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By David Vance On March 29th, 2013 at 9:20 am

It is 15 years since the Belfast Agreement came into being. Oh yes, I remember it well –  as the song goes!

Northern Ireland must “consolidate the gains” of peace, says the US secretary of state, ahead of the 15th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. John Kerry, who replaced Hillary Clinton, said progress was “significant and inspiring” but the promise envisaged by the deal was “incomplete”.

Yes it is an inspiration to have a government that will not tolerate an  opposition; to have an Administration that contains bombers and terrorist godfathers;  to have millions of pounds thrown at what are euphemistically known as ..cough “community workers” lest they go back to what they used to do so well; to have a policing service that is politicised from top to bottom and which persecutes those who stand up for our British symbols; to have record unemployment; to have greater levels of polarisation than when this rotten process started.

Oh yes, Mr Kerry, it has been a TREMENDOUS achievement and kept alive by those who share one common goal – the suppression of terrorism through political triangulation at any cost.

Let’s call it for what it is and let’s not be too surprised when OTHER Irish republican terrorists realise the true lesson of Good Friday 15 years ago – if you KILL enough people and wreck enough property in expensive parts of England then you will find a political establishment seeking to reward you.

Lest you are in doubt – TERRORISM pays.


By David Vance On March 27th, 2013 at 10:06 am


Impressive double standards by Sinn Fein, even by their loathsome standards!

RAF Chinook and surveillance helicopters requested by Sinn Fein minister:”

“Sinn Féin’s agriculture minister, Michelle O’Neill, confirmed a surveillance helicopter would be used to aid farmers in counties still affected by the heavy snowfall since last Thursday morning.”


Sinn Fein councillor attacks RAF Red Arrows return to Northern Ireland –

So some parts of the RAF are ok and others not, eh?





By David Vance On February 26th, 2013 at 8:15 pm

I have been saying this on the BBC for some time now, to the annoyance of some, but at last we now have some FACTS and — goodness me .. they confirm my argument!

Almost a third of benefit claimants in Northern Ireland who were re-assessed for their entitlement to Incapacity Benefit have been found fit to work

More than 80,000 people receive the payment in NI, which is paid to people who are too ill to hold down a job. Almost half of these claimants have had their cases re-examined due to changes to the UK welfare system. Of the total who were reassessed, 12,500 were found fit to work and they will lose their Incapacity Benefit.

SO, one third really were the parasites I complain about gorging off the generous Incapacity Benefit system.  Astute readers will recall this was part of Labour’s strategy during their years in power. It meant that the numbers claiming UNEMPLOYMENT benefit fell and only a cold hearted monster would DARE to question the motives of “the sick”.

The good news is that this has now been stripped from them but then comes the BAD news…

They will be transferred to the Jobseeker’s Allowance, which is about £30 less per week than the sickness-related benefit.

Shouldn’t they be made to pay BACK the extra benefit that they will knowingly fiddled from the taxpayer? With the likes of west Belfast having staggering high levels of Incapacity benefit claimants, I trust the rigor that has exposed ALL these cheats will also have been applied in that area?


By David Vance On February 22nd, 2013 at 5:43 pm

As long term readers of ATW, I have always opposed the Stasi-like Parades Commission. This instrument of State suppression of religious and civil liberty was created by the dreadful Belfast Agreement and has ensured that whoever threatens the greatest civic disruption wins the day (See under “Garvaghy Road”)

The Orange Order has said comments by its Grand Chaplain over restrictions on parades “are indicative of a growing feeling of discontent among members”. Rev Mervyn Gibson told the BBC the Order may no longer give police notice of parades. He said the order had observed loyalist flag protestors being able to march into Belfast every week without a Parades Commission ruling. The Order said it constantly kept its policy on parades under review. “The comments by Rev Gibson are indicative of a growing feeling of discontent among members over increasing restrictions being placed on our parades by an unaccountable Parades Commission,” the Orange Order said in a statement.

Of course the Orange Order  should NOT give this stasi bureaucracy ANY notice of ANY parades ANYwhere.  There should be a perfect right to peaceful Assembly and parade.  Great to see the OO learning from the Flag Protesters.


By David Vance On February 20th, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Two stories;

UK unemployment fell in the three months to December, while the number of people in work jumped to a new record. The jobless total fell by 14,000 between October and December to 2.5 million,the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. The number in work rose by 154,000 to 29.7 million. More than 580,000 more people are employed than a year ago.

That’s UK unemployment, of course, but it covers a host of devolved sins;

There has been a slight rise in the unemployment rate in Northern Ireland, according to the latest Labour Force Survey figures. The rate for the period from October to December 2012 was 7.8%, up by 0.2 percentage points from the previous quarter

Thank god we have have OWN politicians at Stormont, working tirelessly on our behalf, right?


By David Vance On February 19th, 2013 at 9:28 am

Ulster Unionist Leader Mike Nesbitt is confused, a quality that seems essential if one is to lead that political party. Just consider this a moment;

The leader of the Ulster Unionist party Mike Nesbitt has called on the organisers to call off this Saturday’s flag protest in Belfast city centre. On Saturday, a parade has been organised to mark the murders of two Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) soldiers who were killed by an IRA bomb in 1988. Mr Nesbitt said nothing should deflect from marking “the memory of two brave citizens”.

James Cummings and Fred Starrett were killed on 24 February 1988 in an IRA bomb attack in Royal Avenue. Mr Nesbitt said: “I understand over 1,000 people will take part in the parade to commemorate James and Fred who were members of the Ulster Defence Regiment deployed to protect the building site that was to become Castlecourt Shopping Centre”

Really, Mike? Do you think sitting in government with those whose organisation KILLED the UDR soldiers is respectful? Do you think signing up to a deal that saw the killers of hundreds of UDR and RUC officers stroll free from prison is respectful? Nesbitt talks cant. Let the Flag Protest proceed and I am sure the protesters will respect the memory of those who dies fighting the IRA scum whose political proxies sit around the same table as Mr Nesbitt and other assorted political hypocrites.


By David Vance On February 17th, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Worth a view. This IRA atrocity happened 35 years ago. I wonder WHATEVER happened the IRA commander who gave the go-ahead?


By David Vance On February 1st, 2013 at 9:42 am

Curious story here;

THE absence of custodial sentences for fuel fraudsters in the past decade and the ongoing illicit trade in south Armagh is the “price of peace”, according to a south Armagh pastor. Barrie Halliday from Bessbrook Five Mile Hill Pentecostal Church was speaking after the head of HM Revenue and Customs revealed that nobody had been jailed in Northern Ireland for fuel fraud in the past 10 years, with suspended sentences being handed out instead.

This is not a surprise. The fuel fraudsters are republican “untouchables” who must not go to jail.

Mr Halliday says he has previously attempted to mediate a ‘peace process’ settlement between the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) and 15 south Armagh fuel smuggling families in the interests of what he said would be peace and stability.

Huh? I know Barry but do not understand what this means. He should not be “mediating” any such thing.  Fuel Smuggling families in South Armagh SHOULD be subject to the full weight of the law but that should be enforced by HMRC and the Police, not Pastors.


By David Vance On January 31st, 2013 at 9:27 am

I am sure you recall what happened to Irish policeman Jerry McCabe. He was shot to death by an IRA gang in 1996. At the time, Gerry Adams explained that the IRA had nothing to do with his killing. Turns out they did – but then Gerry never was good with the truth. Now he has changed his tune..

” The Chairwoman of the RUC George Cross Widows Association has welcomed Gerry Adams’ apology to the family of Garda Jerry McCabe. The Irish police officer was murdered by the IRA in 1996. Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams made the apology in the Irish parliament and said “dreadful deeds cannot be undone”.

Phyllis Carrothers, whose husband Douglas was murdered in 1991, would now like to hear an apology to the families of RUC officers.

The republican movement have issued apologies before, notably in 2002 and 2003, to what they termed non combatants. The IRA also acknowledged the grief and pain of the families of police and soldiers – and it is to that group that some now believe the IRA should apologise. In 1991 Douglas Carrothers an RUC reservist was killed when the IRA booby-trap bomb exploded under his car in County Fermanagh. His widow, Phyllis Carrothers, says it is now time the IRA apologised to RUC families.

Quite so. Let them apologise to the RUC FAMILIES and THEN let them provide the Police which details of who carried out these VILE murders and who authorised such horrendous atrocities as La Mon House Hotel. I am certain Mr Adams will want to do both…..


By David Vance On January 21st, 2013 at 1:37 pm

I always enjoy reading Sinn Fein/IRA’s prognostications on the economy. “Provonomics” are always worth a laugh and they always live down to expectations;

  • “A single economy for the island of Ireland would be good for prosperity, jobs and investment, Sinn Fein has claimed. Party president Gerry Adams called on the Irish and British governments to set a date for a border poll and let the people of Northern Ireland vote on a united Ireland. “Irish unity makes sense,” the Louth TD said in Dublin. “It makes political sense. It makes economic sense. It is in the best interests of the people of these islands.”

How interesting. The Republic of Ireland remains as financially bankrupt as Sinn Fein is morally bankrupt but through the unrelenting and blinkered prism of Provonomics all seems rosy.

However, I DO agree with Grizzly in but one regard. Let us HAVE a poll on whether the people of Northern Ireland wish to remain in the United Kingdom. Once they speak, and I believe tht they will deliver a resounding YES to that question; the following should happen;

1. Date of NEXT poll set for 2104.  100 years later

2. All Irish passports to be handed over.

3. All Tricolours to be banned

4. Union Flag to fly 365 days a year over ALL British government buildings.

That sounds fair to me. Yes?