web analytics


By Pete Moore On June 20th, 2011 at 11:10 am

London Mayor Boris Johnson tells the Greeks to leave the Eurozone.

He’s right of course, but I suspect this has more to do with ousting David Cameron from Downing Street rather than the Euro from Greece.


By David Vance On June 15th, 2011 at 8:00 am

Step back in time twelve months in time. Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman declared;

‘The Government has no plans to force households to put food into slopbuckets.’

And today?

Every home in the country will be ordered to use a slopbucket under Coalition plans set out yesterday. The compulsory recycling of food scraps is the most radical in a series of ‘green’ schemes promoted by Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman.

How can any Conservative support this liberal Coalition that now seeks to order us to recycle food scraps?


By David Vance On June 13th, 2011 at 7:56 am

David Cameron has executed more u-turns that an Italian tank commander!

In the face of Liberal Democrat opposition to his proposed shakeup of the NHS, the Prime Minister ordered a time-out so the views of doctors and nurses could be heard. In other key areas, he also faced:  A retreat on a plan to cap state welfare handouts at £26,000 a year; : Council refusals to bring back weekly bin collections;  A reduction in the number of foreign students which will be half the figure previously indicated.

So, on matters of substance which have a direct bearing on the lives of BRITISH people, Cameron u-turns to keep his Liberal pals on board. However. lest it be said he does NOTHING, Cameron has pledged to spend even MORE money on overseas aid. Recession? What recession?


By David Vance On April 5th, 2011 at 8:40 am

First, consider this;

A Tory minister was plunged into a political row after he said that the Coalition was inflicting cuts that Margaret Thatcher could only have ‘dreamt of’. Environment Minister Greg Barker’s remark during a speech to a U.S. university was pounced on by Labour MPs who claimed it revealed the Government’s ‘ideological’ commitment to cuts. Mr Barker told the Darla Moore School of Business in South Carolina that the Government was ‘making cuts that Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s could only have dreamt of’.

Now, reflect on this;

“In the small print of last year’s spending review, Mr Osborne told us that annual spending was due to rise from £696 billion to £739 billion in four years’ time. In the small print of last week’s Budget, spending is projected to rise from £694 billion this year to £743.6 billion in 2014-15, an increase of some £50 billion.”

So, the Government is INCREASING annual spending and yet these are the cuts that “Thatcher dreamt of”.


Time For A Real Eighties Revival

By ATWadmin On May 27th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

POPE BENEDICT XVI was granted an audience today with Lady Thatcher at the Vatican.

Before she met the Pope Lady Thatcher laid a wreath of white roses on the tomb in the Vatican of John Paul II with a card which said: ” To a man of faith and courage.”

Clearly, a Lady never forgets. I’m reminded of the sad occasion of Ronald Reagan’s funeral, when Lady Thatcher laid a shaky hand on the casket of her ‘dearest friend’ in farewell.

I’m not one who asks to be led. I don’t understand the idea of political ‘leadership’ of a nation of people, nor do I its recognise its legitimacy. However, I know evil must be faced down and bullies need a smack on the nose. Pope John Paul II, President Reagan and Prime Minister Thatcher knew this also and carried the necessary big stick. Margaret Thatcher of course had the advantage also of a handbag, as a bruised President once discovered.

If our societies insist on placing faith, trust and our prospects in the hands of others, let’s keep with giants and not pygmies. Pope Benedict XVI may yet prove himself against his  predecessors, I hold no hope for those who follow a great President and Prime Minister.

“John Paul’s sermons and speeches in Poland were injunctions to people not to despair in the face of overwhelming force, but instead to hope in God and trust their fellow man. Reagan preached confidently of a coming age of liberty that would bring about the end of Communism. Thatcher believed in “vigorous virtues” that, once liberated from the shackles of socialism, would enable the British and people everywhere to improve their own lives. In very different styles, all were enthusiasts for liberty.”

 – John O’Sullivan


By ATWadmin On January 12th, 2009 at 9:12 am

I see that David Cameron, the Conservative leader, has warned that a Tory government would not introduce tax cuts during the recession. Admitting that his words would disappoint many within the party, Mr Cameron insisted that the economic circumstances were not right for tax cuts in the immediate future, and said that his focus as prime minister would be on restoring confidence.

Fine. So, in principle, there will be no substantive difference between a future Conservative government and the current Labour government. They are both intent to tax us as much as they can. Why bother voting Conservative when you get the same policies as Labour? ONLY tax-cuts, and a reduction in the scale and cost of the State, will help us restore prosperity and Cameron seems determined to do neither. Big mistake.


By ATWadmin On November 19th, 2008 at 9:14 am

Being the leader of British Conservatism is not as easy billet.

I do appreciate that David Cameron has many challenges and although I am on record as a long-standing critic of Cameron, I understand why he has taken some of the decisions that have characterised his time of leader. Chief amongst these was the pledge that any incoming Conservative Government would MATCH the spending plans of the outgoing Labour administration. This piece of overt triangulation was done to stop Labour and the courtier media claiming that if you vote Conservative that means job cuts for teachersndoctorsnnurses. In essence the Conservatives are hostage to the size of the State sector – dare to cut it and you lose vital votes.

However yesterday, Cameron made what has been portrayed as a decisive break with Labour on tax and spending. He ditched a flagship Tory pledge – made just a year ago – to match planned Government expenditure for 2010-11. The commitments were unsustainable, he said, and could be met only by borrowing followed by tax rises to pay this back. The move opens clear blue water between the parties, with the economy certain to be the backdrop to the next election.

A poll out yesterday showed Labour closing the gap on the Tories to just three points – the narrowest margin since March. The figures immediately fuelled speculation at Westminster of a snap election. According to the Ipsos Mori survey, the Tories are on 40 per cent – down five points on last month – while Labour has surged seven points to 37 per cent. The LibDems are down two points on 12 per cent.

Cameron is taking the calculated decision that Brown will NOT call an early election in 2009. The judgement call on show here is that Brown will hang on until 2010 before calling the British general election. But by 2010, the dire economic consequences of the massive bail-out and tax changes Labour is proposing will start to emerge and the British people will see the true scale of the disaster Brown has engineered.

They say a week is a long time in politics and a year and half is an eternity so a lot could happen in between. But on one point I am certain; No Conservative should support a socialist spending jamboree. Therefore it is RIGHT for Cameron to say that his Party will govern in a fiscally responsible way. The question is; can he sell that to an electorate which will now be bribed by Labour for the next two budgets. Can Gordon Brown BUY himself another four year? 


By ATWadmin On November 7th, 2008 at 8:59 am

Political leadership is all about doing what you think is right and to hell with the opinion polls. However the British Conservative party has been driven by focus groups and opinion polls in the formulation and presentation of policy and has stated that under the next Conservative government there may be tax INCREASES. Today I read that the Labour government is contemplating tax DECREASES as a means of stimulation economic recovery from the recession we are ploughing into. How ironic.

David Cameron and wee Georgie Osbourne have been lily-livered in their approach to general taxation. It should be simple enough – you allow people to retain more of their income by cutting their taxes. It’s a central conservative principle and yet the Conservative Party has shied away from this because it is afraid that a/ Labour will simply steal its policy and b/ The media will demand to know where the funding is coming from and that raises the awful prospect of…gulp…reducing the size of the State. In socialist Britain, that is media death and so Cameron has tried to triangulate his way through it all. I do have some sympathy with him because the media is so implacably pro-Labour and pro-Big Government that the mildest suggestion he would CUT taxes will turn into a media blood bath suggesting he is going to sack teachersndoctorsnnurses. Now when Brown makes some sort of similar claim, he will be cheered on and lauded for his “wise” move. Hard to win in the media if you are a conservative!


By ATWadmin On October 21st, 2008 at 7:19 pm

I see that UK Shadow chancellor George Osborne has denied claims
he tried to solicit a £50,000 donation for the Tories from Russian
billionaire Oleg Deripaska.

Financier Nathaniel Rothschild told The Times that Mr Osborne
and Tory chief executive Andrew Feldman had discussed a donation from
Mr Deripaska. Mr Rothschild said they had boarded the Russian businessman’s yacht off Corfu in the summer “to solicit a donation”. But Mr Osborne said: “We didn’t ask for money; we didn’t receive any.”

Let me tell you that based on my own experience of the political class, they are fatally drawn to money. The idea of “donations” is always close to their minds so I do not for one second believe Osbourne’s protestations of absolute innocene. Sure, certain elements of the media have been hysterical in their reaction to this story but when you think about it, politicians prostituting themselves for cash is not really news. That’s ANTOHER reason I despise politicians!


By ATWadmin On September 29th, 2008 at 8:34 am

The Conservatives would scrap plans for a third runway at Heathrow and instead build
a £20 billion high speed rail line between London and Leeds, it emerged
today. Shadow transport secretary Theresa Villiers said that the Conservatives wanted
to cut more than 66,000 flights a year at the west London airport. Rather than building a third runway, they would install an entirely new
railway line running at speeds of up to 180mph between St Pancras,
Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. It is hoped that the new line would encourage travellers to take the train
rather than fly.

Great. So rather than invest in raising both the standard and capacity  of the UK’s most important air hub, Cameron would instead go off the rails. And we all know just how brilliant rail travel is in the UK. This is the problem we face – Labour and Conservative are different sides of the same coin –  both worthless.