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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 Brexit Book by Stephen Bush
This illuminating study can be bought from Amazon UK for £6.99. Reviews available on site.  It’s an invaluable guide to understanding Britain’s position in negotiations on Brexit. [more »]

More Madness from the Climate Change Committee (CCC)
This shadowy body is a relic of the misbegotten Climate Change Act (2008) which, as a response to the EU (2003) Directive, saddled Britain with a raft of emissions reduction targets which will have no measurable impact on our climate. The CCC’s official role is to advise the government of the day on climate change matters. Its latest advice is even madder than usual. They want to start trials of using hydrogen to replace natural gas (methane) as the heating fuel for domestic housing. The “logic” appears to be that when hydrogen is burned with oxygen in the air, it releases heat and emits just water. [more »]

The Fear Campaign Worked
Polls over the last two years have shown a huge majority (65-75%) in favour of curbing immigration. On the doorstep, person to person, canvassers found that immigration was the number one reason for voting to leave.  So why was the vote for Leave at 52% so small? Reason: the fear of dire economic consequences pumped out at the British people by: the government, economists, charities, bankers, think-tanks, quangos, talking shops at home and abroad, nearly all sucking on the public sector money teat, or in the case of bankers, on their own shareholders’ cash. [more »]

Cameron's Motive
Why did David Cameron not carry out his undertaking to join the Leave campaign when he didn’t get the EU to restrain the flow of immigrants in any meaningful way? Seemingly he had everything to gain. Most, if not all, the Cabinet would have joined him, as would virtually all the Conservative Party in the Commons and the country.  Some of the 6 million Labour voters who will vote Leave tomorrow might have been permanently deflected from voting Labour again.  With Corbyn still in charge of Labour, a united Tory party would have been on course for winning big in 2020. [more »]

Attempts by Cameron to swing the Referendum vote his way
On June 8th in the House of Commons, Prime Minister Cameron announced that he was trying to get the Electoral Commission, which is set up to be entirely independent of the government, to extend the deadline for registration to vote in the EU Referendum from midnight on June 7th because he wanted to “allow as many people as possible to take part in the Referendum” as if it were some sort of game.  This announcement followed complaints by many of those attempting to register on-line from 10 pm until the deadline at midnight, that the registration website was not coping with the large numbers of people attempting to register at the last minute.  To satisfy these complaints, an extension of 24 hours at the most would appear more than enough. In fact the Electoral Commission has permitted a 48 hour extension to the registration period to midnight on the 9th June. [more »]

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Calais “Children”: Incompetence Rules Again

Most Britons will have watched news of yet another monumental Home Office botch-up – this time of selecting children from the Calais “Jungle” with “family” in the UK to be allowed to come here.

With two-thirds of the refugee children (defined as under 18) let into Britain in the year to the end of September, “discovered” to be over 18 by the Home Office itself, most of these caught on camera since then looked decidedly older than 17, all males – some with obvious shaven beards (e.g. Daily Telegraph), full-grown shoulders, rapturously welcomed by the Left-wing refugee support groups which live off the public purse. One English lady who volunteered to foster a refugee “child” found when he arrived that he was a full-grown man with luxuriant beard.

The Home Office has now announced it is performing further checks when these young people arrive at Lunar House, the aptly named Home Office HQ for “immigration compliance and enforcement” (at 40 Wellesley Road, Croydon, CR9 2BY, tel: 0208-196-3388/3511 for those interested to check the facts of this saga directly for themselves).

Nobody in their senses could believe that such checks will ever result in a phoney “child” being sent back to France. They only have to hang about until they can claim to be 18 – and then claim asylum, supported by one of the numerous refugee support groups like Citizens UK, whose declared objectives for which they have charitable status, are (1) to help communities in Britain and Ireland, and (2) promote the effective working of local and national institutions which are nothing to do with acting as a channel for fraudulent access to Britain.

Are the staff at Lunar House quite so lunatic as their HQ name and actions suggest? This writer doesn’t think so. Rather, the Home Office with a large proportion of its staff originating from the very regions of the world whose people they are supposed to prevent unjustifiably settling in Britain, has never looked serious about this primary function.   Unless of course those applying to settle are white people, fellow subjects of the Crown, like the Britons from Australia, who with a blameless five-year record of productive employment in the UK, with no benefit claims, are going to be expelled because, apparently, the head of the family declares honestly that he doesn’t quite earn £35,000 per annum, a Home Office defined lower limit for the grant of indefinite leave to remain. This is almost 3 times the minimum wage for a 46 week, 37 hours per week, working year (£12,000 per annum). …[more»]