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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 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 »]

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 »]

Exporters need to price their goods in local currencies and speak their languages
The latest 3-month trade figures indicate once again the habitual British practice of pricing their goods in sterling rather than the currency of the country they are trying to sell to. Thus the 2016 export figures for food and drink at £20 billion which Mrs Leadsom, the environment minister, revealed on 21st February, are larger than those of 2015, but actually the same as those in 2011-2013. If the exporters had priced in Euros, or dollars for goods they sold to the EU and USA, the last quarter of 2016, should have shown a 7-15% jump in value depending on product group (at constant volume) not the miserable 3-4% actually recorded. Actually the profit from the devalued pound sterling has gone mostly to agents in the customer countries which some UK exporters habitually use. [more »]

Any complaint will do, so long as it's against British feelings
Last week a National Health Service hospital manager at the Bristol Royal Infirmary told its 12 security guards that they must take off a 2 x 1½ inches Union Jack badge next to the NHS sign on their anti-stab vests, because a single hospital worker (unidentified) has made a complaint about them. It is a pathetic complaint, but what is really pathetic is the management’s craven response. This conformed to what may be termed “the law of offence”, whereby a single individual will have his/her wishes taken notice of, even when any number of people would, if asked, disagree. Probably in this case 99% of visitors to the hospital are pleased to see our national emblem on display in a quiet and decent way. [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 »]

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Brexit and the Scottish National Party: Tories tying themselves in knots again

It is clear that the main tactic of the talking classes who lost the UK independence referendum last year is to cause uncertainty and upset by making simple things appear complex.

One such thing is the recovery from the EU of Britain’s fishing rights on its continental shelf. This is of acute importance to all Britain’s fishermen – English, Scottish, Northern Irish, and Welsh.

The recovery of our fishing rights does not need “negotiation” with the EU: it comes automatically when we leave the EU as part of our Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) under the 1964 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Twenty-five countries have registered EEZs – including France, which has the largest claim of 20 times its own area because of the myriads of islands in French Polynesia, each with a 200 mile radius claim (or 31,000 square miles).

The EEZs belong only to independent states with seats in the UN who are signatories of UNCLOS[1]. EEZs don’t belong to provinces or sub-states like Scotland. In no way can the Scotland Act of 1998, establishing the Scottish Parliament, be said to apply to international matters like the EEZs.

The Scottish National Party (SNP) and Brexit

The SNP claims that as the governing party at Holyrood with a settled policy of separating Scotland from the UK, and the fact that around 62% of the Scottish people (those who voted) voted to remain in the EU, the SNP government has a mandate to obstruct the Brexit process as much as it can.

Bizarrely, recovery of the UK’s fishing rights with the prospect of establishing a completely revitalised and enlarged fishing industry along its coasts, especially in the East of England and North East Scotland, will only be possible when the UK leaves the EU. The SNP, fantastically, wants to “remain in the EU Single Market” which expressly regards fish as a common EU resource (in fact the only one it has). Getting back our fish with a realistic prospect of catching and landing three times the UK current quotas under the EU regime (with no increase in the overall catch) is arguably the one totally beneficial economic and social gain from leaving the EU that we can look forward to. …[more»]