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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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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”.

Brexit: Not Turning Our Backs On Our Neighbours
My letter published in the Times on 25th October testified as to what were in my experience of the Referendum campaign the four things which Leavers did NOT want. These are:

  1. No continuing right of 450 million EU nationals to move and settle in the UK as of right.
  2. No compulsory payments to the EU’s budget.
  3. No right of EU boats to fish in Britain’s internationally recognised waters (the UNLOSS Treaty of 1964).
  4. No role for any foreign court, including the European Court of Justice, in Britain’s internal affairs.
These are the incontestable rights upheld by all of the 165 non-EU countries in the United Nations, ranging from Angola to Uruguay. This is all – just simple assertions of a sovereign people wishing to rule themselves. Nowhere did I find anyone saying or even implying they wanted to “turn their backs on EU countries”, still less insult them. [more »]

Don't Miss "The vote of the Brexiteers"
This is a telling letter from Prof Bush published in The Times on 25th October 2018.

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”.

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Fateful Days

It has only become clear since the famous Chequers meeting in August that Mrs May is now conducting a single-handed negotiation with the EU without any consultation with the Cabinet, but expecting it to sign up to whatever she and the EU come up with.

The drafting work is in the hands of a 43-year old civil servant called Oliver (“Olly”) Robbins, who having passed his whole 20-year career in the Treasury, had absolutely no knowledge of the workings of the EU, of business, and of international trade. This description applies also to Mrs May (and to the vast majority of the senior grades of the Civil Service).

As a direct consequence, the pair of them have produced a series of drafts, starting with the Chequers plan, notable only for their disadvantage to Britain and their practical unworkability.

Parallels with 1940: Resignation of Prime Minister Chamberlain

We British have to recognise that because of Prime Minister May’s actions and inaction, Britain is now (November 2nd 2018) facing a catastrophe. The nearest recent parallel is April-May 1940. During the Commons debate on May 8th, on the debacle in Norway (April to June 1940), David Lloyd George, Prime Minister in the second, victorious, part of the 1st World War, and for three further years, later in 1931 becoming “Father of the House”, spoke these words:

“There is nothing which can contribute more to victory in this war than [the Prime Minister] should give up the seals of Office.”

And this was before the Germans invaded France, Belgium and Holland on May 10th. …[more»]