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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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Cecil Rhodes

Letter to the Daily Telegraph on Saturday, 20th June 2020

Your admonishment of the Oxford dons agitating against our country’s imperial past and Cecil Rhodes in particular is well deserved. One should ask what specifically is it that  they and the street mobs they are aligned with object to in Rhodes’s life. He was Prime Minister of Cape Colony in the 1890’s and brought in the common electoral roll  well before the Boer War started  in 1899,  declaring that the only criteria for admission to the roll  was income and education. Not many black Africans qualified  at the time it is true, but some did. It was the principle which mattered and the common roll provision was carried into the South Africa Constitution Act of 1909  long after Rhodes had died in 1902 as the Boer War ended. [more »]

Fear of Clean Break
Don’t Miss the excellent new paper by Lord Peter Lilley and Cllr Brendan Chilton “30 Truths About Leaving On WTO Terms”.

Don't Miss Technomica Papers
You will find papers 6 (Negotiation Brexit with the EU), 7 (Produce and Sustain3), and 9 (Future of UK-EU Trade: No need for elaborate new tracing systems – use existing Customs & VAT systems) on the European Union Page of this website. Paper 13, concentrating on the current options for Brexit Independence is now also downloadable.

Don't miss speech to 2018 UKIP Conference
This speech by Prof Bush was delivered on the 22nd September at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham. It is an extract from a forthcoming paper “New Forms of Industrial Organisation: the Leopard Concept”.

More Student Nonsense at Cambridge: Remembrance Day this time
The student union council at Cambridge has blocked a simple motion to honour British war dead and present-day veterans on the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War on 11th November. Student unions don’t represent a majority of students of course, but they do get attention. Thus the Times of October 11th reported a rival motion as saying it was “vital that we recognise all different backgrounds and don’t just focus on British war veterans”. [more »]

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Black Lives Matter: Attacks on Britain and the British Empire

The report in the Sunday Telegraph on 4th October that some staff at the National Railway Museum in York have feared that its exhibits might be the targets of destructive anarchists from Black Lives Matter, prompts the thought that they should stand up more for their Museum in the social media and elsewhere.

Not only were the world’s first functioning railways and their rolling stock all designed and built in England’s workshops in the early 1830s, but by the end of the century those same workshops, greatly expanded, provided the whole British Empire including India, Canada and Australia, with the railway systems to knit these vast countries together for the lasting benefit of all their inhabitants.

The Museum houses engines which have been given the names of famous British heroes. To pick on Nelson’s engine because of its alleged “racist” connotations is particularly demented. In the nineteenth century, among black people, “Nelson” was an honoured name, because it stood proxy for the Royal Navy, whose Anti-Slavery patrols over a period of 60 years released thousands of slaves into freedom instead of captivity in Brazil, Cuba and other countries. At the age of nine, the 20th century’s most honoured black man was re-named Nelson by his school teacher, and this was the Christian name by which he was known throughout his long and illustrious life.