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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 New Book by Stephen Bush
It can be bought from Amazon UK for £6.99. Reviews available on site.  It’s an invaluable guide to voting in the Referendum and understanding Britain’s position afterwards. [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 »]

Attempts by Cameron to swing the Referendum vote his way
On June 8th in the House of Commons, Prime Minister Cameron announced that he was trying to get the Electoral Commission, which is set up to be entirely independent of the government, to extend the deadline for registration to vote in the EU Referendum from midnight on June 7th because he wanted to “allow as many people as possible to take part in the Referendum” as if it were some sort of game.  This announcement followed complaints by many of those attempting to register on-line from 10 pm until the deadline at midnight, that the registration website was not coping with the large numbers of people attempting to register at the last minute.  To satisfy these complaints, an extension of 24 hours at the most would appear more than enough. In fact the Electoral Commission has permitted a 48 hour extension to the registration period to midnight on the 9th June. [more »]

More Academic Special Pleading
The relentless barrage of letters from the university community about their grants from the EU continues. In their letter of 26th May to the Daily Telegraph, the Chairman and President of King’s College London maintain that the UK’s leaving the EU political project would somehow “weaken our research base by undermining relationships with European partners”.  They also complain that EU researchers coming to Britain would be subject to onerous visa requirements. They should take a look at the European Research Council (ERC) website which welcomes international collaboration and specifically grants support on a competitive basis “to individual researchers of any nationality and age”. The ERC maintains missions and contact points in 29 non-EU countries, including Switzerland, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. [more »]


Darfur comes to Como

It would be wrong I believe to attribute a degree of schadenfreude to the British people after the news that African migrants are busy establishing a Calais-type camp on the Swiss-Italian border in the idyllic town of Como and on the shores of the famous lake itself.

Nonetheless the British people are awfully tired of being lectured by assorted human rights activists, pop-people, clerics and film stars on the need for Britain and Europe to be “more generous” in their migrant admissions policies. So when such people are directly affected by migrants as are various celebrities, including George and Amal Clooney, who have taken up residence in Como and surroundings, there is a natural wish that the celebs will come to recognise that the enormous African population increases and the terrible misgovernment over the last 50 years since independence from European rule, have combined to create in some countries a huge refugee/migrant out-flow of unprecedented dimensions. Ironically, the Clooneys have recently hosted a lavish fund-raiser to send aid to Darfur (Southern Sudan) while in the meantime Darfur has come to them!

Size of African-Middle East Population Pressure

The present refugee crisis in the Middle East and Southern Europe, although proximately brought about by the terrible civil wars in Syria, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Darfur, is magnified by the dramatic population increases in these and other middle-East and African countries. Syria’s population for instance had increased by TEN times in the 60 years up to the start of the civil war in 2011. Africa’s population has increased from around 140 million in 1950 (approximately 40% of the EU countries’ population) to 850 million today (160% of the EU’s). That is, Africa’s population has increased to nearly six times its 1950 size in 60 years, while the EU countries’ population has increased by under half – much of that increase accounted for by immigration from Asia and Africa.

Responsible factors: Sky-high African and Middle East birth rates

The difference between birth rates (expressed as a number of live births reaching the age of one year per thousand population) and death rates (deaths over the age of one) gives the “natural increase” of the population. Pretty well all countries in the world have seen welcome decreases in death rates due to better nutrition and health-care. However Africa’s population growth to six times its 1950 size in 60 years corresponds to a natural increase of 30 per thousand of the population, a three percent (3%) per annum. This is made up of birth rates in the 35-45 range and death rates of 10-15 per thousand. (Britain’s increase is made up of about 12 for the birth rate and 8.5 death rate per thousand of the population, or 0.35% per annum natural increase – one eighth of Africa’s). …[more»]