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.
Did you spot the spat? Not content with the latest military opportunity- bombing Libya, two of our military men decided to go head-to-head. Put simply the navy man said we can't go on like this but the army man disagreed, see HERE .
While all this was going on, the RAF bloke was either ominously or sensibly quiet. The public notice things like that. They also wonder at this daft code of discipline that the military adhere to. If, for example, there is a problem then you could say the navy man had a duty to speak up. Then again perhaps the RAF man will wait until he can see the winner of this army/navy fight, then join the winning side. This would be called strategic thinking, the sort of stuff learnt on officer training courses. Mind you he might have learnt this trick from all that effort that's gone into Afghanistan. There the warring tribes do just the same thing, join the winning side, so all that effort wasn't wasted after all. We have posted about this inter-service rivalry before.
Elephants are on the rampage in India. It is thought they do this because they are under stress of some sort, usually they are immature elephants and they can be very disruptive. On the rampage - this leads us to the Archbishop of Canterbury and Ed Balls. If there was a Silly Man of the Year competition the AoC would do well. Christine Odone writes of how the AoC was under stress at the time of the debate on gay priests, saying of the AoC-
thoughtful, warm and wise, a good man severely tested by the schism over homosexual priests that risked splitting the Anglican Communion. He could not bear to see the pain and venom that had been unleashed by that row: surely, he told me, eyes welling, "God’s community was inclusive and all-embracing"?
"Twitter ye not"! A very old and well worn joke that's been around since the day the social networking site of the same name was launched. And I see Richard North on EUReferendum used it the other day too. So there you are, good advice from comedian Frankie Howerd. Except for the fact he had died before social networking in the style we now know had been invented. There is also the important point that Howerd would have said "titter ye not", as this was one of his favourite lines. And another thing, Howerd's idea of social networking was to sit in a favourite pub with friends.
Either way it's worth a quick look at the Twitter war . South Tyneside Council have become upset about allegations of this and that concerning local dignitaries being posted on Twitter. I've talked about this, or tried to, with friends "it's all so trivial", they declared. Yes, and that's the point, hence the whole affair is worthy of a second look. At the root of all this malarkey is something as old as the hills. I first came across this 30 years ago when a friend who worked in local government let me in on one of the office secrets.
So Ed Balls, thanks to the Sharon Shoesmith case, comes bouncing back into the limelight. The Shoesmith case is a tangled web of incompetence held together by emotion. As Ken Clarke found out last week with his remarks about rape there are some subjects that carry seriously high voltage emotion; this means rational debate and analysis is overwhelmed. It looks as if the same process is going to happen again and working out who did what with Balls, Shoesmith and others will be hard going. As things stand so far, as you might have guessed, nobody is doing well and looking good.
There is, we are told, 'no such thing as bad publicity'; well, the higher echelons of David Cameron's world, the inner sanctum and the No10 team, may disagree. Ken Clarke is in trouble over a remark he made about his plan for dealing with rape cases. He made the remark during a BBC radio interview in his capacity as Justice Secretary. There is more to the Clarke case than a second rate politico, well past his sell by date, getting bashed because of this remark. In a typically clumsy way Clarke made a mess of a simple situation. Do remember that Clarke goes by the name 'bruiser', a right wing reply to John Prescott, if it were needed, and perhaps it's not. Some would say the style of politics has moved on. There are two main problems here, the man and the remark. Let's start with the man.