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.

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.

Killer question

Archived Stop Press article

Sir Ian Blair,public figure Sir Ian Blair,public figure I've never taken part in a pub quiz, or even seen one for that matter, and I don't really like pubs. But I am an inveterate dreamer, so I say, imagine the tension after an evening, with scores level, as two teams square up to each other for the final question down at the local on quiz night. There is much pride and reputation riding on the result of the match. The audience has watched in awe as questions on Latin and obscure elements from the periodic table are dealt with at great speed and with effortless confidence, almost arrogance. The question asking for the name of the first astronaut to be heard whistling while in space takes a little longer, and some conferring but not much longer. These people are amazing, it is both a privilege, and shaming, to be in the same room with them. Then comes the killer question, "name the last public figure to resign as a consequence of public outcry, and a sense of duty". The clock can be heard ticking, far away irreverent traffic continues to make a noise, closer, tears are held, but only just, in check. The listener becomes aware of their breathing as if part of a Buddhist relaxation technique. Finally defeat is acknowledged, the clever are humiliated and even the distant relatives of the contestants admit to being gobsmacked.

Trashing the seas

Save the shrimp

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The RSPB (Royal society for the Protection of Birds) and other organisations sent in a 30,000 signature petition to 10 Downing Street requesting a Marine Bill in the Queen's speech. I regret to inform you that no such Bill has been read out and that consequently our seas will remain in a parlous state for the foreseeable furure. There is a Marine (draft) Bill which will involve yet another consultation but probably no action. The Common Fisheries Policy encourages commercial fishing by big business both in EU, and world waters. Many other countries such as Japan, Russia and South Korea are just as bad. The difference is that the EU claims huge environmental kudos. It is a disaster but there is one ray of hope, this is New Zealand.

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