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.

Bottled water

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lots of bottles
lots of bottles It is frequently stated as obvious that the drinking of vast quantities of bottled water is good for you. Nearly every female celebrity says that she drinks as much as possible. This premise never seems to be questioned. However, is it good for the kidneys to drink copious amounts of water when one is not thirsty?The kidneys have to work harder and essential nutrients may be flushed out. The health issues are probably marginal.It may make no difference to health,but what about the environment? Billions of plastic bottles have to be produced,recycled or disposed of.This takes energy. What of the springs? They are becoming more difficult to find and becoming depleted.

What is wrong with tap water? You, the taxpayer have paid £65 billion since 1997 in order to comply with 3 EU water purification directives this has left only £14 billion to pay for infrastructure (Lord Rooker's reply to a question by Lord Pearson). It has cost over £1,000 per person to get really clean water, so you might as well benefit from your money and help the environment by having a glass of tap water.

Free Speech is Relative

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali <br />
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
It is virtually impossible to criticise Islam. Theo Van Gogh was murdered and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, his co-author on the video 'Submission', required 24/7 security and eventually left Holland for the USA, (where she still requires police protection).Her Dutch passport was withdrawn despite her being an MP.She had also openly admitted that she had lied so as to to escape from an arranged marriage and claim asylum.

The Dutch people were furious and protested; the government fell. The crime? The production of a video depicting battered Muslim women with words from the Koran written on their bodies in order to illustrate the high incidence of violence against women in the Dutch Muslim community.

Speedy voting

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EU style
EU style Gordon Brown may adopt European Union parliamentary voting procedures. He is said to have been impressed by the speed of voting in the Barlaymont. Lists of directives are drawn up by 'researchers' with the appropriate voting intention indicated.When the directive number is called the MEP must quickly put up either a right or left hand to indicate yes or no.Only when a vote is close does the electronic system come into play-three buttons for yes, no and abstain.In this way hundreds of laws can be passed in an hour or so.

Our man in Brussels overheard the Prime Minister chuckle:" By the time the next election comes I could have passed even more laws than Tony. No white papers, no green papers and certainly no Lords' oversight."

Gordon was also impressed by the EU method of allocating 90 seconds per MEP to talk on a subject of their choice.There is no discussion and no questions as the subject is pre-booked .The next speech will be about something completely different. Imagine a Westminster with no Prime Minister's question time, no criticism and no discussion. "Bliss", our man heard him say with a smile.

Tots taught to taunt

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directgovkids I learn that the DfES had set up a website called DirectgovKids in order to teach children about their rights and their society. I was intrigued by the reference to a quiz about naming a police dog and how the site cautions against naming the dog 'Snowflake' as it mimsily asks: “I wonder how many of you knew the term Snowflake is sometimes used among the Afro-Caribbean community in quite a different way?”

Now, I didn't find this out directly on the site as it was rather labyrinthine. I checked that it was a term for white people by simply googling 'snowflake derogatory term'.

How many children would think of naming a police dog Snowflake? How often have you seen a white police dog? The question surely is, why not?

War on drugs lost

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has been lost
has been lost In 1975 there were 5,000 heroin addicts in the UK. Now there are estimated to be 281,000 in England alone. We have the highest level of drug addiction in Europe. Perhaps it's time to admit that the war is lost and that the war may be causing more harm than the drugs.

The USA has spent billions helping build a narco-state in Columbia and other countries are following this pattern.Herbicides used to destroy coca and poppy also destroy the soil. In 1964 The Dangerous Drugs Act marked the beginning of the end of the 'British system' of allowing doctors to prescribe drugs to addicts in a regulated and safe manner.

Khat is legal in the UK and costs £15 per kilo. In the USA ,where it is illegal, it costs over £200. I wonder why?

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