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.

The battle for Ladywood

Birmingham City CouncilBirmingham City Council Claire Short the ex-Labour, now Independent, MP for Ladywood, Birmingham is to stand down at the next election and the fight is now on for her successor in one of the safest Parliamentary seats in the city. The Labour constituency association has already banned all men from standing and now says it wants a black or Asian woman to stand. Evidently the party executive has expressed such a preference. The preferred candidate is one Yvonne Mosquito a Labour councillor. She has still to pay her election expenses of £600 for the May elections so is not too popular at present. But then, care with other people's money seems to be a problem for Councillor Mosquito.

Crikey!

NO2IDNO2IDCrikey! What larks. Did an official at Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs send out the data on 15 million child benefit claimants on unencrypted CDs as a joke? I think I would prefer this scenario. To think it was done in good faith means that the politicians have put in place bureaucrats who are on the same wavelength but haven't a clue about the real world. I heard an official say that there had been no 'Health and Safety assessment' done before the discs were sent. Words fail me.

Saving the planet?

Archived Stop Press article


Spanish factory trawler Spanish factory trawler Breaking news: fisheries minister Jonathan Shaw has said that the dumping of thousands of tons of dead fish back into the sea because of EU fishing quotas is "immoral". An estimated 880,000 tonnes of dead fish or 'discards' are thrown back into the North Sea every year in order to comply with the Common Fisheries Policy quotas. Where has he been the last few years? It has always been immoral. In some waters off Scotland discards account for about 90% of some fish catches. Mr Shaw said: " The crisis of throwing fish back is immoral, we don't want that to continue so we have to find a balanced range of measures to ensure that the fishing industry is sustainable and we have the conservation measures in place." Does he mean continuing to allowing huge factory trawlers in vast numbers to hoover up every fish and crustacean in sight? His solution is ...increase the cod quotas! Leave the EU say I, save the oysters.

'O Oysters,' said the Carpenter,
'You've had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?'
But answer came there none --
And this was scarcely odd, because
They'd eaten every one.
Lewis Carroll. Through the Looking-Glass

No-one blamed

Stefan Kiszko, mum and auntieStefan Kiszko, mum and auntieRonald Castree has been given a life sentence for the murder of the little girl Lesley Molseed 32 years ago. The judge also castigated him for allowing an innocent man to spend 16 years in jail. Stefan Kiszko was wrongly accused of Lesley's murder, suffered unimaginable horrors in Wakefield and Grendon Underwood prisons and, as a result, became a schizophrenic. He died soon after his release as did his mother. However, it was not only Ronald Castree who was at fault.

Ex-Muslim Council

Ex-Muslim Council
 of GermanyEx-Muslim Council of GermanyHuman rights activists founded the 'Central Council of Ex-Muslims' in Germany in February 2007.. Its leader Iranian born Mina Ahadi hopes to turn this into a pan-European movement. The rationale is to form a counterweight to Muslim organisations that fail to represent secular Muslims and to give help to those who wish to renounce their faith. As expected Mina is now under police protection after having received death threats.

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