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.

A shared past, and future?

From 1932 until 1968 the Portuguese were ruled by their dictator Salazar.Time moves on. Portugal is a democracy and now it's the turn of the Portuguese to have the EU presidency and they see absolutely no problem with Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe attending the EU-Africa summit this December.This despite the EU travel ban on him visiting any of the 27 EU countries.

Remembrance Day

Poppy Appeal

The poppy of remembranceThe poppy of remembrance

I was born after the Second World War and can remember that, right into the 1950s, there were bomb-damaged buildings in the town where I grew up. I can also remember the nervous ticks and odd behaviour of some of the 'survivors', the walking wounded who lived in that town. This war was to me so far in the past that I assumed the emotions of my parents' generation would never be felt by mine; then there was the Falklands War. This woke me up and I have been aware of the role of the armed forces in the service of this country ever since. So please take a look at this site.

NHS plays Blindman's Buff

We have all heard about the wildly expensive new drugs that the NHS finds hard to fund, leaving it with the agonising problem of prioritisation. We now learn that it is deliberately bowing to the wishes of the pharmaceutical giant Genentech.

The NHS has licensed the drug Lucentis to prevent wet macular degeneration. It costs £1,793 per injection and is only recommended for about 20% of cases and only a few authorities will fund this. Hence, elderly people are going blind. However, another drug, Avastin, also developed by Genentech, technically a cancer drug, is just as effective and costs $30 per dose from America. It is not licensed for eye use in this country and hence only available to private patients.We are unsure as to whether Genentech's claim that Lucentis is the superior drug is based on research or financial considerations. There must certainly be a conflict of interest.The firm says that it is only concerned about patient safety, however, if you're rapidly going blind I think you'd be prepared to take the odd risk. Patricia Hewitt immediately stepped in to fund Herceptin for a breast cancer patient in Stoke, overriding the local trust simply because the mainstream press caused a furore. Elderly people going blind would appear not to be as newsworthy as breast cancer patients.

Pro Referendum Rally

There is a Pro Referendum Rally this Saturday the 27th October, 12.00 noon at the House of Lords. Unfortunately the troops seem split as I want a referendum thinks that there will not be enough people so neither supports nor advertises the rally. We are going to see what happens and shall let you know.

Post referendum rally

The rally audience seemed to consist of a mixture of eurosceptic organisations. I did not know that the communist party was anti EU but I have the leaflet to prove it.

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