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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 »]

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 »]

Don't Miss Solving the EU-UK Customs Problem
This was a letter from Prof Bush published in the Daily Telegraph on 17th May 2018 called “Solving the EU-UK Customs Problem: Pay Where You Enter”.

EU Effects on the Tory Party
In his respected Times column (Thursday 19th July), Iain Martin suggested that Tory divisions over a so-called hard Brexit – which go back to the Maastricht Treaty of 1992 – will lead to the break up of the Tory party. In fact a proper Brexit, i.e. a free trade agreement like EU-Canada and EU-Korea having the present EU-UK zero tariffs and standards, maintained for say 5-8 years, after which there could be mutually agreed modifications in the light of experience – is the path of sanity and would take the EU issue right out of British politics for ever. Presumably not even the Scot Nats would support EU efforts to exclude British-registered aircraft landing at EU airports. [more »]

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Asylum Seekers

The Archbishop of Canterbury says (Daily Telegraph 27th April) that the Church is calling for “safe and legal routes for asylum seekers”. Clearly then he should condemn those thousands of predominantly young men who have in effect broken into our country by engaging someone to transport them illegally across the English Channel.

In effect they rely on the humanity of our lifeboat service, and now the Royal Navy, to rescue them and others travelling with them from the inevitable and foreseeable dangers they get into.

As is entirely standard with Immigration matters the Archbishop offers no alternative to the Government’s new scheme except a vague reference to amending the 1951 UN Convention on the treatment of Refugees. There is no prospect of any such amendment which does not involve Western countries taking in even more immigrants than they have already done in recent decades, something their electorates will not allow them to do.

However, the asylum seekers the Archbishop is concerned about have a clear cut alternative to coming to England and that is to do what the Convention provides for and apply for asylum in any of the “safe” countries they have passed through on their way to Calais, notably France itself. But safety of the asylum country is not their principal concern. They want to get into Britain for economic and language reasons at virtually any cost.