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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Our Poor Country
What do Amber Rudd, Liz Truss, Lisa Nandy, Kerry McCarthy, have in common? Well they are all females, members of the UK parliament, and government ministers or shadow (opposition) ministers of two departments DECC (department of energy and climate change) and DEFRA (department of environment, food and rural affairs) where key decisions are needed affecting the United Kingdom’s ability to function as a modern country. [more »]

Nuclear Energy: Betrayal of Britain's Engineering Future
When George Osborne, Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer – Finance Minister in normal-speak – announces with a flourish that the Chinese Nuclear Corporation is being invited to build a new nuclear power station at Bradwell in Essex, with a £2 billion guarantee against failure of some sort (assistance denied the British company Centrica), he is basically announcing the end of any British independent involvement in Civil Nuclear Power generation. Osborne embellished his statement in Beijing by remarking that Britain will thus become China’s nuclear showcase in the Western World, helping China to export more – rather as if he were boasting that we were going to build showrooms for German machinery while Germany made the machines. Our present eight operating nuclear power stations were built by the National Nuclear Corporation (NNC) responsible also for all the ten now decommissioned Magnox stations. [more »]

Decaying from the head down
“Civilizations, like fish, decay from the head down” is a familiar phrase which contains a profound truth. This is that if people don’t carry out at least their contracted duty, societies decay because people won’t trust each other to do what they are supposed to do, in law, by contract, or by long-established custom. While contemporary Western governance: legal, political and administrative, is replete with examples of top people not doing the jobs they are paid to do without fear or favour, the rot can start anywhere in the system where people have to make decisions affecting other people. [more »]

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 »]


Liberal-Left Delusions about Economics and Migration

“Migration Dilemma” was the title of a four-person late-night discussion programme broadcast (12/9/15) by the BBC (Radio4) on the responses which Britain should make to the migration crisis currently reported and discussed widely across the media.

Ed Stourton, the chairman, endeavoured to keep the discussion connected to the real world, but it was hard to do this when one contributor, a political science lecturer, maintained that large immigration flows were the result of systematic exploitation of poor countries by rich ones, through fixing the terms of trade in some way not disclosed. Her “solution” was that rich countries like Britain should “share” their riches with poor countries, particularly by opening their borders to all who wanted to come. David Goodhart, director of the think-tank Demos and author of a widely reviewed book on post-war immigration to Britain[1], attempted to back oars against this deluge of impractical nonsense by commenting that the people of rich countries aren’t just economic units, but they are nations made up of a huge range of relationships bound up with identity – their sense of place and kinship, informal rules of conduct between them, as well as respect for the law of the land – none of which large numbers of strangers can be expected to share.

Apart from this contribution, the whole discussion was redolent of the left-liberal consensus on immigration, essentially that mass immigration was something Britain and other Western countries had to accept. This is what the new euphemism “diversity” means[2]. There was no mention of the democratic wishes of the British people, who though kindly disposed towards others in trouble, are opposed to having parts of their country swamped by strangers remote from them in distance, language and history, a viewpoint that has been regularly established by British Social Attitudes, among many other surveys.

Apart from Goodhart’s contribution, the discussion gave no consideration to the people most affected by mass immigration, that is the people of England, the ancestral owners of their land, now the most densely populated country in the Western world, under continuing population pressure from immigration, with transport congestion and housing need felt in every corner. …[more»]