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.

Who can you trust?

The mobile phone, the tool for fools?

The mobile phone bites the hand of those who feed it, ha ha!The mobile phone bites the hand of those who feed it, ha ha!
Today is a good day for most the MSM. Not for the News of the World I'll agree, but the rest of the pack are whooping it up. The phone hacking allegations are high octane stuff and the story of the moment. As you might expect there's more to this than a quick look reveals. From the Spectator we get the following -

News International have allegedly handed emails to the police that show Andy Coulson as editor of the News of the World authorised payments to the police. If this was true, it would be illegal.

Oh how funny! We can't trust the press to regulate itself, but the police? Oh that's just fine! I shall be laughing all day at this.

Even more laughter when you remember that just days ago when whinging about the proposals to reform the police Sir Hugh Orde said -

First find an expert

Do these people know what they are doing?

Christine and George, but who is the expert?Christine and George, but who is the expert?
It is surprising to see the Guardian being so forthright about the EU. With this article they seem to have woken up to the reality behind the financial problems of Greece. Even so they are still behind the curve. By contrast both Christopher Booker and Liam Halligan have moved onto the future risks to the UK. However, the problems highlighted by Booker and Halligan did not arrive overnight. The situation the UK faces has been a long time coming, you might have thought an 'expert' would have spotted this and done something to soften the risk. Well two things to ponder, what is an expert? And what could they have done?

Let's start with another situation regarding John Kay, a former Director of the Halifax Build Society that eventually became known as HBOS. Back in the early part of 2009 he was giving evidence to the Parliamentary Treasury Select Committee.

A war of words

Who will rescue the armed services?

A tank transporter A tank transporter
Did you spot the spat? Not content with the latest military opportunity- bombing Libya, two of our military men decided to go head-to-head. Put simply the navy man said we can't go on like this but the army man disagreed, see HERE .

While all this was going on, the RAF bloke was either ominously or sensibly quiet. The public notice things like that. They also wonder at this daft code of discipline that the military adhere to. If, for example, there is a problem then you could say the navy man had a duty to speak up. Then again perhaps the RAF man will wait until he can see the winner of this army/navy fight, then join the winning side. This would be called strategic thinking, the sort of stuff learnt on officer training courses. Mind you he might have learnt this trick from all that effort that's gone into Afghanistan. There the warring tribes do just the same thing, join the winning side, so all that effort wasn't wasted after all. We have posted about this inter-service rivalry before.

On the rampage

Non-important people collide with reality.

4 legs meets 4WD4 legs meets 4WD

Elephants are on the rampage in India. It is thought they do this because they are under stress of some sort, usually they are immature elephants and they can be very disruptive. On the rampage - this leads us to the Archbishop of Canterbury and Ed Balls. If there was a Silly Man of the Year competition the AoC would do well. Christine Odone writes of how the AoC was under stress at the time of the debate on gay priests, saying of the AoC-

thoughtful, warm and wise, a good man severely tested by the schism over homosexual priests that risked splitting the Anglican Communion. He could not bear to see the pain and venom that had been unleashed by that row: surely, he told me, eyes welling, "God’s community was inclusive and all-embracing"?

Man in monkey suit starts revolution?

It's the trivial things that count.

Revolutionary figure?Revolutionary figure?
"Twitter ye not"! A very old and well worn joke that's been around since the day the social networking site of the same name was launched. And I see Richard North on EUReferendum used it the other day too. So there you are, good advice from comedian Frankie Howerd. Except for the fact he had died before social networking in the style we now know had been invented. There is also the important point that Howerd would have said "titter ye not", as this was one of his favourite lines. And another thing, Howerd's idea of social networking was to sit in a favourite pub with friends.

Either way it's worth a quick look at the Twitter war . South Tyneside Council have become upset about allegations of this and that concerning local dignitaries being posted on Twitter. I've talked about this, or tried to, with friends "it's all so trivial", they declared. Yes, and that's the point, hence the whole affair is worthy of a second look. At the root of all this malarkey is something as old as the hills. I first came across this 30 years ago when a friend who worked in local government let me in on one of the office secrets.

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