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.

Fools rush in

Many glum faces?

No1 glum!No1 glum!
As they say 'fools rush in' but following the 'success' of François Hollande there's a great deal to ponder. Yes it's true there's no real winner yet so to award him the French Presidency now would be wrong but there's no harm in seeing what we have got so far and taking it further. All countries, not least France, have their political traditions and the serving President seeking re-election is, if they are to win, generally doing better than Nicolas Sarkozy is now. There is also the performance of Marine Le Pen. Pretending that her political platform only appeals to a few nutters is not going to work any more. So it's interesting to see the Guardian facing up to this -

A key victory of the night was for the Front National's Le Pen, who came third with around 18% of the vote, beating her father Jean-Marie's record success in 2002, and placing herself firmly at the heart of right-wing politics in France. She said "the battle of France has just begun" and "nothing will be the same again".

The penny drops?

The Westminster bubble wakes up to the death of 'old' politics

Britannia resurgent? It's too early to say!Britannia resurgent? It's too early to say!

For a while the signs all pointed to Yorkshire. And the reason for this was down to two men, David Davis and George Galloway. The former is the MP for Haltemprice and Howden and the latter for Bradford West. It takes more than his Alma mater to get to understand Davis and why he frightens his old party. For this you must be able to decipher the insane tribal loyalty that sadly, just like the Labour party equivalent, seems to be essential to mainstream UK politics. An example of this is in the Spectator, classed as a newspaper it was always seen as a rock-solid Tory supporting paper. However, in the last few months things have changed. David Cameron is beginning to disappoint more than a few normally supportive folk who express themselves on the forums of the online edition.

This has unsettled some people,James Forsyth has become H2H, heir to Steve Hilton. Since the cycling Hilton went back to the USA the role of defender and promoter of David Cameron, H2B, heir to Blair, has been up for grabs. And Forsyth is desperate, you can see this by what he wrote about Davis.

Cameron, also, has problems with his own side.

The bus test

The PM and the Mayor, political futures, ,jobs and more

Transport of delight?Transport of delight?

It's not a good time for UK plc. Take the threat to UK prestige by the 'adjustment' of the sovereign debt rating. Actually it's a downgrade, adjustment sounds rather bland and it is serious. Also typical of our media you have to dig deep to see that the UK is not alone; perhaps they would prefer it that way? The full list is -

- Austria: outlook on Aaa rating changed to negative
- France: outlook on Aaa rating changed to negative
- Italy: downgraded to A3 from A2, negative outlook
- Malta: downgraded to A3 from A2, negative outlook
- Portugal: downgraded to Ba3 from Ba2, negative outlook
- Slovakia: downgraded to A2 from A1, negative outlook
- Slovenia: downgraded to A2 from A1, negative outlook
- Spain: downgraded to A3 from A1, negative outlook
- United Kingdom: outlook on Aaa rating changed to negative

For many people the difference between the grades is still hard to fathom but the 'shame' of it all is tempered by the fact the UK is not alone. For example why does Ireland not appear on this list, and what happens next? The latter is easier to answer in that Cameron & Co will attempt to spin any bit of good news as hard as they can, nudge us towards the sunny uplands. The nuclear pact with France is typical. But for all the jobs Cameron claims will be created there's the nagging doubt that more military alignment with France is not such a good idea, see HERE .

Nick Clegg, the curtain falls?

The Deputy PM is not a distraction, he is pathetic

fagged out Clegg and the TEA party!fagged out Clegg and the TEA party!
When in 1981 Greece joined the EU perhaps there was a whoop of joy from the office of the then MEP Jacques Delors, 'another one in the bag'. A long time ago getting countries to join in this grand plan was akin to a child collecting Dinky toys, the more the merrier. It was the same when later on the single currency was created; problems? Oh never mind! We will sort those out later. It was always principle first practicalities later.

The euphoria, a good word to describe the creation of anything related to the EU, was apparent. So a long list of weak and dodgy countries some unable to meet important criteria, others unwilling and some both, made up the numbers. Only recently did Delors say what he thought about it all. But not a peep from him or any of the other euphoric people, the motley crew who without question support the EU, at the time all this was happening. Did they know and keep quiet or did they not understand? This is important. For the study of history, you would have thought, is only worthwhile if you can learn from it so as not to repeat mistakes.

Which brings us bang up to date. What mistakes have been made in the last few days by the EU leaders?

Fantasy politics, trouble at home and away

Desperate times call for better than this

The UK, land of fantasyThe UK, land of fantasy
Fantasy politics, it's a very popular thing right now. Both at the EU and domestic level and therein lies the problem, it does have a downside. In the end the fantasy turns to comedy and then to misery. Take the fantasy of the coalition harping on about growth. What does this mean? It's not just the cynical who might say all this will lead to more wind farms and yet more immigration. What can grow? Industrial output is hemmed in by the environmental obsession. Pro-Green means anti-industry if the promoters of the greening are ideologues rather than realists. And they are.

So the de-industrialisation of the UK has to be accepted as a fact. When did it start; who to blame? However, this won't be a fruitful line of inquiry for anyone, least of all any of the post-WW2 governments. For they all, to a greater and lesser degree, made the right noises but all just watched as industry slid down the slippery slope. Not to worry! We have other things to do, alas the other things, what we now call financial services, did not turn out to be a problem free area either. So what happens now?

Well we are at the stage of something must be done, which is always dangerous for the temptation will be to grab at straws. It's no good talking about apprenticeships, that route will take far too long to show results.

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