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 was threatened by membership, so we voted to leave. There's also the independence of thought which must, obviously, lead to free speech. The popularity of cancel culture must be challenged. Also politics is more than 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.

Ernest Bevin will be turning in his grave

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Our policemen are annoyed at the way they have been treated and are hinting at strike action. However, if they do manage to change the rules that forbid police strike action in Britain, they will have the European Union to deal with. The European Court of Justice has finally ruled on one of the famous test cases regarding strike action and 'unfair competition'. This concerns Viking, the Finnish ferry company, which replaced the crew on one of its ferries with Estonian workers. The court has ruled that the unions have the right to strike but that striking would be illegal if it restricted the right of 'freedom of establishment' namely allowing companies to hire cheaper labour. Catch 22 or what?

Rewriting history

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Remember the bad old days when communist countries purged their leaders and dissenting officials and simply airbrushed their photos out of newspapers, TV and books and rewrote their history? Well, this is our future, the rewriting of history in the European Parliament. It has happened before but not so blatantly and it has caused barely a ripple of comment. The BBC has a couple of photos but that's about it. The EU TV coverage was turned off. The incident involved a protest initiated by the Group of the European United Left-Nordic Green Left and joined by others including British eurosceptic MEPs. About 50 MEPs held up banners asking for a referendum, they jeered and booed and interrupted the speeches. Unfortunately the BBC has the one photo but apart from that it didn't happen, there is no TV coverage and it won't be in the official reports. Daniel Hannan was there.

13 is an unlucky number in Britain

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The Lisbon Treaty is being signed today. We have not been consulted but what's new? The difference will be that getting rid of any particular British government won't make much difference in future. The parties may continue to argue about schoolsandhospitals for a while, but even health will soon be within the control of the EU. I want a referendum have some excellent 'roadsigns' that they will be putting out in Lisbon and these say it all.

Mr Toad; Putin or Sarkozy?

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At the start of December Mr Putin's party won the elections in Russia. At once there was the suggestion that not all had gone well, there was suspicion about the outcome. This in turn led to caution in the way the results were greeted by some European Leaders, but not all. The effervescent Mr Sarkozy heaped praise on Mr Putin from the moment the results were known. Then, just a few days later we see that Renault, in partnership with Nissan, have bought a 25% stake in the Russian car maker that we call Lada, but is called Avtovaz in Russia. Could these events be related? To get this stake the French and their partners beat off competition from, amongst others, General Motors and Volkswagen.

Teddy says God is great

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Over 90% of women in North Sudan have suffered genital mutilation, the vast majority suffering the most severe form called infibulation. Following this procedure the girl is bound from hip to ankle and must remain immobile for about 40 days so that scar tissue can form. The child is left with a hole the size of a matchstick. 10% die from short-term effects of haemorrhage and shock and 25% die from recurrent problems such as urinary infections and childbirth complications; other effects are: incontinence, chronic pain, cysts, ulcers, infertility... the list goes on and on.

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