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 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 »]

More Madness from the Climate Change Committee (CCC)
This shadowy body is a relic of the misbegotten Climate Change Act (2008) which, as a response to the EU (2003) Directive, saddled Britain with a raft of emissions reduction targets which will have no measurable impact on our climate. The CCC’s official role is to advise the government of the day on climate change matters. Its latest advice is even madder than usual. They want to start trials of using hydrogen to replace natural gas (methane) as the heating fuel for domestic housing. The “logic” appears to be that when hydrogen is burned with oxygen in the air, it releases heat and emits just water. [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 »]

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Honours and Industry

In an effort to be more open about the twice-yearly honours awards, the Cameron government published the criteria supposedly used in deciding which individuals get what.

Any member of the public can nominate anyone, using a form available on www.gov.uk, but the vast majority of awards – senior awards especially – are made through official and semi-official channels. In its glory days as Britain’s largest manufacturing company, Imperial Chemical Industries even had a two-man group charged with nominating suitable ICI staff – so many MBEs for plant operators, a smaller number of OBEs for higher grades, and occasional nominations for the senior awards of CBEs and above for senior staff. Most Chairmen of ICI, like most full generals, most permanent under-secretaries in the Civil Service, regius professors at Oxford and Cambridge and other senior public appointments, today end up with knighthoods, tending to fuel the suspicion that they go with the job, rather than (say) exceptional performance in the job or outside it.

Published Criteria

These have attracted current interest because apparently a certain individual believes he should have received a knighthood, rather than just the (untitled) honour he already has.

To gain any award the published criteria are that the individual should have made a significant contribution to public life through:

  1. Outstanding achievement in their professional life
  2. Exemplary public service
  3. Entrepreneurship

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