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On This Day…

By ATWadmin On November 3rd, 2006 at 6:38 pm

1493 – Christopher Columbus, on his second voyage of discovery, sights land (thought to be the present Dominican Republic) after sailing the Atlantic.

1843 – The statue of Horatio Nelson is placed on top of Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square.

1903 – Panama achieves independence.

1942 – The Battle of El Alamein – the British Eighth Army, commanded by General Bernard Montgomery, breaks through the German front line, having taken 9000 prisoners and destroyed 300 tanks.

1948 – Scottish singer, Marie Lawrie, is born in Lennoxtown near Glasgow.  She became a national star at the age of only 16 with her first UK hit, ‘Shout’.  We know her better as Lulu.

1957 – The Russians launch a dog, ‘Laika’, into space aboard Sputnik II. She dies when her oxygen runs out after 10 days.

The more corrupt the state, the numerous the laws.

By ATWadmin On November 3rd, 2006 at 4:59 pm

As I glanced at the polls and pundits talking about the American Mid-Term Elections, I wondered how many British people know, understand or care how their vote is allocated in the vital, some would even say fundamental duty of voting in the European Elections. The belief that their individual vote elects a European Member of Parliament is the single largest misunderstanding in modern politics. How many people have actually heard of a Belgian lawyer named D’Hondt? Not many will immediately claim a connection with how the European Parliament, one of the bodies which determines how you live, what you buy and, to a large extent, what you eat! The complex way that votes are allocated in a system which is vaguely understood on the continent, and not understood at all in the British Isles, is based upon a mathematical formula devised by this mathematician and lawyer, who incidentally died in 1901, (so you can’t plan to track him down and assassinate him in sheer frustration) to make things fair, and always allow the losers to influence the results!

A simple way of attempting the understanding of a very complex subject is to study a table, printed below:-

To best way calculate numbers of seats is to create a table with the actual number of votes divided by 1, 2, 3, 4 and so on:







Votes divided by 1:






Votes divided by 2:






Votes divided by 3:






Votes divided by 4:






and then retire to a seat in any pub, clutching a pint (at least we still have pints, as Labour hasn’t made them illegal as well), and try to work out what might win the three-thirty at Haydock Park, because the system adopted by the technocrats and bureaucrats in Brussels is as much of a gamble as the average horse race, but with bigger rewards for the winners!

The voters might prefer a simpler system, of either ‘Majority Wins’ or even multiple votes for people of different abilities, education and achievements such as the one devised by the author Nevil Shute, which is more fully described in his novel "In the Wet", but that would mean acceptance that the system in place at present is faulty, and what politician is going to admit to heresy?


By ATWadmin On November 3rd, 2006 at 1:40 pm

Poppy_Appeal_Logo_Web.jpgThis rather excellent idea was brought to my attention by an ATW reader..it seems that the Poppy Apeal folk are offering a modern way to donate.

Texting "poppy" to 85099 gives you choice of 1 of 3 poppy images for your phone and donates £1.50 to the Legion.

What more worthy cause could one donate to. As we approach Remembrance Sunday, let us all give what we can to assist those who have made great sacrifices for our freedoms.


By ATWadmin On November 3rd, 2006 at 1:33 pm

pigs.jpgI have to express my disgust at the news that almost £5m of public money has been pumped into the pension fund for Northern Ireland Assembly members in six years.

And the contribution from taxpayers is more than three times the input from the politicians themselves! Newly-released figures show £4,868,910 was injected into the MLAs’ pension scheme from the public purse between May 2000 and March 2006. In the same period, contributions from members came to £1,530,010. That £4.87m is on top of salaries and expenses paid to MLAs, which last year added up to almost £9m. Now bear in mind that the Assembly has not functioned during the majority of this time. It’s a complete WASTE of tax-payers money. 


By ATWadmin On November 3rd, 2006 at 11:35 am

Thanks to all who have been in contact re becoming a REGISTERED commentor in ATW. I think some folks have had problems with getting an email through to me, as I need to set them up on the Top 50 ATW ring.

Please use either the  EMAIL THE EDITOR link  above OR use the Email me link on the old Typepad ATW site. These should get through to me OK – and sorry if you have had problems – it’s still early days getting everything just perfect here but I’m working on it!Being a chemist.


By ATWadmin On November 3rd, 2006 at 11:22 am

You know sometimes one focuses so much on the big issues that afflict this world, that tiny tragedies slip by un-noticed. I was reading this news story about how the father of four girls found murdered in their blazing home was concerned about the state of his disintegrating marriage. Friends said Mohammed Riaz, 49, had begun to fear that his Anglo-Pakistani wife, Caneze, was having an affair and it seems one thing led to another and …four young girls lost their lives. Mr Riaz had become devout in his devotion to Islam and centred his life around the local Mosque, apparently.

I have nothing to say about the rights and wrongs of this case other than to observe the desperation, anger and horror that lies behind the headlines. God bless the poor young girls, murdered by their own father. 


By ATWadmin On November 3rd, 2006 at 10:10 am

cameronST070606_228x429.jpgThe ideological void that Conservative Leader David Cameron represents is manifest in his latest off-the-wall suggestion that society needs to learn to "love louts" a bit more.

Cameron insisted Labour’s get-tough policies and Asbos had failed to tackle the teen thug crimewave.

And he urged people instead to focus on the root causes of crime and “show a lot more love”. The plea — which follows his “hug a hoodie” gaffe last summer — came as it was revealed that our teens top the league for casual sex, drinking, drug-taking and petty crime.

Mr Cameron said in a speech in Wales: “To those who simply say, ‘Crime is the fault of the criminal and that’s all there is to it’, I say: Tell it to a young offender."


Cameron is so soaking wet that he is virtually without substance – and yet the poor desperate for power Tories have installed this clown as their Leader. He seems to delight in making  statements aimed at playing to the uberliberals in the MSM who themselves are much more concerned about the criminals than the victims  of crime. It is NOT up to us to "love a lout" – it is up to Government to rigourously enforce the law, to punish those young thugs that break it, and to ensure that the law-abiding can go about their daily business without fear of robbery or violence. But that would reek of traditonal Conservative values…. and so must be jettisoned as thoroughly modern Dave seeks his claim as the leftful successor to Blair as a new phony PM.


By ATWadmin On November 3rd, 2006 at 9:29 am

question203.jpgDid you see Question Time on the BBC last night? Not bad, for a change. Sure the audience were stacked with moonbats and converts to Greenism, but the panel were entertaining.

Michael Heseltine – the man who wanted to be Leader of the Conservatives – was good value. I don’t agree with him on virtually anything, but he’s an interesting speaker and he did make some good points.

Peter Hitchens is a man cut from the same clothe as myself. I have met Peter and found him an agreeable person who is good company. Pity the audience heckled him when he pointed out the nonsense around global warming, when he pointed out how ALL the political parties treat the electorate with contempt, how Cameron is Blair’s natural successor – not Brown, how the destruction of selective based Education has been a monstrous failure…all good stuff and all of which I agree with.

Amanda Platell was also good to watch. She was adept at pointing out the hypocrisies of both Labour and the modern Conservative Party under Love a Lout Dave Cameron. I think she spoke a lot of common sense and liked her.

Charles Clarke – former Home Secretary and now embittered politician every since he was sacked for his gross incompetence when a Minister was a hoot. I think he came across as a know-it-all, a bitter man, and someone who has not learnt from his errors. Most irritating character. Mr Bumble with a bad attitude.

And then – Ming the Merciless! Sir Ming Campbell – leader of the Glib-Dems. Oh dear – do you think he even knew what DAY of the week it was? He rarely showed any command of the topics being discussed, and his best moment came when he charged in to defend the marvellous comprehensive education system – which has destroyed the hopes of millions of kids. His key point seemed to revolve around the difference between cricket and football. What a moonbat!

I enjoyed this show last night – bit more balanced than normal!


By ATWadmin On November 3rd, 2006 at 8:39 am

ba-planes203.jpgBritish Airways has complained that the major UK terror alert back in August has cost it dearly, with profits down by 27%.  Had Al Queda succeeded in destroying several aircraft leaving UK airports,  I wonder how much further down profits would be?

I also wonder just how opportunistic British Airways are being here – since they casually mention that they were also running a loss-making subsidiary during this time? I fully appreciate the difficulties that must be involved in running a major air carrier at a time when certain Islamists seek to use aircraft as flying bombs and certain politicians see a chance to scam more taxation out of the Industry under the guise of global warming. But the fact is BA MADE substantial profits even during this difficult period and so I am somewhat cynical about the whining that has accompanied this latest financial report. The war on terror carries a price – for us all. 


By ATWadmin On November 3rd, 2006 at 8:19 am

I see that the apostles of the apocalypse are now warning, in Science magazine, that the earth’s fish stocks face complete wipe out by 2050 if trends in overfishing and pollution continue.  Naturally UK politicians have seized on this as way to further decimate our fishing industry.

Amazing, isn’t it, that whilst the oceans and rivers of this planet have managed to thrive for eons, all of a sudden over the past thirty years, as a section of the scientific community becomes increasingly hysterical, heady on the fumes of governmental largesse, we are now informed they can’t last even another forty years. Absolute tosh!

It strikes me that “Scientists” have become the new Priesthood of Global Warming – forecasting future events with the same arrogance and lack of sense. My suspicion is that global fish stocks will long outlast the apostles of the apocalypse even as they do their best to return this society to the stone age