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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Britain Revitalised and Independence Regained

Don’t Miss the Brexit Blueprint

Click on BushBrexit4 to read or download a pdf of Professor Stephen Bush’s prize-winning essay.

Also don’t miss

The other information on the “European Union” page including two two-page pdf files “Single Market Realities I” and “Single Market Realities II” and the posts in “The EU and you” Category list on this website.

Uncontrolled flow of EU Nationals into Britain
The Daily Telegraph (7th May 2016) interview with Michael Gove, failed to elicit one mention of the biggest single issue which the electorate expect to be resolved following a Leave vote. That is putting a stop to the uncontrolled flow of EU nationals into Britain her and now, not the flows which might arise from Turkey getting access to Britain sometime in the future, important as this is. [more »]

Mugland
From an absolutely authentic source (March 2nd): two men come to a dental surgery, one in pain.  He cannot speak a word of English so is accompanied by a translator.  Regular appointments are shifted back and the patient is treated. However, his translator claims that the patient is on Job Seeker’s allowance, so doesn’t have to pay – nor does he volunteer to pay.

Questions

  1. Why are foreign nationals still not being charged for NHS treatment by invoicing either the patient himself or his own national health service?
  2. Why is someone who cannot speak a word of English, put on Job Seeker’s Allowance when he has no chance of a job?  Why are job-seekers not issued with a JSA certificate?
  3. When is all this foreign abuse of British public services going to stop?

Answer

Only when Britain leaves the EU, and even then we shall have to watch our negotiators like a hawk to see that they don’t give way to East European pressure again.

Trade Advantages of Leaving the EU
In an article in the Daily Telegraph of 12th February, Peter Lilley, senior Trade Minister in the Thatcher government, describes the face-to-face attempts by Prime Minister Cameron to get him to support the “stay-put” campaign.  Lilley goes on to say he is going to vote to leave on many grounds, political and economic. With respect to the latter Lilley notes that “in the unlikely event of the EU refusing a free trade agreement, we could ensure our export trade was unaffected by using the savings on our EU contribution to reimburse the tariffs exporters would otherwise face, still leaving £4 billion to spare”. [more »]

Single Market not so advantageous to Britain

Don’t miss the following letter published 27th January 2016 in the Daily Telegraph from Prof Stephen Bush

The letter from the Conservative MPs for Reform in Europe (23rdJanuary) implies that there is something uniquely special about UK access to a tariff-free “trading bloc of 500 million people”. But for the UK this so-called Single market is not really tariff-free at all. In 2014 we made a net payment of £11,442 Million to the EU to allow £147,928 Million worth of our goods to be imported by the EU from Britain. This makes an average effective tariff on our goods of 7.7%. This needs to be compared with the EU’s average tariff applied to goods imported from countries outside the EU, including our fellow Anglophone countries in North America and Australasia, of 5.3%. [more »]

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