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.

Get it together!

Archived Stop Press article

Poll tax riotsPoll tax riotsThe poll tax protests worked because the issue was clear as was the method of protest , namely non or delayed payment and violent or rowdy demonstrations. Other protests have been ineffective. The road pricing petition was just ignored ( the government has now found it too difficult to enforce because of logistical problems.) It only claims that it is listening to people. To the government's relief most people now consider the Downing Street petitions to be a joke. Demonstrations do not help, as shown by the peaceful Stop the War marches (though the involvement of the Socialist Workers' Party and Respect could not have helped). Political parties do not help. There are hundreds of tiny parties fighting their patch so it is divide and rule. Legal protests do not work. The government and the EU have such byzantine bureaucratic systems in place that it is virtually impossible to find out anything. It is said that about two thirds of the population are against the EU treaty/constitution, yet the Eurosceptic organisations cannot even form a decent coalition.

No more faith schools please.

The rights of the child. Really?

Peace wall, separating peace schools.
West BelfastPeace wall, separating peace schools. West Belfast There should be no more faith schools, there should be a separation between church and school. Just under 30% of our schools are faith schools, at present these are mostly Christian and Catholic. In Northern Ireland, Angela Smith, the NI Office education minister turned down Rowellane Integrated College for funding. She allegedly did so in order to placate politicians opposed to integration. The school is being built using private funding and is, at present, using mobile classrooms. Rowellane is massively oversubscribed as are Northern Ireland's other 58 integrated schools. The IEF Integrated Education Fund was established in 1992 and aims to fund more integrated schools.

Who governs Britain?

The media does dummy.

Don't our children just love him?Don't our children just love him?Remember that poll asking who governed Britain? I voted for José Manuel Barroso but I have now changed my mind. The mainstream media (MSM) runs Britain. A couple of weeks ago Gordon Brown was leading the polls by a mile. He was acclaimed as: a marvellous intellectual, a safe pair of hands, the best Chancellor we had ever had. No mention of : his support for Blair's wars, the selling off of our gold reserves really cheaply, the pensions' fiasco, the huge numbers of government officials which made our unemployment statistics low, the looming British sub-prime crisis, PFI and enormous debt. No mention of the fact that he was left with a good economy during world growth and created a huge black economy fuelled by cheap imported labour. He steadied the nation during foot and mouth, the floods and the Glasgow terrorist attack. What was he meant to do? Laugh it all off?

Help or trade?

A brother 's advice

Moeletsi MbekiMoeletsi Mbeki On Independence, African and Asian colonies faced two challenges, namely creating domestic political stability and transforming their economies from the production of raw materials to industrial production. Most of Asia achieved this but Africa did not. In sub- Saharan Africa average per capita income is now lower than it was at the end of the 1960s. Competition for economic resources exacerbated ethnic and religious tensions, which had been partly created by the arbitrary drawing of boundaries by the European colonial powers. As a result, most African wars in the past 50 years have been internal ones. Economic growth depends on a strong private sector but African entrepreneurs are prevented from creating wealth by the political élites that control the state. These élites use state controlled marketing boards and taxation to divert agricultural savings, as well as the vast amounts borrowed and given by developed countries, into their own bank accounts and to strengthen their repressive states.

The mother test

Britain awake

mother asleepmother asleep It is often said, and here we go again that, 'a week is a long time in politics'. True, and we now wish we had placed a bet on the timing of a general election. For as those who set themselves up as being 'in the know' propelled each other forward from speculation to certainty, we had our doubts. We had no proof from polling, no reports from think tanks, but it did seem to us to be reckless and out of character for our new PM Gordon Brown to risk so soon the position he has waited for all these years. Also it is a long time, in real time as well as political, since the season of party conferences. Test yourself,can you remember the venue for this year's Liberal Democrat conference?

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