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‘Twas the Night after Christmas…….”

By ATWadmin On December 8th, 2006 at 10:56 am

holly.jpegIn the true spirit of the forthcoming festivities, A.T.W. is introducing a Party Game or Contest, but of course, because this is a Political Commentary Blog, it shall be subtly different to the normal party games, where you have to guess a tune, or a name, or indeed who you may just have kissed, (under the mistletoe, of course; where else would you be kissing complete strangers?).

Our game, which shall be called ‘Party Proposals’, allows the contestants to choose, firstly, which Party they, or their Nominee will be leading, (if ‘leading’ be the appropriate term) from both the Main and Minor Parties at present operating in this United Kingdom. The Leader shall then be responsible for the production of the ‘Party Manifesto’ summarised in TEN bullet points for easier digestion by the average voter, whose mental powers are judged to be those similar to a MINK, or any other small, voracious wild mammal whose only thoughts are for it’s own survival and comfort! The Manifesto itself shall of course cover the main areas of discontent, and, while the editor appreciates that time is of the essence, approximate costings will play a small but significant part in the placing of the Winner at the gates of Buckingham Palace, on their way to be asked by Her Majesty to form Her Government.

The date of the General Election, which has just been announced as a result of the defeat of the Blair Government during the No-Confidence debate caused by the revelations of cash-for-peerages enquiries, during which several politicians actually told the truth for the first time, has been set as January 5th, setting Boxing Day as the date by which all the Manifestos will be judged. So the Contestants have just under three weeks to clear their political calendars, select their new Cabinets, firm up their proposals and submit Party Manifesto’s for the scrutiny of the Editor of this post, whose decision, of course; besides being binding, is only subject to the pressures of normal politicians: namely bribery, corrupt practices, large slush-fund payments and big presents!

Rules are as follows:-

Each Manifesto proposal shall include Party Name, Party Leader, and the Ten Manifesto Points. Costings for main proposals optional but desirable!

Each contestant is allowed to select one Party only, and multiple applications will be firmly dealt with! (Punishments shall be along the lines of a date with Cherie or Tony; or Peter if you turn the other cheek!)

As in the previous competition; humour, acid or otherwise, is welcomed! Contestants are warned (advised) that my own political favourites include such diverse organisations and individuals as the Monster Raving Loonies and Robin Page, along with Frank Field, Gwyneth Dunwoody and Ann Widdecombe. Contestants should also remember that some proposals once considered truly wild are in force today!

Contestants should be aware that access to political figures both dead or alive (allegedly) is allowed, as is the proposal of a fictional figure,  for the Party Leader’s position!

So what are you waiting for? The Prize, that’s what you are waiting for, you greedy shower! The winner shall receive a .PDF file copy of one of my immortal novels, along with the chance of submitting a Guest Post on A Tangled Web!

On with the motley!


Only Fit For A Noose

By ATWadmin On December 8th, 2006 at 10:15 am

A few days ago there was an aborted mortar attack on Craigavon police station.  The apparatus was described by Army bomb disposal experts as ‘viable’.  Presumably the IRAs newly-franchised operatives in ‘dissident’ groups were responsible.  Given that both police personnel and perhaps members of the public could have been killed or seriously wounded, it is surely incumbent on those in authority to persuade witnesses to assist the police in every way possible.

That is, of course, unless you are an IRA councillor in Craigavon.  David Simpson MP has issued the following statement in response to the refusal of IRA representatives to either condemn the attack or to encourage the public to cooperate.  He states:

‘Those responsible for Monday’s mortar bomb attack on Craigavon Police Station clearly couldn’t care less about human life and should be roundly and unreservedly condemned by all right thinking people.  Such evil people should be brought to justice and there is a duty upon everyone who cares about law and order to assist the Police in their enquiries if they can.  Sadly, Sinn Fein (sic) has once again shown their true colours. 

Despite the fact that this indiscriminate attack imperilled innocent lives, Sinn Fein (sic) could not bring themselves to vote in favour of my proposal in Craigavon Borough Council to both condemn this atrocity and encourage the public to pass any information they might be in possession of to the PSNI to help them catch those responsible.  How difficult is it for republicans to condemn those who have by their despicable actions put lives at risk and call upon people with information that could apprehend the culprits to make that information known to the Police?  We have always said that words alone from Sinn Fein/IRA are not enough, there must be credible actions also.  If Sinn Fein (sic) can’t support a motion such as this then it shows how far away they are from supporting the Police.    

Since the conclusion of the St Andrews talks, Sinn Fein/IRA have consistently shown no sign of delivery on support in both word and deed for policing, the Courts and the rule of law. They continue to abjectly fail in fulfilling the obligation that every democratic political party in Northern Ireland and the world over fulfils as a matter of course.  The DUP has consistently said that Sinn Fein’s (sic) commitment to the Police and the justice system must be tested over a credible period of time.  The clock continues to tick.  Each tick demonstrates the failure of republicans to act decisively on this issue and with it has adverse implications for the Government’s timetable.’

It was the same attitude displayed when the IRA decided to support the Garda in another pithy luke-warm play on words.  They will not ask people to come forward with information on the Omagh atrocity.  Nor will they condemn or disavow the murder of Garda Jerry McCabe.  And these are the people Simpson’s leader wants to jump into the political bed with!!!  As I’ve said before, the only place the IRA should be is six feet under.

Contradiction in Terms

By ATWadmin On December 8th, 2006 at 8:42 am

‘And here’s your deep sea diver’s watch, Rodney.  Oh, the bloke said don’t get it in the water.’

‘Don’t get it in the water?  It’s a deep sea diver’s watch, Del!’

The above forms part of a gem moment in Only Fools and Horses, when Del Boy rewards his younger brother with a supposedly top-of-the-range diving watch.  Following his gift with a warning not to get the watch wet defeats the object and leaves Rodney in a state of perplexion.  Surely a diving watch is meant to get wet.  That’s the whole point.  It’s a bit like saying ‘surely integration cannot go hand-in-glove with the tenets of multiculturalism‘.  Not unless you’re the Del Boy of British politics, that is!

Tony Blair says immigrants and their descendants have a duty to integrate.  Having known and observed immigrant groups such as West Indians, Polish, Irish, Italians, Jewish, etc., I know of none who have refused to integrate into British society.  What I will spell out, because Tony is too damn gutless to do likewise, is that MUSLIMS have a duty to integrate.  This debate has not, and would not, emerge with regard to any other immigrant group.  Simply because no other immigrant group wants to take over this country. 

In the same breath Tone wants us to celebrate multiculturalism.  Thus, in one breath, he speaks out against such repulsive objects as the thing pictured in the link.  At the next he is imploring us to rejoice in the same underlying philosophy that gives Muslims the extra social muscle to go out and dress like complete tossers every time somebody makes a considered analysis of their theological dress code peculiarities.  This is not a ‘multicultural’ society.  This is an Anglo-cultural society that has, hitherto, tolerate minority cultures within its borders, for so long as they didn’t pose a threat to the country.  Given that Islamic ‘culture’ does pose a threat to this country, why should we give its proponents an inch?  Appealing to the Guardianistas goes down a ‘bomb’ (oops, a Freudian reference to a strand of Islamic culture, methinks) with the groupies from the O’Dwyer School of Islamic Obsequiousness.  It just makes the rest of us determined never to give in to the social model laid out for us by the Left.

On This Day…08.12

By ATWadmin On December 8th, 2006 at 8:28 am

1733 – First recorded sighting of a UFO anywhere in the world. A man in Dorset, in the west of England, reports seeing a polished silver disc in the sky.

1941 – Britain, Australia and the United States of America declare war on Japan following the surprise attack on the American Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii, the day before.

1980 – John Lennon is killed by an obsessed fan in New York City. The British star, formerly of The Beatles, had his message of peace shattered on December 8, 1980, when he was shot outside his apartment building near Central Park. He died on the way to the hospital. His assailant, Mark David Chapman, was convicted of murder and sent to jail. Bereaved fans kept vigil in front of the entrance to Lennon’s home for an entire week.

1981 – Arthur Scargill heavily defeats Joe Gormley and becomes the next President of the National Union of Mineworkers.

1987 – US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev sign the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty in Washington DC. It’s the first nuclear arms reduction agreement either country has signed.

1991 – The official end of the Soviet Union (USSR) when three of the major republics – Russia, Ukraine and Belarus – unite to form a Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).


A question, or two, in time…

By ATWadmin On December 7th, 2006 at 11:27 pm

Watched part of Question Time on al-Beeb, and for the first time in a very long time, heard a politician, and what is more a Conservative politician, talk sense while speaking about the war in Afghanistan! David Davis was speaking in resonse to a question about the conduct of the war, with British troops fighting against the Taliban and the vested interests of the Heroin warlords which hover in the background, and he made some hard and truthful points. He asked ‘What is a ‘Win’ in Afghanistan?’ No one, to my certain knowledge, has ever satisfactorily answered that question! He asked why British Servicemen and women were sent into one of the most dangerous places on this planet with personal armour which didn’t work, bullets which didn’t fire, vehicles which were unarmoured and totally insuitable for the work and the terrain, a singular dearth of helicopters which were imperative for daily operations, and on down the line! It wasn’t that we hadn’t read it all before, we had, but it is possibly the first time any politician has poked his head above the parapet and stated exactly what is what about our operations in that singularly god-forsaken stretch of the Hindu Kush!

Don’t get me wrong, I believe that we should be there, but well-armed, well-prepared, and above all else, well-equpped!

Unfortunately, the statement should be made truthfully, we might be there, but we are not well-prepared, not well-armed, and definitely not well-equipped!

It’s All Greek to Me

By ATWadmin On December 7th, 2006 at 4:17 pm

Auntie Beeb has discussed the issue in the context of Turkey’s attempts to join the European Union.  I wish to analyse it in a different way.  Because, as usual, the government of Cyprus is being totally unreasonable with regard to its stubborn attitude to the Turkish enclave in the North.  Whereas Turkey has given at least a verbal commitment to opening one port and one airport to traffic from the official Cypriot state, there is no reciprocation on easing the isolation of North Cyprus.

Turkish Cypriots were told that a positive referendum result on the island’s reunification would end their international isolation.  To this end they gave an overwhelming endorsement of the EU-sponsored plan back in the Spring of 2004.  Meanwhile, Greek Cypriots were rewarded with EU membership, even though they rejected the plan (even though they were the ones clamouring for a united island since 1974).  Fast forward to December 2006 and the isolation of North Cyprus is no nearer to being terminated now than it was when these disingenuous pledges were made three years ago.

In a typically obnoxious fashion, the Cypriot government has refused to allow Ercan Airport to be opened to direct international flights.  This effectively means that if I want to travel to Cyprus from, say, Manchester Airport, I can fly to Larnaca in the south in a little over 4 hours.  Ercan, a mere 30 miles away on the northern side of the Attila Line, involves a journey of 6.5 hours – inclusive of a 1-hour stop-over in either Antalya or Dalaman.  Why should I, and the thousands who now holiday in North Cyprus every year, have to be inconvenienced because of Greek Cypriot absolutism?  I don’t give a damn about Turkey.  What I do care about are the Turkish Cypriot people who have been treated abominably by the international community for far too long – not least because those ultimately to blame for the conditions which led to Turkey’s invasion thirty two years ago (the Greek Cypriot establishment) always get their own way.

On This Day…07.12

By ATWadmin On December 7th, 2006 at 4:03 pm

1787 – Delaware becomes the first state of the United States of America.

1817 – Death of Captain William Bligh, captain of British ship The Bounty, which was taken over by mutineers led by Fletcher Christian.

1941 – On Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, American neutrality in World War II ends when Japanese forces conduct a surprise attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Over 400 planes from six Japanese carriers bombed the harbour and airfield, and within two hours much of the American Pacific fleet was rendered useless.

1967 – American singer Otis Redding records ‘Dock of the Bay’ – three days before being killed in a plane crash.

1989 – A gunman, claiming to hate feminists, massacres 14 women at the University of Montreal.

1997 – The British children’s TV phenomenon, the Teletubbies, moves to new heights when their first record, Teletubbies Say Eh-Oh, reaches Number One.  It remains at the top spot during Christmas of that year.

dispiriting news

By ATWadmin On December 7th, 2006 at 12:47 pm

Bill Roggio is posting from Iraq:

In nearly every conversation, the soldiers, Marines and contractors expressed they were upset with the coverage of the war in Iraq in general, and the public perception of the daily situation on the ground. [They] felt the media was there to sensationalize the news, and several stated some reporters were only interested in "blood and guts." They freely admitted the obstacles in front of them in Iraq. Most recognized that while we are winning the war on the battlefield, albeit with difficulties in some areas, we are losing the information war. They felt the media had abandoned them.

You can read the whole thing.

“When the wind wouldn’t blow….”

By ATWadmin On December 7th, 2006 at 12:28 pm

As I posted on my own site, I firmly believe that Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States, was a disaster on wheels for America, especially in the field of Foreign Affairs; over which he had total control. His one redeeming belief and accomplishment remain; that in the field of ‘Human Rights’ worldwide;  not the wishy-washy union- and liberal-friendly crap which is so loved by the European Union, but the real package, the freedom to worship, even if it’s a mish-mash of ideas like Falun Gong; the freedom to congregate, even in a place like Tianmen Square and talk about honest reform of government; the freedom to say “get stuffed” to a uniformed bully; the freedoms laid down by the United Nations in 1948, but have long since been either forgotten or misplaced.

But our friend the ‘Peanut President’ seems to have misplaced his memories, or else has had them surgically removed while engaged in the writing of his book entitled  "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,", where he takes Israel to task on just about everything which that state has achieved since 1947. A former Fellow of the Carter Center is quoted as saying:- “ Being a former President does not give one a unique privilege to invent information or to unpack it with cuts, deftly slanted to provide a particular outlook. Having little access to Arabic and Hebrew sources, I believe, clearly handicapped his understanding and analyses of how history has unfolded over the last decade. Falsehoods, if repeated often enough become meta-truths, and they then can become the erroneous baseline for shaping and reinforcing attitudes and for policy-making.”, which seems to give some idea of the vitriol behind some of the other comments emanating from informed commentators and political writers.

This naive old man is giving, not lending, his support to a crowd of thugs and killers who sponsor the artillery rocket attacks into Israel, who send their crazed supporters into a ‘jihad’ march towards Israeli civilians while wearing their ‘waistcoats by Semtex’ and prayers upon their lips! This foolish winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace has abrogated what little sympathy which remained for his ideals, thoughts and principles, and by the tying of the term “Apartheid” to the State of Israel, itself under attack by it’s Arab enemies from the day that it was acknowledged as a State, seeks to tar that Democratic country with a system which failed in another part of the world altogether!

Gym and a Prayer

By ATWadmin On December 7th, 2006 at 12:24 pm

DEARBORN – Fitness USA, a gym chain, is investigating an alleged civil rights violation involving a local Muslim woman who says her afternoon prayer was interrupted by a fellow patron, and that her complaint to management about the situation was rejected.

“The manager told me, ‘You have to respect her (the patron), but she does not have to respect your God,’ ” said Wardeh Sultan of Dearborn. “I’ve had my membership for seven or eight years, and I’ve never had a problem with praying there. “I told that manager, ‘I can’t believe you said that’ ” Sultan said. “Honestly, I feel humiliated and I feel ashamed, right now, to go back to Fitness USA.”

The American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, have lodged a formal complaint with Fitness USA on behalf of Sultan, saying the recent spate of conflicts results from a growing intolerance of Islam and a growing restiveness among Muslims that their rights to speak freely and worship are increasingly at risk.

So how DO you balance all these rights, including religious ones? Isnt this all a bit overblown? Cant the dispute be settled like adults? After all if the accusations are true then why did the gym change its dress code to accommodate muslims? The woman who interrupted her has as much right to speak as (presumably) as she has to pray?

Im also pretty certain (though Ill check at lunchtime) that muslims have a sort of ‘round up prayer’ if you will- that allows them to make up for prayers when they find themselves unable to conduct them normally. If that is the case is it fair to insist on praying in such an inconvenient location?! Or is that exhibiting a level of intolerance she accuses evryone else of?

The whole rights issue is a mess. I would suggest a gym might not be a suitable place for prayer. With the AAAD now involved, does this smack of grandstanding to you?