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It all depends who is talking about what

By Mike Cunningham On July 16th, 2014 at 10:35 am


Listed to  a slot on BBC Today this morning where this retired policeman was quoted that he was certain various senior colleagues frowned upon his attempts to prosecute the killers of Stephen Lawrence, and alleged that these attempts probably were also corrupt.  These remarks, first aired on Newsnight,  were broadcast in every half-hourly news bulletin, and of course, as he was attacking the Metropolitan Police, and also were in aid of one of the BBC’s favourite people, a black youngster who was struck down by white men before (sarcasm alert) attaining approximately the same status as Martin Luther King (black awareness), or Fillipo Brunelleschi (architecture); they were given the widest publicity and scrutiny.

Not too much publicity or notice was given by the same BBC editors of the earlier part of the same interview where he stated that he (the retired policeman) been removed from a earlier enquiry into abuse in Lambeth childrens’ homes as he was asking too many questions about people in ‘high places’.

The thing which puzzles me is the query as to why Retired Detective Chief Inspector Clive Driscoll didn’t raise seven sorts of Cain in an attempt to gain justice for the children who were, allegedly, being abused, instead of meekly keeping quiet and looking after his own skin and, of course, job?

Hot off press

By Mike Cunningham On July 16th, 2014 at 10:30 am

A papparazzo sent me this image, and I am proud to advise ATW readers that the first photo of David’s night on the Belfast tiles is now available:-




By David Vance On July 16th, 2014 at 10:19 am

Well, it’s hardly a surprise when a death cut chooses more death rather than accept a ceasefire but such is the case with Hamas. Whilst Israel immediately accepted the Egyptian brokered ceasefire, Hamas rejected it. Why? Well, they want a win. They want to see some gains in order to justify the terror they have brought upon the residents of Gaza. They are in hard place now, with Egypt no longer the soft touch that it was under Morsi and Israel not inclined to roll over and let the rocketeers get away with it all. In my view, Israel should liberate Gaza from Hamas and give those who live there and who genuinely want peace a chance…


By David Vance On July 16th, 2014 at 7:42 am

MI5 and the CIA have requested that no photos be issued following the high level ATW summit that took place last evening in Belfast so you will have to take my word that the gathering actually happened (Cue conspiracy theorists concluding that it obviously didn’t and that there is no Crown Bar in Belfast )

I was delighted to meet Phantom, Peter and Seimi and have a few hours of excellent chat. Naturally we gossiped about you lot and you want to hear the scandalous things that were said about you – yes, YOU! I was shocked and had to close my ears lest I became unhinged (any more than I am! ) at the salacious allegations unveiled.

On a serious note, I came away thinking what an erudite and fascinating group of people follow this blog. I am humbled that you even bother coming here to hear me when you are obviously all so well informed and politically savvy. It reminded me of something I wrote years ago – ATW’s biggest asset is those who come here, to argue, to inform and to provide such good debate. If I do nothing else in this life, I will take a satisfaction that ATW has prevailed over the many years and is still seen as a good place for ATW friends to come together. You have no idea how proud I am of all of you. When I embarked on this blog 14 years ago, I never figured that it would help create friendships even amongst people who hold varying and often contradictory opinions – but it has.

So, to all those who came to the Crown last night, and to all those who come here every day, can I toast each and everyone of you and thank you so much for honouring me by coming here!

Right, now back to the front-line!



More Obstruction of Justice

By The Troll On July 16th, 2014 at 3:19 am

Despite the Fact that Congress has Oversight responsibility of the Executive Branch and the fact that 7 of President Nixon’s Aids were Subpoenaed this is what’s going on in the Obama White House.

White House to Defy Congressional Subpoena, Prevent Top Political Aide From Testifying at Hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is defying a congressional subpoena by keeping a top political aide to President Barack Obama from testifying at a hearing Wednesday.

The White House is arguing that Obama adviser David Simas is immune from subpoena by the House Oversight Committee in its investigation into the political office that he directs.

White House counsel Neil Eggleston says in a letter to Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa that the Simas subpoena threatens the constitutional separation of powers.

White House lawyers spent an hour and 15 minutes Tuesday briefing the committee’s staff behind closed doors on the political office’s efforts to comply with federal law. But Issa says the committee still has questions he wants Simas to answer publicly.

Hillary’s Challenger

By The Troll On July 15th, 2014 at 11:33 pm

sittinbullAs it becomes more and more obvious to the Democrats that the Hildabeast may not be able to win in 2016, not to mention that many Democrats and a lot of the Press just don’t like her. She’s NOT Bill.  There has been a push to get a person they view as the PERFECT candidate to run.

May I introduce Democrat Dream Candidate Elizabeth Warren,  Sweet Lizzy.  Ms. Warren has been doing an “impromptu” tour of Democrat Money Spots.  Many of you don’t know her but she has two true claims to fame.  The best known one is the line that President Obama stole from her “You didn’t build that”, her second is her false claim that she is Native American.  I present the following info for your viewing and reading pleasure as a highlight of the High Quality of our Democrat Leaders running for President.


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but I thought it was only the NSA?

By The Troll On July 15th, 2014 at 6:34 pm

All nations monitor, collect, and manipulate your electronic data.

GCHQ’s dark arts: Leaked documents reveal online manipulation, Facebook, YouTube snooping

Summary: A fresh set of documents leaked by Edward Snowden show how the UK intelligence agency can manipulate online polls and debates, spread messages, snoop on YouTube and track Facebook users.  GCHQ has developed a toolkit of software programs used to manipulate online traffic, infiltrate users’ computers and spread select messages across social media sites including Facebook and YouTube.

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By David Vance On July 15th, 2014 at 12:03 pm


I will be on the BBC Nolan Show tomorrow morning discussing this topic. Should we allow Government to impose a CAP on the salaries of senior executives? 


The High Pay Centre’s report says that, without further action, trust in business will be damaged by the perception that an executive “elite” is reaping all the rewards from economic growth.

“The government’s tinkering won’t bring about a proper change in the UK’s pay culture,” High Pay Centre director Deborah Hargreaves said. “A maximum pay ratio would recognise the important principle that all workers should share in a company’s success and that gaps between those at the top and low and middle earners cannot just get wider and wider.”

OK, let’s put this in a little context, shall we?

The “High Pay Centre” is a LEFT LEANING organisation. Deborah Hargreaves is a former GUARDIAN journalist. Amongst those offering advice to Deborah is Francis O’Grady –  General Secretary of the British Trades Union Congress. I hope that sheds a little light into the balance of this “report’.

Now, back on topic.

In the first place shareholders in public limited companies already have a clear and legal say on Executive pay, as we saw with Burberry. I fully approve of engaged shareholder engagement and in this case they (narrowly) rejected the pay demands for Christopher Bailey, the CEO.  Now that’s their call, Bailey has done wonders for their profits,  BUT if they think he is not worth it he can either stay or go! The risk is they cut off his nose to spoil their face but hey that’s how the free market works. I fully support this.

I do agree that some greedy Chief Execs and the boards that surround them are weak in terms of good governance and shareholders should indeed rise up and express their views but the mechanism is there, the power is there, it’s that simple! If it is not used, who is to blame?

The High Pay Centre seems most upset that many hareholders seem reasonably content to support considerable financial rewards for CEO’s who deliver VALUE to them and make those companies prosper.

There is however one area where the High Pay Centre could have a point however but oddly enough it fails to make it. Mmmmm, I wonder why?  In the PUBLIC sector, we see nurses earning around £20k whilst the heads of the Health Trust’s rake in close to £200,000k. We see the Director General of the BBC raking in 450,000 a year whilst many of those behind the scenes earn less than 30k. We even see the rank hypocrisy of trade union barons raking in 130k whilst some of their members are on minimum wage – where is the  fairness there? Where is the mechanism to justify value for those who pay for these public sector bosses? How can WE have a say to cap them? Silence.

At the end of the day, the anti-business Secretary Vince Cable wants to find ways for central Government to CONTROL the practices of private business. The High Pay Centre want to put in place control bizarre pay ratios in true communist fashion. It’s the politics of jealousy and should of course be treated with contempt.





By David Vance On July 15th, 2014 at 10:26 am

Never mind the conflict in the ME; the global Jihad; forget about corruption in high places. The BIG news is that there IS an ATW summit tonight in the Crown Bar in Belfast! I shall report back once we have put the world to right. I will be the one in a Union Jack bowler – and Sash, and possibly carrying copies of Unionism Decayed for the discerning political student!! Be there or be square, dude.

The Consummate Professional Eric Holder

By The Troll On July 15th, 2014 at 12:26 am

Group At Center Of IRS Scandal Has Never Been Interviewed By FBI Investigators

HolderNo one from True The Vote, the highest profile organization targeted by the IRS in the scandal involving improper scrutiny of conservative-leaning non-profits, has been interviewed by the FBI or investigators from the Department of Justice, according to the group’s President, Catherine Engelbrecht.

This stunning revelation comes just days after Attorney General Eric Holder rebuffed the suggestion that an independent investigation is needed into the growing scandal. Holder told ABC News this weekend that a special investigation was unnecessary because “career people” and FBI agents were “doing a good, professional job” investigating the matter.

When I raised Holder’s assertion to Engelbrecht Monday morning during an interview on WMAL radio in Washington, DC, I asked her what her involvement and experience has been with the FBI and the DOJ, considering Holder’s claim that they were doing a “good and professional job” investigating the IRS scandal.

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