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 Clean Break - Fresh Start
Find the latest Technomica paper from Prof Bush, showing the advantages of “No Deal”.

Brexit Muddle
If anybody in the world is in doubt about the basic reason for the terrible muddle in Parliament and in the country over Brexit, consider this. On a visit to a school on January 25th, Theresa May (Prime Minister of the United Kingdom) was asked by a child what Brexit actually meant.  Mrs May reportedly answered: “That’s a difficult question to answer because every MP seems to have their own idea.” [more »]

Fear of Clean Break
Don’t Miss the excellent new paper by Lord Peter Lilley and Cllr Brendan Chilton “30 Truths About Leaving On WTO Terms”.

Don't Miss Technomica Papers
You will find papers 6 (Negotiation Brexit with the EU), 7 (Produce and Sustain3), and 9 (Future of UK-EU Trade: No need for elaborate new tracing systems – use existing Customs & VAT systems) on the European Union Page of this website. Paper 13, concentrating on the current options for Brexit Independence is now also downloadable.

Splendid Fellow
Stuart Agnew, the Eastern Region’s ever-diligent MEP, recounts (19th November 2018) how he has committed a month’s net salary to help the legal costs of a UKIP councillor in Derby being pursued in court this week by his defeated opponent, the former Labour leader Ranjit Banwait. He is seeking to overturn his election defeat apparently because he maintained some people didn’t like him because he is an Asian. Others said he had simply lost touch with voters. Stuart is confident he will get his money back. [more »]

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Social Media’s effects on the Referendum

The comment (January 31st) by Simon Nixon, the Times’s leader writer, that “ Brexit  was driven by a slick social media campaign that lured millions of voters with the prospect of an island fantasy” does not accord with the experience of many tens of thousands of Leave campaigners who knocked on doors, manned the street stalls, arranged and addressed public meetings, with the simple message that it was Britain’s freedom to live under its own laws, and only those laws, which was the real issue.

The overall voting data also contradicts his assertion as to the role of social media in swinging the vote to the Leave side in the Referendum.  The over 65s, who were the least likely to use social media, were the most likely to have voted “Leave”, while the youngest demographic (18-25) was the most likely to use social media and the most likely to oppose “Leave”, although only a third actually voted.

As for a lack of plans for post-Brexit, there were many: in 2013/14 the Institute of Economic Affairs ran a €100,000 international competition for the best Brexit Blueprint. From the shortlist of entries, six finalist essays were published and widely circulated in April 2014. The book “Britain’s Referendum Decision and its Effects” published on May 9th 2016 with 268 pages, and available at http://stephenbush.net/ , lays out in Chapter 10, in appropriate detail, post-Brexit strategies for industry, energy, and immigration. Chapter 11 details the way the actual leaving negotiations should be conducted. …[more»]