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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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Don't Miss Brexit Book by Stephen Bush
Download this illuminating study by Stephen Bush here. It’s an invaluable guide to understanding Britain’s position in negotiations on Brexit. [more »]

More Euratom Red Herrings
The government’s confirmation of Britain’s intended exit from the Euratom Treaty is much to be welcomed. As our post of 29th June stated, the anxiety over this step – prefigured when Article 50 to leave the EU was triggered on March 29th, is entirely confected by people who don’t know that they are talking about. This is usually the case when anything with a remotely scientific content is concerned. [more »]

Leaving Euratom: Radio Isotopes are Latest Red Herring
Various scientific folk cite radio isotopes as being under threat after Britain leaves Euratom. Euratom is concerned with nuclear energy, specifically the manufacture of the nuclear-fissile products used in electricity power stations. Apart from EU directive 2013/59/Euratom which sets out unexceptionable precautions for handling radioactive materials, long established in British industrial practice, Euratom is not concerned with materials for the medical applications of nuclear radiation. [more »]

If the worst comes to the worst
In 1940, the new Churchill government, while of course aiming to win the war, planned for the worst case scenario – a successful German invasion of Britain. Plans were made with the Canadian government for the Royal Family to move to Canada, and a British government in exile to be established there. Gold and other treasure would be moved out of reach of the invaders. But on the basis that we would keep the Germans at bay and continue to fight on, a crash programme of factory building and land cultivation was embarked on. In 2017, the British government is likewise duty bound to make basic arrangements for a breakdown of negotiations with the EU, to cope with the possibility that the EU demands for financial settlement and rights for its citizens living in Britain are more than Britain could possibly countenance. [more »]

Oxford "History": More Surrender to the Egalitarians
Fresh from its capitulation to a few dozen African students “demanding” that the history syllabus be changed to include more Black figures, Oxford is in the process of changing the history exams themselves to engineer more women to get First Class degrees[1], at the behest of a few dozen female mediocrities and their male supporters. [more »]

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Flirting With Danger

Sydney Donald wrote this article on 8th November 2017 and has very kindly given us permission to reproduce it here.

Kipling told us that “the female of the species is more deadly than the male” and recent events at Westminster may have added credibility to that saying. We are told of a young woman’s knee being “almost” fondled in 2015, triggering off a cascade of demands that the alleged perpetrator be ejected from public life. Ministers and backbenchers are being accused and condemned before the evidence has been forensically presented and the public is left to assume the official world is heavily populated by predatory males of the Casanova variety. The media of course are having a field-day.

I hesitate to draw general conclusions from this fracas and from the concurrent revelations about show-biz misbehaviour. Parliament is its own closed world, rightly given many privileges, but it is wildly untypical of normal domestic life. Members of Parliament are often from the ranks of the abrasive, the unscrupulous and the self-regarding so that type is over-represented. Bored to tears by the committee stage of some obscure legislation, depressed by the neo-Gothic, quasi-ecclesiastical gloom of their surroundings, they stumble into the oasis of the Members Bar. If they can elbow past the SNP members, apparently almost permanent fixtures at this watering-hole, they can booze away cheaply and after, say, their sixth shot, inevitably their true character comes to the fore and the ladies should run for cover. Pumped up by the booze and by their ineffable self-importance, they easily believe they have a divine right to exercise droit du seigneur upon young (and even the not-so-young) women in Westminster. …[more»]