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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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Tristram Hunt's "Gordon Brown" moment
On Wednesday 15th April, Tristram Hunt[1], the Labour Party’s “shadow” Education Secretary, made a widely reported visit to Howitt Primary School at Heavor in Derbyshire, a village in the heart of English England.  In his “man of the people” avuncular fashion, Hunt asked a six-year-old how he would vote.  The little boy replied that he would vote UKIP.  On being asked why by Hunt, the child said he “wanted to get all the foreigners out” to which Hunt (unlike Gordon Brown in 2010) wisely said nothing, at least in public. [more »]

Not taking sides: ISIL
One of Britain’s major avoidable handicaps is its principal Broadcaster’s news and current affairs managers.  These people, producers mainly, are right at the heart of the egalo-left tendency which sees Britain as just a part (a small part usually) of the world, not intrinsically more worthy in their eyes than say Mongolia or Argentina. Even confronted with manifest evil and danger to our (their) country, they find it next to impossible to take our side. [more »]

Ukraine, Russia and the EU
When at Yalta in February 1945, Stalin insisted on the “Curzon line” being the eastern boundary of Poland, with Poland’s western boundary with Germany being shifted west by 150 miles to the Oder-Neisse line, his objective was to keep European powers, particularly Germany, as far away from Moscow as possible.  The subsequent establishment of communist governments in Eastern Europe were seen by the Russians as an enormous safety band of countries protecting the Soviet Union from western invasions, the distance from the eastern edge of newly formed NATO (in 1949) to Moscow being about 1,100 miles. [more »]

Syrian Reality
As Vindex remarked before (Syria and the Arab Spring, January 20th 2014), President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime is the only functioning government in Syria, and sooner or later Western governments will have to treat with him if they seriously wish to tackle the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Lebanon (ISIL), and relieve the terrible suffering of the Syrian people.  BBC’s Jeremy Bowen’s interview with President Assad, broadcast on February 10th, surely underlines this fact. [more »]

Expansion of UK Airport Capacity
Many British readers will have noticed the heavy advertising from rival groups trying to get the attention of the commission tasked with making a recommendation to government on the extension of airport capacity in the South-East of England.  This commission has been asked to make its recommendation after the forthcoming general election on May 7th.  Nonetheless leaks from the commission indicate that increasing capacity at Heathrow is the preferred option. [more »]

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Housing Shortages and Immigration

Conservatives and Labour candidates in particular are very sensitive to the linkage between these two issues.  Here are the relevant facts, from Fact Sheet (4), to hammer home to all politicians:

1          Government figures show that net average immigration into the UK over the period 2010-2014 was 215,000 per year.  This equates to a house-building requirement of 90,000 per year, using the planners’ own figure of 2.4 people per household.  This is 78% of the 115,000 new houses built in 2014.

2          Lord Green’s Migration Watch UK shows that since the advent of the Labour government in 1997, two million out of 2.7 million new households are headed by someone born outside the UK, i.e. 74% of all new households over a period of 18 years to 2015.

3          The natural Increase of the British population (births minus deaths minus emigration) in the period 2010-14: averaged 110,000 per annum.  This equates to a new housing demand of only 46,000 dwellings per annum.

4          Net immigration in 2014 alone, at 298,000, was nearly 40% higher than the 5 year average for the Conservative LibDem coalition 2010-2014.

5          Years/months of net immigration at the 2014 rate is equal to the present populations of:

             

Area Frequency Number of times
County of Suffolk every 2½ years
City of Cambridge every 5 months (over 2 per year)
Town of Bury St Edmunds every 50 days (over 7 per year)
District of NE Derbyshire every 4 months (3 per year)
City of Sheffield every 22 months
Birmingham every 3 years 8 months