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.

Independence, fact or fancy?

Independence for all, or just some?

Holyrood, government, or regional office?Holyrood, government, or regional office?

The report on the elections held in May this year for the Scottish Parliament and local councils has just been published. On the one hand 49% of those eligible to vote in these elections did so, which may be regarded as a good turnout. On the other hand, about 140,000 ballot papers were 'lost', for a variety of reasons, and this number is high enough to reduce the value of the results for all parties. Also, the report's author, Bryan Gould, suggested that all the Scottish political parties have to shoulder the blame for the outcome, he says that they treated the voters as, "an afterthought", and were too "partisan". As a Labour MP under the former Labour Leader John Smith, who, as a Scot, was very sympathetic towards more power for Scotland, we may conclude that Gould would know about these things. The report makes many suggestion for the future, so what of the future?

Britain could help

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Is this the real tyrant?Is this the real tyrant? We hear our politicians and press criticise other regimes such as Saudi or Burma and then the news item disappears and something more exciting turns up. Burma and Saudi disappear from our screens and newspapers, the rhetoric lingers a while but nothing is done. Do you remember the glee experienced by the mainstream media when Mark Thatcher was entangled in the Equatorial Guinea débâcle?

A bit late

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The eyes have itThe eyes have itActing leader of the Liberal Democrats,Vince Cable has refused to meet King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, citing suppression of women, corruption and religious intolerance amongst his reasons. In Saudi Arabia Christianity is forbidden yet we allow Saudi money to come to Britain to fund : mosques, schools, madrassas and other Islamic organisations. The largest religious building in Britain, the proposed East London mosque would be funded by Saudi. It's a bit late Vince. In some areas veiled women abound and toddlers can be seen piling into madrassas of an evening. Are you sure they are all enjoying themselves Mr.Cable? Would one of these ladies dare answer if you asked? They are not all young and politicised. Many are elderly and look worn out.

Neuspeak

Archived Stop Press article

our heroine MEPour heroine MEPThe European Union has produced some very expensive, elaborately produced comic books. For example Troubled Waters 1997 tells the story of a young, beautiful, female MEP who is working on a water directive. There is a dastardly plot by a swarthy, ugly male businessman who pours toxic waste into a river. It is utter drivel yet it is so bad it's mesmerising. In The Raspberry Ice Cream War 1997 children travel back in time to find that Europe used to consist of people having wars about ice-cream and they give these people a lesson in democracy and a peaceful Europe without frontiers. Very silly but quite chilling.
The latest effort has yet another beautiful, busty MEP fighting the foreign devil on our behalf and producing yet another right-on comic called Operation Red Dragon , 10 years of propaganda and plus ça change...
The CIB have produced some booklets for schools to counteract EU propaganda See here.

Mind the gap

But they're only bothered about schoolsandhospitals.....

a small leap forward?a small leap forward?

One third of the UK's current generating capacity will be out of use by 2015, a third of our power stations will be worn out or against EU pollution laws as North Sea Oil dries up. Our government states that world consumption of energy will increase 50% by 2030 , so there will be a lot of competition for resources. Whatever your views on nuclear energy, the government is dithering and these plants need to be being built pretty soon if they are to fill the energy gap and they need to sort out who is to pay for the disposal of the waste. The government states in its energy white paper that we'll need to increase our 'gas import capacity' by 15-30%. This is not a particularly secure way to fill the gap. Norway may look upon us kindly but many other potential gas suppliers may not.

The EU has thought up a figure of achieving 10% of energy from renewable sources by 2010 . To reach this target the UK will have to produce 6% more in the next couple of years! Government is already thinking up spin as to why this will not happen. Mr Blair also said we would reduce our carbon emissions by 30% by 2020 and 60% by 2050!!! And the EU proposes a 20% cut in TOTAL energy consumption by 2020. Golly.

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