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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Royal Prerogative

It is quite wrong to say that Mrs. May is seeking to use what some call “archaic Royal Prerogative powers” to trigger “EU exit.”

First, Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is starting a negotiating process, not the EU-UK Treaty itself. When its provisions are agreed by the negotiating parties, each of the 28 states will have to ratify it for it to come into force. This will not happen automatically. Probably all 28 countries will have to embody some at least of its provisions in their own Law. This will be done in our own Law via the mechanism of one or more Acts of Parliament. These will be fully debated, as the Maastricht Treaty setting up the Single Market was in 1992.

Second, “Royal Prerogative” is just a fancy phrase for the government itself.   No government either at home or abroad has ever held itself bound by its Parliament during the course of negotiating a treaty with a foreign power, not Edward Heath when negotiating the EU Treaty of Accession in 1972, nor more tellingly did Attlee, when his foreign secretary Ernest Bevin negotiated the NATO Treaty with the US and Canada virtually in secret. This had and continues to have huge implications for the defence and duties of UK citizens.

In 1975, the late Norris McWhirter (of the Guinness Book of Records) and his brother appealed to the High Court to have the Referendum result (keeping Britain In the EEC)  held  pending a definitive  vote in Parliament. His appeal was struck out as having “No merit” without even being heard. The same  should have been done to the current Miller application, but of course the judges are not at all personally independent in the matter of Britain’s membership of the EU, either in 1975 or now. …[more»]