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By David Vance On February 25th, 2013 at 7:20 am

I was supposed to be on BBC London this morning to discuss the story concerning the scandal surrounding former LibDem Chief Executive Lord Rennard. But the running order has changed and so I thought I would say here what I was going to say to BBC London,

On the specifics of  Rennard, the only thing that we can be sure about is that Nick Clegg doesn’t seem to be very sure about his own Party’s former Chief Executive.  When Clegg now admits that he DID know about “general concerns” concerning Rennard but not “specific claims of sexual misconduct” you have to wonder why didn’t he ACT to find out what lay behind those general claims. Where was his leadership on that one? Didn’t he believe they were worth investigating? What were these “general concerns” specifically? Hasn’t he just dug a hole for Danny Alexander?

On a more general level, I think that this latest scandal demonstrates  that Lib Dems in Government are like Spiderman in reverse gear.

With great power comes great irresponsibility.

Here’s a quick review of just how irresponsible they are.

We had Lib Dem Minister Chris Huhne forced to step down from office and now facing a custodial sentence for perverting the course of justice;

We had Lib Dem Minister David Laws forced to step down over a £40,000 rent expenses scandal concerning his gay lover,

We see the Lib Dems biggest ever multi million cash donor,  Michael Brown, now behind bars serving time for fraud

and I’m sure some will recall the fate of wannabe Lib Dem Party leader Mark Oaten, also forced to step aside from politics over ..ahem… VERY unsavoury revelations. 

To lose one party member may be unlucky but to lose so many shows that the Lib Dems are entirely unsuited to be in Government!

Can I also add that I don’t think them any worse than the other Parties, they just seem less adept at concealing their lack of probity.



By David Vance On September 24th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Saint Vince has spoken;

Vince Cable has predicted that no party will win an overall majority at the next election and called for the Liberal Democrats to be at the centre of whatever Coalition emerges.

Wishful thinking. His Party is in meltdown and all HE is doing is circling around the hapless useless Nick Clegg. He wants to be the next leader, of that there can be no doubt! It is ALSO in the interests of the Lib-Dems to have weak government in order that they can sit at the heart of it, injecting their  socialist venom. Their contribution to the betterment of the Nation is zero and as you can see from this picture, even Lib-Dems are bored senseless by their glorious leader!

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By David Vance On May 22nd, 2012 at 8:15 am

Making life “more fair” is the perennial quest of the Left. Of course that is simply a euphemism for their endless and counter productive social engineering. They want to ensure not just equality of opportunity but also equality of outcome – a result all sane people know to be impossible.

Leading universities should reduce entry grades for state school pupils to create “a fair race” for degree places, Nick Clegg will say today.

Huh? So, State school pupils are so stupid they can’t quite get the requisite grades? Really? It gets worse…much worse.

“In his most strident remarks on college access to date, he will tell universities to recruit students “on the basis of an ability to excel, not purely on previous attainment”. Ministers will aim to ensure that children born into working-class homes can find better jobs than their fathers held, amid evidence that “a large number of professions remain dominated by a small section of society”. Mr Clegg will announce that the Coalition’s social policies will be rated against 17 new indicators, ranging from babies’ birth weight to adults’ job opportunities.”

Babies birth weights.  A metric of Government performance.

This is utter lunacy, folks. It shows just how detached from reality the Lib-Dems are yet how  determined they are to further  lower academic standards in pursuit of their foaming at the mouth utopianism. It can’t end well, it virtually ensures that social mobility will drop – and yet this is part of what the Coalition stands for. That’s why I would like to see it fall.


By Pete Moore On March 7th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

ATW commentator The Troll brings to our attention a “mantyhose” thing. Someone shoot me in the head before the The Pussification of the Western Male is total.

No, I never did imagine and it’s not April Fool’s Day; a quick google shows that the abomination is real. “The underwear staple for women is making its way into wardrobes of the opposite sex – and the look is gaining popularity” reports the Daily Mail. Not in my house it’s not.

Men, have respect for yourselves. Look at your yourself now. If you’re wearing anything your old grandad wouldn’t have understood then get rid of it.

Reports are that “the mantyhose are most popular with customers from Germany, France, Scandinavia, Canada and the U.S”. It’s some small relief that stout yeomen of England are unaffected, but you can’t be too careful. If you live in a city, move out soon. It’s in such places that these things catch on.

I’m off now to pour acid in my eyes.


By Pete Moore On March 6th, 2012 at 9:27 pm

The Telegraph’s Ed West reviews Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind, which looks at why some people become conservatives and some liberals (sic) and asks why both sides inevitably start to demonise each other:

Haidt suggests that human beings have six moral foundations, a desire for care over harm, fairness, liberty over oppression, loyalty, authority, and sanctity, and that these govern our politics and religions. Surveying tens of thousands of self-identified liberals and conservatives with a series of ethical questions, he concluded that those on the Left were only really motivated by the first three, but (social) conservatives care about all six, roughly equally.

Seems they’re not stupid or evil afterall (blimey!) but they are rather stunted, ill-developed, and possess only half of the qualities conservatives.


By David Vance On September 21st, 2011 at 5:25 pm

The detachment from reality of Lib-Dem leader Nick Clegg is manifest in these words spoken this afternoon;

“Let me say something really clear about the Human Rights Act,’ he said. ‘In fact I’ll do it in words of one syllable: It is here to stay.’

More than can be said about the Liberal-Democrats in Government – the sooner they are OUT the better.  I believe that the Human Rights Act is destroying British law and perverting the very concept of justice – all in the name of fairness.


By David Vance On April 21st, 2011 at 8:24 am

Is being in the Coalition government good for your political health?

Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats are facing meltdown with seven out of ten supporters abandoning the party – and one of his own MPs warning he has lost a generation of young voters. With just two weeks to go until the local elections on May 5, a poll shows that 70 per cent of people who previously supported the Lib Dems – a total of 4.7million  voters – no longer intend backing them again. Last night Peter Kellner of YouGov, who carried out the poll for Prospect Magazine, said: ‘Unless Nick Clegg can secure a new tranche of votes, from the centre and right-of-centre, his party seems doomed to suffer – certainly for as long as it is in coalition with the Conservatives.’

As I recall, Kellner has been “close” to Labour so perhaps we take his comments with a pinch of salt BUT it does seem like there will be a substantial loss of support for the Liberal-Democrats. Do they deserve it?


By ATWadmin On January 9th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab – the Undiebomber – was “singing like a canary” when picked at Detroit on Christmas Day. He stopped spilling the beans when he was arrested and informed of his right to remain silent – bad move.

The chance to secure crucial information about al-Qaeda operations in Yemen was lost because the Obama administration decided to charge and prosecute Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab as an ordinary criminal, critics say. He is said to have reduced his co-operation with FBI interrogators on the advice of his government-appointed defence counsel.

“But Pete”, I hear you say, “how can you say that a defendant doesn’t have the right to remain silent?” Let me be clear; in America, an American (rightly) has the right to remain silent when arrested for a criminal offence. The states and federal government exist to serve the American people, not foreign muslims who entered the country only to commit mass murder. The State has no moral obligation to serve the interests of foreign terrorists. When it does so it is no less a danger to the American people than are jihadis.

A Liberal, A Politician, and a Texas Tea Party Organizer Go into a Bar….

By ATWadmin On October 18th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Phillip Dennis, Dallas Texas Tea Party Organizer: “…we’ve got a bunch of overeducated, undersmart people in Washington DC.  They don’t live like regular people do. We pay our bills on time. We go to work. We live within our means. Not like the government….borrowing trillions and trillions of dollars from people who could be our enemies…”


The Observer is Dying? Good!

By ATWadmin On August 5th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

I HAVE no doubt that if government could foresee the effect of the interweb, it would have been strangled at birth. The Observer, Sunday mouthpiece of the liberal Establishment, is going broke. George Pitcher marks the happy occasion by making a prat of himself:

I worked for The Observer for five years and agree with my former editor, Donald Trelford, on Newsnight last night that our oldest Sunday newspaper should be saved for the nation.

But I’m struck with its similarities with Northern Rock. A fine old institution brought to its knees by mounting debts and a crashing market for its services. The banks, of course, have been bailed out because of the threat their collapse would present to our economy. But, as Donald observes from his perspective in the Balearic Islands (how fortunate for him – PM), the loss of The Observer would threaten our political economy, leaving Sunday newspaper commentary largely to the right-wing.

The answer seems obvious: Nationalise The Observer.

What a bizarre piece this is. “You’re not buying a Left Wing newspaper so the state should confiscate your wealth and save it – for the nation.”

Good grief, The Observer is suffering “a crashing market” for its services because so few people want to buy it. To be honest, I didn’t know anyone ever bought it. How is this supposed to threaten the political economy? Is this man in charge of economic policy at the treasury?

This news just in pal – the floodgates have opened and the Fifth Column Estate is no longer the custodian of the news. It’s not just the Observer that’s on its uppers, you’re all going to be extinct.