REVIEW: Broken Britain - A Liberal Democracy in Crisis by G. Betts
by The Editor
This book, together with Dr .Betts' two previous books, traces the decades of idealistic liberal delusion and its abuse and exploitation, which led to a Broken Britain in 2008, and to an economic crisis which threatens its liberal democracy, and which is now in retreat.
“Broken Britain - A Liberal Democracy in Crisis”
by Dr. G. Gordon Betts, 2013. ISBN 978-0-9564924-1-8
Distributed by York Publishing Services Ltd
This book, together with Dr. Betts' two previous books, traces the decades of idealistic liberal delusion and its abuse and exploitation, which led to a Broken Britain in 2008, and to an economic crisis which threatens its liberal democracy, and which is now in retreat. Attempts are being made to reverse its recent history with more authoritarian legislation, regulation and control. The UK's democratically elected parliament is unable to respond to its electorate because of restrictive international and EU laws and conventions.
Britain, it is argued, might not be able to return to its pre-2008 levels of political, social and economic liberalism, because they are no longer “affordable”. Because of increasing global competition, the UK is likely to experience a gradual but permanent reduction in its relative standard of living. Broken Britain is far from a complete economic recovery in which unemployment is low, because these are not just UK, but global problems. If the economy does not respond then its foreign policy will have to retreat from its high level of involvement (but little power) in international affairs - public opinion will not tolerate it.
Since the Thatcher era, domestic politics has become increasingly dominated by two major and continuing issues - mass immigration and Europeanisation, together with the loss of sovereignty and national identity. The public have been kept in ignorance of the disabling effect of treaties with the unelected EU and the UN. Other issues have been the economy (unemployment and welfare), care of the elderly, “equality”, ultra-feminism and family life, political autonomy for Scotland & Wales, and liberal military intervention in foreign civil wars, under the moralistic rhetoric of promoting “freedom and democracy.”
Longer term, radical social change has taken place against a background of increasing distrust in the political process and in evasive political PR rhetoric with unfulfilled pledges, plans and promises. The Conservative Party in government, but not in power, have made compromises with an influential liberal influence, from a radical “no blame, no shame, no pain society” seeking compensation, intent on more “freedom” until any constraints are removed. But there is a move from the assumption that the responsibility of the government is to manage (and pay for) all social problems, and not the individual.
Europhile federalist politicians act as if Europeanisation is not for the uninformed public who will not “move on” and retain nationalist loyalties. Their objective is not just a single market, but an integrated political United States of 27 European countries. The national referendum in 1975 confirmed the UK's 1973 entry into the Common Market (EEC) under Heath's Conservative government. A secret objective, admitted by Heath, as to prevent a future war between Germany and France, and continued into the Maastrict Treaty, although such a conflict was always remote.
On mass immigration, five years after leaving office, a former Labour Cabinet Minister and its principal spin-doctor, admitted that the Blair/Brown governments had deliberately engineered and never disclosed to the public the scale of largely unrecorded and untraceable mass immigration, both “legal” and illegal, almost certainly in order to maintain a future electorate with a Labour majority. Predictably, most of the promised “jobs for British workers” never existed. It was as if Britain had lost a war and was now under foreign occupation, and its traditions, cultures and beliefs had now to be renegotiated under the multi-cultural mantra of “welcoming diversity.” Any concern could be dismissed with the political correct taboo of being “racist”, but which saw for many the end of the British way of life. finis.
Other books by Dr. Betts:
“The Neo-Liberal Delusion - The End of Political and Moral Idealism.” (2010).
“The Twilight of Britain - Cultural nationalism, Multi-Culturalism and the Politics of Toleration.” (2002).