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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 stephenbush.net
Stephen Bush’s personal website, stephenbush.net is now on-line. It contains four main sections, Science and Engineering, Industry and Economics, Politics and Education, People and Places. These contain published letters and papers and show the scope and development of his career and philosophy. Some of the introductory prefaces to subsections are still to be written or completed, but the archive is assembled and accessible. In the People and Places section Stephen is looking forward to receiving news and articles from past colleagues and friends.

Cecil Rhodes

Letter to the Daily Telegraph on Saturday, 20th June 2020

Your admonishment of the Oxford dons agitating against our country’s imperial past and Cecil Rhodes in particular is well deserved. One should ask what specifically is it that  they and the street mobs they are aligned with object to in Rhodes’s life. He was Prime Minister of Cape Colony in the 1890’s and brought in the common electoral roll  well before the Boer War started  in 1899,  declaring that the only criteria for admission to the roll  was income and education. Not many black Africans qualified  at the time it is true, but some did. It was the principle which mattered and the common roll provision was carried into the South Africa Constitution Act of 1909  long after Rhodes had died in 1902 as the Boer War ended. [more »]

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”.

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”.

EU Effects on the Tory Party
In his respected Times column (Thursday 19th July), Iain Martin suggested that Tory divisions over a so-called hard Brexit – which go back to the Maastricht Treaty of 1992 – will lead to the break up of the Tory party. In fact a proper Brexit, i.e. a free trade agreement like EU-Canada and EU-Korea having the present EU-UK zero tariffs and standards, maintained for say 5-8 years, after which there could be mutually agreed modifications in the light of experience – is the path of sanity and would take the EU issue right out of British politics for ever. Presumably not even the Scot Nats would support EU efforts to exclude British-registered aircraft landing at EU airports. [more »]


Diversity Targets Are Wrong

Diversity targets anywhere in our society are wrong in principle and wrong in practice (Sunday Telegraph, Business and Money, 26th November 2023).

The particular target which bosses at fashion house ASOS have had to work towards to justify their bonuses was 15% ethnic minority “representation” at every leadership level. Fifteen percent or more has been widely adopted as a “target” for ethnic minority employment in many large organisations, but this figure is derived from the resident population at a moment in time, not from UK citizens where the ethnic minorities are a much smaller proportion – under 10%.

Foreign nationals on limited term visas have regularly been counted into the ethnic minority percentage. Why should they be favoured in employment at the expense of our own citizens, as has been recent RAF practice until stopped in effect by the resignation of a senior individual in the recruitment role? Moreover, ethnic minorities are not one homogeneous group – the 2021 census in fact distinguished by race and colour 14 ethnic minority groups in England and Wales.

This means, among other things, that in employment a numerically small ethnic minority derives great advantage vis à vis Britain’s native people and indeed other minorities by being treated as just one of the 15% quoted, without even being a British citizen.

A second pernicious unfairness to our people is the allocation of social housing where the main criterion is the “need” of people living in a particular place, not whether they are actually British citizens (see Madeline Grant’s acute observation in Sunday’s Comment pages).

All quotas in employment are a form of institutionalised favouritism and should be outlawed as the 1975 Race Relations Act did for all but a tiny number of specialised roles in hospitality and the theatre: only fitness to do the job should count. In social housing, only normal place of residence and position in the queue should count with British citizens coming first.