Delays to postings

I have been very busy in Parliament this week. This causes delay in postings.

To speed it up it would help me if you did not


a) refer to other websites, apart from reputable official source websites or well based publications that I know

b) splash unsubstantiated allegations around about individuals and organisations. I do not have the time or investigative resources to check them out. The general criticism can be made without calling people names and using provactive adjectives.


In future I may just not post contributions which persist with difficult material.




  1. Jerry
    March 14, 2013

    John, you have a blog posting with the following URL (below) but there is no heading nor any text showing, if this hasn’t been caused by human error then something has gone wrong at the server!

    Reply: It started to post before I had checked and revised it, so I deleted it and will rewrite it sometime.

  2. Dick Sawdon Smith
    March 14, 2013

    If the government stopped the subsidies to the owners of the next to useless wind turbines (who are almost all overseas), they could take off the carbon tax without losing money and cheaper engergy would mean we would all have more money to spend and it would be an uneccessary burden removed from industry enabling them to complete.


    1. lifelogic
      March 14, 2013

      Indeed – but the government and especially Cameron and the Libdems would all rather stupid, so they would rather keep tipping the money down the drain or to their mates.

  3. Nicol Sinclair
    March 14, 2013

    JR: I understand. We are glad enough of your blog and I hope that posters will respect this request. JR did once (perhaps more than once) before ask posters to refrain from posting links.

    1. Denis Cooper
      March 14, 2013

      But links are evidence (supposedly) supporting an argument; the cumbersome alternative is to say “If you doubt this, you can check it by putting “X” into google and looking at the second reference which comes up …” which is pretty daft.

      1. Jerry
        March 15, 2013

        @Denis Cooper: I suspect the problems are just temporary, knowing the interest John has in budgets and economic data etc. I suspect that he – like Mr Osborne- is rather busy at this time of year, I understand Mr Osborne has a rather important speech to make on the 20th! 🙂

    2. Gareth Hughes
      March 15, 2013

      I agree john – come on everyone John puts together an excellent blog here and his comments on most issues are valued so lets not waste his time.

  4. Brian Tomkinson
    March 14, 2013

    I do admire and appreciate your daily blog which you publish every day. However, since your last upgrade of your system it seems to be more difficult to access your site. I don’t know if others find it so.
    As for delays, my 3 postings earlier this week, to which I referred in a previous posting today, didn’t infringe either of your criteria above but have only been published today.

  5. Normandee
    March 14, 2013

    Does this become censorship ? If you are constantly asked the same question which you have made it clear you will not answer, will you stop posting it?
    eg Should I vote for a pro Europe conservative candidate, or for a candidate who promises me a referendum, and a European exit. Something which you [as far as I can tell] and I both want.
    Notice I carefully didnt use those 4 letters which upset you so.

    Reply There is no election in the offing, and we do not yet know who will be the candidates and what will be in their manifestoes, so how can anyone of independent mind answer that question today?

    1. Jerry
      March 15, 2013

      @JR reply: The chances of an election before 2015 might increase after Monday, it seems like Mr Cameron has decided to paint himself into a corner over press regulation, why he has decided to bring this upon the coalition in the same week as the budget, if the LibDems get a taste of rebellion on Monday and then still have the after taste come Wednesday – well thank God for the Easter recess…

  6. Iain Gill
    March 14, 2013

    i love you, i love this site

    i know you are busy, i appreciate the time you put into this

    im sorry occasionally i post obscure links, it mainly just to bring your attention to stuff im not always expecting you to let it past moderation

    do the best you can in the time you have, and ill do my best to be as considerate as i can with what i post


  7. zorro
    March 14, 2013

    John, I have no wish to cause you unnecessary hassle. My quotes were in response to uanime5 accusing me of effectively planting a quote from Morgenthau, so I felt duty bound to reply with the source. Sorry about that, but it’s difficult when you are being challenged over things that you say, especially when others feel free to state opinions without any backup. Rest assured that I am aware of your restrictions and will not cite anything which could cause identifiable grievance.


  8. Normandee
    March 14, 2013

    So Censorship it is then.

    1. Jerry
      March 15, 2013

      @Normandee: No it doesn’t, try actually reading John’s comment, he simply doesn’t have the time to spare ATM (and like anyone in public office, he needs to be sure of what he is publishing on his website, thus he needs to be 110% sure of what he is publishing) but if that is not good enough for you Sir then “” is that away, say what you like on your own blog!

    2. Andy
      March 16, 2013

      It is nothing like censorship. You are free to publish whatever you like on your own blog and you can moderate the comments as you see fit.

  9. alan jutson
    March 15, 2013

    I hope the delays have been caused because you have been asked for some sensible input into the Budget.

    Previous efforts by GO and DC have fallen well short of what is required.

    1. Bob
      March 15, 2013

      The dynamic duo would have been able to avoid all of their embarrassing u-turns by running their hare brained schemes past us on this blog first.

      I’m pretty sure you would have been happy to fly some kites for them, right Mr Redwood?

      In fact I think you could have most of the sanity checking without reference to your trusty blog readers, but it’s always nice to get some external input just in case you overlook something.

  10. Mactheknife
    March 15, 2013


    I responded to one blog and posted a comment which I noticed you “moderated”. It is easy for contributors to make a comment and you have no idea weather it it true or not. The answer for us comentors is to link to or reference other material which verifies what we are saying. In my case I made a statement and even a cursory glance at my reference or a quick google would have verified it. So it is disappointing that you modify and it gives the impression that you disagree. If you do disagree then I would prefer you say so directly.

  11. Max Dunbar
    March 16, 2013

    We’re a bit rough up here in the Central Belt of Scotland but nevertheless its always a good move to post whilst sober.

  12. Robert Taggart
    March 16, 2013

    Please keep up the good work Johnny – via this website.
    Some of us may not always comment or leave links, but, we still peruse.
    Besides, with all this whispering about Cameos position – this could be your launch pad !
    You appear to be keeping a low profile – vis a vis leadership ambitions – once bitten… ?!

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