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 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.

Beyond Merkozy

The problems of the EU, again

Will the euro survive?Will the euro survive?
Introduction -

A casual look at the EU shows the big beasts of the day locked into a battle to save their dream. But dig a little deeper and you see all sorts of people about to suffer from a career-long obsession with the EU and the single currency.

Have they have gone quiet or have we gone deaf? Not so many years ago there was a never ending stream of the great and the good telling us that the UK should join the euro. The implication was the sky would fall in and we would all starve to death unless the single currency was adopted. The Confederation of British Industry was typical of this siren call, its Chairman would routinely find time to take part in BBC programmes to spread the word. Propaganda this was not, this was real public service broadcasting!

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The story in pictures

Implausible plot but horrific outcome?

Merkel looks glum Merkel looks glum
Politics is weird and it numbs people, they turn off. Only a few people take it seriously and read as much as they can, some will not even look at the TV. A month ago, I startled a neighbour who told me her daughter was taking a holiday in Greece. Reacting to all the MSM reports I did a quick tour around the subject of strikes and demonstrations and wished the traveller well. That was the worst thing I could have done. The mother's face fell, rather than gearing herself up for the cat-sitting and plant watering she went straight into worry mode. How could, I though as I left the scene of my disaster, they not have noticed these things and wondered about the wisdom of taking the kids abroad? But it's not only ordinary people who get politics wrong and who fail to spot the important things.

It's been the same with the troubles in Greece. An example: the ordinary Greek has failed to spot the problem by thinking that the bailout terms are too harsh, while at the same time wanting to stay in the EU and stick with the euro. It's just mad, but then that's what the majority of Greeks are saying to the pollsters. Equally mad is that the pollsters then fail to ask who should give them money, and why, so they may carry on as they are. In fact it's not mad it's a joke, as were the actions of George Papandreou.

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