us in Iraq – but thanks to the unrelenting anti-war attitude of the MSM and poor leadership by the President – they may be about to defeat us at home. Truly shocking. Listen to the Iraq Study Report findings PUT TO MUSIC.

FAREPACK AND UNFAIR GOVERNMENT…

By ATWadmin On November 13th, 2006 at 7:55 am

795151-547091-thumbnail.jpgI fully agree with Jenny McCartney’s take in the Sunday Telegraph on the collapse of Farepack -the Christmas hamper savings plan, which has gone bust, offering no possibility of a refund for its 150,000 customers. 

The human cost of Farepak’s collapse can be sampled from the stories on a website set up by those affected, appropriately entitled unfairpak.co.uk. One woman, a single mother of three children, found out about the loss of her hamper three weeks after discovering her son was autistic. Another single, disabled mother of two children had lost savings of £480. In a society in which many people seem increasingly feckless about running up huge debts, the Farepak customers had demonstrated exemplary restraint by carefully squirrelling away their hard-earned cash in advance. The crushing of their plans has especial pathos because, in my experience, people with the least money often take the greatest personal pride in doing Christmas well.

 

But Jenny goes on to then adroitly compare the Farepack situation with the infinitely worse situation prevailing following on from the widespread collapse of Pension Schemes.. 

Much more serious than the collapse of Farepak is the collapse of a pension scheme: the former involves a year-long investment, the latter that of several decades. In 2004, after the public’s confidence in company pensions was knocked by a series of scandals – in which 85,000 people were left facing a penniless old age after their pension plans disintegrated – the Government set up the Financial Assistance Scheme to provide strictly limited help to the worst affected. In spring this year it emerged that the FAS had thus far handed out a measly total of £100,000 to 31 people, but spent a staggering £5.3 million on set-up and administration costs, thus costing 50 times as much to run as it had actually paid out. The FAS is, of course, funded by taxpayers’ money in the first place.

 

brown.jpgHer final point is the most apt of all…

In theory, Labour is on the side of low-income working families and pensioners. In practice, it is hammering them financially at every turn. This Government’s unerring instinct is towards the costly expansion of bureaucracy, coupled with ever more intrusive systems of taxation. To effect its collection and redistribution of money, it is fostering large, shambolic systems that work badly and guzzle frightening amounts of cash. It rather makes me wonder which is preferable: Farepak, for fleecing lower-income families and pensioners this Christmas, or the Government, for fleecing them all year round?

Like you have to ask! It’s also interesting to note that the man most responsible for undermining Pension Funds – Gordon Brown – is the same guy who feigns great concern for Farepack customers

ON THE BEAT AND IN THE CLASSROOM…

By ATWadmin On November 13th, 2006 at 7:45 am

I was reading over on Frank Chalk’s blog that more than 400 English schools now have their own Police Officer either based at the school or on call. Isn’t it shocking that our school discipline system has fallen into such a state of chaos that this solution is now required? This decision to bring the Police into the classroom is a response to soaring levels of youth crime. Schools are keen to enlist the officers to help curb truancy and hooliganism in the playground. I bet!

When I was at Primary and Grammar School, discipline was maintained by ourteachers and 99.9% of all pupils respected that. Back then bad behaviour did lead to detentions and to expulsions if necessary.  We all knew that of we stepped over the mark, we would be punished. It’s simple human behaviour, after all, to try and find out where the boundaries lie.

But over the decades, the progressive agenda pursued by liberal educationalists has all but incapacitated  most School’s from having ANY effective say whatsoever in enforcing discipline. Even when a School does try to deal with a badly behaved student, they face potentially crippping legal costs as the parasite lawyers stand behind the "Human Rights"of the thugs they happily represent.

Nowadays it is the kids who are calling the shots and the result is frightened teachers who know there is a huge problem but who see it as best to farm this out thoird party to the Courts via the police force.

Discipline is essential to maintaining good order in schools and in creating a pleasant environment in which students can pursue obtaining a first rate education. It affords protection to the more shy and vulnerable children and ensures that young people understand that they must conform to an expected level of behaviour. 

In reality, in far too many UK schools, Police Officers now patrol the corridors, teachers huddle in the staff room and we are producing generations of children barely able to read or write and who have NO respect for any form of authority.  The toxicfruits of progressiveness.

On This Day…

By ATWadmin On November 13th, 2006 at 7:44 am

1687 – Death of Nell Gwynn, mistress of King Charles II.

1887 – ‘Bloody Sunday’ in London, when violence erupts in Trafalgar Square at a socialist rally attended by Irish agitators.

1916 – End of the Battle of Somme in which 400,000 British troops were killed or injured.

1930 – Discovery of the planet Pluto.

1936 – Edward VIII tells British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin he intends to marry American divorcee Mrs Wallis Simpson.

1941 – Birth of American singer/songwriting legend Paul Simon.

REMEMBERING TO FORGET…

By ATWadmin On November 13th, 2006 at 7:41 am

I was reflecting on the fact that as Britain paused yesterday to remember the fallen of two world wars, the war in Iraq added four more names to those killed in action. They died when their patrol boat was blown apart by a hidden bomb in Basra. Three more of the crew, understood to be a mixture of Army and Royal Marines personnel, were seriously injured in the Remembrance Sunday atrocity. It was the worst single tragedy to hit UK troops in more than six months.

The MSM and the UK Political caste immediately seized upon this tragic loss of life as further evidence that we must "change course" and "get our troops back home" – the familiar defeatist mantra heard since 2003 when they went in. And it got me thinking that many of those who both attended and reported on yesterday’s Remembrance Day ceremonies across the nation were amnesiacs – people who HAVE forgotten why this country goes to war, why the supreme sactifice is made. Too harsh?

churchill1.gifLet me offer you the words of a genuine leader on this subject…

We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind, We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering. You ask, what is our policy? I will say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us: to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask: what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory – victory – at all costs, victory, in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival."

 

These words were spoken back in the truly grim days of 1940 – but they declared a simple vision that the Nation both understood and rallied behind. The AIM of the war was VICTORY. And that is also the aim of the war on Islamic terror – be it in Afghanistan, Iraq, London, New York – wherever.

But the MSM advocate SURRENDER at all costs – "cut and run" is their updated version of Churchill’s famous speech. And too many swallow this garbage pumped out day after day. In doing so, and in agreeing with the MSM contention that we must flee the theatre of war. they too have remembered to forget.

BUSH TO DESTROY THE BUSH DOCTRINE!

By ATWadmin On November 13th, 2006 at 7:26 am

This one is steaming right down the rail-lines and we may as well confront it now.

fr-james_baker_III.jpgAs you know, President Bush set up the Iraq Study Group under the tutelage of good ol’ boy James Baker and Lee Hamilton. Over the next few weeks, the conclusions of this group will become more clear but we have a fair idea of what it will say….

The proposals reportedly include an approach to Iran and Syria — a policy that Robert Gates, a member of the commission, has argued for. Rarely has a government report been more eagerly awaited than the one being prepared by former secretary of state James Baker and former congressman Lee Hamilton, an Indiana Democrat, about how the U.S. can leave Iraq.

 

Now given that Iran and Syria are both confirmed member of the axis of evil – it’s interesting that Baker and Hamilton are going to recommend sitting down and talking to them.  And what, exactly, will be discussed? This is Bush preparing to discard his own doctrine under the cover provided by this Report from Baker and Hamilton. The consequences will be severe – first and most importantly for the Iraqi people we will betray, but also for the GOP base – which was wanting VICTORY and is now being offered DEFEAT.

SCILLY BILLIES….

By ATWadmin On November 13th, 2006 at 7:14 am

You have to feel sorry for the Isles of Scilly Council.

Their problems started when they were named and shamed by the Fire Brigades Black and Ethnic Minority Council Trades Union for what it calls an "abysmal" shortage of ethnic minority staff! The Islands’ resident fire chief Alan Hicks said: “Pro rata, the eIsles_of_Scilly_Council_Flag.bmpthnic composition of the fire brigade is entirely consistent with and accurately reflects the ethnic composition of the wider community." He’s right. The Ethnic Minority population living in the Scilly Isles is ZERO but I suppose the FBU will be demanding that the Scilly Isles Council imports ethnics in order for it to justify its otherwise stupid criticisms.

Hot on the heels of the FBU onslaught comes the news that the Audit Commission has criticised the Scilly Council for its failure to implement government initiatives to reduce deaths on the road. The Scilly Isles have a road death rate of ZERO since the invention of the motor car. No one has ever been killed in a road accident there. Clearly they have a way to go before living up to central Government’s expectations!

Hat-tip to Private Eye!

THE DEMOGRAPHIC TIME BOMB…

By ATWadmin On November 13th, 2006 at 6:41 am

795151-537852-thumbnail.jpgI think this extract from Mark Steyn’s latest book "America Alone" says it all, and yet it is assured to be ignored by those who plan our future…

"We’re the ones who will change you," the Norwegian imam Mullah Krekar told the Oslo newspaper Dagbladet in 2006. "Just look at the development within Europe, where the number of Muslims is expanding like mosquitoes. Every Western woman in the EU is producing an average of 1.4 children. Every Muslim woman in the same countries is producing 3.5 children." As he summed it up: "Our way of thinking will prove more powerful than yours."

 

And that is the disconcerting demographic destiny is one that no European Government wishes to confront. It’s just too uncomfortable for them since the consequences are so severe. Whilst indigenous European populations decline and fall way below the replacement level, Islam’s children multiply, confident that the future belongs to them as their decaying host nations gradually submit to their wishes.

Appeasement is the distilled essence of the multicult Euroweenies creed, combined with a fetish for Welfare that cannot be afforded. The year of reckoning draws closer even as the ageing Europeans mostly close their eyes, lie back, and think of Islam….

Talking Point – 12.11.06

By ATWadmin On November 12th, 2006 at 11:05 pm

‘It is far more important for this government to suppress the opinions of those who believe that Islam is rancid than it is to crack down on those who are at the cutting edge of that same rancidity.’  Discuss.

Lest We Forget

By ATWadmin On November 12th, 2006 at 9:53 pm

I went to London for the weekend.  Usually I travel to the capital for the shopping.  This time it was to watch today’s Remembrance Sunday march-past.  It was the first time I had ever attended this event in the capital and I have to say it was a very moving experience.  I watched the Queen lay the principal wreath, followed by various politicians who, having remembered the sacrifice of the older generations on this particular day, spend the next 364 treating them like dirt.


My grandfathers both fought in World War 2 and my paternal great grandfather was in the 36th Ulster Division.  I have known many who have served their country and it is especially moving on this day to see a sense of shared duty with soldiers from across the Commonwealth.  Numerous High Commissioners were present to lay their respective wreaths at the Cenotaph.  For anyone who cares deeply about the role our boys have played defending democracy across the globe – not least in our own country, I highly recommend attendance at next year’s event.


Seeing all those different countries pay their respects with the poppies, I am reminded once again of the annual display of Irish republican petulance surrounding the acts of Remembrance.  Whilst decent folks in the Irish Republic honour those who fought alongside the Allied Forces in various battles, you still have the over-inflated voices of those who wouldn’t even enjoy the freedom to cast aspersions on our act of remembrance, nor be free to write their ignorant and ill-conceived perspectives on alleged analogies between the imperialism of the Kaiser and the British Empire.


Doubtless there will be many in the rat-holes of republican ‘Oireland’ who would never consider wearing a poppy.  All I can say is ‘lucky old poppy!’  The symbol is too noble an emblem to be worn by those who would not recognise the true principles of valour, camaraderie and soldiering if they collectively defecated on their tainted consciences.