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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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More Surrender
The news today (22nd June) that Thornton’s, the last remaining British chocolate maker of any size, is to be sold to the Italian company, Ferrero Rocher, is yet another example of the sell-off of British capital assets, while the financiers of the City stand by and do nothing. In a day or so the government and its tame economic supporters will doubtless be telling us that this is another example of “inward investment” when it is nothing of the sort – it is a sale of assets with no suggestion that the buyer will actually bring cash into the country to increase Thornton’s production, which is the only increase which counts. [more »]

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 »]

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Breaking and Entering at Calais

As a large number of rational people have remarked “When the facts change, I change my mind”.

This simple statement is directly relevant to the two greatest crises facing the British government today: immigration and Britain’s membership of the European Union (EU).

Despite the huge changes in the world since Britain joined the EEC 42 years ago and British membership of the EU being manifestly opposed to our national interest today:

  • the UK’s colossal £99 billion trade deficit with the EU (see the Manager’s post of June 23rd);
  • the huge annual bill for membership (£18 billion gross – half the defence budget – £12 billion net and rising);
  • the enormous diversion of Civil Service effort deployed to head off the most injurious of EU directives (half the Foreign Office, one third of the Home Office and a third of the Justice Department, half the Treasury and two thirds of Business, Innovation and Skills);
  • as a direct result of membership of the EU, the impossibility of Britain’s making its own trade and investment agreements with its own kith and kin countries – Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the USA, and all other Commonwealth countries;
  • the virtually complete destruction of the British fishing industry in our own coastal ports and waters;

even now the mass of the writers and correspondents in the broadsheet newspapers, with the honourable exception of Simon Heffer in the Sunday Telegraph, still cannot bring themselves to declare in favour of Britain’s leaving the EU and setting out on a path of reclaimed independence. …[more»]