Buy Norman Tebbit’s cookbook

I was delighted to hear Norman this morning on the radio turning out a pheasant dish to offer some variety to dinner. The seasoned campaigner is game for a different role in life, and good luck to him.

Norman was one of an important breed in the 1980s – a Conservative Trade Unionist. He had the sharpest political brain of any man in the Cabinet. He bravely championed the rights of individual trade unionists against their Union bosses.

His life and that of his wife was badly damaged by the Brighton bomb. An ungrateful country offered him no compensation for the injuries sustained in the public service.

I look forward to trying his recipes.

This entry was posted in Blog. Bookmark the permalink. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.


  1. Brian Tomkinson
    Posted August 13, 2009 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    It’s a pity that David Cameron doesn’t seem to have such a high regard for Norman Tebbit as you and I do. In fact he seems to have more admiration for Blair. That’s another reason why I have doubts about a future Conservative government.

    • Adrian Peirson
      Posted August 13, 2009 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

      Norman Tebbit is a real Conservative.

  2. APL
    Posted August 13, 2009 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    JR: “I look forward to trying his recipes.”

    I have imense respect for Lord Tebbit, he has that rare thing in modern politicians – integrity. I couldn’t help but note two things during the article on R4.

    The first goes without saying, this was the BBC after all.

    The second, he says little about Cameron but what he does say rings true. In my opinion it is instructive that Clarke is in the shadow cabinet but not Tebbit.

  3. Derek W. Buxton
    Posted August 13, 2009 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    I agree with the last post, Clarke instead of Tebbit does indeed show where Camerons priorities lie. In view of the disgraceful behaviour of MPs ( with a few honourable exceptions ) it is unbelievable that the Tebbit’s got no compensation. Seems like another blot on our Country’s record.

  4. the man from UNCLE
    Posted August 13, 2009 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    I like old Norm, but old Norm does not like the EU. Hence, ‘Dave’ does not seem to like him very much at all. I would like to see both Mr Redwood and Mr Tebbit back in the cabinet.

    I would also like to see Britain out of the EU. Sadly I do not think I shall see any of my wishes accomplished under ‘Dave’s’ Conservative party.

  5. figurewizard
    Posted August 13, 2009 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    While Norman Tebbits cooking was instructive I had to disagree with him when he remarked that Gordon Brown was ‘a good man.’ Three million of the lowest earners in this country (many of them young people), who faced a totally unjustified hike in their taxes when the 10P tax rate was abolished would say otherwise.

    The fact that this was done in order to help fund a 2P tax cut for the better off and enhance the prospects of a Labour victory an Autumn election that never was makes him both devious and cynical. In short a bad man.

    • Bazman
      Posted August 15, 2009 at 8:00 am | Permalink

      Despite apoplectic predictions of many Conservatives and right wingers. The national minimum wage laws were passed and is a resounding success for all concerned. This would never have happened under the Tories and to say they would have been better off without it is laughable. The 10p was a political blunder. but justify working for £1 an hour in today’s Britain. You can? Your business is not viable then and the next step will be work camps.

  6. Johnny Norfolk
    Posted August 13, 2009 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    Yes he became the BBCs number one hate figure, again he spoke the truth and that would never do for Labour/BBC

  7. Mike Stallard
    Posted August 13, 2009 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    He is still one of the very best commentators on what is going on.

  8. TomTom
    Posted August 14, 2009 at 2:13 am | Permalink

    An ungrateful country offered him no compensation for the injuries sustained in the public service.

    Why not ? It was 1984 and the Conservative Government was in office until 1997. Why was no Compensation Act passed for victims of terrorist bombings ? And why did those injured on 7 July 2005 have to wait so long ?

  9. Shev
    Posted August 14, 2009 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    Tebbit is a conservative icon. All right thinking tories revere this tough talking man of the people. Today’s conservative party is just a diluted version of new labour. Witness the pathetic scrambling of Cameron to reassure the British public that the NHS would be safe in his hands- Electoral expedience of which Blair and Campbell would have been proud. Norman would tell people the truth, however unpalatable

  10. Bazman
    Posted August 15, 2009 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    ‘He bravely championed the rights of individual trade unionists against their Union bosses.’
    That really is cooking the books.

  • About John Redwood

    John Redwood won a free place at Kent College, Canterbury, and graduated from Magdalen College Oxford. He is a Distinguished fellow of All Souls, Oxford. A businessman by background, he has set up an investment management business, was both executive and non executive chairman of a quoted industrial PLC, and chaired a manufacturing company with factories in Birmingham, Chicago, India and China. He is the MP for Wokingham, first elected in 1987.

  • John’s Books

  • Email Alerts

    You can sign up to receive John's blog posts by e-mail by entering your e-mail address in the box below.

    Enter your email address:

    Delivered by FeedBurner

    The e-mail service is powered by Google's FeedBurner service. Your information is not shared.

  • Map of Visitors

    Locations of visitors to this page