So what does the name tee2i mean?

Well it's shorthand for the independence index. This blog takes independence seriously. There's no problem, in principle, with a country being part of a confederation or partnership, the UK is part of NATO. But the EU is a failing confederation and our independence is threatened by continued membership. But there's more to politics than the EU. Neither is politics all about leaning left or rightward on any issue, it's far more subtle than that. It's all down to the quality of life so let's aim high. It's our right to do so.

When is peak Corbyn?

The Labour party, popular for all the wrong reasons?

Our Leader? Our Leader?

One of the most telling things from the referendum was the Remainers remark, 'they did not know what they were voting for'. But can this be so? Well yes and no! For example the Labour party manifesto for the last general election was over 40 pages long and who read all of that and the other ones? But for the Brexit referendum the basics, as opposed to detail, were not at all complicated by dint of the binary option. It's true the issues were complicated but they always are and you might have thought it was the responsibility of the voter to learn the rudiments. But many Remainers who over a year ago did not know their 'single market' from their 'customs union' and are still shaky continue to complain about the result. In the time since then there have been many changes. In Turkey Erdogan has elevated himself to a very lofty position that does not look good in a democracy but we did not hear, 'they did not know' then. In fact it does seem that the supporters of Erdogan wanted an Ottoman bully. While in France the people did not know who to vote for so there was a low turnout for Macron.

Here in the UK Jeremy Corbyn and Labour lost the General Election but like to behave as if they had won and there is help for them from the media to do this from the usual suspects.

Anti-Semitism and where to find it, an old problem with a new twist.

And are UK universities part of this problem?

A university problem?A university problem?
Bill Clinton once said he smoked cannabis but did not inhale, but who believed this? Clinton did seem to struggle with that heady mix of truth and logic on a number of occasions. He is not alone with this problem. We are told that anti-Semitism is on the rise in the UK. We are also told it is possible to be anti-Israel but this does not amount to being anti-Semitic. Once again this is hard to credit, for a number of reasons, not least being the people who say this. As they, like Clinton, are not very convincing. To be against a country but not its people sounds like Clintonism on a grand scale. After all what is a country without its people? And it's not good enough to do the relabel trick popular with the Left, to substitute the word Zionism for Israel. As if to make it seem like an abstract concept rather than a real place. This is a sleight that fools nobody but speaks volumes about those who would try such a thing.

So where do we find this rising tide? All sorts of places, but the Labour Party and universities are something of a treasure trove and there is an entwining of these two. As there is between anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. This happens because the Left have pulled another moral equivalence stunt, they lump these two things together. This is wrong. In so many words they say you get anti-Semitism because you have Islamophobia.

The rise and fall of Phil Shiner

Living in a moral muddle, as many people do, for a lot of the time

Prof Phil Shiner Prof Phil Shiner
So Phil Shiner, though the preferred title was always Prof Phil Shiner has been struck off the register of solicitors. His fall from grace, the detail, is given in the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) account and no doubt legal journals will rake over the ashes as they please. Although the legal profession might not be the same as the legal journals the latter have taken a very long time to face up to the reality of the Shiner case. First, they said he was being hounded for what he did, he was a victim. Then later on when it was clear what he had done was wrong, there was the bluster. When the game was up and the truth coming out we had silence. Parts of the case are to be heard later this year so we still await the full condemnation. But we may assume eventually it will be clear that he lost! At first Shiner was a poster-boy for the legal profession and they loved him. But now the truth is out, and you would have though the truth was important in legal matters, but they back away only to hide behind a veil of conspiracy theories. For example the government wants to 'do away' with the type of work Shiner did and have concocted this case to discredit it.

The Leavers say thank you!

Brexit means exit for two significant politicos.

Boris gives the Remainers a headache. Boris gives the Remainers a headache.
During the Brexit referendum campaign many alliances were made and new friends found. No doubt for the Remainers this is awkward, it brings back the memories and the hurt, but for the Leavers it's different. We are getting back to normal catching up on jobs in the garden and around the house and planning a little 'thank you' party sometime soon. It's in this mood we say thank you to two characters who have in their own and very different ways made a huge contribution to the referendum result.

First Boris Johnson. One of the features of the result is that the political establishment went into this referendum secure in the knowledge they would win. How did they know this? Because they had asked people who they could trust to tell them what they wanted to hear. Then proving their stupidity they believed it. In other words having started out rather detached from political reality they enhanced their isolation. Now Johnson has never been detached from public life in the same way that other politicians are, it's as if he defies gravity and more besides. He does as he pleases and the public like him for this.

His contribution to the Leavers was immense. He raised spirits and gave hope in a way no other politician from either side of the debate did. His critics will say he peddled lies about the EU.

Carrot and stick

Customer and supplier discuss the possibility, or not, of improving the EU

What to do? What to do?
The idea of organic farming is sound and we support it both in principle and practise. Guy Watson owns farms in the UK and France and will be best known for his company, Riverford , who sell and deliver organic vegetables to your door. He wrote the following news letter while working in France and put it on the Riverford website and put a copy in each of the deliveries.

“I get asked about Brexit at every break from our field work. The sentiment is generally that we should stay; that the European project is precious but fragile, and that our exit may make it crumble. Everyone here acknowledges that the EU has problems and needs to become more democratic and responsive to concerns of Europeans rather than Eurocrats, but resentment at a potential exit is not far under the surface. With Holland and the Czech Republic threatening to follow, it is not in Europe’s interest to make exit look easy; indeed, EU politicians are likely to get voters’ approval for making our post-exit life hell. I have no appetite for “ever closer union” or an ever larger Europe; if this was a referendum on whether to join the EU, I would be for staying out, but that train has left and I will be voting to stay for three reasons:

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