Welcome to Britain Watch

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 »]

The Fear Campaign Worked
Polls over the last two years have shown a huge majority (65-75%) in favour of curbing immigration. On the doorstep, person to person, canvassers found that immigration was the number one reason for voting to leave.  So why was the vote for Leave at 52% so small? Reason: the fear of dire economic consequences pumped out at the British people by: the government, economists, charities, bankers, think-tanks, quangos, talking shops at home and abroad, nearly all sucking on the public sector money teat, or in the case of bankers, on their own shareholders’ cash. [more »]

Cameron's Motive
Why did David Cameron not carry out his undertaking to join the Leave campaign when he didn’t get the EU to restrain the flow of immigrants in any meaningful way? Seemingly he had everything to gain. Most, if not all, the Cabinet would have joined him, as would virtually all the Conservative Party in the Commons and the country.  Some of the 6 million Labour voters who will vote Leave tomorrow might have been permanently deflected from voting Labour again.  With Corbyn still in charge of Labour, a united Tory party would have been on course for winning big in 2020. [more »]

Attempts by Cameron to swing the Referendum vote his way
On June 8th in the House of Commons, Prime Minister Cameron announced that he was trying to get the Electoral Commission, which is set up to be entirely independent of the government, to extend the deadline for registration to vote in the EU Referendum from midnight on June 7th because he wanted to “allow as many people as possible to take part in the Referendum” as if it were some sort of game.  This announcement followed complaints by many of those attempting to register on-line from 10 pm until the deadline at midnight, that the registration website was not coping with the large numbers of people attempting to register at the last minute.  To satisfy these complaints, an extension of 24 hours at the most would appear more than enough. In fact the Electoral Commission has permitted a 48 hour extension to the registration period to midnight on the 9th June. [more »]

More Academic Special Pleading
The relentless barrage of letters from the university community about their grants from the EU continues. In their letter of 26th May to the Daily Telegraph, the Chairman and President of King’s College London maintain that the UK’s leaving the EU political project would somehow “weaken our research base by undermining relationships with European partners”.  They also complain that EU researchers coming to Britain would be subject to onerous visa requirements. They should take a look at the European Research Council (ERC) website which welcomes international collaboration and specifically grants support on a competitive basis “to individual researchers of any nationality and age”. The ERC maintains missions and contact points in 29 non-EU countries, including Switzerland, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. [more »]


Stopping the insults

Some of the most obnoxious features of university life in contemporary Britain are the usually insulting pronouncements of so-called student “officers” about aspects of British national life they don’t care for.

The latest is by one Mahamed Abdullahi at Kings College London calling for the playing of “God Save the Queen” to be dropped on the grounds that it is “outdated” and “just a bit s***”and adding “f*** the nation state”, while deploring the “legacy of British Empire” and what he called “far-right nationalism across Europe”.

Last year one Baher Mustafa, “diversity officer” of Goldsmiths College also in London, called for meetings from which White people and all men should be excluded, and earlier this year we had a campaign, led by a black South African, to remove a statue of Cecil Rhodes from its place in Oriel College Oxford, on the grounds that he was a British colonialist and “that the statue stands in way of inclusivity”.

There was a time when people coming from foreign, often strife-torn, lands to study in Britain would have expressed gratitude for the funds provided for their tuition and maintenance from trusts often set up by the very people they denounce and despise (the Black South African at Oxford is himself a beneficiary of the Rhodes Scholarship scheme[1}).

At the very least foreign students would not attempt to change the country they were guests in, but regrettably today some Asian and African students feel they have a right to defame our country and its people, while they are living here at someone else’s expense. …[more»]