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.

Flooding and the environment

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Floods 1981
Floods 1981 Our new Prime Minister Gordon Brown, was quick off the mark to mention Climate Change, what we once called Global Warming, when talking about the floods that have affected so much of the UK this 'summer'. It was as if there was no chance that central, local government or any agency had failed in any way, re. flood defences. However, we have seen this trick before. We saw the blame game being played when hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. But it was later to be established, beyond any doubt, that the flood defence measures of that city had been neglected for some time. This must be very annoying for people in the UK with strong memories of only the upper part of their house fit for occupation, and then only just, due to the strong smell from the water below, and doubly annoying that the playing of this silly game goes on, and on.

Europe and Empire

Gordon is a moron?

huggable Brownhuggable BrownWay back in 1978 the nation whistled and hummed the chorus line: "Gordon is a moron" from the song Jilted John. In those far off days there was no New Labour, back then we had punk new wave. The singer/songwriter Graham Fellows, as Jilted John performed one of the funniest songs in years. It was a tale of teenage angst, the girl was called Julie, went to number four in the charts and had several 'Top of the Pops' appearances. Oh how we laughed. Well, time moves on and now we have Gordon Brown to entertain us. Gordon is not having trouble with Julie but with the EU treaty/constitution. All of his new mates in the other EU countries have faced up to the fact that the 'new' tre/con, signed up to by his old mate Tony, is the same one that was rejected by the French and the Dutch.

Poles apart.

Archived Stop Press article

Oh dear!
Oh dear! The town of Reading in Berkshire is to spend £280.000 on an outreach project to see what the new wave of Polish immigrants want. Following WW2 Reading had a large Polish workforce, these would not all have been immigrants in the classic sense, and in the jargon of the times, some were, displaced persons. These people went to work at a variety of jobs and there were signs in their language in some factories. Time moves on and this minority has faded into the general population.You may assume that these new Poles also want jobs, and then lay claim to the £280.000 for yourself. But that would spoil it for others, for the ever eager 'equalities' industry has a few nice salaries lined up here. And our Reading Correspondent, tells us that several bars in the town are, all day long, host to crowds of young Poles. Some years ago on a trip to Poland I could not help notice that Poles are keen on a pivo or two. Our friendly correspondent also reports that the local courts are seeing some of these drinkers being fined.

Bottled water

Archived Stop Press article

lots of bottles
lots of bottles It is frequently stated as obvious that the drinking of vast quantities of bottled water is good for you. Nearly every female celebrity says that she drinks as much as possible. This premise never seems to be questioned. However, is it good for the kidneys to drink copious amounts of water when one is not thirsty?The kidneys have to work harder and essential nutrients may be flushed out. The health issues are probably marginal.It may make no difference to health,but what about the environment? Billions of plastic bottles have to be produced,recycled or disposed of.This takes energy. What of the springs? They are becoming more difficult to find and becoming depleted.

What is wrong with tap water? You, the taxpayer have paid £65 billion since 1997 in order to comply with 3 EU water purification directives this has left only £14 billion to pay for infrastructure (Lord Rooker's reply to a question by Lord Pearson). It has cost over £1,000 per person to get really clean water, so you might as well benefit from your money and help the environment by having a glass of tap water.

Free Speech is Relative

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali <br />
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
It is virtually impossible to criticise Islam. Theo Van Gogh was murdered and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, his co-author on the video 'Submission', required 24/7 security and eventually left Holland for the USA, (where she still requires police protection).Her Dutch passport was withdrawn despite her being an MP.She had also openly admitted that she had lied so as to to escape from an arranged marriage and claim asylum.

The Dutch people were furious and protested; the government fell. The crime? The production of a video depicting battered Muslim women with words from the Koran written on their bodies in order to illustrate the high incidence of violence against women in the Dutch Muslim community.

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