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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.

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If the worst comes to the worst
In 1940, the new Churchill government, while of course aiming to win the war, planned for the worst case scenario – a successful German invasion of Britain. Plans were made with the Canadian government for the Royal Family to move to Canada, and a British government in exile to be established there. Gold and other treasure would be moved out of reach of the invaders. But on the basis that we would keep the Germans at bay and continue to fight on, a crash programme of factory building and land cultivation was embarked on. In 2017, the British government is likewise duty bound to make basic arrangements for a breakdown of negotiations with the EU, to cope with the possibility that the EU demands for financial settlement and rights for its citizens living in Britain are more than Britain could possibly countenance. [more »]

Oxford "History": More Surrender to the Egalitarians
Fresh from its capitulation to a few dozen African students “demanding” that the history syllabus be changed to include more Black figures, Oxford is in the process of changing the history exams themselves to engineer more women to get First Class degrees[1], at the behest of a few dozen female mediocrities and their male supporters. [more »]

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What some prominent anti-Brexiteers really think about Britain

It is doubtful if any country in history has been the subject of such denigration by its establishment of expensively educated people as has Britain.

The latest example is Sir John Kerr[1] (born 1942), Baron Kerr of Kinlochard, Life Peer (2004- ). He joined the Diplomatic Service in 1966 from Pembroke College, Oxford (History), became UK permanent representative to the European Commission 1990-95, then, the pinnacle of his career, head of the diplomatic service 1997-2002, GCMG. There then followed the usual wide selection of standard establishment posts – director of this, chairman of that, including deputy chairman of Royal Dutch Shell plc (2005-2012) the world’s second largest oil and gas company, after Exxon-Mobil! Kerr is chairman (2008- ) of the Centre for European Reforms (CER), whose first director (1996) was Chares Grant, previously of the Economist. While not uncritical of the EU, the CER is fundamentally in favour of European Integration and strongly anti-Brexit.

Besides his role in the CER, Kerr has served on the EU Select Committee of the House of Lords, where he has maintained that the UK activation of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is not irrevocable, that the UK could and should change its mind about leaving right up to the end of the two-year period on 29th March 2019.

One of Kerr’s most memorable dicta reported from an event organised by the Institute for Government in 2016 was,

“In my view, immigration is the thing that keeps this country running. Native Britons (Kerr is a Scot) are so bloody stupid that we need an injection of intelligent people from outside who come in and wake us up from time to time”.

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