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.

Don't trigger campaign

Archived Stop Press article

Dont triggerDont triggerIt would seem that the Home Office and The Greater London Authority agree that the ends justify the means by their support of illegal pirate radios. The Stop the Trigger campaign is to be run by 20 of the 150 pirate radio stations in the UK . It is being organised by Urban Concepts who used to run the Imperial Gardens Nightclub in Southwark. The aim is to give a voice to those bereaved by gun crime and any proceeds will go to Mothers against Guns The police have helped create the ads to be run. DJs refute the claim that many pirate radio stations are run by criminal gangs and are a front to sell drugs. Higgy Rant of Boom Boom radio which covers the Southwark area and is listened to by two thirds of the population said that he felt that the police were beginning to uninstitutionalise their racism and he praised this. He also said that the National Black Police Association had been particularly helpful and that raids on the pirates had ceased for the duration of the campaign. He added that the pirates promised by crossing their hearts and hoping to die that they would not deal in any drugs or guns whilst the campaign ran. Commander Ali Dizaei, leader of the NPBA has designed a new police belt to be sold to police constables for 30 Euros so that they can register their support for the campaign.

Labels for all

Archived Stop Press article

lung diseaselung diseaseOur government is so concerned about our health that it is to insist that graphic images of diseased human organs be displayed on cigarette cartons in order to deter smoking. A logical consequence would be to insist on pictures of geese being force- fed on the covers of packets of pâté de foie gras, of veals living in the barren equivalent of veal crates on foreign produced veal, of cows imprisoned in sheds on non-Soil Association approved milk and so on. This system would enable the UK to avoid the World Trade Organisation's restriction on banning unethically produced meat and other goods by allowing the consumer to choose. Would this avoid the claim that this is a restriction of free trade?

force feeding gooseforce feeding gooseI am grown up and I know that I damage my health by smoking. I do not, however, always know that many milk products come from cows that live in intolerable conditions and I certainly never know whether bought food contains battery eggs. A new website called label my food aims to campaign for better labelling. I would welcome this. Why not a few damaged livers on bottles of whiskey and wine and photos of animals being tested to produce certain cosmetics whilst we're about it ?

Drugs not health

A NICE little earner

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statins poster Your GP earns an average of £106,000 per annum. A single practice GP can earn an extra £126,000 making a potential total of £232,000 a year. In order to earn the extra £126,000 he needs to gain all 1050 points on the government's Quality and Outcomes Framework 'QOF' Over half of these points relate to clinical targets.One of the points is gained by prescribing statins for those at some risk of coronary heart disease. The patient is then on the drug for life, making this QOF point an easy one to maintain.There is little realistic possibility that a GP will be permitted to exercise his own independent clinical judgement and would be scared of legal action brought by a patient if NICE guidelines had not been followed.

Farm animal welfare

Some animals are more sentient than others

CIWFCIWFThe farm animal charity Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) bases its work on the premise that all animals are 'sentient beings'. This is not surprising but it does mean that organisations that legally recognise this fact should aim to avoid the maltreatment of farm animals. Amazingly, the European Union recognised animal sentience in the Treaty of Rome 1972. However, when one considers the plight of North Sea fish under the Common Fisheries Policy or the introduction of American style hog farms in Eastern Europe, the short, sad life of factory farmed chickens, force-fed geese and so on, one does wonder whether the bureaucrats ever read this section or whether this was translated correctly into 27 languages.

Ash subsidies

Archived Stop Press article

Afghan stamp
Afghan stamp Many lives are to be saved in war torn Afghanistan because smoking has been banned in public places. ENSP the European Network for Smoking Prevention praised President Karzai for his forward thinking. A spokesperson said: "when suicide bombs are a thing of the past and the heroin trade but a distant memory, passive smoking would have caused untold deaths. We praise his foresight. We subsidise our farmers to the tune of one billion Euro so Afghans can buy cheap tobacco to smoke in the pure open air. The network has much to be proud of. Many countries in the EU are now smoke free. We have achieved a great deal".

I was then honoured to be invited into the Berlaymont building where the EU parliament sits at times. We had a smoke together to celebrate the achievements of ENSP. Smoking is permitted here because this is where the rules are made.

Our man in Brussels

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