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.

Banking and the arts

Wasted talent, the death of banker bashing and the mutual concept

A farce? A farce?
The Co-op Bank, an ethical bank that's in a lot of trouble. Sir Christopher Kelly was asked by the Co-op to explain what went wrong and now the Kelly report has been published. This tells of problems going back several years but of late it went wrong because the people who try to run the bank on a day-by-day basis were undermined by others, from the board, who are a good deal less than ethical. It is certain that leaks of confidential information from the latter group were the reason that Euan Sutherland resigned, see link above. The management of the bank is done by the bank’s parent company, The Co-operative Group. This is where we find the group board. And the board is composed of elected representatives, elected by the Co-op membership.

Here diversity is all too apparent in that we find a plasterer, a grocer and, until recently, a Methodist minister. In some circles to question diversity gets you some funny looks but the truth was that apart from having bank accounts none had any practical experience of banking.

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Tony Benn

Nationalised treasure and man of conviction

Tony Benn,  1925 -  2014Tony Benn, 1925 - 2014
A decent chap? Probably, but a clever politician? That's not so clear. The death of Tony Benn has brought forth fulsome praise for him as a man and a character. Those with long memories will recall when he joined a cause he became the cause. An ideal radio and TV performer Benn never travelled without his pipe or a ready quip, the press loved both. Benn was not our first national treasure but was in a perverse way 'nationalised' very early on in his political career. It was in this form that he took up the cause of opposing European integration. As Helen Szamuely points out he was on the losing side in 1975. It would be wrong to make out he alone was responsible for the defeat but he was very active. So on the one hand he gets praised for his energy but on the other was too easily seduced by the media and his part of it.

And so to Tony Benn's consistent and ideologically pure euroscepticism that began long before the word was invented. There can be no doubt about its sincerity or that he was motivated to a great extent by a love for Parliament and parliamentary democracy. He was also motivated by a fear that, once in the EEC, Britain would never become the socialist country he wanted it to be.

Do they understand?

But then do you!

Gemma Worrell   Gemma Worrell
Poor Ms Worrall. She is the fragrant 20 year old from Blackpool who has become famous for her tweet -

Why is our president Barraco Barner getting involved with Russia, scary.

In her defence it should be said that Obama became the 44th President of America in 2009 when Worrall was 15 years old. As for the comment 'our president', well the BBC has, all those years, treated Obama as if he is the Messiah so perhaps her mistake is understandable. Which leads us on to the flatulent Nick Clegg. He is older than Worrall but politically just as ignorant. And try as he did with his speech at the LibDem conference the possibility is the Worrall Tweet will be read by more people than attendees at his conference. This despite the BBC trying to present his words as important.

The Spectator reported on the Worrall story and it got over 170 comments from readers. By contrast the reports about Clegg scored 36, 234, and 6. Now you would have thought the politician would have fared better than that. And there was a less than favourable reaction to Clegg from the Guardian too.

Seeing is believing

The view from No10, a spin doctor speaks

Does TV ever lie?Does TV ever lie?

Some years ago David Cameron worked for Carlton TV as Director of Corporate Affairs. Perhaps it was here he honed his skills as a spin doctor. For, make no mistake, our PM is a master of the art. Thanks to the efforts of Paul Homewood who sent a Freedom of Information request to Downing Street we learn a great deal. Homewood runs a blog called - NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT , and had noted that during PMQs David Cameron stated:

I agree with you that we are seeing more abnormal weather events. Colleagues across the House can argue about whether that is linked to climate change or not. I very much suspect that it is.


Homewood asked - Please advise:

1) What evidence the PM has that "abnormal events are increasing"
2) What evidence he has that the recent bad weather is in any way "abnormal"

A reply from Nicholas Howard of the Cabinet Office stated -

The Act provides access to recorded information. In this case the quote you have provided makes it clear this is a visual observation - “we are seeing”.

Indeed we are Mr Howard! Our suspicions are being confirmed and your boss will be looking for another job soon!

Somerset gives way to Ukraine

The EU, no money and no diplomacy!

Russian tank memorial in the UkraineRussian tank memorial in the Ukraine
So floods and why they happened and the role of the EU are yesterday's news. It's ironic that they were pushed off the front page by events in the Ukraine. In the Telegraph Liam Halligan wrote -

These protests began relatively peacefully back in November, when Yanukovych refused to sign a trade deal with the European Union. Again, many Ukrainians opposed this deal, not least because it demanded full market access for EU goods, without in turn granting Ukraine permission to export much of its farm produce to western Europe.

So far the EU and its apologists have managed to convince many people of the simplicity of the crisis in the Ukraine. Some Ukrainians are good, they want the EU while others are wicked, they want to remain aligned with Russia. This gross over simplification has been helped along by the usual suspects. Both the BBC and the Guardian seem only able to find quotes from Ukrainians who follow this line. But then it was much the same when the reports of unrest from Ireland and Greece came in. The problems, according to those interviewed by the media were many but only the lightest criticism of the EU was broadcast.

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