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NHS…….Free for all?

By Mike Cunningham On April 14th, 2015 at 4:10 pm

During the so-called Leaders’ Election debate, Nigel Farage made a point of picking out ‘Health Tourism’ and those who have contracted HIV in particular, as being a huge drain on the British N.H.S. He was roundly condemned by a couple of the so-called Party Leaders, including Plaid Cymru’s and Labour’s as being ‘disgusting’ and ‘uncaring’.

Now I may be one cynical old man, but do any ATW readers think it truly surprising that only eleven days after the UKIP leader dropped his verbal, truthful but probably very unwelcome bombshell; the Dept. of Health issued an order that all NHS hospitals check the residence and immigration status of anyone who checks into outpatients or A&E, to make sure they are legally entitled for free treatment. Inclusive, I might add, of any more Nigerian expectant mothers of quintuplets!

Nigel might just have his uses after all.

Every little does ‘help’, apparently.

By Mike Cunningham On September 30th, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Reading the wash-up regarding the shock, and I do mean ‘shock’ of the latest and biggest Tesco scandal, I remembered something which I had forgotten about a long time back, which is that large suppliers of huge supermarket chains are routinely pressurised to kick-back huge sums of cash to the supermarket in order to keep their contracts to supply their goods, and remain on Tesco’s shelves; a system which is also routine. What many people also forget is that, in order to keep up their profit margins, the cost of the kick-back is added to the cost of the goods supplied, so you, the customer, pay for the supplier’s costs, kick-backs and promotions, so where does that leave the ‘promise’ of responsible marketing, with one eye at least on the cost to the consumer at the till?

But leaving behind, if you would, the whole slightly sleazy idea of making suppliers pay to have their produce and goods featured on the shelf-spaces of the largest Retailer in Great Britain, and let us concentrate instead on the truth behind firstly the profit statements, and then the profit warnings, all of which must have been known about by their auditors, namely one of the BigFour, PriceWaterhouseCoopers. The news that Tesco had virtually submitted a false prospectus, in terms of their Auditors giving the FTSE retailer a clean bill of health in May, and confirming that healthy statement by shouting out about the huge profits forecast  in late August; and then suddenly bringing out the bad news in September, seems to have been missed by just about all the financial commentators, excepting the Guardian’s Aditya Chakraborty. If the new Chief Executive is to be believed, a single whistleblower exposed the scheme; when it should have been painfully obvious to a large number of highly-paid financial people whose very jobs should have depended upon noticing what was, apparently, right in front of their bleeding noses.

Somebody should be facing Court proceedings, and those charged should include, not only senior Tesco people, but top tier people from PwC as well.

for just many, many reasons…

By Mike Cunningham On May 30th, 2013 at 4:03 pm




From the photograph, and the accompanying story, as reported in the Mail, you are all cordially invited to guess what the clue was which enabled the Fraud Squad from the Dept. of Work & Pensions to detemine that the person had claimed benefits fraudulently.

Was it because the Vulcan’s ears were just a bit too big, or was it because the one in the corner was the incorrect shade of blue? Who can say?


By Pete Moore On September 14th, 2012 at 9:58 am

A U.S. intelligence bulletin warned today that the violent outrage aimed at U.S. embassies spawned by a movie mocking the Prophet Mohammed could be spread to America by extremist groups eager to “exploit anger.”

The Joint Intelligence Bulletin issued by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security said “the risk of violence could increase both at home and abroad as the film continues to gain attention.”


It urged “faith-based organizations to promptly report suspicious activities that could indicate pre-operational plotting against Jewish, Coptic, Islamic, or any other faith-based communities.”

It added, however, that there was no information regarding any specific threats.

So there’s no intel on threats and targets, but watch out, citizens, because it might get hot out there. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink …


By Pete Moore On November 15th, 2011 at 11:34 am

WHO knew the GOP race could be so entertaining?

Clearly not happy with Governor Perry stealing the headlines last week, Hermain Cain has gone one better with a towering display of ineptitude, this time over Libia Libeeya Leebeyahland oh some place somewhere:


President Cain will sure have alot of advisors swilling around the White House. Every time he opens his mouth it’s to intone that he will ‘take advice from the experts’. See the longer version of the ‘answer’ on Libya for all that claptrap.

To be slightly generous to Perry, anyone’s brain can stop working when the pressure’s on, though his failure to remember the third of three departments he would close down suggests a policy made on the way to that debate. This Cain failure is worse, gloriously worse. He’s promoting himself to take over from a Commander-in-Chief and he has no idea what war that C-in-C has just fought for six months. I know he’s been on the road, but his response suggests the kind of isolation from geopolitical affairs that only living in a log cabin can provide.

The man’s not serious and neither are GOP voters if Cain doesn’t plummet out of the race immediately.

Cavalier? Nonsense, Roundheads all; we are!

By Mike Cunningham On October 16th, 2011 at 8:28 am


Its not just a case of ‘One law for Us’; there are ‘special circumstances’, and this needs to be viewed in that light!



Graphic writing….10 Clarity….0

By Mike Cunningham On March 8th, 2011 at 3:38 pm

As you do, I read the Daily Mail’s story about Benefit Cheats Nicolas Arnold, 57, and wife Mair, also 57, with resignation; as it was just one more in a never-ending list of Government procedures which have failed us over the years.

The story itself, of a Welsh couple who systematically defrauded the people who pay their taxes as good citizens do, is bad enough. They claimed to be virtually immobile and pain-ridden, but both helped run a successful Arabian stud Farm while claiming every available disability benefit.

There are two things I do not understand about this story.

The first is asking why there is no parallel investigation into the people who rubber-stamped their application for all this money?

And secondly how the Magistrates came to the conclusion that Justice would best be served by giving them an eight-week prison sentence, and then suspending it for 12 months and placing  the couple on a combined 24-hour curfew?

northern crock

By ATWadmin On November 19th, 2007 at 5:43 pm

Via Pub Philosopher:

The former CEO of the now almost worthless Norther Rock bank will get £800,000 and a £2m pension. As his company is now being propped up by the state to the tune of £900 for every taxpayer in the UK, some of that cash is coming straight out of your wallet.

It’s not as if Adam Applegarth needs the money. Over the last year he has been quietly selling his shares in the company, which enriched him by £2.6 million, and drawing £1.3 million in salaries and bonuses. All while he was urging people to invest in the bank yet, at the same time, steering it towards financial collapse.

This is robber-baron capitalism at its worst. His extravagant lifestyle has been funded at the expense of investors and now of the taxpayer too. Proof yet again that, once you make it into the upper class, there really is no such thing as failure any more. Whatever you do, the  money will just continue to roll in and someone else will pay.