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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
This illuminating study can be bought from Amazon UK for £6.99. Reviews available on site.  It’s an invaluable guide to understanding Britain’s position in negotiations on Brexit. [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 »]

Exporters need to price their goods in local currencies and speak their languages
The latest 3-month trade figures indicate once again the habitual British practice of pricing their goods in sterling rather than the currency of the country they are trying to sell to. Thus the 2016 export figures for food and drink at £20 billion which Mrs Leadsom, the environment minister, revealed on 21st February, are larger than those of 2015, but actually the same as those in 2011-2013. If the exporters had priced in Euros, or dollars for goods they sold to the EU and USA, the last quarter of 2016, should have shown a 7-15% jump in value depending on product group (at constant volume) not the miserable 3-4% actually recorded. Actually the profit from the devalued pound sterling has gone mostly to agents in the customer countries which some UK exporters habitually use. [more »]

Any complaint will do, so long as it's against British feelings
Last week a National Health Service hospital manager at the Bristol Royal Infirmary told its 12 security guards that they must take off a 2 x 1½ inches Union Jack badge next to the NHS sign on their anti-stab vests, because a single hospital worker (unidentified) has made a complaint about them. It is a pathetic complaint, but what is really pathetic is the management’s craven response. This conformed to what may be termed “the law of offence”, whereby a single individual will have his/her wishes taken notice of, even when any number of people would, if asked, disagree. Probably in this case 99% of visitors to the hospital are pleased to see our national emblem on display in a quiet and decent way. [more »]

The Establishment - What is it?
When journalists talk about the Brexit vote on 23rd June 2016 and the US Presidential Election on 8th November 2016 being against the Establishment, two fingers etc., what do they mean by the Establishment, or believe those they refer to as “ordinary people” mean? The answer I believe is that there is not one single Establishment, sharing a home counties accent, or particular form of dress, taste in holidays, etc. [more »]

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Grenfell Tower Disaster 14th June 2017

With the appointment of an experienced judge, Sir Martin Moore-Bick, to head the forthcoming public enquiry, it is much to be hoped that the enquiry will draw clear conclusions about the fire resistance standards applied to the cladding materials, the need for new standards, and the post-installation inspection regime.

While not presuming to anticipate the enquiry’s agenda, it is worth noting one or two oddities in the official response to the disaster, not hitherto commented on:

  1. The apparent non-appearance, until a fortnight after the disaster, of the UK’s chief centre of expertise on building design and regulations and materials – the Building Research Establishment (BRE) at Watford[1]. This actively supports a specific fire research section, the “BRE Centre for Fire Engineering Research” at the University of Edinburgh (http://fire.eng.ed.ac.uk). This unit is expressly concerned with the effects of fire outbreaks in actual buildings. In the 1990s it carried out a series of large-scale fire tests in the former giant airship hangar at RAF Cardington, Bedfordshire. It carried out a further series of large-scale fire experiments in a real 1960s tower block in Glasgow, due for demolition, as recently as 2006.
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