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.

Public service reform anyone?

Ignoring the lessons, not learning them

Shoesmith on the court stepsShoesmith on the court steps
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.

The Ken Clarke saga

A litmus test - if so, what was being tested?

Clarke, mad hatter No1Clarke, mad hatter No1
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.

Pigs, troughs, bankers and other related stories.

The financial crisis and the EU, will it ever, 'go away'?

The future of the euro?The future of the euro?
Well the Greek financial crisis is back in the news again. Mind you there's been some stiff competition of late, the royal wedding and the death of Bin Laden for example. But what we read about Greece is different, less dramatic, stale even, as it's about a year since the Greek bailout was announced. Also the root of the problem goes back such a long way it seems boring. It's not only Greece too, since their problems became newsworthy Ireland and Portugal have taken a turn. All the way through this saga there have been suggestions that the euro was, as a grand project, ill conceived and has been poorly managed since its introduction. The past behaviour of euro-stalwart Angela Merkel, taken as an example, shows that nerves are frayed. In real business, as opposed to the make-believe of the EU, there's a point when a failing venture is closed down. It goes into bankruptcy to avoid 'pouring good money after bad'. The point to remember with the EU is those doing the pouring are using other people's money. It's not for them to face up to reality.

A tale of two men

Why not Brian Hunter for the IMF top job?

Brian Hunter, head of IMF? Brian Hunter, head of IMF?
It's alright for some people. We see that Brian Hunter has been fined £18 million for his part in the collapse of a hedge fund. Mind you it's hard to feel sorry for either hedge funds of the people who work for them! The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission who imposed the fine would have us see Hunter as manipulative in nature. It is also reported that his actions cost his company about £4 billion and so it went bankrupt.

Wasting money and various other obsessions

It's not rocket science, it's madness!

A rocket explodes soon after launchA rocket explodes soon after launch
Can you remember the high spots in the 'space race'? A recent article with the title Yuri Gagarin: Waste of space? brought back memories and summed it all up very well. The space race, was a rather exclusive affair, dominated by the Russians and the USA, few other countries took part. The Chinese had a satellite that, we were told, weighed one ton. This made us laugh as there is a soup with a similar name, Wun Tun, sold in all Chinese restaurants. Also this satellite had a wooden heat shield, well we all have to start somewhere. But it was the French who, as usual, allowed their Gallic pride to take over. Alas in the search for la gloire their satellites went pop on a regular basis and so became a frequent item on news broadcasts. But then the stupid EU allowed the French to create an EU based Space Agency and so the costs of this vanity project where shared buy the whole of the EU and not just the delusional parts.

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