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.

Money money money

Your chance to help

ten bob OK?ten bob OK?
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.

The EU's Military Ambitions and the UK

Charles de GaulleCharles de GaulleIt is a tradition that a nation, such as the UK, reserves the right to defend itself. So to do this it has armed forces and may, or may not, form alliances with other nations. If we look at recent trends, we see that since the formation of the United Nations at the end of the Second World War, the membership of the United Nations has more than doubled. It now recognises and admits almost 200 nations. This, according to Niall Ferguson of Harvard, is in direct contrast to the situation prior to the First World War, then 83% of the world's population lived in 13 confederations or major groupings. Now, I'm suggesting that a large number of small and independent nations is likely to give more, not less, stability to a region.

What shall we do?

Goodbye Belgium?

An unstoppable force ?An unstoppable force ?

What shall we do with the drunken sailor? is the opening line of perhaps the most well known sea shanty of all. What shall we do with an unwanted country? is not a long-lost verse of this shanty recently found by a ferreting musicologist-cum-folksong fanatic, but is my question to you; and the country in question is Belgium. These things have a sort of connection, in so far as the music for the shanty was written down in 1825, the Belgian Revolution establishing that country, using bits of Holland and France, was in 1830, and the words for the shanty were first heard in 1891. Some of us are dreamers, and so it could just be that, to keep their spirits up during the revolution, someone did hum the music.Then again, by the mid 1890s perhaps the whole song was popular in the coastal taverns of Belgium - could be.

Children in real need

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  Hi, and get real! Hi, and get real!

As we all know trying to name a pet can be risky, for example when the BBC programme Blue Peter had a few problems choosing a name for a cat. However, the travails of the producers of this programme are not on the same scale as those of British teacher, Gillian Gibbons, who is now in jail in the Sudan. Her crime is all tied up with a teddy bear, this came to the school with a pupil. And as part of a lesson the pupils had to choose a name for the toy, they chose Muhammad. It is said that after a while there were objections, and now Gibbons could face a jail term or 40 lashes for insulting the prophet. While I admire her desire to 'help', you do wonder if anything can be done to help people with that mindset.

The truth will out

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Soviet Gulag Soviet GulagThe next debate at the Oxford Union is between Frances Bill of the New Rationalist Party and Vladbiew Zablic author of a new book on the Gulag called 'White Fear'. The subject is: 'The Gulag - not many died.' And, much as you would expect, there are not many tickets left.

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