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 wonderful world of business

Waiting for the recovery? It will be a long wait with this lot!

Wonderful! Wonderful!
So with the Olympics over people who find sport boring won't remember who won what but might recall that it was G4S who caused a stir by making a mess of their contract to provide security staff for the Olympics and that compensating arrangements had to be made, such as calling in the army. One of the outcomes to all this was the head man at G4S, Nick Buckles, got told off by the Labour MP Keith Vaz, who chairs the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee. Now there is a certain irony here as one person whose recent performance fell short of acceptable is questioned by another who, in the past, had the same problem! The questioning of Buckles led to the ridiculous claim by Neil Woodford, an investment manager at Invesco Perpetual, that -

the aggressive response of MPs to the Olympics security shambles put recovery at risk by discouraging businesses to come to Britain --------- last month’s Home Affairs Select Committee meeting was like watching “a medieval persecution” ---------- if this is the way Parliament wants to treat business, please Parliament, don’t be surprised when businesses decide this isn’t the country for them,

What a stupid man!

It's the world we live in - part 1

Looking at the way the police and other public servants perform.

The lovely Robin Hood airportThe lovely Robin Hood airport
So you want to be a Commissioner for the Police? That's the new fangled job that's going nowhere at the moment. Alarm bells are being sounded, and not just by the Tory faithful. And who is to blame for that you may ask? Reports like these - HERE and HERE show that the bar has been set very high, and rumours suggest this may be deliberate. Theresa May is keen for you to know that it was not supposed to turn out this way. But it has. It is on record that the police did not want this idea and sought to rubbish it when it was in the early stages prior to the general election. So are we seeing the end result of 'friends in high places?'

The very idea of elected police commissioners ruffled many feathers, not least in ACPO, an organisation never shy of going in for political manoeuvres. Put simply there is nothing wrong with the general public having a say upon who is to be serving them. The police, like so many other people, are public servants.

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The Olympics and the Tour

Two events, compare and contrast

Wiggins and Froome. Wiggins and Froome.
The excitement mounts! The Olympics, what can you say, mind you, are we allowed to use that word? It's fair to point out that this blog has been lukewarm from the start. In May 2008 we wrote this and not of word written all that time ago would we alter. The Olympic venues are all so distant from here it takes a London based reporter, and most of them are in London, to bring the story to life. This was done in a very dramatic way by the Spectator . The paper edition of the magazine carried an article by Nick Cohen which Fraser Nelson reviewed online. The basic point to note here is that Parliament passed the legislation making what Cohen calls ‘corporatist dystopia’ possible. Despite all the hog-wash from Tony Blair and Ken Livingstone local people were not only ignored in the negotiations but now find themselves taken for granted as well.

It's a weak excuse, not a reason for the aggressive logo protection moves, that sponsors have put large sums of money into the Olympic games and so deserve some form of protection. However, the UK public had no option, no chance to debate and the amount of public money spent on the games is an even larger sum, but who speaks for them?

Zombies, everywhere!

And not just in banks, but throughout business and government!

As the sign says!As the sign says!
If you are looking for 'growth', that something promised by politicians but, so far, yet to appear then you will also be disappointed by the world of business. Recently the Daily Telegraph ran this article. And very interesting too, for a number of reasons. The basic information comes from the accountants Ernst and Young with direct quotes from Alan Hudson and Alan Bloom. The summary of which is -

that the financial crisis had created an environment where it is "too difficult to fail", with businesses being kept afloat to the detriment of the broader economy.

That's the sort of tease remark the man atop the Clapham Omnibus could savour, 'common knowledge', his every day language, has long held that there's something funny about the business world. Could this be it? E & Y go on to add -

so-called "financially undead" companies are clinging on, despite the recession, making markets and the economy inefficient. The expected jump in the number of companies falling into administration has not materialised

Then the article points the finger at the banks suggesting that they are 'under pressure'.

On the march

The police, the cuts and more

On the marchOn the march
It was not a good time for the police to march through London to protest about 'the cuts'. The same week the revelations following the trial of men in Rochdale for 'grooming' under-age girls for sex included the fact that the police had known of this and other cases for at least ten years. They had, however, not taken any action for fear of being accused of being racist, or at least this is what we are told. The immediate post-trial reactions of many people, not just the police, followed the usual path. Blame shift and denial, outrage and fresh threats of racist accusations were the basis of this phase. But we start with former MP Ann Cryer, for many years seen by her own party, Labour, and the liberal left elite as a bit of a liability for her campaigns on, amongst other things, forced marriage in UK Asian society.

It is said that she passed on information to the police, but nothing was done. Other people researching the darker side of UK Asian culture, female genital mutilation for example, have had a similar tale to tell. Nothing happens, nothing is done, statistics are not known or not admitted to.

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