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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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Another IT Fiasco
As forecast in our post of 11th August, “The Conduct of Long-term Projects in Britain”, that more IT contract disasters were on the way, right on cue comes another revelation.  As with the Fujitsu contract for the NHS, the US company Raytheon, sacked by Mrs Teresa May in 2010 from the so-called e-borders project, has successfully gone to binding arbitration for the balance of their contract – £224 million which will be dumped on the hapless taxpayer.  This is on top of the £259 million already spent on the contract, signed in 2007, which wasn’t delivering. [more »]

Humanitarian Crisis in Northern Iraq
All the journalist attention is focussed on how the United States, and Britain, can relieve the terrible suffering being inflicted on the Yazidi people, and others, by the truly bestial “Islamic State (IS)” terrorists, who are much better organised and therefore much more of a threat to peace and stability than Al Qaeda for instance. As Stephen Bush has proposed in Britain Revitalised[1], abolishing the Department of International Development (cost in 2013 £10.5 billion) and assigning around £5 billion to the Ministry of Defence for an explicit disaster-relief role, additional to its primary war-fighting responsibility, would exactly meet the needs of humanitarian crises like the present one in Northern Iraq[2]. [more »]

Carbon Capture and Storage (2)
The dawning realisation that Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is impossible on any significant industrial scale which is made clear in various papers by Stephen Bush and David MacDonald (National Grid Consultation 2009, I.Chem.E. paper 2011) has claimed another victim for common sense.  The Swedish firm Vattenfall is discontinuing its research into CCS.  It has operated a 30 MW pilot plant at Schwarze Pumpe, a lignite-fuelled station in Germany which tackled CO2 separation – but not the more demanding storage of CO2 issue.

Post Script Just In: Another Deportation of Good Australians by Mrs May's Home Office
Katherine Tate is a 23 year-old Australian lady, pregnant with her third child, whom Mrs Teresa May’s Home Office is trying to force to leave her British husband and their two children.  It is all because she failed to complete her application “for indefinite leave to stay”, in Australia before she came. This is despite an immigration tribunal ruling that Mrs Tate should be allowed to stay with her British husband and her British family in Britain to bring up her children.  Why is Mrs May wasting taxpayers’ money on this unjust endeavour to deport Mrs Tate and split up her family? Does Article 8 (Right to Family Life) of the Human rights Convention apply only to foreigners?

Disordered Minds At Work
Many of the things wrong in Britain are attributed to politicians.  Many of the things they try to put right are however obstructed by disordered minds in the Law and public institutions at variance with what most people see as plain English and/or common sense. There are instances of these more or less every day, frequently involving immigration and ethnic minorities at the expense of the native people of this country.  Here are three such from the week beginning 28th July. [more »]

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The Scottish Referendum: Comments from the Campaign for an English Parliament

Some readers may have heard of an outfit called the “Campaign for an English Parliament” (CEP).

Britain Watch has long supported the idea of an English Parliament as part of a new United Kingdom constitution following the Scots voting No to separation on the 18th September.

However an extraordinary outburst by CEP director, Eddie Bone, posted on the CEP website on 22nd August, seems to suggest that the CEP would welcome Scottish separation, as it would put an end to the “Barnett formula”.  This is a formula for calculating the block payment to Scotland (and in modified form to Wales and Northern Ireland), the result of which has been that public spending per capita in Scotland is about £1,500 greater than in England.  This is a significant sum – about £150 per head spread over the English population, but surely of negligible importance when compared with the consequences for the UK if the Scottish Nationalists were to form the first government of an independent Scotland.

These consequences are, in the defence field as follows:

  1. The SNP would insist on the dismantling and removal of the nuclear installations at Faslane and Coalport on the Clyde.
  2. This would destroy Britain’s independent nuclear deterrent, a system which has been supported by 14 governments since it was first established in the 1950s, and implicitly endorsed by the British electorate in 14 general elections.
  3. By possibly a margin of only 50,000 votes in a referendum campaign, fought in only 8% of the UK and dominated by economic issues, the Campaign for Nuclear disarmament (CND) would have achieved its objective despite never having won so much as a council seat.
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