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.
The news about the problems at locomotive builder Bombardier leading to the closure of the Derby works brought forth a range or reactions; the ritual gnashing of teeth being the one the MSM liked best. However, the first wave of reporting left out as much of this story as it reported. A typical MSM headline talking about Bombardier as 'the UK's last train maker' was not an incorrect statement but it would be wrong to try to pass off Bombardier as the last British train maker, for it is an enormous Canadian company. So the 1,400 jobs at the Derby HQ, while vital to Derbyshire, are perhaps no more than natural employee flows over the whole of the company on a global basis.
Yet more on the story now called Hackgate. This is not an unimportant story but is, as suggested HERE , a media storm. Clearly the MSM assume their readers can't get enough. In the case of the BBC and the Guardian the line is 'watch out for that evil Rupert Murdoch'. Yet the facts show the liberal-left section of the MSM get things wrong too. Hence the Guardian was forced to apologise to the Sun for getting their facts seriously wrong.
However, other sections of the MSM fight their own battles. Wise people are looking long term on this; what restrictions on press freedom may follow Hackgate? David Cameron has said he wants a free press but then he says all sorts of things which never come to pass. His other problem is the Deputy PM Nick Clegg. The Liberal Democrats are ill named and can be expected to join with Ed Milband and the Labour party in calling for measures to 'stop Murdoch'. A liberal, in the real sense, and free press is not what they want.
So an alternative take on all of this comes via the blogosphere.
A tidal wave of details concerning the News of the World phone hacking now engulfs us all. Will we survive? In the ultimate act of self-regulation the NoW was closed last Sunday on orders from Rupert Murdoch. It remains to be seen if those other bastions of self-regulation, politicians and the police, can match this act when their turn comes. Their records so far, on other matters, don't exactly inspire confidence. But you do get the feeling that this story has more than just one over-energetic tabloid, a few bent coppers and our political superiors to it.
Today is a good day for most the MSM. Not for the News of the World I'll agree, but the rest of the pack are whooping it up. The phone hacking allegations are high octane stuff and the story of the moment. As you might expect there's more to this than a quick look reveals. From the Spectator we get the following -
News International have allegedly handed emails to the police that show Andy Coulson as editor of the News of the World authorised payments to the police. If this was true, it would be illegal.
Oh how funny! We can't trust the press to regulate itself, but the police? Oh that's just fine! I shall be laughing all day at this.
Even more laughter when you remember that just days ago when whinging about the proposals to reform the police Sir Hugh Orde said -
It is surprising to see the Guardian being so forthright about the EU. With this article they seem to have woken up to the reality behind the financial problems of Greece. Even so they are still behind the curve. By contrast both Christopher Booker and Liam Halligan have moved onto the future risks to the UK. However, the problems highlighted by Booker and Halligan did not arrive overnight. The situation the UK faces has been a long time coming, you might have thought an 'expert' would have spotted this and done something to soften the risk. Well two things to ponder, what is an expert? And what could they have done?
Let's start with another situation regarding John Kay, a former Director of the Halifax Build Society that eventually became known as HBOS. Back in the early part of 2009 he was giving evidence to the Parliamentary Treasury Select Committee.