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 is threatened by continued membership. But there's more to politics than the EU. Neither is politics all 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.

Britain in brown.

Archived Stop Press article

playing croquetplaying croquet Caroline Spelman has a bill to remove gardens from being classified as brownfield sites, this is due to be read in parliament on 19th October (update: the bill was not read as it ran out of time but as there is so much support for this bill it will be represented.) Until then keep up the pressure on the government by writing to Hazel Blears (see e-mail link below). You can still sign the petition and find out more information here. New Labour has increased building on the green belt by 60% and it also plans to build 30,000 houses on gardens per year. John Prescott, who claims to be one of the main movers behind Kyoto, was the person who blithely declared that gardens, and this may include village cricket pitches and golf courses, could be counted as brownfield. Even if the local council and all the inhabitants of an area disagree with a brownfield designation, this may be overruled on appeal. Local councils find it hard to fund oppositions to such appeals on grounds of legal costs. So much for an environmental agenda.

Scales of injustice?

Archived Stop Press article

Colin  Hunt-nickedColin Hunt-nickedEU commissioner Gunther Verheugen recently announced that the UK can go on using imperial measures indefinitely. He added that the tabloid press had misinformed the public by running stories about people having to buy market goods in kilograms rather than pounds. This had led to serious confusion and he said that pounds and ounces were in no way under threat from Brussels and never would be.
The British press claimed this as a victory over the Brussels' bureaucrats yet, in fact, the truth was very different. The UK law implementing EC directive 80/181 remains in force and this was demonstrated by the seizure of two sets of imperial scales belonging to Colin Hunt, one of the original five Metric Martyrs. Two policemen were taken away from their desks to accompany the officials taking the scales. More than 20 other stalls trade in imperial, the system preferred by the local customers. We think it was a case of extreme pique.

War. What war?

Perpetual war

170 deaths so far170 deaths so farRemember the wars? There's one in Iraq. One minute we're transferring areas to local supervision and everything is going to plan and the next minute the British army is hunkered down, being bombed at will and living in tents. Our last Leader said that he'd supply anything the army requested.The problem is that the procurement services seem to get all the wrong sorts of equipment or run out of money. We have had innumerable deaths and injuries from our soldiers being sent out in a variety of unarmoured or unsuitable vehicles such as the notorious snatch vehicles.

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Improving society

Think before you speak

Safe in their handsSafe in their hands
Not so many weeks ago a senior policeman started a debate on the lines that ALL teenagers are horrid little things and so cannot have a drink until they are 21 years old. This idea, if passed into law, ignores the fact that a family Christmas would become a rather frigid affair if the law were obeyed and thirsty teenagers were present.By the way, they are not as little as you might think and, now they are grown up they spend so much more time away with their friends, it would be so lovely if we could all sit down together now and then. However, by contrast,a family celebration could become a rather furtive affair if father in an expansive mood poured his offspring a glass of wine: "pull the curtains Dad, you never know".

The shape of things to come ?

Archived Stop Press article

Quoted from bookQuoted from bookAli Dizaei has written a book called Not One of Us He is now the Borough Commander of Police in Hammersmith and Fulham (and prior to that of Hounslow) This is an exact quote from the book.
I really am not joking.

Hounslow is huge, exciting and diverse - just like London. In Hounslow, 144 different languages are spoken. There are 10,000 asylum seekers. It is the leading borough for race hate crime in the UK. One in three of the local councillors are black or Asian and in some areas of the borough, two out of three of the population are non-white. In truth though, Hounslow is simply a microcosm of what every borough in London, and many in the rest of the UK, will look like in twenty years from now.

Gosh.

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