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.

Disabled should pay for their fun

Archived Stop Press article

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Imported wheelchairs have always been duty free. In 2001 the EU ruled that they should be classed as 'Leisure Vehicles'. Belgium (presumably when it had a government) complained to the Commission that Great Britain was not playing the game. HM Revenue and Customs have now slapped on a 10% tax. It's certainly not cricket but then I don't think the Belgians play cricket. Courtesy EU Referendum

Help for Heroes

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The present proposed cost of the 2012 London Olympics is £9.3 billion including VAT. Margaret Beckett presided over DEFRA and the fiasco of the Single Payment Scheme which was described by a Commons' committee as a 'masterclass' in incompetence and invoked half a billion in EU fines and withholding of money; she was subsequently promoted. The list goes on and on and waste and incompetence seem to be the default state. Yet, the government that produced that dodgy dossier cannot afford dedicated medical treatment for our wounded troops. There is no swimming pool at Headley Court rehabilitation centre and injured troops are bussed to Leatherhead where they have to share a public pool, there is also urgent need for a new gym. The government admit that there is a 'need' for a pool but that this is not an 'urgent need'. There is a charity called Help for Heroes which is raising £5 million for the pool. This would be peanuts for the government but evidently they have more pressing priorities.

Loadsamoney - little sense

Snatch Land RoverSnatch Land RoverThere has been a lot of fuss about the lack of priority given by Tony Blair, Des Browne and Gordon Brown to the armed forces. The 5 ex-defence chiefs have come out in unison to attack the MOD's poor military funding. There have,of course, been massive problems:lack of helicopters, the use of poorly armoured 'snatch' vehicles, lack of body armour...... There is also the wholesale privatisation of our forces, not just in areas such as catering but in training and even personal record management. Young men used to join the army and come out with a trade; the variety of skills learned which would be useful in civilian life is now limited. However, it is not so much about the money, the problem is in the way it is spent. In order, it would seem, to ensure our compliance with a future European Army. And also the 'spenders' are people who seem not to know what they are doing.

President Blair?

Super, President BlairSuper, President BlairWhilst the country and the British press are agog over New Labour sleaze allegations, the EU referendum debate has seemingly disappeared. However, just when you thought that Tony Blair was quietly ensconced in his Grosvenor Square offices, rented at £550,000 per annum with a ten year lease, in order to be the Middle East envoy for the quartet; we find that Go4it Gordon Brown has signed the final treaty allowing one person to hold the post of European Commission President and EU president. And yes, our Tony is a contender. Just when we thought we'd got rid of him, he may arise like the phoenix. The fact that the EU books have not been signed off for the thirteenth year, the fact that the whistleblower and EU accountant Marta Andreasen was sacked, the fact that the entire Commission had to resign in 1999 because of corruption and mismanagement and the Eurostat scandal caused mere ripples in our press compared to New Labour funding scams. Sleaze and spin, EU style, is a whole new ball game yet it is not nearly as much fun as our home grown one because of diplomatic immunity and really clever obfuscation.

Money money money

Your chance to help

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I assume you know that Gordon Brown has written a book on Courage? I mention this because it would, in the present climate, take real courage to be a political party fundraiser. Over time all political parties seem to come off worse on this subject, a sort of - where there's muck there's more muck scenario. Hence the need to keep the party Leader and the money a great distance apart at all times. So I say pity the poor fundraiser who must know the score when they take on the job. As, at the first sign of trouble they are supposed to fall on their sword and protect Number One, a sort of flanking manoeuvre to draw off the press corps; remember Lord Levy? So, damned if you don't get the money in, and damned if you do as well.

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