Welcome to Britain Watch

All the signs are that the governance of Britain is spiralling out of control: record trade and budget deficits; a swollen bureaucracy; an inadequate but costly education system; a government incapable of providing for our future energy needs; record emigration of native Britons, unprecedented levels of immigration; a mind-set putting the non-citizen ahead of the British citizen.

Britain Watch has been set up to highlight key examples of these trends and to promote practical reforms to reverse the incompetence and loss of national self belief they engender. All readers are invited to participate.

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Don't Miss New Book by Stephen Bush
It can be bought from Amazon UK for £6.99. Reviews available on site.  It’s an invaluable guide to voting in the Referendum and understanding Britain’s position afterwards. [more »]

Cameron's Motive
Why did David Cameron not carry out his undertaking to join the Leave campaign when he didn’t get the EU to restrain the flow of immigrants in any meaningful way? Seemingly he had everything to gain. Most, if not all, the Cabinet would have joined him, as would virtually all the Conservative Party in the Commons and the country.  Some of the 6 million Labour voters who will vote Leave tomorrow might have been permanently deflected from voting Labour again.  With Corbyn still in charge of Labour, a united Tory party would have been on course for winning big in 2020. [more »]

Attempts by Cameron to swing the Referendum vote his way
On June 8th in the House of Commons, Prime Minister Cameron announced that he was trying to get the Electoral Commission, which is set up to be entirely independent of the government, to extend the deadline for registration to vote in the EU Referendum from midnight on June 7th because he wanted to “allow as many people as possible to take part in the Referendum” as if it were some sort of game.  This announcement followed complaints by many of those attempting to register on-line from 10 pm until the deadline at midnight, that the registration website was not coping with the large numbers of people attempting to register at the last minute.  To satisfy these complaints, an extension of 24 hours at the most would appear more than enough. In fact the Electoral Commission has permitted a 48 hour extension to the registration period to midnight on the 9th June. [more »]

More Academic Special Pleading
The relentless barrage of letters from the university community about their grants from the EU continues. In their letter of 26th May to the Daily Telegraph, the Chairman and President of King’s College London maintain that the UK’s leaving the EU political project would somehow “weaken our research base by undermining relationships with European partners”.  They also complain that EU researchers coming to Britain would be subject to onerous visa requirements. They should take a look at the European Research Council (ERC) website which welcomes international collaboration and specifically grants support on a competitive basis “to individual researchers of any nationality and age”. The ERC maintains missions and contact points in 29 non-EU countries, including Switzerland, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. [more »]

"Closed off" by voting Leave?
Two hundred and seventy-nine writers and actors, headed by Keira Knightley, wrote to the Daily Telegraph on 20th May saying that if the British people chose to leave the EU, they would somehow “close themselves off” from “our friends and neighbours”. Do Keira Nightley and co. believe that Britain is “closed off” from the USA because we are not its 51st state?  Without this status how do they imagine EON Productions, owned by the American Broccoli family, was ever able to finance the “Bond” film series, the biggest grossing film series of all time, paying all those “closed off” British actors, film crews, set designers and script writers millions of £s in wages and royalties over the last 54 years? [more »]

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Independence Dawns

Hurrah for the British people. Outside inner London and central Liverpool, virtually every one of the 341 voting districts in England, Wales and the Unionist districts of Northern Ireland voted to leave, many with 2 : 1 majorities.

Only the university towns of Oxford, Cambridge, Exeter, Norwich, Bath, and Bristol, stood apart from the surge for national independence.

Pity about the Scots. When we get our fishing back, and restart our ship building, they will come over too.

Now we can walk tall again and demonstrate to all those special interest groups: university researchers, arrays of economists (except the IEA), world bankers, CBI and Trades Union bosses, EU and US presidents, that this is the dawn of a new era in Britain’s Island story[1]:

“Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,
But to be young was very heaven!”[2]

The Queen’s best 90th Birthday Present

With all the wonderful service that Her Majesty the Queen has given her peoples, what better 90th birthday present can she possibly have than the British people giving her full restoration of all her sovereign rights in Britain to match those  in her other realms in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

End Notes

[1] Stephen Bush, “Britain’s Referendum Decision and its Effects”, Technomica, 2016.

[2] Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “The French Revolution”.