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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Tristram Hunt's "Gordon Brown" moment
On Wednesday 15th April, Tristram Hunt[1], the Labour Party’s “shadow” Education Secretary, made a widely reported visit to Howitt Primary School at Heavor in Derbyshire, a village in the heart of English England.  In his “man of the people” avuncular fashion, Hunt asked a six-year-old how he would vote.  The little boy replied that he would vote UKIP.  On being asked why by Hunt, the child said he “wanted to get all the foreigners out” to which Hunt (unlike Gordon Brown in 2010) wisely said nothing, at least in public. [more »]

Control of Atmospheric CO2
Prof Murry Salby’s new research will be described at a meeting on Tuesday 17th March at the Emmanuel Centre, Marsham Street, London, SW1P 3DW. Please come at 7 for 7.30 pm. You can use the tube to Westminster; then a ten minute walk past Parliament; turn right up Great Peter Street; then 4th left into Marsham Street. Please book if you can with Philip.foster17@ntlworld.com, tel: 01480-399098. “Murry’s work puts the final nail in the coffin of the ‘Anthropogenic’ Climate Change hypothesis.”

Not taking sides: ISIL
One of Britain’s major avoidable handicaps is its principal Broadcaster’s news and current affairs managers.  These people, producers mainly, are right at the heart of the egalo-left tendency which sees Britain as just a part (a small part usually) of the world, not intrinsically more worthy in their eyes than say Mongolia or Argentina. Even confronted with manifest evil and danger to our (their) country, they find it next to impossible to take our side. [more »]

Ukraine, Russia and the EU
When at Yalta in February 1945, Stalin insisted on the “Curzon line” being the eastern boundary of Poland, with Poland’s western boundary with Germany being shifted west by 150 miles to the Oder-Neisse line, his objective was to keep European powers, particularly Germany, as far away from Moscow as possible.  The subsequent establishment of communist governments in Eastern Europe were seen by the Russians as an enormous safety band of countries protecting the Soviet Union from western invasions, the distance from the eastern edge of newly formed NATO (in 1949) to Moscow being about 1,100 miles. [more »]

Don't Miss: A Future Blueprint for Britain After the Referendum

UK Independence Party Public Meeting at The Athenaeum, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

This will be held at 7.30 pm, March 4th 2015. [more »]

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UK Growth and Productivity

(3)  Key Facts and Data for General Election 2015

People do not feel much better off when they are told the economy is “growing”.  They aren’t much better off.  There are just more of them.

“Growth” refers to increases in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and is the figure constantly referred to by politicians and economists as a proxy for the general health of the economy.

  • UK Productivity is the average value added per UK worker each year.
  • GDP = productivity multiplied by the numbers in work.

GDP Calculations

Because productivity is difficult to assess, GDP is usually calculated from a combination of three approaches (total value of production; total expenditures on goods and services, less imports, plus exports; total incomes derived from the production of goods and services). These should all agree, but never do.

The figures for GDP published by the UK National Statistics Office are a combination of all three approaches, which is why they are subject to much guesswork and repeated revisions. The latest results from the ONS for the years 2007 to 2014 are in Table 1. …[more»]