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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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How we are governed
Andrea Leadsom (Warwick University, Political Science) is now Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), responsible for oil and gas policy, new nuclear building and renewables. She is responsible to Amber Rudd, the Secretary of State (DECC), who, as I pointed out on October 2nd, is one of four females occupying the most senior positions in Government and Opposition in the two most technical departments DECC and Business, Innovation and Skills, none of them recording a single science A level between them. [more »]

The EU and Refugees
The extraordinary thing is that if the EU had acted from August onwards to stop the refugees landing in Greece and Italy, it could have won praise from the peoples of its member states – even from those loath to support it. Eight thousand a day landed on Lesbos last week (October 17th-24th) in say a hundred boats.  Is it so difficult to make a “wall” of ships in the seas across the routes taken by the people smugglers, and then tow the boats back to their starting points in Turkey and Libya? [more »]

Our Poor Country
What do Amber Rudd, Liz Truss, Lisa Nandy, Kerry McCarthy, have in common? Well they are all females, members of the UK parliament, and government ministers or shadow (opposition) ministers of two departments DECC (department of energy and climate change) and DEFRA (department of environment, food and rural affairs) where key decisions are needed affecting the United Kingdom’s ability to function as a modern country. [more »]

Nuclear Energy: Betrayal of Britain's Engineering Future
When George Osborne, Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer – Finance Minister in normal-speak – announces with a flourish that the Chinese Nuclear Corporation is being invited to build a new nuclear power station at Bradwell in Essex, with a £2 billion guarantee against failure of some sort (assistance denied the British company Centrica), he is basically announcing the end of any British independent involvement in Civil Nuclear Power generation. Osborne embellished his statement in Beijing by remarking that Britain will thus become China’s nuclear showcase in the Western World, helping China to export more – rather as if he were boasting that we were going to build showrooms for German machinery while Germany made the machines. Our present eight operating nuclear power stations were built by the National Nuclear Corporation (NNC) responsible also for all the ten now decommissioned Magnox stations. [more »]

Decaying from the head down
“Civilizations, like fish, decay from the head down” is a familiar phrase which contains a profound truth. This is that if people don’t carry out at least their contracted duty, societies decay because people won’t trust each other to do what they are supposed to do, in law, by contract, or by long-established custom. While contemporary Western governance: legal, political and administrative, is replete with examples of top people not doing the jobs they are paid to do without fear or favour, the rot can start anywhere in the system where people have to make decisions affecting other people. [more »]


The liberal harvest: outrage in Paris

The fact that the two ghastly outrages in Paris (11 and 129 dead) this year have been perpetrated by Muslim extremists, mostly resident in France or actual French citizens, has called forth a vast amount of comment from the media.

The overwhelming tenor of this comment has been the standard liberal response to any problem, i.e. to ask where have “they” (i.e. the native people of France) gone wrong in not making sufficient allowances for Muslim differences from French culture and society.

By extension to Britain, whose own home grown atrocity (53 dead) ten years ago is remembered every day by the families of the victims, the comment (on the BBC Today programme 17th November for example) is that our policy of “multiculturalism” has been more successful in avoiding similar outrages than France’s policy of Muslim assimilation into French secular society.

Perhaps the most asinine comments so far have come from BBC personality Dan Snow in the Daily Telegraph of 17th November.  Taking a slightly different tack from the calls for “solidarity”, Snow pronounced that “we” (I think he means the English) have always been France’s twin”.  “We have fought to the last man for the other’s freedom.”  “Yes, we have on occasion fought each other . . . ”

The truth of course is that France and England (later Britain) have been at war on and off more or less continuously since the hundred years’ war (1346-1415) right through to the Fashoda incident in 1898 which almost led to war.  In the 20th century, France has been Britain’s most determined cultural and political rival (not least in European Union matters) even when France was entirely dependent on Britain’s (and America’s) goodwill to keep resistance alive during the German occupation.  Inability, or unwillingness, to identify our actual enemies and competitors is a principal component of political liberalism, fully evident in the recent past in not identifying Al Qaeda and Islamic State as mortal enemies.

Information is the key to combatting terrorism: The Echelon System

None of this is to say that Britain shouldn’t help France, where we can, without compromising the integrity of our own intelligence systems and those of our allies.  In combatting threats to our own security both at home and abroad, our single greatest asset is the 1969 UK-USA Security Agreement which is a signals intelligence (SIGINT) collection and computer analysis network, operated by the five English-speaking ABCANZ nations – America, Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand – referred to as Echelon and also known as the “Five Eyes”.  On a case by case basis, and with the agreement of all its partners, information gained from Echelon is made available to our NATO allies. …[more»]